Opinion

Ollie and Angus, mates for life

Wendy Ward with Ollie the bull calf.

Wendy Ward recounts a tale of animal friendship.

Know your beekepers

Bees can fly several kilometres to feed, but there is a limit to how many hives an area can sustain.

Although manuka honey has brought many benefits to Taranaki, its rapid growth has caused the odd hiccup too.

Don't act rashly to vote away control

Shanghai Maling head of investment Henry Wu talks to a group of Silver Ferns Farms farmer shareholders.

Darfield farmer John Shrimpton urges Silver Ferns Farms shareholders to vote against a merger with Shanghai Maling.

Are we too tangled up in red tape?

This sign on Marc Gascoigne's gate doesn't seem to be keeping out the salespeople.

Is the health and safety bureaucracy going a bit too far, asks Marc Gascoigne.

The tricky business of sharing blame

Louise Giltrap's daughter Siobhan  was two years and four months old when she slipped on spilled water and broke her leg.

The aim of keeping everyone safe from injury and death is a great idea, says Louise Giltrap, but it's easier said than done.

Brexit like divorce of good friends

Beef + Lamb New Zealand southern South Island director Andrew Morrison.

A B+LNZ director reflects on Brexit and Southland Water and Land Plan.

Know rules around bobby calves

Bobby calves are warm and dry in a calf shed.

New bobby calf rules are already standard practice on many dairy farms, says Federated Farmers leader

Reducing seasonality from dairy systems

So far in New Zealand, there are about 40 free-stall barns that are operational.

OPINION: The way ahead involves non-seasonal milking, nutrient management and free-stall barns.

Let's not leave Silver Fern Farms stranded

Shanghai Maling president Weiping Shen (centre) and Silver Fern Farms chairman Rob Hewett announce the deal at Dunedin ...

South Otago farmer Stephen Jack urges Silver Fern Farms shareholders to vote for the merger with Shanghai Maling.

The freedom of life on the outside

Doug Edmeades, right, checks out grass growth on the Woodlands Research farm, Southland, with sheep and beef farmer Dave ...

OPINION: Doug Edmeades reflects on a career of two halves – inside and outside the civil service.

The Brexit effect

Beef + Lamb New Zealand is working closely with New Zealand Government ministers and officials to ensure the Brexit vote ...

Kirsten Bryant ponders the effect of the Brexit vote.

Opinion: What next for NZ trade?

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Western North Island Director, Kirsten Bryant, with her farm dog.

Kirsten Bryant discusses what Brexit means for the sheep and beef trade in New Zealand.

Natural wool wins in synthetic debate

Emma Watson would have been better off wearing a garment made of wool rather than this dress made from recycled plastic ...

OPINION: Instead of hailing recycled garments that validate the use of plastic, let's hear it for wool, Jacqui Hahn says.

Cows remember act of kindness

Fourteen years of working with cows has convinced Lyn Webster not to underestimate the intelligence of dairy cows.

OPINION: An encounter with heifer 51 during calving has given Lyn Webster a new appreciation of the intelligence of dairy cows.

That rare trait of common sense

Louise Giltrap says it's probably easier to employ her five-year-old grandson Kyle because she has to be just as ...

Louise Giltrap asks why employers get the blame when a staff member does something stupid.

Brexit won't be all bad for farmers

Dipton farmer Peter McDonald.

OPINION: There will benefits to Brexit, but they may not be all that obvious.

Stockmanship, an unsung gift

Northland sheep breeding veteran Gordon Levet.

 Sheep farming and breeding maestro Gordon Levet discusses what it means to have the gift of stockmanship.

Brexit trade change unclear

Bill Wright is the Beef+Lamb New Zealand central South Island  director and farms near Cave, South Canterbury.

Briexit's impact on New Zealand trade leaves more questions than answers.

Dairy cow cull's flow-on effects

Maintaining dairy cow numbers at peak productivity remains the best option for both the economy and the environment, ...

OPINION: NZ economy and environment benefits from keeping cows at peak productivity, Jacqueline Rowarth argues.

Fieldays winning initiatives

Prime Minister John Key and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy talk to a MPI biosecurity inspector during Fieldays.

Farmers should be proud of the large Fieldays event celebrating the rural sector, says Nathan Guy.

Fertiliser sweet-spot for Lake Karapiro

Save Lake Karapiro president Angus Robson says legislation around the best fertiliser use would help improve water ...

Farming laggards are letting down good farmers, says Save Lake Karapiro president Angus Robson.

Hiring migrants a complex process

Migrants such as Filipino Migrants such as Filipino Ireneo Molina are generally great farm employees but there are ...

OPINION: I employ migrants on my farm; I feel fortunate to do so and would recommend it.

Children compete for farming bug

Ike Williams is a ram breeder from Raincliff.

Ike Williams has got a competition idea to get young people into farming.

Unique tax rules for farmers

Farmers need to be on top of sometimes unique tax rules for their sector.

Farmers need to be aware of tax rules that only apply to the rural sector.

Next GDT auction a red-letter date

A price increase of 10 per cent is needed at next GDT event to support forecast.

Much could hang on Wednesday's Global Dairy Trade auction.

Aquifer recharge flushes poor water quality

Irrigation NZ chief executive Andrew Curtis says the project is an example of where irrigation schemes can use stored or ...

 Flushing low aquifers with river water could improve poor water quality on Mid Canterbury farmland.

NZ GM-free export meat status undersold

New Zealand meat exporters need to cash in on our GM-Free status.

 Hawke's Bay farmer Simon Beamish says it's time the meat industry cashed in on Northern Hemisphere demand for GM-free food.

MPI lost in translation on funding

However you look at it, MPI does not fund much research, says Dr Doug Edmeades.

Scientist Doug Edmeades has a quibble about the MPI's definition of research funding.

Championing the bobby calves' cause

Diego, a male jersey calf, is thriving in its new environment after it was bought by the Starfish Bobby Calf Project.

OPINION: Diego, the jersey calf bought by the Starfish Bobby Calf Project is a mascot for the 2 million plus bobby calves who will be killed this year, Lynley Tulloch says.

Farmers deserve a swamp subsidy

Wetland and wet land in a wet landscape at Kaihoka.

OPINION: If landowners are expected to protect wetlands, shouldn't they also be compensated?

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