Farming

Arable farmers scan the skies

Carrots in flower for seed

Canterbury's arable farmers are scanning the horizon for more mild weather to get crops in the ground this spring after a wet autumn sowing.

Darfield dryer still the largest

Fonterra milk powder factory Darfield

Canterbury's grasp of the world's largest milk processing dryer title looks to be on safe ground.

Rural burn-offs leave residents fuming

Farm burnoffs in South Canterbury looking towards the Hunter Hills.

Concern is growing about the effect of rural burn-offs on Timaru's air.

Escaping burn-offs cause havoc

Farm burnoffs in South Canterbury looking towards the Hunter Hills.

Canterbury farmers warned to keep winter burn-offs from spreading or face big bills in fire control costs.

Delays frustrate hemp growers

Kina Beach Vineyard.

Seed growers are fed up with continued delays limiting them from growing hemp for the 2014/15 season and developing a vibrant industry.

Milk is the go for firm

Neil Cullen

Global domination is the aim for a new Kiwi product.

Farmers milking technology for results

Crofoot

Farmers need to sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to new technologies targeted at making it easier to do business.

Labour denies change on Lochinver sale

Lochinver Station near Taupo

Labour appears to be warning it may not be able to block the sale of Lochinver station to Chinese investors.

Device may boost quad bike safety

Roll bars could reduce accidents

quad

A South Canterbury man thinks the anti-roll bar he designed could reduce quad bike accidents.

Store lamb market eases at Canterbury

Sheep sale Te Kuiti

Store lamb market back $5 a head in a small yarding at livestock sales at Canterbury Agricultural Park.

Beef cows reach $2kg mark at Coalgate

Close to 200 cattle were sold in two hours at a stock sale at the RD1 Livestock yards in Kaponga.

Top beef cows reach the $2kg mark in the prime cattle market at livestock sales at Coalgate.

Hawke's Bay grape grower wins top wine award

A Hawke's Bay grape grower has won the Champion Wine of the Show at this year's Romeo Bragato Wine Awards.

Foreign land sales hotly debated

Lochinver Station near Taupo

Farm ownership stirred birthright rhetoric from David Cunliffe but gave John Key some strong moments in last night's debate.

Resident worried by Fonterra stink

The Eltham wastewater treatment plant pond where Fonterra has dumped buttermilk byproduct that is creating a stink with nearby residents.

Resident affected by the stench of millions of litres of rotting buttermilk now fears another community might be lumped with the putrid problem.

Wellington alpaca pack a punch

Stephen Mulholland with some of his female alpacas.

Couple tried every major NZ city before deciding on Wellington lifestyle and alpaca farming.

Taranaki farm wins effluent fitness warrant

Blue Rata farm co-owner and Farm Venture CEO Tim Barrett

Warrants of fitness for effluent systems on dairy farms give owners confidence that they're following best industry practice.

Unchecked land conversion resulting in nitrogen loss

DairyNZ strategy and investment leader Rick Pridmore

Land use change is the most important driver of nitrogen loss to water, says water quality specialist Rick Pridmore.

Rabo head sounds positive note for NZ produce

Berry Marttin, a member of the executive board of Rabobank

NZ is in a good position to capitalise on the world's need for good quality food, according to Rabobank's Berry Marttin.

Farmers share secrets of success

roast beef

Southland farmers who sell beef and lamb direct to the consumer will feature on TV.

From the worst dairy farm to one of the best

Dairy cows

Farming company turns its business around after prosecution on four environmental offences led to instructions to stop milking.

Synlait Milk plant approved, waiting on China

Synlait Milk

Canterbury dairy manufacturer Synlait Milk has had its new $28.5 million canning plant given the tick by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Shrek the sheep still the champion

shaun sheep

Those Aussies are forever trying to pull the wool over our eyes. But this time, the dags have fallen short.

New Synlait Milk canning plant gains MPI approval

Synlait Milk

Synlait Milk has had its new $28.5m canning plant given the tick by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

More Canterbury farmers obey poo rules

cows

ECan says more dairy farmers are following rules for disposing of their cows' waste.

