Aussie farmers back China trade deal

As Australian politicians haggle over endorsing a free trade agreement with China, farmers are warning that failure to ratify the deal will cost them up to A$18 billion over 10 years.


Paying the price for our hot air

New Zealand is liable internationally for agricultural emissions, but the Government (taxpayers as a whole) pays for them, despite agriculture…


Winston Peters has been at it again, hiding behind the cloak of Parliamentary privilege to deliver another conspiracy-riddled attack, this…

Ag twits

Rural News' irreverent and hypothetical look at what's happening in the farming world.


More learning on the job

Primary ITO, the industry training organisation for the primary sector, is launching new qualifications for the agriculture sector this month.

Better rural broadband welcomed

'Bold' new broadband rural connectivity targets have been welcomed by the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa NZ (RHANZ) and the Telecommunication…

Showcase of Maori farming opens

The Ahuwhenua Trophycompetition that will in 2016 decide the top Maori dairy farm gives a great focus to Maori working…


Gypsum can help mitigate losses in runoff

Gypsum can at least partially address many hydrological and chemical factors that influence the loss of phosphorus and other nutrients from farms to waterways, says a Canterbury company.

Steeling farmers for safety in the yards

Steel yards and animal handling gear is a must in the 21st century farming, especially for sheep and beef, says an exhibitor looking forward to the inaugural East Coast Farming with Technology Expo at Wairoa in April.


How much do you know about your insurance?

Toby Gee, from national law firm Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, poses questions he would ask, and the answers he would give, about business insurance and ways to save money and hassle.

Aussie lead global red meat research

A global approach to positioning beef and lamb as premium consumer products is a step closer, with Australian research attracting new international collaboration.

The Loe-down from the Hurunui kid

The roadside lucerne paddock is freshly cut. The kettle is on the boil and Richard Loe is looking ruefully out his kitchen window, perched high on the north bank of the Waimakariri River.

Farm Health

Get ready for the big dry!

Vets are encouraging farmers to prepare for a dry summer and to figure out how best to manage livestock through…

Machinery & Products


Pile it high!

In the early days of self-propelled forage harvesters, power seemed to be 350-400hp and they chopped a lot of grass…


Still turning many heads

The saying goes “the only good thing to come out of Birmingham (UK) is the M6 motorway”, but just a…

Hybrid car comes of age

Firstly, in my defence, I’m a 1970s petrolhead who knew his way around Cortina, Capri and Weber carburettors no problem,…




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Holier than thou

The sanctimonious lot from Bitch & Complain (Fish & Game) have spat the dummy and walked away from the Land…


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Wool finally on the up

Wool finally on the up

New Zealand Wool Services International's chief executive John Dawson says a slightly easier NZ dollar and limited wool volumes combined…

Wool prices steady

Wool prices steady

NZ Wool Services International's North Island offering of 5400 bales received strong support with 99% selling, chief executive John Dawson…

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