Farming

Electricity charges plugged as meat tenderiser

Electrical plug

Red meat receiving electrical stimulation in an experiment to increase tenderness.

Research finds residues in fruit, vegetables

fruit

New study finds the presence of neonicatinoid residues in many fruit, vegetables and pollen in the US and NZ.

Study confirms serious risk to bees, worms

Honey bee

Bees, butterflies, worms and birds among those at serious risk from neonics pesticides.

Now here's an idea worth milking

milk

OPINION: Dairy company and govt should pay heed to the question now that a pseudo milk developed in a lab could threaten NZ's $17bn dairy industry.

Injuries after quad bike crash

Quad bike safety

A Wellington man suffered spinal injuries when the quad bike he was riding crashed in the Tararuas early last night.

Fonterra cheese jewel on target

70,000 hours of construction go into factory

Fonterra

The $73 million expansion of the Fonterra mozzarella factory in South Canterbury is on track to go online in August 2015.

Farmers tackle issue of residue in milk

Milking

Dairy farmers risk contaminating their milk with teat spray residue if they do not ensure their cows' teats are properly cleaned before milking.

Porky pies in pig welfare

Pigs

Pig farmers admit they are falling short of the public perception of acceptable welfare standards.

Use of water still seriously unsustainable

Dairy effluent

From August 1, for the first time in our history and after decades of failed attempts, we will have a national regulatory framework to safeguard the health of our rivers and lakes.

'Critical capability going' with AgResearch cuts

Jacqueline Rowarth

OPINION: AgriBusiness professor claims vital science that will help farming in the future is being pushed aside by AgResearch's restructuring.

Icelanders check out Kiwi dairying

Icelandic couple farm in NZ.

Icelandic couple travel 17,000 km to see what it is like milking 800 cows on a Mangakino farm instead of the typical 50 back home.

$40,000 fine after river turns pink

Generic money

Allowing piggery effluent to flow into a stream lands a Waikato disposal company with a large fine.

Hereford prices on the rise as market shifts back

Hereford cattle

The Press

Hereford breeders have reclaimed market share against other beef breeds after a good bull-selling season, says PGG Wrightson genetics manager Bruce Orr.

Scientists need to learn how to make research accessible

Retiring scientist Tom Fraser

HEATHER CHALMERS - The Press

Retiring AgResearch scientists says there is a huge amount of research sitting unused that could lift NZ's agriculture performance.

In farmers we trust

Willy Leferink

WILLY LEFERINK

OPINION: The public view farmers favourably despite what the media shows.

Top genetic selection produces biggest antlers

South Canterbury deer farmer Chris Petersen holds Sovereign II's award-winning 62-point antler.

Producing deer with some of the biggest antlers in NZ careful genetic selection and a dollop of luck, says a South Canterbury deer farmer.

Milk made in laboratories to hit shelves

Milk

A new milk due for sale in 2016 could threaten NZ's $17bn dairy export industry.

Fonterra plans China expansion with US giant

Fonterra Theo Spierings

Planned $342m dairy joint venture in China would help Fonterra's push into added-value products, expert says.

Sheep 'abuse' prompts RSPCA inquiry

Sheep

Wool producers are "shocked and appalled" by graphic footage allegedly showing Australian shearers beating, kicking and stomping on sheep.

Te Kuiti shepherd to take on world's best

Sheep

A Te Kuiti farmer will travel to France to represent New Zealand in the World Young Shepherds Challenge.

Prime lambs in hot demand at Coalgate

Lamb sale

The few store lambs yarded were in high demand at livestock sales at Coalgate last week.

Stink over cattle compost

smell

A business has had to stop taking cattle heads and ears for composting.

Kiwifruit talent ripe for picking: growers

Kiwifruit

Zespri is introducing a graduate recruitment programme to bring in new industry leaders.

High-country plan decision deferred again

environment southland

A decision to high-country development to become a permitted activity is likely to be deferred to October.

Top friesian is approaching 13

Holstein Friesian cow

Levin farmers have won the 2014 Valden Cow of the Year.

