Farming News

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.

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.

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.

Farmers seek halt on OCR

Federated Farmers has joined the call for a halt to the interest-driving official cash rate (OCR), following the Reserve Bank's indications it will pause any further hikes.

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.

Extractor hopeful over hemp uses

Extractor hopeful over hemp uses

Ashburton company Oil Seed Extractions has been waiting a long time for a change in legislation which would enable it to sell food products made from hemp in Australasia.

Water deal celebrated

Water deal celebrated

Compromise and co-operation are being hailed as the main ingredients in a South Canterbury agreement on nitrogen limits.

Farm forestry works wonders in the long run

Farm forestry works wonders in the long run

Peter Evans laughs and says wryly, ''Farm foresters are a hardened bunch''.

Greens 'misleading' on rivers

Greens 'misleading' on rivers

The quality of New Zealand's rivers is not the sole responsibility of the rural sector, Federated Farmers environment spokesman Ian Mackenzie says.

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.

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