Rural News

Groups accused of vicious campaign

kiwifruit vines

A spokesperson for the group of kiwifruit growers looking to sue the Government says they have been subjected to a vicious campaign by Zespri and groups aligned with the marketer.

Fonterra may expand Canterbury site

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Fonterra is considering expanding its milk processing site at Studholme in South Canterbury to keep up with the increasing milk flow from the region's dairy farms.

Wool processing plant rescued

bale of wool

A wool processing plant has been rescued out of receivership. Christchurch Yarns has been been bought by a new company set up for the purpose.

Commission gets wool merger application

wool fleece

The Commerce Commission has received an application to merge the country's remaining wool scouring operations. If approved, there will be only two operating.

Fonterra launches waterways project

Fonterra has launched a waterways project in Canterbury.

A waterways project in Canterbury will prove sustainable dairying and healthy ecosystems can co-exist, dairy giant Fonterra says.

Illegal spraying angers Waikato council

tractor spraying crops

The Waikato Regional Council says it's fed up with farmers and spray contractors breaking the rules around the use of agrichemicals.

Marine sector needs biosecurity focus

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Marine farmers have been told that biosecurity standards need to be improved in their industry as well as in the rest of the primary sector.

Landcorp more diverse, says acting chair

bee and pohutukawa

The acting chair Landcorp says there is a lot more to it than many realise, as it looks to new ways to diversify including honey production and further partnerships with Maori.

Fieldays big boost for economy

National Agricultural exposition FIELDAYS 2014 Mystery Creek

This year's National Agricultural Fieldays benefited the national economy by more than $420 million in terms of the revenue it generated - $50 million more than in 2013.

Small-scale farms under microscope

dairy farm and farmer

A Lincoln University research project will focus on the challenges facing small scale dairy farmers in an industry where farming operations and herds are getting bigger.

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.