Farming News

Call to help farmer neighbours

Call to help farmer neighbours

Mid Canterbury arable farmers have been asked to help out their neighbours struggling to beat incessant wet weather and harvest valuable small-seed crops.

Last Stand tour 'lot of laughs'

Last Stand tour 'lot of laughs'

The yarns are bound to grow much longer in the telling but the Last Stand tour is officially over.

Far awarded almost $2m for research

Four projects, which will address issues of nitrogen leaching, dairy grazing on cropping farms, Argentine stem weevil and slugs, are to be funded from the Ministry for Primary Industry's 2014 Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF).

Beefy questions at station field day

Beefy questions at station field day

The importance of the beef cow was discussed by about 200 farmers at a field day at Mendip Hills Station recently.

Barn system 'definitely not for the faint-hearted'

Barn system 'definitely not for the faint-hearted'

While the conversion of a dryland sheep farm into a dairy farm where cows are housed in barns has been an amazing journey, owner Willy Leferink readily admits the change is not a silver bullet for the industry.

School's farm proving a drawcard

School's farm proving a drawcard

Waitaki Boys' High School's farm has been transformed in the past two years. It has gone from eyesore to asset, once again helping to attract boarders to the historic institution.

Youngsters show their abilities

Youngsters show their abilities

Hinds junior farmers look to be more than capable of filling the gumboots of their older counterparts.

New course in deer management

A course in how to manage and handle deer could be rolled out in South Canterbury in the spring.

$10m upgrade to met animal feed demand

$10m upgrade to met animal feed demand

In a bid to meet the demand for supplementary animal feed at peak times, Seales Winslow is to spend $10 million upgrading its manufacturing facilities, including those at Winslow, near Ashburton.

TeenAg regional success

TeenAg regional success

St Kevin's College pupils Holly Malcolm and Ella Sanderson emerged the victors in the Aorangi regional final of the TeenAg contest held in Fairlie last week.

Onwards and upwards for millers

Onwards and upwards for millers

When Griffins Foods signed a contract to source flour from South Canterbury-based Farmers Mill, it was a leap of faith in a group of arable farmers.

Elite calf in the fast lane

Elite calf in the fast lane

When it came to naming a Jersey bull calf born the same year as the Olympic Games were on, there was one obvious choice for Peter Allison.

Faster scanner at Invermay

Faster scanner at Invermay

A new CT scanner at Invermay will provide South Island sheep and deer farmers with faster and more accurate carcass measurements.

Lamb prices push up export values, despite drop in numbers

Lower lamb numbers during the first half of the meat export season have been offset by an increase in average value, which has seen the total value of exports rise by 11%.

Stewardship key for award winners

Stewardship key for award winners

Kaiwera farmers Andrew and Heather Tripp consider themselves ''stewards of the land'' and ensure everything they do has sustainability in mind.

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