Rural News

New initiatives to support M.bovis response

Minister for Biosecurity Damien O’Connor has unveiled a set of initiatives to support the Mycoplasma bovis response and improve farm biosecurity practices based on feedback from farmers and rural communities. “Farmers have been attending...... Read More

Fonterra denies food safety issue for Chinese partner

Dairy giant Fonterra insists a new controversy involving partner company Beingmate is not an issue of food safety. The problem stemmed from a mismatch between the labelling and the content of a container of infant formula manufactured by the Chinese...... Read More

Twins defy the odds at Te Puke

    It wasn’t mean to be. The odds were stacked against. Then it did happen and it was a minor miracle. Twin foals have been born to a mare at Wake Field Equestrian Centre in Te Puke. It’s very rare - about one in a hundred...... Read More

Otago farmer loses 200 sheep in one go

About 200 sheep have gone missing from a South Otago farm. Police were alerted yesterday after the farmer did a stocktake and realised he was missing 170 lambs and 30 ewes. The stock was valued at just under $30,000. Police urged anybody with information...... Read More

Thousands flock to 50th Fieldays

The 50th anniversary of the New Zealand Agricultural Fieldays saw 130,866 people come through the gates, well exceeding the average across the last five years of 125,000 people. New Zealand National Fieldays Society CEO Peter Nation spoke at the opening...... Read More

Farm penalised $45k for exploiting ‘volunteers’

A farm near Christchurch has been penalised more than $45,000 by the Employment Relations Authority for exploiting ‘volunteer’ workers, following a Labour Inspectorate investigation. Robinwood Farms Limited, whose sole director and shareholder...... Read More

Welcoming high-quality forestry investment

New legislation bringing forestry rights into the overseas investment regime is set to help promote high-quality foreign investment that puts more emphasis on genuine benefits for New Zealanders, according to Forestry Minister Shane Jones. "The...... Read More

Rural GPs want a cut of proposed tourist tax

Doctors in rural areas are calling for a cut of the revenue raised by the government's proposed tourist tax. The government plans to charge most international visitors up to $35 at the border - although Australia and many Pacific Islands nations...... Read More

When robotics and farming come together

Does the future of farming include autonomous robots in our fields? Massey researchers think it does, and they have showcased the future of farming at the C-Dax stand at National Fieldays. Massey's Mitchell Hampton and Tim Sutcliffe have showed...... Read More

Science investment to support bovis fight

The Coalition Government is investing $30 million over two years in scientific research to support the fight against Mycoplasma bovis, says Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “We will continue to call on all the available...... Read More