Farmers failing to tag livestock

A farmer scans cattle tagged for lifetime traceability through NAIT.

Tagging animals helps officials trace their movements in case of a major disease outbreak, but some farmers aren't doing their job.

Water tax no-go welcomed

Before the election, Labour proposed a royalty on farmers of one to two cents per 1000 litres on irrigation water.

Farmers don't know what to expect, but are pleased NZ First appears to have had its way.

China bid for Southland farm

Landcorp's Jericho Station in Southland. An offer from a Chinese buyer of $8.7 million was almost matched by one from a ...

A would-be Chinese buyer of a Southland farm could be stymied by a new government.

Zespri goes for Gold

The SunGold kiwifruit variety has proved a hit in markets around the world, including in Germany where this promotion ...

The world can't get enough of SunGold kiwifruit, and orchard investors are banking on golden times.

Peter Jackson's new menu

Movie directors James Cameron and Sir Peter Jackson have created a new company but details about it are scant and they ...

Led by Sir Peter Jackson, New Zealand may become a force in the plant-based protein business.

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opinion

Subsidising farmers not the answer

It is important to keep agricultural biological emissions out of the ETS until cost-effective mitigation technologies ...

Farmers do not want subsidies to reduce the financial impact of including agriculture into the Emissions Trading Scheme.

'We've got the bull by the udder'

John King talks about the dangers of focusing on one goal to the exclusion of others.

Time's up for farm stress test

Stress-free lambing for farmers

Field days

A Fieldays roadie

A sight that never fails to thrill Brad Markham. Overlooking the Fieldays agricultural expo at Mystery Creek.

Opinion: There are never enough hours in the day when you visit Fieldays.

Tractor Pull thrills

Modified tractors, the farming equivalent of boy racers, delighted spectators at Mystery Creek.

British High Commissioner to New Zealand, Jonathan Sinclair at Fieldays.

British back at Fieldays

The British were back at Fieldays for the first time in 17 years.

dairy

Bull named Noah for wet farmers

World Wide Sires' General Manager, Hank Lina said extreme wet conditions have challenged dairy farmers across the country.

Elite bull Noah's semen is being discounted for Manawatū farmers hit by the rain.

Dairy genetics reduce nitrates

A genetics breakthrough is expected to save millions of kilograms of nitrate excreted onto dairy farms.

Spring Sheep Milking Company's new sheep milking farm at Cambridge will have a low lying 2x24-stall milking parlour, ...

Sheep milking company grows

A new sheep milking farm is to be established by the Spring Sheep Milking Company near Cambridge.

advice

Dairy genetics reduce nitrates

A genetic breakthrough promises to reduce the amount of nitrogen excreted in urine on dairy farms and therefore reduce ...

A genetics breakthrough is expected to save millions of kilograms of nitrate excreted onto dairy farms.

Farm fatalities fall

On the face of it fewer farmers are dying at work, but this year's bad weather may be playing a part.

Science leader of the Scion research team Heidi Dungey, right, and senior research officer, forest genetics, Nathalie ...

Genomic breakthrough for forestry

In a world first, Scion scientists have completed a draft assembly of the radiata pine genome.

aquaculture

Mataura Marae aims for self-sufficiency

Terry Pohatu and Oti Murray plan to make the Mataura and Districts Marae self-sufficient.

Projects would ''empower every member of the hapū.''

Mooring genius leads the world

Mike Baker decided to do something about the failures and damage to the seabed from heavy chain moorings.

Nelson Plant and Food senior scientist Maren Wellenreuther says the use of genomic tools could be a game changer for the ...

Taking stock of genomic tools

Genomic tools can be helpful to secure the future of New Zealand seafood, says a Nelson scientist.

beef

Family fun on farm

Elsthorpe farmers Logie and Kate Laugesen with their children (left to right) Phoebe, 15, Jack, 9 and Maddy, 13.

A Central Hawke's Bay farming family has fenced, leased and worked its way to farm ownership.

Tractors to go in rural school auction

Kiwitea School is holding a Trade Me type auction for items as big as tractors.

David Smith on Mt Watkins' boundary on the north branch of the Waikouaiti River, which runs through the middle of the ...

Pilot project inspires full farm review

An East Otago sheep and beef farming family are making big gains just 2½ years into a seven-year programme to lift their performance.

Sheep

Sheep milking company grows

Spring Sheep Milking Company's new sheep milking farm at Cambridge will have a low lying 2x24-stall milking parlour, ...

A new sheep milking farm is to be established by the Spring Sheep Milking Company near Cambridge.

Top precision ag experts meet

Hamilton is hosting an international conference for precision agriculture experts.

Bruce Rogers surveys the damage to his shearing shed after the fire on Monday night.

Shearing shed gutted

Fire crews forced to cut holes in side of wool shed to extinguish "well involved" fire near Geraldine on Monday night.

cropping

Forest researchers high flyers

The Forest Growers Research Conference was held this week, with around 300 attendees.

Forestry researchers have recognised their high flyers with six awards,

Precision agriculture's time arrives

Farms will soon carry biodegradable fingernail-sized sensors.

Precision Agriculture Association of New Zealand chairman Craige​ Mackenzie says some of the world's top experts are at ...

Top precision ag experts meet

Hamilton is hosting an international conference for precision agriculture experts.

agribusiness

Stronger ag training from merger

Marcus Elliot works in the yards at the Taratahi farm.

Stronger agricultural training lies ahead from combining Lincoln's Telford Division with the Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre.

Farm and manor for sale

An "immaculate" Banks Peninsula farm is up for sale after 174 years with one Canterbury family.

Mananui Ramsden is Environment Canterbury cultural land management adviser.

Protecting Maori food sources

Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere has huge significance for Ngāi Tahu as a place to gather food, but it's seriously polluted.

Discovery

Research revives dry aging of meat

University of Otago meat researcher Tanyaradzwa Mungure, whose work reviving ancient techniques to enhance meat flavour ...

Dry aging meat concentrates the flavour. Rob Tipa reports on a scientist who is working on an electrifying new aspect.

New tech to measure pastures

With drones, satellites and aerial surveying used for crop monitoring, why not measure pasture from the skies?

Mānuka and kānuka seem to have an inhibiting effect on the microbes in the soil that mediate the nitrogen cycle

Mānuka joins water battle 

Planting mānuka could reduce the impacts of farming on waterways, research shows.

rural women

Cromwell winemaker wins business award

Debra Cruickshank, of Tannacrieff Wines in Cromwell, is a finalist for the Supreme Enterprising Rural Women Award to be ...

Cromwell winemaker Debra Cruickshank is proof women living rurally can have award-winning business success.

Get the cigars out - it's a lamb

A midwifery pair of blokes on bikes sometimes have to call for the "lambulance''.

Brazilian Dayanne Almeida at Wairere Rams in Wairarapa.

The story of NZ sheep farming being told in Brazil

Eight years ago, a young Brazilian woman with no farming background decided she wanted to work on a New Zealand sheep farm. Now she’s doing a master’s degree in sheep genetics. Kate Taylor finds out her story.

Video

SkyCity joins worldwide trend

 SkyCity ventures into esports and will build a broadcast studio, as it announces a slump in profit.

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