Milestone for food tech at Massey

 Food technologist and developer Hayden Pohio

A food technologist was handing around samples of his manuka honey bars at a seminar to celebrate 50 years of food technology at Massey University.

Genetics success from transplanted embryos

A new bull calf from Canadian stock, born only a few hours before.

New genetics from Canada of milking shorthorns through embryo transfer are in a Manawatu calf shed.

Cows outnumber people in Waimakariri

dairy cow

Waimakariri residents are outnumbered by dairy cows - but they haven't won yet, say experts.

Controversial marine farm to go ahead

oyster

A contentious Stewart Island marine farm has been given the green light.

Planning for a successful succession

Joan Baker

Relationships ruined and businesses going off the rails. Professional succession planner Joan Baker has seen the ugly side of farm succession.

Flooding hits Northland farms hard

Flooding

Wild weather has hit Northland farms hard with power outages, equipment damage and flooded pastures.

Police praise lost farmer's quick-thinking

Police

A Matamata farmer who lost his way at night in rough weather did everything right, police say.

Dairy focus project helps farmers find their mojo

Taranaki focus farm hosts Kathy and Chris Prankerd

A couple who had lost their passion for farming find their mojo through a project established by DairyNZ.

Piggery break-in upsets manager

Pigs

The manager of a Taranaki piggery has barely slept since learning her property was invaded by animal activists.

Tatua's secrets of success

Tatua Co-Operative Dairy Company

There is no silver bullet for Tatua Co-Operative Dairy Company's success and longevity.

Federated Farmers puts science in the driving seat

New Federated Farmers chairman Dr William Rolleston.

New Federated Farmers president says the organisation's the challenge is to become credible in the eyes of the public.

Farming needs 'evidence, not conjecture'

New Federated Farmers chairman Dr William Rolleston.

New Fed Farmers leader says with the industry addressing environmental issues the challenge is now on pressure groups to start talking about the economy.

Shade trees boost production with more grazing

A cow leaves the shade for a drink.

AgResearch scientist urges farmers to take note of what animals are telling them.

Genevieve spreads eco-friendly farm message

geneviere steven

Genevieve Steven will be the youngest person competing for the top honour at the national Green Agriculture Innovation Awards - which is a shame, she thinks.

Food science prof honoured

Manuka honey bees.

Massey professor who wants to revamp milk-tanker design and develop the manuka honey industry recognised with a top food science industry award.

'Hero farmer' saves flood victims

flooding car

"Hero farmer" with a tractor and persuasive cop come to aid of motorists in 1m high floodwaters.

Receivers appointed for family vineyard

Isabel Winery

A Marlborough family-owned vineyard, Isabel Estate Vineyard, has gone into receivership.

Bluff salmon farm upgrades fleet

Frewza Boats owner Brendon Frew

Sanford Bluff is upgrading its Stewart Island salmon farm marine fleet with two custom-built boats.

Genio Genius - honest Indian ute

Mahindra Genio ute

The least expensive proper working ute in NZ looks like a useful entrant in our burgeoning workhorse market.

A few dirty dairying farmers affecting all

A file photo of dirty dairying.

OPINION: A small minority of dairy farmers who did not take a responsible view on caring for the environment are holding the rest of the industry back.

Exporters warned about conceit by trade envoy

Mike Petersen

Trade negotiator warns that NZ's special trade access to China risks making exports complacent and over-reliant on that single market.

Farming leadership mould is slowly breaking

Jane Hunter

Women are moving into farming leadership roles in increasing numbers. We profile two women who have made their mark.

Salmon farm risk to local landscape

A salmon at New Zealand King Salmon's Clay Point farm in the Marlborough Sounds.

The Environment Court has rejected a proposed Pelorus Sounds salmon farm.

Alex takes his stock skills to world stage

Alex Reekers

Waimate's Alex Reekers has trimmed and shorn his way to the finals of the World Young Shepherds Challenge.

Cricketers enlisted to sell lamb

John Rabbitt and Geoff Allott

Wealthy Indians will soon be dining on top-quality New Zealand lamb.
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