Rural News

Silver Fern dismisses financial rumours

The country's biggest meat processor and exporter, Silver Fern Farms, has dismissed continuing speculation about its financial health as false rumours.

Reminder about sheep measles

Farmers have had a reminder to be vigilant about making sure family and friends bringing dogs on to the farm have had them treated for sheep measles.

Weather relief for Southland contractors

A weather turn around in Southland in the past fortnight has come as a welcome relief for contractors and farmers.

Aust push to reduce quad deaths

New Zealand is not the only country trying to drive down the number of people killed in quad bike accidents - Australia is making a push, too.

Signs of new interest in soil science

Soil scientists worried about a decline in the numbers working in that field have taken heart at signs that interest may be growing among a new generation of scientists.

Agriculture targeted in safety campaign

A six year safety programme aimed at bringing down the number of deaths and serious injuries in the agriculture industry will be rolled out early next year.

Soggy West Coast farms hope to dry out

Farmers on the South Island's West Coast would like a little more warmth and a little less rain, after another dose of wet weather.

Scientists breed cattle to thrive in tropics

A livestock improvement co-operative sees South America, Asia and possibly Africa as potential markets for a new breed of heat tolerant dairy cattle.

$3.5b potential in Maori freehold land: report

A new report estimates improvements in the performance of Māori freehold land would add billions to the economy. Agriculture Minister Nathan Guy says this confirms the importance of partnering with iwi, Māori asset owners, communities and industry.

New label standard for formula exports

The Ministry for Primary Industries has issued a new standard tightening up labelling rules for infant formula exports.

Hairy bull gene triggers new breeding plan

A hairy bull tale may have a sleek ending for a livestock improvement cooperative.

Rain relief for some, headache for others

Nor'west winds and weather patterns are being labelled a curse by farmers in the Otago region - bringing too much rain for some and not enough for others.

GPs kept on skills shortage list

Rural doctors say a decision to keep general practitioners on the country's skills shortage list is just common sense.

Trees trump sheep and beef - advocate

A farm forestry advocate says planting trees can be a more profitable option on hill country than sheep or beef farming.

Farmer contracts not taxing water-take

Contracts signed so far to take water from Hawke's Bay's Ruataniwha dam and irrigation project added up to only about 13 percent of the commitment needed to make the scheme commercially feasible.

Farm forester challenges minister's claim

A farm forester has taken issue with Climate Change Minister Tim Groser on New Zealand's options for reducing or off-setting its greenhouse gas emissions.

New tool to test sheep meat quality

A international project testing the eating quality of sheep meat using DNA measurements will enter its final stage next year, with the tool developed set to be tested on commercial flocks in New Zealand.

Zespri optimistic over gold kiwifruit crop

Kiwifruit marketer Zespri says the industry is on track to complete its recovery from the Psa disease disaster, with a big lift in gold kiwifruit production expected next year.

Fines a warning for smaller family farms

Federated Farmers says stiff fines for not wearing helmets on quad bikes is a warning for smaller family operated farms that may not have strict policies in place.

Fonterra milk supply forecast questioned

A dairy analyst thinks Fonterra may be erring on the conservative side in its prediction that milk supply was expected to be about the same as the 2013-2104 season.