Farming News

Aim to raise sheep, beef farming profit

Aim to raise sheep, beef farming profit

Graham Alder wants to help improve the profitability of sheep and beef farming.

Contractors seek access to skilled seasonal staff

A boost to New Zealand's seasonal workforce is great for the horticulture industry, Rural Contractors New Zealand says.

Crop farmer reckons water plan a threat

A claim that cropping farmers were in trouble and were being unfairly treated under a plan developed to improve water quality and quantity in the Ashburton District has been levelled at the committee responsible for the plan.

NZ Pork leads way with biosecurity agreement

NZ Pork has become the first animal-based industry to enter into a Government Industry Agreement.

Deal 'like apartheid'

Deal 'like apartheid'

Not everyone is happy with the agreement on nitrogen levels celebrated on the front page of the previous Courier Country.

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.

Migrant accommodation concerns

The New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils is concerned changes to minimum accommodation standards for farm workers could affect many migrant workers in the industry across New Zealand.

Residents voting on water scheme's future

Residents on the small rural water supply at Winchmore near Ashburton are voting on the future of the scheme.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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