New chair for Young Farmers

A 27-year-old sales and marketing executive at ANZCO has been elected as the new chair for New Zealand Young Farmers.


Awards recognise labour of love

Northland farmers Ian and Sandy Page say they thoroughly enjoyed entering the 2015 Ballance Farm Environment Awards (BFEA) and would…

Wool market consolidates

Lack of confidence in global markets and a weakening New Zealand dollar may have affected the latest South Island wool…


Wires are a killer!

Alan Beck a pilot and chairman of the NZ Agricultural Aviation Association, says it’s now socially unacceptable for farmers not…

Good result in Mongol Derby

Ben Wilks from Katikati, whose story appeared in Rural News in April, finished a creditable third-equal at his first attempt…


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.


White paper a blueprint for Aussie farm profitability?

Australian farmers can look forward to a A$1.2 billion boost to farm incomes and more drought assistance as part of the recently released Federal Government’s long awaited agricultural competitiveness white paper.

Get on with TB fight

UK farmers are urging their Government to implement its 25-year TB eradication strategy immediately and in full to ensure farmer support for it remains strong.

EU moves will slash grain supply

European legislation threatens to slash the trading bloc’s grain output, so boosting prices globally, growers at the UK’s Cereals event were told last month.


On the hook

It's a fallacy that the farming community need not worry about health and safety because of changes to the Health…

Out of control

Fonterra is losing control – control of correctly predicting the mood among commodity buyers and correctly predicting how dairy prices…


Zespri calls for grads

Kiwifruit marketer Zespri is again looking for graduates to join the business, following the launch of its graduate scheme last…

Fonterra offers loans to farmers

The Fonterra Cooperative Support ‘loan’ to be made available to shared-up farmers shows the co-op is optimistic prices will come…



Grower’s OE tipped the scales

When Katikati kiwifruit orchardist Sean Carnachan went to Europe in 2007 on a Zespri fact-finding mission it was the turning point in his understanding of the industry in which he is a major player.

Farm Health

Focus on feeding – vet

Sheep and beef farmers need to focus on feeding their best stock well, according to Martin Walshe, practice manager of…

Closer NZ-China sheep ties

A collaboration between New Zealand sheep researchers and Chinese red meat producers will benefit both countries’ farming systems, the academics…

Double honour for Massey vet

Massey University vet Peter Wilson has been doubly honoured recently: he was awarded the Deer Farmers Association’s Premier Industry Award,…

Machinery & Products

Carrier takes load off

CB Norwood Distributors, importers of Vaderstad cultivators, has launched the maker’s Carrier L and XL cultivators.

She’s a pretty big job!

When Smythe Contractors, Hautapu, recently won the contract to install the irrigation system for the new second drier being constructed…



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

Funny that

Your old mate has heard about framing a question to get the answer you want, but reckons environmental campaigners down…

No thanks

The Hound reckons the old adage ‘would you buy a used car off this man?’ should be applied when dealing…


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Wool market consolidates

Wool market consolidates

Lack of confidence in global markets and a weakening New Zealand dollar may have affected the latest South Island wool…

Rural Life

Wanaka A&P up for award

The Wanaka A&P Show has been nominated as a finalist in the annual New Zealand Association of Event Professionals Event…