Where the best bulls come from

Mid Canterbury hereford breeder David Morrow of Okawa Stud.

The best bulls come from studs who farm commercially, the man behind Okawa Herefords tells Tony Benny.

Thin cattle not suffering - MPI

A photo of thin cattle being transported on a Cook Strait ferry in March.

Investigation into thin cattle on a Cook Strait ferry reveals no evidence of animal harm.

Beef and veal exports hit record

US appetite for hamburger meat has driven New Zealand beef exports to record levels.

Soaring beef and veal export returns push up prices for shoppers in NZ.

Record returns for beef

Strong demand and a weak New Zealand dollar led to record high returns for beef in the first six months of the 2014-15 meat export season

Strong demand and a weak NZ dollar led to record-high returns, Beef + Lamb NZ says.

So far, so good for beet trial

Callum Wilson lifts a plant from his trial crop of fodder beet at his Strathburn property near Middlemarch.

Callum Wilson hoping a relatively experimental fodder beet crop will pay off on Strath Taieri farm.

Award-winning farmers 'look and leap'

Rob and Lucy Thorneycroft at the field day on their Tiraumea farm after winning the Keinzley AgVet Wairarapa Sheep and Beef Farm Business of the Year.

The analytical way they look at their business has set the winners of the Wairarapa Sheep and Beef Farm Business of the Year ahead of their peers.

Angus stud joins 100 club

Will and Viv MacFarlane of Waiterenui Angus say they are "eco-system aware".

Hawke's Bay business becomes only the fourth angus stud to reach 100 years in NZ.

Top farm business an industry leader

The balance between managing farming and the environment has come naturally to Richard Subtil, left, who runs Omarama Station with his wife, Annabelle.

High country station with merino ewes, cattle and hydroelectricity generation wins Canterbury's top farm environment award.

Uplifting award success but future uncertainty lingers

The Highland Station team, from left, Daniel Hodson, Bronwyn Edwards, Kevin Kelly, Colin Mead, Catherine and John Ford, and George Bulled.

A farm environment awards win is bittersweet for the owners of Rotorua's Highland Station.

Going from strength to strength

Tararua farmers of the year Ken and Steph Norman have been slowly building the size of their farm.

Diversification, excellent return on capital and a passion for dry stock farming are just some of the strengths of the Tararua Sheep and Beef Farmers of the Year.

Beef + Lamb changes in south

Olivia Ross, Beef + Lamb NZ's southern South Island extension manager, with her horses Bob Marley, left, and Waylon Jennings.

Olivia Ross has been appointed Beef + Lamb New Zealand's southern South Island extension manager.

Commercial focus the goal for angus stud

Waiterenui Alliance C85 - his last sons will be for sale at auction in June.

Commercial focus was the goal of Will and Viv MacFarlane after taking over the Waiterenui herd on the death of Will's father in 1988.

Sheep and beef prices tipped to rise

Prices for beef and sheep are predicted to rise in April.

Sheepmeat and beef prices are predicted to rise in April.

Guardians of the land - a family tradition

Supreme winners of 2015 Ballance Farm Environment Award are, from left, William Akers, Laura Oughton, Judy Akers and Hugh Akers.

Heritage is important to the family at Broadlands Station which recently won an environment award.

New Zealand signs free trade deal with South Korea

New Zealand's Trade Minister Tim Groser.

NZ signs free trade deal with South Korea and beef and dairy industries to be biggest beneficiaries.

Indonesia blocks NZ beef

Beef on display in shop.

NZ beef exporters have had the door shut on them by Indonesia in a drive for self-sufficiency.

Clever clover management boosts output at Tempello

Subterranean clover is a major species in Tempello's spring pasture.

Learning how to manage subterranean clover has allowed a Marlborough couple to produce more at the same time as reducing inputs.

152 starving cows put down


Dead cattle in drains, starved cows with parasites and trapped in mud on West Coast farm.

SI farmers' returns have a lot less fat

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Sheep and beef farmers should earn on average $109,400 before tax in the 2014-15 year, according to Beef + Lamb New Zealand.

Red-meat farmers could 'slug it out'

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ANZCO Foods titan Sir Graeme Harrison says the latest report on the red meat industry understates the ability of the meat companies to slug it out through "attrition".

Massive gains in red meat merger

Documentary: You might be surprised by the answer to Michael Mosley: Should I Eat Meat?

Billions of dollars could potentially be saved consolidating parts of the red-meat industry, says reform group.

Sheep and beef are doing it tough in drought

Sheep consume suplemetary feed in a dry paddock in Marlborough.

The drought has put a dent in the incomes of South Island sheep and beef farmers, particularly those with lower beef cattle ratios.

Red meat sector at crossroads

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Family sheep and beef farms poised to be lost to foreigners and dairy farming the publishers of a new no-holds-barred report claim.

Changing guard at Smedley

SEEKING NEW CHALLENGES: Terry and Judy Walters were only nine years older than the oldest cadet at Smedley when they started as managers.

With the farm cadet training scheme in good heart after 19 years, the station's managers are keen to take up a new challenge.

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.

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