Rural News

Seasonal shopping: smarter and savvier

Horticulture New Zealand says buying produce in season is shopping smarter and a money saver, which it says is backed up by figures from Statistics New Zealand.

Health-tech alliance to boost rural broadband

The ongoing frustration that rural communities are having in getting decent broadband coverage has led to an alliance to try and get more progress in closing the gaps.

Elite bull hits Hall of Fame

The contribution that an elite breeding bull has made to the national dairy herd has been recognised with his induction into Livestock Improvement Corporation's Hall of Fame.

'Great DDT muster' underway

What's being dubbed the 'Great DDT Muster' is underway around the country as banned pesticides are collected and removed from farms.

Close eye on parched North Canterbury

The Government will be keeping a close watch on conditions in North Canterbury which is now the most drought-affected part of the country.

Organic sector feels let down

The organics sector is feeling let down over efforts to get protection for its products on the domestic market in the face of falsely-labelled products.

Minister defends biosecurity review timing

The Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy is defending the time it has taken the Government to launch a biosecurity review in the face of criticism from the Labour Party.

Grain harvest holds steady

A survey shows the overall grain harvest has been similar to last season despite drought in Canterbury which is the main production area.

Fonterra looks at investing in NZ farms

Fonterra may be looking to launch a new fund later this year to put money into New Zealand farms supplying it with milk.

Farmers get help with welfare changes

Animal welfare workshops have started around the country to help bring dairy farmers up to speed with new laws and regulations.

Te Anau farm takes top enviro honour

Award-winning farms in Southland and Otago have protection of waterways as a high priority.

Drought tightens grip in North Canterbury

Drought conditions in north Canterbury are worsening with the area missing out on rain that has fallen in other parts of the region.

Fonterra share price drops

Fonterra's share price tumbled to its lowest level yesterday, following the further price drop in the latest global dairy trade auction, but has risen slightly again this morning.

Attempts to develop sensor technology

A breeding and herd testing co-operative is extending its interests in sensor technology, which it anticipates will evetually be in common use in dairy sheds for testing and analysing milk.

Shearing community mourns woolhandler

After a three-year battle with cancer, New Zealand woolhandling legend Joanne Kumeroa died yesterday in Whanganui.

Pukekohe vegetable grower wins prize

A 24-year-old from Pukekohe has beaten off other entrants to be awarded the country's best young vegetable grower.

No charges over Cook Strait cows

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not lay charges after an investigation into the condition of cattle ferried across Cook Strait last month.

Record season in offing for beef exports

Beef + Lamb New Zealand says figures for the latest six months point to a record season for beef exports.

Chinese logjam stunts forest harvest

Forestry contractors say the continuing log jam in the main Chinese market has meant log harvesting has dried up in New Zealand's farm forests.

Dairy prices slip further

Global dairy prices have fallen for the third consecutive time.