Farming News

Wool farmers urged to cast vote in levy poll

Wool farmers urged to cast vote in levy poll

The new Southern Rural Support Trust (SRST) chairman is taking the new role in his stride.

Action a plenty at Merino Shears

Action a plenty at Merino Shears

One of the most prestigious shearing events in the country marks its 53rd year in Alexandra next month and organising committee publicity officer Mervyn Kinaston promises some nail-biting excitement.

Staff encouraged to study

Staff encouraged to study

Growing intelligence is a vital part of expanding the fruit export market, McIntosh Orchard owner Wayne McIntosh, of Earnscleugh, says.

'Shear For Life'' fundraiser

'Shear For Life'' fundraiser

Two farmers hope to raise $24,000 for the Cancer Society by shearing sheep during a 24-hour ''Shear for Life'' marathon in Tarras in February.

No definitive cow death-swede link

No definitive cow death-swede link

There have been a couple of reports in South Otago. There is nothing to say it won't be in Otago.

New young voice for the South

New young voice for the South

Teviot Valley farm manager and fodder beet contractor Chris Pemberton is the new New Zealand Young Farmers Otago Southland provincial chairman.

Coat business born of crisis

Coat business born of crisis

For Glenham farmer Ann-Maree Robinson, the big snow of 2010 was life-changing.

Telford offers chance to pass on knowledge

Telford offers chance to pass on knowledge

Having worked in the dairy industries in both Africa and New Zealand, Justin Pigou says they are like ''chalk and cheese''.

Passion for dairy drives manager

Passion for dairy drives manager

When it comes to succeeding in the dairy industry, Maigan Jenkins believes passion is needed. 

Getting into the heads of consumers

Getting into the heads of consumers

Getting closer to consumers in very different cultures has become increasingly important for Silver Fern Farms.

Glad he joined Young Farmers

Glad he joined Young Farmers

When Cantabrian Andy Wells (28) moved south to farm near Clinton, he thought joining Young Farmers might be a good way to meet people.

Pomahaka catchment plan to manage water quality

Pomahaka catchment plan to manage water quality

Janet Gregory is passionate about both farming and the environment; a firm believer the two go ''hand-in-hand''.

Could robots replace the trusty sheepdog?

Could robots replace the trusty sheepdog?

European academics have released a study outlining an algorithm they discovered for herding sheep, but New Zealand farmers reckon the trusty sheepdog will be a fixture of farm life for while yet.

Chanelle creates rural women's chat site

Chanelle creates rural women's chat site

A Canterbury woman behind a social media site helping nearly 3200 rural women adjust to life in the country, knows what it is like to be a city girl in a rural environment.

One-stop irrigation know-how shop

One-stop irrigation know-how shop

A pilot project on 14 farms in Canterbury and North Otago has shown there is considerable scope to improve the efficiency of energy used in on-farm irrigation systems.

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