'Wrong' to cut possum control


Regional council have been told in no uncertain terms they should continue funding possum control for at least another year.

Which firewood is best?

Cut your firewood in spring or early summer so it gets at least 6-9 months to dry out.

Five of the best firewood trees and tips on how to store and dry wood.

Payback time for beef breeders

King Country shorthorn stud breeders Russell and Mavis Proffit.

NZ's most facial eczema-tolerant recorded perendale sheep share a stud home with beef shorthorns deep in the King Country.

'Farming is a fantastic way to bring up a family'

We have the best job in the world, say Sam and Gemma Hain, Gisborne, pictured with daughter Lilla, 5, and son Tom, 2.

"Farming is a fantastic way to bring up a family. We have the best job in the world," say a Gisborne farming couple.

Taranaki trialists make leaderboard

Southland Dog Trial Asociation president Trevor Roughan, left, and Greenvale farmer Geoff Reeves with Lace  getting ready for the Tux South Island Sheep Dog Trial Championships at Greenvale.

 Two Taranaki competitors are on the leaderboard after the first day of the South Island Sheep Dog Trial Championships.

Farmer demands truth over toxic swedes

Dairy cows grazing swede on a Southland farm.

A Southland farmer whose herd was severely affected after eating toxic swedes last year, said he just wants the truth.

Unhappy farmer still backing Fonterra

Andrew McGiven says farmers risked eroding Fonterra's collective strength if they leave the co-operative  to chase a perceived short term advantage.

OPINION: Farmers risked eroding Fonterra's collective strength if they leave the co-operative to chase a perceived short term advantage.

Commitment the key to success

DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle says he is as passionate about the dairy industry as ever.

DairyNZ leader says success will come through working hard, doing a great job and taking the initiative.

Farmer's 'mootel' investment pays off

Tony Allcock  says his cow barn has given him a 25 per cent lift in production this season.

Building a cow barn has allowed Tony Allcock to better feed his herd, control his environmental footprint and protect his pastures.

Search for best steak sizzles

Judges Kathy Paterson and Brad King help narrow down the field in the Steak of Origin competition.

The search to find the best steak is starting to sizzle after 20 finalists were found for the Steak of Origin competition.

Les still going strong at 91 gallery

Mandeville dog trialist Les Roughan, 91, with heading dog Flirt.

Les Roughan's ticker is not the best.

MP 'd***heads' comments

CHESTER BORROWS: Lambastes health and safety inspectors for enforcing "bull****" rules.

National MP Chester Borrows is getting his mouth washed out with soap by Labour's Iain Lees-Galloway.

Merino farmers close to solving $10m footrot problem

A new genetic test could stomp out expensive footrot for merino sheep.

Sheep farmers hope new genetic testing will spell the end of footrot in merinos which is costing them $10m a year.

Dairy award 'icing on the cake'

The 2015 New Zealand Dairy Awards Winners, from left, Dairy Trainee of the Year James Davidson, Sharemilker/Equity Farmers of the Year Melissa  and Justin Slattery and Farm Manager of the Year James Foote.

Canterbury and Waikato-Hauraki farmers were the big winners at the NZ Dairy Industry Awards.

Farming with the friendly breed

Hayden and Ellisa Slack 50:50 sharemilk at Waiuku, southwest of Auckland. From left Hayden and Ellisa with their children Danika 6, Kayla 7 and Riley 9.

Hayden Slack is on a mission to change perception that ayrshires are not a good breed.

Fieldays eyes up red meat sector

Fieldays chief executive Jon Calder.

New Zealand's sheep and beef farmers are in the spotlight for Fieldays. 

Sharemilkers ahead of the game

Justin and Melissa Slattery have been named 2015 New Zealand Sharemilker/Equity Farmers of the Year.

NZ Dairy Industry Awards winners ahead of the game in driving profitability on farms, during a forecast period of low milk payouts.

Fonterra's winter milk offer a 'token gesture'

A Fonterra milk tanker.

Fonterra's premium offer for more South Island winter milk described as a "token gesture".

Dairy payout means farmers stop spending

Dairy cows get up close and personal.

A lower milk payout will take millions from Manawatu's economy as farmers a the payout almost halves from last year's record.

Farming smarter not harder

Farming provides the Charmleys with a lifestyle they can enjoy with their children.
From left Lisa holding Pippa 22 months, Reuben 4 and Paul Charmley.

A young Tararua couple reveal how they are keeping their farm system simple.

Stick to your budgets

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy (right)  and LIC chief executive Wayne McNee (left) outside the dairy company's new herd testing laboratory in Hamilton.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy urged the dairy farmers to work with advisors to get through the low payout year.

Peruvian product preferred to kiwi

Most New Zealand asparagus is destined for export, but some growers also depend on the income from canning.

A local processor has indicated his company will support the New Zealand asparagus growers that Heinz Watties have abandoned in favour of Peruvian.

Trapped pests set off signal

Campbell Leckie (project manager), Ruud Kleinpaste (project ambassador), Bruce Wills (Hawke's Bay farmer and former Fed Farmers president), Simon Croft (manager wireless technology), Andy Lowe (Cape Sanctuary owner), Reg Kemper (DOC) at the launch of the wireless technology for predator control.

Conservationists might soon be able to know if a predator has been caught in a trap by simply checking their computer or smartphone.

Bull-selling season primed for entertaining start

The Champion of Champions last year was Okahu Sonny Bill, a hereford bull bred and led by Kelly O'Neill, Raetihi, and bought by Stuart Robbie of Otapawa, Northern Wairarapa, for $40,000.

Two counter-balancing influences predicted to have an impact on this year's bull-selling season.

Early warning of advance milk payment urged

A colourful cow is installed in Morrinsville in the heart of dairy country, but it is unlikely to bring cheer to financially hit farmers.

Fonterra asked to bring forward date of the new season’s advance milk payment to help struggling farmers budget.

Research offers hope for flocks hit by pneumonia

A lamb shows typical signs of pneumonia. Note that it is hollow, has droopy head and ears and looks lethargic.

Northland ram breeder Gordon Levet suspects that sheep farmers have been unconsciously selecting for resistance to pneumonia.

Environmental care combination works

Little Akaloa, Banks Peninsula, farmers Mike and Ruth Williams, winners of the farm stewardship category of the Canterbury Ballance farm environment awards.

Farming couple and a businessman tell how their efforts won them the land stewardship category in the Canterbury Farm Environment Awards.

A great escape from noise of the world

Cascade Creek Retreat, an eco-tourism venture created by Table Hill Farmers Dave and Janene Divers, winners of the Otago Ballance Farm Environment Awards for 2015.

Sitting on the deck of a secluded log cabin overlooking a natural amphitheatre of regenerating native bush, it is hard to hear yourself think for the rowdy chorus of birdsong.

Tourism a chance to share 'a little slice of paradise'

The portable bridge Dave Divers designed to prevent stock damage to a sensitive river valley in a remote corner of the farm. The design won the Divers the Massey University Innovation Award at the recent Otago Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

Rob Tipa meets a couple who are blending conservation and tourism with high-performance farming.

The end is nigh! No, not quite yet

The urea plant at Kapuni, South Taranaki. If fertiliser N was banned it would condemn 3 billion people to death.

Doug Edmeades says the old saw is correct: It’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.

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