Rural Women

More women entering agribusiness

16012015 News Photo: Sam Scannell/Fairfax NZ. North Taranaki farmer Amanda Jordan has taken on the role of chairing TBfree Taranaki after her dairy herd was infected with bovine tuberculosis.

More than half the students on an agribusiness management diploma at Aoraki Polytechnic are women.

Mouth-watering weeds to dine on

"What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered."

A block of weeds can be a weed patch or a "veritable salad bowl'.

Young rural lady of the Hakataramea

City singer Bex Murray has taken to farming life

You can't muster kiwi

Bob Schumacher works with kiwi on the East Taranaki Environment Trust kiwi project at Purangi.

A Taranaki farmer and environmentalist has turned her skills to farming our native bird.

A greater understanding of the land

On the road to Tasman Downs.

Mackenzie Country author Mary Hobbs talks about the land.

New kid on the block in Feilding

New Feilding farm adviser Erica van Reenen.

A farm adviser in Feilding is the newest in the area as rural consultancy AgFirst expands.

Joan Withers: Supreme woman of influence video

Joan Withers had little time to contemplate her award as Westpac Women of Influence supreme winner, going straight into a Mighty River Power shareholder's meeting the next day.

Girls in low-decile schools lack the role models to inspire them to success, says the award-winning business leader.

Women of Influence finalists: Rural

Michelle Thompson, Chief Executive of Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand and a finalist in the 2015 Women of Influence Awards.

The finalists for the 2015 Women of Influence Awards in the Rural category.

Catching up with a prince

New Zealand Red Devon Cattle Breeders' Association president Karen Schumacher, of Inglewood, will visit Prince Charles' estates during the Devon World Congress in the UK in 2016.

Taranaki red devon breeder excited about comparing her sustainable farming methods with those of Prince Charles.

Love of dairying overcomes cow allergy

Sheree Walters has responsibility for the young stock on Canterbury Grasslands' farm.

AN ALLERGY to cows has not stopped Sheree Walters from fulfilling her dream of dairy farming.

Cancer found, but it could have been worse

Megan Friel with one of Mt Mable's 2015 sale bulls – before she knew the results of her latest mammogram.

Don't forgo your own health because you're too busy on the farm, says Norsewood's Mt Mable angus breeder Megan Friel.

Making Holstein history in NZ

Te Awamutu breeder Wendy Harker is the new president of Holstein Friesian New Zealand

Who is the woman making history as the head of Holstein Friesian NZ?

Life as a rural artist

Lizzie Carruthers, Otago artist

Southern artist Lizzie Carruthers has been a farmer all her working life. She talks about inspiration and life as a rural artist.

Riding the long paddock

Alice Mabin, from high country shepherd to entrepreneur of the year.

It's quite the journey … from high country shepherd to winner of a national business award.

Women's organic businesses grow

Bev Swanson mixes oils with calendula flowers in a crock pot.

Growth of organics benefits Manawatu businesswomen who sell fruit and vegetables, as well as soap and cosmetics, to name just a few items.

The cow whisperer

Amy Lowe with her prize cow, North Island champion  2015,  "Fairview Gibson R Raquel EX".

Amy Lowe seems to have the ability to calm even the stroppiest cow with a few soothing words and a scratch.

Cattle whisperer leaves legacy

Dr Cheryl McMeekan, pictured with Ditau, one of her five dogs, died on June 8 on Lantau Island in Hong Kong.

Cheryl McMeekan had a gift with animals. She cared for every one she found and her beneficence is living on, despite her death.

The strong woman behind the man

Wendy Avery.

Meet the woman who supports the man who is the face of the fight against farmer depression.

Firm friendship: The sports star and the girl inventor

Young inventor Ayla Hutchinson with mentor Bernice Mene at the Mystery Creek Fieldays Kindling Cracker stand.

It's easy to see young inventer Ayla Hutchinson and her mentor, Bernice Mene are mates - even though they clearly have pretty different backgrounds.

Are you a mumtrepreneur?

Last year's supreme winner of the Fly Buys Mumtrepreneur Awards Bridgit Hawkins started her company six years ago while raising two young children.

If there's one thing Bridgit Hawkins knows well, it's the challenge of juggling motherhood and self-employment.

She's 17, and running a farm video

Louisa McClintock, 17, works fulltime on her grandfather Graham McClintock's 2500-hectare sheep and beef property Stratholme, north of Cheviot.

Louisa McClintock is just 17 but is farming a dry north Canterbury farm with her 80-year-old grandfather.

Farmers schooled on animal welfare

DairyNZ animal husbandry extension specialist Anna Irwin demonstrates the use of a captive bolt during a Dairy Women's Network animal welfare workshop at Wreys Bush.

Tough new animal welfare laws are on the horizon, but Southland dairy farmers are working to ensure they’re ahead of the game.

Kahlia gets the job done

Kahlia Fryer won the Lawson Robinson Hawke's Bay A&P scholarship at the recent Hawke's Bay Primary Industry Awards

A career in agribusiness management is the goal of a Lincoln University student whose reputation as a hard worker goes before her. She speaks with Kate Taylor.

Canty A&P gets first female president

Horse riding introduced Nicky Hutchinson to show competing and now she is the first female president of the Canterbury A&P Association.

Nicky Hutchinson says gender doesn't matter in her new role as the head of the Canterbury A&P Association.

Thriving in the best of both worlds

Sandra Cordell spent years sharemilking with husband Stuart at Dannevirke before taking a seat on the Fonterra Shareholders Council.

Fonterra Shareholders Councillor Sandra Cordell reveals why she is passionate about the role and the industry.

'Timely' dairy workshop

Dairy Women's Network Invercargill regional group convenor Katrina Thomas on her Wreys Bush farm.

Southland's female dairy farmers will meet tomorrow to discuss how to plan for the future.

West Coast dairy farmer wins big

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Federated Farmers West Coast president Katie Milne has been named Dairy Woman of the Year.

Dairy Woman of the Year award winner Katie Milne is preparing to rub shoulders with some of the best minds in business.

Dairy awards winners named

Federated Farmers West Coast president Katie Milne has been named Dairy Woman of the Year.

Katie Milne is New Zealand's Dairy Woman of the Year.

Dairy women's conference shaping up as 'best yet'

Dame Jenny Shipley is one of the high profile guest speakers at the Dairy Women's Network's annual conference.

With a dynamic line-up of first-class speakers, the 2015 Dairy Women's Network conference promises to be "incredible."

Alliance steps up its links with rural women

Ranfurly farmer Dawn Sangster says farming women are big decision-makers.

Half of Alliance Group's 5000 shareholders are women and the meat company is strengthening its links with them.

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