Farming News

Breeder fan of llamas' personalities

Breeder fan of llamas' personalities

Llamas are ''a living work of art'', a breeder says.

US worth studying over global milk competition

US worth studying over global milk competition

The ability of large dairy farms in the United States to increase their scale quickly could have an effect on the international dairy market.

Merino do well in Marlborough, breeders note

Merinos are the ideal sheep for Marlborough, father-and-son team Ron and Tom Small say.

Dryland dairy farm fetches $13 million

Dryland dairy farm fetches $13 million

A dryland dairy farm in South Canterbury has changed hands for nearly $13 million - equating to $22,000 per hectare.

Dry times mean tough calls

Dry times mean tough calls

North Otago and South Canterbury farmers are facing a drought before the official arrival of summer.

Hailstorm misses strawberries

Hailstorm misses strawberries

Waimate's main strawberry fields escaped last week's hailstorm and are looking good for the season.

Wool programme aiming to deliver stability

Wools of New Zealand has launched an annual wool commitment programme, called Staple, for its growers.

Pair getting the best of both worlds

Pair getting the best of both worlds

Working from home means the best of both worlds for Keri Johnston and Haidee McCabe.

Dairying big change from previous jobs

For Otago couple Glenn and Lynne Johnston, switching from their respective previous jobs of courier driver and hairdresser was a big change but they have no regrets.

Global commute for Kiwi meat workers

Global commute for Kiwi meat workers

Commuters stuck in motorway traffic might spare a thought for Anthony Russell's crew of slaughtermen travelling more than 17,000km to work in Iceland each year.

Knowledge and networks shared

Knowledge and networks shared

Farmers, agribusiness staff, scientists and researchers left Alexandra earlier this month with far larger networks and knowledge in grassland farming after participating in the 2014 New Zealand Grasslands Association conference.

Twin success story outlined at Willowbank field day

Twin success story   outlined at Willowbank field day

Dry weather and rabbits can do crazy things to a man - just ask Gordon Lucas.

Search on for best young herdsperson

Search on for best young herdsperson

The annual Southern Rural Life Young Herdsperson of the Year is under way again.

Drenching, thistles hot topics at field day

Drenching, thistles hot topics at field day

About 60 sheep and beef farmers from Southland and Otago gathered at Alvin and Bev Catto's property at Crookston for the second of the Beef and Lamb New Zealand farming for profit field days last week.

Achievers in region honoured

Achievers in region honoured

The Central South Island region was recognised for its excellence in grassland farming at the Grasslands award evening earlier this month.

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