Farming News

Drought pushes up Australian meat exports

Australian lamb and mutton exports surged last month, with lamb increasing 45% year-on-year to 15,200 tonnes and mutton up 79% on the previous January to 12,800 tonnes.

'Wiggy' working to better his skills

'Wiggy' working to better his skills

Meet Wiggy from Wales.

Paul ''Wiggy'' Davies has been in North Otago working for shearing contractor Owen Rowland, having met Mr Rowland when he was over shearing in Wales.

Prices mostly improve at Christchurch wool sale

Prices strengthened across most micron categories while poorer colour fleece, which had been struggling in recent weeks, met with good competition at the wool sale in Christchurch last week.

Loyalty key to 50 years as an agent

Loyalty key to 50 years as an agent

When Robin Gamble turned up to work at National Mortgage as a fresh-faced school-leaver, little did he know he would still be in the stock and station industry 50 years later.

Workshop on biofarming

Workshop on biofarming

Joel Salatin, described as an American biological farming guru, is running a two-day workshop in Wanaka at the end of the month.

'Passionate' breeders hang in

'Passionate' breeders hang in

Ram breeders who have stuck with the sheep industry are the ones who are ''pretty passionate about it'', Min Bain believes.

Farmers willing to work in new environment

Farmers willing to work in new environment

Third-generation Southland dairy farmer Gerald Spain acknowledges farmers in the region are highly regulated ''whether rightly or wrongly''.

Allow your goals to alter, dairying couple advise

Allow your goals to alter, dairying couple advise

Ask Greg Kirkwood what he loves about the dairy industry and he says: ''You don't know where you're going to end up.''

Opportunities for farming women

Opportunities for farming women

Dawn Sangster is an advocate for rural women developing their leadership skills.

'Deepening pessimism' on sheep, beef farms

'Deepening pessimism' on sheep, beef farms

A long spell of dry weather and the high dollar are causing "a deepening pessimism" to spread among sheep and beef farmers around the country.

ORC split on water accord

A decision about whether or not to sign up to the dairy sector's new water accord has divided Otago regional councillors.

Winton's dairy vet woman of year finalist

Winton's dairy vet woman of year finalist

Winton dairy veterinarian and mastitis consultant Kath Taylor is among six finalists in the 2013 Dairy Women of the Year Award.

Dancers for Farmarama

Dancers for Farmarama

Tractors, motorbikes, farm machinery and dancing girls will all be on display at the Southfuels Farmarama at Lawrence on February 7 and 8.

Interest in coloured sheep

Interest in coloured sheep

Clarendon breeder pays top price for ram, wins fleece awardsIT has been a good couple of weeks for Kate McLachlan's black and coloured sheep stud.

Cats seen as major threat

Stray, feral and domesticated cats are a major threat to many endangered species and more work needs to be done by ''everyone'' to protect biodiversity, New Zealand Veterinary Association spokeswoman Dr Catherine Watson says.

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