Rural News

Dairy cows die after grazing on swedes

dairy cows

Two to three hundred dairy cows may have died and many others have become ill after grazing on swede crops in Southland. The mild winter could be to blame, vets say.

Rural Women applaud travel time plan

Police are aware that people in Southland and Otago have been targeted by the scam with those hit losing $2000 to $200,000 each.

A Government proposal to pay home support workers for time spent travelling between appointments is the result of 86 hard-fought years of campaigning, Rural Women NZ says.

First steps to farmer owned wool co-op


The first stage in the process of bringing together two farmer-owned wool companies has been successfully negotiated.

Huge success for Zespri in China

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The push by Zespri into China's social media network has exceeded expectations. A video it produced to promote its sungold kiwifruit has had more than 25 million hits.

West Coast pasture hit by dry spell

Dairy cows graze on the Whataroa river flats in September 2013.

West Coast farmers say going three weeks without rain has badly hit pasture growth and the dry start to the spring has wreaked havoc with fertiliser application.

Irrigation tax plans cynical - ACT

The council's considering increasing its loan to the North Otago Irrigation Company from $12.5 million to $22 million to help fund stage 2.

The proposal by some politicial parties to put a charge on irrigation water has brought a further flood of criticism from political opponents and irrigation interests.

Wool companies to vote on partnership

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A proposal to form a partnership between two farmer owned wool companies will be decided at a special meeting today at 11am.

Call for agriculture research 'continuity'

Dr William Rolleston

A funding threat to three Centres of Research Excellence is one of the reasons a boost to science funding is needed, Federated Farmers says.

Call for three strikes rule for rustling


The three strikes rule which applies to urban burglary should be applied to livestock theft, according to the ACT Party. It also wants property used in the crime confiscated.

Black weed surveillance ramps up

Paddocks near Methven.

A major surveillance operation is ramping up in the South Island to stop the noxious weed, black grass, from becoming established in mid-Canterbury.

Polluting council let off the hook - Feds

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A Waikato farming leader is asking why the Waikato Regional Council has let Hamilton City Council off the hook over a serious water pollution incident.

Marketing boost for Hawke's Bay

The Hastings District Council wants to help growers promote their crops.

The Hastings District Council launched a new marketing tool this week to help Hawke's Bay growers market their produce to New Zealand and the world.

Clampdown on Marlborough farms

A recent audit showed dairy shed effluent, stream crossings and fencing remain inadequate or incomplete on a number of farms.

Following a recent audit dairy farmers in Marlborough have been warned to expect stricter regulations and a clamp down on compliance, according to the district council.

Farmers treated 'worse than criminals'


A Waikato farming leader says the courts appear to be treating dairy effluent breaches more harshly than some serious criminal offences after a farmer was fined $43,000.

More funding wanted for ag research

The hub will bring together more than 5000 people including up to 900 scientists working on land-based and environmental research, as well as academic staff and students.

Federated Farmers is pushing the government to commit to significantly more funding for agricultural research to stop New Zealand falling behind the rest of the world.

10 Marlborough farms non-compliant

A recent audit showed dairy shed effluent, stream crossings and fencing remain inadequate or incomplete on a number of farms.

A group of non-complying dairy farmers is making poor progress in lifting their performance, the Marlborough District Council says. An audit shows there are still 10 non-compliant farms.

Record avocado crop a challenge

avocado tree

The new avocado export season is under way and the industry is bracing itself for the challenges of selling a record crop, which is forecast to top seven million trays.

Asian expo helps push NZ avocados


The avocado industry is hoping to reap the rewards from its first time participation in Asia's leading fresh fruit and vegetable trade show held in Hong Kong last week.