Last week, just over 100 pupils from St Brigid's School in
Dunedin made the most of a rare opportunity to gain a little
insight into farming life.
Sheep and beef farming, with their supporting industries,
were promoted to secondary school pupils at the recent
Omarama Bark Up so young people will seriously consider it as
a career when they leave school, as Sally Rae reports.
Dunedin biotechnology company AbacusBio has started the
second year of a joint initiative with a Brazilian company to
help improve sheep farming in the South American country.
The gap may be closing across the so-called "rural-urban
divide", results of a recent study show.
Farmers throughout Otago and Southland are looking forward to
spring, but many are watching their pennies as cashflow
Michael and Vicki McElrea, of Gowan Braes Perendale Stud near
Edievale, were thrilled when they won the Perendale section
of the 2009 New Zealand Ewe Hogget Competition.
Global recession has triggered a lack of faith in UK banks
and financial institutions driving wealthy Britons to take
new interest in buying New Zealand farmland.
Silver Fern Farms says it has listened to concerns about its
inaugural Backbone supply contracts last year, and made
changes to simplify them.
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