Thursday, April 25, 2024

Faces of NZ Farming

People-focused content about everyday Kiwis who work the land in New Zealand's primary sector.

Emma Poole and family

How Emma Poole’s reaching new heights

ShepherdessApr 22, 2024
Nearly a year on since her historical win, Emma Poole acknowledges it’s not the end of her Young Farmers journey and there’s still plenty more to be done.

Learning NZ’s dairying ropes a family affair

Samantha TennentApr 18, 2024
Battling to recruit staff for the remote North Canterbury farm he manages, Jaspal Singh looked closer to home – thousands of kilometres away.

A day in the life of ‘the queen of the Waihōpai woolshed’

ShepherdessApr 16, 2024
I wake up and go to bed. Then I do it all again the next day – every day, every day, every day, says Invercargill-based shearer Esther Kidd.

Nadia Lim’s ‘egg lady’ is a Jane of all trades

Olivia CaldwellApr 15, 2024
Royalburn Station has attracted plenty of interest on Seasons 1 and 2 of Nadia’s Farm. One of its growing ventures involves chickens, and the former cowboy vet nurse in charge of them.


Wairarapa environmentalists are masters of their ag destiny

Wairarapa environmentalists are masters of their ag destiny

Farmers WeeklyApr 12, 2024
Wairarapa dairy farmers Hamish and Rachel Hammond have impressive academic credentials under their farming belts.
Southland tulip farm harvests its last bulb

Southland tulip farm harvests its last bulb

Gerhard UysApr 5, 2024
The brothers who ran Van Eeden Tulips have closed the business, leaving a huge gap in the local market.
Farming with your bestie: where practical skills meets theory

Farming with your bestie: where practical skills meets theory

ShepherdessMar 28, 2024
Two mates working on the same station share how their same but different background is a winning formula.
Ahuwhenua Young Maori Farmer - Shayden Gardiner Ahuwhenua Trophy Excellence in Māori Farming Award 2024 - Dairy. March 2024. Photo by alphapix.nz CONDITIONS of USE: FREE for editorial use in direct relation the Ahuwhenua Trophy competition. ie. not to be used for general stories about the finalist or farming. NO archiving of images. NO commercial use. Please contact John@alphapix.co.nz if you have any questions

Finest young Māori farmers compete for title

Farmers WeeklyMar 22, 2024
Three 2024 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award finalists named.
Twelve months of women in ag

Twelve months of women in ag

Farmers WeeklyMar 8, 2024
March 8 is International Women’s Day, so we’ve put together a collection of stories we’ve covered over the past 12 months of women making waves in the food and fibre sector.
Moffat leaves behind an evolving industry

Moffat leaves behind an evolving industry

Annette ScottFeb 28, 2024
DINZ CEO ‘desperately proud of NZ’s ability to produce the highest quality, safe food’.
Life’s better with gumboots

Life’s better with gumboots

Federated FarmersFeb 23, 2024
Being involved in something bigger than oneself is so good for the soul, newly appointed Federated Farmers Taranaki president says.
Ten million wool bales later, Cochrane hangs his hat

Ten million wool bales later, Cochrane hangs his hat

Annette ScottFeb 21, 2024
Rob Cochrane started his career in the stock and station industry sorting mail. After 50 years in the industry and perhaps 1000 auctions, he retired this month.
From spare wheel to driver’s seat

From spare wheel to driver’s seat

Dairy FarmerFeb 12, 2024
It took a stint in an office to show Montie Hare that farming was what he really wanted to do.
Centenarian reflects on lifelong devotion to farming

Centenarian reflects on lifelong devotion to farming

Even at 100, Grace Martin says she still takes an interest in farming, particularly when it comes to the changing role of women on the farm.
A day in the life of Harriet Bremner

A day in the life of Harriet Bremner

ShepherdessJan 16, 2024
2023 Zanda McDonald Award winner Harriet Bremner provides insight into what a typical day is like for her on farm.
Warren-Parker

Pāmu pays tribute to late Dr Warren Parker

Farmers WeeklyJan 8, 2024
Chair hailed as ‘a highly respected primary sector leader’.
E-bike touring a new challenge for Wairarapa woman

E-bike touring a new challenge for Wairarapa woman

Alan EmersonDec 18, 2023
Bundle of energy Lucinda Maunsell is channelling it into a 65km bike trail in the Tinui Valley and beyond – and that’s just the start.
A lifetime of helping farmers get the basics right

A lifetime of helping farmers get the basics right

Annette ScottDec 18, 2023
Retired farm systems scientist Tom Fraser is a straight talker who takes pride in getting the basics across to farmers.
From high heels to Red Bands

From high heels to Red Bands

Samantha TennentDec 11, 2023
Hashini Cooke has gone from wanting to be off the farm to longing to be on one of her own.
A young shearer on the rise

