Record high temperatures for July have helped alleviate fears of a feed shortage.
Southern Rural Life
David Kean was hoping for between 20 and 30 people to attend the rural contracting induction and job finding field day near Invercargill last week, but 112 turned up.
Stress management is the responsibility of all firefighters and volunteers, New Zealand Fire Service health and safety co-ordinator Brian Reitveld says.
More than $2 million will be poured into rural fire research during the next four years, Scion senior fire scientist Grant Pearce told members of the Forest and Rural Fire Association of New Zealand at their conference in Queenstown earlier this month.
Salmon raised on Stewart Island, processed at Bluff and then smoked and packaged back on the island have won the ''Freshest Food Producer from the Water'' award in the recent Taste Farmers' Markets Awards.
The history of the Mt Benger Saleyards are a reflection of the state of farming in the Teviot Valley, sale yard trust member Peter McDougall, of Millers Flat says.
Small rural communities may face paying higher prices, reduced service availability or both, if protections from Telecom's local residential telephone services provision obligations are reduced.
Attaching GPS units to cows in a herd could one day play a role in helping the farmer predict which paddock needs to be regrassed next.
The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is reminding landowners in Central Otago that the existence of an open fire season does not entitle them to burn rubbish indiscriminately.
Entries are now open for the 2014 season of the ANZ Young Farmer Contest.
Blending Central Otago produce with a lifelong passion for cooking has produced a winning recipe for Glenda Rogers.
John Falconer runs 5000 deer on 4000ha at Clachanburn Station and he's milking them for all they're worth - literally.
The Southland and Otago dairy industry awards regions are to merge for the 2014 competition.
Kate Scott has combined her knowledge of the rural sector with a mind for business and come up trumps.
Faced with an ageing workforce and with many farm owners looking forward to retirement, the primary industries are struggling to attract enough young people to replace them.
The Government needs to take the threat to bees seriously, the National Beekeepers' Association (NBA) says.
Southland beekeepers need to take stock of their management practices if they are to survive varroa, a commercial beekeeper says.
Dairy farming's outlook is looking bullish, according to Rabobank's latest ''Rural Confidence Survey''.
Tests showing New Zealand manuka honey adulterated with sugar are returning false positives, industry stakeholders say.