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Lamb born with two heads has died

Lamb born with two heads has died

The little lamb born with two faces in Southland has died after living far longer than was expected.

Alliance posts $17.6m profit

Southland-based meat processor Alliance Group has posted a pre-tax operating profit of $17.6 million for the September year and a $7 million pool payment distribution to its supplier shareholders - the first in three years.

Organic dairy focus looks a winner

Organic dairy focus looks a winner

Tuturau dairy farmers Lois and Robin Greer are different from the rest.

Rural hotels urged to diversify

Rural hotels urged to diversify

For rural people throughout Southland the local hotel has always been a gathering point. In recent times the doors have been shut on many of these hubs and in other cases put on the market.

Alpaca exports excite

New Zealand has a name for agricultural excellence and they know we have the pedigree records and we can go back several generations to verify stock Kit JohnsonLive alpaca exports to China hold huge potential for New Zealand breeders, including those in Otago and Southland, Silverstream Alpaca Stud owner Kit Johnson, of Kaiapoi, says.

Use of technology gave the edge

Use of technology gave the edge

Barry and Julie Crawford are not your ordinary sheep farmers.

From effluent to clean water

From effluent to clean water

A collaboration between scientists at Michigan State University and McLanahan Corp has seen the development of a system that takes manure, such as dairy effluent, and cleans it so the remaining liquid is good enough for stock to drink.

Nightcaps publicans call time at pub Saying goodbye . .

Nightcaps publicans call time at pub Saying goodbye . .

On November 18, 1996 John and Annette Blackler stepped into the hospitality industry as publicans in the small town of Nightcaps in Western Southland.

Producers urged to capitalise on trade deal

Producers urged to capitalise on trade deal

he Taiwanese free trade agreement, which was signed last December, was the topic of the most recent Central Otago Export Forum, held in Cromwell last week.

Workshops on rural mental health hailed a succes

Workshops on rural mental health hailed a succes

Nearly 100 people have attended six ''Rural Life: Keeping the Balance'' workshops in Otago and Southland since the programme to address rural mental health was launched earlier this year.

Dairy prices stabilising

Dairy prices stabilising

International dairy prices showed signs of stabilising at this morning's GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) auction, with the GDT price index easing by just 0.3 per cent from the last sale in mid October.

Uruguay link still strong

Uruguay link still strong

Back in the 1960s, a young Enrique Larraechea, from Uruguay, visited the Robertson family in West Otago and bought a Romney ram.

Auction live stream gains good response

Auction live stream gains good response

Farmers have an opportunity to watch their wool being sold at the South Island wool sale in Christchurch - without having to leave home.

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.

Wool levy vote worthwhile

Wool  levy vote worthwhile

The wool levy referendum may have revealed divisions among farmers, but both sides agree it was well worthwhile.

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