Sheep farms halve

The number of sheep farms in South Canterbury has halved since 2000. Will sheep farms become a thing of the past?

Will the iconic New Zealand sheep farm become a thing of the past in South Canterbury?

Boutique breeders prize lesser-known cattle breeds

Mike and Anne McSweeney's red poll cattle are a great breed for grass-only farms because of their excellent foraging.

Speckle park, white galloway, blonde d'aquitaine and red poll sound like ice-cream flavours but they are cattle breeds.

Opportunity knocks for Taranaki farmers

Bronwyn Muir.

Bronwyn Muir turns her focus to the positive points of farming in Taranaki.  

Fantasy comes true for former jockey

Ballymore co-trainer Chad Ormsby enjoyed his sixth rodeo on January 24 at the Kimbolton backyard bullride.

Chad Ormsby takes his mind off horse racing by being thrown around by bulls.

A petrolhead farmer on land and in the air

Farmer, contractor and Horizons  chairman Bruce Gordon with his passion and hobby, his Cessna light aircraft.

Regional council chairman, farmer, agricultural contractor and pilot Bruce Gordon wears plenty of hats.

Facial eczema spore counts jump

Ryegrass pastures recently cut for silage are the most susceptible to facial eczema.

Facial eczema spore counts for stock are up across the upper North Island from warm and wet weather.

Feilding woman wins place in agri-final

Manawatu farm consultant Erica van Reenen is one of three finalists in an Australasian competition.

Feilding consultant in Australasian agri-finals for big award.

Sheep meat prices disappoint director

Global conditions have lowered prices farmers are receiving for sheep meat.

While the lead-up to Christmas is a blur of crutching, shearing, weaning and producing stock in top condition for market, mid-January is our time to take stock, re-group and plan how we intend to proceed through until autumn.

Pivotal issues facing farmers in 2016

More action will be taken in 2016 to address shortcomings in calf welfare, Chris Lewis  says.

OPINION: More action will be taken in 2016 to address shortcomings in calf welfare, Chris Lewis says.

Red meat shipping up, prices down

Lamb shipments increased, but North Asian prices dropped 16 per cent, highlighting the economic slowdown in China.

Record shipments of red meat have been sold more cheaply.

Beef earnings set to stay high

There are signs the Australian beef herd is starting to rebuild after three years of near-record cattle slaughter.

Positive export outlook for New Zealand beef this year, says Rabobank.

Time to think about facial eczema

New Plymouth vet Ross Gadsby says it's time for farmers to start zinc treatment to prevent facial eczema in their animals.

This week's rain in North Taranaki has created potentially ideal conditions for facial eczema.

Plan change to improve Waikato's water quality delayed

New rules designed to improve Waikato's water quality have been postponed until June to allow more time to process all of the information.

The group tasked with proposing new rules to improve Waikato's water quality have asked for more time to make their recommendations.

Waikato Farm Environment Awards finalists found

Te Awamutu dairy farmer John Hayward is a finalist for the 2016 Farm Environment Awards.

Six farm businesses have been chosen as finalists for this years Farm Environmnet Awards.

Farmers just ahead of the water game

Sheep stud breeder Ike Williams of Pleasant Point says the water table on his farm has disappeared and he is relying on the odd shower of rain.

More rain is needed for South Canterbury farmers.

Stratford accountants explain numbers to farmers in new book

Andrew Darke, left and John Dazley, the principals of Stratford accountancy firm CMK, have written Grow your numbers, a finance guide for farmers.

631825176 Andrew Darke, left, and John Dazley, the principals of Stratford accountancy firm CMK, have written a finance guide for farmers called Grow your numbers. PHOTO: SUE O'DOWD/FAIRFAX NZ

Gregan and Wright stand for B+LNZ board

Bill Wright of Cannington is standing for election to the Central South Island directorship of Beef and Lamb New Zealand.

Bill Wright of Cannington, and John Gregan of Bluecliffs are standing for seats on the B+LNZ board.

Firm plans resort near Auckland

Sheep and beef will continue to be farmed on the Waikaretu land.

Chinese firm planning to build resort on large sheep and beef farm near Auckland.

Breeders promote galloway cattle

Stoney Brook stud owners Richard and Sue Dyson, of Tataraimaka, with some of their white galloway herd of 18 animals. In the background are fellow breeders, Desrae Scown and Clint Fisher, of Hurleyville.

Taranaki galloway breeders are gearing up for the national AGM and conference being held in the region in April.

Environmental reform lies ahead

The Collaborative Stakeholders Group will put a plan change proposal that will set new rules around nutrient limits in waterways to the Waikato Regional Council in April.

New rules setting nutrient limits in Waikato will hugely impact farmers this year.

Hard year for sheep farmers

Horizons Regional Council chairman and Rangitikei farmers and contractor Bruce Gordon.

Sheep breeders are enduring a hard year as prices crash.

Farmers face difficult market

Federated Farmers Manawatu/Rangitikei  Meat and Ffibre chairman, Richard Morrison on his farm near Marton.

Disappointing meat plant prices for sheep and beef farmers.

Tough year for dairy farmers

Manawatu/Rangitikei Federated Farmers president James Stewart.

It has been a tough year for dairy farmers.

Feilding stockman to retire

Reg Vautier works at the Feilding saleyards.  He is retiring after 45 years.

Stock man started in 1971 and took sheep and cattle from paddocks to the sale. He has seen many changes.

Volumes up, prices fall

The median price per hectare for farm sales in the three months to November fell 3.9 per cent compared with the same months last year.

More farms are being sold but median prices have fallen slightly.

Meat co-operative supports dry farmers

Alliance chairman Murray Taggart.

Meat processor Alliance Group put its co-operative spirit ahead of profits in the drought.

El Nino could bring lift in facial eczema risk

A calf suffering the effects of facial eczema.

Waikato farmers are being warned to be on alert for facial eczema this summer with forecasters predicting strong El Nino conditions.

Good beef returns look promising for next year

Beef returns look promising for next year.

High beef returns are likely to continue despite the global supply easing.

New survey shows banks support farmers

The nation's banks are continuing to support dairy farmers through the low payout, according to a new Federated Farmers survey.

Banks stand by farmers in dairy downturn, shows survey.

Strong outlook for primary sector

Forestry exports are expected to grow by $613 million for the year to June 2016.

Meat, wool, horticulture and forestry exports will counterbalance the dairy downturn.

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