Farming News

Vet believes NZ sheep farmers deserve recognition for gains

Vet believes NZ sheep farmers deserve recognition for gains

South Otago vet John Smart reckons New Zealand sheep farmers have not had enough recognition for improvements made over the years.

Sheep production vet's main interest

Sheep production vet's main interest

When people ask vet Dave Robertson what he does in his job, his usual reply is that he ''scans cows and talks about sheep''.

Fitness, fun and friendship on the trail

Fitness, fun and friendship on the trail

When Jan Appleby hits the pedals on the Otago Central Rail Trail later this month, it will have special significance.

Farmers praised for role in helping stilt

High-country farmers have been praised for contributing to a record-breaking season for the endangered kaki (black stilt).

Returning business manager sees transformation in Southland

Returning business manager sees transformation in Southland

David Backhurst has seen a lot of changes in Southland since first moving there in the early 1990s and then spending a decade away from the province.

Swede sales grow to full-blown business

Swede sales grow to full-blown business

It all started with a swede.

Clinton manager to represent Otago

Clinton manager to represent Otago

Clinton herd manager Ben Sanders will be Otago's sole representative at the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards in Wellington next month.

Adveco sees 'huge potential' in China

Adveco sees 'huge potential' in China

A shipment of fertiliser manufactured in Mosgiel from raw materials mined in Otago and recently dispatched to China has been hailed as having ''huge potential'' for future export opportunities.

Foray into farming stories for children proves fruitful

Foray into farming stories for children proves fruitful

When Lee Lamb could not find books about farming to read to her young son, she decided to do something about it.

Ballance farm award finalists chosen

Ballance farm award finalists chosen

The finalists have been selected for the Otago Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

German chefs on the venison trail

German chefs on the venison trail

A group of German chefs and food and wine writers recently visited farms in Otago to see how deer are farmed.

NZ seen as agribusiness 'beacon'

NZ seen as agribusiness 'beacon'

Damien McLoughlin has a simple message for New Zealand's agricultural sector - it needs a pat on the back.

Simple methods fine for family

Robert Butson's farming philosophy has always been to keep it simple.

Finding love in the outback and a home in NZ

Finding love in the outback and a home in NZ

Suffering a car breakdown in Australia's Northern Territory proved to be a stroke of luck for Regina Bernbeck.

Update given on marketing fine wool

Update given on marketing fine wool

The fine-wool industry has to continually lift its game as it faces increasing competition, New Zealand Merino Company chief executive John Brakenridge says.

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