On the Land

Australian firm posts loss

One of Australia's top 10 largest land holders, Macquarie Pastoral Funds' Paraway Pastoral, has made a $23 million loss after being hit by revaluations on its northern cattle stations.

Conditions tough on Snowdon Stn

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GERALD PIDDOCK

Maximising stock production while farming in a sustainable manner are complementary goals for Snowdon Station.

Care of dryland will bring rewards

Drought

Dryland farmers are risking poor spring production if they do not take care of paddocks affected by the recent dry weather, AgResearch senior scientist Tom Fraser says.

True passion with the farm

Mark Fleming

Newly elected Canterbury Agricultural & Pastoral Association president Mark Fleming's passion is showing and the family farm.

Driving to build dairy unity

Dylan Bailey

Mike Logan says the Australian dairy industry lacked the unity needed to mount a convincing public case against Coles when the big supermarket chain slashed its home-brand milk price to $1 a litre just over two years ago.

Different approach takes top award

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GERALD PIDDOCK

A different approach to high country farming by David and Lisa Anderson has been recognised at the Canterbury Farm Environment Awards.

Enterprising rural women

Creating new opportunities

The southern entries for this year's rural women are a mixed variety from a hairdresser, stall owner and publisher.

Time to shore up water stocks for the future

Southland Times photo

From flooding in January to a prolonged dry period, the Southland Federated Farmers boss says it is time to look at water storage options for the future.

Venison gets exposure

Deer

The deer industry has just hosted four young German chefs and eight German journalists to New Zealand, to learn more about farmed venison here.

Bank pressure leads to suicides - trust

Ian Blair

Pressure from banks has been identified as the main cause of stress leading to a number of rural suicides.

Bull smashes Australian record

Angus bull

Irelands Angus has sold a bull for a whopping $117,500, smashing the breed's Australian auction record.

Agland goes to market

Agland

A $150 million-plus portfolio of Australian agricultural land, including the remaining PrimeAg Australia assets, is being offered to institutional investors just as they start to show greater enthusiasm for the alternative asset class.

Innovate or die, says Synlait Farms boss

Juliet Maclean

New Zealand could miss out on opportunities in the global market if it does not become a more effective innovator, Synlait Farms' chief executive Juliet Maclean says.

Crop researcher heads to US

Nick Roskruge

A Massey University researcher will travel to the United States to better understand the history of taewa (Maori potato), kumara and Indian corn.

Huge turn out at Wanaka

Wanaka farmers

It was the issue every farmer was talking about and the one few red meat industry leaders are willing to tackle head-on.

Leuceana vital to operation

Don Heatley

Northern beef producer and past Chair of MLA Don Heatley, Byrne Valley, Home Hill, believes that growing leuceana is vital to his operation.

Leaving a holistic legacy

Bruce Ward

The training resources developed by Bruce Ward, the veteran Holistic Management educator who died in September 2012, have been made available free online by his family. 

Confusing electricity line charges

Noel Bates

OPINION: Is it fair that I am forced by my electricity supplier to pay two line charges? I pay one line charge for the house, which seems fine, but I also pay another for my bore pump, which is located at the other end of my farm.

Wheat yield record attempt under way

A Southland crop farmer is trying to beat his current world record for wheat yield near Gore.

Success despite life-changing accident

Michael Hindmarsh

Award-winning Hawke's Bay farmers run a simple farming system and make sure it runs like clockwork. Jon Morgan reports.

Smith gets reward for shear hard work

Southland Times photo

A good crowd and a record number of competitors helped the Southern Shears competition in Gore end on a high on Saturday.

Sharemilking couple loving lifestyle

Southland Times photo

Few couples can spend 24 hours a day together.

Taking on the northerners at a fast clip

Southland Times photo

"It's a bit like when the Stags play in Invercargill. It's a love-hate relationship with the north."

Awards huge 'pat on back'

Southland Times photo

Dipton man Daniel Schwarz has plenty of reasons to get out of bed in the morning.

Shearing great career says German convert

Southland Times photo

It's a big shift for Jan Hartmann, 28, from being a sales agent in Germany for one of the biggest steel companies in the world, to shearing in New Zealand.
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