Farming News

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.

Meat industry changes still to come

Meat industry changes still to come

The''status quo'' will continue for the coming sheep and beef season, Meat Industry Excellence chairman Richard Young says.

Dairy woman award promotes leadership

Dairy woman award promotes leadership

Nominations open for the 2014 Dairy Woman of the Year award on October 1, Dairy Women's Network and Fonterra say.

Trust law recommendations released

The Law Commission has released its recommendations for the review of trust law, which, if taken on board, could clarify and simplify procedures, make administration more straightforward and reduce the need to go to court.

Beef and Lamb to offer programme to councils

After a pilot last year, Beef and Lamb New Zealand is to offer an Agri-Women's Development Trust programme to farmer councils and those involved in project farms.

Compliance costs hurt

Compliance costs are changing the landscape of the horticulture industry.

Tough year for snow-hit farmers

Tough year for snow-hit farmers

This year has been tough for farmers in the South. First it was too dry, then it was too wet and then it was too white. While a mild July and August alleviated the fears of many, others are still dealing with the snow which hit the hill country of Otago. Reporter Timothy Brown caught up with Milton farmer Paul Corboy to see what effects the snow has left.

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