Farming News

Farmer sells in disgust at $50k rates

Bill Burrill. Photo by NZ Herald

'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.

Farmhand pilot programme welcomed

Farmhand pilot programme welcomed

Farming is the career path Emma Hollamby knows she wants to follow.

Coat business born of crisis

Coat business born of crisis

For Glenham farmer Ann-Maree Robinson, the big snow of 2010 was life-changing.

'Shear For Life'' fundraiser

'Shear For Life'' fundraiser

Two farmers hope to raise $24,000 for the Cancer Society by shearing sheep during a 24-hour ''Shear for Life'' marathon in Tarras in February.

No definitive cow death-swede link

No definitive cow death-swede link

There have been a couple of reports in South Otago. There is nothing to say it won't be in Otago.

Staff encouraged to study

Staff encouraged to study

Growing intelligence is a vital part of expanding the fruit export market, McIntosh Orchard owner Wayne McIntosh, of Earnscleugh, says.

Action a plenty at Merino Shears

Action a plenty at Merino Shears

One of the most prestigious shearing events in the country marks its 53rd year in Alexandra next month and organising committee publicity officer Mervyn Kinaston promises some nail-biting excitement.

Wool farmers urged to cast vote in levy poll

Wool farmers urged to cast vote in levy poll

The new Southern Rural Support Trust (SRST) chairman is taking the new role in his stride.

Lawrence treasure coming back to lifeunder new owner

Lawrence treasure coming back to lifeunder new owner

Warwick Nicholson owns a town hall, and has just spent three of his August weekends on scaffolding, cleaning out and replacing old mortar from one of its walls.

New young voice for the South

New young voice for the South

Teviot Valley farm manager and fodder beet contractor Chris Pemberton is the new New Zealand Young Farmers Otago Southland provincial chairman.

Telford offers chance to pass on knowledge

Telford offers chance to pass on knowledge

Having worked in the dairy industries in both Africa and New Zealand, Justin Pigou says they are like ''chalk and cheese''.

Passion for dairy drives manager

Passion for dairy drives manager

When it comes to succeeding in the dairy industry, Maigan Jenkins believes passion is needed. 

Pomahaka catchment plan to manage water quality

Pomahaka catchment plan to manage water quality

Janet Gregory is passionate about both farming and the environment; a firm believer the two go ''hand-in-hand''.

Getting into the heads of consumers

Getting into the heads of consumers

Getting closer to consumers in very different cultures has become increasingly important for Silver Fern Farms.

Glad he joined Young Farmers

Glad he joined Young Farmers

When Cantabrian Andy Wells (28) moved south to farm near Clinton, he thought joining Young Farmers might be a good way to meet people.

Could robots replace the trusty sheepdog?

Could robots replace the trusty sheepdog?

European academics have released a study outlining an algorithm they discovered for herding sheep, but New Zealand farmers reckon the trusty sheepdog will be a fixture of farm life for while yet.

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