Sheep milk set to expand in Southland

Sheep being milked at an Antara Ag farm at Springhills, central Southland.

Sheep milking continues to grow throughout New Zealand.

Get ready to cast your votes

It is important that farmers get out and vote for candidates in the council elections who can better represent them, ...

 OPINION: When you vote in October, make it count towards candidates who understand the rural community.

Sheep milk's boost

A programme to advance the fledgling sheep milking industry could lift annual revenues to $700m at the high end or $200m ...

Ambitious plans for the sheep milk industry will be funded by a $31.4m investment.

Telling our story to the world

Mustering sheep is part of the story of sheep farming in New Zealand.

Beef+Lamb NZ wants to tell consumers the New Zealand farming story.

Genetic tools will build better sheep

If a ram breeder does not have SIL records to characterise the genetic merit of rams then a farmer should choose another ...

Beef + Lamb's genetics maestro for the last 15 years is on his way to a new job in Britain.

Ewe got to be kidding

No increase to Beef + Lamb NZ levies this year.

A meeting for Beef + Lamb NZ draws just one attendee - a dairy farmer.

Warning for deer farmers

The reduction in venison exports is due to New Zealand deer farmers retaining their hinds as they look to build herd numbers.

A drop in venison exports to Germany means the NZ product may lose its place on the menu.

Call to lift 'woeful' value-add

John Brakenridge has so far united 178 chief executives and leaders representing 80 per cent of the primary sector.

NZ's primary producers endangered by export marketing and branding under-performance.

Lamb crop hangs on for rain

After promising rain in January, drought again took hold on the Wrights' Hawarden farm, with norwest winds blowing ...

After two years of drought, North Canterbury farmers are worried about how they'll feed a bumper crop of lambs. 

Weight gain from fodder beet video

Marlborough Forage Profit Partnership members Fraser Avery, left, and Simon Todhunter, middle, at a fodder beet field ...

Marlborough farmers are deciding to grow the feed supplement this winter for young cattle and sheep as a trial.

Lambs thrive when mum is healthy

Multiple bearing ewes on Rowan Downs.

Manage late pregnancy and lactation well for better lambs, farmers told.

Runholder battles invasive weed

Horehound, an invasive, foul-smelling weed that contaminates wool, taints meat and plays havoc with lucerne crops.

Gavin "Snow" Loxton is on a campaign to eradicate the invasive weed playing havoc with his lucerne crops.

Life membership for Duffy

Lloyd Duffy and huntaway Nell won the 2007 North Island straight hunt championship at Mangamingi east of Eltham.

The Taranaki Dog Trial Centre held its annual dinner and prize-giving in Waverley to mark the Waverley/Waitotara Club's centennial.

Positive outlook for Southland sheep farmer

Southland sheep farmer Jo Horrel says gaining more business knowledge has given her a positive outlook on the sheep industry.

Jo Horrell is feeling positive about the future of this country's sheep industry.

More dams the merrier

A proposed irrigation scheme to Marlborough could add $105 million annually to the region.

A proposed multi-million dollar rural irrigation scheme almost at "all or nothing" stage.

Wool firms urged to merge

In happier times in 2013. Mark Shadbolt, right, with Ross Townshend next to him. With them are Wools of NZ UK ...

Wools of NZ needs to merge with successful NZ Merino so $20 million of farmer money isn't lost, says former boss.

English takes to sheep milk cheese

Blue River general manager Robert Boekhout with Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and Blue River sales and marketing ...

It was a bit surreal for Deputy Prime Minister Bill English to see award winning cheeses named after places where his mother had grown up.

Call for hill country champions

Having vibrant rural communities is essential to the future survival of hill country New Zealand.

A new report has called on the creation of a national committee to advocate for hill country communities.

5 years to rebuild sheep flock

01082016. News. Photo: Mytchall Bransgrove/Timaru Herald. sheep lambs lambing season spring winter grass black white ...

Dry years cause sheep numbers to drop sharply in Marlborough .

Jacqueline Rowarth new EPA chief scientist

Waikato University's professor of agribusiness Jacqueline Rowarth is to become the Environmental Protection Authority's ...

The Environmental Protection Authority has appointed Jacqueline Rowarth as its new chief scientist.

Unreliable rain reduces sheep numbers

Ben and Suzie Crosse with some rising one-year-old angus cattle on Patoka Station.

The seasons are changing at Patoka Station and less reliable rainfall is affecting the way it's farmed.

Sheep flock's closer shave

Confidence in sheep farming has fallen but beef prices have been buoyant in recent years.

In 1982 there were 22 sheep for every person, but that's down to six - and falling.

Feilding farmer's UK trip

A plant in Britain processing Welsh lamb for the supermarket chain Waitrose. It is cut by hand rather than machine to ...

Sheep and beef farmer Gordon Mckellar supplies lambs from the farm to ANZCO foods plant near Marton, which sends them to British supermarket chain Waitrose.  

Sale results for Manawatu

Farmers check sheep at the Feilding stock sale.

Manawatu suffered a wet week, but there was a good selection at stock sales in the region.

At the centre of a political storm

Building a younger flock is a priority for Onetai Station's farm manager, but for now the focus is on lifting numbers.

Farming in the glare of publicity isn't ideal.

Onetai owners' kidnap fears

Onetai Station's terrain ranges from these flats on its road frontage to steep to rolling and flats on the coast.

A Kiwi farmer speaks up for the Argentine family facing questions about its purchase of Onetai Station.

Meat shift to emerging markets

A second plan is calling on meat companies to pitch their marketing efforts into emerging markets for beef and sheepmeat.

A second plan has been rolled out to get red meat companies to pitch their marketing efforts into emerging markets.

At home with a champion

Wendy and Paul van Beers with pet deer Rua and Johnny.

The fences are all in good order on fencing legend Paul van Beers' farm.

Kiwi invited to world farming forum

Jane Smith, who has been invited to represent New Zealand in the annual Global Farmer Network's annual Roundtable ...

North Otago sheep and beef breeder Jane Smith has been invited to a world farming forum.

Southland farmer big on diversification

Benmore sheep and beef farmer Jared Collie.

Southland farmer Jared Collie always wanted to be a farmer.

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