Water levy won't affect food

The spectre of an $18 cabbage raised by former National Party president Michelle Boag has been put to rest by Labour and ...

Food will not cost more under the Labour Party's policy to charge a levy on irrigated water.

At home with top farmer

An unusually wet winter has put some crops underwater and made it impossible to plant others on the Watson's farm at ...

Wheat yield world record-holder and Mid Canterbury farmer Eric Watson is also NZ arable farmer of the year.

A 105-year-old family farm

Waikoikoi farming family Thea Savage, Gareth, Bill and Pam McCall.

The McCall family have been farming at Waikoikoi for over a century.

More than riparian planting

DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle says dairy farmers have invested a "huge effort" in planting alongside rivers and streams.

Riverside plantings have their limitations on farms when it comes to cutting nitrate runoff, author says.

Pipeline blowout's $2m cost

Contractors lay a section of the North Otago Irrigation Company's main 1.2m pipeline.

A massive pipeline blowout caused a year's delay to a North Otago irrigation scheme and cost $2 million in lost revenue.

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Business savvy farmers get ahead

Buying a first farm isn't easy but it's made easier with a grasp of business basics.

Dairy industry tackling shortage of advisers

Quality advice is key to whether farmers sink or swim in an environmental tsunami, writes Stephen Macaulay.

The realities of Mycoplasma bovis

Fake news comes to Dipton

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.


Riparian planting no silver bullet

DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle says dairy farmers have invested a "huge effort" in planting alongside rivers and streams.

River side plantings have their limitations on farms.

Little stink over dairy effluents

Only two dairy farms in the Tasman district have been found to have serious breaches in effluent management.

Logan and Melissa Johnson with their Farm Fresh South milking cows.

Raw milk on the menu

New raw milk business for Southland.


Detecting heat in cows

Bill Aubrey was looking to improve heat detection accuracy to maximise use of high quality genetics during mating.

Technological advancements allow easier detection of cows in heat for better breeding.

How grazing data can help you make more green

DairyNZ scientist Callum Eastwood has been watching the grass software grow and has some tips for harvesting the benefits.

MPI has developed a new app for use on the farm.

MPI develop animal welfare app

Should that animal be transported? MPI have developed an app to help you decide.


Time running out for salmon plan

New Zealand King Salmon doesn't expect a decision on the ministry's farm proposal until after the election.

NZ King Salmon's hopes of getting a ruling any time soon on its plan to relocate Sounds farms are fading.

Plastic infests our fisheries

They're fish you can buy from your local fish market and most of them have eaten plastic, research suggests.

Oysters are hauled onto a barge from Rodney Clark's farm in Big Glory Bay, Stewart Island. Clark estimates more than 10 ...

End of farmed Bluff oysters

Staff at businesses who helped make Bluff oysters a phenomenon "burst into tears" at news farms are finished.


Beef cattle numbers lift

New Zealand beef cattle numbers have risen to 3.6 million on the back of strong international prices.

Beef cattle numbers have risen in Beef+Lamb New Zealand's annual stock number survey.

Top hereford bull two years in a row

Two top price hereford bulls in two years puts Chris and Amanda Jeffries at the top of their game.

Ambassador chef Alistair Forster comes up with a new way of eating roast lamb.

Chefs look to farms for cooking inspiration

Excellence Awards raise the standards of the meat industry, says Beef + Lamb New Zealand marketing supremo Rod Slater.


Price gulf between fine and strong wool

The wool market was up for fine wool and down for crossbred fleece.

Sheep farmers gloomy about crossbred prices had something to cheer after strong bidding for finer wools.

Red meat a together sector

The New Zealand red meat industry is one of cohesion.

This lamb is just one of many braving the wet conditions on a farms near Palmerston North.

Lambs and calves enter muddy world

Lambs are having to deal with muddy paddocks.


New funding for arable research

Foundation for Arable Research environmental research manager Diana Mathers, right, says the project will improve farm ...

FAR has been granted new funding to continue its work into nutrient losses on arable farms.

Native bees troubled by farming

Intensive farming is bad news for our native bee species, a University of Auckland study has found.

Milling wheat yields were up 12 per cent on last year.

Grain harvest rises

Arable farmers have demonstrated their optimism with predictions of a higher grain harvest next year.


Honesty breeds motivation in deer farmers' support group

Dallas Newlands carries 750 breeding hinds on two farms.

A North Otago deer farmer tells Tim Fulton about how joining a farmers' Advance Party has helped him make production gains.

NZ cheeses recognised at awards

Waikato cheese caught the judges' eyes at the International Cheese Awards.

Mustafa Farouk created excitement at last year's Fieldays with his Meat Lover's Chocolate.

The endless possibilities of meat

Jenna Heller talks to the scientist who came up with meat chocolate and who says meat is more than just a steak on a plate.


The endless possibilities of meat

Mustafa Farouk created excitement at last year's Fieldays with his Meat Lover's Chocolate.

Jenna Heller talks to the scientist who came up with meat chocolate and who says meat is more than just a steak on a plate.

Too soon for the robot milker?

DairyNZ scientist Brian Dela Rue takes a closer look at farmer-less milking, where cows move quietly and efficiently through robotic milking machines.

Beef cows wear collars that train them to keep within a "virtual" fence.

Collars keep cows contained

DairyNZ research engineer Brian Dela Rue considers whether electric fencing might be consigned to the history books.

rural women
New Federated Farmers president Katie Milne with dog George on her dairy farm near Lake Brunner on the West Coast.

Katie Milne: The face of farming

The new Federated Farmers' president became the first woman to be elected to the position in its 118-year history in June.


Skilled staff shun Marlborough

It's almost like people don't like the sun, amazing wine and [fairly] cheap houses.

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