Farming News

Determined to prove worth of South

Determined to prove worth of South

Next year will be the 25th anniversary of the New Zealand Sharemilker of the Year competition. Southern Rural Life catches up with the first Southland and Otago regional winners. In this article, 1992 winner Tony Mcdonnell reflects on the competition.

Local body election results encouraging

Local body election results encouraging

Although local body elections brought few changes to council in Otago and Southland councils there are reasons to be upbeat, Federated Farmers' provincial presidents say.

Lots of changes in industry, but basic principles remain the same

Lots of changes in industry, but basic principles remain the same

Winning the first and second Southland regional Sharemilker of the Year competitions and coming second by half a point in the national competition was memorable and disappointing for Karen Bellew and Stephen Malone.

Orchard work new string to bow

Orchard work new string to bow

Since moving to Timaru, dairy farmer Stephen Malone has discovered a new passion, an orchard.

Planning for Year of Family Farming starts

Planning for New Zealand's recognition of the 2014 United Nations International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) is under way and many industry groups are involved.

Red meat market in Asia still needs work

Red meat market in Asia still needs work

Although New Zealand's red meat industry has made good inroads into the Asian market there is still work to be done, Blair and Jane Smith say.

Young switches focus

Young switches focus

Meat Industry Excellence's chairman has stepped down and is campaigning for a seat on the board of Silver Fern Farms (SFF).

Tarras Water weighs options

Tarras Water Ltd is still afloat, even if the company's hopes for a dry shareholder have been sunk, director Peter Jolly says.

Consulting despite referendum delay

Consulting despite referendum delay

The levy payer referendum, which asks farmers to vote on Beef and Lamb New Zealand's (BLNZ) proposed establishment of a new entity, Beef and Lamb Genetics, has been delayed until possibly early next year, following a government request for more information about the proposal.

PSA chemical approved

PSA chemical approved

A new antibiotic to control the kiwifruit vine disease, Psa has been approved by the Environmental Protection Authority.

Avocado export market strong

Avocado export market strong

The first of this season's New Zealand avocados have started hitting the supermarket shelves in Japan in a buoyant start to export sales and opening prices in Australia are at their best.

Story of irrigation told in book

Story of irrigation told in book

The shift from state to community ownership of the Maniototo irrigation scheme amounted to an ''extraordinary and unexpected gift'' to the farming community, local farmer and irrigation veteran Geoff Crutchley says.

Southland's deer farmer confidence bleeding out

Southland deer farmers fear for the future of the industry in their area and believe that large numbers of deer and deer farmers will ''continue to bleed'' in the lower South, unless action is taken to improve farmer confidence.

$72 million upgrade to meet mozzarella demand

Fonterra is spending $72 million at its Clandeboye mozzarella plant to cater for a growing food service business.

Wool classer awarded merino service trophy

Wool classer awarded merino service trophy

Colin Wallace believes the merino wool industry is special.

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