Friday, July 1, 2022
Strong backing for new wool venture

Strong backing for new wool venture

National Council of NZ Wool Interests chair Rosstan Mazey is confident Wool Impact will have the capability to support and…

Bull sales end with real momentum

Bull sales end with real momentum

Matariki Holiday at Fairlie, South Canterbury, saw the highest price of the 2022 two-year bull sale season – $92,500 for the Angus bull Meadowslea R705. The star of the catalogue…
Innovation, stewardship key to irrigation awards

Innovation, stewardship key to irrigation awards

Irrigation New Zealand is on the lookout for farmers who show innovation and stewardship for this year’s awards. As part of the irrigation sector’s journey of continuous improvement, there have…
Dairy welfare code needs work

Dairy welfare code needs work

Farmer organisations have called the proposed changes to the code of welfare for dairy cattle as big, complex and overly prescriptive. The scale of change outlined by the National Animal…

Alternative nitrogen sources on trial

A series of on-farm trials will explore a range of alternative nitrogen inputs. The industry is seeing increasing pressure to reduce nitrogen inputs and the price of synthetic N is…

Nurture community, as well as environment

For rural people, some of the most significant relationships we can have are with our neighbours and community services.  In a rural context, those neighbours and localities may be a…



Strong backing for new wool venture

Strong backing for new wool venture

National Council of NZ Wool Interests chair Rosstan Mazey is confident Wool Impact will have the capability to support and…

Seeka sets sights on being carbon neutral

New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit grower Seeka is on its way to being carbon neutral by 2050 but still plans to expand. “We operate in fast-growing industries, and we intend to…

Group has plans for wool’s impact

The Government has invested $4.5 million in a new venture to drive export growth for New Zealand’s strong wool sector. Under new industry body, Wool Impact, the $11.4m programme is…

Govt boosts funds to reduce food waste

The Government has boosted the coffers to further help minimise the waste of surplus edible food. This comes as a recent survey reveals Kiwis household food waste habits have taken…



Bull sales end with real momentum

Bull sales end with real momentum

Matariki Holiday at Fairlie, South Canterbury, saw the highest price of the 2022 two-year bull sale season – $92,500 for…

Good NZ-EU deal or no deal

Meat and dairy exporters had thrown their arms up in despair at continued stonewalling from European negotiators as the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrived in Brussels last week to try…

EU standing firm on red meat access

European negotiators continued to stonewall demands from their New Zealand counterparts for increased market access for this country’s dairy and beef exports in trade talks in Brussels yesterday. Sources close…

Zespri profit forecast down

ZESPRI’S latest profit projection to growers for the 2022-23 year contains some caution as the sector, like all primary industries, continues to grapple with shipping issues, freight costs and inflation…

Dairy welfare code needs work

Dairy welfare code needs work

Farmer organisations have called the proposed changes to the code of welfare for dairy cattle as big, complex and overly…

UK FTA bill enters parliament

Legislation to enact New Zealand’s Free Trade Agreement with the United Kingdom was introduced in parliament on Wednesday. It will formalise an agreement reached between New Zealand and the UK…

Minister’s call on Taratahi sale

Land at the former Taratahi farm training centre where thousands of young farmers learnt their craft could be sold to repay the debt that caused the agricultural training centre into…

Sector hopes science, not politics, prevails in HWEN pricing

New Zealand farming leaders are hoping science rather than politics prevails when the Government decides the fate of He Waka Eke Noa (HWEN) later this year. The plan put forward…



Alternative nitrogen sources on trial

Alternative nitrogen sources on trial

A series of on-farm trials will explore a range of alternative nitrogen inputs. The industry is seeing increasing pressure to…

Funding for elusive black gold

New Zealand truffle growing has a past clothed in a level of secrecy and rumour that Opotiki couple Annette Munday and Matiu Hudson are keen to dispel.  Munday recounts how…

Be in control of your financial goals

If asked what the most important aspect of your farming business is, what would you say? Farming for profit would obviously rank highly alongside guardianship of and managing the environment,…

Red meat more nutritious than alternatives – study

A new study has found red meat is a better source of protein than a processed plant-based alternative. Findings from a human clinical trial undertaken for the Pasture Raised Advantage…

Innovation, stewardship key to irrigation awards

Innovation, stewardship key to irrigation awards

Irrigation New Zealand is on the lookout for farmers who show innovation and stewardship for this year’s awards. As part…

New initiative aims to fill worker shortages

A new initiative, Ag Work NZ, will try to entice more people to New Zealand and into farm worker and tractor driver roles.  Ag Work NZ is affiliated with rural…

Aussie eyes on Kiwi beef goals

Beef + Lamb NZ’s Informing NZ Beef programme is an ambitious industry plan to lift farm profitability, while also enhancing the sustainability of NZ beef production by adopting improved genetics. …

Nathan Guy appointed chair of Meat Industry Association

Nathan Guy will take over as chair of the Meat Industry Association, replacing John Loughlin. Loughlin will finish his six-year term after the annual Red Meat Sector Conference in Christchurch…



Nurture community, as well as environment

Nurture community, as well as environment

For rural people, some of the most significant relationships we can have are with our neighbours and community services.  In…

Lettuce from the high country, anyone?

The hue and cry over He Waka Eke Noa (HWEN) has been considerable, which I suppose is to be expected. In many cases ignorance is bliss and the amount of…

Methane issue is far from settled

In late May, the eleven rural-industry partners in He Waka Eke Noa (HWEN) reached internal compromises that were sufficient for all to sign-up to a joint greenhouse gas (GHG) document,…

A caper around the bay

Recently I attended a great Hawke’s Bay Farm Forestry field day at Te Awanga. It’s not somewhere most of you will have heard of but it’s a small area well…