Still battling Mother Nature's mess

Tututawa sheep and beef farmers John and Philippa McBride, with pet foxy Max, still face a massive clean-up after their farm was flooded in June.

Taranaki couple have barely started cleaning up their farm damaged in the June floods because the sodden ground is still hindering repairs.

US quota breach close

The current beef kill is double the normal throughput at this time of year.

New Zealand will come very close to breaching its beef export quota to the US, and may even run out of quota this year, but farmers should not be concerned, says the Meat Industry Association.

Room for more bull beef

Bull beef is a "very saleable product" says Tony Egan.

NZ's bull beef exports jump nearly $250m this year with one processor suggesting there is market room for more bull beef farming.

Beef farmer wins top award

North Waikato bull beef farmer Neil Aicken was judged Silver Fern Farms' 2015 Plate to Pasture winner.

A Waikato bull beef farmer has beaten 16,000 other red meat farmers across NZ to win the 2015 Plate to Pasture award.

Beef prices set to rise

North Waikato farmer Neil Aicken says it has never been a better time to be farming beef.

Meat lovers can expect to pay a little more for their barbecued steak this summer thanks to jump in beef prices.

Making NZ TB-free a reality

OSPRI group manager Peter Alsop says the new TB-free plan will not apply until July 1, 2016.

OPINION: It is an important time for those involved in the fight against bovine TB with the review of OSPRI's TBfree programme currently under way.

Riding the long paddock

Alice Mabin, from high country shepherd to entrepreneur of the year.

It's quite the journey … from high country shepherd to winner of a national business award.

Levy 'needed' to continue work

The red meat sector was $161m better off  in 2014 due to New Zealand's free trade agreements and advocacy by Beef+Lamb New Zealand's market access team, James Parsons says.

Beef+Lamb NZ chairman James Parsons says the organisation's market access team have made big gains for farmers.

Daring to be different pays dividends

John Jackson farms bulls in 650 cells on his Te Akau South, Waikato, farm.

Running bulls on a coastal farm means twin challenges for a Te Akau South family partnership constantly working to improve productivity.

Cow cull quota concerns

The high levels of dairy cows being culled has led to concerns that New Zealand could hit its beef export quota to the US.

High dairy cow cull rate sparks concerns that NZ beef exports to US could run out of its 2015 quota.

Alliance candidate backing away from dairy

Farm owner Gray Baldwin is scaling down his dairying businesses and scaling up his beef interests.

Waikato farmer downsizing dairying business as he seeks election to Alliance meat company's board.

Tough country ... tender steaks

Cattle on Gisborne's Poututu Station are three quarter hereford and one quarter shorthorn.

Even in a tough year, a Gisborne beef farmer's steers provide the most tender steak.

Stellar success from hard work

Mangaroa Station's Hadfield family. From left, Atawhai, Ariana, Bart, Nuku and Lee.

Going into business with family isn't always a good idea but it happens all the time in farming.

Low stress the key to success at Whangara

Te Mania Jonah at Beef Expo with Patrick Lane and Kristin and Robbie Kirkpatrick.

Growing up on a farm doesn’t automatically mean you will want to be a farmer. But Kate Taylor found a young manager north of Gisborne who knew it was the future he wanted.

Taranaki farmer counts himself lucky

Okoki farmer Alan Cudmore has been feeding his rising two-year-old red devon bulls in a sacrifice paddock since the devastating rain dump in June.

Taranaki sheep and beef farmer wishes he could do more to help his flood-stricken colleagues.

Receiver rumour nonsense says Federated Farmers


News that an unnamed bank in Ashburton put a receiver on call over financially-strapped farmers is "nonsense".

Young Future Beef gun just a natural

Young Future Beef gun Nicolas Verry is granddad Joe Fouhy's right hand man.

Nine-year-old Nicolas Verry wants to be a stock agent when he grows up.

Winning ways with wiltshires and herefords

Wiltshire sheep and stud hereford breeders Mary and Martin Taylor and son Daniel brave a cold southerly to smile for the camera.

Sheep and beef farmers Martin and Mary Taylor haven't shorn or dagged a sheep in at least 10 years.

Offers flood in for Mr Bull

Brian Arnopp, of Paraparaumu, acquired Mr Bull four years ago, but can no longer feed him. So he is giving him away to a good home.

Offers pour in to re-home a lovable steer after owner takes bull by the horns.

Australia close to major live export cattle deal

Australia's Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce estimates the deal with China is potentially worth between A$1 billion to A$2 billion a year to the Australian economy.

Australia's Agriculture Minister signs off on key protocols that will clear the way for up to a million head of live cattle to be exported to China annually.

Dairy beef on the money

Dairy beef yearlings.

Dairy farmers are being urged to potentially treble their calf income with a simple change to their herd mating programme.

You can only control employment

Make sure you have a plan heading into the calving and lambing seasons.

OPINION: Most of you reading this now will be getting ready for calving and lambing in the next month

Top hereford price paid

Rob and Mary Ann Burrows paid the lion's share of $31,000 for their new bull,  Limehills Starter, to top the hereford price list.

A hereford bull topping the price list for the breed this season at $31,000 is at its new Ashley home.

Aussie meats, sold dirt cheap

Owner Sven Nielsen from  Molten restaurant in Mt Eden Auckland serves Australian and New Zealand lamb topside mini roasts to customers in a blind taste test.

Australia is sticking a fork in the New Zealand meat market and we're eating it up.

Thin cattle outrage prompts call for covers

A Federated Farmers meeting in Blenheim has called for stock trucks to be covered when carrying stock across Cook Strait.

Farmers reminded that stock should be covered on long journeys after photo of cattle on ferry sparks controversy.

Stacking on the high-value meat cuts

Rob Johnstone feeds out to a mob of 22-month old replacement heifers.

Rob Johnstone swears by his limousin cattle and has the results to back it up.

Push to market meat

New Zealand's meat exports need to leap out at the customers in the supermarket shelves of the world, Rick Powdrell says.

OPINION: Our meat exports are not well marketed.

Heat is on as natural springs dry up video

Conway Flat beef farmer Tim Wilding on top of the hill at his North Canterbury farm.

Canterbury farm hasn't seen dry conditions like this since the 1980s.

Strong bull buying on good market

Canterbury buyers came out in all conditions to eye up the talent in a good bull selling season.

Drought failed to deter bull buyers from investing in their breeding programmes during Canterbury's bull sale season.

Drought still major concern in Marlborough

Dam storage on Rob Peter's Cape Campbell farm.

The effects of the lengthy drought and continuing feed supply and grass growth issues continue to concern farmers.

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