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.

Perfect spot for pinot noir

Perfect spot for pinot noir

For Bald Hills Vineyard owners Blair and Estelle Hunt, it all began with their love of wine.

NZ exports to EU may face stricter pesticide standards

NZ exports to EU may face stricter pesticide standards

New Zealand's fruit and vegetable export trade to Europe could be affected by as much as $600 million if a proposed European Union (EU) reduction of some pesticide residue levels on imported food goes ahead, Agcarm chief executive Graeme Peters says.

Partnership forms to meet agriculture worker expansion

The North Island-based Taratahi agricultural training centre has teamed up with the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) to form a new training partnership in the Deep South.

Catching the rural vote

Catching the rural vote

Southern Rural Life approached all the political parties fielding candidates in the Waitaki, Clutha-Southland and Te Tai Tonga electorates during this year's elections, and asked them the following two agricultural-related questions. All but one of the 11 parties approached responded by deadline.

Ever bigger horticultureneeds more cool storage

Cool Storage is an important part of the horticulture sector, and as the industry grows, the need for it increases, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Peter Silcock says.

NZ possum hits fashion catwalk

NZ possum hits fashion catwalk

With apologies to Dame Edna, it's Goodbye Possums.

Lavender: The sweet smell of success

Two novice lavender growers from Central Otago nearly stole the show at this year's New Zealand Lavender Growers Association awards.

No prosecutions for dairy farm non-compliance

No prosecutions for dairy farm non-compliance

Investment in on-farm effluent systems and a better understanding of consent conditions has paid off with no prosecutions for non compliance by Canterbury's dairy farmers in the latest season.

Catching the rural vote

Catching the rural vote

As the September 20 General Election nears, Courier Country asked the 10  main political parties about their stance on the rural sector. Each was given the  same four questions and a limit of 500 words. The answers received by the four parties who met the given deadline are printed on the following pages, in the order in which they arrived

Record entries for wheat competition

Record entries for wheat competition

A tough, wet growing and harvest season in Canterbury, the country's main growing area, did not affect entries or standards in New Zealand's biggest wheat-growing competition.

Maize overcomes feed difficulties

Maize overcomes feed difficulties

Fodder maize has helped farmer Paul Brown overcome climate and feed difficulties.

No growth benefits shown with docking

No growth benefits shown with docking

Docking lambs' tails has no long-term beneficial or detrimental effect on lamb growth rates from docking to slaughter, a new study has found.

Some growth in cellphone coverage

While residents at Ashburton's Lake Hood settlement may now have cellphone coverage, farmers on some of the most productive land to the east of Ashburton are still waiting.

Malvern Community continuing to help

Malvern Community continuing to help

Rural Canterbury is continuing to offer support to its neighbours, four years on from the region's first big quake.

Master status conferred on four for shearing skill

Master status conferred on four for shearing skill

Two machine shearers, a woolhandler and a blades shearer have been accorded master status by Shearing Sports New Zealand.

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