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.

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.

Study to address falling dairy cow fertility levels

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

Critical point to influence future of meat

New Zealand's sheep and beef industry is at a ''critical juncture'', a leader says. 

Sarah's Angus first Supreme Champion cow

Sarah's Angus first Supreme Champion cow

Sarah O'Connell is a young farmer going places.

Merino genetics focus breeds success

Merino genetics focus breeds success

When Gordon Lucas' parents bought Nine Mile Station, the local land agent commented that it ''wouldn't be a bad stepping stone for the lad''.

Recognised for grasslands skill

Recognised for grasslands skill

Two families have been recognised by the New Zealand Grassland Trust for excellence in grasslands farming.

Lamb born with two heads has died

Lamb born with two heads has died

The little lamb born with two faces in Southland has died after living far longer than was expected.

Alliance posts $17.6m profit

Southland-based meat processor Alliance Group has posted a pre-tax operating profit of $17.6 million for the September year and a $7 million pool payment distribution to its supplier shareholders - the first in three years.

Alpaca exports excite

New Zealand has a name for agricultural excellence and they know we have the pedigree records and we can go back several generations to verify stock Kit JohnsonLive alpaca exports to China hold huge potential for New Zealand breeders, including those in Otago and Southland, Silverstream Alpaca Stud owner Kit Johnson, of Kaiapoi, says.

Rural hotels urged to diversify

Rural hotels urged to diversify

For rural people throughout Southland the local hotel has always been a gathering point. In recent times the doors have been shut on many of these hubs and in other cases put on the market.

Workshops on rural mental health hailed a succes

Workshops on rural mental health hailed a succes

Nearly 100 people have attended six ''Rural Life: Keeping the Balance'' workshops in Otago and Southland since the programme to address rural mental health was launched earlier this year.

Producers urged to capitalise on trade deal

Producers urged to capitalise on trade deal

he Taiwanese free trade agreement, which was signed last December, was the topic of the most recent Central Otago Export Forum, held in Cromwell last week.

Nightcaps publicans call time at pub Saying goodbye . .

Nightcaps publicans call time at pub Saying goodbye . .

On November 18, 1996 John and Annette Blackler stepped into the hospitality industry as publicans in the small town of Nightcaps in Western Southland.

From effluent to clean water

From effluent to clean water

A collaboration between scientists at Michigan State University and McLanahan Corp has seen the development of a system that takes manure, such as dairy effluent, and cleans it so the remaining liquid is good enough for stock to drink.

Use of technology gave the edge

Use of technology gave the edge

Barry and Julie Crawford are not your ordinary sheep farmers.

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