Farming News

Abundance of new ideas shared

Abundance of new ideas shared

Dairy farmers and industry representatives from across the country had a busy start to their week last week as the South Island Dairy Event returned to Invercargill for the first time in four years.

Bill after Lauder calf sale photos

Bill after Lauder calf sale photos

If you were involved with the Lauder calf sales in 1966 and 1967, or have photos or other information, then Bill Townsend, of Alexandra, wants to hear from you. Mr Townsend is a retired real estate and livestock auctioneer and is researching the sales.

Wide participation, application critical

Wide participation, application critical

There are many outstanding young people in Otago and Southland who are on the way to becoming rural leaders of the future. This week, Southern Rural Life talks to Luke McCraw, of Raes Junction.

Leadership course leaves women 'on a high'

Participants in Rural Women New Zealand's recent ''Growing Southern Leaders'' seminar in Mosgiel left the three-day live-in course ''on a high'', convener Margaret Pittaway, of Cromwell says.

Environmental, economic and social aspects critical

Can you have too much of a good thing? That is the question being asked by Landcorp chief executive Steven Carden in relation to the dairy industry at the recent South Island Dairy Event.

Santa Gertrudis breed cattle display strong hybrid vigour

Santa Gertrudis breed cattle display strong hybrid vigour

The Santa Gertrudis breed has a place as a terminal sire in the New Zealand beef industry, says stud breeder Anton Gibson.

Dairy recovery anticipated – by Christmas

Dairy recovery anticipated – by Christmas

Dairy commodity prices are predicted to stay in a trough period for another three to six months.

On the right path, award finalist says

On the right path, award finalist says

Maniototo farmer David Crutchley is a finalist in the inaugural Green Agriculture Innovation Awards.

Focus on consumers behind Pasture to Plate success

Focus on consumers behind Pasture to Plate success

King Country farmer William Oliver's belief in the consumer stemmed from his time studying at the University of Otago.

Legal issues thought-provoking

''The law is an ass,'' declared a member of the audience at the Rural Women New Zealand midwinter seminar in Fairlie.

University farm out to cut nitrogen loss

Lincoln University Dairy Farm (LUDF) will review the recently completed season while seeking to improve its environmental footprint, at its winter focus days over the next few weeks. 

Disease warning for NZ

Disease warning for NZ

A North Otago vet has returned from Nepal with a message for every Kiwi about foot-and-mouth disease. Sally Brooker reports. 

Optimistic over farming sector's future

Optimistic over farming sector's future

Federated Farmers national president Bruce Wills stands down next month after three years in the role. He talks to agribusiness reporter Sally Rae about his tenure and his optimism for the agricultural industry's future.

Planting trees and eating healthily

Planting trees and eating healthily

It reads a little like something out of a Mills and Boon romance novel.

Harriet takes on shepherds challenge

Harriet takes on shepherds challenge

Harriet Gardner admits she might not be the ''fastest in the world'' at it - but she can shear a sheep.

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