Farming News

Contractors seek access to skilled seasonal staff

A boost to New Zealand's seasonal workforce is great for the horticulture industry, Rural Contractors New Zealand says.

Fans of feathered friends flock together

Fans of feathered friends flock together

Fancy pigeons bred by local farmer Barrie Rae were among the attractions at the Oamaru Poultry, Pigeon and Canary Society's 130th annual show last month.

Crop farmer reckons water plan a threat

A claim that cropping farmers were in trouble and were being unfairly treated under a plan developed to improve water quality and quantity in the Ashburton District has been levelled at the committee responsible for the plan.

Deal 'like apartheid'

Deal 'like apartheid'

Not everyone is happy with the agreement on nitrogen levels celebrated on the front page of the previous Courier Country.

Residents voting on water scheme's future

Residents on the small rural water supply at Winchmore near Ashburton are voting on the future of the scheme.

Migrant accommodation concerns

The New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils is concerned changes to minimum accommodation standards for farm workers could affect many migrant workers in the industry across New Zealand.

NZ Pork leads way with biosecurity agreement

NZ Pork has become the first animal-based industry to enter into a Government Industry Agreement.

Farmprint a form of insurance

Farmprint a form of insurance

Stock rustlers beware. Mosgiel-based company Oritain is using its pioneering approach to scientifically certify the origin of food products to help address the multimillion-dollar issue of stock theft.

Enjoying role helping select merino genes

Enjoying role helping select merino genes

Anna Vaughan got ''hooked'' on merino sheep while undertaking work experience at Lake Coleridge Station, in the Canterbury high country, during her university summer.

Drive to improve water quality

The Otago Regional Council has an ongoing scientific study programme under way, including establishing its own water monitor farm programme as part of its drive to enhance and improve water quality in the region under Plan Change 6A.

Young farmers there to support others

Young farmers there to support others

Waimea Valley farmers Andrew and Katherine Welsh are never ones to shy away from a challenge, especially when it comes to farming.

Golden times for genetics firm

Golden times for genetics firm

The sheep and beef sector stands to gain by a potential $845 million in added value during the next 20 years once a new Dunedin-based genetics research and development entity hits its stride. Yvonne O'Hara reports.

17 years of TEFRom breeding pays

17 years of TEFRom breeding pays

Seventeen years ago, Andrew Welsh's parents started the TEFRom stud. As he and his wife, Katherine, begin to take over the reins, the stud has been nominated for Beef and Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry awards.

Treating animals well is always rewarding

Treating animals well is always rewarding

Geoffrey Wilson is a dairy man through and through. He is a firm believer in treating his animals well and with respect ''every single day'', particularly as his cows work hard to provide an income for him.

Plans to boost seasonal workers

A new programme aiming to get more Kiwis into seasonal work and an increase to the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) cap has been welcomed by Horticulture New Zealand.

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