Sally Rae

Rates system hurts farms

Rates system hurts farms

Otago Federated Farmers president Mike Lord's combined regional and district council rates bill, for his Taieri dairy farm, has increased from $23,000 in 2002 to almost $50,000 this year.

Sewing machine mechanic makes a job of it

Sewing machine mechanic makes a job of it

People expect Sue McDowell to have an amazing sewing machine.

Car collides with freight train in Oamaru

Car collides with freight train in Oamaru

Two women were taken to Oamaru Hospital to be checked after a car collided with a freight train in Oamaru yesterday.

Rates may be hot topic at FF meeting

Rates may be hot topic at FF meeting

Federated Farmers Otago provincial president Mike Lord just wants to see a fair rating system.

Doe wins supreme animal at show

Doe wins supreme animal at show

When Lagooncreek Rosey Red was named supreme champion animal at the recent Mackenzie Highland Show, the victory was sweet not only for her owner but for dairy goat breeders in general.

From city to farm to national finals

From city to farm to national finals

Being sharemilkers on a farm in rural Otago is a far cry from running a gift and homeware shop in Wellington - but Tim and Lorraine Johnson have successfully made the transition from city to country life.

Lack of supply ends single-breed preference

Lack of supply ends single-breed preference

United Kingdom supermarket chain Marks and Spencer has not been able to source enough Primera-bred lambs to move towards becoming exclusively Primera.

Juggling farm with family and business

Juggling farm with family and business

If Jann Robertson is not at work at Idealprint and Design in Tapanui, she is most likely to be found ferrying children to music lessons or sports practices.

Red meat gets contestable fund

Red meat gets contestable fund

An $850,000 contestable fund has been established to drive further growth of the red-meat industry.

Opportunities for beekeeper

Opportunities for beekeeper

Middlemarch beekeeper Blair Dale is used to dealing with the vagaries of the weather.