Innovation

Breeding values add to bottom line

The use of Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs) to drive genetic improvement has resulted in a bottom line boost of $2.42/head/year at the Tarcutta, NSW, Merino operation of Grant and Annette Burbidge.

Cheese from a red deer

Scientists at the University of Otago and Lincoln University and a cheesemaker from Oamaru have produced what they believe may be the world's first cheese made from the milk of farmed red deer.

Southern innovation

Southland Times photo

An Invercargill man who invented a self-priming siphon was a finalist in the South Island Agricultural Field Days.

Powerlink project sparks concern

Ladbrook

The State Government in Australia has pledged to improve public consultation and landholder engagement following concerns raised by Western Downs residents over a proposed electricity infrastructure project.

Beef + Lamb boss heads to Europe

Mike Peterson

Beef + Lamb New Zealand chairman Mike Petersen has left for Europe for a series of meetings with sheep producers, who share New Zealand sheep farmers' frustrations with low lamb prices.

Winton invention takes top honours at field day

Paul Jackson

A dispenser that provides dairy cattle with a daily dose of mineral supplements has taken top honours at the South Island Field Days innovation awards.

Tech to track the drought

Drought

Scientists trying to rate severity of the drought are able to compare conditions across a grid of virtual climate stations.

Bird-repelling grass on offer

Grass

A bird-repelling grass designed in Canterbury is being marketed to the world.

Wind farm 'nocebo' effect

wind farm

The symptoms that sufferers of "wind turbine syndrome" experience might be real, but the cause is unlikely to be turbines.

Australians launch sheep strategy

australian sheep

Two years since its formation, the Sheep Industry Leadership Council (SILC) has officially launched its long-term strategic plan for the industry.

NZ potato inquiry outcome delayed

potato

Potato growers have been forced to wait longer for the outcome from a Senate inquiry into New Zealand potato imports after the report release date was further delayed.

Farmers warned of high facial eczema risk

	 Mike Single

It has rained at last but not nearly enough, and with it has come a new set of issues for farmers.

Working on quality

stimes photo

Southland meat processor Alliance Group is working on new initiatives after a visit from leading British retailer Marks and Spencer last month.

Push for less ploughing and more herbicides

Nick Poole

Southland crop farmers can save time and money if they reduce traditional cultivation techniques such as ploughing, industry experts say.

Winton vet finalist in Dairy Woman of 2013

Kath Taylor

Kath Taylor is a dairy finalist.

Shorthorn breed has ardent fans

Southland Times photo

Winton farmers John and Lindy Dobson are enthusiastic promoters of shorthorn cattle.

Farmarama pulling crowds

Southland Times photo

The tractors were big and so were the numbers.

NZ wool floors show crowds

Southland Times photo

Customer reaction to Wools of New Zealand's (WNZ) carpet wool at the world's largest flooring show has reinforced to its leaders they are on the right track.

Plaudits for irrigation policy

Irrigator

The Government's decision to become a minority investor in irrigation schemes will ensure those projects get off the ground, say farmers.

Big demand for dairy farm expo

Southland Times photo

The countdown is on to the Southern Region Dairy Expo.
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