Farmers have quad bike fines reduced

Safety helmets should be worn while riding quad bikes at work.

Three Marlborough farmers have their fines reduced on appeal for quad bike convictions

Final sprint to Fieldays start-line

Eric Tomlinson from On site Concrete in Cambridge works on GEA's exhibit at the Mystery Creek Fieldays.

The last dash to finish exhibits for the Southern Hemisphere's largest agribusiness event is on.

Poachers shot pregnant ewe

Nelson Courthouse.

Couple fined for poaching deer and pregnant sheep on private farmland near Nelson.

Marlborough wines increase US sales

Marlborough wine is proving increasingly popular in the United States

Marlborough wine proves popular with American drinkers with two brands growing sales by nearly 20 per cent in the past 12 months.

New tax rules for farmers

Cow Gas, Burp and Fart emisions to be taxed. Farm in Methvan. DAIRY COWS CATTLE
Pic Jane Sanders
Story Keri Welham

OPINION: IRD clarifies the method dairy farmers should use to claim tax deductions on loans from New Zealand Dairy Farming Trusts.

Latest dairy price drop 'unexpected'

A screenshot from the GlobalDairyTrade auction website shows recent trends and the latest drop in dairy prices.

Prices continue their downward spiral in another weak GlobalDairyTrade auction.

Getting his own back on the chickens

Michael Van de Elzen loves to see people appreciating his cooking.

Chef Michael Van de Elzen loves to see people appreciating his cooking.

Farmers win ewe hogget award

Wendonside farmers Bevan and Wendy Hopcroft have won the 2015 New Zealand Ewe Hogget competition with their composites.

It's official. Bevan and Wendy Hopcroft's ewe hoggets are the best in the country.

Farmstrong to help stress

Massey University No 4 dairy farm - cows being housed inside a barn. shed barn indoor cover generic agriculture dairying dairy feed feedlot wintering cowshed

A new intiative aims to make farmers' lives less stressful with winter approaching.

New meat company to be unveiled

Meat Industry Excellence chairman John McCarthy.

A plan for a new export meat co-operative is to be unveiled this week by meat industry reform group MIE.

Lifestyle blocks popular

Fewer farms have sold throughout New Zealand in the three months to April but they were worth more per hectare and lifestyle blocks sold.

Call to sack McCully over Saudi deal

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully.

Labour leader Andrew Little has called for Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully to be sacked over the Saudi farm deal.

Dairy hub approved

Southern Dairy Development Trust chair Matthew Richards, Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie and dairy farmer Greg Herbert discuss the Southland Dairy Hub proposal at Herbert's Mokotua farm.

A proposal to build a $26.5m research and innovation hub in Southland has been given the green light.

Rural broadband gets a 'G' up

Linesmen install fibre-optic cable for the Rural Broadband Initiative on the west coast.

New rural broadband option from Spark won't require professionally-installed antennas.

Sharp drop in 'Gypsy Day' activity

500 dairy cows are moved along Thompsons Track and Somerton Road, near Rakaia, as part of Gypsy Day, when stock is moved around dairy farms.

Rural business teams say 'Gypsy Day' transactions are down significantly.

Dairy farmers to be $150k poorer

Waikato farmer Guy Kalma is just one of hundreds disappointed in Fonterra's reduced dairy payout.

The average Kiwi dairy farmer will be $150,000 worse off in the 2015-16 season.

Dairy farmers brace for winter

Canterbury dairy farmer Jeremy Duckmanton monitors the journey of his dairy herd  near Rakaia as part of Gypsy Day.

The end of the milking season came earlier than usual for Jeremy Duckmanton on Monday.

Maori farming a 'sleeping giant'

New agricultural valuer, Kiri Peuafi Symonds on farmland owned by a Maori Incorporation.

Many Maori agricultural businesses could do better and need to reach their potential, says a Massey student.

Migrant visa holdups

Vuniyana Qoro (front), and (left to right) Qasevakatini Napoleoni, Joe Natuikata and Warren Heslip at work in Pebbly Hills forest. The three Fijian men are applying for residency.

A Southland dairy leader is calling on Immigration New Zealand to extend migrant visa concessions.

Sheep billboards bring hope video

Mike Bowler, a drought-stricken sheep and cattle farmer in North Canterbury, has every morning since January fed grain to his sheep on a hill side beside State Highway 1 to form a word or symbol making light of a serious situation.

It began as a bit of a laugh - but Mike Bowler's sheep shenanigans are helping the community.

ANZ censured over swaps

The country's biggest bank also paid $19 million in compensation to customers.

High Court censure for breaching the Fair Trading Act concludes the bank's settlement.

Rural Broadband inquiry call

Improvements to rural broadband are being funded through a levy on phone companies.

Industry body believes rural Kiwis may not be aware of all their broadband options.

Larger Japanese stake in Anzco gains OIO approval

Sir Graeme Harrison, of Anzco, sees the upside of foreign investment

A Japanese company investing just over $40 million has won Overseas Investment Office approval to buy a larger stake in the major meat processor Anzco Foods founded by Graeme Harrison.

Foresters want more consistency

Dean Satchell, Northland, president of the Farm Forestry Association

Farm foresters and forest owners would like to see more government consistency and a greater commitment to forestry in future.

Fonterra shareholders seek answers

Fonterra suppliers won't be in the pink this year after the co-operative's opening forecast payout of $5.25.

Some farmers are questioning the business fundamentals of NZ's biggest company and its capital investment expectations.

Quick changes do more harm than good

Banks are encouraging farmers to maintain expenditure where that expenditure feeds directly into income, says Keith Woodford.

It’s a time for dairy farmers to hunker down, but not lie doggo, says Keith Woodford.

Don’t take my word for it

Doug Edmeades  breaks his rule and responds to a letter to the editor questioning his intellectual honesty.

Doug Edmeades breaks his rule and responds to a letter to the editor questioning his intellectual honesty.

What you see is what you get

Kevin and Megan Friel prove how quiet their sale bulls are in the paddock.

A move from King Country to Hawke's Bay was a good move for a couple who have been selling angus bulls together for almost 20 years.

Steep learning curve

James Bailey's family has owned Momona for 110 years.

James Bailey was pretty green when he finally decided to fulfil what some might say was his destiny and take up farming.

'Observe your cows,' farmers told

There are an estimated 650 free-stall cow barns in New Zealand.

Farmers building barns to house cows told to take some time and actually "stop and look".

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