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.

Markets need tailored approaches

Markets need tailored approaches

Ranfurly farmer Dawn Sangster is a woman of many trades and talents, one being an elected member of the Beef and Lamb New Zealand (BLNZ) Central South Island farmer council, the other as an Alliance Group director and in what time she has left, a farmer in the Maniototo.

Time to rethink after 'no' vote

Time to rethink after 'no' vote

Sheep farmers have shown they care about the future of the wool industry, with a voter turnout of 47.22% for the Wool Levy Referendum.

Positive aspects of NZ dairying emphasised

The 2013-14 dairying season was ''a fantastic year to be reporting on'', DairyNZ chairman John Luxton told the organisation's annual meeting.

Call to fund study of rural suicide

Call to fund study of rural suicide

More research needs to be done on the reasons behind New Zealand's farmer suicide rate, both for men and women, New Zealand Federated Farmers' (NZFF) health and safety spokeswoman Katie Milne says.

Bank offers help with sustainable systems

A former Tuapeka West man, Blake Holgate, has been appointed as Rabobank's national sustainable farm systems rural manager, which is a relatively new role for the bank.

RSE cap raised to 9000; scheme for Kiwis to start

The Government recently raised the cap on the number of Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) programme workers coming into the country to work in horticulture and viticulture from 7900 to 9000.

Proposed ripening device a world first

Proposed ripening device a world first

New Zealand scientists are studying the use of a remotely-activated device to start the process of ripening in packaged fruit and vegetables. Yvonne O'Hara reports.

Pipfruit industry plan outlines aims

Pipfruit industry plan outlines aims

Pipfruit New Zealand (PNZ) is working with schools, universities and Primary ITO to develop resources that will encourage more young people into the industry, as part of its strategic plan.

High-sugar ryegrass benefiting lambs

High-sugar ryegrass benefiting lambs

Lambs fed on high-sugar ryegrass grow faster and are heavier than their counterparts grazed on standard ryegrass, a two-year trial on three farms in the South has revealed.

Two Southland farms in final

Two Southland farming businesses have made it to the finals of the 2014 Lincoln University Foundation South Island Farmer of the Year competition.

Fleece entries invited

Fleece entries invited

The Lawrence St John hogget fleece competition is under way again and while entries are few at present, organisers hope they up to two bales of hogget fleece will be donated.

Vineyards face lack of machine operator skills

Vineyards face lack of machine operator skills

Central Otago vineyards face a shortage of skilled machinery operators, including tractor drivers.

No credible alternative to structure: Alliance

No credible alternative to structure: Alliance

The red meat industry will restructure when it makes good commercial sense, Alliance Group chairman Murray Taggart says.

Wayleggo Cup win

The Wayleggo Cup is back in Kiwi hands.

Meat exports climb to record high

New Zealand meat exports reached a record high of $5.3 billion in 2013-14, up $480 million on the previous season.

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