Opinion

It's a busy life down on the farm

"Chewing the fat" over lunch at the farm walk at Turimawiwi.

OPINION: People often ask `what do you do out there in the country?''

Farming behind the scenes

Supporters at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Invercargill earlier this month.

Andrew Morrison writes about the important role of sheep and beef farmers.

Jury out on fewer farmer deaths

Worksafe programme manager agriculture Al McCone.

The new health and safety laws for farms are a year old and is it a coincidence that farmer deaths are down?

Rampant rates anger farmers

There was a 77 per cent rates hike across local government  from 2016-2016, according to Federated Farmers.

The demand for farmers to cough up on rates seems unstoppable.

Customer not always getting rights

Half of New Zealanders have been let down by something they've bought recently.

OPINION: Not all retailers are good at honouring their Consumer Guarantees Act obligations.

Farming tune up not just about tractor

Triathlete and dairy farmer Marc Gascoigne.

Farmers need to keep themselves in shape as well as their machinery.

Don't get freaked by the eco

Phil Vine says it's funny how times change in New Zealand.

OPINION: Funny how, over time, crazy weird becomes the new normal.

Stop press, silage arrives

Matt Hilhorst, Geoff Giltrap and grandson Charlie, Louise Giltrap and grandson Jacob, and Peter Hilhorst with the silage ...

Louise Giltrap discovers hope in the middle of a drought as help arrives.

Lotto won't solve farm woes

Be in to win, unless you are a loss making farmer.

What does a Lotto winning farmer do? Keep farming until the prize money's all gone.

D-day for paua harvest ban decision

The extent of uplift created by the November 14 quake can be easily traced at Ward Beach.

OPINION: MPI should go ahead and extend the paua harvest ban along the east coast, say commercial paua divers.

Environment hot spots on farms

Farm environmental plans allow farmers to tailor their farm's environmental activities to manage risks in relation to ...

Identify environmental hot spots such as stock yards, offal holes and silage stacks, says Alan Campbell.

Battling shearing's ageing workforce

Invercargill shearer Darin Forde in action in the All Nations machine shearing finals.

World shearing champs highlight the problem of an older workforce.

Water polluting hypocrisy

Auckland beaches are being closed and the council is saying, "Houston, we have a problem, but we will fix it in 20 ...

OPINION: Those accusing farming of degrading rivers should look at their own backyard first.

A new way to kill your brain

Reckon anyone would watch a live stream of people milking cows? These days, you never know.

OPINION: Would you watch a video of me milking cows? It wouldn't be glamorous, but it might make a shedload of moolah.

Silent killers find new home

A paddock full of scotch thistle at Kaihoka in Golden Bay.

OPINION: No more blisters or chemicals, just a silent killer.

Intensive land change needs consent

A resource consent will now be required for land use intensification under the Waikato Regional Council's Healthy Rivers ...

OPINION: The Healthy Rivers Plan Change  is designed to take a staged approach to protecting and restoring the health of the Waikato and Waipa Rivers.

Farming of past won't feed world

Applying targeted solutions at a farm level is the best way of reducing farming's environmental impact, Andrew Hoggard says.

OPINION: There is no justification to claim modern agriculture is broken, Andrew Hoggard says.

Drought begins to bite pastures

Green kikuyu grass growing in one of Lyn Webster's paddocks where cows are due to go into on her Northland farm.

Soil moisture levels have dried up incredibly fast in Northland, Lyn Webster says.

Keep talking and keep laughing

A recent B&B guest, Karen Stocking, from England, gives a thirsty lamb a drink of water in the dry Northland heat.

The Northland drought means tough decisions for the survival of animals and humans, writes Louise Giltrap.

A plan to cope with the dry

A low stocking rate in spring and summer would be needed so the pasture could build up root reserves and retain moisture.

Here's an idea worth considering about how to farm through the dry summer.

Yes, I sent calves to China

New Zealand has 6 million of the world's 271 million dairy cows, or 2 per cent.

Farmer Marc Gascoigne admits to the" treasonable" selling of dairy calves for export but has no regrets.

A tale of two farmers

Many drystock farmers over the years converted to dairying after being fed up with low returns and meat industry infighting.

OPINION: Pointing the finger exclusively at farmer greed for water quality problems would be wrong.

More police on rural beat

More earthquake support and law enforcement for rural areas are priorities for Nathan Guy.

The thin blue line is about to get thicker in rural areas as police ranks are beefed up.

Managing nitrogen for better water

Left unchecked, excess nitrogen promotes nuisance weed and algal growth in streams and rivers.

OPINION: The proposed Healthy Rivers Plan Change 1 seeks to manage four contaminants in Waikato's waterways; nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment and bacteria.

Healthy Rivers submission deadline soon

Federated Farmers is holding workshops this month to help farmers prepare submissions on the Healthy Rivers plan change.

The window is closing to get submissions in on the Healthy Rivers plan change.

Does gender affect lamb flavour?

Sheep stud breeder Ike Williams believes there is no difference in eating quality between ram and ewe lambs..

Young ram lambs provide better eating than older ram lambs, reckons Raincliff sheep breeder Ike Williams.

Campaign to cut cow numbers

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OPINION: Greenpeace says it's happy to work with DairyNZ, but won't sit around in a boardroom while irrigation schemes get built.

Unity through trade

BusinessNZ chief executive Kirk Hope warns the world could be set to enter a period of stagnant trade.

OPINION: While others build walls, saving the TPPA could help build unity.

True facts submerged in water debate

Toxic algal bloom on Lake Forsyth, Banks Peninsula.

Truth is the first casualty in water debates, Keith Woodford writes.

NZ to be the mozzarella king

Heirloom tomatoes with mozzarella, toasted sourdough and basil dressing.

Fonterra is set to be the largest manufacturer of mozzarella in the Southern Hemisphere.

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