SFF chief joins deer board

Silver Fern Farms chief executive Dean Hamilton has been appointed to the Deer Industry New Zealand (DINZ) board for a…


New phase for NAIT programme

July is the start of the next phase for OSPRI’s NAIT programme with the three-year exemption period for pre-NAIT cattle…

Irradiated tomatoes must be labelled

New Zealand retailers are being reminded to clearly label their irradiated tomatoes as the season’s first shipment arrives from Australia…


Industry too product focused

Speaking to Rural News after his SIDE speech, Sir Ray Avery said he thinks the whole dairy industry is too…


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.


Oz lamb cooks up a win

Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) Australia Day lamb advertisement has won TV Ad of the Year.

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.


Councils need eyeballing

So much time and energy is spent managing land and water at present, and decisions about rules are only the…

MIE reforms the way to go

As a significant Alliance Group (AGL) shareholder I am prompted to lay bare the facts to my fellow shareholders.

Floods to remember

While the latest floods in the lower North Island are not as widespread and therefore not in the same league…


Staying the course in value add

In recent months we’ve seen speculation from some commentators on the uncertain future of co-operative dairying in New Zealand –…


New phase for NAIT programme

July is the start of the next phase for OSPRI’s NAIT programme with the three-year exemption period for pre-NAIT cattle now over.

Scientists help drive China sheep venture

Three Massey University agricultural scientists have been appointed advisors to a massive indoor sheep farming operation in China. This has potential to benefit New Zealand long term, says one of the scientists, Professor Hugh Blair.


TB plan out for discussion

The future of TB control in New Zealand is in the hands of farmers and other key stakeholders, with the TB Plan proposal now open for consultation. 

Set up the young to succeed

Setting popele up to be successful – that’s the challenge Massey University faces according to its new pro vice-chancellor, science, Professor Ray Geor.

Farm Health

TB control plan under fire

The anti-1080 lobby Farmers Against Ten Eighty (FATE) is claiming possums are scapegoats for TB outbreaks nationwide.

Gong for Oamaru vet

Oamaru vet Dave Robinson has been recognised for his huge contribution to the sheep and beef sector, receiving the inaugural…

Treats for training?

I am often asked if I use ‘treats’ to train dogs. My answer is, very occasionally.

Machinery & Products

Goat feeders meet growing need

A recently introduced premium range of goat feeding equipment from Stallion Plastics should hit the shelves in time for this…

Hi-tech displays awe visitors

They say innovation is changing the way we do business and this was professionally demonstrated by the Tulloch site at…

We came, we saw, we ate

Well it's all over for another year. The tents and flagpoles have been taken down, the bark and mulch have been…


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 reckons Labour’s agriculture spokesman Damien O’Connor may be treading on thin ice in calling for Fonterra chief executive…


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Wool generally holds ground

The latest combined North and South Island wool auction saw a 91% clearance and a generally firm market, says NZWSI…

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