Farming News

Farmer sells in disgust at $50k rates

Bill Burrill. Photo by NZ Herald

'Horrific" Auckland Council rates of nearly $50,000 a year on land still being grazed by livestock prompted the $37.9 million sale of one of the city's largest land lots.

Pinning down true costs of irrigation

Energy seems to be the unknown cost for farmers irrigating their land.

Waimate Shears judged a success

Waimate Shears judged a success

The 47th annual Waimate Shears were judged a huge success last weekend.

Large Northland farm portfolio for sale

One of Northland's biggest farming portfolios, comprising seven dairy farms and three support blocks, is for sale.

Big names at shearing event

Big names at shearing event

Several of the biggest names in New Zealand shearing were in Waikouaiti on Thursday night for a particularly special speed-shearing event.

Synthetic meat too tricky, costly yet

Synthetic meat too tricky, costly yet

What does the future hold for the primary sector? Southern Rural Life is running a short series of articles about what agriculture and horticulture could look like in the next few years. From Fonterra's state-of-the-art dairy hub in China and a hamburger pattie grown in a laboratory, to farming with drones and converting dairy effluent back to usable water, those working in the primary sector in the next few years could well be dealing with technology and systems not even imagined by their parents.

Bid to put fear into pesky kea

Bid to put fear into pesky kea

High country sheep have been sprayed with a kea repellent in a trial designed to make the sheep-riding parrots feel sick and prevent them from harming stock.

Wool growers urged to cast vote

Wool Levy Group chairwoman Sandra Faulkner had one major purpose in touring the country and holding meetings about the wool levy vote: to put a name to a face.

Scientist on international board

Scientist on international board

Plant and Food Research scientist Jill Stanley, of Clyde, has been elected to the prestigious International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) board of directors and is one of only three New Zealanders to have achieved that honour.

30 years helping district's farmers

30 years helping district's farmers

Graeme Pringle is a familiar face in the Clutha agricultural sector.

Most recently he has been the extension specialist for AgBoard, formerly the Clutha Agricultural Development Board, but before that he spent more than 30 years working with the district's farmers in one way or another.

Clever cherry layout offers gains

Clever cherry layout offers gains

Horticultural scientists in Clyde are developing a new method of growing cherry trees, which may see the yield of high-quality fruit double or even triple.

Rural touch their point of difference

Rural touch their point of difference

Riversdale women Emma Hammond and Kylie Davidson are two ladies on a mission.

Groundwork going in on network conference

Groundwork going in on network conference

Come March 2015, Invercargill with be buzzing with women of the dairy industry as they converge on Southland's main centre for the Dairy Women's Network (DWN) national conference.

DairyNZ consulting officer leaving on OE

DairyNZ consulting officer James Lawn, of Dunedin and based at Invermay, is hoping he will be in England for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and in Brazil for the 2016 Olympics.

Designer goes with Perriam brand

Designer goes with Perriam brand

Central Otago fashion designer Christina Perriam is to rebrand her fashion business and will host a catwalk fashion show, complete with Champagne and high tea, at her family's property, Bendigo Station, in Tarras on October 18.

Pair sowing seeds for future careers

Pair sowing seeds for future careers

North Otago student Hannah McCulloch is looking forward to a career in the arable industry.

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