Farming

Free range egg fraud cops big fine in Aussie

One of Australia's biggest egg produces has been fined over NZ$300,000 for falsely passing off product as free range.

Falling dairy prices rock farmer confidence

Dairy cows.

Farmer confidence is shaky because of plunging dairy prices.

Strong demand boosts bull sales

Bull sale

Prices are up at most of the on-farm bulls sales occurring around the Waikato.

Farmers look forward to resource law reform

The lambs of downcountry rams are being tested to see if their sires perform on hill country farms where most sheep are found.

Federated Farmers describe National's election victory as a mandate for reform of the Resource Management Act.

Dairy drop 'catastrophic'

'This is quite a serious situation'

Gaynor Tierney

Farmers and the wider agricultural industry are bracing for another deep cut to this season's dairy forecast.

Synlait widens export base with stake in New Hope

Synlait Milk

Milk products manufacturer Synlait Milk is ramping up its export channels into China.

Poachers travelling long distances

poaching

Farming couple says poachers travelling hundreds of kilometres to illegally hunt on farms in central North Island.

Pre-lamb squeeze tough on shearers

Shorn sheep

A ''concertina-ing'' of prelamb shearing is putting pressure on contractors, shearer says.

Contract saved tired farmers

paperwork

A farmer believes her family was targeted by a new employee trying to bait them into a summary dismissal.

Prices steady but Fonterra payout cut looms

Fonterra

Dairy prices have stabilised but not enough to prevent Fonterra having to cut its milk price forecast, economists say.

Synlait Milk profit right on target

Synlait Milk

Chairman said the focus during the year had been to deliver promises made to shareholders when the company listed in 2013.

Farmer's hand minced in machine

St John's Ambulance

Man yelled for help for 90 minutes before managing to text a friend after getting caught in wheat auger.

Outrage over Kiwi wine subsidies

Jacob's Creek

New Zealand wine companies are ratcheting up their use of an Australian government rebate.

GM on the agenda at Roundtable

Craig Mackenzie

Kiwi farming couple attending Global Farmer Roundtable that will focus on the challenge of feeding another two billion people.

Swede risk creates planting dilemma

Cows graze on swedes

Farmers are receiving mixed signals about selling the HT swede variety, which has been linked to the illness and deaths of hundreds of cows.

Money's not everything for some farmers

NZ money, cash

Surveys suggest farmers are not money hungry and lean more toward environmental stewardship than making big profits.

Synlait focused on future

Synlait Milk

John Penno insists Synlait Milk is not just about his efforts.

Beef riding high and prices tipped to rise

roast beef

Beef steer prices are heading for a record high, while lamb, dairy, and grains prices remain flat.

Farmers reject robotic sheepdog idea

sheepdog strap

Robotic sheepdogs may be the way of the future, but Lassie is unlikely to be put out to pasture any time soon, Federated Farmers says.

Decision on cow cruelty to be appealed

Dairy cows

Takaka farmer appealing ruling that he was unjustified in firing a worker for cruelty to a cow.

Lamb prices ease at Coalgate sales

Lamb sale

Prices eased as more heavy lamb numbers reached the market at livestock sales at Coalgate.

Prime cattle market steady at Canterbury sales

cattle stock sales

Heavy prime lamb prices eased $4 to $5 a head with other lamb values unchanged at livestock sales at Canterbury Agricultural Park, in Christchurch, this week.

Lower milk price 'to boost dividend'

Nick Barrett

Former Fonterra shareholders' councillor feels betrayed by the co-operative's forecast milk price for last season.

Youngster proud of family's links with the land

Savannah Clement

A nine-year-old confidently outlines 100 years of family history to 150 people at her parents' bull sale.

Unhappy swede link in cow deaths kept quiet

Cows graze on swedes

Southland dairy farmers were kept in the dark about the potential link between HT swedes and the deaths of dairy cows.

More to honey than money

Landcorp employees Paul Taylor, Steve Neads and Phil McKenzie plant a new cultivar of manuka in experimental trials on Landcorp's Hill View farm in the Wairarapa.

