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Bill after Lauder calf sale photos

Bill after Lauder calf sale photos

If you were involved with the Lauder calf sales in 1966 and 1967, or have photos or other information, then Bill Townsend, of Alexandra, wants to hear from you. Mr Townsend is a retired real estate and livestock auctioneer and is researching the sales.

Farmers told to make most of smartphones

Farmers told to make most of smartphones

Dairy farmers took a leap into the technology area as they were introduced to being hands-on with their smartphones at the South Island Dairy Event last week.

Research into grape fungus rewarded

Lincoln University student Jackie Sammonds has won the David Jackson Prize at the Wines of Canterbury David Jackson dinner, which was held last month, for her study into a fungal disease.

National successes for reporter and newspaper

National successes for reporter and newspaper

Southern Rural Life and reporter Yvonne O'Hara were recognised with awards at the New Zealand Community Newspapers' Conference in Wellington at the weekend.

Trust works promoting region

The Clutha Development Trust (CDT) was formed more than 18 months ago with the mandate to enhance and support the district's tourism and primary industries, business and community development and job generation. Southern Rural Life talked to its chairman Rob Hewett, a farmer from Manuka Gorge, and its chief executive, Linda Moore, about the trust's achievements to date.

US mega-dairying not good fit for NZ

US mega-dairying not good fit for NZ

The mega-dairying concept is not likely to take off in New Zealand, says DairyNZ general manager David McCall. Reporter Nicole Sharp caught up with Mr McCall at the South Island Dairy Event last week to talk about his recent trip to the US.

Dairy recovery anticipated – by Christmas

Dairy recovery anticipated – by Christmas

Dairy commodity prices are predicted to stay in a trough period for another three to six months.

Focus on consumers behind Pasture to Plate success

Focus on consumers behind Pasture to Plate success

King Country farmer William Oliver's belief in the consumer stemmed from his time studying at the University of Otago.

On the right path, award finalist says

On the right path, award finalist says

Maniototo farmer David Crutchley is a finalist in the inaugural Green Agriculture Innovation Awards.

University farm out to cut nitrogen loss

Lincoln University Dairy Farm (LUDF) will review the recently completed season while seeking to improve its environmental footprint, at its winter focus days over the next few weeks. 

Legal issues thought-provoking

''The law is an ass,'' declared a member of the audience at the Rural Women New Zealand midwinter seminar in Fairlie.

Disease warning for NZ

Disease warning for NZ

A North Otago vet has returned from Nepal with a message for every Kiwi about foot-and-mouth disease. Sally Brooker reports. 

Optimistic over farming sector's future

Optimistic over farming sector's future

Federated Farmers national president Bruce Wills stands down next month after three years in the role. He talks to agribusiness reporter Sally Rae about his tenure and his optimism for the agricultural industry's future.

Planting trees and eating healthily

Planting trees and eating healthily

It reads a little like something out of a Mills and Boon romance novel.

Harriet takes on shepherds challenge

Harriet takes on shepherds challenge

Harriet Gardner admits she might not be the ''fastest in the world'' at it - but she can shear a sheep.

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