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Scheme helps 1000 a week

Organiser of the rural wellbeing programme Farmstrong say it has exceeded expectations in its first year, supporting on average 1000 people each week to live and farm well.

Pioneering vineyard on market for sale

A pioneering vineyard that led the conversion from sheep farming to grape growing in its region has been placed on the market for sale, ending six generations of family ownership.


Cruise ship biosecurity trials to begin

The Ministry for Primary Industries and the cruise ship industry are set to trial a new accreditation scheme to reduce the biosecurity risk posed by arriving cruise passengers.


Brexit angst for Irish farmers

Irish sheep and beef farmers are blaming Britain’s planned exit from the European Union (Brexit) for lower-than-normal prices for their…


Climbing back up the hill

With Australian farmers focussed on the big wet across the country’s south, let’s look at the background -- how the…

Global milk production tumbles

Global milk production has fallen faster than expected in recent months, with the resulting rally in global dairy markets expected…




Showing the boys how it’s done!

Helen Slattery is the rural contracting sector's first woman to gain a national certificate in infrastructure works supervision Level 5.




Women dominate Young Farmer comp

New Zealand Young Farmers is applauding women outnumbering men in the annual FMG Young Farmer of the Year contest for the second consecutive year.

Farm Health


Body condition scoring service shaping up better

Body condition score (BCS) will increasingly be adopted as a measure in welfare assurance schemes, so scoring must be accurate throughout the BCS range, say DairyNZ’s Chris Leach and Jacqueline McGowan.

Machinery & Products

Red machines help contractors do the job

Graeme and Kay Murphy, of Murphy Contracting in Geraldine, South Canterbury, produce around 15,000 bales every season, entrusting this task to a MF 2250 medium square baler.

Cultivation well covered

Well known for making power harrows, rotary hoes, sub-soilers, mulchers and combination drills, Alpego has for 45 years used Swedish steel in delivering machines of high quality and durability.


Jobs struggle to find takers

With the annual value of the New Zealand agricultural machinery industry put at a conservative $1.3 billion, and agriculture in general being the key driver of NZ’s GDP, you’d think it would be easy to recruit youngsters into the industry.

Extreme proof of toughness

After six years experience using the technology, Canterbury agricultural contractor Martin Bruce (M.A. Bruce Ltd, Darfield) vouches for the durability and reliability of the new Claas Max Cut cutter-bar.



Jeep 75 years young

Jeep is celebrating 75 years of 4x4, military history and outdoor adventure in 2016 and to mark the event, Jeep…

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Wool market firms

Wool market firms

The double auctions in the South and North Islands attracted more interest yesterday.

Wool sale steadies

Wool sale steadies

The South Island sale of 8565 bales comprising a wide range of wool types saw good support with 78% of…

Rural Life

Ozone in the vineyard

The word ozone conjures up images of big holes in the atmosphere, stronger UV light, the risk of severe sunburn…

Drones versus birds

Drones may soon be joining the armoury of weapons used to scare birds away from ripening grapes  after a trial…