Six weeks to sort out muddle

The controversial Health and Safety Reform Bill has been sent back to a parliamentary select committee for another six weeks…

The great Kiwi earthworm survey

AgResearch scientists want farmer help to better understand the distribution of one of the little known heroes of New Zealand…


Minimum farm standards set

Minimum management standards expected of Canterbury’s farmers by June 2017 are defined in a newly released booklet, albeit without a…

Too little, too late

Red meat farmer lobby MIE will unveil “a cunning plan” next month to push for the merger of the two…


US going nuts about milk prices

From Kentucky family farms to Californian ‘mega dairies’, there is one thing on the mind of US dairy farmers – milk price. In California this is driving many to nuts.


Unbuggering the muddle

Workplace Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse recently described the existing workplace safety legislation a ‘bugger’s muddle’. 

The sun will rise

You know something is up in the farming world when three different government agencies are all casting a critical eye…


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.


Farmers flock to field day

More than 200 people turned up to the field day Maranga Station. Maranga is a typical East Coast hill country sheep and beef property and lies about 30km southwest of Gisborne on the Tiniroto Road.

Few opportunities to cut costs

In February the management team at Lincoln University were wringing their hands as the season appeared to be turning to custard, but at the latest field day the tone was much more upbeat.

Keep your best mates safe!

Many a time I have wished I was driving a police car. I’d love to turn on a siren and pull over the drivers whose dogs are travelling loose and unprotected on the back of vehicles.

Farm Health

Clues to in-calf conundrum

Despite great cow and pasture condition in spring, Lincoln University dairy farm’s six-week in-calf rate slumped from 78% last year…

The great Kiwi earthworm survey

AgResearch scientists want farmer help to better understand the distribution of one of the little known heroes of New Zealand…

Machinery & Products

The enduring Kiwi love affair

There's no doubt about Kiwis’ love affair with the Toyota Hi-Lux: 104,469 units sold since its launch in the late…

One machine, multiple tasks

The Gaspardo Contessa, a versatile cultivator/planter combination, has three key elements equipping it for multiple tasks in one pass, or…


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

Green gripe?

The Hound knows that the Greens hate farming about as much as they hate cars.


Your old mate notes that for the last few weeks the Australian-owned, controlled and managed so-called NZ Farmer rag has…

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Agricultural Scholarship Now Open

Applications are now open for the Woolworths Agriculture Business Scholarship Programme, available to young Kiwis working in the primary industries…

Drought takes its toll

Federated Farmers North Canterbury say farmers affected by the drought are facing a tough year ahead and will be struggling…

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Mixed results for wool

Mixed results for wool

Continued shipping pressure for China kept finer crossbreds firm at the latest wool auction however coarse wools eased as volumes…

Little change for wool

Little change for wool

The North Island wool auction this week remained mostly firm except for the higher volume of shorter shears, which eased,…

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…

A big wave from Kiwi Keith

Jim Brooker (83), of Darfield, recalls winning the first NZ Ploughing Championship at Oamaru in 1956 when he was 23…