Farming News

No growth benefits shown with docking

No growth benefits shown with docking

Docking lambs' tails has no long-term beneficial or detrimental effect on lamb growth rates from docking to slaughter, a new study has found.

Some growth in cellphone coverage

While residents at Ashburton's Lake Hood settlement may now have cellphone coverage, farmers on some of the most productive land to the east of Ashburton are still waiting.

Hororata recovery plans still in limbo

The Hororata community has largely moved on from the earthquakes, but two major recovery projects remain in limbo four years on. 

Better returns promised through beet

Better returns promised through beet

Fodder beet can help New Zealand farmers get better returns from finishing beef cattle, a Lincoln University expert says.

Record entries for wheat competition

Record entries for wheat competition

A tough, wet growing and harvest season in Canterbury, the country's main growing area, did not affect entries or standards in New Zealand's biggest wheat-growing competition.

Field day focuses on fodder beet trials

Field day focuses on fodder beet trials

After being ''talked into'' growing fodder beet by a neighbour in 2011, South Canterbury farmer Warren Leslie is now heavily involved.

Agri-careers promoted

Agri-careers promoted

Agriculture is ''far more than milking cows and drafting sheep''.

Exception wanted for old tyre use

Exception wanted for old tyre use

Federated Farmers would like to see the current practice of using old tyres to weigh down silage covers protected and allowed to continue.

Rural health voices unified in strategy

The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHANZ) released its Strategy for Healthy Rural Communities earlier this month.

Gerald's job experience rich in variety

Gerald's job experience rich in variety

Gerald Davies, of Dunedin, does not want to reach the end of his life and regret missing out on every challenge and opportunity presented to him.

Ag Board cuts spending to stay afloat

Balclutha's AgBoard (formerly the Clutha Agricultural Development Board) has closed its office and reduced staff hours in an effort to make its remaining funds last until an alternative source of funding can be found.

Environmental tenets recognised

Environmental tenets recognised

There is very little Graham and Heather Milligan, of Dipton, do not know about eucalypt trees as they have about 100 different varieties on their properties.

Habitat restoration group inspires others

Habitat restoration group inspires others

Seven years after first being established, the Wanaka-based Te Kakano Aotearoa Trust is seeing its model of habitat restoration inspiring groups in other communities to develop similar ventures.

Effluent making power, hot water

Effluent making power, hot water

Dairy effluent could be used as a source of heat and electricity on Southland dairy farms.

Seek more profit with hide care

Seek more profit with hide care

New Zealand farmers and processors could extract even more value from their animals if they took more care of the pelts and hides. Yvonne O'Hara talks to New Zealand Leather and Shoe Research Association Inc (Lasra) director Geoff Holmes about the leather industry's potential. 

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