Stay with your grazier, dairy farmers told

Rearing heifers using a grazier is a better economic option for dairy farmers than raising them on their own farm, provided the heifers hit their target weights, DairyNZ says.

Dairy farmers are better off staying with their grazier when it comes to rearing heifers, according to DairyNZ.

Taupo Beef wins top sustainability award

Taupo Beef founders Mike and Sharon Barton are the supreme winners of the 2015 Sustainable Business Network Awards.

Taupo Beef is the overall winner of the NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards.

Booklet available on El Nino

Farmers should prepare now for El Nino conditions, says Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries.

Booklet available to farmers and growers on dealing with El Nino.

Farmer voices needed for nutrient and safety debates

Andrew Morrison is the southern South Island director for Beef+Lamb New Zealand.

Farmers need to make sure their voices are heard

Farming in Middle Earth

071211 News photo: Ian Brodie/Matamata Chronicle. Get along to the Hobbiton Movie Set Locals Open Day on Sunday December 18.

The Alexanders had never heard of Peter Jackson when he knocked on the front door of their Matamata farm.

Farmers want power back

Lloyd Morgan and Tom Goodin with photos of damaged wires on power poles. They  say the Powerco lines network around Rahotu is in tatters.

Frequent power cuts plaguing coastal Taranaki are costing farmers tens of thousands of dollars.

Share your stories, farmers told

Rotorua sheep and beef farmers John and Catherine Ford won the 2015 New Zealand Ballance Farm Environment Award.

Beef and sheep industry leaders tell farmers to share their stories.

Farming under the radar

Richard Brewer, with microphone, talks about the sheep and beef unit he operates with wife Jenni and brother William at Makowhai, near Hawera, during Beef+Lamb New Zealand's Under the Radar field day showcasing the partnerships' multi-faceted enterprise.

Brewer brothers showcased their integrated farming enterprise

Lochinver Station sold to NZ buyer

Lochinver Station near Taupo

NZ company buys Lochinver Station after a Chinese suitor for the farm was turned down.

Big steer tips over 1200kg

Jack McDrury, left, and his grandfather  John McDrury are presented with the supreme champion prizes by Canterbury A&P Association president Nicky Hutchinson and sponsor Vicki Hassell.

The McDrurys come up with the heaviest steer again

Arable group to hold North Island event

There will be 12 different presentations on a wide variety of subjects at FAR's new one-off field event at their Tamahere site in December.

FAR are holding a field event at their northern crop research site at Tamahere, near Hamilton in December.

AgResearch confirms redundancies

AgResearch have announced that 51 staff members will be mande redundant in 2016.

AgResearch confirms 78 staff members will lose their jobs.

Flurry of interest in royal show bodes well for future

Waipukurau simmental breeder Tony Thompson and Glen Anthony Brocade line up before judge Bruce Robertson and associate judge Amy Hoogenboom in the all breeds two-year-old heifer class at the Hawke's Bay Royal Show.

Kate Taylor was part of the crowd when the royal show returned to Hawke’s Bay.

Brewer brothers show off their farm.

Beef+Lamb NZ is hosting a field day about the integrated farming operation of Richard Brewer, pictured, and his brother, William.

South Taranaki brothers showcase their farm.

Charolais bull in demand overseas

Silverstream Evolution has been a champion inside and outside of the show ring for the Fisher family.

A charolais bull is making good money for its owners.

Catching up with a prince

New Zealand Red Devon Cattle Breeders' Association president Karen Schumacher, of Inglewood, will visit Prince Charles' estates during the Devon World Congress in the UK in 2016.

Taranaki red devon breeder excited about comparing her sustainable farming methods with those of Prince Charles.

From hay paddock to lamb fattening factory

Sarah Coogan, right, and some of the guests at the ANZ Business of Farming field day in what was a hay paddock redeveloped last spring by her father, Bryan Hocken, to fatten lambs on their Tarata farm.

Today it's stocked with 2600 romney ewes, 900 ewe lamb replacements, and 150 service bulls bought as yearlings for sale to the dairy industry as 2-year-olds.

Tell your story, banker tells Taranaki farmers

ANZ agri general manager agri Ross Verry.

Better stories about the red meat sector will lead to investment, says banker.

Top entrepreneur a cut above

Craig Hickson started Progressive Meats in 1981 employing six staff to process frozen lamb for export.

Hastings meat mastermind named entrepreneur of the year.

NZ Farmer editor wins award

Fairfax's NZFarmer editor Jon Morgan wins the big one in an international agricultural writing award in Hamilton.

Fairfax farming editor Jon Morgan wins international agricultural writing award.

A slice of Kiwi paradise

The Everitt cattle sale gets underway.

Respected Far North cattle breeders the Everitt family invited Andrea Fox to share a special occasion, the 50th John Everitt & Sons spring sale.

The $3 million irrigation call

Waihao valley farmers Martin and Diane Cochrane are looking forward to irrigation water from the new Waihao Downs scheme.

The imminent arrival of reliable irrigation water is exciting – and scary, South Canterbury farmers tell Tony Benny.

TPPA - what does it all mean?

Dairy is the biggest loser in the TPPA deal struck in the early hours of Tuesday.

What will Kiwis get out of the TPPA?

Demand for bucking-bulls on the rise.

Smackdown, Dupont's second most highly ranked bull, at the Winchester Rodeo.

A South Canterbury rodeo contractor breeds bulls for bull riding.

Exporters expect quiet start to lamb sales

Cooks prepare grilled lamb cuts at a restaurant in Beijing.

WITH forecasts of a drop in production of both beef and lamb this season, meat exporters are predicting a quiet start to sales on international markets and little improvement until later in the season.

SFF could become global brand video

Shanghai Maling president Wei Ping Shen and Silver Fern Farms chairman Rob Hewett at Dunedin on Friday September 25.

Silver Fern Farms' products "could have the same global brand recognition as Coca Cola".

High cost in cleaning up Waikato's waterways

Costings to clean up water quality in the region are getting mixed reviews.

The high costs around improving the region's waterways was designed to scare people into maintaining the status quo, Angus Robson says.

83 AgResearch jobs to go

AgResearch proposal will see job losses across the country.

AgResearch has confirmed 83 jobs across the country may go in a nationwide restructure proposal.

Waikato could face a $7.7 billion cleanup bill under new model

Waikato could potentially face a $7.7 billion cleanup bill if it is to bring the region's water quality up to a standard for swimming, taking food and healthy biodiversity.

New modelling suggests a potential $7.7 billion loss to the Waikato regional economy if tougher rules around water quality are adopted by the regional council.

A long life of rooks, roasts and venison

John Cornish in action on the barbecue grill

Recipes spring forth as a long-time meat lover recounts to Jon Morgan a life spent standing behind a barbecue grill or bent over a hot oven.

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