Rural Women

Spring festival promises day out for Cheviot farmers

Spring daffodils in the Cheviot Domain will be a major attraction for the Cheviot Spring Festival on September 10.

The Cheviot Spring Festival promises a day off the farm for farmers under pressure from the drought, and a chance to celebrate spring with their friends.

Counting your blessings down on the farm

Joyce Wyllie of Kaihoka collects her fresh fish from the mudflats.

OPINION: To be thankful and focus on good things doesn't change circumstance but does alter outlook and impact on others.

Gun database challenged

The law and order select committee is investigating how to keep guns out of criminal hands.

Some gun owners feel putting information online is "actually creating a shopping list for criminals."

Positive outlook for Southland sheep farmer

Southland sheep farmer Jo Horrel says gaining more business knowledge has given her a positive outlook on the sheep industry.

Jo Horrell is feeling positive about the future of this country's sheep industry.

Scanning the numbers to be ready for spring

The team scans the ewes at Kaihoka to see how many lambs are expected in spring.

OPINION: Lambing time is a lasting memory of spring.

Ayrshire pedigree shines through

Ayrshire champion Kylee Perrett has won a national award for her contribution to the breed.

It's all in the breeding for a young Taranaki sharemilker.

First female president for Jersey NZ

Alison Gibb and husband Russell have been farming for 32 years at Taupiri in the Waikato where they run Zenith Jerseys.  ...


Fairy dust dries up on farms

Landscape farmed by Outstandingly Nice Landowners.

Opinion: The fairytale of farming doesn't always have a happy ever after ending.

Pondering the ramifications of Brexit

Lyn Webster says although the world is crying out for protein, no-one seems to want to pay for it.

Globalisation is the process by which businesses develop international influence or start operating on an international scale.

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.

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.

Alliance woos its women farmers

Captain of New Zealand's butchery team  the Sharp Blacks Corey Winder shares some of his secrets with Alliance Meat ...

The Alliance meat co-op is holding a second series of women's workshops around the country.

'Dairying is my life'

Rebecca Keoghan says the dairy industry has always gone in cycles and probably always will but farmers will be stronger ...

Dairy Woman of the Year Rebecca Keoghan recognised for ten years of outstanding contribution to the dairy industry.

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?

Costly working farm dogs

Jock Wyllie of Kaihoka and his dog Will at dog trial finals in Tapanui.

OPINION: Dog trials bring a lot of enjoyment, but registering working dogs does give rise to frustration.

Women part of quest for better co-op

Alliance Group director Dawn Sangster speaks at the Alliance Group Pure South conference in Queenstown.

Alliance Group director Dawn Sangster says women need to be a part of their farming businesses.

First aid on the farm

A good knowledge of first aid techniques can come in handy on rugged terrain like the track at Joyce Wyllie's Kaihoka ...

 OPINION: Living where we do first aid is vital, knowing that any further aid is more than an hour away.

Dairy women learn more about herd data

Dairy Women's Network workshop coordinator, Lisa Hicks at Totally Vets in Feilding where the workshop, 'Understanding ...

Women are getting a better grasp of using herd data for their dairy farm.

Campers challenge stereotypes stuff nation

A call for help changed this writer's attitude towards freedom campers.

OPINION: An experience with two "freedom campers'' has forced me to rethink my perceptions.

Shearing no dying tradition video

Coatbridge Station manager Scott Adams sorting out the lambs for shearing.

The autumn shear has been happening for 165 years at Marlborough's Coatbridge Station.

Change of culture to make farms safer

Seminar leader Lindy Nelson at a one-day Agri Women's development trust meeting in Feilding on health and safety.

Do the right thing for health and safety on a farm when no one is looking, says Lindy Nelson.

Top year for coloured sheep breeder

Phillippa Sanders has been breeding black and coloured sheep since 2009. She considers herself a "newbie."

A golden fleece title has put the icing on the cake for black and coloured sheep breeder Phillippa Sanders.

Dairy Woman of the Year named

Rebecca Keoghan is a farmer, Landcorp's business manager and a Westland Milk Products director.

Rebecca Keoghan has been recognised for a decade of contribution to the dairy industry.

Faith in the industry

Ellen Bartlett, Fonterra shareholders councillor for Manawatu, says low dairy prices are nothing new but Fonterra is ...

Low dairy prices are biting but farmers advised to think long term and keeping an eye on the prize.

Challenge of farm ownership

Kathy Craw and partner Logan Bowler bought a tired farm at Marton and through hard work, have turned it around.

A Rangitikei couple have poured their heart and soul into transforming a tired farm into a productive one.

Manawatu women finalists for award

Lisa Hicks is a finalist for the Dairy Women's Network's Dairy Community Leadership Award.

Two women are in with a chance of winning a dairy community leadership award.

It's stressful down on the farm

The stressful season has created physical problems for dairy farmer Lyn Webster who has a pinched nerve in one shoulder.

Stress on the farm is causing physical problems for Lyn Webster.

The journey of a leg of lamb

Ready for the roasting dish.

This is the story of a leg of lamb.

Health and safety on the farm

A track at Joyce Wyllie's Kaihoka farm above the sea shows the hazards of terrain, and need for managing risk.

Joyce Wyllie' wades through the tangle of health and safety abbreviations.

Life and death down on the farm

Grant and Joyce Wyllie of Kaihoka celebrate at a recent wedding.

OPINION: Death is something faced on farms regularly and rural families learn to deal with it, but never casually.

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