Rural News

Swede warning for pregnant cows

jersey cows

The company which sells herbicide tolerant swedes linked to the death of hundeds of cows in the lower South Island is advising farmers not to let pregnant cows feed on them.

Second bid to merge wool scourers

bale of wool

New Zealand's two wool scour operators are seeking Commerce Commission approval to merge their businesses, resurrecting a move that failed to fire three years ago.

Industry relieved at honey deportation

honey bees

The deportation of a Ukrainian couple trying to bring honey and pollen into the country is a relief to the bee industry. The pair were coming to New Zealand to work on an apiary.

Disturbing amount of dirty dairying: council

effluent pipe on farm

Inspections of dairy farms in South Otago at the start of the new season have found what the regional council is describing as disturbing number of dirty dairying offenders.

High hopes for heat tolerant cow

The company says the mutation allows cows like Holsteins to cope with heat better.

A New Zealand company believes it may have bred a heat tolerant cow that could thrive in the tropics and says the genetic mutation allows the animal to produce more milk.

Lack of data hampers health alliance

The Rural Health Alliance says a lack of data is hampering its efforts to push for improved health services in rural communities and tackle high suicide and depression rates.

Search for best irrigation site

Farmland and irrigation equipment in Wairarapa

Highly technical work is being carried out to try and determine the best possible site for a proposed water storage site in Wairarapa.

Cow swede deaths prompt survey

cows in pens

The national dairy organisation will be conducting a detailed survey of Southland farmers to try to get to the bottom of swede poisoning in the region.

Be upfront about work conditions: expert

farmer and employee

An employment relations specialist has emphasised the importance of farmers being upfront with potential employees about working conditions on their farms.

Anti-GE group supports call for review

wheat crop

The national farming lobby group's call for a rethink on genetic engineering in New Zealand has been echoed by an unlikely ally - but with the opposite outcome in mind.

Migrant visas too rigid, says Dairy NZ

dairy milking

The dairy industry is considering trying to persuade the government into making migrant work visas more flexible, Dairy NZ's annual conference heard.

Time to re-visit GE - Fed Farmers

Federated Farmers says GE needs another look.

It is time for New Zealand to review the legislation which prevents the production of genetically engineered crops and pasture plants, Federated Farmers says.

Clean up crews complete storm work

Flooding at Hukerenui, Northland.

Taskforce Green teams that have been helping Northland farmers and orchardists with clean up and repairs after the July storms and flooding have finished up.

Dairy farmers urged to look after workers

dairy farming

The national dairy industry body is pushing for greater responsibility among farmers, particularly when it comes to the working conditions on their farms.

Growers' kiwifruit disease lawsuit delayed

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A class action lawsuit against the Government by kiwifruit growers has been delayed as the group behind the legal action makes sure its position is watertight.

Greens criticise Hort NZ over gastro cases

Kevin Hague.

Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague says it is very disappointing that Horticulture New Zealand is criticising a heath professional for trying to keep the public safe.

Biofuel technologies under the spotlight

An artist's impression of Z Energy's proposed biofuels plant at Wiri.

Ready to go and emerging wood-based biofuel technologies are under the spotlight at a conference in Rotorua today. Those attending include forest owners and scientists.

Record merino fleece weighs 28.9kg

Big Ben's fleece weighed 28.9 kilograms.

A McKenzie Country merino sheep which went AWOL has now been officially recognised as producer of the world's heaviest fleece, at 28.9kg eclipsing the fleece taken from Shrek.