Docking lambs' tails has no long-term beneficial or detrimental effect on lamb growth rates from docking to slaughter, a new study has found.
As the September 20 General Election nears, Courier Country asked the 10 main political parties about their stance on the rural sector. Each was given the same four questions and a limit of 500 words. The answers received by the four parties who met the given deadline are printed on the following pages, in the order in which they arrived
The Hororata community has largely moved on from the earthquakes, but two major recovery projects remain in limbo four years on.
Two machine shearers, a woolhandler and a blades shearer have been accorded master status by Shearing Sports New Zealand.
While residents at Ashburton's Lake Hood settlement may now have cellphone coverage, farmers on some of the most productive land to the east of Ashburton are still waiting.
Fodder maize has helped farmer Paul Brown overcome climate and feed difficulties.
A tough, wet growing and harvest season in Canterbury, the country's main growing area, did not affect entries or standards in New Zealand's biggest wheat-growing competition.
Fodder beet can help New Zealand farmers get better returns from finishing beef cattle, a Lincoln University expert says.
Rural Canterbury is continuing to offer support to its neighbours, four years on from the region's first big quake.
Investment in on-farm effluent systems and a better understanding of consent conditions has paid off with no prosecutions for non compliance by Canterbury's dairy farmers in the latest season.
A boost to New Zealand's seasonal workforce is great for the horticulture industry, Rural Contractors New Zealand says.
Residents on the small rural water supply at Winchmore near Ashburton are voting on the future of the scheme.
Not everyone is happy with the agreement on nitrogen levels celebrated on the front page of the previous Courier Country.
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.
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.
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.
Calving is about to get under way and the team at Lincoln is feeling confident.
Fodder beet can be a ''game-changer'' for beef farmers.
The environment is set to become a focus for sheep and beef farmers, so farmers need to learn from the best performers.
Peter Evans laughs and says wryly, ''Farm foresters are a hardened bunch''.