Dairy bulls sold in droves

At the Rongotea saleyards, these hereford bulls are sorting out who's the boss.

Dairy bulls sold as mating season comes to end.

Stock disease stable

Rural vet Hamish Pike talks about the impact of the strange summer season on stock.

Manawatu stock enduring cold and windy conditions are showing no disease increase.

Greenpeace wrong on irrigation project

The proposed scheme plans to take water when the Hurunui River is in good flow and use that for irrigation in dry periods.

Greenpeace has got it wrong regarding the proposed Hurunui irrigation scheme, say project backers.

Wild pigs offer clues on bovine TB

Lymph nodes around the neck of wild pigs can show signs of TB infection

Pigs contract TB by scavenging infected dead animal carcasses but do not pass on the disease

Cutting cows on horseback

Graeme McInnes of Northland competing on Buster. The horse and rider separate a cow from a group and attempt to  keep it ...

Cutting cows on horseback takes the utmost skill and will be on display soon in Canterbury.

Irrigation allows lamb finishing in the dry

Doug Grieve checking the quality of the plantain and clover under irrigation on Whakapirau Station in Hawke's Bay.

Hawke's Bay farmer is preparing for drier years on his Maraekakaho property as the annual rainfall average continues to fall.

Dairy, sheep and beef - never a dull moment

Nigel Anderson with son James, 13.

New Zealand farmers are legendary for their "can-do" attitude. Andrea Fox meets an example of the breed.   

Tyre slashing 'beggars belief'

Federated Farmers national president William Rolleston says it "beggars belief" that a leading light in farming should ...

Tyre slashers chose a leading light in farming, says Federated Farmers national president William Rolleston

Catching more offal

A worker at Levin Alliance meat plant's offal room as visitors look on.

Alliance spends half a million at Levin plant.

Grass drives demand for stock

Loading lambs on the truck at Feilding's store sale.

Farmers with ample grass covers are buying stock from the store market.

Pox fails to lay farmer low

Mackenzie Country farmer Andrew Hurst farms his high country property largely on his own.

High country farmer Andrew Hurst isn't letting chickenpox stop him from lifting his farm's productivity.

A fair share of snow, drought

Hamish Orbell says he has "development disease."

Clayton Station owner Hamish Orbell feels doing nothing to protect the environment of his property is "unacceptable."

Healthy Rivers plan change unworkable

Healthy Rivers Plan For Change's 80 year time frame is too long, says Angus Robson.

Save Lake Karapiro president Angus Robson says the Waikato Regional Council's Healthy Rivers plan change contains major flaws.

Farmers, ignore the knockers

Most dairy farming is a sustainable and proven method of providing protein in a world crying out for food, Lyn Webster says.

OPINION: Farmers are going out their business despite the flak they receive from the activist lobby.

River resident resorts to rowing dinghy

Upper Clarence River neighbours Shirley Millard, left, and Jacqui Hamilton fear they may have to leave their homes ...

To get to State Highway 1, Hamilton said she rowed in a small dinghy across to the northern side of the river to where she kept her car.

This farming mum's in charge

Caroline Smith juggles farming with caring for daughters Clara and Holly.

Don't ask to be put through to Caroline Smith's husband. He doesn't run the farm.

Waikato's top four environmental farmers

Bob Rigter, shown with Waikato Regional Council sustainable agriculture advisor Bala Tikkisetty, is a finalist in the ...

 A mix of drystock and dairy farmers are finalists in the Farm Environment Awards.

Afghanistan farmers above Mt Cook

Barley fields ripen in the arid Wakhan Corridor of Northern Afghanistan. Crops rely on flood irrigation from ancient ...

OPINION: Comparing our farming system with that of northern Afghanistan puts our worries in perspective.

New road for Awatere Valley

A new road will be built once a major slip is cleared on the Awatere Valley, Marlborough.

A new road's planned after major quake damage to one of Marlborough's main rural routes.

Leading light honoured for animal welfare work

David Mellor in 1971 before a formal dinner and ball in Edinburgh.

Massey University Professor David Mellor, has been recognised for his work in animal welfare.

Diversification key to farm succession

Ready for customers in their shop that sells produce from the farm are David, Roy, Cathy, and Kaye Ward with Cathy's son ...

Anne Boswell talks to Coromandel hereford farmers who have worked hard to support the family farming dream.

Coastal hills a test for organics

Andy Tait-Jamieson and Sophie Siers with a green crop being cut for baleage.

Kate Taylor meets a couple who can't keep up with the demand for their organic lamb and beef.

Down on the farm

Bulls farmer Denis Hocking is gloomy about prospects for the sheep and beef sector.

'What is there to be confident about?" asks Bulls farmer Denis Hocking, as sheep and beef prices take a tumble.

Lifestyle sales over $6b

A lifestyle block for sale.

People are seeking the good life, with $6.91 billion of lifestyle blocks sold in the past year.

Farm sales on the rise

Fewer dairy farms and grazing farms have been selling.

ASll the signs are pointing to more farm sales, but buyers remain cautious.

Back to business for Fairlie farmer winners

It's back to business for South Island Farmer of the year winners, Neil and Lyn Campbell of Middle Valley.

Its business as usual for Middle Valley farmers Neil and Lyn Campbell after winning the South Island Farmer of the Year award.

Farmers head to court over plan change

Six primary industry groups including Federated Farmers are taking the Waikato Regional Council to court over its ...

Healthy Rivers Plan for Change is headed to the Hamilton High Court.

A truckload of memories

After 47 years in the livestock transport industry, bullshifter Les Southcombe knows his way around Taranaki.

A South Taranaki man reflects on his 47-year career in the livestock transport industry.

Pasture pest a ticking time bomb

Black beetle larvae attack the roots of ryegrass.

Climate change is being blamed for black beetle numbers nearly doubling in Waikato this summer.

No change on meat board

Alliance Group chief executive David Surveyor.

No change of the guard for Alliance Group, as challenger Leon Black fails to get elected to the board.

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