Agribusiness

We're losing critical capability

Jacqueline Rowarth

OPINION: AgriBusiness professor claims vital science that will help farming in the future is being pushed aside by AgResearch's restructuring.

Research needs to be more accessible

Retiring scientist Tom Fraser

HEATHER CHALMERS - The Press

Retiring AgResearch scientists says there is a huge amount of research sitting unused that could lift NZ's agriculture performance.

Genetic selection boosts antlers

South Canterbury deer farmer Chris Petersen holds Sovereign II's award-winning 62-point antler.

Producing deer with some of the biggest antlers in NZ careful genetic selection and a dollop of luck, says a South Canterbury deer farmer.

Stink over cattle compost

smell

A business has had to stop taking cattle heads and ears for composting.

Kiwifruit talent ripe for picking: growers

Kiwifruit

Zespri is introducing a graduate recruitment programme to bring in new industry leaders.

High-country plan deferred again

environment southland

A decision to high-country development to become a permitted activity is likely to be deferred to October.

Food tech milestone

 Food technologist and developer Hayden Pohio

A food technologist was handing around samples of his manuka honey bars at a seminar to celebrate 50 years of food technology at Massey University.

Marine farm to go ahead

oyster

A contentious Stewart Island marine farm has been given the green light.

Planning for a successful succession

Joan Baker

Relationships ruined and businesses going off the rails. Professional succession planner Joan Baker has seen the ugly side of farm succession.

Floods hit farms hard

Flooding

Wild weather has hit Northland farms hard with power outages, equipment damage and flooded pastures.

Piggery break-in upsets

Pigs

The manager of a Taranaki piggery has barely slept since learning her property was invaded by animal activists.

Public buy-in 'vital'

New Federated Farmers chairman Dr William Rolleston.

New Federated Farmers president says the organisation's the challenge is to become credible in the eyes of the public.

Collaboration call

New Federated Farmers chairman Dr William Rolleston.

New Fed Farmers leader says with the industry addressing environmental issues the challenge is now on pressure groups to start talking about the economy.

Genevieve spreads eco message

geneviere steven

Genevieve Steven will be the youngest person competing for the top honour at the national Green Agriculture Innovation Awards - which is a shame, she thinks.

Food science prof honoured

Manuka honey bees.

Massey professor who wants to revamp milk-tanker design and develop the manuka honey industry recognised with a top food science industry award.

Receivers appointed for vineyard

Isabel Winery

A Marlborough family-owned vineyard, Isabel Estate Vineyard, has gone into receivership.

Bluff salmon farm upgrades fleet

Frewza Boats owner Brendon Frew

Sanford Bluff is upgrading its Stewart Island salmon farm marine fleet with two custom-built boats.

Honest Indian

Mahindra Genio ute

The least expensive proper working ute in NZ looks like a useful entrant in our burgeoning workhorse market.

China trade warning

Mike Petersen

Trade negotiator warns that NZ's special trade access to China risks making exports complacent and over-reliant on that single market.

Salmon farm rejected

A salmon at New Zealand King Salmon's Clay Point farm in the Marlborough Sounds.

The Environment Court has rejected a proposed Pelorus Sounds salmon farm.

Stock skills on world stage

Alex Reekers

Waimate's Alex Reekers has trimmed and shorn his way to the finals of the World Young Shepherds Challenge.

Breaking the mould

Jane Hunter

Women are moving into farming leadership roles in increasing numbers. We profile two women who have made their mark.

Cricketers enlisted to sell lamb

John Rabbitt and Geoff Allott

Wealthy Indians will soon be dining on top-quality New Zealand lamb.

Kidd betters dad

Young Farmer of the Year winner David Kidd is congratulated by his wife Janine.

David Kidd has bettered his dad's young farmer contest achievements and admits there might some cheek offered after taking out 2014's top prize.

Land 'should not be freehold'

irishman creek

Preliminary tenure review proposal for almost 5800 ha central South Island land has met with strong resistance from a conservation board.

Farm buildings escape assessment

Nathan Guy

Farm buildings will not be assessed for earthquake risk, saving farmers $3000 each.

Firm finds cunning niches

Metalform

A Dannevirke company makes everything from a fertiliser system to a geese pooper scooper.

Injury doesn't stop Dave

Dave Clouston

A farm accident that would have beaten many has failed to stop Dave Clouston's farming metamorphosis.

Fed Farmers hear full spectrum

Fed

The Federated Farmers audience was polite enough as they listened to political leaders David Cunliffe, Russel Norman and Winston Peters.

Young farmers tested

Young Farmer of the Year

Welding skills, practical agriculture and speech-making are among a range of skills being tested on contestants in the Young Farmer of the Year grand final.

Apple company picks float price

Apples

Investors keen on agribusiness Scales Corporation will have to pay $1.60 a share.

Water tops warning list

Bruce Wills

While farmers continue to be warned of high debt levels and the possibility of an unfriendly government they have been told water is the biggest issue they face.

Politicians' promises pondered

John Key

Federated Farmers audience feelings on political leaders on show at annual conference.

Dam decisions damned

Conor English

Politics appears to have triumphed over the environment in Hawke's Bay, says Federated Farmers chief executive Conor English.

'Licence to pollute?'

Environmental expert Dr Mike Joy

Ecologist claims government aims to dramatically increase the agriculture over the next couple of decades at the expense of water quality.

Pig farmers hit back

Dead pigs at Chch farm

Pig farmers accused of keeping their animals in squalid and overcrowded conditions believe they are being set up.

Amarok facelift on the way

VW Amarok ute

As the countdown begins towards the first full facelift of the VW Amarok ute, some special editions have started to arrive.

Winning the needle grass war

Chilean needle grass

Farmers and scientists are tackling an invasive weed with a new herbicide.

Not the sentimental sort

Conor English

Outgoing Federated Farmers chief executive says its time to walk the walk after years of talking the talk.

Bee numbers concern

Honey bee

Concern over an increase in the number of bee colonies disappearing mysteriously has prompted a national survey of the bee population.

No filthy pigs here

Piglets

Piggery co-owner so confident about its cleanliness that he sometimes walks around in it in his socks.

Scholarships foster skills

Horizons Regional Council environmental monitoring

Horizons Regional Council has granted more than $150,000 of scholarships to science and agriculture students in the past eight years.

Dogs, handlers boost security

Biosecurity dogs

Two new dog teams have just started at Auckland, with the job of sniffing out exotic pests and diseases that pose biosecurity risk to NZ.

Farmers call for DOC to pay rates

Federated Farmers.

Federated Farmers wants the DOC to pay rates in the Mackenzie District.

Farmers laud port deal

PrimePort Timaru

Federated Farmers says PrimePort Timaru has the potential to be to the South Island what Tauranga is to the North Island.

Vets ready for outbreak

Hereford cattle

NZ vets and officials are better prepared for an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, following a visit to Nepal.

Donation's double boost

Manuka honey bees.

A $50,000 donation from a Marlborough beekeeper is to fund a project on eucalypt trees in the district.

A passion for bright ideas

Bev and Geoff Laurent

Bev and Geoff Laurent have gone from dairy farming to running a multimillion-dollar company.

Wind farms welcomed

Wind turbines

Wind turbines west of Wellington are not only changing the landscape, they are also transforming landowners' bank balances.

English pushes dam case

Ruataniwha dam concept

Hawke's Bay doomed to Third World country status if the Ruataniwha dam is not built, says departing Federated Farmers CEO.

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