Spirits high at field days gallery video

Ryan McLean, 6, of Thornbury, takes a rest from the heat in the tyre well of a John Deere tractor.

Farmers look for bargains to improve production at Southern Field Days.

Fewer applicants amid alleged scam

Southland Filipino Society co-ordinator Dorothea Hawkins (in front) in 2013. Behind (from left): Vivian Villanueva, Conchita Escalon, and Editha Villanueva-Peterson.

Fewer Filipinos applying for dairy jobs amid alleged visa scam.

BNZ invests in Figured

The BNZ has taken a cornerstone stake in New Zealand farm accountancy company Figured.

The BNZ has invested in internet-based accountancy company Figured.

Outrageous sauces hit the bulls-eye

Lyndon Tamblyn with his sauces at Southern Field Days.

Lyndon Tamblyn doesn't let the PC police get in the way of his sauce range.

Tourism blamed for impact on environment

Cattle seen in Canterbury's Lake Taylor has prompted debate on stock in waterways.

Impacts on the environment are not limited to farming, with tourism playing a part too.

$22.1m research into strong wool

Once the backbone of the economy, wool has declined in value to the New Zealand economy but efforts are being made to lift its game.

A collaboration between private enterprise and government aims to turn around the flagging wool industry.

LIC half year results hurt by low milk price

Livestock Improvement Corporation expects to be in a break even position by the end of the financial year.

Livestock Improvement Corporation posts dip in half year profit and revenue as farmers keep a tight grip on spending in the milk price slump.

Fun sauces hit the right spot

Lyndon Tamblyn with his sauces at Southern Field Days.

Lyndon Tamblyn likes to talk a bit of bullshit.

Age no barrier for Barkley

Southern Man competitor Karl Barkley at Southern Field Days in Waimumu, near Gore, on Wednesday.

Karl Barkley has at least 25 years on some of his peers.

Veteran exhibitor stoked at field days video

Trevor McCall, of Charlton near Gore, with one of his south suffolk rams at Southern Field Days in Waimumu.

Trevor McCall remembers exhibiting his sheep at the inaugural Southern Field Days.

Tree harvester reduces accidents

Kelly Logging's ClimbMAX tree harvestor in action in Marlborough.

A new machine is revolutionising tree harvesting and gaining North American interest.

Age no barrier for Southern Man

Southern man competitor Karl Barkley.

Karl Barkley is 25 years older than some of the other contestants in the Southern Man competition.

Dairy award nominations open

West Coast dairy farmer Katie Milne was the 2015 Dairy Woman of the Year.

Nominations for the 2016 Dairy Women's Network awards have opened.

No fine for cows in lake

Fish and Game posted this photograph on Twitter of cattle getting "free access" to Canterbury's Lake Taylor.

A warning for high-profile owners of cattle seen in Canterbury lake isn't enough, critics say.

Prices hold at Stratford

The weekly Taranaki Cattle Fair at the Stratford saleyard.

Details of Tuesday's cattle fair at Stratford

Aviation levy will hit farmers

An aerial topdressing plane applies fertiliser in the Awatere Valley in the South Island.

Agricultural aviators are up in arms at proposals to impose a safety levy on their operations.

No live sheep to Mexico

Scenes like this last year as 45,000 ewe hoggets were loaded on trucks after they arrived in Mexico will not re-occur this season.

Controversial shipment of live NZ sheep to Mexico won't be repeated this year but not because of welfare concerns.

Springboard to new career

New Zealand Farmers Livestock agent Simon Bailey, with heading dog Scoot, lying down, and huntaway Jet.

Smedley Station's top 2015 cadet has returned to Taranaki to work as a livestock agent. 

Farmwalk

Pasture walk.

Details of the farmwalk at the Taranaki Agricultyral Research Station at Hawera for the seven days ending on Tuesday are:

Dogs at the ready

Members of the Egmont and Waverley Sheep Dog Trial Clubs hard at work at a working bee to prepare the venue for the North Island Sheep Dog Trial Championships at Mangamingi in May.

Taranaki dog triallists begin their competitive season next week as they look to the North Island championships to be staged on their home patch later this year.

Help available from TRC to protect waterways

Riparian planting protects a stream on a Taranaki farm from nutrient run-off.

New Zealand's clean, green and unpolluted status is invaluable.

Crop performance under scrutiny at demonstration farm

Waimate West Demonstration Farm supervisor Joe Clough and chairman John Fischer found plenty of grass growing on the  farm last winter.

Waimate West Demonstration Farm Trust cropping project

Teen makes storing tools on quads safer

Emily Tasker with the company's Flatpak Quady storage device that sits on the back of a quad bike.

A rural teen is the chief executive of a company making a safe storage device on a quad bike.

Fish farm application alarms residents

Okiwi Bay, with D'Urville Island in the distance.

Marlborough Sounds residents gear up to fight research base proposed by international fish food company.

What makes the perfect southern man?

Is this the perfect southern man?

Some rural gals give us their take on what the perfect southern man looks like.

South Suffolk best in show at Gore

Charlton sheep breeders Trevor and Doris McCall with their south suffolk ram which was named supreme champion south suffolk, champion meat breed, supreme sheep of the show and best animal in show at the Gore A&P Show.

South suffolk breeder Trevor McCall knew his ram was a good sheep.

'I don't blame them'

An aerial view of the Washdyke Training Farm, which has been the subject of a student complaint.

Leaky buildings and no Wifi have been blamed for students allegedly dropping out of CPIT Aoraki courses.

Down on the farm

Parched paddocks near Waikari, North Canterbury. Dry conditions are one of the chief concerns for farmers.

A Federated Farmers survey shows confidence at a low level.

Residents band together to catch crims

Lees Pakaraka Road residents are sick and tired of being targeted by rural burglars and are going to set up cameras at both ends of the road. Residents David Holmes and Roger Ternent want to see these criminals caught.

Residents of a rural Masterton Road are setting up cameras to catch criminals targeting their properties.

Foreign company eyes new SC factory

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A foreign company is considering South Canterbury as the location for a multi-million dollar agricultural processing factory.

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