Rural News

Demand for dairy farms still running high

The demand for dairy farms is still running strong, despite this season's milk price slump according to the latest rural property sales figures.

Benefits to new drought-resistant pasture mix

Massey University researchers have found a new drought-resistant pasture mix which also helps sheep to put on more weight.

Facial eczema warning for North island

Farmers in the North Island are being warned to take precautions against the livestock disease facial eczema.

Water restrictions becoming widespread

Water restrictions are rapidly becoming more widespread, as the effects of the dry summer expand around the country.

Mixed fortunes for wool and deer

A more favourable exchange rate has helped to give wool prices a boost at this week's North Island sale - but it hasn't done deer farmers any favours.

Te Huia abandons shearing record bid

Te Kuiti shearer Stacey Te Huia has abandoned his attempt at the World sheep shearing record after the target slipped out of his reach by lunchtime.

Fire danger signs not hitting mark

Researchers have reached some sobering conclusions about the effectiveness of the fire danger signs seen on roadsides around the country.

Farmers looking for savings from lower fuel bills

Farmers under pressure from low milk payouts and falling production from lack of rain are looking to falling fuel prices to provide some financial relief.

Farmers hope for dairy price recovery

Dairy farmers are hoping that last night's global dairy trade auction signals a sustained recovery in prices.

Onion growers facing challenges

Dry warm weather that has brought relief to onion growers in South Auckland before Christmas may not be so good for exporters.

Demand drives up hay prices

Farmers in extremely dry parts of the country say the price of hay has almost doubled.

Drought declaration on cards if rain stays away

A Government drought declaration could be on the cards in a month or so if parched regions do not get significant rain soon.

Meat plants at full stretch

Meat plants in the South Island and parts of the North Island are running at full stretch as stock comes off farms.

Dry bites into milk production

The lack of rain through eastern parts of the country is going to knock milk production this season. The unknown, at this stage, is by how much.

Farmer opens gates to city folk

A Marton sheep and beef farmer, near Palmerston North, will open his gates tomorrow to give urban people a snap shot of what farming is like.

Farmers may struggle to afford extra feed

The dairy industry body, Dairy NZ, says there will be enough feed to get farmers in parched parts of the country through the season, if they can afford it.

NZ Wine Growers sets up Mandarin site

New Zealand Wine Growers has launched a Mandarin-languague website to help boost wine sales to China, in an attempt to improve contact with Chinese consumers.

MPI denies wine industry getting raw deal

The Ministry for Primary Industries is rejecting the wine sector's claim that it will get a raw deal in proposed primary sector price hikes. (AUDIO)

Close watch on dry spell - Govt

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy says farmers affected by a long dry spell seem to be coping but he'll be keeping a close eye on the situation.

More lambs going to sales as dry weather bites

There has been a surge in the number of lambs going to sales and meat processing plants in the South Island, with farmers reducing stock numbers because of the dry conditions and tightening feed supplies.