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US distributors rate NZ brand highly

US distributors rate NZ brand highly

Silver Fern Farms' (SFF) United States distribution partner Marx Foods chief executive Justin Marx, of Seattle, Washington, on the United States West Coast, will speak at a premier selection beef day for suppliers at the Finegand meat works near Balclutha tomorrow.

Mentor initiative gains limited traction

An initiative to provide rural business support has drawn little response in Otago and Southland, but there are plans to reach out to farming leaders who could provide assistance as rural mentors.

Dairy industry warned to look beyond the boom

Dairy industry warned to look beyond the boom

The New Zealand dairy industry is expecting a ''boom'' this year, and while the country's dairy income and production could be record-setting, DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle cautions farmers about being tempted to loosen their belts.

$150 top price at Oamaru ewe fair

$150 top price at Oamaru ewe fair

PGG Wrightson North Otago livestock manager Mark Yeates (right) takes a bid during the Oamaru ewe fair yesterday, watched by Kelvin Wilson.

Niche dog food that's delivered

Niche dog food that's delivered

Mighty Mix dog food has come a long way from being whipped up in a high-country kitchen.

Young Farmers post 'best job in the world'

Young Farmers post 'best job in the world'

Biddy Huddleston's job is all about putting Young Farmers ''out there''.

100 colourful years being marked by collie club

100 colourful years being marked by collie club

Central Otago's Lowburn Collie Dog Club marks a major milestone this week with the holding of its centennial trials on Friday and Saturday.

Top ram's DNA revived 30 years on

Top ram's DNA revived 30 years on

Thirty years after his birth, two offspring of a Romney ram, owned by Otago stud breeder David Robertson, will go through the sale ring in Gore tomorrow.

Learning from judging competitions

Learning from judging competitions

Robert Gregory might be a relative newcomer to stock-judging competitions but he has quickly made a name for himself.

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.

Country inspires musical output

Country inspires musical output

Craig Adams has always loved music.

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.

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