Farming News

Critical point to influence future of meat

New Zealand's sheep and beef industry is at a ''critical juncture'', a leader says. 

Sarah's Angus first Supreme Champion cow

Sarah's Angus first Supreme Champion cow

Sarah O'Connell is a young farmer going places.

African goats more popular

African goats more popular

Goats have become an increasingly popular attraction at A&P shows throughout the country and it was no different at the Amberley Domain on November 1.

Study to address falling dairy cow fertility levels

A worldwide drop in dairy cow fertility has spurred a New Zealand study.

Profitable harvest of Jersey Bennes

Profitable harvest of Jersey Bennes

North Otago's most famous produce is being harvested for the new season.

Monitor farm participation work worth it

Monitor farm participation work worth it

Being on a monitor farm for the nitrate leaching research project, Grant and Jan Early know there will be additional work ahead but they feel the benefits will be worth it.

Merino genetics focus breeds success

Merino genetics focus breeds success

When Gordon Lucas' parents bought Nine Mile Station, the local land agent commented that it ''wouldn't be a bad stepping stone for the lad''.

Recognised for grasslands skill

Recognised for grasslands skill

Two families have been recognised by the New Zealand Grassland Trust for excellence in grasslands farming.

Lamb born with two heads has died

Lamb born with two heads has died

The little lamb born with two faces in Southland has died after living far longer than was expected.

Alliance posts $17.6m profit

Southland-based meat processor Alliance Group has posted a pre-tax operating profit of $17.6 million for the September year and a $7 million pool payment distribution to its supplier shareholders - the first in three years.

Alpaca exports excite

New Zealand has a name for agricultural excellence and they know we have the pedigree records and we can go back several generations to verify stock Kit JohnsonLive alpaca exports to China hold huge potential for New Zealand breeders, including those in Otago and Southland, Silverstream Alpaca Stud owner Kit Johnson, of Kaiapoi, says.

Rural hotels urged to diversify

Rural hotels urged to diversify

For rural people throughout Southland the local hotel has always been a gathering point. In recent times the doors have been shut on many of these hubs and in other cases put on the market.

Workshops on rural mental health hailed a succes

Workshops on rural mental health hailed a succes

Nearly 100 people have attended six ''Rural Life: Keeping the Balance'' workshops in Otago and Southland since the programme to address rural mental health was launched earlier this year.

Organic dairy focus looks a winner

Organic dairy focus looks a winner

Tuturau dairy farmers Lois and Robin Greer are different from the rest.

Nightcaps publicans call time at pub Saying goodbye . .

Nightcaps publicans call time at pub Saying goodbye . .

On November 18, 1996 John and Annette Blackler stepped into the hospitality industry as publicans in the small town of Nightcaps in Western Southland.

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