Boosting pasture makes sense

GREEN GREEN HILLS OF HOME: Increasing pasture and forage growth boosts farm profitability.

We all know the old adage ­ you get out what you put in ­ and nowhere is that more evident on a daily basis than on the farm.

Strategic location move pays off

Steve and Jenny Herries with some of the Alpine Angus stud cows. Their first bull sale averaged $9500.

Angus stud breeders Steve and Jenny Herries took their shop window to a high-traffic area.

MIE hails Hancox victory

Southland farmer Fiona Hancox has been successfully elected on to the Silver Fern Farms board.

The election of Fiona Hancox to the Silver Fern Farms board is a "watershed" for red meat reform, a farmer-led meat group says.

Rugby rep revels in rural life

Carl and Emma Carmichael and their three children, Paige, 3, Jacob, 8, and Jordy, 11 months, are looking forward to the Ohura A & P Show.

Former Taranaki rugby player Carl Carmichael is loving his return to country life.

Farms need stock killed

South Pacific Meats livestock buyer Craig Bull says his company is helping out farmers affected by the drought by taking their animals for killing earlier than usual.

Farmers desperately looking for slaughter houses to take animals earlier than usual as a drought is officially declared.

It's not all work down at Ranui Farm

Rob Ennor moving sheep. They breed their own replacements.

Ranui is foremost a working farm, but for two afternoons each week it becomes a public playground.

Lesson learned after bull's uni adventure video

BULL'S ON PARADE: An escaped bull spent an hour running around Massey University?s Auckland campus.

Bull causes a stir at an Auckland campus after breaking free and evading capture for an hour.

Grass-fed NZ beef is 'a special thing'

Te Kuiti farmers William and Karen Oliver say family values and professional values are top of mind in their planning and thinking.

You may be tearing your hair out about it right now, but New Zealand grass is pure gold as far as American premium meat buyers are concerned.

Germans love our grass-fed beef

New Zealand's hereford story goes down well with German diners.

A high-value niche seems to be growing for NZ beef in the German market dominated by pork and poultry.

Sheep, beef outlook gives hope

LOOKING UP: Despite the dry weather, there are green shoots showing through in projections for the season ahead.

2015 might just go down as a good year for Waikato's drystock sector.

Family united on succession plans

George Tennent, left, and his father David at the Hessett block in the foothills of the Ruahine Range.

A Hawke's Bay couple are carefully planning for the time when their four sons take over three farms.

Analysts bullish about beef


Beef and sheep farmers can look forward to a positive year, according to the Rabobank agribusiness outlook for 2015.

Cows prepped for premier event

The first of the cows is prepared for the NZ Dairy Event at Manfield Stadium, Feilding.

Cows were primped for showing and sales at the opening day of the NZ Dairy Event.

'Spooked' cow breaks farmer's legs

INJURED: Hawke’s Bay farmer Gary Quinn is in hospital after a cow kicked him and fractured both his legs.

Farmer takes little pleasure in knowing the 600kg beast that kicked him will soon be on a plate.

Meat plants face stock surge

STOCK OFFLOADED: Canterbury farmland is drying up, affecting feed supplies.

Meat processing plants are in over-drive as farms offload lambs and other livestock in dry conditions.

Farmer sells lambs as drought looms

GETTING READY: David Meares, a Greta Valley sheep and beef farmer, is selling off lambs as drought looms.

North Canterbury farmer sells 1400 lambs early due to dry weather not seen for decades.

Beef exports reach record highs

RECORD HIGH: Beef+Lamb New Zealand figures show that beef and veal exports were worth nearly $600 million for the last three months of the year.

Beef and veal exports reached record highs in the months from October to December, both in value and tonnages.

Resignations see new faces at helm

EXITED: Hamish Simson, who headed privately-owned Affco for four years, left the company at Christmas.

Exit of Affco CEO means three of NZ's Big Four meat companies start the year with new faces at the top.

Beef and sheep prices take small drop

Weighty returns: Beef prices look set to continue to rise during 2015, driven by US demand.

Sheep and beef prices have dipped slightly following a slackening in global demand, but the sectors are still looking healthy according to the ASB. 

Beef farmers bullish

Weighty returns: Beef prices look set to continue to rise during 2015, driven by US demand.

Waikato beef farmers are enjoying some of the best returns in years for their cattle

McDonald's better beef aim

McDonald's burger.

McDonald's is on a mission to show how sustainable the beef that goes into its hamburgers really is.

Red beef by word of mouth

Julian and Fiona Downs, Rannoch Meats owners and red devon farmers at Greytown.

Red devon meat sold to Wellington diners provides a handy income for a small Wairarapa block.

Macca's beefing up burger image

McDonald's burger.

McDonald's is on a mission to show its customers how sustainable the NZ beef that goes into its hamburgers really is.

Prestige farming passion

Wairarapa farmers Matt and Lynley Wyeth inspired more than 200 Taranaki sheep farmers at Beef+ Lamb NZ’s inaugural Big Dine In in Stratford.

Enthusiastic Wairarapa farmers Matt and Lynley Wyeth are putting the beef and sheep industry in the spotlight.

Living and loving life

Mark Fagan in the cattle yards. The cattle are so quiet they come to his call.

In the deepest darkest area of King Country, Mark Fagan has discovered and farms a slice of paradise.

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.

Big jump in calf cull

MORE CULLED: Beef+Lamb numbers reveal that 10 per cent bobby calves were culled this year compared to last year.

NZ's bobby calf kill was up nearly 10 per cent this spring compared to last year.

Big is getting bigger

WHITE FACES: David Ellis raises whitehead and whiteface bulls and heifers.

Waikato bloodstock maestro has achieved many of his blueblood horse industry dreams but earning $2300 for a prime steer this month was a standout moment.

Red cattle beef up op

RED BEAUTIES: Red poll cattle on Kelvin and Kath Lane's farm.

A herd of chocolate-red cattle is brightening up a Manawatu sheep and a beef farming couple's lives.

Eight years at top enough


The outgoing Silver Fern Farms boss' major regret is the failed joint venture with rural services company PGG Wrightson.

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