Farm lifestyle not for faint-hearted

Farming can be a rewarding business if you are prepared to work hard, Lyn Webster says.

Earning a living is not the only reason people choose to farm, Lyn Webster says.

Women unrepresented at Fonterra

Dairy farmer and Fonterra director Leonie Guiney challenged the 'group think' on the board, making some feel ...

NZ's largest employer is under fire for having so few women on its board, after spurning a sitting female director.

More lambs this spring

There should be between 5-10 per cent more lambs this spring.

Prospects for the red meat sector this season look promising.

Aus push to cash in on mānuka 

The mānuka plant which provides honey is a New Zealand and Australian native, but who has rights to the mānuka honey term?

What's in a name? In the case of mānuka honey, a lot of money.

Outback breeds special farmers

A drover herds more than 600 cattle along an outback road near the township of Aramac, located more than 1200 kilometres ...

Think Kiwi farmers are tough? Aussies in the outback take some beating.

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opinion

Farmer protest shows rural concerns

The protest at Morrinsville attracted farmers travelling from as far away as Taranaki and Hawke's Bay.

Andrew McGiven says the large crowd at the Morrinsville protest was a great response considering the weather.

Farmer innovation and change

New NZ Farmer columnist John King talks about the people who motivate him and what he has learnt from 'practical farming thinkers'.

Cheer up, it's not as bad as all that

A view from the younger generation

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.

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MP v farmers round 2

Palmerston North Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway maintains he was shoved at a heated meeting.

Iain Lees-Galloway maintains he was shoved. Farmers don't agree.

Solid Fonterra result tipped

As milk prices have risen, Fonterra's margins have lessened which could affect its profit.

Hawarden farmer Dan Hodgen pictured during the drought. He is confident of a good spring this year.

North Canty farmers revel in stellar spring

Consistent rain has provided a stellar spring in North Canterbury, a far cry from the drought of the past three years.

advice

Secrets of clover and soil

Allan Dodds (right) with his father Jimmy, on the home farm, a clover-rich pasture which provides great feed for their ...

Increasing levels of potassium in soil can have a direct increase on returns.

Composting barns the future

Composting barns can be good for the environment, for animals and for profits.

AgResearch science impact leader Cecile de Klein says farmers can use research findings to help reduce their greenhouse ...

Farmers to reduce greenhouse gases

Farmers can take practical steps now to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

aquaculture

Black-market paua sales busted

Michael Andrew Dickson, 45, illegally sold more than $30,000 worth of rock lobster, pictured, and paua. (File photo)

Canterbury fisherman ran a lengthy black-market paua and rock lobster operation in exchange for cash, favours, alcohol and wild meat.

Help save blue cod

Do you think blue cod is scarce, and how do we combat that? MPI calls for public feedback on strategy plans.

A protest flotilla near a salmon farm in the Marlborough Sounds earlier this year. (File pic)

MPI ready for legal battle

Before its fish farm plan was made public, the Government had one eye on the cost of beating any legal challenge.

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Politician flees 'hostile' farmers

Labour candidate for Palmerston North Iain Lees-Galloway left a farmer meeting about irrigation tax early.

Labour MP claims he was "physically pushed" and his van rammed at meeting about party's water tax.

Concerns about red needle disease in pines

The pine tree disease 'red needle cast' is taking a hold on trees after a cold, wet year

Alliance Group chief executive David Surveyor says Alliance Asia will bring Alliance closer to its Asian customers.

Alliance buys Goldkiwi Asia

Alliance Group has bought marketing company Goldkiwi Asia.

Sheep

Politician flees 'hostile' farmers

Labour candidate for Palmerston North Iain Lees-Galloway left a farmer meeting about irrigation tax early.

Labour MP claims he was "physically pushed" and his van rammed at meeting about party's water tax.

Concerns about red needle disease in pines

The pine tree disease 'red needle cast' is taking a hold on trees after a cold, wet year

Alliance Group chief executive David Surveyor says Alliance Asia will bring Alliance closer to its Asian customers.

Alliance buys Goldkiwi Asia

Alliance Group has bought marketing company Goldkiwi Asia.

cropping

Velvetleaf to return with changing seasons

Warm spring temperatures will result in velvetleaf sprouting in Waikato paddocks again.

Arable experts are warning Waikato farmers to look out for velvetleaf in paddocks.

Kiwifruit under climate change threat

Kiwifruit is under threat from climate change because of warmer winter temperatures.

Simon and Lou White with their children Millie, 4, George, 3, and Oscar, 1.

Trial hemp seed crops taste success

Technology and the environment are working hand in hand at Ludlow Farms in Central Hawke's Bay.

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New farm cadet scheme

Pukemiro Station manager Jed Murphy.

A new farm cadet scheme has been launched at Pukemiro Station east of Dannevirke.

Alliance buys Goldkiwi Asia

Alliance Group has bought marketing company Goldkiwi Asia.

Fonterra's new chief financial officer Marc Rivers.

Fonterra CFO a Swiss

Fonterra has a new CFO to replace Lukas Paravicini.

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

Cheer up, it's not as bad as all that

Louise Giltrap is the rose between her two brothers, David, left, and Richard.

Louise Giltrap tries to keep positive despite the neverending rain and persistent flu.

Why my husband is head of the family

OPINION: After being called sexist, Louise Giltrap feels the need to explain what she really feels about her husband's place in the family.

Sophie Braggins, Louise Hunt, Lorraine Webber, Belinda Hunt and Rebecca Johnson attended the support event at ...

Dressing for success

A charity that helps women into work received donations of clothing as event entry fees.

Video

'A slap in the face' for renters

Dana Chandler-Brown says support for National feels like a slap in the face to those who are struggling.

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