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.

Alliance buys Goldkiwi Asia

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

Alliance Group has bought marketing company Goldkiwi Asia.

Concerns about red needle disease in pines

Morning sun burns through fog on pine trees.

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

Chilled beef into China

Customs officials from China inspect the first shipment of chilled beef to arrive in the country from Affco.

Affco's first shipment of chilled beef has arrived in China.

A view from the younger generation

Imogen Braddock's Vietnamese beef salad.

Marketing expert Rod Slater on how meat became the 'hero' of a Millennials' dinner.

Silver Fern Farms hits milestone

Demand for Silver Fern Farms' value-added ranges is growing, with farmers supplying more than a million stock units for ...

Supplying more high value meat has earned farmers an extra $4 million.

Feds attack on water tax criticsed

DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle.

Clean water campaigners are at odds with Federated Farmers over Labour's planned water tax.

Banks say biz as usual after elections

Corporate agribusiness manager for Westpac, Dave Hutchison, based in Palmerston North.

The election will have little bearing on markets whatever the result, say bankers.

Intensive farm's light footprint

Pongaroa sheep and beef farmers Shaun and Tracie Baxter won the Horizons supreme award for Ballance Farm Environment ...

The McCrearys take their farm environment seriously.

ETS will cost farmers, say Feds

The dairy industry will pay $41.2 million for their biological emissions under Labour's policy of bringing agriculture ...

By the time farmers pay for 100% of their emissions, it will cost the industry over $830m a year.

Alliance invests $1.7m in southern plants

Alliance Group chief executive David Surveyor has announced an $1.7 million investment into the Pukeuri and Lorneville ...

Alliance invests $1.7 million in Pukeuri and Lorneville plants.

Dairy beef pilot scheme launched

A new dairy-beef programme by AgFirst and Greenlea aims to promote better beef genetics to dairy farmers.

A new programme is promoting better beef genetics among dairy-beef calves.

What values do farmers consider important?

Federated Farmers president, Richard Morrison on his farm.

A farmer spends a day with his partner preparing a business plan for better farm performance.

Freshwater advocates advance solutions

Clean fresh water advocate and Massey University student, Marnie Prickett.

Farmers and fresh water lobbyists need to work together to make water quality better.

Sun as spring hits lifts farmers' spirits

Federated Farmers Manawatu/Rangitikei president  Richard Morrison says lambing on the hills has just started.

Manawatu farmers are feeling more positive with some sun making an appearance after the wet winter.

Manawatu farmer focuses on finishing

Northern Manawatu farmer Ian Strahan, with his farm dogs and Bear, the pet border terrier.

Ian Strahan has no breeding stock on his farm at Kiwitea, in Manawatu.

Tougher water rules worry Feds rep

New Tararua Federated Farmers president Neil Filer has been farming for 25 years.

Tararua Feds president's biggest concern is the impact on farmers of Horizons Regional Council's One Plan.

New beef breeders man

New Zealand Performance Beef Breeders has a new board member in Shane McManaway.

Shane McManaway is the new man on a beef breeders board.

Shooting for a sheep trifecta

The Richards family, Ruth, Ross and Isla-Mae, 6,  at home at Romani Coopworth stud near Taumarunui.

An award-winning coopworth stud has more than one breeding selection strength to its credit, writes Andrea Fox.

Farmer fears roading decision

Ahititi farmer Tony Pascoe

Those who decide on what route the bypass of Mt Messenger takes can walk away, those who live there can't.

New site for Prime Range Meats

Prime Range Meats general manager Paul Hamilton and local trade manager Ron Watson outside the company's new wholesale site.

Prime Range Meats is getting ready to open a new wholesale meat site.

Wagyu delivers dual benefit

A distinctively marbled wagyu steak.

Finding a way to deliver better profits has encouraged Wairarapa farmers to raise wagyu-kiwicross calves.

Chilled meat to China attracts high price

Silver Fern Farms shareholder supplier Allen Johnstone, Te Kuiti, finds New Zealand meat in the freezer at Lianhao Foods ...

If a six-month trial of sending chilled meat to China is successful, it will boost NZ's export receipts.

Shareholders ask questions of Blue Sky Meats

Blue Sky Meats' Annual General Meeting also included a number  of presentations, illustrating the behind the scenes ...

Blue Sky Meats bosses faced up tp shareholders after almost $2m loss.

Group effort preserves CHB bush and wetland

Richie Wedd with the developing wetland on his family's Tikokino farm.

Preserving a large wetland and area of native bush on their farm has been a satisfying experience for Central Hawke's Bay farmers Richie and Andrea Wedd.

Venison prices hit new heights

Venison dishes are increasing on United States menus and driving up prices.

 The North Americans can't get enough of our venison and it's driving up prices close to record levels.

Farming the Kaimai winds

Kaimai Ranges wind farming prospects Jo and Mat Denize with their children (from left) John, Amy and Emily.

 Living on the side of a mountain range ensures great views - and plenty of wind. A Waikato couple are in line for another income source from Mother Nature, writes Andrea Fox.

Farmer loves murray greys

Mike Phillips and one of his two-year-old murray grey bulls brave the mud in Otorohanga.

The cattle have been Mike Phillips' breed of choice since he made his first stock purchase on Trade Me at 20.

Farming at Viewfield for 105 years

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

The McCall family have been farming at Waikoikoi for 105 years.

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.

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