Games awards finalists named

A stellar line-up of rural sport athletes representing an array of disciplines has been named as finalists for New Zealand’s premier celebration of rural sports – the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards.

Tuatara built for Kiwi conditions

A New Zealand-designed side-by-side farm vehicle could be a replacement for those concerned about the safety of quad bikes on farms.

Some areas need to dry out

An already saturated upper North Island is in the firing line for floods and damaging winds from ex-tropical cyclone Gita, approaching New Zealand from the upper Tasman Sea.

Otago Uni moving into ag sector

Otago University has launched a research arm it hopes will influence the future of agriculture.

Ag@Otago has been established to tap in to the university’s expertise by aiming to improve productivity and use science and technology to develop sustainable and profitable management systems that add value to primary industries.

Match fires up the crowd

Southern Field Day organisers were not sure if it was Otago University students who set light a hay bale at the Highlanders-Crusaders rugby match or an agricultural take on a hardy student activity.

Shine off but year profitable

The extremely dry southern summer has taken the cream off what was shaping as an exceptional year for farmers but advisers say most should still have a profitable year.

Past lessons drive future response

Learning from past emergencies is the essence of a revamped major rural events programme being established by Federated Farmers.

The use of geographic information systems (GIS) and associated technology together with improved forward planning are the hallmarks for improvements to Feds’ emergency and disaster preparedness and response, adverse events spokesman Andrew Hoggard said.

Honey season better but patchy

With parts of Northland and Bay of Plenty grappling with major rainfall while parts of Taranaki and Otago remain parched, honey producers are reporting mixed results for the season’s honey collection.

Skellerup has another strong performance

Skellerup Holdings has had another strong half-year in its dairy consumables manufacturing business.

Good progress is also being achieved in animal hygiene and specialist footwear, chief executive David Mair said.

Lincoln to make radical changes

The bar high for Lincoln University’s new model has been set high as it undergoes radical change to solve the grand challenges of the land-based sector.



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