Farming News

NZ Pork leads way with biosecurity agreement

NZ Pork has become the first animal-based industry to enter into a Government Industry Agreement.

Migrant accommodation concerns

The New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils is concerned changes to minimum accommodation standards for farm workers could affect many migrant workers in the industry across New Zealand.

Deal 'like apartheid'

Deal 'like apartheid'

Not everyone is happy with the agreement on nitrogen levels celebrated on the front page of the previous Courier Country.

Farmprint a form of insurance

Farmprint a form of insurance

Stock rustlers beware. Mosgiel-based company Oritain is using its pioneering approach to scientifically certify the origin of food products to help address the multimillion-dollar issue of stock theft.

Enjoying role helping select merino genes

Enjoying role helping select merino genes

Anna Vaughan got ''hooked'' on merino sheep while undertaking work experience at Lake Coleridge Station, in the Canterbury high country, during her university summer.

Young farmers there to support others

Young farmers there to support others

Waimea Valley farmers Andrew and Katherine Welsh are never ones to shy away from a challenge, especially when it comes to farming.

Golden times for genetics firm

Golden times for genetics firm

The sheep and beef sector stands to gain by a potential $845 million in added value during the next 20 years once a new Dunedin-based genetics research and development entity hits its stride. Yvonne O'Hara reports.

Drive to improve water quality

The Otago Regional Council has an ongoing scientific study programme under way, including establishing its own water monitor farm programme as part of its drive to enhance and improve water quality in the region under Plan Change 6A.

Plans to boost seasonal workers

A new programme aiming to get more Kiwis into seasonal work and an increase to the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) cap has been welcomed by Horticulture New Zealand.

17 years of TEFRom breeding pays

17 years of TEFRom breeding pays

Seventeen years ago, Andrew Welsh's parents started the TEFRom stud. As he and his wife, Katherine, begin to take over the reins, the stud has been nominated for Beef and Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry awards.

Top bull set to enjoy his retirement

Top bull set to enjoy his retirement

If not for the persistence of Holstein Friesian stud breeders Philip and Heather Wilson, of the Telesis stud and West Mains Farm, at Maungatua, one of the top, most prolific bulls in the country, Firenze, might have ended up on the bobby truck.

Treating animals well is always rewarding

Treating animals well is always rewarding

Geoffrey Wilson is a dairy man through and through. He is a firm believer in treating his animals well and with respect ''every single day'', particularly as his cows work hard to provide an income for him.

Eye-in-the-sky scrutiny monitors winter crops

Eye-in-the-sky scrutiny monitors winter crops

Environment Southland staff are assessing the most cost-effective way to map land planted in winter forage crops using satellite imagery, after a pilot study last year showed the most accurate method was also the most expensive.

NZ dairying still 'in box seat'

NZ dairying still 'in box seat'

It is too soon for doom and gloom to be cast over the New Zealand dairy industry, the executive director of MyFarm, New Zealand's largest farm investment company, Andrew Watters, says.

Money being put back into meat sector

Money being put back into meat sector

The red-meat sector is showing signs of putting decades of low profits and lack of reinvestment behind it and regaining a starring role in the New Zealand economy.

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