Agribusiness

Burn-offs leave residents fuming

Farm burnoffs in South Canterbury looking towards the Hunter Hills.

Concern is growing about the effect of rural burn-offs on Timaru's air.

Fire control warning

Farm burnoffs in South Canterbury looking towards the Hunter Hills.

Canterbury farmers warned to keep winter burn-offs from spreading or face big bills in fire control costs.

Farmers milking technology

Crofoot

Farmers need to sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to new technologies targeted at making it easier to do business.

Lochinver sale change denied

Lochinver Station near Taupo

Labour appears to be warning it may not be able to block the sale of Lochinver station to Chinese investors.

Bid to improve quad safety

Roll bars could reduce accidents

quad

A South Canterbury man thinks the anti-roll bar he designed could reduce quad bike accidents.

Profits flow for winemaker

Wine glasses

Listed winemaker Delegat Group has posted record sales and profit for the year to June 30.

Foreign land sales hotly debated

Lochinver Station near Taupo

Farm ownership stirred birthright rhetoric from David Cunliffe but gave John Key some strong moments in last night's debate.

Alpaca pack a punch

Stephen Mulholland with some of his female alpacas.

Couple tried every major NZ city before deciding on Wellington lifestyle and alpaca farming.

Positve note for NZ produce

Berry Marttin, a member of the executive board of Rabobank

NZ is in a good position to capitalise on the world's need for good quality food, according to Rabobank's Berry Marttin.

Pigs in the middle

A sow and her piglets in a farrowing pen, which is larger than a farrowing (sow) crate.

How many piglet deaths do the public feel are OK if sows are allowed "normal" behaviour outside of restrictive farrowing crates?

What goes on in a sheepdog's head?

sheepdog strap

Researchers are using high technology and maths to work out how sheepdogs herd sheep.

Farmers' wage model 'unsustainable'

Helen_Kelly_stap

Helen Kelly has told Waikato farmers that a new wage-setting model was needed for farm workers.

Black beetle plague concerns

Black Beetle

Another dry summer could see Black Beetle numbers soar in Waikato.

Tree crushes teacher

tree

A forestry tutor in Marlborough was rushed to hospital after tree he was felling as part of a lesson hit him.

Kickstarting restoration

Paul Cutfield

Numerous groups collaborate to restore Aorangi Forest Park.

Landcorp doubles profit

Landcorp chief executive Steven Carden

State-owned farmer Landcorp has doubled its net profit to $30m for the year ended June 30, 2014, up $13m from the previous year.

Only blood and guts left

poachers

A farmer tells of taking his young grandchildren to see the new pigs but instead they found a distressing sight.

Night raiders caught in the act

poachers

Poaching victim's security cameras are stolen after police showed photos of alleged rustlers.

Smart switch could save lives

Southland Times photo

The scientific smarts of a young Southlander could save lives on farms.

Farm sales still rankle

Farm sales

A 2012 farm sale to an overseas buyer still rankles with some farmers who wished to buy the properties themselves.

Memories of little lives lost and saved

John McClaskey and Boy

John McCaskey yearns for the lambing and calving beats of yore.

Being self sufficient

Pig on a lifestyle farm

It is a long way from New York to Marton, but Max Varney is pleased he made the journey.

No more rules

dairy farm rain

Education, not regulation, is the key to good environmental outcomes, a group of farmers say.

Leptospirosis widespread

Dr Julie Collins-Emerson

Doctors can be slow to recognise the disease leptospirosis, especially those in cities, but doctors working near meat plants have more awareness.

River quality raises passions

Philip Hartridge (dairy farmer), Russell Phillips (dairy farmer), Allan Benbow (company director) and Tracey Collis (dairy farmer and Tararua District councillor).

Outside the mercury may be falling, but indoors the atmosphere heats up as a trio of farmers passionately debate the future of dairying.

Man pulled meat hook from face

Meatworks

A man who spent 90 minutes with a meat hook stuck in his head eventually pulled it out himself.

Texts save farmer's life

Hawkes Bay farmer, Ken Miller, sits on the half tonne concrete lid that trapped him by the arm.

Trapped in a stream at the bottom of a gully, Ken Miller thought he could lose an arm or even die.

Insects under threat

Bee

Here's the good and bad news as to whether a common pesticide is harming the insect helpers NZ depends on, such as bees and earthworms.

Firm sorry for toxic dumping

Mark Egginton

Fertiliser firm "misinterpreted advice" and dumped contaminant that hospitalised two people.

Challenge thrown down

Andrew West, Vice-Chancellor of Lincoln University

Lincoln University vice- chancellor Dr Andrew West has revealed it will establish another demonstration farm in the North Island.

Farm sales up

Farm sales

Farm sales up are 25 per cent over the last year, although winter has seen dairy farm sales virtually grind to a halt.

Artificial food may be 'staple diet'

Test tube burger

Steak grown in labs and engineered fish may become the staple in the future.

Rebuffed rearers rule out action

Calves feeding at a calfeteria

A farmer dumped from a Fonterra livestock venture vows never to do business with the co-operative ever again.

Farmers coy on consultants

magnifying glass dollar

Most farmers don't use them despite a study showing they can return $4 return for every dollar spent on them.

Meadow Mushrooms' expansion continues

Mushrooms strap

The $12 million extension of the company's Christchurch farm will add 60 jobs and increase production.

'Direct' pollution reports preferred

Smartphone, mobile phone

Taranaki Regional Council shies away from endorsing use of a phone app to report incidents of water pollution.

Yellow bristle grass: Be vigilant

A seedhead of yellow bristle grass in flower.

After fighting yellow bristle grass for three years, an award-winning sharemilker wants the focus to turn to eradicating the weed.

Silage film collect falling

Bales of silage.

Council rejects criticism it is responsible for a fall in the amount of silage film collected for recycling.

Flying high with award

Alan Beck

A safety programme developed by the agricultural aviation industry to protect the environment has won a major award.

Steering a straight line

Southland cropping farmer Mark Dillon is set to represent New Zealand at the World Ploughing Championships in France in September.

Ploughing a straight furrow is no easy task but Southlander Mark Dillon is an expert in his field.

Farmers' desperate acts

India overpopulation

About every 30 minutes in India, a farmer commits suicide.

New ute to take on Ranger

Nissan Navara

Nissan's new Navara is another step in the evolution of the ute to becoming a more rounded, do-it-all machine.

NZ's most dangerous occupation

ANDREW FLINTOFF

An "unacceptable" number of people are dying in the agricultural sector, according to watchdog.

Rich pickings for Kiwi wine exports

Wine glasses

New Zealand is the only "major grape-producing country" with a rise in volume and value of wine exports for the first quarter of the year.

$27.6m ahead of 2013

PGG Wrightson

PGG Wrightson reports a $42.3m net profit and expects significant improvements across the whole company.

Cricket opens trade doors

Geoff Allott

It helps to have a top-level cricket background when doing business in India, as Geoff Allott found.

Lack of work frustrates

sheep dog

If a chronic shortage of skilled workers on New Zealand farms exists, why is it so hard for a skilled engineer with a solid work record to find work?

Dangerous dross dumped

Hospital corridor, generic

Fertiliser firm ordered to stop dumping contaminant that hospitalised two people.

Happy go clucky?

Free range chickens

You're paying through the nose for free range chicken, but are you getting what you're paying for?

Shot pets highlight rural problem

Shih Tzu

Two fluffy lapdogs shot at point-blank range for worrying sheep have highlighted lifestyle/rural tensions.

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