Farming News

Concerted bid to repair damaged irrigators

Irrigation New Zealand has joined forces with other specialists to help Canterbury farmers who have storm-damaged irrigators manage without water as the race to complete repairs continues.

Counting the huge cost of lost trees

Canterbury councils and farmers are facing huge bills and losses after last month's storm sent hundreds of hectares of trees crashing to the ground.

Issues facing seed industry analysed

A number of issues are facing New Zealand seed producers over the next 10 years, delegates to the International Herbage Seed Group workshop in Methven have heard.

Dryland techniques can help cropping farmers

Cropping farmers with storm-damaged irrigators may need to adopt dryland farming techniques to maintain production until repairs are complete and water restored, the Foundation for Arable Research (Far) says.

Last month, more than 800 irrigators throughout the region were damaged by strong winds putting pressure on installers to complete repairs ahead of the irrigation season.

Grass-fed Angus cattle to take centre stage

Grass-fed black cattle will be centre of attention for more than 100 visitors to the South Island next week.

Manuka honey export industry under threat

Manuka honey export industry under threat

New Zealand's lucrative manuka honey export industry is under threat from a cheaper Scottish alternative that scientists say boasts even greater medicinal powers.

New boss for Ministry for Primary Industries

New Zealand's High Commissioner to Australia, Martyn Dunne, will take over the top spot at the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Dung beetles hold dairy farm hopes

Dung beetles hold dairy farm hopes

Could dung beetles be the environmental warriors New Zealand dairy farmers have been waiting for?

Farmer ownership imperative

Finding the solutions to implement change in the red meat industry is still the major barrier in reaching the Meat Industry Excellence (MIE) group's goals, chairman Richard Young says.

Prison farm work fodder for future

Prison farm work fodder for future

The entranceway to the 21st century edifice which occupies a 60ha site outside Milton is the last landmark before tarseal gives way to gravel on Narrowdale Rd.

Cow drowns in effluent on hellish road trip

Cow drowns in effluent on hellish road trip

Two South Westland dairy farmers, a stock agent, a trucking company and two of its middle management have been prosecuted over a road trip suffered by 25 cows on the way to the slaughterhouse.

Sustainable, happy staff dairy farm goals

Sustainable, happy staff dairy farm goals

A sustainable business and farming environment as well as happy staff are key goals for Terry and Jacqui Carr's strategy for the Argyll Dairy Farm Partnership.

Rural drink-driving an issue

There is still a long way to go to address the issue of drink driving in rural communities, the acting southern district road policing manager says.

Chance for growers to hear of Wools of NZ developments

Wools of New Zealand is hitting the road.

Smart farms of the future

Smart farms of the future

AgResearch's Information Solutions manager, Greg Peyroux, of Invermay, believes that in the future many farms will be managed by someone in an office on Lambton Quay.

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