Farming News

'Tactics for Tight Times' to be shared

'Tactics for Tight Times' to be shared

DairyNZ has launched a campaign to help dairy farmers get through a tough season brought on by a low mil

Dairy hub reliant on local support

Southern farmers and businesses need to contribute about $2 million by the end of April to enable the Southern Dairy Hub venture to proceed.

Marlborough dries up as more irrigation bans imposed

Conditions are getting increasingly drier in Marlborough and nine of the province's 16 consent areas have had their right to irrigate suspended, Federated Farmers said.

Winter feed planning critical to have sorted

North Otago Federated Farmers associate sharemilkers' representative Siobhan O'Malley explains why sharemilkers with irrigation should care about the dry conditions.

Call to calculate winter feed total

Call to calculate winter feed total

North Otago Federated Farmers president Richard Strowger is keen to know exactly how much winter feed there is in the district.

Winton entrant wins top awards

Winton entrant wins top awards

Winton deer farmer Dave Lawrence, from the Tikana stud, won the champion of champions title at the Elk and Wapiti Society of New Zealand's annual velvet and antler competition in Wanaka.

Prices surge at latest dairy auction

Prices surge at latest dairy auction

Dairy prices spiked higher at this morning's GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) auction, the GDT price index gaining 9.4 per cent since the last sale on January 21.

Tips to help farmers get through

Tips to help farmers get through

Otago Rural Support Trust co ordinator David Mellish offers some advice to farmers facing the dual challenges of a low dairy payout and a very dry season.

Westmere Lavender business a personal purple patch

Westmere Lavender business a personal purple patch

Sam Laugesen admits to being an avid animal collector.

Network supportive – finalist

Network supportive – finalist

Andrea Murphy is proud to call New Zealand home.

Ready to take on the male contingent

Ready to take on the male contingent

When Olivia Ross lines up for the Otago-Southland regional final of the ANZ Young Farmer Contest in Queenstown next month, she intends giving it ''120%''.

NZ's best head for antler contest

NZ's best head for antler contest

Some of the country's top velvet and antler heads will be on display at the Elk and Wapiti Society of New Zealand's velvet and antler competition in Wanaka this month.

Pressure on space at meat works

Pressure on space at meat works

Meat processing plants across the region are working overtime to clear a backlog of lambs brought to slaughter because of this summer's dry conditions.

Big dry affects dairy production

Big dry affects dairy production

Dairy production is likely to slow below previous forecasts as parts of Canterbury and Otago dry off and water restrictions kick in, ASB rural economist Nathan Penny says.

Farmers feeling the pinch

Farmers in South Canterbury and North Otago will soon be feeling the pinch of drier-than-normal weather and the situation has is expected to get serious if current conditions persist.

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