Farming News

Wide participation, application critical

Wide participation, application critical

There are many outstanding young people in Otago and Southland who are on the way to becoming rural leaders of the future. This week, Southern Rural Life talks to Luke McCraw, of Raes Junction.

More use of telemedicine likely

Geographic barriers are one of the Southern District Health Board's (SDHB) biggest health blocks and work is under way to ensure rural patients have better access to health services in a timely and efficient way, including the use of telemedicine videolinks between hospitals.

Abundance of new ideas shared

Abundance of new ideas shared

Dairy farmers and industry representatives from across the country had a busy start to their week last week as the South Island Dairy Event returned to Invercargill for the first time in four years.

Bill after Lauder calf sale photos

Bill after Lauder calf sale photos

If you were involved with the Lauder calf sales in 1966 and 1967, or have photos or other information, then Bill Townsend, of Alexandra, wants to hear from you. Mr Townsend is a retired real estate and livestock auctioneer and is researching the sales.

Environmental, economic and social aspects critical

Can you have too much of a good thing? That is the question being asked by Landcorp chief executive Steven Carden in relation to the dairy industry at the recent South Island Dairy Event.

Pair win trophy for business

Canterbury farmers Mark and Devon Slee have won the National Winner title in the 2014 Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

Plea to get in behind hub

Plea to get in behind hub

Southern dairy farmers are being given the clarion call to get behind a proposed demonstration and research dairy farm.

Leadership course leaves women 'on a high'

Participants in Rural Women New Zealand's recent ''Growing Southern Leaders'' seminar in Mosgiel left the three-day live-in course ''on a high'', convener Margaret Pittaway, of Cromwell says.

National successes for reporter and newspaper

National successes for reporter and newspaper

Southern Rural Life and reporter Yvonne O'Hara were recognised with awards at the New Zealand Community Newspapers' Conference in Wellington at the weekend.

Research into grape fungus rewarded

Lincoln University student Jackie Sammonds has won the David Jackson Prize at the Wines of Canterbury David Jackson dinner, which was held last month, for her study into a fungal disease.

US mega-dairying not good fit for NZ

US mega-dairying not good fit for NZ

The mega-dairying concept is not likely to take off in New Zealand, says DairyNZ general manager David McCall. Reporter Nicole Sharp caught up with Mr McCall at the South Island Dairy Event last week to talk about his recent trip to the US.

Santa Gertrudis breed cattle display strong hybrid vigour

Santa Gertrudis breed cattle display strong hybrid vigour

The Santa Gertrudis breed has a place as a terminal sire in the New Zealand beef industry, says stud breeder Anton Gibson.

Farmers told to make most of smartphones

Farmers told to make most of smartphones

Dairy farmers took a leap into the technology area as they were introduced to being hands-on with their smartphones at the South Island Dairy Event last week.

Trust works promoting region

The Clutha Development Trust (CDT) was formed more than 18 months ago with the mandate to enhance and support the district's tourism and primary industries, business and community development and job generation. Southern Rural Life talked to its chairman Rob Hewett, a farmer from Manuka Gorge, and its chief executive, Linda Moore, about the trust's achievements to date.

Winning fleece scores 99 out of 100

Winning fleece scores 99 out of 100

Tracy and Andrew Paterson, of Matakanui Station, near Omakau, say their recent success was a team effort.

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