Stop putting boot into farmers over drought

DRY TIMES: Drought, sheep in dry paddock in Greendale area, Canterbury

OPINION: Assumptions about drought do not always ring true.

Man with amputated arm "remarkable"

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A man who had part of his arm amputated is more concerned with how his workmates are coping following the incident, than feeling sorry for himself, his boss says.

Milk price offer again under-subscribed

Farmers have signed up supply 14.5 million kilograms of milk at a Fonterra guaranteed price.

Fonterra's latest offer of a guaranteed milk price to its farmers is under-subscribed for the second time in a row.

Dairy, lamb skid on oil slick

Petrol pump

Tumbling fuel prices have a sting in the tail for farmers, with predictions that oil-producing countries' appetite for dairy products and lamb will shrink.

Alpine water would counter dry spell

Drought, sheep, Canterbury

OPINION: Spare a thought for farmers as you bask in the hot, dry weather.

Why doing things is bad

BAS NELIS: Fined for Trying To Do The Right Thing.

OPINION: Farmers are a terrible lot. They keep Doing Things, and Doing Things is a risky business.

Farm worker loses part of arm

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21-year-old man got his arm stuck in a hay-making machine on a farm near Dipton.

Deer farmers battling euro headwinds

Venison prices have been pegged back by the pesky euro.

Deer farmers have struck a sickly euro that is taking the gloss off venison prices.

Little flexibility in 'soft' lamb market

DRYING UP: The appetite of farmers to buy store lambs and put more weight on them for the prime market appears to be drying up as rain clouds skirt past parched Canterbury farmland.

Back-country lambs coming off the Canterbury hills are striking a softer market as grazing material for finishing them runs into short supply from the dry spell.

More optimism over seed crop yields

Meyrick Hawkins and 7-year-old son Billy are windrowing a paddock of bok choy for seed in the Ladbrooks area of Canterbury.

Meyrick Hawkins is chuffed by the yields coming off the first feed wheat and grass seed crops of the harvest, even if the clover seed crop was a bit off the mark.

Purple plant has potential to cause strife

NOXIOUS WEED: Purple loosestrife.

A purple-coloured plant producing two million seeds a year could cause strife to Canterbury farmers unless detected early.

Kiwi earns China science gong

GREEN GRASS OF HOME: Phil Rolston’s pasture wisdom is sought after in both New Zealand and China.

AgResearch scientist Dr Phil Rolston has been awarded China's highest science award for his contribution to agriculture there.

Lessons learned from long TB fight

North Taranaki farmer Amanda Jordan has taken on the role of chairing TBfree Taranaki after her dairy herd was infected with bovine tuberculosis.

A Taranaki dairy farmer is putting her experience of owning a herd infected with bovine tuberculosis (TB) to good use.

Good news and bad

OPINION: Economic forecast heralds good and bad news.

Lamb prices weaker as dry weather bites

Lamb prices are sinking close to $5 a kg for farmers because of higher-than-normal slaughter rates.

Big dry sparks fire ban


A total fire ban comes into force at midnight tonight for rural South Canterbury as the region's drought-like conditions continue.

Heavy prime lambs ease at Canterbury

Heavier prime lambs eased in price at $100 to $114 at livestock sales at Canterbury Agricultural Park, in Christchurch.

Prime lamb prices rise at Coalgate

Paul Gardner's lambs thrive on sub clover.

Prime lamb prices rose in a better quality yarding at livestock sales at Coalgate.

Dry weather hits lamb prices

Taranaki Ewe, Lamb and ram Fair at the Stratford Saleyards. Sheep.

Lamb prices drift down as farmers sell off higher stock numbers in dry conditions.

Natural glow is partly our fault

Glow-in-the-dark blue waves caused by the phenomenon known as harmful algal bloom or 'red tide', are seen at night near Sam Mun Tsai beach in Hong Kong.

Eerie fluorescence off Hong Kong's seashore is magnificent, disturbing and potentially toxic.

From townie to farm owner

Greg Maughan and some of his dairy herd on farm at Marton.

As a youngster Greg Maughan's curiosity about farming led to him sneaking out early each morning to go milking.

Farmers want to tap Tekapo

SERENE: Lake Tekapo at its wintry best.

Taking water from Lake Tekapo merits discussion, despite a negative economic report, Federated Farmers' national president says.

Vets find more hoof disease cases

Annual milk production in Australia has doubled to 9.3 million litres in 30 years despite a steady dairy cow population.

Taranaki study into a hoof disease in dairy cattle has revealed the infection is more widespread than expected.

Farm succession needs to be addressed head-on

Business planning expert James Lockhart says creating a family company, not a trust, is the way to ensure a successful farm ownership succession.

Business planning expert says creating a family company, not a trust, is the way to ensure a successful farm ownership succession.

Farmers coping well, say FF


An official drought declaration would make little difference to South Canterbury farmers, Federated Farmers says.

'Someone's looking after me' video

LUCKY ESCAPE: Colin Howes.

Contractor counts his blessings despite having an ankle smashed as truck runs away.

Farm sales resilient

Farm land sale values increase.

Farm sales fell in the last quarter of 2014 but remained strong for the year.

Shearer pulls pin on record video

Stacey Te Huia, of Te Kuiti, underway in his world record shearing bid today at Te Hape, east of Benneydale.

Stacey Te Huia abandons his attempt to break shearing world record.

Zespri monitoring Chinese 'situation'

Allow four years for the plants to begin producing.

Nine staff have reportedly been arrested at the Chinese importers the kiwifruit firm uses.

Ticks found on dogs

KEEP AN EYE OUT: Brown dog ticks are red-brown in colour and can be difficult to spot.

Government taking "swift action" to find out how two dogs in Canterbury picked up brown dog ticks.

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