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.

Global commute for Kiwi meat workers

Global commute for Kiwi meat workers

Commuters stuck in motorway traffic might spare a thought for Anthony Russell's crew of slaughtermen travelling more than 17,000km to work in Iceland each year.

Service for former sawmill workers exposed to PCP

Nearly 700 former sawmill workers have been enrolled in the Ministry of Health's Special Support Service for Former Sawmill Workers Exposed to PCP.

Twin success story outlined at Willowbank field day

Twin success story   outlined at Willowbank field day

Dry weather and rabbits can do crazy things to a man - just ask Gordon Lucas.

Awards evening getting `make-over'

The 33rd annual national velvet awards are undergoing a change in format.

Drenching, thistles hot topics at field day

Drenching, thistles hot topics at field day

About 60 sheep and beef farmers from Southland and Otago gathered at Alvin and Bev Catto's property at Crookston for the second of the Beef and Lamb New Zealand farming for profit field days last week.

Failure of 'cold chain' behind vaccine failure

The failure of some scabby mouth vaccines in the South could be due to 'cold chain' failure during transportation of the vaccine, Clutha Vets veterinarian John Smart says.

Achievers in region honoured

Achievers in region honoured

The Central South Island region was recognised for its excellence in grassland farming at the Grasslands award evening earlier this month.

Knowledge and networks shared

Knowledge and networks shared

Farmers, agribusiness staff, scientists and researchers left Alexandra earlier this month with far larger networks and knowledge in grassland farming after participating in the 2014 New Zealand Grasslands Association conference.

Search on for best young herdsperson

Search on for best young herdsperson

The annual Southern Rural Life Young Herdsperson of the Year is under way again.

More to farming than gumboots

More to farming than gumboots

A Teacher's Day Out was held in Otago last week, organised by New Zealand Young Farmers' Get Ahead programme.

Farmer to pay $150,000

Farmer to pay $150,000

A Southland farmer must pay more than $150,000 in fines and reparation after health and safety failings resulted in the death of a 51-year-old employee last year.

African goats more popular

African goats more popular

Goats have become an increasingly popular attraction at A&P shows throughout the country and it was no different at the Amberley Domain on November 1.

Sarah's Angus first Supreme Champion cow

Sarah's Angus first Supreme Champion cow

Sarah O'Connell is a young farmer going places.

Study to address falling dairy cow fertility levels

A worldwide drop in dairy cow fertility has spurred a New Zealand study.

Profitable harvest of Jersey Bennes

Profitable harvest of Jersey Bennes

North Otago's most famous produce is being harvested for the new season.

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