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Top steaks make the cut

New Zealand’s 20 most succulent steaks have been named as finalists in the 2015 Beef and Lamb New Zealand Steak…

Fruit-fly zone reduced

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says it is relaxing the fruit and vegetable movement controls for some households within…

Partnership offers faster Internet

Wireless Nation says their partnership with Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) will give rural communities faster and more…

National

Costly fight too much for HortNZ

An "unworkable and economically” damaging recent Environment Court decision will not be challenged by Horticulture New Zealand because of the…

‘Rockstar’ lambs wool

Lamb wool has been the ‘rock star’ this season, with values about $1 above last year, according to Wool Services…

Sleep inducer goes to market

Canterbury dairy company Synlait Milk has begun selling a milk powder ingredient it claims is clinically proven to enhance sleep. 

Record confirmed

Timaru farmers Warren and Joy Darling are now the Guinness World Record (GWR) holders for the highest barley yield. 

World

What’s the beef?

Eating beef in the Indian state of Maharashtra now gives diners something extra to chew on – arrest, jail and a fine.

Aussie farm outlook brightens

Australian farmers are hearing that good times are coming: a top economic researcher predicts farm production will increase 5.3% to about A$54.4 billion next financial year.

Opinion

Very, very vexing

Fonterra's half-year results make unhappy reading to its 10,500 farmers, many struggling with drought and a precariously low payout.

Agribusiness

Beef prices to stay high

Beef prices have entered a “structural change” and are likely to stay 20-30% above historical averages, Rabobank’s Hayley Moynihan says.

Management

Ahuwhenua field day draws the crowds

At least 170 people turned out for the field day at Mangaroa Station, about an hour’s drive inland from Wairoa, on the North Island East Coast in mid-April.

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.

Farm Health

Unlocking secrets behind footrot

New Zealand’s fine wool sector is a step closer to eradicating footrot thanks to ground-breaking research in sheep genetics.

Farmer gets 20-year ban

An animal welfare offender has been disqualified from owning stock for 20 years and fined $7500 in Whangarei District Court.

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…

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…

Motoring

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…

New GM giants now in town

GENERAL MOTORS has given its Chevrolet and GMC pickups a major overhaul for 2015 and the new trucks are hitting…

Outback - A Kiwi favourite

The new Subaru Outback, hailed by the manufacturer as "the original crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV)", has been launched in…

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The Hound

More honey

Your canine crusader hears that the proponents behind the Meat Industry Excellence (MIE) Group – which published its long-awaited red…

Deafening silence

Your old mate would like to know what happened to all the vocal critics of the new owners of Crafar…

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Markets

Dairy prices slip again

Dairy prices slip again

Last night's Global Dairy Trade auction saw the average price index fall for the fourth consecutive time, dropping 3.5% to…

Wool market mostly steady

Wool market mostly steady

The latest wool auction of 4,700 bales from the North Island saw mixed price movements with a generally steady market…

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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…

Fonterra cuts milk price

Fonterra has reduced its forecast farmgate milk price for the 2014/15 season from $4.70/kgMS to $4.50/kgMS.

Rural Life

Top steaks make the cut

New Zealand’s 20 most succulent steaks have been named as finalists in the 2015 Beef and Lamb New Zealand Steak…

Shear dedication pays off

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