Hawera Rural Women celebrate milestone

Hawera Rural Women president Nancy Riddick holds the birthday cake at the organisation's 90th birthday celebration. With her, from left, are national president Wendy McGowan, past national president Val Tarrant and Hawera branch treasurer Barbara Rogers.

Hawera has the oldest branch of Rural Women NZ still operating in the country and celebrated its 90th birthday with a big party.

Sheep urinates on TV reporter video

Conor Macauley had a little lamb, and a very wet boot by the time this segment was over.

Ewe could say it was the kind of live-stream TV report that gives you a warm feeling; a number one shot, even. 

'The world needs less milk'

Global dairy prices have dropped 39 percent from an all- time high in February 2014 and are the lowest in five years, United Nations data show.

There's so much milk flowing out of US cows these days that some is ending up in dirt pits.

Police back farmers' rural crime fight

Taranaki Federated Farmers rural security chairman Joe Menzies, of Mangamingi, Whanganui MP Chester Borrows, and national community policing co-ordinator Alasdair Macmillan, of Wellington, discuss ways to encourage farmers to report rural crime to the police.

Police bosses are taking notice of the efforts of Taranaki farmers fighting rural crime.

Trust retains dairying confidence

Westpac Taranaki Agricultural Research Station supervisor Debbie McCallum and chairman Brendan Attrill want the farm to be profitable within the confines of scientific research.

The trust operating Taranaki's agricultural research station has confidence in the future of dairying, despite two years of projected low payout.

Farm passes wow test

Catherine and John Ford, owners of Highland Station near Rotorua and winners of the Ballance Farm Environment Award for 2015.

Winning the nation's top farming award has special significance for a Rotorua couple.

Organic wines pass quality test

John Bell and Kaye McAulay, organic wine makers and owners of Vynfields winery in Martinborough.

Organic wines are as good quality and yields similar to conventional wines, study shows

Meat reform resolution non-binding on SFF board

Silver Fern Farms chief executive Dean Hamilton.

Silver Fern Farms board could ignore moves forcing it to examine the benefits and risks of a merger with the Alliance Group.

Top fencer 'chuffed' with win

Matt Jones of Levin competes in the Golden Pliers.

It was seventh time lucky for a chuffed Tim Stafford at the recent National Fencing Championships.

Going the extra mile for sustainability

The Lea family in Ratanui's Waikato native plant nursery, from left Chelsea, Charlie, Sophie, Georgia and Helen.

Charlie Lea farms in a traditional but his rural environmental business is anything but.

Farmer welcomes river access

Ali Gordon, Mia Gordon, Alistair Gibb and daughter Emma on a pony trek on the track across farmland to a scenic section of the Ruamahanga River near Gladstone.

Alistair Gibb says he would like to see better public access across farmland - and he is showing the lead.

Hawarden farmers hope irrigation wait is over

Storage water for a new irrigation scheme is proposed to come from the Waitohi River.

Hawarden farmers who took much of the brunt of the Canterbury drought hope the long wait for a new irrigation scheme is over.

Sheep deaths escalating

Sheep from the livestock ship Nada are coralled on arrival in Mexico.

SAFE is claiming 252 sheep destined for the live export shipment to Mexico, died before they even went on board.

Lessons from many mentors

Pita Alexander tracks his many mentors through a long working career.

My first boss was my mother and she was a quiet achiever who pulled me into getting things done rather than pushing me.

Internet in the land of the long trenches

New Zealand faces higher costs than other countries in developing a broadband network.

OPINION: Just comparing New Zealand's broadband prices with those overseas is simplistic because costs are higher here.

Warning of 'bumpy' economy, slower NZ growth

The fall in dairy prices will spill over into the wider economy, amid warnings of "bumpy" times ahead.

The economy is facing a "bumpy" time in the face of world economic volatility and the continued decline in dairy prices, Steven Joyce says.

Feilding meat workers worried

350 people are being laid-off at Affco's Feilding beef plant.

Meat workers in seasonal layoff at Affco's Feilding beef plant are worried about what conditions they might return to.

TPP 'would grow NZ'

Protesters shout at senate offices as they demonstrate against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement on Capitol Hill in Washington in late June.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership will about 2 per cent a year to the New Zealand economy, economist says.

Fonterra guilty of causing a stink

Fonterra's Whareroa plant in Hawera.

Fonterra has been found guilty causing a bad smell in Eltham that has lasted two years.

Prime lambs top $120 at sale

Livestock go under the hammer at Canterbury Agricultural Park.

The heaviest prime lambs made $120 at livestock sales at Canterbury Agricultural Park, in Christchurch, this week.

Strong bull buying on good market

Canterbury buyers came out in all conditions to eye up the talent in a good bull selling season.

Drought failed to deter bull buyers from investing in their breeding programmes during Canterbury's bull sale season.

University in bottom rung of top dairy farmers

Executive director Ron Pellow is at ease with the demonstration farm's declining financial performance because of the environmental advantages.

Dairy demonstration farm at Lincoln University is sliding down the ladder against top Canterbury farmers because of nitrogen loss restraints.

SFF shareholders gain support

Otago farmer Allan Richardson has gained enough support to force special meeting of Silver Fern Farms to discuss meat industry reform.

Farmer shareholders have gained enough support to force Silver Ferns Farms to hold a special meeting.

Chicken farming maestro looks home

Max Bryant plans to return home to Manawatu soon.

Chickens might not be a sexy investment but across the ditch they're producing a steady income for a Kiwi-controlled company.

Fonterra job cuts plan confirmed

Fonterra workers file into a staff meeting held in the Salvation Army Hall in Hamilton.

Fonterra confirms that massive jobs cuts are underway after a series of leaks about staff meetings across the country.

Dairy prices tumble again

Dairy prices fell another 5.9 per cent on Wednesday night.

Worried farmers 'beyond words' after eighth consecutive fall in Fonterra's GlobalDairyTrade auction.

Dairy prices tumble again

Dairy prices fell another 5.9 per cent on Wednesday night.

Worried farmers 'beyond words' after eighth consecutive fall in Fonterra's GlobalDairyTrade auction.

Yealands sells to power firm video

Managing director of Marlborough Lines Ken Forrest, left, and Yealands Wine Group founder Peter Yealands, right.

Marlborough entrepreneur Peter Yealands has sold his majority shareholding in Yealands Wine Group to Marlborough Lines.

Sheep industry celebrates its best

Clinton farmer Hamish Bielski won the Ballance Agri-Nutrients Sheep Industry Emerging Talent award in the 2015 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards.

The sheep industry's standout performers have been named at the Beef + Lamb NZ Sheep Industry Awards in Invercargill.

Judge to rule on Eltham milk saga

Environment Court Judge Brian Dwyer will deliver his decision about whether Fonterra is liable for the offensive smells emitted in Eltham during March and May last year, after it dumped millions of litres of buttermilk in the town's wastewater treatment plant.

How a favour turned foul has been played out in a New Plymouth court.

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