Farming News

Dairy plant work up to schedule

Dairy plant work up to schedule

The pace is expected to quicken from the new year on construction of a $214 million dairy plant at Glenavy when installation of processing machinery and plant starts.

Region's farmers welcome Christmas rain

Region's farmers welcome Christmas rain

While rain might have dampened some people's Christmas spirits, it has had the opposite effect on Otago's farmers.

Farmer confidence up; still gulf: survey

New Zealand farmer confidence has continued to edge higher, but the gulf between dairy farmers and sheep and beef farmers in terms of self-assessed viability continues, the latest Rabobank rural confidence survey shows.

NZ velvet highly rated by Chinese

NZ velvet highly rated by Chinese

Deer velvet - still fuzzy and fresh from being cut - is spread on the table for judging at the New Zealand Velvet and Trophy Antler Competition at Invercargill's Ascot Park Hotel.

Venture Southland considers oat push

Venture Southland considers oat push

Economic development organisation Venture Southland hopes to know soon whether it has been able to attract external funding for an ambitious project to develop a high-value oat production and food processing industry in the province.

Country inspires musical output

Country inspires musical output

Craig Adams has always loved music.

Rural drivers to be targeted

Rural drivers to be targeted

Canterbury police will be paying particular attention to drivers in rural areas over the summer in a bid to prevent road deaths.

A&P show president giving up reins after three years

A&P show president giving up reins after three years

Duvauchelle A&P Show president Mike Tapley is looking forward to next month's centennial show, after three years in the role.

Feed management needed after spring

North Canterbury farmers say they are experiencing ''an average season'', despite a challenging spring.

Isolation of women key issue for new Rural Women deputy

A desire to prevent the isolation of women living in rural areas is just one of the driving forces for Rural Women New Zealand's new vice-president.

View on wintering deer bucks opinion

View on wintering deer bucks opinion

There were some who would say it was not profitable to winter deer in the high country, but Ross Stevens, of Whiterock Station, disagrees.

Chemicals tax to curb usage

Chemicals tax to curb usage

Pesticide resistance in Danish arable crops may increase following the introduction of a new tax system aimed at reducing the use of harmful products according to a Danish scientist.

Canterbury family wins high praise from judges

A Canterbury high country family farming enterprise contesting the Lincoln University Foundation South Island Farmer of the Year has been praised for its vision and entrepreneurship.

Pest plant black-grass surveillance continues

Although there has been no sign of the invasive pest plant black-grass in Mid Canterbury, surveillance will continue.

Options on table after red weaners don't sell

Options on table after red weaners don't sell

An unforeseen lack of demand for red weaners last autumn means a high country farming couple will weigh up their options for future deer management policies.

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