Vets warn of rise in parasite numbers

Federated Farmers' Southland meat and fibre chairman Gary Coker.

Vets are warning of a massive rise in parasite numbers in lambs in the south.

Irrigation benefits on show

Seresin Estate manager Colin Ross will continue to irrigate estate vineyards through the Southern Valley Irrigation Scheme until it gets shut off, then he will switch to storage water.

Irrigation's benefits in a drought year were highly visible this growing season.

Toxins killed cows

Southland Federated Farmers president Russell MacPherson has warned against jumping to conclusions about the HT [herbicide tolerant] swede variety until the final verdict is out on the deaths of hundreds of Southland dairy cows.

Southland dairy cow deaths blamed on high concentrations of naturally occurring toxins in a variety of swedes.

Big dry a haphazard blight for farmers

Sheep feed on dry pasture.

The unfairness of drought has some hit home for some Canterbury farmers.

Investors backing Lincoln University farms

Lincoln University.

Major companies are putting big money into Lincoln University's growing demonstration and research farms base.

City students schooled in rural jobs

Aotea College student Michael McAdam being shown how to use an electronic "wand" by Gallagher territory manager Mike Ward.

You don't have to get your boots dirty to enjoy a career in primary industries.

Boer goats 'just perfect' for busy professionals

Boer goat judges Lynn Wickenden and Marlene Andrew, from Tallong in New South Wales, cast a breeder's eye over a couple of does entered in the Upper Clutha A&P Show in Wanaka.

Boer goats touted as the ideal class of livestock to farm for busy professionals.

Artificial milk and beef on horizon

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Would you buy artificial milk or beef if the price was right?

Contractors focus on quality

Focus Labour Solutions owners
Barbara Mortensen and Craig Mill
employ about 70 workers each year
who focus on quality jobs.

When Craig Mill and Barbara Mortensen started their own contracting business in 2008, the only thing on their minds was to be a cut above the rest.

Opuha Water Scheme delivers in time of need

Irrigation New Zealand chairman Nicky Hyslop feels fortunate to have had water till the end of February.

South Canterbury's Opuha Water scheme has not failed, despite the tap being turned off to irrigators in February according to a company director.

Woman critical after quad bike flips

Quad bike, 4wd

A farm worker who fell so hard from a quad bike she cracked her helmet is now in critical condition in hospital.

Kiwifruit growers back Zespri single seller system


Kiwifruit growers have overwhelmingly backed the Zespri single seller model in a triumph for New Zealand communities over individual self-interest, according to industry groups.

Students hunt for new red grape

Institute of
viticulture and
students, from
left, Cohen
Trustrum, Jenny
Lee and Ari
Fratucelli with
new grape

Students of NMIT's new viticulture degree in Blenheim are searching for red grape varieties that will flourish in New Zealand's cooler climate.

Guy stands by rainfall statistics

Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy.

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy stands by using a rainfall statistic to support irrigation schemes.

Grapes spilled in first week of harvest

TIPPED OVER: A large truck rolled onto its side on the Otaihanga roundabout north of Paraparaumu.

Two trucks spilled grapes on Marlborough roads last week, as the first week of harvesting got underway.

New Zealand signs free trade deal with South Korea

New Zealand's Trade Minister Tim Groser.

NZ signs free trade deal with South Korea and beef and dairy industries to be biggest beneficiaries.

Canterbury tractor death

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One person has been killed in a tractor incident in North Canterbury.

Council to kill possum control rates

A possum.

Federated Farmers branch angry at a regional council's proposal to drop the collection of rates for the eradication of bovine tuberculosis.

Drought's water thieves are warned

Dry Awatere Valley.

Three Marlborough farmers and vineyard operators caught taking water for irrigation during water restrictions have been issued with warnings.

Rustling, poaching rampant

UNDER THREAT: Police believe some rustlers and poachers are using silencers and night-vision gear to go undetected.

A black market for meat is fuelling the rise of poaching and stock rustling across Nelson Bays.

Further slump in sheep numbers

In 1982 the country had 70 million sheep; today the number has slipped below 30 million.

Sheep numbers could halve in the next 10 years, if the claims of a Meat Industry Excellence Group Report released last Tuesday, prove correct.

Weevils bought in to fight barberry weed explosion

ONE OF 70: A trial group of barberry seed weevils have been released near Invercargill, with several thousand more to come.

Tiny Chilean beetles have been released in Southland to try to head off a threat from an invasive weed that scientists fear could become as big a problem as gorse.

Kiwifruit growers having their say

Zespri Hort3 gold variety of kiwifruit.

A referendum on the future direction of the kiwifruit industry is heading for the biggest voter turnout in nearly 20 years.

NZ farming's massive debt levels under scrutiny

A Lincoln University study hopes to shed more light on high levels of debt in New Zealand farming and stress it creates.

We have the most heavily indebted farmers in the world and academics are wondering what stress that is putting them under.

Farm sales down but prices remain high

Sources say Sunsuper wanted to have a smaller number of relationships with larger private equity firms it could co-invest with.

Farm sales dropped 13 per cent last month but prices were significantly higher than a year ago.

Canterbury farmers still out of the rain loop

DRY AS: David Meares, a Greta Valley sheep and beef farmer, has sold of stock as the dry spell bites.

Not even the leftovers from a cyclone has helped drought-stricken North Canterbury sheep and cattle farmer.

Council plans waterways livestock ban          
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Farm livestock may be banned from most Wellington waterways within seven years.

Crown may commit more to irrigation

Aerial view of the trenches being constructed to carry water for the Central Plains water irrigation scheme. A canal will follow a natural terrace along the Rakaia for several kilometres, before looping toward the plains and linking the river with the Waimakariri to the north.

Crown Irrigation Investments is likely to commit millions more to the Central Plains Water scheme.

Workers stuck in limbo

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force and
services personnel
sit next to supplies
on board an
Australian Air
Force (RAAF) C-17A
Globemaster as it
heads towards Port

Half the Vanuatu workers in Nelson are desperate to return to their cyclone-devastated homeland but cannot.

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