Farming News

A champion for farming

Fiona Hancox's father was Colin Richardson, a man who started life as a townie, before eventually owning 12 West Otago farms as well as being extensively involved in farming politics.

Ways to fly outcherries one of many topics discussed

New Zealand growers might have to consider hiring dedicated freight aircraft to transport a possible 3000 tonnes of cherries during the peak summer periods in the future, Summerfruit New Zealand vice-chairman Tim Jones says.

Future to include shorter trees and robots

Rain covers, dwarf root stock, driverless tractors, drones and UFOs are the way forward for New Zealand's fruit growers in the next 10 to 15 years, Michigan State University's horticultural professor, Dr Greg Lang says.

N. Otago couple sell Angus bull for $55,000

N. Otago couple sell Angus bull for $55,000

A joint record of $55,000 in this season's bull sales has been achieved by North Otago Angus breeders Neil and Rose Sanderson.

Researcher reveals dairy soil benefits

Researcher reveals dairy soil benefits

Spreading cowshed effluent on fields and and undertaking irrigation are improving soil quality on dairy farms, a University of Otago PhD student, Bonface Manono, says.

Device improves safety

Device improves safety

An Invercargill-based forestry management company has taken a device marketed for outdoor recreationalists and adapted it as a safety tool for staff and contractors.

Keeping chooks in the city - something to crow about

Keeping chooks in the city - something to crow about

Chooks are a good lifestyle choice, even if you live in the city.

Huntaway our first home-grown breed

The unsung hero of New Zealand's high country - the huntaway - has been officially acknowledged as our first home-grown dog breed.

Longtime dog triallist honoured

A dog trialling enthusiast who has been giving to the sport for more than 75 years was this month honoured for his contribution.

Outstanding year for young farmers club

Outstanding year for young farmers club

The Pendarves Young Farmers club is having a good year.

National dog trials go to plan

National dog trials go to plan

The weather may have threatened to dominate but the dogs won the day in the end.

Ban on blunt force to euthanase calves

The ban on the use of blunt force to euthanase calves, except in emergencies, will come into effect today - ahead of this year's calving season.

Call to study impact of dairy farm expansion

Research into the impact of the dairy expansion on Canterbury's environment has been called for.

Confident despite the weather

It was a season of extremes, but North Canterbury dairy farmers are feeling confident heading into winter.

Call to boost profitability

Call to boost profitability

A newly-elected Horticulture New Zealand board member is keen for the sector to boost its performance. He talks to reporter Sally Brooker.

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