Farming News

Fodder beet fills gap in feed to lift profits

Fodder beet fills gap in feed to lift profits

Fodder beet can be a ''game-changer'' for beef farmers.

Priority to find supreme red meat farmers

The environment is set to become a focus for sheep and beef farmers, so farmers need to learn from the best performers.

Calving looks fine with low stocking

Calving is about to get under way and the team at Lincoln is feeling confident.

A balanced lifestyle

A balanced lifestyle

Entering the Ballance Farm Environment Awards reinforced to South Otago couple Brendon and Suzie Bearman they were ''heading in the right direction''.

AbacusBio finalist in sheep awards

AbacusBio finalist in sheep awards

Dunedin-based AbacusBio and its managing director Neville Jopson both feature among the finalists in this year's Beef and Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards.

'Stoked' to be chosen

'Stoked' to be chosen

Craig Adams will be hoping it will be a case of third-time lucky at the National Country Music Awards next month.

Decision on effluent area reserved

An Environment Southland hearing committee has reserved its decision on whether Southland meat processor South Pacific Meats (SPM) can spread effluent on to a larger area of farmland in northern Southland.

Butchers take Tri-Nations

New Zealand's Pure South Sharp Blacks have won the Tri-Nations Butchers Challenge, taking out Australia and Great Britain last Friday in Yorkshire, England.

Hill country changes deferred

Hill country changes deferred

Southland hill and high country farmers are breathing a sigh of relief after Environment Southland has again deferred proposed changes to hill and high country development rules.

Rural mental health course aims to spread awareness

Rural mental health course aims to spread awareness

Talking about mental health has always been difficult, especially for farmers.

Plan to take closer look at septic tanks

The Otago Regional Council will be looking at its Otago Water Plan, Plan Change 6B (PC6B) for urban water, within the next 18 months, and septic tanks will be one of the items looked at.

Stoneburn pair win

Stoneburn pair win

Doing the ''hard yards'' has paid off for Simon and Kirstin Engelbrecht, of Stoneburn, Dunback.

Test-tube 'milk' claim not scaring dairy head

The prospect of a breakthrough in a test-tube product said to be like milk has not got New Zealand farmers shivering in their Red Bands just yet.

Council takes non-prescriptive approach

The Otago Regional Council has taken a non-prescriptive approach to ensuring Otago farmers meet the requirements of its recently-launched Otago Water Plan - Plan Change 6A (PC6A) and that means farmers will take responsibility for the water quality coming off their land.

Focus on farm-exit water quality

Focus on farm-exit water quality

The Otago Water Plan's Plan Change 6A (PC6A) was not about the Otago Regional Council using a ''big stick'' to ensure compliance for water quality, chief executive Peter Bodeker said.

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