El Nino to give farmers rough ride

Te Whanga farm, east of Masterton, during the last dry spell in March.

Rainfall could drop by 15 per cent in some parts of the country, climate scientists say.

Getting more out of meat

Nathan Guy, minister for Primary Industries makes an  economic announcement at the saleyards in Feilding, Manawatu.

Nathan Guy launches new initiative for sheep and beef farms.

Dinner shout for struggling sharemilkers

Retired dairy farmer Bob Pigott is giving Taranaki farmers going through tough times a break from cooking with a $1000 worth of food vouchers.

A New Plymouth man who knows first hand how farmers do it tough is helping out the best he can.

Quad bike death takes dad

Police investigate a quad bike death on a Puketaha farm, near Hamilton

A quad bike tragedy has ripped a hole in hard-working farming family.

Country woman lost to depression

Matt Shirtcliffe is speaking out about farmer depression after his wife, Mary, died three months ago.

"It's a little bit like a cancer. Sometimes you can beat it, but sometimes it can beat you."

Surprise! It's quadruplets video

Janet Gray with a rare set of quad lambs born to a southdown ewe at the farm near Rongotea.

Southdown lambs aren't usually born in sets of four, but a Manawatu ewe has given birth to her own flock

Health and safety legislation passes

New health and safety legislation will not define cattle farms as high risk, despite many deaths on New Zealand farms.

Controversial health and safety legislation, which does does not classify farms as high risk, has passed in Parliament.

Depiction ignores ag history

A Fonterra tanker picks up milk a Taranaki farm. Governments of different political stripes have come and gone, while Fonterra has remained a co-op.

OPINION: The "great fear of socialism" that columnist Chris Trotter ascribes to NZ farmers is less pronounced than it seems.

Landcorp profit takes hit

Landcorp's new branding for its products, Pamu.

Landcorp's net operating profit for the year has fallen 84 per cent to $4.9 million, down from $30m for 2013-14.

Biosecurity threat from soft rules

A contractor sweeps up the road after two spillages of imported US maize this week.

The Ministry of Primary Industries is being slammed for relaxed quarantine measures in the wake of two maize spillages. 

Council supports rural group, rejects funding

Councillor Geoff Evans has urged fellow Marlborough councillors to support a rural advisory group.

A new rural advisory group will not be used to throw rocks at the Marlborough District Council, its architect says.

Minister rules out taxpayer support for Landcorp

Rotorua MP Todd McLay says there will be no taxpayer-funded bailout for Landcorp.

State owned enterprise minister Todd McClay says Landcorp won't turn a profit for "the next few years" and is again foreshadowing land sales.

How to choose a good rabbit for dinner

Rabbits are a great way to produce a delicious, healthy meat in a very small amount of space.

Six important questions to ask when you’re choosing rabbits to breed for eating, and what to look out for when you're buying.

Act of kindness appreciated

Glorit milking contractor Troy Berry appreciated an early morning visit by a well wisher with baking

Farming communities urged to watch out for the mental health of their members as belts tighten.

Regional strategy for better rural cohesion and output

Craige Mackenzie owns a 200ha intensive arable farm in Methven and has an equity partnership in a neighbouring 220ha dairying farm. He uses latest technology and is a strong advocate of precision farming.

At a volunteer fire station just a few kilometres north of Christchurch, the Swannanoa force is relieved to have a new base radio as a link to the field.

Landcorp hints at change of direction

Landcorp is a diversified company and not only reliant on dairy. Deer on Eweburn Station, backing on to Lake Te Anau.

Landcorp is more than dairy, its CEO Steve Carden claims.

Protect sharemilkers and image

New Zealand Federated Farmers sharemilker employers chairman Tony Wilding, of South Waikato and his deputy, Brendan Attrill, of Taranaki, are concerned about the plight of sharemilkers in the wake of two seasons of projected low payouts.

Dairy industry leaders urging farmers to work with their sharemilkers so the traditional pathway to farm ownership is protected.

Fonterra helping put out rural fires

Alford Forest, Mid Canterbury rural volunteer fire crew attending a typical scene

A new pump mounted on a tanker is helping the Alford Forest rural fire force while a base radio is helping a crew at Swannanoa to relay messages.

Downturn means mediators get busy

Professional mediator John Larmer at home in Taranaki. He expects to be busier again in the dairy downturn

Farmers and their bankers are the main figures in dairy's downturn, but professional dispute mediators also have a job to do.

NZ missing the safety point

Safety guru Rob Jager who is the general manager of New Plymouth-based Shell Todd Oil Services and chairman of Shell New Zealand.

Discussion around the Health and Safety Reform Bill is the start of a step change to safer workplaces in New Zealand

Upgrade picking up steam

An artist's impression of Fonterra's proposed new milk dryers at its Studholme plant near Waimate.

The planned upgrade of Fonterra's Studholme plant looks set to go ahead.

Penalised syndicates named

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has named the South Canterbury farming syndicates which paid $173,400 in foreign investment penalties.

LINZ has named the South Canterbury farming syndicates which paid $173,400 in foreign investment penalties.

Life as a rural artist

Lizzie Carruthers, Otago artist

Southern artist Lizzie Carruthers has been a farmer all her working life. She talks about inspiration and life as a rural artist.

Councillors question grape supply deal

Yealands Wine Group founder Peter Yealands.

Landowners who want to sign up to the Flaxbourne Irrigation Scheme and diversify into viticulture are being asked to grow grapes solely for Yealands Wine Group in a deal questioned by Marlborough District councillors.

Delay on Filipino workers hits dairy industry

North Island Filipino Farmers Association vice-chairman Ireneo Molina said hold ups in the granting of work visas by Immigration Zealand was putting jobs under threat.

Immigration New Zealand has come under fire for holding up the work permits of Filipinos wanting to work in the dairy industry.

Former MP to chair rural lobby group

Former Kaikoura MP Colin King will chair the Rural Advisory Group

Former Kaikoura MP Colin King will chair a new rural advisory group formed to lobby the Marlborough District Council on rural community issues.

Warm weather favours lambing

Warm weather has helped farmers during lambing. Pictured are new born triplets on a farm near Blenheim.

Warm, dry weather conditions in Marlborough may be slowing grass growth but it is helping lambing on farms around the region, say farmers.

Wet conditions slows grass growth

Farms are suffering from wet weather - which means grass has been slow to grow.

Wet conditions on farms have stifled growth on dairy and sheep and beef farms.

Waituna farmer navigates dairy farming

Waituna farmer Gerald Spain on his Long Acres farm.

For Waituna dairy farmer Gerald Spain, farming was inevitable.

Woodhouse memory fail

Workplace safety Minister Michael Woodhouse says the agriculture sector needed to lower its death and injury rate through safety measures.

Minister can't recall if he was told worm farming and mini-golf would be high-risk.

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