Mixed bag for meat and arable farmers

Lamb prices have surprised this year, while a forecast price rise in wool failed to eventuate.

Sheep, beef, and cropping farmers had an up and down farming year in Southland.

Other meat plants axe-free for now

Silver Fern Farms chief executive Dean Hamilton says southern plants are safe from closure this season.

Silver Fern Farms confirms other plants are safe, for now.

More value please from meat exports

Meat exporters should be looking to add value to red meat going to China.

There's room to grow more value from red meat exports into China.

Treading lightly on the land

Simon Engelbrecht on a windswept ridge overlooking his family's 611ha Stoneburn farm in East Otago.

Environment award-winning farmer impresses the judges.

Group to tackle sheep worms proposed

Gordon Levet has been breeding for worm resistance for 30 years.

Worm-resistant sheep to be promoted

Historic pollution rights reward polluters

Drystock farmers fear the rules of plan change 1 will remove the flexibility within their farm system that they require ...

 Grandparenting is the wrong approach to take when it comes to capping nutrient limits on land use, Rick Burke says.

Brothers win perendale honours

Lindsay and Allan Baird with their perendale ewe lamb replacements.

Two Southland brothers have proved their perendale operation is outstanding.

Farming cattle through a drought

Kaiwara Farm's 300 cows are break-fenced on the hill

Three years of drought and an earthquake that destroyed three farm buildings hasn't deterred north Canterbury farmers.

No more rain please - farmers

Paddocks are sodden and it is still officially autumn at Turakina in Rangitikei.

Winter has yet to arrive and Manawatu farms are soaking wet.

Lambing tweak pays off

Tom Wylie and Jane among the forage crops planted on the farm.

A day - or 10 - can make all the difference to farming.

Halfbred wool market volatile

Stonyhurst, from North Canterbury, runs 10,000 halfbred sheep and nearly 40 per cent of the farm's sheep income comes ...

The coarser end of halfbred wool has slipped back in value since the highs of the last couple of years.

No excuses, farmers can recycle

Robert McCarthy, left, Chris Hartshorne and Grant McCarthy with the new truck dedicated to Plasback collection.

Two companies are making it easy for farmers to recycle plastic waste and dispose of unwanted chemicals.

Cultures collide in rural Taranaki


Country women from as far afield as Fiji converged on Tarata for a taste of Kiwi sheep farming.

Accolades flow for ex-Feds president

Former president, James Stewart, left, at the farm of Richard Morrison who is the new Federated Farmers president.

Accolades flow for former Feds presdent.

Corriedales shine in arid conditions

Four wheel drive vehicles negotiate a farm track on the Marble Point Corriedale field day. The property runs 3000 ...

Central Otago should be more of a home for corriedales, says Peter McCusker.

Kebabs to go video

A worker processes lamb for export to Iran at the Taylor Preston plant in Wellington.

After two decades, exports of New Zealand lamb are being resumed to Iran.

Farmer environmentalists protect land

Farmers have followed the example of the late environmentalist Gordon Stephenson, pictured here with wife Celia.

More than 4300 properties have established covenanted areas over the past 40 years.

Lamb, beef and dairy's $6/kg trifecta

Four wheel drive vehicles cross a steep slope on the corriedale field day at Marble Point Station.

A $6/kg trifecta could be on the cards of beef, lamb and dairy.

New Waikato Fed Farmers head from Te Aroha

Andrew McGiven is the new Waikato provincial president of Federated Farmers.

Waikato Federated Farmers has a new president.

Top vet student from a family of vets

Veterinary science student Nicola Wichtel at Massey University vet hospital checking the heart beat of five week old ...

Being a vet is in Nicola Wichtel's blood.

Lip-smacking beef and lamb

Melissa Sowden from Silver Fern Farms talks to a Women in Farming group about eating quality of cattle and lambs.

Women on farming go to a top Manawatu restaurant to learn about eating quality of cattle and lamb.

Organic farmer's relaxed lifestyle

Hawarden, North Canterbury, organic farmer Dave Fincham.

Making farming as easy as possible and not seeking perfection hasn't stopped farmer Dave Fincham from turning a profit.

Personal mini weather station

MetService will be retailing the BloomSky weather station in July.

New weather device lets users get farm-specific updates every five minutes.

Omega-3 lamb hits restaurant dishes

Te Mana lambs.

It's fat but good fat - Omega-3 filled lamb is in high-end restaurants.

Alliance reveals stock price outlook

Lorneville plant saw and knife tutor Lester Kissell demonstrates knife sharpening at an Alliance Group Women's Workshop ...

Alliance's women shareholders were given an insight into the red meat market.

Farmers over worst conditions for decades

Federated Farmers Southland president Allan Baird.

The Federated Farmers Southland AGM has a big focus on water quality.

Farmers pass on wool sale

The wool market needs crossbred prices to continue rising for farmer spirits to lift.

A price rise failed to prevent farmers from removing crossbred wool from the Christchurch catalogue.

Change of guard at the feds

Colyton farmer Mat Hocken is standing down as a Federated Farmers dairy chairman.

Manawatu Rangitikei leadership is set to change in Federated Farmers.

Taranaki duo make championship final

Sheep dog.

Two Taranaki dog trialists were among the finalists at the South Island championships.

Farmers are 'rock stars' of food

Mike Lee delivers a video address from New York, about the importance of food stories.

Work-as-usual food stories for farmers are gold-plated endorsements for overseas consumers.

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