Rural News

Cattle rescued as fire engulfs dairy sheds near Balclutha

Cattle were moved to safety when a large fire destroyed three dairy sheds in a rural area inland from Balclutha in Otago. Emergency services were called to the blaze among tree debris in a paddock in Pukeawa at about 12.30pm. Fire and Emergency said...... Read More

Man vs beast in the Whangamomona presidential race

Thousands of New Zealanders crossed the border into the self-declared Republic of Whangamomona at the weekend for the tiny nation's 30th independence day celebrations. Once there, they were treated to possum skinning and whip cracking demonstrations,...... Read More

Researchers to study human impact of Mycoplasma bovis

The emotional, social and psychological impacts of Mycoplasma bovis on farmers and farming communities will be studied by the University of Otago. The disease, which can cause lameness, mastitis and abortions in cows spreads through cattle herds and...... Read More

EAT-Lancet report a good opportunity for NZ

The EAT-Lancet Commission's report on healthy diets from sustainable food systems highlights the importance of sustainable, grass-fed red meat produced in countries such as New Zealand  “New Zealand is already adopting many of the strategies...... Read More

Dairy cattle numbers dip again

The number of dairy cattle has dipped for the second year, while beef cattle numbers increased strongly in 2018, Stats NZ says. Provisional figures from the 2018 agricultural production census showed dairy cattle numbers fell 1 percent, to 6.4 million...... Read More

Calls for harsher penalties after needle scares

  A recent member’s bill which seeks to introduce harsher penalties and offences is good to see, but any action from it will have to be funded and resourced adequately to have any real impact, says Federated Farmers.   The bill is...... Read More

Shearing sheep and sharing cash

It’s more than just wearing a black singlet and stubbies like our favourite bloke Wal’ Footrot. Sheep shearing is a historical trade, where more time equals less money – and with 20 sheep for every one New Zealander today, the job...... Read More

Animal carcasses found in South Canterbury river

Rotting animal carcasses have been found dumped at a popular swimming spot in South Canterbury. Warning: the video below contains graphic footage -     Temuka resident Ely Peeti said he found seven deer heads, a boar and a sheepskin in...... Read More

Fears part of bumper apple crop may be lost

New Zealand's apple growers fear a bumper crop coupled with a shortage of workers could mean some of the summer harvest is lost. The group New Zealand Apples and Pears, which represents the pip fruit industry, wants the government to step in and...... Read More