A2 growing but little profit

Milk_strap

Company posts small profit in a "challenging" year but says Australian market is doing well.

Westland Milk's forecast dives under $6

Westland Milk

The 60 cents shaved from the West Coast dairy co-op's milk payout range is expected to put strain on some suppliers.

A head for potatoes

Moutoa potato farmer Tony Parlato

Tony Parlato knows a bit about growing potatoes. He has been in the business for almost 20 years.

Fonterra's Chinese food deal a 'game-changer'

Fonterra

Fonterra announces major partnership with Chinese company and investment to boost production capacity in NZ, collectively worth nearly $1.2bn.

Big dairy deal fillip for south

Fonterra

Southland's economy is set to get a major boost from a multimillion-dollar dairy deal.

Fonterra workers get down in the mud

A small army of Fonterra cheese factory workers from Stirling respond to a call for volunteers to plant out the margins of a Landcorp wetland restoration on the Puerua River in South Otago

Wet winter conditions did not deter 33 Fonterra volunteers from planting close to 1200 plants in a Landcorp wetland restoration.

Bigger pens, more piglet deaths: research

A sow and her piglets in a farrowing pen, which is larger than a farrowing (sow) crate.

How many piglet deaths do the public feel are OK if sows are allowed "normal" behaviour outside of restrictive farrowing crates?

Polluted water from the farm beyond the pale

This photo of a glass of didymo-polluted water was emailed to Louise Giltrap.

OPINION: Louise Giltrap is concerned to find clean drinking water is not always available for some farm workers.

Business welcomes Fonterra expansion

leask fonterra

Some small Southland towns are "falling apart", but Edendale's future looks bright.

Organic berry firm snares new market

Organic blueberry growers Robert and Shannon Auton have supply agreements with American farms.

Award-winning organic berry and icecream company has just taken another major step in its export strategy.

Fonterra plans China partnership

Fonterra

Dairy giant to spend $1.2 billion on a global partnership with a Chinese company and boosting production capacity here.

Scientists studying sheepdogs' tactics

sheepdog strap

Researchers are using high technology and maths to work out how sheepdogs herd sheep.

Water management feedback welcome

cows

Northland dairy farmers may soon find they need to apply for resource consents to take water for stock.

Mothering-on trick for ewes and lambs heaven-scent

Southland Times photo

A sheep farmer has a penchant for women's perfumes. But, it's not what you might think.

Black beetles could damage pastures in summer

Black Beetle

Another dry summer could see Black Beetle numbers soar in Waikato.

Better prospects for Waikato calf rearers

calf

The fortunes for calf rearers may have improved this season with better prices expected for reared calves this spring.

White face a premium advantage

Hereford-freisian cattle

Hereford-friesian calves are fetching premium prices in parts of NZ as the annual round of calf sales gets into full swing.

Farm workers' wage model 'unsustainable'

Helen_Kelly_stap

Helen Kelly has told Waikato farmers that a new wage-setting model was needed for farm workers.

The long arm of health and safety gets longer

Quad bike safety

Worksafe NZ's guidelines for the safe use of quad bikes is more than just wearing helmets.

Forum to focus on alpacas and llamas

Alpacas

The newly formed Otago-Southland alpaca owners group aims to educate farmers and lifestyle block owners.

Tree crushes forestry tutor

tree

A forestry tutor in Marlborough was rushed to hospital after tree he was felling as part of a lesson hit him.

Money laundering conviction for Natural Dairy duo

Crafar farm.

Principals of a firm that almost bought the Crafar farms are convicted of laundering HK$230m.

Intensive farmer with eye on the environment

Steve and Jane Wyn-Harris

Steve Wyn-Harris has been honoured for his significant contribution to the sheep industry.

Pest control kickstarts forest park's restoration

Paul Cutfield

Numerous groups collaborate to restore Aorangi Forest Park.

Landcorp doubles profit

Landcorp chief executive Steven Carden

State-owned farmer Landcorp has doubled its net profit to $30m for the year ended June 30, 2014, up $13m from the previous year.

Winegrower conference global affair

grapes for wine

Viticulturists, winemakers, and marketers from all over the world will soon arrive in Blenheim.
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