Farming News

Brainstorming conference expected

Brainstorming conference expected

The possible reintroduction of an industry levy and ''the way forward'' for profitability and sustainability for the goat industry will be the focus of the inaugural New Zealand Goats (NZGoats) conference in Queenstown next month.

Club pays tribute to trio's work at museum

Club pays tribute to trio's work at museum

The West Otago Vintage Club paid tribute to several of its older and longer-serving volunteers recently, during its Christmas function, held in February.

Chance to chew over goat farming

Chance to chew over goat farming

Boer goat farmer and breeder Owen Booth is hosting a field day on his Enfield property near Oamaru this Saturday. Milk, meat and fibre goat farmers and those interested in farming goats are invited to attend.

Rise in poor water quality at bores

Almost a third of Southland's groundwater bore samples failed to meet national drinking standards last year, Environment Southland (ES) report cards revealed last month.

Marijuana growers causing 'level of fear'

Marijuana growers causing 'level of fear'

Many people in rural areas are ''living in fear'' of drug growers and dealers taking advantage of isolated conditions, Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) executive officer Noeline Holt says.

Farm forestry still going strong

The South Otago Farm Forestry Association celebrates its 50th birthday next month.

Small, seasonal and successful stark contrast to US dairying

Small, seasonal and successful stark contrast to US dairying

Almost 10 years ago, I stepped foot on the first dairy farm I had ever worked on and it was nearby, in the Southland region.

Edendale Nursery sold to large forestry biotech

Edendale Nursery sold to large forestry biotech

Forestry biotech company ArborGen has expanded its stable of nurseries with the acquisition of Edendale Nursery in Southland.

Making horseshoe among Young Farmers tasks

Making horseshoe among Young Farmers tasks

When Sonja Dobbie entered the North Otago district final of the ANZ Young Farmer Contest, she did not expect to do well.

Busy winter ahead for contestant

Busy winter ahead for contestant

Winter is shaping up to be a memorable season for Glenham farmer Dean Rabbidge.

Promoting importance of shelter

Promoting importance of shelter

Tom Corbett thinks long and hard about cutting down trees on his farm - and it still hurts when he fells one.

But he is also a realist and will sacrifice trees for changes in farming practice and compensate by replanting elsewhere, or by planting a different variety.

Dairying 'growing the community': farmer

Dairying 'growing the community': farmer

May Murphy recalls an incident 30 years ago - she and her husband Robin were driving a friend, also involved in dairying, through Ikawai-Glenavy.

Bay two beat shearing legend to win finals

Bay two beat shearing legend to win finals

Two Hawke's Bay shearers have taken the top spots in the New Zealand championships open final in Te Kuiti.

Boer goat open day to be held at Enfield

Boer goat open day to be held at Enfield

Anybody thinking about running Boer goats on their land is advised to go to Owen Booth's open day at his Enfield farm on Saturday, April 12.

Council chief executive finds visit valuable

Council chief executive finds visit valuable

The man leading the Otago Regional Council walked the talk recently.

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