Learn to fight rural crime

From left, Taranaki Federated Farmers rural security chairman Joe Menzies, rural police officer Rhys Connell,  Othmar ...

A national roadshow aiming at preventing rural crime stems from a Taranaki initiative.

Online beef company grows fast

Nick Carey, general manager of Green Meadows Beef, which has been judged the fastest-growing agriculture business in the ...

Selling beef online has proved successful for a Taranaki family.

Couple say awards challenge farmers

Horizon Ballance Farm Environment Awards supreme winners David and Adrienne Hopkins and their sharemilkers Ben and ...

Entries in the 2017 Taranaki Ballance Farm Environment Awards close in a week.

Lambing with a shiver

Ian and Janet Woodhouse farm 1001ha in two blocks near Eketahuna.

Spring weather goes from warm sunshine to light snow and back to sun when Kate Taylor visits an Eketahuna farming couple.

Bull sales up from strong beef prices

Values for dairy cows have lifted significantly over the past six months.

Beef bulls are in demand as cash-strapped dairy farmers look for alternative revenue.

Catlins family celebrates 125 years of settlement

Bruce and Nathan Wilson alongside an historic waterwheel on Matuanui Farms that was restored in 2011.

A reliable rail link was the key ingredient to a family's early farming success in the Catlins.

Spring bull sale season starts

Meadowslea angus cows, selected for their do-ability, are run on the hill year round.

The spring bull season is about to swing into action in South Canterbury.

Bumpy ride for farmers

It's going to be a bumpy ride. Lamb exports are tipped to be down on last season.

The exchange rate is tipped to knock beef and lamb export returns this season.

Farming to the land's capabilities on the East Coast

The Steeds believe crossing the angus and hereford breeds gives them the best of both worlds.

Gisborne sheep and beef farmers who are passionate about staying true to good, old-fashioned Kiwi farming - with a few modern twists thrown in for the good of the stock.

Rural call to speak up on suicide

Young Farmers chief executive Terry Copeland says suicide and depression is an issue rural communities cannot ignore.

New Zealand's rural communities need to learn to talk openly about suicide and depression.

Proven beef sires worth more

The study compared the performance of progeny sired by proven and unrecorded hereford sires.

Study confirms the benefits of producing high-value calves with minimal calving problems by breeding to proven beef genetics.

Water plan change worries farmers

Hill country sheep and beef farmers are worried about the impact new rules to improve the water quality in the Waikato ...

 The realities of what farming under the Healthy Rivers legislation means is hitting home for Waikato farmers.

Against the dairy tide

Angus cattle are grown to about 420kg liveweight, before being sent to the Five Star Beef feedlot for finishing.

The McLauchlan family has gone against the dairy flow to stock a Mid Canterbury farm with sheep and beef.

Award winners supply lambs 10 months of the year

Chris and Anne-Marie Allen, winners of Silver Fern Farms' 2016 Plate to Pasture award.

While most of their neighbours have converted to dairying, the winners of Silver Fern Farms' Plate to Pasture Award have determinedly stuck with sheep and beef.

Auckland loses its sparkle

Pip Robinson says yearling bulls will be 30kg heavier than last year at this week's Kokonga Herefords sale at Frankton.

 A young south Auckland hereford cattle stud breeder has thrown himself into farming with all the passion of the true convert.

Kiwis farming wagyu beef

A purebred wagyu steer bred by David Marshall of Leeston. Marshall has since isolated the polled gene and is breeding a ...

 Kiwi farmers have put their own touch on wagyu cattle to avoid the indulgent, beer-swilling stereotype.

When Mother Nature demands the rent

The traces of silt can still be seen where Paul Pedersen's flats were flooded.

Occasional flooding is the price paid for farming the Mangawhio Valley.

Farmers brace for a third hot summer

South Canterbury farmer Miles Anderson says he is okay dry-wise for the moment but moisture will be the limiting factor ...

Look out Canterbury farmers - another long, hot and dry summer lies ahead.

Farmer gets best out of organic waste

Stuart McIlwrick; neighbours have commented on how good our pastures look now we've  started using the compost.

Farmer uses Christchurch city green waste as fertiliser.

New rules mooted to improve Waikato's waterways

All Waikato farmers will have to undertake environmental plans and any land use change will require a resource consent ...

Waikato farming practices are in for a shakeup with new rules designed to improve water quality. 

Cheviot butcher to represent New Zealand

Nolton Laing will represent New Zealand this weekend.

North Canterbury butcher Nolton Laing has earned himself an adventure through hard work and persistence.

Soil science important for fertility

PGG Wrightson national technical manager for land production Milton Munro inspects soil at the Telford Campus.

Understanding soils is the key to making good decisions about pastures and crops.

Red devon breeder worried about TB effect

New Zealand Red Devon Cattle Breeders' Association president Karen Schumacher, of Inglewood, led a delegation to the ...

A New Zealand red devon breeder says bovine tuberculosis in UK herds is reducing the breed's gene pool.

Porina damages southern pastures

Porina caterpillars feed on grass and clover at night.

Porina damage extensive in south.

Get ready to cast your votes

It is important that farmers get out and vote for candidates in the council elections who can better represent them, ...

 OPINION: When you vote in October, make it count towards candidates who understand the rural community.

Grass-fed wagyu beef a profitable option for Canterbury farmers

Firstlight supply chain manager Peter Keeling with wagyu calves. Keeling is keen to talk to Canterbury dairy farmers ...


Grand plans for a former wild cattle breed

Graeme Turner feeds his belted galloway cattle at Te Pahu.

Anne Boswell visits a Waikato couple who believes galloway cattle are the next breed to become a household name.

Telling our story to the world

Mustering sheep is part of the story of sheep farming in New Zealand.

Beef+Lamb NZ wants to tell consumers the New Zealand farming story.

Ground-breaking hoof study goes beyond Taranaki

Hosing a cow's hoof during milking allows it to be  inspected for bovine digital dermatitis.

A Taranaki pilot study of a hoof disease threatening New Zealand dairy production has laid the foundation for more extensive research.

Ewe got to be kidding

No increase to Beef + Lamb NZ levies this year.

A meeting for Beef + Lamb NZ draws just one attendee - a dairy farmer.

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