New breed of farmers sought

Three times Marlborough Young Farmer of the Year entrant Daniel White says the event will be "a bit of fun."

Young farmers competitors are judged on a range of skills, from putting a handpiece together, milking a cow, or applying first aid.

Cautious dairy farmers make gains

Linkwater dairy farmers, from left, Murray and Tanya Frost, with farm worker Craig Rendle,

The Frosts are cautious dairy farmers as they have seen too many farmers borrow too hard and go under.

Alliance board bid by outsider

Alliance Group chairman Murray Taggart is up for re-election on the board of directors.

Two directors are being challenged by an outsider for their seats on the Alliance Group board.

Hoggard: "We need to talk about DIRA"

Andrew Hoggard: "Let's pretend DIRA is gone and decide how we as a co-op should respond."

Fonterra's farmer-owners must get talking about life without dairy industry competition law, says a Federated Farmers' leader.

Hilux fails Swedish moose test

The new Toyota HiLux failed a Swedish "moose test" of its dynamic ability.

Test drivers suggest "something is seriously wrong" with popular pick-up.

Hardest season yet

Nationally, New Zealand dairy farmers produced 1.862 billion kilograms of milk solids, worth $8 billion in 2015/16.

The 2015/16 dairy season was the most challenging year yet for dairy farmers, according to new figures.

Trade deficit record

Meat exports dropped by more than a third in September.

The gap between imports and exports has never been higher than it was in November.

Fonterra tops up Aussie farmers

Wang Zhentai (Beingmate chairman), Fonterra CEO Theo Spierings, Prime Minister John Key and Song Kungang (chairman of ...

Better global prices and the need to match its rival has seen Fonterra adjust farmer returns higher in Australia.

Production below last season at Taranaki research farm

Production at the Westpac Taranaki Agricultural Research Station at Hawera is behind last season.

Although pasture growth rates are above average, milk production at the Westpac Taranaki Agricultural Research Station at Hawera is down on last season.

Developing a Taranaki food story

Mark Cleaver, Massey University's director of business development and commercialisation, addressed the Food Futures ...

Taranaki should promote itself as a food bowl in the wake of accolades naming it a top visitor destination, say regional leaders.

Prickly pest fixes farm nitrogen

NZGA conference committee chairman Herstall Ulrich says New Zealand's widest land-use remained pastoral farming and this ...

Who would have thought - gorse as a useful nitrogen fixer for farming.

Westland CEO's bonus top up

Westland Milk Products chairman Matt O'Regan and former CEO Rod Quin.

Westland Milk Products is in the gun for handing out bonuses when farmers are struggling.

Just 400 corners to paradise

Chris Irons and Debbie Hastie farm 436ha at Taharoa on Waikato's west coast.

 Andrea Fox found a couple of Waikato meat growers with plenty of on and off-farm work on their hands.

Prime lambs peak at $132

The prime lamb market reached as high as $132 a head for top lambs.

The best of the lamb pens reached $132 a head at Christchurch sales.

Herefords bring show couple together

Ben Burgess and Georgia Davies with two hereford yearling bulls before going into the show ring at the Royal Show in ...

Hereford couple's romance began in the show ring.

More new season lambs

Spring lambs had the better of last season's lamb prices at Coalgate.

Last season's lambs took a knock in price as more spring lambs came into the Coalgate yards.

Latin love for New Zealand

Mexican Ambassador Jose Traslosheros, Sir Toby Curtis, Todd McClay, Cuban Ambassador Mario Alzugaray and Argentinian ...

The growing importance of Asia-Pacific markets will play a key role in strengthening ties between New Zealand and Latin America, according to Ambassadors from Mexico, Cuba and Argentina.

Fat back on the lamb and back on the table

Caberfeidh manager Andrew Harding, left, with fattening manager Jason Sutherland.

Fat is back in fashion on the farm and a special lamb project is producing succulent meat.

Drop in 'dirty dairying'

There were just nine convictions for dirty dairying practices in 2015-16.

But critics say that's because councils are doing such a poor monitoring job.

Workers showing the right way to load calves

Large scale calf rearers Eric and Helen Pidduck say workers filmed loading calves onto a stock truck were using the ...

 A large-scale Waikato calf rearer says workers filmed loading calves onto the back of a stock truck showed the correct technique for loading up animals for transport.

Australia could start importing NZ milk

Voluntary group Farmer Power has joined calls for a A$0.50 cent a litre levy on milk to help farmers struggling against ...

Australian dairy farmers are facing a crisis and need "saving", as urgent calls are made for a A$0.50 cent milk levy to help.

Southland's high performing farmers

Red Meat Profit Partnership general manager Michael Smith

Profit margins have more room to move upwards on farms, say leaders of the Red Meat Profit Partnership.

Silver Fern Farms plants close

Mararoa-Waimea ward councillor John Douglas says he does not want to see the venison plant fall into a state of ...

110 people work at the Mossburn and Wairoa sites.

Calf abuse: 'Nothing's changed' video

A Waikato farmer drags a bobby calf from its mother along the ground by one leg.

Fresh video of bobby calves being thrown onto trucks has been released by Farmwatch.

Video shows only part of the story, says road transport boss

A Waikato firm was implicated in undercover video footage released by the Farmwatch organisation about the treatment of ...

Video showing bobby calves being loaded onto truck fails to show the rubber mat they land on, says Taranaki road transport boss.

World class wine institute

Marlborough is the largest wine growing region in New Zealand, with around 24,000 hectares of vineyards.

The Government has announced funding for a new wine research centre based in Marlborough.

West Coast milk chairman to retire

Departing Westland Milk Products chairman Matt O'Regan.

Westland Milk Products chairman Matt O'Regan has given notice that he will exit leadership of the co-op.

Ryegrass pioneer and Massey patron dies

Trevor Ellett (top row, far right) with other teaching staff from Massey Agricultural College's dairy team, photographed ...

Trevor Ellett discovered a vigorous strain of ryegrass on his farm.

Southland shearers in running for world comp

Invercargill shearer Darin Forde is one of two Southlanders in with a shot for the national team.

Southlanders have a shot of making the world shearing champs.

Romancing consumers with high-quality slow food

The paleo movement, which takes eating back to basic caveman food, understands that medicine is in meat.

Big Ag is all about excitement; going bigger, harder, faster; but slow food is about romance, writes John King.

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