Manuka plantations could restore eroding hills and provide revenue.

Funding aims to stop the rot

Magic ingredient: Plant & Food Research scientists are working on ways to prevent vegetable spoilage en route to overseas markets.

Two new research projects promising to produce healthier food and boost exports have been granted funding.

Farmer wants 'cowboy' graziers to clean up act

Yearling dairy heifers

Vim Reekers is fed up at the poor service graziers are providing dairy farmers.

Indonesians study our cows

Indonesians on a Fonterra scholarship check out the welfare of cows at Massey University’s No 1 dairy farm.

Indonesian dairy farmers are learning about cow health in their four weeks in New Zealand.

Striving for the best herefords at Kokanga

Pip and Bruce Robinson love the docility of their herefords.

Bruce and Pip Robinson have a passion and commitment to produce top quality hereford cattle.

Greens spoof Nats' dirty river row

Undermining efforts to clean up Waikato River

Russel Norman and Rob Hamill

Dairy conversions are undermining attempts to clean up the Waikato River, says The Green Party.

Paperwork saved farmers from job scam

Writing

A farming family has discovered the value of a signed contract over a handshake.

Synlait Milk takes top award

Synlait milk

Canterbury's two top businesses hail from the dairy and tourism industries.

Flock Hill owners deny 'evicting' tour operator

flock hill farm

Owners of Canterbury station say they were about to sign new deal with local tour operator. l Job losses 'red herring'

Flock Hill job losses a 'red herring'

flock hill farm

PM says Flock Hill's overseas owners must create value for NZ and loss of 16 jobs a 'red herring'.

Danone plans NZ food hub

Danone, John Key

French food giant has big plans for its NZ infant formula products after buying two Kiwi companies.

Pig farmer rescues protester

farmwatch protest Bloem

A protester had to be helped down from a Dunedin pig farm by the farmer himself this morning.

Dairy price slide on hold

Dairy cows.

Dairy prices have stabilised but not enough to stop Fonterra cutting its milk price forecast, economists say.

Yachts targeted in fruit fly fight

Queensland fruit fly

Yachts arriving in Northland from overseas will face greater biosecurity scrutiny to keep out a devastating pest.

Aussie Samson fleeces Shrek of wool record

wool

A woolly Aussie heavyweight claims to have toppled Kiwi sheep Shrek's decade-old 27kg record.

Pigs, cows, sheep - not a normal farm

Bryan Tucker

A diverse range of animals roam the irrigated fields of a South Wairarapa farm.

Time to value older employees

Biological scientists do their best work in maturity.

OPINION: With 60 being the new 50, late middle-age can be a very productive time. So why isn't AgResearch cherishing its older scientists rather than upsetting them?

Final Fonterra report released

Fonterra

The Commerce Commission has released a largely unchanged final report on Fonterra's base milk price calculation for the 2013-14 dairy season.

Enviro rules testing farm consultants

Wayne Allan

Keeping stock well fed at three crucial times of the year is an important message from the sheep and beef consultant of the year.

Water tax may hit farmers hard

Irrigator sprays water.

Canterbury farmers may be forced to pay the bulk of a $40 million a year irrigation tax.

Swede poisoning fears spread to sheep

Cows graze on swedes

Fears of swede poisoning could not only affect milking and calving seasons, but also sheep, say experts.

Dairy farmer's really milking her dream job

Daisy the calf has pride of place in Louise Giltrap's childhood scrapbook.

Rediscovering a memento of her childhood takes Louise Giltrap back to the calf that sparked a dream.

New water quality rules, new inspection approach

Otago Regional Council community liaison and education officer Rob Schick takes a water sample at a council field day in the Tokomairiro catchment last year.

A radically new risk-based approach to dairy farm inspections by the Otago Regional Council has the support of Federated Farmers.

Raw milk use rises but pros and cons still debated

Dairy cow with bottle of raw milk

Farmers who produce raw milk say it's good for you, but the jury is still out, say scientists.

Acupuncture trumps forestry at varsity

acupuncture

Farming study discovers acupuncture, music, sport and recreation rate above primary industry science as subjects among university students.
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