Agribusiness

Kiwi to put squeeze on foreign olives

Olives

NZ's largest olive oil producer will look to capitalise on Europe's disastrous olive harvest.

Foreign investment fuels growth

LOOKING FOR SHELTER: A dairy cow seems to cast an anxious look skyward at an approaching storm.

OPINION: Greater transparency on overseas investment would help inform the debate around it.

Fined for 'sickly' storage smell

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A New Plymouth company has been fined after causing a stink at Port Taranaki last year.

Scales tips itself to beat forecast

MR APPLE: Royal Gala apples at Whakatu Orchard near Hastings.

Mr Apple owner says debt is lower than expected and it expects to meet, if not exceed, profit guidance.

Demand for tall vines booming

Ormond Nurseries director Samantha Wickham says the company developed Hi-Stem tall vines to lessen the workload in
the vineyards.

A Marlborough grapevine nursery is struggling to meet demand for 100,000 plants a week.

Poachers cost 'millions'

Warning sign to poachers.

Sheep slaughtered and taken for meat is the latest in a string of stock thefts.

Weather hits asparagus growers

Kawhatau Valley farm. Its owner George Turney says this is the worst asparagus harvest he's experienced.

Mangaweka asparagus grower says he has never had such a difficult year in his 25 years on the job.

Making goat's cheese

TASTY: Lonely Goat bottled feta.

The Doughtys have milking goats and dairy cows. They make and sell cheese made largely from goat's milk.

Inflation 'killing rural towns'

FAIR GO: Retired Marton farmer Jim Howard is asking for the Government to examine the way inflation is managed.

A retired farmer is asking politicians to look again at how inflation is managed, saying the current way and the high dollar harm farmers and other exporters.

On the pig's back

Rammstein was rewarded with German beer after winning the all-breeds pig award.

Prizewinning pig's future was shaky after being auctioned but he has surfaced to a new life as a breeding boar.

El Nino still possible

Confirmation of an El Nino weather pattern for this summer is yet to be confirmed.

Disjointed weather patterns are too unclear to suggest farmers are heading into a El Nino event.

Record grape harvest

Marlborough grape growers will pocket an estimated $64m more this year than in 2013.

Low river levels concern

Dry weather has seen South Canterbury's rivers reach "exceptional" lows, such as the Orari river.

Dry weather has seen South Canterbury's rivers reach "exceptional" lows.

A wearer of many hats

LEADING ROLE: Federated Farmers president William Rolleston.

As befits a man of science, William Rolleston picks his words with precision.

3 little pigs multiplied

Hawarden pig farmers Steve and Josie Sterne with daughter, Holly, after being named the Lincoln University Foundation South Island Farmers of the Year.

Canterbury pig farmers Steve and Josie Sterne are South Island Farmers of the Year.

Acid soils cop blame

High country farm.

Widespread concern over the rapid decline in productivity of the South Island high country was a recurring theme at the Grasslands' annual conference.

'As flash as you can make a tin shed'

SECOND: Waikato Milking Systems is expanding with a new building at Horotiu.

Four Waikato Milking Systems sites will be consolidated into one by the end of May next year.

Eyeing Chinese wine market

Ling Hai Group director Feng Liang says Marlborough will benefit from the group buying Awatere Valley property Castlebrae because it will be able to help other wine companies in the region break into Chinese markets.

Chinese company plans winery, accommodation complex and 100 hectare vineyard on Marlborough land bought this year.

'A step backwards'

CLUCKING MAD: Animal welfare activists dressed in chicken costumes protest against Craddock Farms' proposal to farm 310,000 colony caged hens in Patumahoe outside its resource consent hearing in Pukekohe.

A hearing for what could be NZ's largest colony chicken farm had a colourful start as animal welfare activists, dressed as chickens, protested.

Orchard big loser in hailstorm

Fresh trouble: Pink lady apples.

A hailstorm may cost a South Canterbury orchard company up to two thirds of its apple crop.

Not all happy

Deer Industry New Zealand said the FTA result was disappointing.

NZ's free trade agreement with South Korea is greeted with thumbs down from deer and seafood industries.

Breeding perfect free-range pig video

Hadley and Shelly Mora

Hamilton pig farmers Hadley and Shelly Mora are trying to re-establish one of the county's rarest breed of pigs.

Living his motto

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Peter Yealands uses the miniature breed of babydoll sheep to graze the grass between his vines.

Studying the success of Peter Yealands is a ''short-cut to happiness''.

Poaching death predicted

Sandy and Kevin Topp have been battling poachers in the Puhi Puhi Valley for 28 years.

Farmers in the remote Puhi Puhi Valley near Kaikoura say it's only a matter of time before someone is killed by poachers shooting on the public road.

Falling tree hits farmer

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A farmer was injured when a tree he was chopping fell on him in the Wairarapa.

Taranaki divided

Alex Ballantyne may be the sacked former  South Taranaki  deputy mayor – but he appears popular and defiant than ever.

Eltham's relationship with Hawera is suffering over rotting buttermilk and a deputy mayor without a job.

SAFE slams rodeo bull death

Cowboy Merv Church, is in a little discomfort after his final winning ride with Fraser Babbington celebrating his fellow New Zealanders success at Horncastle Arena, during the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) debut event in Christchurch.

Animal rights activists say they have been "proven right" following the mercy killing of a bull during a rodeo last night.

'Sad reminder of the risks...'

Digger removes logs.

Farmer told to pay $100,000 reparation and fined $52,000 over the death of a worker on his farm.

Innovation comes to fore

Silere merino meat.

Forward thinking is propelling primary sector research.

The 'poster boy of weeds'

The weed pink ragwort is more widespread than Horizons Regional Council staff thought possible.

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