Farming 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.

Canty farmers on lookout for leased land

Farmers with shares in an irrigation scheme may lease their land to use shares.

Demand is rising for Canterbury leased land, particularly for dairy support.

Fonterra given a serve

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.

Planting early flowering mānuka costly

A bee lands on a manuka flower looking for pollen.

Plant early flowering mānuka at your peril.

Farming fast 5: Cam Booker

Cam Booker, owner of Grown - producers and growers of fresh fruit and vegetables for Canterbury Farmers Markets,

Proud to be a Farmer showcases farming identities with five quick questions

Reporter's challenge 'udderly' interesting

Reporter Emma James donned up a milking apron, milking gloves, and arm protection.

It's been decades since hand-milking cows was necessary, and with all of the technology I can see why.

'Cheeky' Aus mānuka move

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.

Monster slip chases woman video

A large slip has taken out many acres on a farm near Te Kuiti.

Rain-soaked landslide was so big and so fast that it rolled over a river and onto a road.

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.

Farmers used as 'political football'

Federated Farmers president Mark Adams said he believed some of the promises coming out from political parties were "not ...

Farmers are tired of being treated like a "political football", SC Fed Farmers president says.

Foodstuffs to ditch cage eggs

Pams eggs have been cage free since 2008.

Foodstuffs is giving itself a "reasonable" time of 10 years to stop selling cage eggs.

Woman's arm 'ripped apart'

The Northland Rescue Helicopter rescued the woman after her arm was almost torn off by machinery.

59-year-old's arm "wound back to her body" after becoming entangled in rural machinery.

Aussie outback breeds special type of farmer

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.

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.

North Canty farmers revel in stellar spring

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

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

Solid Fonterra result tipped

Fonterra CEO Theo Spierings will deliver his sixth annual report on Monday.

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

New farm cadet scheme

Pukemiro Station manager Jed Murphy.

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

University farm still profitable despite new environmental regulations

Lincoln University Dairy Farm has reduced stock numbers by 11 per cent to 560 friesian/jersey cross cows on a 160ha ...

Fonterra CFO a Swiss

Fonterra's new chief financial officer Marc Rivers.

Fonterra has a new CFO to replace Lukas Paravicini.

Store lambs ease $2-$3

Prime ewe prices scaled to $150 in an even market.

Store lamb prices softened by $2-$3 at Christchruch livestock sales.

Medium ewes rise $5 to $7

Ewes were sought after at Coalgate.

Bidding lifted by $5 to $7 for medium sized ewes at Coalgate.

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 at flow-on effects

David Hurst, from A J Engineering in Washdyke, is concerned about the impact of the water levy.

South Canterbury businesses are concerned about the impact of Labour's water levy, but the party's water spokesman says their concerns are unjustified.

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.

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.

Managing land damage

Land damage in Kaikoura.

The Kaikōura Plains Recovery Project to help quake-damaged land owners got off the ground earlier this month with funding from MPI.

Farmer innovation and change

John King's Southern Africa peers in 2000. Learning to look beyond kgDM and ME to what soil surfaces and plants species ...

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

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