Farming News

Nightcaps publicans call time at pub Saying goodbye . .

Nightcaps publicans call time at pub Saying goodbye . .

On November 18, 1996 John and Annette Blackler stepped into the hospitality industry as publicans in the small town of Nightcaps in Western Southland.

Use of technology gave the edge

Use of technology gave the edge

Barry and Julie Crawford are not your ordinary sheep farmers.

Alpaca exports excite

New Zealand has a name for agricultural excellence and they know we have the pedigree records and we can go back several generations to verify stock Kit JohnsonLive alpaca exports to China hold huge potential for New Zealand breeders, including those in Otago and Southland, Silverstream Alpaca Stud owner Kit Johnson, of Kaiapoi, says.

Dairy prices stabilising

Dairy prices stabilising

International dairy prices showed signs of stabilising at this morning's GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) auction, with the GDT price index easing by just 0.3 per cent from the last sale in mid October.

Uruguay link still strong

Uruguay link still strong

Back in the 1960s, a young Enrique Larraechea, from Uruguay, visited the Robertson family in West Otago and bought a Romney ram.

Auction live stream gains good response

Auction live stream gains good response

Farmers have an opportunity to watch their wool being sold at the South Island wool sale in Christchurch - without having to leave home.

Maintaining skilled workforce key issue

Maintaining skilled workforce key issue

People are the ''real key challenge'' for the dairy industry in South Canterbury, DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle says.

$5.3 billion exports of meat scrutinised

$5.3 billion exports of meat scrutinised

New Zealand's meat exports earned a record $5.3 billion in 2013-14, thanks to high average values.

A North Canterbury-bred alpaca made history earlier this month

A North Canterbury-bred alpaca made history earlier this month

Stoneleigh Valentino, a 5-year-old white male huacaya alpaca bred by Chris and Liz Strack, of Ohoka, near Rangiora, was named supreme champion huacaya alpaca at the National Alpaca Expo at Christchurch earlier this month.

Research budget up to $18 million for year

Research and development is a top priority for DairyNZ in the coming year, chief executive Tim Mackle says.

Studholme applies to expand plant

Studholme applies to expand plant

Fonterra's milk factory in Studholme, near Waimate, is likely to get a big boost.

Ellesmere celebrates heritage and produce

Ellesmere celebrates heritage and produce

The Ellesmere A&P Show celebrated everything the district has to offer from the ''Paddock to Plate'' and beyond on Saturday, October 18. 

Markets need tailored approaches

Markets need tailored approaches

Ranfurly farmer Dawn Sangster is a woman of many trades and talents, one being an elected member of the Beef and Lamb New Zealand (BLNZ) Central South Island farmer council, the other as an Alliance Group director and in what time she has left, a farmer in the Maniototo.

Proposed ripening device world first

Proposed ripening device world first

New Zealand scientists are studying the use of a remotely-activated device to start the process of ripening in packaged fruit and vegetables. YVONNE O'HARA reports.

Call to fund study of rural suicide

Call to fund study of rural suicide

More research needs to be done on the reasons behind New Zealand's farmer suicide rate, both for men and women, New Zealand Federated Farmers' (NZFF) health and safety spokeswoman Katie Milne says. In a recent press release she said statistics showed 169 farmers had committed suicide since 2007-08.

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