Farming News

Strong surge in farmer confidence

Strong surge in farmer confidence

Farmer sentiment has taken a big upwards bounce in the latest Rabobank rural confidence survey.

Connecting all dairying women

Connecting all dairying women

When the decision was made to convert their Southland sheep farm to dairying, Katrina Thomas knew nothing about cows.

Winter feed pays dividends

Winter feed pays dividends

Johnny Duncan's fodder beet proved unbeatable in the Maniototo Young Farmers Club's recent winter feed competition.

Massive milestone for cheese factory

Massive milestone for cheese factory

Staff members at Fonterra's Stirling cheese factory have been celebrating a production milestone.

Southern dairy event

Southern dairy event

Bounce Forward was the theme of last week's South Island Dairy Event (Side) held at ILT Stadium Southland in Invercargill.

Venison prices rise

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.

Video: Fieldays shows strength of rural sector

Video: Fieldays shows strength of rural sector

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 dairy cows spared

Port Chalmers dairy farmer Merrall MacNeille is looking at various options to get his milk back on the market.

Retiring prof’s work continues

Retiring prof’s work continues

Prof Frank Griffin describes his lengthy career in animal science at the University of Otago in his own inimitable way.

Couple impressed with RMPP programme

Couple impressed with RMPP programme

Growing up on a pig farm near Oamaru, David Smith wanted nothing else but to be a sheep and beef farmer.

Old meets new on China’s farms

Old meets new on China’s farms

The vast region of Inner Mongolia is an important agricultural producer in China. Agribusiness reporter Sally Rae pays a visit.

Tougher rules over bobby calves

Tougher rules over bobby calves

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.

Govt mulling options after velvetleaf outbreak

Govt mulling options after velvetleaf outbreak

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 velvetleaf.

Five-year deal ‘huge' for fine-wool sector

Five-year deal ‘huge' for fine-wool sector

"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 Company.

Merino work recognised

Bill Gibson, the elder statesman of the merino industry, has been recognised for his vast contribution to the breed.

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