Jamie McFadden says planting and fencing off waterways is not always easy or practical.

Making waterway planting compulsory on farms nationwide would be totally impractical, says North Canterbury native plant nurseryman and environmental consultant Jamie McFadden. 

AgResearch scientist Dr Greg Bryan discusses the development of a genetically-modified ryegrass, during a workshop for farmers in 2017.

A New Zealand-developed genetically modified ryegrass has reached an important milestone, entering a full growing trial in the US.

 
 
Winter is the truffle harvesting season for Gavin Hulley and his truffle-hunting dog Sophie, an eight-year-old poodle-spaniel cross. Gavin runs the 2ha Amuri Truffiere at Waikari in North Canterbury, primarily servicing some of Christchurch’s high-end restaurants.

At up to $250 retail for a well-shaped 80-90g black perigord truffle, growing the gourmet delicacy has its obvious rewards.

Murray Jagger.

The perception needs to change of Jersey growth rates and finishing times, says Whangarei Heads dairy farmer Murray Jagger. 

Goat industry pioneer John Woodward shearing his son’s Michael’s angora goats at Dunsandel, Canterbury.

Dunsandel farmer Michael Woodward may be Federated Farmers North Canterbury dairy chairman but his real passion is the angora goats he inherited from his father John.

New national ambassadors for sustainabile farming, Catriona and Mark White.

New Zealand's new national ambassadors for sustainable farming and growing, Mark and Catriona White, are getting better-than-average production out of their kiwifruit operation using organic farming methods.

Farmers need to ask themselves how often they have loaded onto a truck an animal they would not be happy eating, says Nuffield scholar David Kidd.

Three young Māori farmers will compete in late May for the title of Young Māori Farmer of the year. 

If every farm in New Zealand used the new ClearTech system for harvesting clean water from dairy effluent, NZ would save 42 billion litres of freshwater each year.

Moyra Bramley was born in 1933, the year Sir Apirana Ngata and Lord Bledisloe inaugurated the Ahuwhenua Trophy to recognise excellence in Maori farming — now Ms Bramley has at least a 50/50 chance of winning that trophy.

Farmers in Canterbury and Manawatu have shared stories on their hill country development experiences to give regulators and other farmers a better understanding of managing risks and opportunities on this type of land.

The number of animals we have in New Zealand and how we use our land is part of our greenhouse gas emissions profile and must be part of any policy discussions, explains Andy Reisinger. 

The first meat quality results from the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Genetics (BLNZ Genetics) beef progeny test are showing that farmers can select genetics to markedly improve their beef herds, and better marbling than expected in some breeds.

 

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