Farming News

Region gets in behind sheep dog trials

Region gets in behind sheep dog trials

Two hot, dusty Mackenzie Country big sky days and some single-minded merinos put dogs and their owners to the test, at the recent Canterbury Sheep Dog Trial Association Centre Championships.

Tornado devastates couple's organic crop

Tornado devastates couple's organic crop

An Amberley couple are not giving up, despite losing most their organic vegetable crop in the recent tornado.

Wide variety of jobs good material for barman's yarns

Wide variety of jobs good material for barman's yarns

You can always rely on the barman for a good yarn.

Team effort needed to be the best

Team effort needed to be the best

The winners of the Canterbury/North Otago New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards were announced two weeks ago. In the next few issues, reporter David Hill finds out what it takes to win the title. This week, he talks to farm manager Phillip Colombus. 

A presidential family tradition

A presidential family tradition

Malvern A&P Show president Paul Wright is continuing a family tradition which dates back 101 years.

Swords cross at Invermay meeting

Swords cross at Invermay meeting

Sheep and deer breeders across the Otago region will be hit hard by the closing of the AgResearch Invermay facility, opponents of the plan say.

Buyers snap up Wiltshire trial progeny

Buyers snap up Wiltshire trial progeny

Buyers from throughout the country snapped up the 

Station hosting a field day

A successful Rakaia Gorge high country station is opening its farm gate next week.

Numbers up for Mayfield Show

Numbers up for Mayfield Show

Fine weather and plenty of special attractions drew the crowds to the annual Mayfield Show earlier this month.

Industry leader calls for whole-of-sector approach

Industry leader calls for whole-of-sector approach

More beef calves on the ground, growing more quickly, could ''shift the whole supply curve'' and that ''would not be a bad thing'', a meat industry spokesman says.

Walking to raise issue of water quality

Walking to raise issue of water quality

A Bay of Plenty schoolteacher was fed up with politicians setting the agenda on the water quality debate, so he decided to go out and speak to ordinary New Zealanders.

Irish wasps set to take on root weevils

Irish wasps set to take on root weevils

The clover root weevil ravaging pasture throughout the South Island is meeting its match.

Ultrasound ideal tool for beef farmers

Ultrasound ideal tool for beef farmers

Beef cattle farmers should not put their faith only in what they see if they want to get the best returns, Bill Austin, of Austin Ultrasound, says.

Judging process informative for all

Farmers and judges learn from each other during the lead-up to the announcement of winners in the Ballance Farm Environment Awards, the co-ordinator of judges for the Canterbury region says.

Complementary cow makes the best beef

Complementary cow makes the best beef

The key to getting the best returns from breeding beef cows is to make sure they complement rather than compete with other stock classes on the farm.

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