Farming News

High-sugar ryegrass benefiting lambs

High-sugar ryegrass benefiting lambs

Lambs fed on high-sugar ryegrass grow faster and are heavier than their counterparts grazed on standard ryegrass, a two-year trial on three farms in the South has revealed.

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.

Proposed ripening device a world first

Proposed ripening device a 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.

Fleece entries invited

Fleece entries invited

The Lawrence St John hogget fleece competition is under way again and while entries are few at present, organisers hope they up to two bales of hogget fleece will be donated.

Bank offers help with sustainable systems

A former Tuapeka West man, Blake Holgate, has been appointed as Rabobank's national sustainable farm systems rural manager, which is a relatively new role for the bank.

Time to rethink after 'no' vote

Time to rethink after 'no' vote

Sheep farmers have shown they care about the future of the wool industry, with a voter turnout of 47.22% for the Wool Levy Referendum.

Vineyards face lack of machine operator skills

Vineyards face lack of machine operator skills

Central Otago vineyards face a shortage of skilled machinery operators, including tractor drivers.

Two Southland farms in final

Two Southland farming businesses have made it to the finals of the 2014 Lincoln University Foundation South Island Farmer of the Year competition.

Pipfruit industry plan outlines aims

Pipfruit industry plan outlines aims

Pipfruit New Zealand (PNZ) is working with schools, universities and Primary ITO to develop resources that will encourage more young people into the industry, as part of its strategic plan.

Positive aspects of NZ dairying emphasised

The 2013-14 dairying season was ''a fantastic year to be reporting on'', DairyNZ chairman John Luxton told the organisation's annual meeting.

RSE cap raised to 9000; scheme for Kiwis to start

The Government recently raised the cap on the number of Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) programme workers coming into the country to work in horticulture and viticulture from 7900 to 9000.

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.

No credible alternative to structure: Alliance

No credible alternative to structure: Alliance

The red meat industry will restructure when it makes good commercial sense, Alliance Group chairman Murray Taggart says.

Wayleggo Cup win

The Wayleggo Cup is back in Kiwi hands.

Getting a handle on calves

Getting a handle on calves

Learning earning tips on training calves are (from left) Kara Roderick, Amanda Hutton, Holly Walters, Alannah Skedgwell, Julie Skedgwell, Hannah Botting, Eleanor Cowling, Rebecca Hutton, Ashley Wendelgelst and Lorna Button, while Holstein Friesian New Zealand field officer Stephen Booth  explains how to pick a show calf.

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