Farming News

Farmers told to make most of smartphones

Farmers told to make most of smartphones

Dairy farmers took a leap into the technology area as they were introduced to being hands-on with their smartphones at the South Island Dairy Event last week.

Research into grape fungus rewarded

Lincoln University student Jackie Sammonds has won the David Jackson Prize at the Wines of Canterbury David Jackson dinner, which was held last month, for her study into a fungal disease.

Leadership course leaves women 'on a high'

Participants in Rural Women New Zealand's recent ''Growing Southern Leaders'' seminar in Mosgiel left the three-day live-in course ''on a high'', convener Margaret Pittaway, of Cromwell says.

Abundance of new ideas shared

Abundance of new ideas shared

Dairy farmers and industry representatives from across the country had a busy start to their week last week as the South Island Dairy Event returned to Invercargill for the first time in four years.

US mega-dairying not good fit for NZ

US mega-dairying not good fit for NZ

The mega-dairying concept is not likely to take off in New Zealand, says DairyNZ general manager David McCall. Reporter Nicole Sharp caught up with Mr McCall at the South Island Dairy Event last week to talk about his recent trip to the US.

More use of telemedicine likely

Geographic barriers are one of the Southern District Health Board's (SDHB) biggest health blocks and work is under way to ensure rural patients have better access to health services in a timely and efficient way, including the use of telemedicine videolinks between hospitals.

Winning fleece scores 99 out of 100

Winning fleece scores 99 out of 100

Tracy and Andrew Paterson, of Matakanui Station, near Omakau, say their recent success was a team effort.

Santa Gertrudis breed cattle display strong hybrid vigour

Santa Gertrudis breed cattle display strong hybrid vigour

The Santa Gertrudis breed has a place as a terminal sire in the New Zealand beef industry, says stud breeder Anton Gibson.

Dairy recovery anticipated – by Christmas

Dairy recovery anticipated – by Christmas

Dairy commodity prices are predicted to stay in a trough period for another three to six months.

Focus on consumers behind Pasture to Plate success

Focus on consumers behind Pasture to Plate success

King Country farmer William Oliver's belief in the consumer stemmed from his time studying at the University of Otago.

On the right path, award finalist says

On the right path, award finalist says

Maniototo farmer David Crutchley is a finalist in the inaugural Green Agriculture Innovation Awards.

Legal issues thought-provoking

''The law is an ass,'' declared a member of the audience at the Rural Women New Zealand midwinter seminar in Fairlie.

Disease warning for NZ

Disease warning for NZ

A North Otago vet has returned from Nepal with a message for every Kiwi about foot-and-mouth disease. Sally Brooker reports. 

University farm out to cut nitrogen loss

Lincoln University Dairy Farm (LUDF) will review the recently completed season while seeking to improve its environmental footprint, at its winter focus days over the next few weeks. 

Optimistic over farming sector's future

Optimistic over farming sector's future

Federated Farmers national president Bruce Wills stands down next month after three years in the role. He talks to agribusiness reporter Sally Rae about his tenure and his optimism for the agricultural industry's future.

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