Farming News

Sowing seed of excellence

New Zealand's world-beating seed-certification system is one of the reasons the country is producing most of the world's carrot and radish seeds.

Humble potato one to watch

Humble potato one to watch

The news is all good for potatoes.

Accolades for Hough in final season

Accolades for Hough in final season

The travelling road show dubbed the ''last stand'' is having a ball, with many youngsters coming forward to shake the hand of the master - master shearer John Hough, that is.

Last Stand a fun farewell

Last Stand a fun farewell

They're called simply The Last Stand.

Standout season for rodeo rookie

Standout season for rodeo rookie

Omarama shepherd Katey Hill has had a stellar rodeo season with her young quarter-horse Boots and is leading the national Rookie of the Year title in barrel racing.

A dog's life focus for photographer

A dog's life focus for photographer

Andrew Fladeboe describes working dogs as the ''most noble of creatures''.

Scientist keen to work with big Google project

Scientist keen to work with big Google project

An Alexandra climate scientist has applied for funding to work with Google engineers to make scientific use of data collected using large balloons that will float in the stratosphere.

Young herdsperson wins three times on the trot

Young herdsperson wins three times on the trot

Samantha Hall (14), of Stirling, has won the Southern Rural Life Young Herdsperson of the Year for the third year in a row.

Competition excitement growing

Competition excitement growing

Preliminary judging has been completed and the finalists in this year's New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards Southland/Otago region have been announced.

Silver Fern Farms puts its best cut forward

Silver Fern Farms puts its best cut forward

Silver Fern Farms' (SFF) new premium beef product was shown to about 120 suppliers at a premier selection beef producers' day at the Silver Fern Farms' Finegand works near Balclutha recently.

Chamberlain bought to participate in treks

Chamberlain bought to participate in treks

I bought my 9G Chamberlain about 13 years ago so I could take part in tractor treks and also use it for farm chores on my Geraldine farm property.

Brown fat on lambs crucial for surviving

Brown fat on lambs crucial for surviving

Not all fats are created equal, and work by AgResearch is looking into how this knowledge can help reduce lamb deaths.

Farmers want sensible controls for drone use

Farmers want sensible controls for drone use

The use of drones as an agricultural tool is likely to become more popular in the future but Federated Farmers (FFNZ) is concerned there is the potential for misuse around privacy and security.

Queen honeybees with VSH trait aid in varroa control

Queen honeybees with VSH trait aid in varroa control

Queen honeybees with a spring-cleaning genetic trait are being used as a tool to control varroa mite rather than using miticides.

Cherries beat dairying, grapes

Cherries beat dairying, grapes

The numbers have been crunched and dairying does not add up.

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