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Markets need tailored approaches

Markets need tailored approaches

Ranfurly farmer Dawn Sangster is a woman of many trades and talents, one being an elected member of the Beef and Lamb New Zealand (BLNZ) Central South Island farmer council, the other as an Alliance Group director and in what time she has left, a farmer in the Maniototo.

World meat markets meritattention, targeted efforts

World meat markets meritattention, targeted efforts

Market diversification is essential for the future of New Zealand's meat exports, Alliance Group chief executive Grant Cuff says.

Farmer sells in disgust at $50k rates

Farmer sells in disgust at $50k rates

'Horrific" Auckland Council rates of nearly $50,000 a year on land still being grazed by livestock prompted the $37.9 million sale of one of the city's largest land lots.

Bumblebees create a buzz

Potential new role in our orchards for the furry foragers

Groser has big concerns about dairy in TPP

Groser has big concerns about dairy in TPP

Trade Minister Tim Groser says he has concerns that New Zealand's market access for its dairy products under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could be sewn up in private talks between the United States and Japan and the result could be unsatisfactory.

Sheep, beef farmers want big changes

Sheep, beef farmers want big changes

West Otago sheep and beef farmers Nelson and Fiona Hancox want farmers to ''stand up and be counted'' and take charge of their futures.

Focus on poaching with bigger fines

Focus on poaching with bigger fines

The ongoing issue of poaching across Southland and Otago has been highlighted again in recent court cases in which much heftier fines have been handed out.

Time to rethink after 'no' vote

Time to rethink after 'no' vote

Sheep farmers have shown they care about the future of the wool industry, with a voter turnout of 47.22% for the Wool Levy Referendum.

Markets need tailored approaches

Markets need tailored approaches

Ranfurly farmer Dawn Sangster is a woman of many trades and talents, one being an elected member of the Beef and Lamb New Zealand (BLNZ) Central South Island farmer council, the other as an Alliance Group director and in what time she has left, a farmer in the Maniototo.

High-sugar ryegrass benefiting lambs

High-sugar ryegrass benefiting lambs

Lambs fed on high-sugar ryegrass grow faster and are heavier than their counterparts grazed on standard ryegrass, a two-year trial on three farms in the South has revealed.

Proposed ripening device a world first

Proposed ripening device a world first

New Zealand scientists are studying the use of a remotely-activated device to start the process of ripening in packaged fruit and vegetables. Yvonne O'Hara reports.

Fleece entries invited

Fleece entries invited

The Lawrence St John hogget fleece competition is under way again and while entries are few at present, organisers hope they up to two bales of hogget fleece will be donated.

RSE cap raised to 9000; scheme for Kiwis to start

The Government recently raised the cap on the number of Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) programme workers coming into the country to work in horticulture and viticulture from 7900 to 9000.

Call to fund study of rural suicide

Call to fund study of rural suicide

More research needs to be done on the reasons behind New Zealand's farmer suicide rate, both for men and women, New Zealand Federated Farmers' (NZFF) health and safety spokeswoman Katie Milne says.

Bank offers help with sustainable systems

A former Tuapeka West man, Blake Holgate, has been appointed as Rabobank's national sustainable farm systems rural manager, which is a relatively new role for the bank.

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