Full-time employment from venison plant

Jacqui Dean and Rob Hewitt inspect the final product at the new venison plant at the Pareora Freezing Works.

The new venison plant at the Pareora freezing works, which officially opened today, will bring a boost to the South Canterbury economy.

Best lamb hunt is on

The tastiest and tenderest lamb finalists include three North Islanders.

Three Manawatu and Hawke's Bay locals are in the finals for the best lamb competition.

Chilled lamb season over

Alliance Group's Easter chilled lamb program has ended.

The Easter chilled lamb program filled for another year.

Farmers vie for 'glammies'

BMX champion Sarah Walker judges lamb at a recent Glammies awards in Wanaka.

New Zealand's finest sheep farmers compete for who can produce the tastiest lamb.

Lamb prices take an unexpected turn

Lamb have bucked the normal February trend and are on the rise.

Lamb prices have picked up from their low to the relief of sheep farmers.

Farmers win second look at water plan

There have been 40 submissions received by the Waikato Regional Council on its Healthy Rivers plan change with the ...

Waikato farmers are pleased with the willingness of councillors to listen to their concerns.

Geek/farmer hackathon success

Principal researcher at Microsoft Research Ranveer Chandra talks about app options with Manawatu farmer James Stewart ...

An odd combination of farmers and technical people work together to solve on-farm problems.

Marginal land not worth it

Peter (left) and Niels Hansen, pictured at their Huiroa property, have been conserving and optimising their family farms ...

A hill country field day gave isolated farmers an opportunity to network and learn.

Search for succulent lamb goes on

Graham Hawkes and Sarah Walker judge the 2013 Glammies at the Upper Clutha A&P Show.

After 10 years, chief Glammies judge Graham Hawkes is still searching for the tastiest lamb.

Farming behind the scenes

Supporters at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Invercargill earlier this month.

Andrew Morrison writes about the important role of sheep and beef farmers.

Body condition scoring ewes a money maker

Perendale ewes for body conditioning at Broadlands Station in Manawatu.

More farmers are body condition scoring ewes, as they see there is money to be made.

Hopes high for rabbit virus

Environment Canterbury (ECan) is seeking permission to release a variant of rabbit haemorrhagic disease on behalf of the ...

Environment Canterbury (ECan) is seeking permission to release a strain of rabbit haemorrhagic disease.

Milking sheep up for auction video

The Kings aim to encourage others into the industry .

Dairy sheep will be up for auction in Carterton next month, in a Kiwi first.

Farmer's grass bonanza dream

Banks Peninsula farmer Tim Wilson loves his approach to farming.

Tim Wilson loves holistic farming - and it's helping keep his wallet full, too.

Young farmers watch farm burn

Tom Magill and Stella Bauer lost 150ha of pasture and 6km of fences to the Port Hills fires.

Black pastures are all that's left after the Port Hills fires swept through land leased by a young farming couple.

Cows already adding winter coat

It may still be summer but some Taranaki cows are already preparing for winter.

Months ahead of schedule, some herds are already sporting warmer winter coats.

Dog trials tested by weather

Dog triallists at the Pelorus Sheep Dog Trial Club meeting, near Havelock

"Dog trialing can be a great leveller."

High country farmers 'pushed back to the hills'

Around 170 people attended the field day at Simon and Lynda Harvey's property Glen Orkney, Awatere Valley.

The Marlborough region had lost 25,000ha of flat pastoral land in the past three decades due to land use changes as the traditional sheep farmer had been "pushed back to the hills".

NZ lamb has lost its spark

Chef Kerry Mackay served up a seared loin of lamb with a potato and Greek salad from his "Famous Vagabond Jack" caravan, ...

New Zealand lamb is now behind Australia in terms of production, size and marketing.

Trialists make perfect start to season

Mangamingi's Brad Bielski and his dog, Jade, head up to the mark to run in the zig zag hunt at the Whangamomona dog ...

Taranaki competitors made a clean sweep at opening events on their dog trials calendar.

Smith wins 100th open title

Rowland Smith competing in the Southern Shears in Gore.

Hawke's Bay shearing champion Rowland Smith wins 100th open-class title.

Southern Shears in Gore

Nathan Stratford, of Invercargill at the Southern Shears in Gore on Saturday, shearing in the South Island Shearer of ...

A "poor" turnout to the Southern Shears held in Gore on Friday and Saturday.

Big guns out at Southern Shears

Nova Kumeroa-Elers of Mataura throws a fleece at the Southern Shears in Gore.

World Champions Henare and Kirkpatrick are competing in Gore this weekend.

Clock ticking for Hunter Downs

The current proposed scheme infrastructure takes water from the Waitaki River via the existing Morven Glenavy Irrigation ...

The call is out for capital to get the Hunter Downs irrigation scheme off the ground.

Environment hot spots on farms

Farm environmental plans allow farmers to tailor their farm's environmental activities to manage risks in relation to ...

Identify environmental hot spots such as stock yards, offal holes and silage stacks, says Alan Campbell.

Farmers find unburnt home on Facebook

Greg Graham, wife Rachel and one of their alpaca stud animals. The family is waiting to be let back onto their property ...

Fire comms break down - farmer Greg Graham discovered his home still stands on Facebook.

Anti-farming slurs hurt

Keep positive, is Rick Powdrell's message to farmers hurt by slurs.

Ouch. Some of those anti-farming pokes are painful.

Lamb celebrated

Scott Kennedy from Nero Restaurant in Palmerston North chats about national lamb day.

Nero head chef and lamb ambassador Scott Kennedy talks all things lamb.

Cops save sheep stuck on its back video

The sheep struggles to get to its feet.

Sheep are cool, but sometimes evolution is just not on their side.

Red tape hampers quake repairs

Tyler Fifield sets up camp in the Kekerengu Valley to help with earthquake repairs.

They're skilled fencers, ready to help. They just have to do another health and safety induction.

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