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.

Pomahaka catchment plan to manage water quality

Pomahaka catchment plan to manage water quality

Janet Gregory is passionate about both farming and the environment; a firm believer the two go ''hand-in-hand''.

Could robots replace the trusty sheepdog?

Could robots replace the trusty sheepdog?

European academics have released a study outlining an algorithm they discovered for herding sheep, but New Zealand farmers reckon the trusty sheepdog will be a fixture of farm life for while yet.

Predator control restarts

Predator control restarts

A programme to protect two rare bird species living in New Zealand's braided rivers is back in operation.

Ground-breaking settler celebrate

Ground-breaking settler celebrate

Bill Thomas is proud to say he is the fifth generation to farm the Longbeach Estate, near Ashburton, but he also recognises the responsibilities saying that carries.

Business with a twist in final

Business with a twist in final

A Timaru business is a finalist in this year's Enterprising Rural Women Awards.

Chanelle creates rural women's chat site

Chanelle creates rural women's chat site

A Canterbury woman behind a social media site helping nearly 3200 rural women adjust to life in the country, knows what it is like to be a city girl in a rural environment.

Unwelcome..

Unwelcome..

Rooks are on the Otago Regional Council's ''wanted'' list.

Replacing monument flag uplifting venture

Replacing monument flag uplifting venture

A monument to the man who pioneered this country's meat export trade is flying a crisp new flag.

Keep eyes peeled for black grass

Keep eyes peeled for black grass

If there is any chance of the invasive plant pest black grass appearing in Mid Canterbury, it is most likely to show its face this season, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

One-stop irrigation know-how shop

One-stop irrigation know-how shop

A pilot project on 14 farms in Canterbury and North Otago has shown there is considerable scope to improve the efficiency of energy used in on-farm irrigation systems.

Scholarship great opportunity

Scholarship great opportunity

Georgia Davies is urging young New Zealanders to get involved in agricultural and pastoral shows, after winning a Lady Diana Isaac Scholarship at last year's Canterbury show.

Selwyn's 1600 home consents a record

Selwyn's building boom is continuing, four years on from the first Canterbury earthquake.

Sheep farmers' spirits higher going into spring

Sheep farmers' spirits higher going into spring

North Canterbury's mild weather has sheep farmers feeling more confident then usual.

Farm inspections will be need-based

Otago dairy farmers are facing a new environmental risk assessment regime.

Limited-nutrients meeting drawcard

Farming within nutrient limits is proving to be a hot topic for North Canterbury sheep and beef farmers.

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