Rural News

Log transport business into administration

A long-standing log transport business at the top of the South Island has gone into voluntary adminstration because of tough trading conditions and cash flow problems.

Smelly protest against regional council

A dispute with the Otago Regional Council led a couple to drive 120 kilometres to dump a load of horse dung on the council's driveway in Dunedin. (AUDIO)

Can science fix the dairy debate?

The debate continues on whether there should be a moratorium on further dairy farm development.

Clues expected on toxic swedes

The forthcoming results of a farmer survey are expected to give further insight into why cows died after eating toxic swedes in Southland.

Dairy moratorium too simplistic say farmers

Farmers say a moratorium on dairy farm conversions would be too simplistic and there are other ways of cutting the environmental impact of dairy farming.

New tool in battle against pest

Scientists say a natural bacteria is one step closer to being able to be used in the fight against a pasture pest.

Campylobacter testing to be reviewed

The Primary Industries Ministry is reviewing its testing system for campylobacter in poultry.

Farming leader hails 'wake-up call' result

A Far North farming and business leader says the weekend by-election result was the best possible result for the Northland region.

Season's first kiwifruit shipment at sea

The first of more than 50 refrigerated ships that will carry New Zealand kiwifruit to export markets this season has left Tauranga.

Rain brings no end to water restrictions

Most Canterbury rivers are still under irrigation restrictions, despite rain in parts of the drought designated region over the past two weeks.

Wool scouring merger up for approval

The Commerce Commission is set to approve a merger of the country's remaining wool scouring operations, even though it will create a monopoly.

Central Otago pinot gets its own glass

Pinot Noir produced in Central Otago now has its own drinking glass, which the designer says will enhance the flavour and aroma of the wine.

Other solutions must be considered - Rolleston

The president of Federated Farmers says regions need to consider solutions other than suspending dairy farming activity to reduce its environmental impact.

Dam users may get last irrigation chance

Drought afflicted farmers in South Canterbury who depend on the Opuha dam for irrigation may get the chance to turn the sprinklers on again briefly.

High NZ dollar hits wool prices

Wool prices have taken a bit more of a hammering from the exchange rate this week.

Dairy company fined for waterway pollution

A dairy company has been fined in excess of $25,000 for damage to a Waikato stream between 2010 and 2013.

Ballance Agri-Nutrients fined $60,000

The fertiliser manufacturer Ballance Agri-Nutrients has been fined $60,000 for discharging sulphur dioxide into the air in Tauranga.

Most Vanuatu seasonal workers stay in NZ

Cyclone Pam has not had as much of an impact on New Zealand's seasonal work force as first thought.

Farmers disappointed at dividend drop

Fonterra's farmer suppliers are disappointed that it has lowered its dividend forecast for the season.

Synlait lifts milk price forecast

Canterbury dairy processor and exporter Synlait has increased its forecast milk price from $4.40 a kilo of milk solids to between $4.50 and $4.70.