Farming News

Generations of shearing in Brett's family blood

Generations of shearing in Brett's family blood

Brett Roberts was destined to a shearer.

Essential skills list under review

The ability to employ doctors and nurses from overseas to fill New Zealand vacancies is under review.

Partnership forms to meet agriculture worker expansion

The North Island-based Taratahi agricultural training centre has teamed up with the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) to form a new training partnership in the Deep South.

Perfect spot for pinot noir

Perfect spot for pinot noir

For Bald Hills Vineyard owners Blair and Estelle Hunt, it all began with their love of wine.

NZ exports to EU may face stricter pesticide standards

NZ exports to EU may face stricter pesticide standards

New Zealand's fruit and vegetable export trade to Europe could be affected by as much as $600 million if a proposed European Union (EU) reduction of some pesticide residue levels on imported food goes ahead, Agcarm chief executive Graeme Peters says.

Ever bigger horticultureneeds more cool storage

Cool Storage is an important part of the horticulture sector, and as the industry grows, the need for it increases, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Peter Silcock says.

Catching the rural vote

Catching the rural vote

Southern Rural Life approached all the political parties fielding candidates in the Waitaki, Clutha-Southland and Te Tai Tonga electorates during this year's elections, and asked them the following two agricultural-related questions. All but one of the 11 parties approached responded by deadline.

Field day to give insight into rural work

Rural Contractors New Zealand (RCNZ) is to hold its second field day on September 17 at Brian Hughes' yard at Waimatua, near Invercargill, from 10am to 3pm.

Lavender: The sweet smell of success

Two novice lavender growers from Central Otago nearly stole the show at this year's New Zealand Lavender Growers Association awards.

NZ possum hits fashion catwalk

NZ possum hits fashion catwalk

With apologies to Dame Edna, it's Goodbye Possums.

Catching the rural vote

Catching the rural vote

As the September 20 General Election nears, Courier Country asked the 10  main political parties about their stance on the rural sector. Each was given the  same four questions and a limit of 500 words. The answers received by the four parties who met the given deadline are printed on the following pages, in the order in which they arrived

Record entries for wheat competition

Record entries for wheat competition

A tough, wet growing and harvest season in Canterbury, the country's main growing area, did not affect entries or standards in New Zealand's biggest wheat-growing competition.

Master status conferred on four for shearing skill

Master status conferred on four for shearing skill

Two machine shearers, a woolhandler and a blades shearer have been accorded master status by Shearing Sports New Zealand.

Hororata recovery plans still in limbo

The Hororata community has largely moved on from the earthquakes, but two major recovery projects remain in limbo four years on. 

Malvern Community continuing to help

Malvern Community continuing to help

Rural Canterbury is continuing to offer support to its neighbours, four years on from the region's first big quake.

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