ACROSS THE RAILS: On-farm cattle sales grow in popularity

The on-farm sale scene is not only reserved for sheep, as they also grow in popularity for South Island cattle breeders and farmers. Recent sales have been well-supported as buyers appreciate being able to purchase high volumes of good quality stock in ‘clean’ lines. 

Tahr control plan sees 7500 culled

Nearly 7500 tahr were culled in four months as part of the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) animal control plan for the South Island’s Southern Alps.

Surfing for rural mental health

An initiative aimed at helping to improve mental health and wellbeing in New Zealand rural communities is hoping to ride a growing wave of support and get more farmers on board.

IrrigationNZ looks to the future

Irrigation New Zealand as an organisation is well-positioned with key influencers and decision-makers but there are still challenges ahead for the industry, its leaders say.

Training targets farm freshwater plans

As farm freshwater plans are set to become part of industry requirements following the Government’s Essential Freshwater reforms, Massey University has created short courses to meet what will be a growing demand for training in the area.

Success blooms from online auction

During lockdown flower growers faced a grim future with the three weekly flower auctions halted and many outlets unable to open for sales. But a move online to virtual auctioning was a sector lifeline. Richard Rennie reports.

Deeper dive into seaweed research

New Zealand researchers have moved a step closer to commercial seaweed farming with the commissioning of an extensive growing facility in Tauranga on University of Waikato’s aquaculture site.

Investors sought for rural land fund

The New Zealand Rural Land Company (NZRLC) believes it can generate a minimum 4.5% annual return on capital by being a landlord to the agricultural sector.