Farming News

Station genetics manager sad to leave

After seven years, Mt Linton Station genetics manager Hamish Bielski is walking off the farm feeling he has achieved his goal of breeding low-input, high-output sheep.

Ewe Hogget winners rapt with award

Northen Southland farm owners Bevan and Wendy Hopcroft were ''rapt'' to receive the Overall Award at the West Otago Southland Ewe Hogget Competition.

Station genetics manager sad to leave, happy with progress

Station genetics manager sad to leave, happy with progress

After seven years, Mt Linton Station genetics manager Hamish Bielski is walking off the farm feeling he has achieved his goal of breeding low-input, high-output sheep.

Rural broadband initiative milestone

The sight of Netta Wilton sitting in the middle of a paddock with a laptop would probably seem odd to passersby, but it was a common scene last year.

Gunn family firm in the Valley

Gunn family firm in the Valley

The United Nations has declared 2014 the International Year of Family Farming. Under the banner ''feeding the world, caring for the earth'' it wants to celebrate the many ways farming families contribute to communities and the economy. While New Zealand farming families do not face the same challenges as those who farm in underdeveloped or oppressive regimes, some concerns are shared by all farmers. This year is an opportunity to celebrate New Zealand farming and our ''No 8 wire'' style. This week Yvonne O'Hara talks to the Gunn family, of Roxburgh.

Road safety outside rural schools pushed

Associate Transport Minister Michael Woodhouse has welcomed the publication of a new guide aimed at improving road safety around rural schools.

Levy's future to be put to the vote

The Herbage Seedgrowers' Subsection of Federated Farmers is organising a referendum to determine whether it continues to collect a levy on all ''Commons'' and uncertified herbage seed from growers.

Farm forestry couple's passion

Farm forestry couple's passion

East Otago couple John and Heather Prebble have had a long-standing interest in farm forestry.

Award honours key figure in Waitaki irrigation

Award honours key figure in Waitaki irrigation

When Grant McFadden drives through rural North Otago, he is amazed at what irrigation has done for the district.

Second award to couple

Kaiwera farmers Andrew and Heather Tripp have won the supreme title in the Southland Ballance farm awards for the second time.

Callers set to have a quack at it

Callers set to have a quack at it

If North Otago's duck callers are any good, feathered fodder will be waddling along to an Oamaru inn.

Nearly 50 years of ruling the roost

Nearly 50 years of ruling the roost

Brian Glassey doesn't really know how many birds he has on his property just out of Ashburton, but he estimates the number is about 400.

New water plan rules take effect from May

The much-vaunted new Otago Water Plan rules are about to take effect.

O'Neills lock into dairy

The winners of the Canterbury/North Otago New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards were announced on March 4. This week David Hill talks to sharemilker/equity farmer award winners Kevin and Sara O'Neill.

Dairy farmers vote on levy next month

Dairy farmers have only until the end of next month to have their say on whether they want to continue to pay a levy to fund activities to benefit the industry.

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