Rural News

Record prices paid for dairy farms

farm gate - sale sign

The slump in farm gate milk prices has not taken the wind out of the market for dairy farms, if the latest farm sales figures are anything to go by.

Many thefts unreported, survey reveals


Federated Farmers is urging farmers to be more on the ball in reporting rural crimes to police. Almost two-thirds of stock thefts are not being reported, a survey reveals.

Growers say industry coped well with Psa

kiwifruit on vines

Kiwifruit growers say a report on the outbreak of vine-killing disease Psa-V in 2010 shows they they did a good job as an industry coping with it.

Psa report advocates pest response plan

kiwifruit vines

An independent review of how the kiwifruit industry responded to the arrival of the vine killing disease Psa-V in 2010 has come up with 11 recommendations.

Not all celebrating Korea trade deal

logs of wood

Foresters and wood processors aren't breaking out the bubbly over New Zealand's free trade deal with South Korea, signed last weekend.

Wool prices picking up

wool fleece

Prices at this week's South Island wool sale have firmed up a bit, after taking a hit from a rising New Zealand dollar at last week's North Island auction.

Pig farm judged top farm of year

Steve and Josie Sterne with daughter Holly.

New Zealand's largest pig farm has won the South Island Farmer of the Year Award. Patoa Farms, a free-farmed operation in North Canterbury, has 3500 breeding sows.

Diverse ways to use forests in future

Forests in the future would provide renewable materials for uses ranging from car bodies to stock feed, Scion says.

Farmer representatives meeting in Wellington have heard a plea for the trees as the demand for more food by 2050 will require up to 600 percent more wood, a research institute says.

Challenge to bridge rural-urban divide

fonterra logo on building

Lincoln University's Vice-Chancellor Andrew West has challenged farmers to help break down the urban-rural divide by allowing people to invest in organisations like Fonterra.

Call for more scientists in dairy field

nz on side of cow

A senior scientist is calling for more people to take up science careers that focus on the dairy industry and says there is still the need for much more research to be carried out.

New devices target specific pests

Researchers are working on devices that can identify a possum by its weight and trap it.

New advanced pest control using devices to target specific species is being hailed as the latest tools in controlling them on farms and diseases such as tuberculosis.

Canterbury duo win top rural award

From left: Kerri Johnston, Rural Women NZ president Wendy McGowan and Haidee McCabe.

South Canterbury-based environmental consultants Keri Johnston and Haidee McCabe have been chosen as the Supreme Winners at this year's Enterprising Rural Women Awards.

PM positive on dairy price turnaround

 John Key speaking at the Federated Farmers meeting in Wellington.

Prime Minister John Key is advising farmers not to get too worried about the milk price after world dairy prices fell by more than 3 percent to $US2561 - their lowest point in five years. (AUDIO)

Fonterra to benefit from Australia deal

fonterra logo on building

New Zealand's biggest exporter to China will get to milk the benefits of Australia's free trade deal with China, as Fonterra is a major player in the dairy industry across the Tasman.

Farmers believe pest-free plan can happen

Possums are a big problem for farmers.

Federated Farmers says a plan to make the country free of all pests is ambitious, but achievable. The Predator Free New Zealand Trust was launched yesterday.

NZ industry 'not worried' by trade deal

fonterra  milk powder packaging plant

The New Zealand dairy industry sees little to challenge it in its number one market from Australia's free trade agreement with China announced yesterday.

Training body believes most farmers satisfied

armer tagging sheep

The Primary Industry Training Organisation says it believes most farmers taking on workers who have gained qualifications through the organisation are satisfied with the standard of training.

Rural group to sell home help service

home help for elderly

Rural Women New Zealand says it is selling the home help service it has owned for 87 years because the service has outgrown its parent. Access Home Health has about 4000 clients.