Heavy rain a worry for farmers

Farmers are concerned for stock during the heavy rain falling today.

Farmers are concerned for their stock in today's heavy rain.

Early calf prices strong

A friesian bull calf waits for the auction at Manfeild Park.

Early calf prices at Manawatu sales are strong, driven by the high beef price.

The best steak in NZ revealed video

Waikato breeder Tim Brittain and his wife Kelly are the countries' best steak winners.

The most succulent piece of sirloin comes from a farm in the Waikato.

Masters of farming diversification

Mt Somers Station runs from the Ashburton River to the boundary of the conservation park at the base of Mt Somers.

Kate and David Acland have made a great success of diversifying their farming business.

NZ - where you get the real McCoy

Rod Slater tries an Impossible Burger, made from a plant-based meat substitute, in San Francisco.

The arrival of alternative proteins creates an opportunity for New Zealand to sell its natural pasture-to-plate story.

It's all about the red meat story

The typical sheep carcass is dissected into 42 different cuts.

The agricultural industry needs to over-achieve in the innovation of story telling.

Climate sparks lucerne crusade

Lincoln University plant science professor Derrick Moot, winner of the Beef+Lamb sheep industry science award for his ...

Award-winning Lincoln University scientist realised New Zealand dryland farmers needed help.

Farmers buy local butchery to sell their meat

Duncan Smith is a farmer learning new butchery skills.

The market wants to know where its meat comes from, say Duncan Smith and Annabel Tapley-Smith, the owners of Patangata Station and the new owners of Waipawa Butchery.

Emotional vet gets award

VetSouth veterinarian Andrew Roe with his crook award for services to the sheep and beef industry.

New Zealand vets have singled out Andrew Roe for praise.

New face for Young Farmers

The new face at the Young Farmers board. Hamish Best competes in the fencing section at this year's Young Farmers contest.

Young Farmer of the Year runner-up Hamish Best is on the Young Farmers committee.

Snow and wet takes toll

Stock numbers were down at the Feilding sale yards from the snow and wet conditions.

Stock numbers were hit by snow to reduce yardings at the Feilding stock sale in Manawatu.

Snow-hum for high country farmers

Merino ewes in fog on Balmoral Station after last weeks snow storm.

Canterbury's farmers unfazed by this week's storm - 13 centimetres of snow: "It's not a biggy."

Big freeze hits lower north farms

An Ormondville farmer in southern Hawke's Bay feeds out supplements to his cattle.

Farmers are squelching in mud and fighting snow as they attempt to feed out to cold and hungry animals.

Pine tree seedlings shortage

Patrick Murray with pinus radiata at his nursery in Woodville.

Shortage of pine trees after delayed planting and a poor growing season.

Brain injury another challenge

John Harrison is always looking for a challenge and believes in feeding his stock well to get top production.

After he was hit by a car he was told he'd be unlikely to be able go back farming but he defied the odds. But now he and his wife are ewe hogget young achievers award winners.

Search for top steak

Last year's Steak of Origin Brendon Robinson, Hawera with his trophies and his angus-cross cattle.

Chefs sharpen taste buds for Steak of Origin judging

Shearing gangs rely on overseas recruits

Getting through the main shearing period would be next to impossible without overseas shearers.

Sheep farmers rely on overseas shearers to get all of the wool off sheep.

Farmer alert - snow on the way

Ewe's and young lambs in heavy snow near Te Anau.

Snow down to 200m is heading for the South Island.

Cold bites as young farmers do battle

Young Farmer finalists compete in the chainsaw sculpting section.

Onlookers shivered in their thousands to watch the first day of the Young farmer of the Year competition.

Manawatu to net $1m from farmer comp

Manfeild events co-ordinator Stephanie Dench with FMG Young Farmer of the Year contest co-convenor Paul Olsen.

The national young farmers contest is expected to bring $1 million to Manawatu.

Synthetic meat threat to farmers

Artificial meat also known as vitro meat or cultured meat, is animal flesh that has never been part of a complete, ...

Farmers have gone from fascination, irritation to apprehension about synthetic meat.

Milne brings new style to Federated Farmers

Average annual rainfall in Rotomanu, West Coast, is 3.5 metres and close to 6m in El Nino years.

New Federated Farmers president wants to bridge rural-urban divide.

Sheep farming still in blood

Glenham farmer Stephen Rabbidge is convenor of the National Ewe Hogget Competition.

Glenham farmer Stephen Rabbidge isn't losing interest in sheep farming anytime soon.

Abattoir site changes Chinese hands


A land sale to a Chinese company is likely to keep 25 jobs safe, Overseas Investment Office says.

What a new farming son faces

Federated Farmers Manawatu/Rangitkei president, Richard Morrison on his farm with Womble the eye dog..

There's a newcomer to a farm, which has been in the family for generations. What does this newborn face?

Cold but fine weather great for farmers

Federated Farmers president, Richard Morrison on his farm.

High birth rate scanning is promising but the bottom line will be lamb survival.

DIY stream planting by farmers

Riparian planting on each side of a stream.

 Stream planting isn't cheap for farmers but there are funding options.

Death on the roads

Stock feeding alongside highway  behind electric fence.

If fences aren't up to scratch, animals die and people get hurt, Federated Farmers warns.

New Feds meat and fibre leader

Southburn sheep farmer Miles Anderson is the new Feds meat and fibre sector chairman.

Southburn sheep farmer Miles Anderson is the new Federated Farmers national chairman for meat and fibre.

Plant 'barriers' help boost streams

Well-constructed and planted riparian margins beside water bodies form a barrier that can help to keep contaminants out, ...

Using riparian margins beside waterways are ideal for keeping contaminants out.

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