Farming News

Export prospects bright, analyst says

Export prospects bright, analyst says

Rebuilding the drought depleted beef cow herd in the United States could affect the strong demand for Kiwi beef - but the outlook for New Zealand's beef exports remains bright, an analyst says.

Waikato farmer wins SFF top award

Waikato farmer wins SFF top award

When Silver Fern Farms' Plate to Pasture Awards judges visited Neil Aicken's Waikato farm, they were impressed with his clear vision for his business.

Little bit of everything at Gore A&P's fundraising ball

Whether you're in the market for a Hereford or hay, fodder beet or firewood, the Gore A&P Association's Spring Ball is the place to be.

Extra drought support

Support for the drought affected eastern South Island has been extended with additional funding for Rural Support Trusts and an extension of the medium scale event declaration.

Funds boost for drought-hit farmers

Funds boost for drought-hit farmers

Support for the drought-affected eastern South Island has been extended, and an extra $100,000 has been granted to help struggling farmers.

No special support for dairy farmers - English

No special support for dairy farmers - English

Finance Minister Bill English said today the Government would not be offering special financial support to dairy farmers in trouble because of low prices.

Singer is loving country living

Singer is loving country living

She's opened for the Hollies and sung for Robert Kennedy jun - now Bex Murray is holed up in the Hakataramea Valley and she could not be happier.

City girl goes country – and loves it

City girl goes country – and loves it

It's a long way from London to Livingstone.

Farmers cashing up assets

Farmers cashing up assets

Otago dairy farmers are selling what they can to generate cash flow as they face up to an immediate prospect of lower milk payout prices for the next 18 months to two years.

Milk production forecast to drop

Milk production forecast to drop

DairyNZ says New Zealand milk production is expected to fall by 2 or 3 percent this season as farmers focus on improving the efficiency of their farming systems.

Milk powder prices plunge at auction

Milk powder prices plunge at auction

Results of the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, which saw whole milk powder prices drop by 10.3 per cent to their lowest point since 2008, will weigh heavily on Fonterra's board meeting on Friday when the co-op is expected to slash its 2015/6 farmgate milk price forecast. 

Farmer convicted over animal cruelty

Warning: Graphic Content. 

A former Westport dairy manager who shot a cow in the leg and dumped another live cow in an offal pit after breaking the tails of hundreds of others, was convicted in the Greymouth District Court today on a raft of charges of wilful and reckless animal cruelty.

Increased reports concerning farm animal welfare

More people are reporting concerns about the welfare of farm animals, official data shows, particularly on lifestyle blocks.

Showing Ayrshire cattle fine hobby

Showing Ayrshire cattle fine hobby

Bruce Eade doesn't go fishing or own a boat.

Scale next step for koura industry

Scale next step for koura industry

The concept has been proven and what Otago Southland's fledgling freshwater crayfish, or koura, farming industry needs now is scale.

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