$6 payout but still in deep doodoo

A switch to once a day milking has been a silver lining after a tough few seasons of dairy farming in the Far North for ...

Like many farmers, it will take a while to recover from the crash in dairy payout, Lyn Webster says.

Shearing's hard graft attracts pair

Ant Frew takes the wool off one of his sheep during the open final of the New Zealand Spring Shears at Waimate Stadium ...

Eli Cummings and Ant Frew from Ewe Need Us Shearing are carving out a niche for their new company.

The great vineyard takeover?

Simon Townes, a Kiwi, is managing director for US company Constellation Brands.

While they like drinking our wines, foreigners are not buying huge tracts of farmland to grow grapes.

Dairy farmers better off from new trials

Dairy cows.

Taranaki's new dairy trust is gearing up to launch its first research projects.

The alternate, alternate highway video

More drivers are taking Molesworth Station, through the Awatere Valley into Marlborough's high country, as the ...

A dusty, unsealed road winding through the country's largest farm has become the new post-quake highway.

'Harvest tap' has turned

The Allan Scott Family Winemakers harvest crew, with winemaking and viticulture director Josh Scott, centre.

It won't be the dream run of last year, but at least it has started.

Taking aim at Fish & Game

The damage invasive species such as koi carp do to waterways is largely ignored by Fish & Game, Andrew McGiven says.

OPINION: Fish & Game has a conflict of interests over waterways, writes Andrew McGiven.

Living outside the comfort zone

Emma Bennett is the operations manager of Fonterra's Kapuni lactose plant.

Emma Bennett doesn't know how to make lactose, but she leads the team that does.

Feds wrong on fish 'n' fowling

Agriculture's impact on New Zealand has done far more to wreck freshwater habitats than anything else, Bryce Johnson says.

Fish & Game chief executive Bryce Johnson hits back at farmer claims they have a conflict of interest

Ceres Organics workers strike

Ceres Organics general manager David Josephson says he is disappointed the workers have gone on strike.

Staff from Ceres Organics have gone on strike and say the company is an unethical employer.

Rain puts pressure on winemakers

Cyclone Debbie hits the coast of Queensland.

Heavy rain is threatening to make life difficult in the nation's vineyards.

If at first you don't succeed

A Clearwater Mussels boat used for re-seeding mussel lines in the Kenepuru Sound. (File photo)

Would-be mussel farmers denied three times, but that doesn't mean they have given up the ghost.

Blue Sky Meats offer off table

Blue Sky Meats has been hit by bad weather, affecting its profitability.

It's back to the drawing board for Blue Sky Meats, which was awaiting approval for a Chinese takeover.

Taranaki water getting better

The ecological health of Taranaki's waterways is continuing to improve, regional council monitoring shows.

Areas of Taranaki with intensive farming are posting improving water quality results.

40-years of collecting to be auctioned off

Bill Troughton at the 2016 Agricultural Fieldays on his 1950 Lanz Bulldog tractor.

A tractor which needs a shotgun shell to start it is among a massive vintage machinery collection going to auction.

Iwi's simple question to Government

Ngati Apa chief executive Butch Bradley has hit out at the Government's proposal to relocate New Zealand King Salmon farms.

'Where were your controversial powers when we wanted more aquaculture space?'

Intensive dairy farm wins environment award

Scott and Sue Narbey, winners of the Auckland Ballance Farm Environment Awards, with children Bella, 6, and Ollie, 5.

Winning farm is 'simple and logical'

Disrupt the new buzzword

Student Fatima Imran who emigrated from Pakistan and believes NZ farming has a great future.

OPINION: Disruptive technology comes in many faces.

Bishells forge ahead

Johanna and Dion Bishell speak during a field day at the Manaia farm where they sharemilk.

From weather extremes to a plunging payout and an ongoing battle with mastitis in their herd, Taranaki's top sharemilkers meet every challenge head on.

Organics pioneer would never go back

These ultimate rams were developed by Allan Richardson's Avalon Genetics from selected perendale, texel and finn stock ...

He started with an organic conversion on land at the back of the family farm because his father didn't want people to see it.

Bumper kiwifruit season boosts EastPack

SunGold variety kiwifruit volumes are on the rise.

 Plentiful kiwifruit has provided a boost for packer EastPack's returns.

Prime lambs up $3 to $7

Lamb prices lifted at Coalgate.

Prime lamb prices lifted at Coalgate livestock sales.

Prime ewes rise $3-$5 at Christchurch

Buyers were prepared to pay more for prime ewes in Christchurch.

The ewe market gathered pace with prices rising $3 to $5 across all grades at Christchurch sales.

Sounds like a plan

Auckland-Hauraki 2017 dairy manager of the year Rachael Foy and dog Roxy.

A young dairy industry awards winner is leaving nothing to chance in her future.

Nitrate-busting bulls found

In a nitrate leaching breakthrough, bull traits have been found which can be passed on to cows.

Farmers are under pressure to reduce nitrate leaching into water, but a genetic discovery may help out.

Mud galore at SI field days

No, not something prehistoric, but an AirSep "spudnik" potato harvester.

Grey weather and a bit of mud fails to deter crowds on the first day of the South Island Agricultural Field Days

Feds farmer a proud dairy man

Graeme McKenzie among his heifers at Colac Bay.

Graeme McKenzie mostly keeps his hands clean nowadays, but has just as much passion for dairying as any other farmer.

Farming in sight of the big smoke

Richard Kidd explains the inner workings of his farm to Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

 A Helensville farming couple have embraced farming next to the bright lights of Auckland.

Farmers aware of greenhouse gas role

New Zealand farmers are much more aware of the greenhouse gas emissions from their livestock than 15 years ago, Dr Harry ...

Farmers are aware livestock greenhouse gas emissions - but reducing them in NZ is hard.

Farmer's depression breakthrough

Farmers are reluctant to talk about depression.

The secrets of a private, introverted farmer's heart have resonated with thousands.

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