Farming News

Sheep, beef outlook looking more positive

Sheep, beef outlook looking more positive

Prospects are looking promising for the sheep and beef sector in the northern South Island.

National Alpaca Expo judge back

National Alpaca Expo judge back

New Zealand's best alpacas will be lining up in Christchurch next week.

Environment crisis a farm opportunity

Environment crisis a farm opportunity

If his objective was to leave his audience feeling a little unsettled or with a sense of foreboding then Lincoln University agricultural systems professor Tony Bywater probably succeeded.

Scientist embraces biological ways

Scientist embraces biological ways

A ''dyed-in-the-wool'' plant scientist who, for most of his working career believed conventional farming methods were the only ones that worked, has changed his whole outlook and is now a firm believer in using biological farming methods.

Organic beehives going to North Island to avoid 1080

Renowned West Coast beekeeper Roy Arbon is moving his main hives to the North Island to ensure his bee products stay organic.

Irrigation conference set for Oamaru

Irrigation conference set for Oamaru

A biennial conference that attracts hundreds of delegates and top international experts is going to Oamaru in 2016. Sally reports.

Truffle growing takes much patience

Truffle growing takes much patience

If there is one attribute growers of the prized truffle fungus need it is patience and New Zealand's two southernmost growers have it in abundance.

Dryland farmers seeking review

Dryland farmers seeking review

Dryland farmers in the Hurunui River catchment are calling on change to address nutrient limit inequalities in the Hurunui-Waiau River Regional Plan. Amanda Bowes reports on a meeting between the Hurunui-Waiau Water Zone Committee and local farmers, held on Monday, September 22.

Irrigation hopes thanks to RMA planned changes

The general election result means New Zealand can shore up water supplies for multiple uses, Irrigation New Zealand says.

Search for best of the best NZ lamb

Search for best of the best NZ lamb

The search is on for New Zealand's top lamb, with entries now open for the 2014 Canterbury A&P Show mint lamb competition.

Fencing environmental 'win-win'

Fencing environmental 'win-win'

A North Canterbury farming couple have been awarded nearly $30,000 towards fencing remnant native bush and stream gullies on their coastal Claverley property, north of the Conway River mouth.

Groundwater study planned

South Canterbury's groundwater is being investigated by Environment Canterbury scientists.

Insufficient insurance evident in storm's wake

Insufficient insurance evident in storm's wake

Following on from last issue's look at costs incurred by the Selwyn District Council after last September's windstorm, Irrigation New Zealand reports on what irrigation service companies have learnt in the storm's wake.

Family farms still the norm

Family farms are not yet a thing of the past, according to Lincoln University farm management researchers.

Fonterra support network launched

Fonterra support network launched

Fonterra is launching a new scheme aimed at forging closer links with farmers.

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