Stock agent bows out after 55 years

John Honeybone in familiar surroundings at the stock pens at Canterbury Agricultural Park.

  John Honeybone is leaving after 55 years in the stock and station industry.

Payback from well-treated animals

Professor Temple Grandin talks about animal welfare.

Animals will deliver more meat and milk if treated well, says US animal welfare academic.

Working dogs show off their skills

Anna Hardwick-Smith and dog Spark competed at the 2014 Taranaki Sheep Dog Trial Showring Championships in Hawera.

629636585  Anna Hardwick-Smith with Spark competed at the 2014 Taranaki Sheep Dog Trial Showring Championships in Hawera. PHOTO: CHARLOTTE CURD/FAIRFAX NZ

Easy cash for winter

Claiming excise duty on petrol used on farms can generate large refunds.

Filing an excise duty claim will generate winter cash.

Faster growing lambs from partnership

Matt McRae on Eilean Donan Farm in Redan Valley, Southland.

McRae brothers involvement in pilot programme improves farm productivity.

Poor retirement plans hurt farmers

Sheep and beef farmers are getting older and need to lay out plans for farm succession or retirement.

Older farmers are failing to put enough thought into options for selling their farms or passing them on to the next generation.

Rural support in demand

Dame Margaret Millard and Chris Wall are co-ordinators for Manawatu/Rangitikei Rural Family Support Trust.

 More people are contacting the rural support trust as the third year of low milk payouts takes a toll.

Spring rain needed by southern farmers

South Canterbury farmers would like rain to provide a respite from ongoing dry conditions.

A favourable spring to turn around dry conditions would make South Canterbury farmers happy.

Hopcrofts top meat-yielding farmers

Wendonside farmers Bevan and Wendy Hopcroft are finalists in the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards.

Bevan and Wendy Hopcroft are top performers when it comes to Alliance Group suppliers.

Southland farmer an emerging talent

Waimahaka farmer Hayden Peter is a finalist in the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards Ballance Agri-Nutrients ...

Waimahaka farmer Hayden Peter is someone to watch for the future.

Crawford innovators for sheep industry

Gore farmers Barry and Julie Crawford are finalists in the Primary Wool Cooperative Sheep Industry Innovation Award for ...

Barry and Julie Crawford are innovative sheep farmers.

Five generations of rich memories and milestones

Wendy and Brett Loffler on the top of the paddock they call Ngaio on Piritaha Station, Gisborne.

Gisborne sheep and beef station has a proud history of fifth generation farming.

Mt Linton staffer finalist for awards

Mt Linton Station sheep genetics manager Dave Warburton is a finalist in the Alliance Group New Zealand Terminal Worth ...

Mt Linton Station sheep genetics manager Dave Warburton is a finalist in the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards.

First southern indoor sheep dog trials

Southern Indoor Charity Dog Trials organiser Mike Joyce with dogs Pace and Ming.

The Southern Indoor Charity Dog Trial will be a first for South Island.

Hazeldale up for sheep industry award

Richard and Kerry France are finalists in the the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Genetics Maternal Trail Leader for Lamb ...

Hazeldale is a finalist in the B+LNZ Sheep Industry Awards.

Blackdale Stud vies for maternal worth award

Peter and Marion Black are finalists in the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards for the AbacusBio New Zealand ...

Blackdale Stud is a finalist in the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards.

Twin Farm finalists for maternal award

Andrew and Katherine Welsh, with sons Liam, 1, and Toby, 2, are finalists in the AbacusBio New Zealand Maternal Worth ...

Southland's Twin Farm is a finalist for a B+LNZ Sheep Industry Award.

Early lambs hit a warm Manawatu

A new lamb near Awahuri is one of a few that have just been born in Manawatu. Despite their early arrival, they have ...

Early lambs in Manawatu like the warm weather.

Growing into a South Canterbury heritage

Waimate farmer Dan Studholme has taken the reins of the family business.

 Waimate, South Canterbury farmer Dan Studholme has taken the reins of a 150 year old family business.

Cold weather hits facial ezcema

This year has been one of the worst ever for facial eczema in the North Island. Dairy cattle  affected with the clinical ...

After one of the worst facial eczema years on record, cold weather has finally knocked spore counts.

Safe farms make money, says official

Safer Farms ambassador and former All Black Richard Loe and WorkSafe agriculture programme manager Al McCone are at ...

It's time farmers changed their "she'll be right" culture, says WorkSafe leader at Fieldays.

Working farm dogs need care

Proper care of working farm dogs will help double their life span, Blenheim vet Stuart Burrough says.

A survey of upper South Island farmers shows 38 per cent of working teams had at least one dog with muscle or bone disease.

Wool project gets $21m funding

Wool could turn up in a variety of products if research shows the feasibility of doing so.

Value could be returned to wool if research proves there are new uses for the traditional product.

Fortune favours cautious

Robyn and David Balchin of Clinton were late converters to dairying.

 An Otago couple have made a success of a bold decision to convert to dairying late in their farming career.

Big country, big issues

Charlie Reynolds farms big country in the Ormond Valley near Gisborne.

There's a new face at the helm of Gisborne-Wairoa Federated Farmers.

Queue for QEII covenants

Peter Ingram, second from left, who's establishing a QEII open space covenant on 25ha of bush on his 57ha block of land ...

Big demand from Taranaki farmers wanting to protect native bush on their properties.

Top farmers rewarded

Marlborough sheep farmer Chris Dawkins says the new competition will reward financial success, and excellence among ...

A new $60K competition recognises Marlborough sheep and beef farmers for all-round excellence.

Environment NZ's backbone

The environment is New Zealand's competitive advantage on the world market, Blue Ducks Station owner Dan Steele says.

Farming and tourism depend on NZ's environmental image, making the two inextricably linked.

Sheep and beef inflation drops

On-farm inflation on sheep and beef properties over the past 20 years.

 Sheep and beef farmers are benefiting from lower interest and fuel costs at least.

Careful records pay off at Telford

Discussing the merits of hogget mating are (from left) southern farm consultant Graham Butcher, Telford Farm board ...

Lamb finishing, hogget mating and weaner deer trials using FarmIQ software are all underway at Telford.

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