Farming News

Public flocks to national alpaca open day

Public flocks to national alpaca open day

Alpaca farmers and stud breeders nationwide opened their properties to the public to showcase their animals and encourage people to learn more about them, as part of the national alpaca day on Sunday.

Breed event in Otago

More than 60 registrations from throughout New Zealand have been received for Perendale New Zealand's national conference in Otago this week.

Passionate about the Perendale

Passionate about the Perendale

Ask Duncan Smith why he has stuck with the Perendale breed and the answer is succinct.

Korea, NZ team up on velvet

New Zealand's deer industry intends working with Korean deer farmers to increase demand for New Zealand velvet in South Korea, its largest market.

An affinity for the rural sector

An affinity for the rural sector

When David Paterson started work as a rural valuer more than 30 years ago, things were very different.

Focus theme is reducing nitrate loss

Ways of reducing nitrate leaching will be discussed at the Lincoln University dairy farm next week. '

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.

Cottage rebuilt from ground up

Cottage rebuilt from ground up

A slice of Canterbury heritage has been restored with the reopening of Hororata's Cotons' Cottage last month.

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.

Final shearing contest draws top field

Final shearing contest draws top field

As the shearing sports competition season in this country ends, attention is shifting to the northern hemisphere and competitions on the world stage.

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).

Highland Show puts on great day in the sun

Highland Show puts on great day in the sun

The sun shone and people came out in their hundreds to enjoy Easter Monday at the 116th Mackenzie A&P Highland Show in Fairlie.

Young farmer turns up heat for grand final

Young farmer turns up heat for grand final

He did not expect to come out on top but Hinds young farmer James Davidson (25) is this year's Aorangi challenger aiming to be New Zealand's top young farmer.

Ireland-bound in bid for world title

Ireland-bound in bid for world title

It has been a while since Tony Dobbs competed on the world stage but the Fairlie blade shearer is determined he will once again be a force to reckon with.

Course to enhance food safety

Course to enhance food safety

Food safety is becoming increasingly important to New Zealand's agricultural export sector.

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