Get fit for farming

Beef + Lamb New Zealand is calling on sheep and beef farmers to rise to the Farmstrong Cycle Challenge and…




NZ beef preferred in Japan

Research shows 89% of supermarket consumers in international markets consider the country of origin when deciding which beef to purchase.

French farmers protest

When French farmers are unhappy they take to the streets. Last week, 1000 tractors rolled into Paris as French farmers tried to clog up the capital’s roads in protest at plummeting food prices.


California drought tightens grip on farming

Drought on the US West Coast is tightening its grip on California agriculture, squeezing 30% more workers and cropland out of production than in 2014, according to the latest drought impact report by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.


US farmers not too keen on Trump

According to US political magazine Politico Donald Trump’s brash talk about stopping undocumented immigration has excited Republican primary voters, turbocharged…

Farmers’ will do their bit

The Health and Safety Reform Bill grabbed many headlines because of farming activities that are deemed high risk, and those…

TPP a prize worth the effort

Few trade agreements have generated as many column inches – or as much protest - as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). 

A ‘Brighter’ future?

It seems that farmer/shareholder ownership of primary sector entities is almost worshipped in some quarters.



Liming regime brings rewards

Come snow, drought or falling returns, Ranfurly sheep and beef farmer Johnny Girvan always limes, says his lime supplier Graymont.


Ewes give landslide the slip

It was a Saturday afternoon and it had been raining for two days; Taranaki farmer Graham Fergus decided to move his ewes on a hilly paddock.

Farm Health

Induction ban no biggie – vet

Proactive farming and a stringent plan is credited for minimising the impact of the industry-wide ban on routine inductions which…

Machinery & Products


More models in new forklift range

Manitou, the French materials handling specialist, has expanded its range of industrial forklifts with eight new models of 5-10 tonnes…

Dealing with large swathes

Rotary swathers have been the choice of farmers and contractors for producing large swaths to increase forager and balers outputs,…


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,…

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…


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The Hound

Good for you

Studies show that people who grow up on farms – especially dairy farms – have way fewer allergy and asthma…


Your old mate had to giggle at a recent media proclamation from the Waikato Regional Council. The local government body boldly…


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Wool market eases

Wool market eases

A firming NZ dollar and more reserved overseas buying combined to lower most prices at this week’s wool auction, says…

Rural Life

Lamb competition undergoes revamp

Sheep farmers are being encouraged to enter the Canterbury A&P Show's new and improved Mint Lamb Competition after an overhaul…