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Wool industry picks up dropped stitches

Wool industry picks up dropped stitches

New Zealand's wool industry is ''a wee bit broken'' , Wools of New Zealand chief executive Ross Townshend says.

Linking youth and the land

Linking youth and the land

Annika Korsten is on a mission to expose disengaged Dunedin youth to rural work opportunities.

Club pays tribute to trio's work at museum

Club pays tribute to trio's work at museum

The West Otago Vintage Club paid tribute to several of its older and longer-serving volunteers recently, during its Christmas function, held in February.

Last few weeks of hard prep for dairy trainee

Last few weeks of hard prep for dairy trainee

It is only a little more than four weeks to go before Josh Lavender, of Lochiel, is up against the nations' other ''best of the best'' dairy trainees, so he is spending as much time as he can preparing.

Brainstorming conference expected

Brainstorming conference expected

The possible reintroduction of an industry levy and ''the way forward'' for profitability and sustainability for the goat industry will be the focus of the inaugural New Zealand Goats (NZGoats) conference in Queenstown next month.

Farm forestry still going strong

The South Otago Farm Forestry Association celebrates its 50th birthday next month.

Rise in poor water quality at bores

Almost a third of Southland's groundwater bore samples failed to meet national drinking standards last year, Environment Southland (ES) report cards revealed last month.

Big changes coming for rural contractors

The new Health and Safety Reform Bill will have ''profound changes'' for the rural contracting sector and introduce severe penalties in the event of a bad workplace accident, Rural Contractors New Zealand (RCNZ) chief executive Roger Parton says.

Chance to chew over goat farming

Chance to chew over goat farming

Boer goat farmer and breeder Owen Booth is hosting a field day on his Enfield property near Oamaru this Saturday. Milk, meat and fibre goat farmers and those interested in farming goats are invited to attend.

Southern move pays off for couple

Southern move pays off for couple

Jared and Sara Crawford know exactly where they want to be in 10 years and how they want to get there, but the move to Southland to take advantage of the opportunities available was a major decision for them.

Marijuana growers causing 'level of fear'

Marijuana growers causing 'level of fear'

Many people in rural areas are ''living in fear'' of drug growers and dealers taking advantage of isolated conditions, Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) executive officer Noeline Holt says.

Making horseshoe among Young Farmers tasks

Making horseshoe among Young Farmers tasks

When Sonja Dobbie entered the North Otago district final of the ANZ Young Farmer Contest, she did not expect to do well.

Busy winter ahead for contestant

Busy winter ahead for contestant

Winter is shaping up to be a memorable season for Glenham farmer Dean Rabbidge.

Edendale Nursery sold to large forestry biotech

Edendale Nursery sold to large forestry biotech

Forestry biotech company ArborGen has expanded its stable of nurseries with the acquisition of Edendale Nursery in Southland.

Bay two beat shearing legend to win finals

Bay two beat shearing legend to win finals

Two Hawke's Bay shearers have taken the top spots in the New Zealand championships open final in Te Kuiti.

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