A young shearer on the rise

Jodiesha Kirkpatrick reached her impressive 200-lamb tally in November while shearing on Pihitia Station just north of Gisborne.
Emissions impossible: the eventful tenure of Damien O’Connor

Emissions impossible: the eventful tenure of Damien O’Connor

Neal WallaceNov 30, 2023
Neal Wallace sat down with the former agriculture and trade minister as he packed up his office and reflected on his time in the Beehive.
Young auctioneer details 5-year journey to crowning moment

Young auctioneer details 5-year journey to crowning moment

Annette ScottNov 16, 2023
Five years of dedication, perseverance and doing the hard yards have reaped rewards for Henry Miller, who was gunning for more than the bid in the New Zealand Young Auctioneers Contest.
From the classroom to the chicken shed

From the classroom to the chicken shed

ShepherdessNov 14, 2023
Two young teachers and their children are enjoying more time – and presence – after a move to the country.
LouLou the Cow Whisperer: for the love of the herd

LouLou the Cow Whisperer: for the love of the herd

Dairy FarmerNov 13, 2023
A once accountant now award-winning dairy farmer and ag social media influencer-in-the-making talks shop and what keeps her well and going on farm.
Humble beginnings fuel Jessie Chan’s success

Humble beginnings fuel Jessie Chan’s success

Tony BennyOct 5, 2023
On her journey from scruffy kid dealing with family pain to the ag powerhouse she has become, Jessie Chan can trace where her strength comes from.
All roads lead to dairying for one Manawatū farmer

All roads lead to dairying for one Manawatū farmer

Dairy FarmerOct 3, 2023
Sam Henson has tried his hand at a couple of trades, but there are several reasons he always comes back to dairy.
Four farmilies, a small town and 100 years of being neighbours

Four farmilies, a small town and 100 years of being neighbours

Annette ScottOct 2, 2023
In North Canterbury is a pocket of history-rich farmland that has been owned by four neighbouring dairy farming families since the days when their ancestors 'about chased the moas off’.
Variety the spice of life for a Matamata farmer

Variety the spice of life for a Matamata farmer

Gerald PiddockSep 25, 2023
At the end of her calf-rearing, beef-breeding, plant nursery and AB tech day, a multi-talented Matamata farmer and DWN member opens her hair salon out by the implements shed.
Fourth-generation farmer had to earn stripes on farm

Fourth-generation farmer had to earn stripes on farm

ShepherdessSep 20, 2023
Being born into a farming family doesn't exempt you doing the hard yards to earn your keep as a generational farmer.
Schoolgirl farmer finds her happy place

Schoolgirl farmer finds her happy place

Annette ScottSep 13, 2023
At the age of 14, North Canterbury’s Pieta Sidey has her own sheep stud.
Lame stories from the vet chronicles expert’s journey as a cow doctor

Lame stories from the vet chronicles expert’s journey as a cow doctor

Ross NollySep 11, 2023
A Taranaki vet has travelled around the world learning about and treating lameness in cows.
Paengaroa farm goes OAD in quest for work-life balance

Paengaroa farm goes OAD in quest for work-life balance

Samantha TennentSep 7, 2023
A keen sharemilking couple are taking a punt on changing to once-a-day milking for the full season for the sake of their team’s quality of life.
Future farmers step up to have their say

Future farmers step up to have their say

Bryan GibsonSep 1, 2023
Young people working in food and fibre sector get organised.
Taking cattle breeding by the Shorthorn

Taking cattle breeding by the Shorthorn

ShepherdessAug 31, 2023
A Shorthorn cattle breeder has come a long way from her first sale at sixteen.
Different sort of sheep farm produces dairy and DNA 

Different sort of sheep farm produces dairy and DNA 

Bryan GibsonAug 30, 2023
Pioneering sheep milk pair have refined genetics over the decades.
Making a choice to make a mark in ag

Making a choice to make a mark in ag

Tony BennyAug 28, 2023
From bale-grazing in winter to boosting oxygen in the irrigator, this North Canterbury ag leader has never met a farm system he couldn’t tweak.
Merino cushions fall on Rakaia spread

Merino cushions fall on Rakaia spread

Annette ScottAug 25, 2023
Some income stability ‘is good news in a year like this’.
From rock’n’roller to dairy farmer

From rock’n’roller to dairy farmer

Samantha TennentAug 10, 2023
Living the rock’n’roll lifestyle on the road with a world-renowned band was the opportunity of a lifetime but love for the land eventually drew one Waikato farmer into the industry.
Taking charge of the family farm

Taking charge of the family farm

Tony BennyJul 31, 2023
Determined to take the job by the horns, Jack Symes won a major award just two years into managing the family farm.
How do you react when confronted with challenges on farm?

How do you react when confronted with challenges on farm?

Dairy FarmerJul 27, 2023
How you react to challenges has a huge impact on how well you manage the ups and downs of farming.
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