Affco manager resigns

Former Affco general manager Andy Leonard at this year's Mystery Creek Fieldays.

Affco general manager Andy Leonard left in a hurry but he's keeping mum about why.

Farm and manor for sale

Glenralloch Manor, built in 1912, is the centrepiece of the farm for sale that overlooks Pigeon Bay, Banks Peninsula.

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

Precision agriculture arrives

Future sensor technology will be small and disposable and will allow farmers gather data to make their businesses more ...

Farms will soon carry biodegradable fingernail-sized sensors.

Fined $35k for effluent breach

Photo of the foaming effect and discolouration
within the tributary abouth 360 metres downstream from the discharge point.

About 150,000 litres of dairy effluent overflowed into a Taranaki stream, making it "highly toxic".

Time's up for farm stress test

Don't stress - it's the perfect time to do a farm stress test.

Farmers need to do the numbers to see if their farm can get through stressful times.

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Stress-free lambing for farmers

New lambs stretch their legs.

Peter McDonald's lambing strategy is a simple one of minimal intervention.

Moan-free water solution

OPINION: Perhaps we could turn to water exports instead of dairy.

Why we really need dress codes

Breeding the next 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.


$35k fine for fouling prized stream

Photo of the foaming effect and discolouration
within the tributary abouth 360 metres downstream from the discharge point.

About 150,000 litres of dairy effluent overflowed into a Taranaki stream, making it "highly toxic".

Hunt on for agri-superstars

Palmerston North innovator company Sprout is looking for the best paddock to plate designs.

Kiwitea school auction organising team, from left; Merv Avery, Lucy McKinnon, Simon McKay and Zac Harris.

Tractors to go in rural school auction

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


Farm fatalities fall

The table shows deaths in a number of sectors, including agriculture.

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

Dairy career for 200 apprentices soon

About 200 dairy apprentices will start a new dairy scheme in a year.

The Carew storage pond for the Mayfield Hinds irrigation scheme, opened in 2015. In the red zone, if farmers are ...

Farmers to identify environment risks

Farmers are being advised to identify every environmental risk on their farms.


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.


Hunt on for agri-superstars

Stu Bradbury with his dog Clay in a workshop on his farm in Colyton. Bradbury runs Sprout, an agri-business start-up ...

Palmerston North innovator company Sprout is looking for the best paddock to plate designs.

Nine vying for three Farmlands seats

Three spots are available for candidates in the Farmlands director elections.

A farmer wades through a flooded paddock in Manawatū.

Farmers seek spring weather

Farmers are over the big wet that has made working this miserable.


Thousands celebrate Feilding's rural day

Sheep racing at the Wild Wild West Rural Day	 at Feilding.

Thousands of townies and rural people turned out at Feilding for its rural day - when country comes to town.

Kiwi charm dazzling Silicon Valley

Kiwi chit-chat is connecting with Silicon Valley techies - we just need to get closer to consumers.

Lyall Windleburn in action at the Waimate Shears on Saturday.

Large crowds for Shears

First Waimate Shears held in new pavilion hailed a success by organisers.


Top flight Zespri CEO

Zespri chairman Peter McBride and newly appointed CEO Dan Mathieson.

New kiwifruit co-op boss draws on experience to drive international expansion.

Wet weather makes contractors anxious

John Hodge has never seen a winter and spring as wet as this one.

Lyalldale farmer Michael Porter can't drill his paddock due to the wet weather.

Farmers ruing wet weather

Arable farmers are stuck playing a "waiting game" to get their crops in the ground as consistent wet weather continues.


Farm foresters probe durable timbers

Milling eucalyptus logs at Denis Hocking's farm.
He is holding a field day about durable timber.

Farm foresters get together to talk about durable timbers.

Apprentice scheme long time coming

The earn and learn new dairy apprenticeship scheme has been well received by all.

No farmer wants to see foot and mouth disease arriving in New Zealand.

Foot and mouth 'matter of time'

NZ farming would be destroyed and have to start again, says vet who put down hundreds of thousands of cows in UK outbreak.


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.


IRD ad targets tradies

IRD's latest campaign to crackdown on cash jobs tells trades workers they could easily be caught.

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