Rural News

Forestry co-op eyes small plantations

A new forestry co-operative is hoping to cash in on New Zealand's so-called wall of wood.

A new forestry co-operative bankrolled by wealthy Chinese and Australian investors is hoping to cash in on this country's so-called 'wall of wood' which is reaching harvestable age. (AUDIO)

Varroa and bee viruses linked - study

Honey bee showing pollen sacs on legs, Canterbury, New Zealand

An Otago University study has thrown more light on the role that the varroa honey bee mite plays in spreading diseases through beehives, and in particular two viruses.

Winegrowers toasting bumper harvest

The wine industry has confirmed a record grape harvest this year.

The New Zealand wine industry has confirmed a record grape harvest this year. All up, 445,000 tonnes of grapes have been picked - about 60,000 more than last year.

Northland farmers 'severely affected'

Flooding at Hukerenui, Northland.

A Northland dairy farmer says the future is bleak for many in the industry in the region, particularly farm workers, after flooding, a fall in the milk payout and increased rates.

Food markets told to join forces

NZ and businessmen.

An agribusiness authority told an industry conference that food exporters and marketers selling into China should be doing a lot more to work collectively under a NZ Inc. banner.

Benefits of fish silage confirmed

Dairy cattle numbers continue to grow.

A conference in Wellington has heard the results of trials which confirmed production and health benefits of liquid silage produced from fish guts for cattle and sheep.

Doubts for China's dairy farm growth

Milk separator equipment at a dairy factory.

Susan Kilsby, a senior dairy analyst with Agrifax and the author of a new report on dairy in China, doubts whether China will ever become self-sufficient in milk.

Lactoferrin activity on target - Synlait

dairy cows

Canterbury dairy processor and exporter Synlait Milk says it is on target to produce 15 metric tonnes of spray-dried lactoferrin in the current finanical year.

Farmers see dairy result as positive

LIC escapes regulations imposed when it controlled dairy herd testing.

Farmers are seeing the overnight Global Dairy Trade results in a positive light, as the whole milk powder price rose by more than three percent, a turnaround from the big falls of the past two auctions. (AUDIO)

Flower grower numbers 'plummeted'

worker at nursery

The president fof the New Zealand Flower Growers' Association said people will be forced to rely increasingly on fresh lower imports due to an exodus of growers here.

Move to reintroduce wool levy

wool fleece

The Campaign for Wool will be a beneficiary of a resurrected wool levy if farmers decide to support it. A charge of three cents per kilo is proposed and voting begins in September.

Kiwifruit boss sees no need for overhaul

kiwfruit vines

A long-serving kiwifruit industry executive sees no need to overhaul the industry structure as it recovers from the Psa vine disease crisis. Tony Hawken believes a new variety, G3, will lead the way.

Final approval for Sounds salmon farms

Dr Nick Smith.

After years of legal battles, three new salmon farms have been given the final approval for the Marlborough Sounds. Conservation Minister Nick Smith says they will create 150 new jobs.

Botulism scare prompts dairy working group

The working group was one of the recommendations of an independent Government inquiry into the whey protein concentrate contamination.

Last year's botulism scare has prompted the creation of a new working group in the dairy processing sector. It will be chaired by Northland dairy farmer Greg Gent.

Forest safety 'points scoring' must end - assoc

The Worksafe submission says safety is not a high enough priority and is undermined by non-compliant operators.

The Forest Owners Association has taken umbrage at some of the comments made in a submission by the government safety agency, Worksafe New Zealand.

Future of G9 kiwifruit still uncertain

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Growers of a newly developed kiwifruit, which has raised concerns over its commercial viability, have more time to decide whether to change to a different variety.

Eastpack head confident of kiwifruit recovery

EastPack chief executive Tony Hawken.

Long serving kiwifruit industry figure Eastpack chief executive Tony Hawken is confident that the sector is well on the road to recovery from the PSA crisis.

PSA disease grips Kerikeri orchards

Gold kiwifruit.

The kiwifruit vine disease PSA is taking hold in Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands with close to 30 orchards affected, two years after it devastated orchards in Bay of Plenty and other regions.

Rural Women releases election manifesto

The manifesto focuses on 13 areas where it says action is needed to ensure a fair deal for rural communities including broadband.

Rural Women New Zealand has sent a message to the next Government in a manifesto of its wish-list for the next three years. It focuses on 13 areas where it says action is needed.

NZ software could scupper mouse outbreaks

MouseAlert is an interactive website which uses mapping technology to enable arable crop growers to record and view mouse activity in their local area in real time.

A NZ designed software system designed to predict and tackle mouse outbreaks is being trialled in Australia. MouseAlert allows crop growers to record and view mouse activity.

Council helps with mucky situation

dairy farmer with cows

Southland farmers are backing a move by the regional council to allow them to deal with overflowing effluent ponds, which allows them to spread limited amounts on their pasture.

Call for rethink on breeding cycle

Cow and newborn calf.

The dairy industry says the practice of inducing cows to abort their calves so they can start milking earlier will be not be permitted from next season - but an animal rights group is not holding its breath.

Three vacancies on Fonterra board

fonterra building

Fonterra has opened nominations for its annual elections. There are three vacancies to fill on the dairy co-operative's board and the deadline is 5 September.