Farming News

Confidence expressed in industry's future

New Zealand's largest deer farmer, Landcorp Farming, has confidence in the future of the deer industry, said its general manager of farm operations.

Venison rebrand progressing

A new Cervena brand, aimed at markets in Europe and China, is hoped to create more value for the deer industry. Maureen Bishop reports on the Deer Industry New Zealand conference.

Farmers prepare for payout cut

Farmers prepare for payout cut

Five Forks dairy farmer Lyndon Strang isn't expecting any surprises today when the dairy co-operative updates its forecast 2013-14 season payout.

Open day showcase for award winner

Open day showcase for award winner

''Capturing sunlight in a form you can eat.''

New editor for 'Southern Rural Life'

New editor for 'Southern Rural Life'

Your community newspaper will soon have a new editor.

Event more of a 'celebration' than a 'competition'

Event more of a 'celebration' than a 'competition'

The Southland-Otago competitors in the 2014 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards competition were ''treated like royalty'' during the days leading up to the formal evening dinner and 25th anniversary ball, says Tracy Henderson, of Winton.

Making straight line into the top results

Making straight line into the top results

Otago and Southland competitors did well in the New Zealand Ploughing Association's (NZPA) national championships recently.

Rural people urged to stop being bystanders

Southern Police have this month been focusing on rural drink driving across Otago and Southland as they work to reduce the trauma caused when people drink and drive.

Invermay, water quality big issues at conference

Southland Federated Farmers meat and fibre chairman Andrew Morrison stepped down at the Southland annual meeting earlier this month and Gary Coker was appointed to take over the role.

Seminars on microbes attract wider-than-expected audience

The use of microbes in feed and animal nutrition attracted more than 80 people to six seminars in Otago, Southland and Canterbury recently.

Flying in the face of convention

Flying in the face of convention

Insects have been part of the agricultural scene for thousands of years and now a South African company is farming billions of houseflies and blowflies to make chicken feed from the larvae.

Funding sought to get young into agricultural jobs

Funding sought to get young into agricultural jobs

Venture Southland is looking for up to between $200,000 and $300,000 in funding, or in kind, over three years for its Southland Futures project, a strategy designed to help the region's unemployed young people into jobs in the agricultural sector.

Social barriers need to be 'broken'

Federated Farmers Southland provincial president Russell MacPherson, of Centre Bush, is a member of the Venture Southland, Southland Futures Primary Careers Youth Strategy steering group.

Life a blur of activity for radio host

Life a blur of activity for radio host

As the new voice behind the Southern Farming show, Balfour man Jonny Turner is now making his mark on the Hokonui radio station.

Tall order for responsible publicans

Jill Derbyshire and husband Peter have been at the Royal Hotel, Naseby, for more than two years and are keenly aware of their host responsibilities under the law.

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