Farming News

Venison price rise likely as markets lift

News that processors are likely to be paying more for deer this spring was welcomed by deer farmers at their annual conference in Methven a fortnight ago.

Mohair NZ aims to raise profile

Mohair New Zealand (MNZ) is to use its voluntary 2% levy to employ a public relations company to both encourage more farmers into the industry and raise its profile.

Agriculture specialist born and bred

Agriculture specialist born and bred

Middlemarch Hereford and coloured merino sheep breeder Will Gibson has had considerable success with his studs and, at only 20, says he has known since he was born that agriculture is the industry he wants to be in. It is something he is passionate about.

Beef breeding discussed

Beef breeding discussed

More than 30 people attended Beef and Lamb New Zealand's Better Beef Breeding workshop at Waikaka Station, Greenvale, recently.

Lincoln to shed 48 FTE jobs

Lincoln to shed 48 FTE jobs

Lincoln University has announced the results of a staffing review that it says supports a return to financial viability and reinforces its role as New Zealand's specialist land-based university.

Sustainability by wise management

Sustainability by wise management

Continual reinvestment, innovation and sustainability are some of the key drivers of partners Wayne, Stuart and Sharyn McIntosh's successful orchard business.

Need for more breeders, FedFarmers says

The goat industry has plenty of potential but to realise that, there needs to be more goat breeders, Federated Farmers NZ Goats chairwoman Dawn Sangster says.

Pride over ploughing second place

Pride over ploughing second place

Despite having only two training and two practice days, Sean Leslie and Kaye Walker, of Middlemarch, were surprised and pleased with their success at the New Zealand Ploughing Association's national horse ploughing championship in Marlborough last month.

Fibre prices gaining ground

Fibre prices gaining ground

About 60 people attended a field day at mohair farmers Bill and Irene Campbell's property in Dumbarton, near Roxburgh.

Skills preserved in celebration of rural spirit

Skills preserved in celebration of rural spirit

The inaugural New Zealand Rural Games, which will be held in Queenstown in February next year, are expected to attract top competitors from throughout New Zealand and Australia, including national and world champions.

Invermay decision brings questions

Staff at AgResearch's Invermay campus learned their fate last week when it was announced that more than half of them were expected to move north as part of the organisation's $100 million restructuring.

Forecast 'pleasant surprise'

Forecast 'pleasant surprise'

Southern farmers are ''pleasantly surprised'' with Fonterra's opening milk price of $7 a kg of milksolids for the 2014-15 season.

Excited about goat sector

Excited about goat sector

Jackie Freeman reckons there is ''more to goats than meets the eye''.

Two in a row for Patersons

Two in a row for Patersons

Matakanui Station has done it again.

Retrospective changes harm forestry owners

Retrospective changes harm forestry owners

Forest owners are angry and frustrated a change to legislation affecting how they can pay for their emissions obligations has been fast-tracked through Parliament.

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