Ovary scan could lift low calving rates

North Otago veterinarian and specialist beef breeder Neil Sanderson (left) meets with a leading Australian beef breeder ...

Rob Tipa reports on a cow fertility trial that could give a huge boost to agricultural earnings.

Sustainability to enhance, not only protect, environment

Brent Mountfort has fenced off bush and wetlands on his farm near Whakatane.

An environment-enhancing and profitable farming operation can go hand in hand, a Bay of Plenty sheep and beef farmer tells Anne Boswell.

Top awards for beef and lamb dishes

The new Beef + Lamb NZ ambassador chefs are, from left: Alistair Forster, Scott Kennedy, Steve Beere, Shaun Clouston, ...

Top restaurants named by Beef + Lamb NZ

Grass is greener in Nelson paddocks

Dairy cows munch on grass in a paddock  near Rai Valley between Nelson and Blenheim.

 A wetter than usual November has seen greener pastures impact cattle sales in the Nelson region.

Onetai Station builds foundations for growth

Onetai Station is currently running about 300 ewes, 930 ewe hoggets and 1670 trade lambs as well as 339 beef cows.

Two years of development at Onetai Station have put the building blocks in place for future economic and environmental gains.

'We can't let people go broke'

Prime Minister John Key says farmers need to keep talking with the regional council about concerns over the Healthy ...

Farmer tells PM his cheque will bounce if he has to pay for clean water plan.

NZ the Detroit of agriculture?

Will vineyards end up being defunct yet picturesque tourist destinations as a result of technology?

OPINION: It might seem far-fetched to say NZ's in danger of becoming a rustbelt, but farming is a sunset industry.

Giving US genetics a chance

Angus cattle on Waikite Valley breeders Sherrie and Mark Stokman's farm.

Farmers shouldn't let an experience with unsuitable genetics many years ago prevent them from improving their angus herd.

Feed cargo importer's identity stays hidden

New Zealand is the largest user of palm kernel expeller, importing about a quarter of the world's supply.

MPI is keeping mum about the identity of the importer prevented from bringing in palm kernel into New Zealand.

All the fun of the fair

Ayrshire breeders and father and son Gordon and Jonathan Glentworth enjoyed success with their pedigree cattle at the ...

Winners went away smiling from the Stratford A& P Show.

Fewer emissions from hill country

Livestock on steep hill country emit half as much of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide as those farmed on flatland.

NZ hill country farming may be producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions than previously thought.

Culture change needed before safety on farms improves

A culture change will lead to better safety on farms.

New laws only go so far in effecting positive changes in health and safety on farms.

Be informed before deciding on plan change

Farmers can go online to access information on the Healthy Rivers plan change on Federated Farmers' website.

OPINION: Farmers can make a more informed decision on the Healthy Rivers Plan for Change now that Federated Farmers has updated its website.

Tough year at Onetai Station

Ceol & Muir director Mike Barton (right) and Onetai Station farm manager Patrick Kowalewski. Barton said the station's ...

The new owners of Onetai Station spent a lot of time and money this year defending themselves against allegations about their character.

Level playing field sought for beef trade

A trade deal with Japan would help level the playing field between Australian and New Zealand beef exports.

The TPPA would help NZ have much the same access as Australia for beef exports into Japan.

No bad part to Julia's first job

Julia Galwey weighs Longdown progeny test trial lambs on an Anzco pilot farm as part of the  Red Meat Profit Partnership.

When she's not learning to fly a Piper Cherokee, playing golf, out hunting or freshwater fishing, Julia Galwey , a shy 25 year-old self-confessed outdoors girl, is at work for meat processor and exporter Anzco Foods.

Destroyed bridge shuts road access

The Clarence River now flowed down two courses after the earthquake lifted farm flats 5m to form a stopbank and island.

Farmers isolated until bridge replaced, and road re-opened

Plan change uncertainty in rural market

Farmers are delaying decisions to buy property because of uncertainty over the Healthy Rivers plan change.

Confusion around Healthy Rivers Plan for Change is turning people away from buying and selling rural property.

Top-up for aquifers and farmer morale

Federated Farmers provincial chairman Mark Adams says the optimal spring will allow farmers to begin to build resilience.

A fantastic spring for South Canterbury farmers is setting them up well for the summer.

Speak up, Waikato farmers urged

Waitomo sheep and beef farmers Kim and Janette Osborne farm a steep property heavily laced with waterways.

 Concerns about the Waikato Healthy Rivers plan drew 70 farmers to a Beef + Lamb workshop.

Valley farmers stranded by slips

Access to the Molesworth Station is cut off by a rockfall on the Awatere Valley Rd

Road contractors and a helicopter crew 'water bombed' the rockfall to clear the road.

Farmer clears path to neighbour video

Ure River farmer Dave Buick inspects the earthquake damage to his home.

His own house was flattened but he set about clearing 12km of rubble to check on his neighbour.

Listen, or expect a rural backlash

Waikato Federated Farmers president Chris Lewis says the big political swings seen in the UK and USA were the revenge of ...

OPINION:  Politicians need to start connecting with rural voters if the country is to avoid a Trump-like election result next year.

New photos: Quake cows alive gallery

The infamous quake cows have been rescued.

Quake cows rescued from an outcrop are now grazing in a lush green paddock.

From dream home to caravan

Kekerengu Road farmer Duncan Furniss inspects the damage to his dream home that is now condemned after Monday's 7.5 ...

It took them two years to find the perfect house, now they are homeless again.

Rain slows crops

William Morrison, at his hill country farm north of Marton. He says lambing rates are down.

Wet farms are tripping up Manawatu sheep and beef farmers.

Farmers in a tent, house destroyed

Lydia Armstrong and her family outside their ruined house at Conway Flats.

As their house fell apart around them, a North Canterbury farming family rushed to safety. Now they're living under canvas.

Many career options for today's students

Today's school students may average five career changes and 17 jobs,

Young people should develop a strong base on which they can build a career, says Kirsten Bryant.

Management skills key to high performance

Funding is available through Venture Tanaki for business training

The achievements of the top 20 per cent of farmers show the huge potential for the rest to increase on-farm performance.

Venison the ethical choice for affluent European consumers

Promotional tastings of venison by German chefs have been hugely popular among the country's consumers.


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