Mystery chopper hangs over stock

Southland farmers are feeling under siege by campaigns believed to be by animal welfare and environmental activists questioning intensive livestock wintering practices.

Bubbles blow hygiene headaches

An afternoon National Geographic programme about technology to degrease steel coils is not the most riveting entertainment. But it did inspire Rotorua businessman Roger Gough to take the technology and apply it as a dairy hygiene tool, improving dairy shed sanitation and milk quality while saving farmers thousands in operating costs. He spoke to Richard Rennie about a device helping reduce one of the biggest headaches in farm dairies – hygiene grades.

Contest winner sold on agri work

This year’s FMG Young Farmer of the Year winner James Robertson lives in Auckland but told Colin Williscroft he still sees his future in the primary sector.

Youngest ever Young Farmer winner

History was made when Fonterra business graduate James Robertson, 22, became the youngest person to win the FMG Young Farmer of the Year in its 51-year history.

The winner was named at the evening show after three days of theory and practical modules throughout Hawke’s Bay.

Farmer's Voice: bidr

On this episode of Farmer's Voice Wiggy catches up with chairman Peter Moore and general manager Tania Smith of bidr - an online rural market place that connects the right stock with the right buyers.

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Westland gone

It was a sad day but a day that had to be, not just for dairy farmers but the wider West Coast region Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said of the vote supporting the sale of Westland Milk to Chinese ownership.


Winter gets dry on big highs

A winter weather pattern dominated by extreme high-pressure systems has made farming easier but raises some concerns over low moisture levels’ impact on spring growth.

Ex-cop gets into farmers’ heads

The Rural Support Trust was lucky enough to welcome Lance Burdett to the South Island earlier this year to talk to us about how our brains work.

Take time to ensure all are safe

This profile is the last in a seven-part series from WorkSafe sharing the health and safety approaches taken by the grand finalists of the 2019 FMG Young Farmer of the Year competition.