Canterbury arable farmer Earl Worsfold says there’s potential in growing specialty grains and pulses.

Six ‘star’ crops – soy, hemp, chickpeas, oats, buckwheat and quinoa – could represent new opportunities for New Zealand farmers.

 
Rising costs of feed and lower prices for stock are the order of the day in drought-hit Northland.

Northland farmers are starting to count the cost of one of the most severe droughts to hit the region as the cost of feed and lower prices for stock are the order of the day.

 
History of dairy goats in NZ

Goats have been used for milk production for at least 9,000 years, but in New Zealand dairy goats are a relatively recent introduction.

Former Ravensdown colleagues Jane Smith, of Newhaven Farms, and Justin Geary of NZ Farm Management, during the Action Group’s farm visit.

Farmer Jane Smith was “blown away” by the group dynamic and drive when she and husband Blair hosted the North Otago-based Growth and Development in Farming Action Group at Newhaven Farms in Oamaru.

Researchers Tommy Ley, far left, and Steve Breneger explain their project during the “speed dating” segment of an innovative event at Lincoln in which scientists presented updates into several research projects then had a series of face-to-face chats with journalists and others attending the event. Photo: Rural News Group.

State-owned farmer Pāmu has been able to reduce nitrogen input on its Waimakariri dairy farm while maintaining milk and grass production, by using fertigation – the application of fertiliser through irrigation.

Deer Industry NZ says it has beefed-up its farmer services by appointing Phil McKenzie as its new manager of farm performance.

Overseer is proving valuable as a resource management and decision-making tool on Lanercost, Beef + Lamb NZ’s new farm in North Canterbury.

Jane Argyle-Reed, partner in Ashburton law firm Argyle Welsh Finnigan, and her team, outline some of the recent changes in legislation that will be of interest to the rural and farming sectors.

Farmers will soon have an app to help them make better decisions about controlling erosion and reducing sediment entering New Zealand waterways.

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