Farming News

Farmer sells in disgust at $50k rates

Bill Burrill. Photo by NZ Herald

'Horrific" Auckland Council rates of nearly $50,000 a year on land still being grazed by livestock prompted the $37.9 million sale of one of the city's largest land lots.

Markets need tailored approaches

Markets need tailored approaches

Ranfurly farmer Dawn Sangster is a woman of many trades and talents, one being an elected member of the Beef and Lamb New Zealand (BLNZ) Central South Island farmer council, the other as an Alliance Group director and in what time she has left, a farmer in the Maniototo.

World meat markets meritattention, targeted efforts

World meat markets meritattention, targeted efforts

Market diversification is essential for the future of New Zealand's meat exports, Alliance Group chief executive Grant Cuff says.

A North Canterbury-bred alpaca made history earlier this month

A North Canterbury-bred alpaca made history earlier this month

Stoneleigh Valentino, a 5-year-old white male huacaya alpaca bred by Chris and Liz Strack, of Ohoka, near Rangiora, was named supreme champion huacaya alpaca at the National Alpaca Expo at Christchurch earlier this month.

Ellesmere celebrates heritage and produce

Ellesmere celebrates heritage and produce

The Ellesmere A&P Show celebrated everything the district has to offer from the ''Paddock to Plate'' and beyond on Saturday, October 18. 

Wool levy vote worthwhile

Wool  levy vote worthwhile

The wool levy referendum may have revealed divisions among farmers, but both sides agree it was well worthwhile.

Proposed ripening device world first

Proposed ripening device world first

New Zealand scientists are studying the use of a remotely-activated device to start the process of ripening in packaged fruit and vegetables. YVONNE O'HARA reports.

Studholme applies to expand plant

Studholme applies to expand plant

Fonterra's milk factory in Studholme, near Waimate, is likely to get a big boost.

Research budget up to $18 million for year

Research and development is a top priority for DairyNZ in the coming year, chief executive Tim Mackle says.

$5.3 billion exports of meat scrutinised

$5.3 billion exports of meat scrutinised

New Zealand's meat exports earned a record $5.3 billion in 2013-14, thanks to high average values.

Maintaining skilled workforce key issue

Maintaining skilled workforce key issue

People are the ''real key challenge'' for the dairy industry in South Canterbury, DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle says.

Call to fund study of rural suicide

Call to fund study of rural suicide

More research needs to be done on the reasons behind New Zealand's farmer suicide rate, both for men and women, New Zealand Federated Farmers' (NZFF) health and safety spokeswoman Katie Milne says. In a recent press release she said statistics showed 169 farmers had committed suicide since 2007-08.

Bumblebees create a buzz

Potential new role in our orchards for the furry foragers

Groser has big concerns about dairy in TPP

Groser has big concerns about dairy in TPP

Trade Minister Tim Groser says he has concerns that New Zealand's market access for its dairy products under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could be sewn up in private talks between the United States and Japan and the result could be unsatisfactory.

Sheep, beef farmers want big changes

Sheep, beef farmers want big changes

West Otago sheep and beef farmers Nelson and Fiona Hancox want farmers to ''stand up and be counted'' and take charge of their futures.

Focus on poaching with bigger fines

Focus on poaching with bigger fines

The ongoing issue of poaching across Southland and Otago has been highlighted again in recent court cases in which much heftier fines have been handed out.

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