Rural News

Hunter stabbed in thigh

  A hunter is in Waikato Hospital after being stabbed in his thigh while dressing a deer. The man, in his late 30’s, was found lying partially in a river and unable to move south of Hauturu, near Kawhia, on Saturday. The Waikato Westpac...... Read More

New chief for kiwifruit organisation

Kiwifruit Vine Health has announced that Stu Hutchings has been appointed as the biosecurity organisation’s new chief executive. KVH board chairman Adrian Gault says Stu joins the team well qualified with a wealth of experience and knowledge in...... Read More

Early dry declared adverse event

Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor has announced the fast-growing drought in parts of the lower North Island would as a medium-scale adverse event. The affected areas include Taranaki region and western parts of...... Read More

Multi-million dollar farming fund announced

The Ministry for Primary Industries has today announced an investment of around $7.15 million in 28 new Sustainable Farming Fund projects. The SFF supports community-led projects that build productivity and resilience in the primary industries. Projects...... Read More

Six suspected suicides of farmers ’tragic’

A group representing young farmers says a spate of suicides over the past few weeks is tragic - but not surprising - after a really stressful year for the sector. New Zealand Young Farmers chief executive Terry Copeland said it's been a really...... Read More

Two men injured in vehicle rollover

Two men were hospital after the vehicle they were in rolled over in the weekend. The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched at 9am on Saturday, to Pongoroa, to a 4 x 4 vehicle which had rolled over. "Two male patients were treated...... Read More

Highway reopening lifts farmers spirits

Federated Farmers congratulates all those involved in getting State Highway One north of Kaikoura reopened today. The coastal highway has been under repair after last year’s Kaikoura- Hurunui earthquake caused major landslides blocking sections,...... Read More

Kiwifruit leaders farewelled

The significant contributions of three kiwifruit leaders, soon to leave the industry, were acknowledged last night by New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc. NZKGI chairman Doug Brown says Zespri CEO Lain Jager, Zespri chief operating officer Simon Limmer...... Read More

Dairy cattle number dips

The number of dairy cattle dipped two per cent from 6.6 million in June 2016 to 6.5 million in June 2017, Stats NZ says.   The provisional figures are from the 2017 agricultural production census. Final figures will be available in May 2018. “From...... Read More

Three Winton properties hit by bovine disease

Three Winton properties have been effectively placed in quarantine lockdown after the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) identified them as positive for the bacterial cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis. MPI announced it identified four new properties...... Read More