Farming News

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. 

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.

Young Maori Dairy Farmer for 2014

Young Maori Dairy Farmer for 2014

Young Maniototo sharemilker Wiremu Reid has his sights firmly set on farm ownership.

Hard work, taking some risks led to success

Farming has been a great career choice for sheep and beef farmers Nelson and Fiona Hancox, of Tapanui.

Value of NZ's primary exports double by 2025

Value of NZ's primary exports double by 2025

The value of New Zealand's primary sector exports is predicted to double, on average, by 2025, with a further 33,000 jobs (to 403,000) generated in the sector by then.

Demanding standards result in 'beautiful meat'

Sheep and beef farmers Clayton and Lyn Chittock have recently returned from a two-week trip to Japan where they saw the ultimate destination of their beef, once it left New Zealand.

Levy about 'putting heat' into industry

The proposed levy referendum is about ''putting heat back into the industry'', Wool Levy Group chairwoman Sandra Faulkner says.

Side aims to help farmers work smarter

There is no difficulty in making farmers work smarter, says the South Island Dairy Event (Side) organising committee chairman Paul Marshall.

Horse breeders follow their noses

Breeding standard bred trotting and pacing horses is a far cry from building houses and selling real estate for former Dunedin businessman Tom Richardson.

Future to include shorter trees and robots

Rain covers, dwarf root stock, driverless tractors, drones and UFOs are the way forward for New Zealand's fruit growers in the next 10 to 15 years, Michigan State University's horticultural professor, Dr Greg Lang says.

Blunt force law change met with enthusiasm

New animal welfare laws for dairy cattle brought in last Friday will mean farmers will no longer be able to kill calves using blunt force to the head.

$6000 crops up for fundraising effort

It was a competition that brought out the best swedes, kale and a number of other winter crops from across the Maniototo.

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