Rural Women

What makes the perfect southern man?

Is this the perfect southern man?

Some rural gals give us their take on what the perfect southern man looks like.

Opportunity knocks for Taranaki farmers

Bronwyn Muir.

Bronwyn Muir turns her focus to the positive points of farming in Taranaki.  

Sheep meat prices disappoint director

Global conditions have lowered prices farmers are receiving for sheep meat.

While the lead-up to Christmas is a blur of crutching, shearing, weaning and producing stock in top condition for market, mid-January is our time to take stock, re-group and plan how we intend to proceed through until autumn.

Help is at hand

Taranaki chartered accountant Marilyn Davies estimates only 20 per cent of farmers have significant financial literacy skills.

Help will soon be at hand for any New Zealand farmers struggling to make head or tail of their finances.

Woman hooked on dairy farming

The Dairy Woman Network co-convenor for the East Waikato group, Suzie van Heuven, with some of the calves she raised on the farm she and husband Alex are 50/50 sharemilking on.

Matamata sharemilker Suzie van Heuven could not imagine going back to working in town.

Chilled-out cows

Massey University Dairy 1 farm manager Jolanda Amoore says once-a-day milking suits her right down to the ground.

Massey University Dairy 1 manager and her happy herd.

Attracting the next generation

Elaine Cook says the industry needs to be proactive to attract young people to the industry

Standfirst: Encouraging more young people to think about dairy as a solid career option is among the goals set by the industry's new director. Sonita Chandar and Gerald Piddock speak to Elaine Cook.

Farm safety at your fingertips

OnFarmSafety managing director Bronwyn Muir and operations manager Andrew Wood use the company's new app which will help farmers keep their health and safety systems up to date.

Farmers will soon have everything they need to know about health and safety at their fingertips.

Rural group a voice for farmers

Marlborough Rural Advisory Group chairman Colin King

A rural group would rather represent farmers than be a lobby group for them.

Girls day out part of field days fun

Croydon Aviation Heritage Trust chairman Ian Tulloch (left) and Clutha-Southland MP Bill English with a replicia of one of the pioneers of New Zealand airline travel, a de Havilland Domini, with the real McCoy in the background. The Domini is one of the many historial operational aircraft at the museum, at Mandeville

Fancy a girl's day out? The All Points branch of Rural Women New Zealand are hosting a 'Girl's Field Day Out' during the Southern Field Days next month.

Gem Alpacas brings sparkle to Fairlie

Alpaca are renowned for the colours of their fleece. Browns and greys are most popular among craftspeople.

The Paca Shack is on the move!

Making a change for women

Lindy Nelson was awarded a New Zealand Order of Merit award for her service to agriculture and women.

Lindy Nelson thought the letter was a fine, not news she was a Member of the NZ Order of Merit.

Marlborough farmers face challenging year

Marlborough Federated Farmers president Sharon Parkes

Marlborough, this year more than ever, needs rural leadership from its district council.

Waging war on wires

Shannon Carr, whose father Peter Robb died when his helicopter struck a wire, is an ambassador for the Down to the Wire campaign.

The daughter of a helicopter pilot killed in a wirestrike talks about the safety campaign dedicated to her father.

Blueberry season starts

Windsong Organic Orchard co-owner Jenny Crum with the first batch of freshly picked blueberries ready to be graded for sale.

Renwick blueberry orchardists encourage buying fresh berry fruit for summer.

Orchardist's bold return to region's horticulture history

Marlborough stonefruit orchardist Jenny Saggers, of Northridge Orchards,  wants to supply tree ripened fruit to the public

A Marlborough couple have gone back to the region's past to grow stonefruit among the grape vines.

Manawatu farmers concerned about health and safety

'Stepping Up Safety' workshop by Dairy Womens Network, (DWN).  The Manawatu farm module which is taken by Natalie Davidson.

Manawatu farmers are concerned about health and safety rules.

Alliance Group director bucks the trend

Alliance Group director Dawn Sangster has little female company on private sector boards.

Few women can match Dawn Sangster in the private governance world.

Pearls of pony breeding wisdom

Judith Johnson with three generations of mare: from left, Maxwellton Gleneigh, Maxwellton GIve Us Your Thoughts, and Maxwellton Penelope Pitstop, who was judged supreme champion animal at the Canterbury A&P Show this year.

A father's wise words have never been forgotten for pony breeding.

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.

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