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A North Canterbury-bred alpaca made history earlier this month

A North Canterbury-bred alpaca made history earlier this month

Stoneleigh Valentino, a 5-year-old white male huacaya alpaca bred by Chris and Liz Strack, of Ohoka, near Rangiora, was named supreme champion huacaya alpaca at the National Alpaca Expo at Christchurch earlier this month.

Maintaining skilled workforce key issue

Maintaining skilled workforce key issue

People are the ''real key challenge'' for the dairy industry in South Canterbury, DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle says.

Wool levy vote worthwhile

Wool  levy vote worthwhile

The wool levy referendum may have revealed divisions among farmers, but both sides agree it was well worthwhile.

$5.3 billion exports of meat scrutinised

$5.3 billion exports of meat scrutinised

New Zealand's meat exports earned a record $5.3 billion in 2013-14, thanks to high average values.

Proposed ripening device world first

Proposed ripening device world first

New Zealand scientists are studying the use of a remotely-activated device to start the process of ripening in packaged fruit and vegetables. YVONNE O'HARA reports.

Markets need tailored approaches

Markets need tailored approaches

Ranfurly farmer Dawn Sangster is a woman of many trades and talents, one being an elected member of the Beef and Lamb New Zealand (BLNZ) Central South Island farmer council, the other as an Alliance Group director and in what time she has left, a farmer in the Maniototo.

Call to fund study of rural suicide

Call to fund study of rural suicide

More research needs to be done on the reasons behind New Zealand's farmer suicide rate, both for men and women, New Zealand Federated Farmers' (NZFF) health and safety spokeswoman Katie Milne says. In a recent press release she said statistics showed 169 farmers had committed suicide since 2007-08.

Farmer sells in disgust at $50k rates

Farmer sells in disgust at $50k rates

'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.

Bumblebees create a buzz

Potential new role in our orchards for the furry foragers

Groser has big concerns about dairy in TPP

Groser has big concerns about dairy in TPP

Trade Minister Tim Groser says he has concerns that New Zealand's market access for its dairy products under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could be sewn up in private talks between the United States and Japan and the result could be unsatisfactory.

Sheep, beef farmers want big changes

Sheep, beef farmers want big changes

West Otago sheep and beef farmers Nelson and Fiona Hancox want farmers to ''stand up and be counted'' and take charge of their futures.

Focus on poaching with bigger fines

Focus on poaching with bigger fines

The ongoing issue of poaching across Southland and Otago has been highlighted again in recent court cases in which much heftier fines have been handed out.

Vineyards face lack of machine operator skills

Vineyards face lack of machine operator skills

Central Otago vineyards face a shortage of skilled machinery operators, including tractor drivers.

Bank offers help with sustainable systems

A former Tuapeka West man, Blake Holgate, has been appointed as Rabobank's national sustainable farm systems rural manager, which is a relatively new role for the bank.

High-sugar ryegrass benefiting lambs

High-sugar ryegrass benefiting lambs

Lambs fed on high-sugar ryegrass grow faster and are heavier than their counterparts grazed on standard ryegrass, a two-year trial on three farms in the South has revealed.

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