Going for gold in Hawke's Bay

Gold on the vine - the popular SunGold kiwifruit variety.

The sale of a kiwifruit property in Hawke's Bay is a record for New Zealand according to the agents.

Fish focus to boost stocks

Nelson Plant and Food senior scientist Maren Wellenreuther.

A Nelson scientist has developed a method to successfully breed native fish species commercially.

Top wapiti sire sells for $18,500

Wapiti at the Tikana elk/wapiti sire sale.

A top wapiti sire attracted a bid of $18,500 at a Southland stud auction.

Deer party at Sir Tim's place

The Elk & Wapiti Society is celebrating 30 years.

Sir Tim Wallis is hosting a get together of wapiti farmers.

Irrigation allows lamb finishing in the dry

Doug Grieve checking the quality of the plantain and clover under irrigation on Whakapirau Station in Hawke's Bay.

Hawke's Bay farmer is preparing for drier years on his Maraekakaho property as the annual rainfall average continues to fall.

WorkSafe NZ investigating death


WorkSafe New Zealand are investigating the death of a man on a farm in Hakataramea Valley, west of Timaru.

Fonterra an unsung hero

Mark Patterson on his Lawrence farm.

The biggest agricultural story of 2017 is one that is unlikely to be written.

Fair trade in farming

Fair trade isn't just for faulty retail products.

Consumer rights don't stop with retail products.

Shearers smash world record

Eru Weeds, of Ohai, at yesterday's world shearing record attempt in Hawke's Bay.

Three men sheared 1611 sheep over the course of eight hours, smashing the current world record.

Mixed news in dairy price rise

Whole milk powder prices took a small knock, while overall prices rose.

While overall global prices are up, NZ's main export, whole milk powder, takes a small knock.

The great apple shortage

Bad timing of seasons means New Zealand's experiencing an apple shortage.

It's a change from the usual banana shortage - this time our beloved apples are nowhere to be seen.

Cricket bash after quake shake up

Ward cricketers, from left, Kyle Bailey, 11, with James, 7, Harrison, 5 and Grayson Litchfield, 2, ready to swing the ...

Cricket game will help earthquake affected community to relax, and forget challenges back on farm, for an afternoon

Commodity prices on the up

Agricultural commodity prices are predicted to rise in 2017, fuelled by rising Chinese and Indian demand.

Rising dairy prices will lift commodity values this year, and even sheepmeat may show an improvement.

Dairy, sheep and beef - never a dull moment

Nigel Anderson with son James, 13.

New Zealand farmers are legendary for their "can-do" attitude. Andrea Fox meets an example of the breed.   

Shearer has eye on third world title

Australian World Championship shearer Shannon Warnest will compete at the 2017 World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships.

He has shorn all over the world, including the famous Waldorf Hotel on Park Avenue, New York.

Healthy rivers – is everyone doing their share?

Who else contributes to the N and P in the Waikato River?

Waikato's Healthy Rivers Plan is to be challenged in court. Doug Edmeades continues his imagining of how the case for farmers will be presented.

Wealth could flow from our water

If we sold one litre of water per day to 10 per cent of the Chinese population at an export value of $1 per litre, the ...

OPINION: Selling a trivial amount of our water could make NZ an extremely wealthy nation, Keith Woodford writes.

'Gutless': $30,000 of tyres slashed

The irrigated flats of Omarama Station, home to the three vandalised irrigators.

An electric fence had to be crossed to slash 44 tyres on Mackenzie Country irrigators in a possible environmental statement.

First shearing event

Fleeces will fly at the Northern Southland Shears on Friday.

Big numbers expected to attend the Northern Southland Shears event at Five Rivers.

Catching more offal

A worker at Levin Alliance meat plant's offal room as visitors look on.

Alliance spends half a million at Levin plant.

At home with Fern the fawn video

Fern is a very friendly and inquisitive animal.

Watching cricket on telly has become a favourite activity for fawn named Fern.

What dairying can do next

It's a big call to invite people who may not like you to your farm, but it's all dairy farmers can do.

OPINION: How dairy farmers lost public respect - and what they should do now.

Silver Fern Farms big loss

Silver Fern Farms chairman Rob Hewett.

As expected, Silver Fern Farms has posted a poor earnings result for the year, with after- tax loss of $30.6m.

Grass-fed dairy system could add to pollution

Is the grass-fed approach to our dairy industry just adding to our nitrate pollution problems?

Is DairyNZ's grass fed policy hindering rather than helping the nitrates issue?

Raw milk comes to Wairarapa

David and Renee Smith, owners of Clareville Fresh Milk

Wairarapa raw milk vending business opens its doors.

Mauve bales not for dairy

Council staff Ian Wishart and Kevin Godfrey with the mauve bales.

Yes you are seeing purple on the farm

Could this be NZ's Palm Springs?

Len Jury is selling the dairy farm in Omata after nearly 170 years of family ownership

This farm was the scene of a land wars battle, has been in the family since 1848 and has golf resort potential.

Agony of farming's down cycles

Dairying has its twists and turns but top operators don't balk on re-grassing paddocks during a down cycle.

The clock is ticking on farming's many up and down cycles.

Slow start to wool selling year

The wool market is waiting for a good lift.

Wool prices have yet to come out of their slump.

Farmer seeks clarity on road use

Wairau Valley dairy farmer Evan White wants farmers to be aware of road regulations around towing farm equipment on ...

With the state highway becoming increasingly busy with traffic using the main route south to Christchurch, farm vehicles needed to be roadworthy

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