Farming News

Westmere Lavender business a personal purple patch

Westmere Lavender business a personal purple patch

Sam Laugesen admits to being an avid animal collector.

Network supportive – finalist

Network supportive – finalist

Andrea Murphy is proud to call New Zealand home.

Ready to take on the male contingent

Ready to take on the male contingent

When Olivia Ross lines up for the Otago-Southland regional final of the ANZ Young Farmer Contest in Queenstown next month, she intends giving it ''120%''.

NZ's best head for antler contest

NZ's best head for antler contest

Some of the country's top velvet and antler heads will be on display at the Elk and Wapiti Society of New Zealand's velvet and antler competition in Wanaka this month.

Pressure on space at meat works

Pressure on space at meat works

Meat processing plants across the region are working overtime to clear a backlog of lambs brought to slaughter because of this summer's dry conditions.

Big dry affects dairy production

Big dry affects dairy production

Dairy production is likely to slow below previous forecasts as parts of Canterbury and Otago dry off and water restrictions kick in, ASB rural economist Nathan Penny says.

Farmers feeling the pinch

Farmers in South Canterbury and North Otago will soon be feeling the pinch of drier-than-normal weather and the situation has is expected to get serious if current conditions persist.

Fonterra says milk production up 4pc

Fonterra says milk production up 4pc

Fonterra's milk production was running 4 per cent higher in the seven months to December 31

Pink is in vogue as the 'girls' forge ahead with family farm

Pink is in vogue as the 'girls' forge ahead with family farm

An inspirational North Otago mother-and-daughter duo who run a busy pig-farming operation are proof that women can do anything.   Sally Rae reports. 

Century of family's effort celebrated with fine fruit

Century of family's effort celebrated with fine fruit

The Webb family recently celebrated 100 years of horticulture on the same property, a part of an iconic Central Otago industry which evokes memories of hot summer days and ripe fruit. Leith Huffadine discussed family history, technology changes, and growing fruit with fourth-generation orchardist Simon Webb.

RWNZ windfall to benefit rural communities

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) sold its home care organisation, Access Homehealth Limited (Access), to Green Cross Health for $18 million last month and intends to use the money to further enhance its charitable and advocacy work in rural communities.

Orchard in family for 100 years

Orchard in family for 100 years

Cromwell orchardists the Webb family have marked a milestone by celebrating 100 years in the fruit industry this month.

Vaccine failure still a mystery

Vaccine supplier MSD Animal Health still does not know why its ''Scabine'' vaccine for scabby mouth in lambs has failed to ''take'' on farms throughout Southland and Otago.

Dairy meeting most water quality targets

It will be important for the dairy companies to provide more support and resources to farmers The dairy industry is taking its commitments to water quality improvement seriously.

NZ's competitive edge needs outlined

NZ's competitive edge needs outlined

More young people choosing agri-science careers and more scientists prepared to work with farmers are needed to maintain New Zealand's competitive edge, Ballance Agri-Nutrients science extension officer Jeff Morton says.

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