Central Farmer

Forecast hits big loan gamble

Couple who took a $350,000 gamble on a less productive dairy farm expect to lose up to $75,000.

Weather woes for potatoes

While this season's crop has not been the best for North Otago Jersey benne potato growers, there's still enough product to meet local demand.

Water weed could slow pollution

donn groom

A Waimate researcher believes a native plant could help dairy farmers reduce nitrogen loss.

Crop watching goes sky high

Aerial Ag chief pilot Kris McGillivray, left, and Integrated Solutions consultant Andrew Darling with their drone.

Farmers who want an accurate picture of the health of their crops now have the option of an airborne assessment.

Genevieve spreads eco message

geneviere steven

Genevieve Steven will be the youngest person competing for the top honour at the national Green Agriculture Innovation Awards - which is a shame, she thinks.

Fallow farewell for deer pioneer

fallow deer

Alistair Midgley's association with fallow deer began in 1969 when as a hunter, he came across two fallow fawns and took them home to his St Andrews property.

Old hands teach young


Would-be shearers have been learning from skilled shearing practitioners as part of the Tectra Beginning Shearing School.

Canty boosts dairy award entries

gavin roden

Canterbury dairy workers, sharemilkers and farmers have led the way in contributing to record numbers for the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards.

Sustainable farming is leader's passion

lynda murchison

Lynda Murchison is no lightweight when it comes to the agricultural world.

Major win for world-class stag


South Canterbury recently hosted the annual velvet and hard antler competition - the biggest of its kind in New Zealand.

Greek mythology feature of new exhibition


Oamaru's Steampunk HQ has opened its first exhibition at its gallery in the Victorian precinct on Friday.

Concern over dairy dividend

Southland Times photo

Concern is emerging among dairy farmers that dividends to Fonterra's financial investors will be maintained despite an expected fall in profit.

Mill gives growers confidence

milling wheat

A big increase in the area planted in milling wheat in Canterbury is being attributed to a new flour mill in Timaru, which is committed to using only locally sourced grain.

Dundee steals the Show

Harry Prescott-Ballagh

A Waimate breeder's five-year-old bull has carried away three top awards from the Canterbury A&P Show.

Genetics tests not the full picture

ike williams

OPINION: I have been reading the various promo articles as to why the proposed merger of Ovita, Sheep Improvement Limited (SIL) and Beef and Lamb should go ahead.

Man-sized lilies on show

giant himalayan lily

Giant Himalayan lilies the size of a grown man will be the main attraction when the gardens of the historic Mount Peel Station are opened up to the public next month.

Farewell to fantastic job

greg fitzgerald

After 50 years in the seed and grain industry, with a variety of jobs ranging from junior clerk to managing director of two companies located in Timaru, Greg Fitzgerald said he "would do it all again and wouldn't change too many things".

Grazier group being formed

craig trotter

Farmers who graze dairy cows or replacement heifers are being invited to share their knowledge with likely new entrants as part of a dairy grazier discussion group which is being set up by a Geraldine-based dairy consultancy company.

Carefully grown for Japan's tables

gerald pemberton

The Japanese have an appetite for a particular kind of sprout. The problem is the radish used does not grow in Japan.

Prime young cattle for sale

A charolais friesian cross.

Buyers looking for prime young cattle should definitely be on the bench tomorrow at the Temuka saleyards.

Robot dairy world

A cow waits patiently for a robotic milker to become free at a Canterbury robotic milking farm.

More than two dozen North Island farmers have had a taste of Mid and South Canterbury's burgeoning robotic farming industry.

Irrigators on the mend


Support crews from overseas are on the ground to assist with pivot irrigators damaged during high winds in the past six weeks.

West Coast cops TB blame


A case of bovine tuberculosis in South Canterbury appears to have come from cattle brought in from the West Coast.

Ferguson wins Waimate shears

Waimate's Archie Kennedy shears in the open machine heat sevem at the annual 46th Waimate Shears.

Waipawa's Cam Ferguson has won the open section of the New Zealand Spring Shears in Waimate.

Shutdown time at Clandeboye


There is a lot going on behind the Clandeboye dairy factory's closed doors.

Progress on Glenavy factory

"SH1 must be widened"

glenavy infant formula factory

Construction of the dairy factory near Glenavy is now well underway.

Feed becoming an issue

cows milking time

Saturated paddocks are making it difficult for Canterbury farmers to feed their stock and cow condition is suffering.

It's five-star acowmodation


As winter bites, these lucky cows get pampered with back scratchers and pop hits on the radio.

Canterbury success at elite sale

cattle stock sales

A sale of elite dairy cows in the Waikato proved a triumph for top Canterbury cattle breeders Dean and Jo Geddes of Tahora Farm at Tai Tapu.

Weather hurts angus sales

bull sale

Four of South Canterbury's top angus bull sales have been held over the past fortnight, with mixed results across the board.

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