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It will improve!

Milk payout will improve next season, but cashflow will remain tight on farms, say market analysts.

Beef booms, lamb languishes

America's love affair with hamburgers has resulted in a bumper year for New Zealand beef farmers, says Beef + Lamb NZ (BLNZ).

Govt heeds lessons from Northland

To heed the lessons of the Northland by-election the Government needs to stay connected with New Zealand’s rural and remote communities, says Environment Minister Nick Smith.



Are we asking right questions

Many Fonterra shareholders were disappointed with the interim results the co-op announced last month.  Many feel they are not seeing…

The heat is on, time to act

The heat was certainly on the last round of Fonterra farmer meetings, as almost 2000 farmers turned up to hear…


Quarry queries

Running a quarry safely is explained in a new publication from MinEx, the national Health & Safety Council for the…

Small herd bloggers aiming big

Just before Christmas, Smaller Milk and Supply Herds (SMASH) initiated a novel way for farmers to share their experiences and…


Is Wakanui’s reign starting to wane?

While feed wheat variety Wakanui still tops the tables for four year adjusted mean yield in Canterbury, a couple of newer cultivars are nipping at its heels.

Homing in on oilseed options

FAR cultivar and herbicide trials with resurgent crop oilseed rape promise to help growers hone their agronomy on the resurgent crop.

An eye in the sky

Imagine being able to walk into a field with your tablet or iPhone and be guided to a particular area or a plant not growing well. 

Farm Health

Tick eradication not Theileria silver bullet

Ensuring young stock are sourced from areas caught up in the outbreak of Theileriosis is still the best defence for farmers’ in areas where the disease is prevalent, says Bay Of Islands vet Garth Riddle.

Sheep sex – not an Australian joke

Australian researchers say the reason ewes produce many more lambs of one sex in one year than in others is traceable back to their diet in the leadup to joining.

2015 Ewe hogget event

All are welcome to come along and support excellence in farming and acknowledge winners at the 2015 New Zealand Ewe Hogget awards dinner, to be held in Christchurch in early June.

Farmer cleared of welfare violations

Although a Canterbury farmer and trucking company are in the clear over animal welfare violations, that is no cause for complacency, warns Federated Farmers.

Machinery & Products

Huge tractor on track to work well

South Canterbury arable farmer Warren Darling has taken delivery of a new Canadian-built 460hp Versatile DeltaTrack tractor, one of the bigger machines sold in the South Island in recent times.

Machinery co-op turns 10

Origin Agroup NZ’s only farm machinery buying co-op, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, so it was timely for Rural News to catch up with managing director Dave Donnelly at the recent Central Districts Field Days (CDFD).

Massey range gets a big lift

With a lift capacity of 3.5 tonnes to a maximum height of 4.0m, and powered by a Perkins 4-cyl 130hp engine, the machine certainly appears to have all the right credentials.


D40 still has the chops

The 2005 launch of the Nissan Navara D40 really tested its mettle, the media drive event hammering the trucks through…

2014’s most beautiful car

The Jaguar XE has been named ‘Most Beautiful Car of 2014’ at Festival Automobile International in Paris.

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The Hound

Something in the water?

Your old mate wonders if there’s something in the water that’s caused the recent raft of departures – some sudden…

Nice touch!

A mate of yours truly says he has recently noticed how the Fonterra tankers, seen driving up and down the…

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Forum attracts premier line-up

The line up of speakers for this month's 'The Future of Heartland Forum' near Cheviot in North Canterbury is making…

Rural Life

Shear dedication pays off

For competitive shearers, winning a class at Golden Shears is a career pinnacle. Peter McCabe, Tauranga, achieved this at the…

Pukekohe grower wins title

Hamish Gates from Pukekohe has beaten off tough competition to be crowned New Zealand Young Vegetable Grower 2015.