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Bullish growth in beef cattle numbers
16 Dec 2019
Beef cattle numbers increased strongly in 2019, rising for the third year in a row, while the number of dairy cattle dipped slightly, Stats NZ said today. Provisional figures from the 2019 agricultural production survey showed beef cattle numbers...

Top Stock feed supplements
28 Nov 2019
Does anyone know where I can buy supplements from a company in NZ called Top Stock, they maybe still around,not sure. They made a great product for horse head shakes

Korimako Farm Ltd Clearing Sale
30 Apr 2019
Rural Livestock are pleased to be conducting on behalf of clients, the Cook Family, who have sold their property, a complete clearing sale of stock and plant.

Rural-urban divide highlighted
25 Apr 2019
New research from a major study looking at resilience in New Zealand rural communities has highlighted a disconnect between urban and rural areas.

Benefits of Pig Farming Equipments
31 Mar 2019
Pigs are more sensitive animals as compared to sheep, goats, and other livestock, and they require better management. But, they have an advantage that they give a better return as their feed-to-meet ratio is higher than other livestock and they also...
Benefits of Pig Farming Equipments

Entries to the 2019 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards
07 Nov 2018
Entries to the 2019 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards close on November 16, and previous Share Farmers of the Year winners say entering the Awards was one of the best career decisions they have made. Carlos and Bernice Delos Santos won the 2017...

2019 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards entries
02 Oct 2018
With less than a week until entries open in the 2019 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards, organisers of the regional competitions are gathering in Rotorua for the annual conference to fine tune processes and launch events. General Manager Chris...

Farmer Survey
02 Oct 2018
A short survey for farmers for a Danish student studying Digital Marketing

Country TV Now Available Online
01 Jun 2018
Country TV launches Live TV and Video on Demand streaming service. After more than 10 successful years in New Zealand’s broadcasting business, Country TV offers from 1 June 2018 a subscription-based live-streaming and Video on Demand platform as...

Government announcement on Mp. bovis
28 May 2018
Today the Government announced that it will be attempting phased eradication of Mycoplasma bovis (Mp. bovis) from New Zealand. This was a difficult decision made collectively by the Government and the industry including Beef + Lamb New Zealand....

Builder and 12yrs son want accom. for work over school holidays
28 May 2018
My son and I would like to experience farm life over the school holidays between 14th to 29th April. Willing to complete building or farm work in exchange for food and accomodation. Can cook! Must have children. Anywhere in nz. Steve

22 Nov 2017
The first solo female to win the Dairy Manager of the Year category in the 2017 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards believes her win proves that women are capable of being successful in senior roles within the dairy industry. 29-year-old...

26 Oct 2017
Dreaming of a holiday? Enter the 2018 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards and you could win a holiday of your choosing – as long as you enter soon. Entries in the 2018 New Zealand Share Farmer of the Year, Dairy Manager of the Year and Dairy...

Where Are They Now?
12 Sep 2017
2010 was a significant year for New Zealand, with the Pike River Mine disaster and the first Christchurch earthquake being the biggest news events of the year. HRH Prince William visited in January and cooked a BBQ with Prime Minister John Key, who...

Wikifarmer - The greatest User Generated Online Farming Library
11 Sep 2017
Wikifarmer is the greatest User Generated Online Farming Library. You can submit a new article, edit an existing article or just enjoy free access to hundreds of contemporary farming guides. Up to now, Wikifarmer is...

Nothing’s too rugged for these fencing contractors
19 Jul 2017
Rugged terrain in the Marlborough high country has traditionally wreaked havoc with fences, but a high-performing contracting team has found adding a bit of extra grunt to the materials used can help overcome the costly problems associated with...

Lifestylers reject new Canterbury land and water rules
29 Jun 2017
Lifestyle block owners in Canterbury are complaining that new rules requiring them to pay for resource consents and regular audits are costly and unfair.

App-based collaborative data capturing system
29 Jun 2017
Leading New Zealand agronomists are reaping the rewards of better connectivity with farmers using an app that captures, shares and stores data in real-time for better crop planning, protection, nutrition and management. South Island-based Wholesale...

Dairy herd up in North Island but down in South Island
10 May 2017
After a decrease in 2015, the dairy cattle number increased 2 percent in 2016 to reach 6.6 million, Stats NZ said today. However, this was not back to the 2014 level (6.7 million). The North Island dairy herd increased by almost 250,000 cows last...

06 May 2017
The 2017 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards winners and finalists represent a group of people who are acutely aware of environmental issues and the dairy industry’s role in farming responsibly. In front of nearly 550 people at Auckland’s Sky City...

04 May 2017
The final countdown is underway for the 33 finalists in the 2017 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards, with the winners announced at the national awards dinner this weekend. The 11 finalists in the 2017 New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year...

05 Dec 2016
A total of 424 entries have been received in the 2017 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards, a result General Manager Chris Keeping says is fantastic given the economic climate in the industry over the past few years. “To achieve this number of...

27 Nov 2016
There are just a few days to go until entries close in the 2016 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards, including the Share Farmer of the Year, Dairy Manager of the Year and Dairy Trainee of the Year competitions. Entries are being accepted online...

Lift in forecast payout creates opportunities for farmers
24 Nov 2016
The recent increase in the forecast pay-out to $6 per kilogram of milksolids for the 2017 season means this year for Fonterra farmers, the perfect opportunity for farmers to enter the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards and ensure they on the right...

Entries open for the 2017 New Zealand Dairy Awards
19 Oct 2016
The window of opportunity to make a difference to your farming career has arrived! Entries will be accepted for the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards from today, Thursday 20th October, until midnight 30th November. Competitions categories include...
Entries open for the 2017 New Zealand Dairy Awards

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