Body condition scoring ewes a money maker

Perendale ewes for body conditioning at Broadlands Station in Manawatu.

More farmers are body condition scoring ewes, as they see there is money to be made.

Hopes high for rabbit virus

Environment Canterbury (ECan) is seeking permission to release a variant of rabbit haemorrhagic disease on behalf of the ...

Environment Canterbury (ECan) is seeking permission to release a strain of rabbit haemorrhagic disease.

Milking sheep up for auction video

The Kings aim to encourage others into the industry .

Dairy sheep will be up for auction in Carterton next month, in a Kiwi first.

Farmer's grass bonanza dream

Banks Peninsula farmer Tim Wilson loves his approach to farming.

Tim Wilson loves holistic farming - and it's helping keep his wallet full, too.

Young farmers watch farm burn

Tom Magill and Stella Bauer lost 150ha of pasture and 6km of fences to the Port Hills fires.

Black pastures are all that's left after the Port Hills fires swept through land leased by a young farming couple.

Cows already adding winter coat

It may still be summer but some Taranaki cows are already preparing for winter.

Months ahead of schedule, some herds are already sporting warmer winter coats.

Dog trials tested by weather

Dog triallists at the Pelorus Sheep Dog Trial Club meeting, near Havelock

"Dog trialing can be a great leveller."

High country farmers 'pushed back to the hills'

Around 170 people attended the field day at Simon and Lynda Harvey's property Glen Orkney, Awatere Valley.

The Marlborough region had lost 25,000ha of flat pastoral land in the past three decades due to land use changes as the traditional sheep farmer had been "pushed back to the hills".

NZ lamb has lost its spark

Chef Kerry Mackay served up a seared loin of lamb with a potato and Greek salad from his "Famous Vagabond Jack" caravan, ...

New Zealand lamb is now behind Australia in terms of production, size and marketing.

Trialists make perfect start to season

Mangamingi's Brad Bielski and his dog, Jade, head up to the mark to run in the zig zag hunt at the Whangamomona dog ...

Taranaki competitors made a clean sweep at opening events on their dog trials calendar.

Smith wins 100th open title

Rowland Smith competing in the Southern Shears in Gore.

Hawke's Bay shearing champion Rowland Smith wins 100th open-class title.

Southern Shears in Gore

Nathan Stratford, of Invercargill at the Southern Shears in Gore on Saturday, shearing in the South Island Shearer of ...

A "poor" turnout to the Southern Shears held in Gore on Friday and Saturday.

Big guns out at Southern Shears

Nova Kumeroa-Elers of Mataura throws a fleece at the Southern Shears in Gore.

World Champions Henare and Kirkpatrick are competing in Gore this weekend.

Clock ticking for Hunter Downs

The current proposed scheme infrastructure takes water from the Waitaki River via the existing Morven Glenavy Irrigation ...

The call is out for capital to get the Hunter Downs irrigation scheme off the ground.

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.

Farmers find unburnt home on Facebook

Greg Graham, wife Rachel and one of their alpaca stud animals. The family is waiting to be let back onto their property ...

Fire comms break down - farmer Greg Graham discovered his home still stands on Facebook.

Anti-farming slurs hurt

Keep positive, is Rick Powdrell's message to farmers hurt by slurs.

Ouch. Some of those anti-farming pokes are painful.

Lamb celebrated

Scott Kennedy from Nero Restaurant in Palmerston North chats about national lamb day.

Nero head chef and lamb ambassador Scott Kennedy talks all things lamb.

Cops save sheep stuck on its back video

The sheep struggles to get to its feet.

Sheep are cool, but sometimes evolution is just not on their side.

Red tape hampers quake repairs

Tyler Fifield sets up camp in the Kekerengu Valley to help with earthquake repairs.

They're skilled fencers, ready to help. They just have to do another health and safety induction.

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.

Second innings for lake bed cricket

Community cricket game at Lake Elterwater, south of Blenheim, will go ahead.

The Broken Bat Trophy will be contested again, despite ban on cattle and crops.

Morris goes for lamb trifecta

Gore farmer Peter Morris won Gore A&P Association's Prime Lamb competition with his charollais-texel lamb.

With the prime lamb and mint lamb competitions under his belt, Gore farmer Peter Morris has his eyes on the Glammies.

Shearing brothers represent Canada

Canadian team members Don and Cliff Metheral team relax after competing in the heats of the World Shearing and ...

The Canadian machine shearing team is a close-knit unit - unsurprisingly as they are brothers.

Top end carpet off to US

Just shorn wool is heading off to North America as high end carpet.

Well-heeled Americans about to feel plush New Zealand wool on their feet.

'Hobby farm' an award-winner

The Sandfords run 50 cows, mostly angus, and about 300 perendale sheep on their 386 hectare block.

If he could live his life over, Taranaki builder Ken Sandford would farm on a much larger scale.

Egg throwing record up for grabs

Steve Hollander founder of the Hilux Rural Games which are coming to Manawatu for the first time.  They are coming in March.

The 77-metre world record for egg throwing could be scrambled at the Rural Games.

Rural advisers with stickability needed

Professor Mike Hedley, who is the director of Massey University Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre.

Rural advisers wanted, but must have stickability.

Highs and lows for crop-dusters

Persistent nor'westers have made crop dusting and spraying difficult for topdressing pilots this summer.

Aerial top dressing pilots in North Canterbury are battling strong nor'west winds.

Apathy spreads nasty needle grass

The risk of chilean needle grass pest plant spreading further in Marlborough remained high.

Chilean needle grass costs farmers $100-$200 per hectare in lost production

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