Farming News

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.

Pipfruit industry plan outlines aims

Pipfruit industry plan outlines aims

Pipfruit New Zealand (PNZ) is working with schools, universities and Primary ITO to develop resources that will encourage more young people into the industry, as part of its strategic plan.

Positive aspects of NZ dairying emphasised

The 2013-14 dairying season was ''a fantastic year to be reporting on'', DairyNZ chairman John Luxton told the organisation's annual meeting.

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.

No credible alternative to structure: Alliance

No credible alternative to structure: Alliance

The red meat industry will restructure when it makes good commercial sense, Alliance Group chairman Murray Taggart says.

Wayleggo Cup win

The Wayleggo Cup is back in Kiwi hands.

Getting a handle on calves

Getting a handle on calves

Learning earning tips on training calves are (from left) Kara Roderick, Amanda Hutton, Holly Walters, Alannah Skedgwell, Julie Skedgwell, Hannah Botting, Eleanor Cowling, Rebecca Hutton, Ashley Wendelgelst and Lorna Button, while Holstein Friesian New Zealand field officer Stephen Booth  explains how to pick a show calf.

Meat exports climb to record high

New Zealand meat exports reached a record high of $5.3 billion in 2013-14, up $480 million on the previous season.

Accreditation milestone for Synlait Milk

Synlait Milk has become a registered manufacturer of retail-ready infant milk formula for export to China.

The Canterbury company announced on September 30 it had received approval from the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People's Republic of China.

INZ wants legal basis for collaboration over waterboard members

INZ wants legal basis for collaboration over waterboard members

New Zealand (INZ) is hoping the Government's proposed amendments to the Resource Management Act will include provision for a statutory basis for collaborative community processes relating to water.

Young Farmers keen to show off their talents

Young Farmers keen to show off their talents

Practical farming skills, seed identification and financial management were just some of the knowledge tested when 16 entrants competed in the Mid Canterbury district final of the ANZ Young Farmer contest this month.

Lifestyle property market strong for quality listings

Although the overall sales of lifestyle blocks fell in the three months to August, the median price for Canterbury properties rose by nearly 26%.

Nearly 900 works staff all go at Pukeuri plant

Nearly 900 works staff all go at Pukeuri plant

It is literally all systems go at the huge meat processing works just north of Oamaru.

Joint project researches wind damage to irrigators

Joint project researches wind damage to irrigators

Last year's windstorms, estimated to have damaged more than 800 irrigators, have prompted an insurance company and Lincoln University to work together to investigate how farmers protected their irrigators.

Pinning down true costs of irrigation

Energy seems to be the unknown cost for farmers irrigating their land.

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