Farming News

Fans of feathered friends flock together

Fans of feathered friends flock together

Fancy pigeons bred by local farmer Barrie Rae were among the attractions at the Oamaru Poultry, Pigeon and Canary Society's 130th annual show last month.

Farmprint a form of insurance

Farmprint a form of insurance

Stock rustlers beware. Mosgiel-based company Oritain is using its pioneering approach to scientifically certify the origin of food products to help address the multimillion-dollar issue of stock theft.

Enjoying role helping select merino genes

Enjoying role helping select merino genes

Anna Vaughan got ''hooked'' on merino sheep while undertaking work experience at Lake Coleridge Station, in the Canterbury high country, during her university summer.

Golden times for genetics firm

Golden times for genetics firm

The sheep and beef sector stands to gain by a potential $845 million in added value during the next 20 years once a new Dunedin-based genetics research and development entity hits its stride. Yvonne O'Hara reports.

Drive to improve water quality

The Otago Regional Council has an ongoing scientific study programme under way, including establishing its own water monitor farm programme as part of its drive to enhance and improve water quality in the region under Plan Change 6A.

Treating animals well is always rewarding

Treating animals well is always rewarding

Geoffrey Wilson is a dairy man through and through. He is a firm believer in treating his animals well and with respect ''every single day'', particularly as his cows work hard to provide an income for him.

Top bull set to enjoy his retirement

Top bull set to enjoy his retirement

If not for the persistence of Holstein Friesian stud breeders Philip and Heather Wilson, of the Telesis stud and West Mains Farm, at Maungatua, one of the top, most prolific bulls in the country, Firenze, might have ended up on the bobby truck.

Young farmers there to support others

Young farmers there to support others

Waimea Valley farmers Andrew and Katherine Welsh are never ones to shy away from a challenge, especially when it comes to farming.

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.

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