Rural News

Potato virus cannot be eradicated

Potato growers have become resigned to having the so-called "potato mop top" virus remain in their midst. The virus is not a health hazard but it lowers growth in potato plants and so reduces the yield from a crop. Both Potatoes New Zealand...... Read More

Women dominate shearing show

Some sort of shearing history is thought to have been made today in women’s domination of the lower grades at the Northern A and P Show shearing championships in Rangiora. Women were first and second in the Junior final, with particular significance...... Read More

Tractor fatality - farmer in court

Tractors are an integral part of farm businesses, but they are also a key contributor to New Zealand’s agricultural industry’s unacceptable number of farm deaths. In the last six years, 30 New Zealanders have died while using them, says...... Read More

New Agritech device could save millions

A new device developed by Lincoln Agritech Ltd could save the dairy industry millions of dollars a year and help prevent pollutants from entering waterways. The device, known as Milk-Guard, measures the percentage of dairy products in dairy plant waste...... Read More

Wandering stock no threat

In the aftermath of a potential Mycoplasma bovis threat in Northland when wandering stock were placed into a neighbouring paddock for safety, Biosecurity New Zealand has reassured communities that systems are in place to mitigate against the spread...... Read More

Rodeo keeps bucking bulls despite bovis

Warkworth Rodeo will push ahead with cattle events despite continuing concerns over the spread of the disease Mycoplasma bovis. Following advice from the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), the Warkworth A&P Show has cancelled its cattle section...... Read More

Police urge rural communities to remain vigilant

Residents in rural communities are being reminded to remain vigilant as seasonal and working conditions change. The call comes as the hours of daylight increase and farmers become tied up with calving, lambing and milking. “This is an opportune...... Read More

Five women premiere shearing journey

Rural Women New Zealand has been named as the proud sponsor of the film ‘She Shears’ which premiered at the Regent Theatre in Masterton last night.  The film follows the journey of five women in the New Zealand shearing industry who...... Read More

Fonterra revises forecast Farmgate milk price

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited today revised its 2018/19 forecast Farmgate Milk Price from $6.75 per kgMS to a range of $6.25-$6.50 per kgMS and increased its forecast New Zealand milk collection volumes by 1.3 per cent to 1,550 million kgMS. Fonterra...... Read More

A&P shows go cattle-free over disease fears

It's shaping up to be the Year of the Sheep at A&P shows in Northland this season, with concerns over mycoplasma bovis risk. The two biggest shows, at Waimate and Whangarei, have chosen not to have cattle-judging categories because of the risk...... Read More