Sally Rae

Programme will alter fertiliser use

Ballance Agri-Nutrients has launched a $32 million programme aimed at transforming traditional fertiliser use and providing more affordable solutions to farmers.

Federation unconvinced about Nait

Federated Farmers will maintain very close scrutiny of the National Animal Identification and Tracing (Nait) scheme, its effectiveness and cost, saying it is still "highly dubious of the claimed benefits".

Merino meat gains place on menu

Merino meat gains place on  menu

Merino is on the menu at Pier 24. The Dunedin restaurant is featuring Silere Alpine Origin Merino, a joint-venture meat brand between Silver Fern Farms and The New Zealand Merino Company.

Inventor has new take on the ratchet

Inventor has new take on the ratchet

Dunedin engineer Barry Armour has come up with his third patented product to help the transport industry, and he believes the opportunity for it is "huge".

Banners unfurled, flags flying

Banners unfurled, flags flying

They're flying the flag in heartland New Zealand.

Loss of 250 jobs 'shock' for workers

Loss of 250 jobs 'shock' for workers

Alliance Group is proposing to close its Sockburn plant in Christchurch at the end of the 2012 processing season, affecting about 250 jobs.

Result hailed as 'one all New Zealanders will benefit from'

Result hailed as 'one all New Zealanders will benefit from'

Taieri farmer James Adam reflected the feelings of many yesterday when he reacted positively to Fonterra's record financial results announcement.

Bumper year pushes Fonterra to new heights

Fonterra has announced record financial results for 2011 - including revenue of $19.9 billion - boosted by a bumper year for dairy exports and strong contributions from overseas businesses.

Rural contractors say review needed

Rural contractors say review needed

Rural Contractors New Zealand has welcomed a review of transport rules affecting agricultural contractors, describing it as "great news".

2011 to be good for sheep farmers

2011 to be good for sheep farmers

High prices and favourable offshore market conditions are expected to continue for New Zealand sheepmeat producers in the year ahead.