Farmer sentiment has taken a big upwards bounce in the latest
Rabobank rural confidence survey.
When the decision was made to convert their Southland sheep
farm to dairying, Katrina Thomas knew nothing about cows.
Johnny Duncan's fodder beet proved unbeatable in the
Maniototo Young Farmers Club's recent winter feed
Staff members at Fonterra's Stirling cheese factory have been
celebrating a production milestone.
Bounce Forward was the theme of last week's South Island
Dairy Event (Side) held at ILT Stadium Southland in
This year's spring peak in venison prices to deer farmers
will be the highest in four or five seasons even if further
currency appreciation "knocks the top off'', Deer Industry
New Zealand says.
Is the rural sector really in such a state of doom and gloom
as many would have us believe? Dominic George and Pat
Brittenden look to last week's Fieldays to find an answer.
Port Chalmers dairy farmer Merrall MacNeille is looking at
various options to get his milk back on the market.
Prof Frank Griffin describes his lengthy career in animal
science at the University of Otago in his own inimitable way.
Growing up on a pig farm near Oamaru, David Smith wanted
nothing else but to be a sheep and beef farmer.
The vast region of Inner Mongolia is an important
agricultural producer in China. Agribusiness reporter Sally
Rae pays a visit.
Tougher rules around the treatment of bobby calves will start
before the spring calving season, but other measures on food
and shelter will be delayed until next year.
Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy says he had
"strong words" with his Italian counterpart after seeds
imported from Italy led to a potentially costly outbreak of
"A breath of fresh air for fine wool'' is how Central Otago
farmer Bevan McKnight describes a $45 million deal between
Italian textile company Reda and the New Zealand Merino
Bill Gibson, the elder statesman of the merino industry, has
been recognised for his vast contribution to the breed.
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