Debate forced on Shanghai Maling deal

The owner of spectacular Glenthorne Station in the upper Rakaia is John Shrimpton, Silver Fern Farms' largest single ...

Silver Fern Farms has acceded to demands for a special meeting to debate the Shanghai Maling deal, but is there time?

Murphy and Kei make the leaderboard

South Island championship duo Steve Murphy and Kei are on the leaderboard in the long head at the 2016 North Island ...

Taranaki competitors feature strongly on the leaderboard after the first day of the North Island Sheep Dog Trial Championships at Mangamingi, east of Eltham. 

Velvet leaf found in Waikato maize crop

Velvetleaf is one of the world's most invasive crop weeds.

Waikato farmers already under huge pressure from low dairy prices have been dealt a further blow with the discovery of velvetleaf in maize crops.

Farmer's understanding of water quality

A centre pivot operates on the Culverden Plain. Ronlyn Duncan questioned 20 farmers in the area  on their concept of ...


Who's stopped the rain?

Soil moisture deficit has risen in many farming regions.

Farmers could be in for a difficult spring if rain doesn't arrive soon.

Stealthy water protest plan

This intake structure forms part of the first stage of the scheme.

Greenpeace to protest against Central Plains Water irrigation scheme, but wants the element of surprise.

Search for velvetleaf is over

The search for the invasive weed velvetleaf has ended nationwide.

The search for velvetleaf on Southland farms officially ended on Friday, with more than 600 properties searched.

Agricultural mission

Marlborough sheep and beef farmer Doug Avery

Flaxbourne farmer, Doug Avery has been selected to travel with a New Zealand agricultural mission to Zambia.

Pohangina farmers in final steak contest

Pohangina Valley farmers Angus and Forbes Cameron have two angus cattle in the finals of the Steak of Origin contest. ...

 The Camerons's double act have two cattle finalists in the Steak of Origin contest.

Perfect place for a perfect fruit

2942016 NEWS Photo CHARLOTTE CURD/Fairfax.  Food, In season in the new WITT kitchen. Alex Dickie plays around with ...

Feijoas have everything a fruit needs - and they're dropping from trees all over Taranaki right now.

Farm environment winners make final

Some of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards regional winners. They will vie for the national title.

Farm Environment competition produces a great crop of supreme winners.

$5.6m lodge and hotel

The Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail runs along Lake Pukaki through the bottom edge of Guide Hill Station.

A major development of a Mackenzie station could include a boutique guest lodge for 12 and wedding chapel.

Farmers want rain to boost autumn

Colyton farmer Mat Hocken, Federated Farmers Dairy chairman, is concerned about the dry conditions.

Farmers are looking for rain which would combine with warm ground conditions to create an even better autumn.

Economist picks another tough payout

ANZ rural economist Con Williams.

An economist warns that cash flow stress in the dairy sector is likely to continue next season.

More farmers on accounting software

Brian Eccles developed Cashmanager software in the Wairarapa.

More farmers are using computer accounting packages.

Environment top priority

Te Anau Basin farmers Bridget Speight and Shane Gibbons in the woolshed of their 1820ha farm.

Shane Gibbons and Bridget Speight balance farming and environmental guardianship at their Te Anau farm.

Alliance conference in Queenstown

A worker prepares meat at Alliance Group's meat plant in Levin.

Alliance Group's performance plans will be opened to its farmer-shareholders at a Queenstown conference.

Is this superfood our next big export?

Cranberry sauce is a tasty side for duck, venison and goose

Stephen and Dianne Sheaf of Wild Ruby Cranberries, just south of Greymouth, began growing true American cranberries, Vaccinium macrocarpon, in 2007. But it wasn't until a few years ago that they knew they were on the right track, when a visiting adviser from Ocean Spray, the main American cranberry consumer brand, told them he had never seen cranberries of such a deep red hue and large size in North America. 

Pukekohe grower crowned king

Andrew Hutchinson of Pukekohe works through a challenge on his way to the 2016 Young Vegetable Grower of the Year title.

Pukekohe has again produced the country's best young vege grower.

Dog training clinic for farmers

Anna Holland with her poodle and  dogs on the farm bike.  She is holding a training seminar for farm dogs in Manawatu ...

Dog trainer coming to talk about training farm dogs.

Belted galloway cattle a passion

Carolyn Dawson with some of her belted galloway herd near Foxton

The distinctive black and white band of belted galloway cattle are easy on the eye, but dairy farmers like them for other reasons.

Fifty years of hereford breeding

Merrylea Entrepreneur is the McKerchar's entry in the 2016 beef expo.

A South Canterbury stud has reached the 50 year mark for hereford breeding.

Lambs' days numbered

Lambs in the yards ready for weighing.

Deciding when to sell the lamb crop is fraught with risk.

Health and safety lays a solid foundation for quality workplaces

Mark Paine DairyNZ strategy and investment leader, people and business.

In April, the new Health and Safety at Work Act (2015) was introduced for all workplaces. Like all industries, dairy farmers face new responsibilities around keeping staff safe and reducing risk on-farm.

Our People - Clint Worthington

Tararua Federated Farmers provincial president Clint Worthington with his dog Bruce.

Tararua Fed Farmers' provincial president had no farming background but grew up in a rural town.

Rearing More Productive Heifers

Well-grown heifer calves will have higher lifetime production.

It has been demonstrated that better grown calves and heifers have higher first lactation and lifetime production than less well grown ones.  What is less certain is the extent to which the benefits of early rumen development remain through to and after calving, with heifers reared off farm.

Faith in the industry

Ellen Bartlett, Fonterra shareholders councillor for Manawatu, says low dairy prices are nothing new but Fonterra is ...

Low dairy prices are biting but farmers advised to think long term and keeping an eye on the prize.

Clean water for farms and animals

Good quality water on farms is vital to the health and wellbeing of cows.

Adding chlorine to water was the biggest breakthrough ever in human health to prevent illness so it makes sense that food producing animals should drink chlorinated water too.

Feeding 9.3 billion people

Alltech founder Dr Pearse Lyons.  The biotechnology company is doing all it can to help farmers produce enough food to ...

Feeding the global population is no easy feat, especially when it is expected to reach 9.3 billion by 2050.

Dairy slump no deterrent

Low dairy prices are not deterring the Passey Family of Dannevirke who  are taking a step up to 50:50 sharemilking.  ...

A Dannevirke couple are not letting low dairy prices hold them back from progression.

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