Poor retirement plans hurt farmers

Sheep and beef farmers are getting older and need to lay out plans for farm succession or retirement.

Older farmers are failing to put enough thought into options for selling their farms or passing them on to the next generation.

Rural support in demand

Dame Margaret Millard and Chris Wall are co-ordinators for Manawatu/Rangitikei Rural Family Support Trust.

 More people are contacting the rural support trust as the third year of low milk payouts takes a toll.

Spring rain needed by southern farmers

South Canterbury farmers would like rain to provide a respite from ongoing dry conditions.

A favourable spring to turn around dry conditions would make South Canterbury farmers happy.

South Island bull sales at $42,000 peak

Grassmere Gallant 9, a rising two year old bull bred by the Jeffries from Grassmere Herefords at Cheviot sold for $42,000.

A bull selling for $40,000 misses out on the top priced bull title in the South Island.

Buyers swoop on prime beef

A top price of $40,000 was paid for a rising two year old hereford bull bred by Matariki Herefords, Clarence River, ...

A top price of $40,000 was paid for a young Marlborough hereford bull.

Five generations of rich memories and milestones

Wendy and Brett Loffler on the top of the paddock they call Ngaio on Piritaha Station, Gisborne.

Gisborne sheep and beef station has a proud history of fifth generation farming.

Rest easy with Moocall

Moocall sales specialist Paul Kenny, who was at Fieldays, says the company's calving sensor lets farmers have ...

Calving sensor will put an end to farmers' sleepless nights. says Irish developer.

Bull sale exceeds expectations

A top price of $11,000 was paid by a North Island buyer for a rising two-year-old angus bull at the annual Taimate sale.

Young Marlborough bulls have attracted buyer interest from outside the region.

Growing into a South Canterbury heritage

Waimate farmer Dan Studholme has taken the reins of the family business.

 Waimate, South Canterbury farmer Dan Studholme has taken the reins of a 150 year old family business.

Meat chocolate a hit video

Mustafa Farouk says the meat lover's chocolates have been hugely popular at Fieldays.

Meat and chocolate together at last. But what do people make of it?

Cold weather hits facial ezcema

This year has been one of the worst ever for facial eczema in the North Island. Dairy cattle  affected with the clinical ...

After one of the worst facial eczema years on record, cold weather has finally knocked spore counts.

Safe farms make money, says official

Safer Farms ambassador and former All Black Richard Loe and WorkSafe agriculture programme manager Al McCone are at ...

It's time farmers changed their "she'll be right" culture, says WorkSafe leader at Fieldays.

Big country, big issues

Charlie Reynolds farms big country in the Ormond Valley near Gisborne.

There's a new face at the helm of Gisborne-Wairoa Federated Farmers.

Queue for QEII covenants

Peter Ingram, second from left, who's establishing a QEII open space covenant on 25ha of bush on his 57ha block of land ...

Big demand from Taranaki farmers wanting to protect native bush on their properties.

Top farmers rewarded

Marlborough sheep farmer Chris Dawkins says the new competition will reward financial success, and excellence among ...

A new $60K competition recognises Marlborough sheep and beef farmers for all-round excellence.

Environment NZ's backbone

The environment is New Zealand's competitive advantage on the world market, Blue Ducks Station owner Dan Steele says.

Farming and tourism depend on NZ's environmental image, making the two inextricably linked.

All bulls sell at on-farm sale

A bull goes under the auctioneer's hammer at Merchiston Angus' on-farm sale at Rata in Northern Manawatu.

All Angus bulls sell at on-farm sale

Bouyant beef prices lift bull sales

Kevin and Jane McDonald of Kairuru Poll Hereford Stud discuss their on-farm sale with PGG Wrightson auctioneer Cam Heggie.

Waikato bull sales are drawing good prices on the back of a high beef schedule.

Sheep and beef inflation drops

On-farm inflation on sheep and beef properties over the past 20 years.

 Sheep and beef farmers are benefiting from lower interest and fuel costs at least.

Bull tops sale at $42,000

Rising two year old hereford bull, Grassmere Gallant 9, is believed to be topping the bull sales charts so far this season.

It's a lot of cash - but this hereford's a lot of animal.

Unabashedly a fan of American angus

Gerald Hargreaves' son Tom has taken the reins of Kakahu Angus, at Geraldine, South Canterbury.

Kakahu angus stud in South Canterbury is counting down to its 40th bull sale.

7 generations tread the soil

Hard at work in the Mokairau shearing shed, from left, fencer general Daniel Knubley, Jon Reeves and Nick Land.

A Gisborne couple's business is as much about family as it is about farming.

From beef animal to beef patty

McDonald's patties from off the production line at ANZCO's Waitara plant. .

Although Eltham is without a McDonald's restaurant, the golden arches still have a big presence in the little Taranaki town.

Making his own burger

ANZCO Waitara technical manager Rebecca West, right, cuts a McDonald's patty for Tarata beef farmers Sarah and Jarred ...

North Island beef farmers who checked out the patty-making process for McDonald's burgers were surprised to learn they comprise only beef.

Winter hits farmers

Heavy clouds gather over the Ruahine range.  Winter has hit with cold weather and rain.

Winter hits farmers but they say they are prepared and stock condition and pasture levels are okay.

Could bacon be bartered for drugs?

Bacon is a popular choice for meat thieves.

Police raids on drug houses are turning up meat not money.

Alliance sets up online meat sales

Alliance Group's Pure South products.

Alliance Group wants its farmers and staff to have access to premium export meats.

SFF plants safe this year

Silver Fern Farms chief executive Dean Hamilton,  and chairman Rob Hewett at meeting in Dunedin to discuss the Shanghai ...

Silver Fern Farms rules out for now canning two South Island meat plants despite documents from Shanghai Maling pointing to this.

Angus cattle found worldwide

Joe Fouhy, president of Angus NZ at the  Canterbury A&P Show.

Angus cattle are sought after around the world as people chase black cattle.

Deer come first at Raincliff Station

Raincliff genetics for velvet and venison are improving rapidly.

Kiwi-Welshman Dave Morgan can't leave his heart out of making deer farming decisions.

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