Farming News

Intensified dairy switch no lightweight decision

The intensification of dairy farms by housing cows must be an informed investment decision based on clear goals and using the right tools for analysis, those in the industry in Mid Canterbury have been advised.

RotoRainer irrigators hit worst

Strong winds have again damaged irrigators in Canterbury, but not to the same extent as last year.

Pair getting the best of both worlds

Pair getting the best of both worlds

Working from home means the best of both worlds for Keri Johnston and Haidee McCabe.

Dairying big change from previous jobs

For Otago couple Glenn and Lynne Johnston, switching from their respective previous jobs of courier driver and hairdresser was a big change but they have no regrets.

Global commute for Kiwi meat workers

Global commute for Kiwi meat workers

Commuters stuck in motorway traffic might spare a thought for Anthony Russell's crew of slaughtermen travelling more than 17,000km to work in Iceland each year.

Failure of 'cold chain' behind vaccine failure

The failure of some scabby mouth vaccines in the South could be due to 'cold chain' failure during transportation of the vaccine, Clutha Vets veterinarian John Smart says.

Search on for best young herdsperson

Search on for best young herdsperson

The annual Southern Rural Life Young Herdsperson of the Year is under way again.

Knowledge and networks shared

Knowledge and networks shared

Farmers, agribusiness staff, scientists and researchers left Alexandra earlier this month with far larger networks and knowledge in grassland farming after participating in the 2014 New Zealand Grasslands Association conference.

Twin success story outlined at Willowbank field day

Twin success story   outlined at Willowbank field day

Dry weather and rabbits can do crazy things to a man - just ask Gordon Lucas.

Drenching, thistles hot topics at field day

Drenching, thistles hot topics at field day

About 60 sheep and beef farmers from Southland and Otago gathered at Alvin and Bev Catto's property at Crookston for the second of the Beef and Lamb New Zealand farming for profit field days last week.

Achievers in region honoured

Achievers in region honoured

The Central South Island region was recognised for its excellence in grassland farming at the Grasslands award evening earlier this month.

Awards evening getting `make-over'

The 33rd annual national velvet awards are undergoing a change in format.

Service for former sawmill workers exposed to PCP

Nearly 700 former sawmill workers have been enrolled in the Ministry of Health's Special Support Service for Former Sawmill Workers Exposed to PCP.

More to farming than gumboots

More to farming than gumboots

A Teacher's Day Out was held in Otago last week, organised by New Zealand Young Farmers' Get Ahead programme.

Farmer to pay $150,000

Farmer to pay $150,000

A Southland farmer must pay more than $150,000 in fines and reparation after health and safety failings resulted in the death of a 51-year-old employee last year.

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