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.

Lambs break into a wet world

Wobbling on it new legs, this lamb has just been born, in the cold, winter wind near Palmerston North.

Early lambs arriving in Manawatu have struck miserable weather.

Crossbred ewe hogget flock repays the faith

Riverslea farm's John and Sally Andrews and Nic Clarke with a mob of crossbred ewe hoggets that won the composite ...

Rob Tipa visits a Waipiata farm with the best composite ewe hogget flock in the country.

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.

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.

Crisis for crossbred wool

Peter McDonald's sheep await shearing.

A decision to stop the wool levy has effectively ruined wool prices.

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.

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.

Farming's heroes

Wyndham farmer Hayden Peter wins the Emerging Talent Award at the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards.

The farming industry is in good hands.

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.

Rules could see farms lose land

Ian and Heather Smith on their Waimahaka dairy and sheep farm.

Southland farmers are concerned they might not be able to use a quarter of their farm with new rules.

Ewe, me and the dog

Sheep dog.

Whether you're 16 or 76, dog trials have a way of getting under your skin.

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.

Top dog gets big bickies

Dog trialist Michael Millar with Bruce, a heading dog receiving the top price of $7000 at the Ashburton sheep and cattle ...

Bruce took some beating with a top price of $7000 at a farm dog sale.

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.

Pioneer breeder was ostracised

Today, performance recording is standard, with many farmers basing their ram choices on indexes of key measurements in a ...

Top romney breeder was lambasted when he promoted then-revolutionary sheep measuring methods in the 1960s.

The sheep industry's top guns

Hawke's Bay retired farmers Robin and Tony Parker accept the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Individual or Business making a ...

Top operators in the sheep industry were recognised last night.

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.

South African breed adapts to wetter climate

Andrew and Kerry Lucas at the 105th Mackenzie Highland Show in Fairlie in April with Rivermoor 52, a six-month-old ewe ...

Dorper sheep were bred for the dry, arid conditions of South Africa but a Clutha Valley couple have successfully adapted the breed to the cooler, wetter conditions of South Otago.

The honest truth of wool

AgResearch senior scientist David Scobie with easy care composite ewes.

AgResearch David Scobie tells sheep farmers to adapt to the decline of wool.

Good tucker, good lambs

A 40 per cent weaning draft may not suit all farms.

Good feeding is the answer to farmers achieving 40 per cent weaning drafts for their lambs.

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