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…


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…

Dairy development under review

Landcorp Chief executive Steven Carden says its further development of dairy farms in the central North Island is under review. 


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.

Oz lamb cooks up a win

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


Out of control

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


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

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,…

Ram breeders welcome BSC BVs

A breeding value for ewe body condition score (BCS) will be available to ram breeders by the end of September. 

Machinery & Products


Bigger, faster, stronger!

As farmers and contractors seek more efficiencies, we see average horsepower climbing while implements get wider, longer or heavier. The…


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…

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…


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Hello pot!

The Hound reckons the Green Party’s former agriculture spokesman Steffan Browning is hypocritical in his recent attack on the appointment…

Green dilemma

This old mutt notes that scientists have now developed a genetically engineered rice crop that could emit much less methane…


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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…