Southland's high performing farmers

Red Meat Profit Partnership general manager Michael Smith

Profit margins have more room to move upwards on farms, say leaders of the Red Meat Profit Partnership.

Southland shearers in running for world comp

Invercargill shearer Darin Forde is one of two Southlanders in with a shot for the national team.

Southlanders have a shot of making the world shearing champs.

Woolhandler off the booze for comp

Welsh woolhandler Robyn Charlton at home in Winton, Southland.

Welsh woman Robyn Charlton has gone-alcohol free for the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships.

Lamb tailer is '76 years young'

Ray Cook rounds lambs up for the tailing pen.

Ray Cook has been tailing lambs since the 1970s.

Alliance tries to improve butcher faults

Alliance Group chief executive David Surveyor speaks at a co-operative roadshow in Fortrose.

Faults made during the slaughter process are being targeted by Alliance Group.

Loyalty meat payments for partial suppliers

Alliance general manager of livestock Murray Behrent says the co-operative is extending its loyalty payments.

Alliance Group is changing its loyalty payments for farmers supplying only some of their stock this year.

5000 lambs 'clip the ticket' in US supermarkets

Morning debrief at the Waipari Station woolshed – shepherd Jayde Dixon, manager Nigel Hanan and owner Mark Warren.

A Hawke's Bay sheep farm is the first in the world to be certified for its pasture-only system.

Are lambs worth more alive than dead?

Brent Mackie checks lambs on Kuriwao Downs, a 500ha sheep, beef and deer farm near Clinton in South Otago.

A South Otago farmer with a diverse operation has a suggestion for sheep farmers wrestling with rising costs and static returns.

MPI ready for foot-and-mouth

A dead cow is dropped into a truck after it contracted foot and mouth disease in 2007 in Britain. A day-long exercise in ...

An farm exercise to test the management of foot-and-mouth disease leaves the Ministry for Primary Industries pleased.

Pay a fair price for grazing, farmers told

Mike O'Connor raises his own heifers on the Karapiro farm he sharemilks.

It pays to pay a bit extra for dairy grazing.

Processing delays worry farmers

Alliance Group chief executive David Surveyor speaks at a co-operative roadshow in Fortrose.

Alliance management and board members queried about "unacceptable" delays in trucks being unloaded for processing.

The promise of sheep milk video

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News: Landcorp New Zealand have made a significant investment in a ...

Canterbury sheep milk producer Guy Trafford talks about the trials and tribulations involved in getting into the industry.

Breeding south suffolks the way nature intended

Braewood ram hoggets will be entered in the Waikato A & P Show next week.

Anne Boswell meets south suffolk sheep stud breeders who have chosen to use minimal intervention to ensure the best animals come through.

New virus to hit immune rabbits

A new rabbit virus strain will help control the feral rabbit populations in Marlborough

A K5 strain will kill 20-30 per cent of a rabbit population building immunity against the original calicivirus.

Grass-fed free-range New Zealand meat a German hit

Silver Fern Farms' meat retail packs are now in 2000 German supermarkets.

New Zealand's outdoor farming system proves to be a powerful tool for Silver Fern Farms in Germany.

The three Fs every farm should have

Butch and Jacks Paterson with their manager, Tom Blakely, left, on their Patoka farm.

Technology is helping to move a third-generation Hawke's Bay farmer beyond what his predecessors would have dreamed of.

Where the hardiest sheep live

Caption: Front cover; Merino Country: stories from the home of New Zealand's hardiest sheep.

The home of New Zealand's hardiest sheep is a place few stray onto.

Shearing champs extended

Stadium Southland looks a little different than the usual Southland shearing shed.

Organisers of the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships have extended the event by another day in the wake of huge entry numbers.

Survival genes still dominate sheep breeding

Horns, one of the strongest of the sheep's survival genes.

Gordon Levet discusses the dominance of genes that helped sheep survive before man's intervention.

Farmers tackle wintering rules

Environment Southland land sustainability manager Nathan Cruickshank and Southland dairy farmer David Diprose measure ...

Southland farmers organise a field day to discuss proposed wintering rules.

Coastal Spring Lamb to China

Coastal Spring Lamb farmer and promoter, Richard Redmayne

NZ lamb company is already exporting its food, and has just tapped into the Chinese market.

Opiki Young Farmers Club turns 75

Conrad Olsen (left) and nephew Paul Olsen look through old YFC photos.  They have just celebrated the 75th Jubilee for ...

Opiki Young Farmers Club celebrates a run of 75 years.

Stopping rural crime starts on the farm, says rural leader

Federated Farmers rural security spokesman Rick Powdrell will talk to Taranaki farmers at two rural crime prevention ...

Rural crime prevention roadshow comes to Taranaki next month.

Fairlie farmers make final of SI Farmer of the Year

Lyn and Neil Campbell, who farm sheep, beef and deer near Fairlie have made it into the finals of the  South Island ...

A South Canterbury farming couple have reached the finals of the South Island Farmer of the Year.

Angry farmers up for Waikato plan fight

Over 100 Waikato sheep and beef farmers gave overwhelming support for the group Farmer for Positive Change to fight the ...

Waikato sheep and beef farmers say they will not back down from fighting the Healthy Rivers plan change.

Kayakers rescue a drowning sheep video


Heart-warming video emerges of drowning sheep being rescued from UK river by kayakers.

Four contenders: Farmer of the year

Geoff and Lauren Shaw are dryland sheep and beef farmers from Ranfurly.

Four top agricultural businesses left in the South Island Farmer of the Year competition.

Red meat booster group progressing

Michael Smith, general manager of the Red Meat Profit Partnership.

The largest-ever survey of New Zealand red meat farmers makes some interesting finds about on-farm measuring and monitoring.

Perfect storm boosts merino prices

Prices were on the rise for merino wool sent to a Melbourne sale.

A shortage of merino fleece from wet conditions in Australia has been a windfall for New Zealand farmers.

New Otago uni degree to aid farming

Quantitative genetics could be key for sheep and beef farmers.

A new university programme is set to help the drystock sector.

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