Farming News

Action plan to solve shortage

The Road Transport Forum (RTF) has developed a two-pronged attack to address the shortage of skilled drivers in the industry.

New Zealand 'in a lucky position'

New Zealand 'in a lucky position'

Federated Farmers president Bruce Wills attended the Southern Field Days held at Waimumu recently, and took a moment out from a busy schedule to talk to Southern Rural Life reporter Leith Huffadine.

Happy days: event hailed a success

Despite poor weather and 38mm of rain on the Thursday of the event, the 2014 Southern Field Days were a ''huge, huge success'', a field days spokesperson says.

China delegation visits the South

A quarter of a billion dollars worth of Chinese customers were hosted by Silver Ferns Farms this week, with an emphasis on food safety practices.

LIC investing $30m to grow

Recently released Livestock Improvement Corporation half-year results are reflective of positive growth and investment back into the company, chief executive officer Wayne McNee says.

Good for farmers to tweet

Good for farmers to tweet

Farmers will have another platform to communicate and connect when the new AgChatNZ Foundation launches its weekly Twitter discussion forums on March 12.

Fixed-grid irrigation under development

A Timaru man who has developed fixed-grid irrigation believes he has an answer for many irrigation issues on New Zealand farms.

Australian interest in on-farm drone

Australian interest in on-farm drone

Drone pilot Mark Gardyne (13), of Otama, is to be a keynote speaker at the University of Southern Queensland's Digital Rural Futures Conference in Toowoomba, Australia, in June.

'Working smarter' is aim

'Working smarter' is aim

Daryn Murray's ''wheelie smart'' ideas have come up trumps.

Accident opens eyes to future

Accident opens eyes to future

While riding a bike about 15 months ago, spatial analyst Neill Glover was hit by a car and seriously injured. While recovering, he had plenty of time to think about work. That is where his drone came in.

SFF courts Chinese clients

SFF courts Chinese clients

A Chinese delegation has been hosted by Silver Fern Farms in the largest-scale tour the company has run for customers.

Tractor trekking all in a good cause

Tractor trekking all in a good cause

Ron Bywaters loves Chamberlain tractors.

Children's merino range a hit

Children's merino range a hit

Central Otago fashion designer Christina Perriam's range of merino clothing for children and babies is proving a hit with New Zealand retailers.

Village Milk concept arrives in Timaru

Village Milk concept arrives in Timaru

When Village Milk chief executive Mark Houston moved from South Canterbury to Golden Bay in 2010, he was looking for a lifestyle change.

Herbert outdoes Henare

Herbert outdoes Henare

Te Awamutu woolhandler Keryn Herbert (34) beat the odds to win the New Zealand Woolhandler of the Year title at the Otago Shears.

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