Murphy and Kei look strong at North Island champs

Sheep steward Tony Price shepherds sheep along Rawhitiroa Rd  to an event in the North Island Sheep Dog Championships at ...

Taranaki has several competitors on the leaderboard of the North Island Sheep Dog Championships at Mangamingi, east of Eltham.

Understanding of water quality

A centre pivot operates on the Culverden Plain. Ronlyn Duncan questioned 20 farmers in the area  on their concept of ...

Farmer understanding of the issues of water quality is at odds with the scientific models, an expert says.

Murphy and Kei make the leaderboard

South Island championship duo Steve Murphy and Kei are on the leaderboard in the long head at the 2016 North Island ...

Taranaki competitors feature strongly on the leaderboard after the first day of the North Island Sheep Dog Trial Championships at Mangamingi, east of Eltham. 

Pohangina farmers in final steak contest

Pohangina Valley farmers Angus and Forbes Cameron have two angus cattle in the finals of the Steak of Origin contest. ...

 The Camerons's double act have two cattle finalists in the Steak of Origin contest.

Economist picks another tough payout

ANZ rural economist Con Williams.

An economist warns that cash flow stress in the dairy sector is likely to continue next season.

More farmers on accounting software

Brian Eccles developed Cashmanager software in the Wairarapa.

More farmers are using computer accounting packages.

Environment top priority

Te Anau Basin farmers Bridget Speight and Shane Gibbons in the woolshed of their 1820ha farm.

Shane Gibbons and Bridget Speight balance farming and environmental guardianship at their Te Anau farm.

Dog training clinic for farmers

Anna Holland with her poodle and  dogs on the farm bike.  She is holding a training seminar for farm dogs in Manawatu ...

Dog trainer coming to talk about training farm dogs.

Facial eczema scourge continues

Tarata, Taranaki, farmer Jarred Coogan gives his calves a bolus to prevent facial eczema.

The worst facial eczema in nearly two decades is tipped to drag well into May.

Maryburn Station wins golden fleece

Martin Murray of Maryburn Station, with his ewes, is the supreme winner of the fine fleece at this year's Golden Fleece ...

All that glittered was wool in the national Golden Fleece competition won by a Mackenzie Country farmer.

Finding the perfect flock

Hoggets are no longer second class citizens, but a valuable stock class

It's been a nationwide search to find New Zealand's top ewe hogget flock.

Coveted trophy comes to light

Barbara Patterson displays the South Canterbury High Country Tussock Pasture Competition trophy which she and husband ...


Most wool sold as dollar slips

Shearers in Manawatu. Most wool sold at the most recent auction.


Lawson wins with romney hoggets

Morton Mains farmer Adrian Lawson has won the 2016 Merial Ancare West Otago-Southland Ewe Hogget competition with his ...

Morton Mains farmer Adrian Lawson has won the 2016 Merial Ancare West Otago Southland Ewe Hogget competition.

Taranaki has eye on Ballance awards

Roger Landers and Matt Kelbrick, who respectively supervise and manage a  Parininihi ki Waitotara 2dary farm near ...

Taranaki interest in the 2016 Ballance Farm Environment Awards will be high because two finalists have strong links to the region.

Putting mateship to the test

A dog trialist surveys the Mangamingi venue ahead of the North Island  Sheep Dog Trial Championships next week.

NZ's top dogs go through their paces for their masters and mistresses next week.

Farming in the DNA

Olivia Ellis with her parents Helen and Richard Ellis on their Onga Onga farm.

Work ethic and a desire for a career in agriculture point to a bright future for a Hawke's Bay scholarship winner.

Rare sheep and poultry breeds

Russell Lyon feeds some of his rare breeds of poultry at his Aokautere home near Palmerston North.

Russell Lyon is a rare breed enthusiast with a passion for unusual chooks and sheep.

Prices solid at Rongotea stock sale

Weaner pigs at the Rongotea sale wonder where their new home will be.

Busy at Rongotea stock sale.

Lamb pouch packs for China

Lamb will be the first red meat to be made into co-branded retail packs by Alliance and Grand Farm.

Co-branded lamb packs the size of a small pouch will go on Chinese supermarket shelves in June.

Otago award winners create their own luck

The Cross family takes a break from drafting ewe lambs on Roselle Farm near Portobello on Otago Peninsula. From left ...

Rob Tipa visits the supreme winners of the Otago Ballance Farm Environment Awards

The journey of a leg of lamb

Ready for the roasting dish.

This is the story of a leg of lamb.

Clutha dog trialists feature at Otago Championships

Proud Warepa Collie Club member Alister Ward with his huntaways, Jode and Toy. He and Toy, 5, came fifth in a strong ...

Clutha District dog trialists get results at Otago Championships

How hill country can be profitable and resilient

High-performing hill country farmers love fertiliser.

We have lost sight of what a good clover-based pasture looks like, says Doug Edmeades.

Coloured wool in demand

Black and coloured sheep breeders leader Don Monk.

Coloured and black wool is in demand by spinners and weavers

Portobello farmers win award

Otago Ballance finalists Brendon and Paula Cross.

The challenges of farming in a semi-urban environment for Brendon and Paula Cross have been recognised by judges.

Talks on hill country farming's future

About 37 per cent of New Zealand's total land, or 10 million hectares, is classified as hillcountry. Making this type of ...

More than 300 of farmings top minds gathered to create a new mandate for hill country farming.

Norwegians get close to merino wool

At the Armidale merino stud in Ranfurly are merino farmer Allan Paterson, left, Devold chief executive  Cathrine Stange, ...

A small Devold team from Norway has made the long journey to see what merino wool in its clothing looks like on the sheep's back. 

Facial eczema still high despite cold

This year has been one of the worst for facial eczema in the North Island. A Waikato dairy cow shows the clinical signs ...

Facial eczema spores remain at dangerous levels.

Te Anau farmers win environment award

2016 Southland Ballance Farm Environment Awards supreme winner Shane Gibbons and Bridget Speight

Te Anau basin farmers Shane Gibbons and Bridget Speight have won the supreme award in the 2016 Southland Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

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