The story of Earnscleugh Station was told at a field day at the property last month. Reporter Timothy Brown went along to hear how a rabbit-plagued desert was transformed into an award-winning showcase of farm management.
Southern Rural Life
A freshwater scientist who worked on proposed amendments to the Government's National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management has hit back at criticisms of the proposed amendments.
The future of the red meat sector lies in the hands of farmers, a meeting in Omakau was told last week.
Marlborough entrepreneur and winemaker Peter Yealands has won the prestigious Lincoln University Foundation South Island Farmer of the Year Award for 2013.
Bridget Huddleston, of Methven, sees education as a way to encourage more young people to consider a career in the primary sector, and uses New Zealand Young Farmers (NZYF) and TeenAg clubs as a vehicle to do that.
Anyone who wants coloured wool - or to breed interesting sheep - should mark January 25 as a red-letter day.
The 0.5ha-sized Southern Field Days Event Centre being constructed at the Waimumu site is expected to be completed by Christmas, project co-ordinator and SFD committee member Stan MacGibbon says.
Pasture cover has been key to reducing the rabbit population on Earnscleugh Station, research scientist Barrie Wills says.
New Zealand dairy farmers have lost a key competitive edge in the international market, a leading financial researcher says.
Whitebaiting is quintessential Southland and part of the culture, like deer hunting, Environment Southland's science technical adviser Dr Andy Hicks says.
When scientist and apple cultivar breeder John McLaren and wife Gillian, of Bannockburn, saw a painting of a Sonya apple by Canadian artist Daniele Lemieux recently they just had to buy it.
A new research programme for pipfruit, kiwifruit and summer fruit is expected to see potential yield increases of between 50% and 150% by 2025.
Goats are great for North Otago farmer Owen Booth, no kidding.
The success of Otago's rivers in the inaugural New Zealand River Awards is testament to the farmers who work the land in Otago's catchments, Federated Farmers says.
Shearing contractor Dion Morrell remembers watching his father and uncles shearing and recalling being desperate to be part of it.
Planning is well under way for the 29th International Horticultural Congress to be held in Brisbane in August.
As the new-look 2014 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards Otago/Southland regional event get under way, organising committee chairwoman Helen Hartshorne, of Tapanui, is keen to see lots of entries from sharemilkers, equity farmers, dairy trainees and farm managers.
A sheetmetal dog, sheep and farmer by artist Hannah Kidd, of Methven, helped launch a project to research working dog health on New Zealand farms last week.
Dairy Womens' Network (DWN) has launched Project Pathfinder, a programme designed to encourage more women in the dairy industry to take on leadership roles at community and governance levels.
The performance of Central Otago wines at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards has shown the area has matured as a wine growing region.