Farming News

Could robots replace the trusty sheepdog?

Could robots replace the trusty sheepdog?

European academics have released a study outlining an algorithm they discovered for herding sheep, but New Zealand farmers reckon the trusty sheepdog will be a fixture of farm life for while yet.

Sheep farmers' spirits higher going into spring

Sheep farmers' spirits higher going into spring

North Canterbury's mild weather has sheep farmers feeling more confident then usual.

Predator control restarts

Predator control restarts

A programme to protect two rare bird species living in New Zealand's braided rivers is back in operation.

Keep eyes peeled for black grass

Keep eyes peeled for black grass

If there is any chance of the invasive plant pest black grass appearing in Mid Canterbury, it is most likely to show its face this season, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Scholarship great opportunity

Scholarship great opportunity

Georgia Davies is urging young New Zealanders to get involved in agricultural and pastoral shows, after winning a Lady Diana Isaac Scholarship at last year's Canterbury show.

Limited-nutrients meeting drawcard

Farming within nutrient limits is proving to be a hot topic for North Canterbury sheep and beef farmers.

Replacing monument flag uplifting venture

Replacing monument flag uplifting venture

A monument to the man who pioneered this country's meat export trade is flying a crisp new flag.

Business with a twist in final

Business with a twist in final

A Timaru business is a finalist in this year's Enterprising Rural Women Awards.

Unwelcome..

Unwelcome..

Rooks are on the Otago Regional Council's ''wanted'' list.

Ground-breaking settler celebrate

Ground-breaking settler celebrate

Bill Thomas is proud to say he is the fifth generation to farm the Longbeach Estate, near Ashburton, but he also recognises the responsibilities saying that carries.

Selwyn's 1600 home consents a record

Selwyn's building boom is continuing, four years on from the first Canterbury earthquake.

Chanelle creates rural women's chat site

Chanelle creates rural women's chat site

A Canterbury woman behind a social media site helping nearly 3200 rural women adjust to life in the country, knows what it is like to be a city girl in a rural environment.

One-stop irrigation know-how shop

One-stop irrigation know-how shop

A pilot project on 14 farms in Canterbury and North Otago has shown there is considerable scope to improve the efficiency of energy used in on-farm irrigation systems.

Farm inspections will be need-based

Otago dairy farmers are facing a new environmental risk assessment regime.

35-year affair with eucalypts

35-year affair with eucalypts

Thirty-five years ago, Dipton sheep farmer Graham Milligan decided to plant a few eucalypt trees on stony ground next to the Oreti River, where his paddocks seemed to be always either flooded or burnt off.

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