LIC aspires to $1 billion a year

LIC’s decision to use a revenue figure as its goal in a new growth strategy was questioned by some shareholders at the herd improvement co-operative’s annual meeting, with one farmer calling it bizarre.

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Work in ‘paradise’

Sky Farm is a park of epic proportions and one of the finest and largest remaining sheep-and-beef farms on the Coromandel Peninsula, PGG Wrightson agent Andrew Fowler says.

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  • Cropping, finishing and hunting

    Malachy Farms is strategically located between Duddings Lake and Lake Vipan, 14km from Marton and Bulls on State Highway 3 near Turakina.

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  • Irrigator to pump up South Island Field Days

    When South Island Agricultural Field Days opens at its new home near Kirwee in March next year, the site will feature a half-circle centre-pivot irrigator to ensure a good crop of grass for harvest equipment demonstrations.

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  • AgMech offer extended

    A spring finance offer from drill maker Duncan Ag has been so well received by farmers the company has extended the deal to cover its newly acquired AgMech range as well.

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  • New feed range

    Australian animal nutrition specialist BEC Feed Solutions has launched Sustenhance, a premium nutritional supplement designed to offer top of the range feed solutions for smaller farming customers, horse and poultry owners, and hobby farmers.

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Agriculture student of the year a standout performer

Monique Mathis, a third-year bachelor of agricommerce student was crowned Massey University agriculture student of the year in Palmerston North last Friday.

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  • Flock off, sheep

    Spring. That means longer days and more work.

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  • Editorial - Lifelong learning

    No one ever said a science degree would be easy – but it has been my passport to many interesting jobs and an exciting career that has taken me all over the country and around the world.

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  • Growing and grading ‘gold’

    What grows on a pasture-fed animal, is worth ten times more than most merino wool, and is a health food? It’s deer velvet; the young soft antlers on stags. Jo Grigg investigated the velvet supply chain and some of its workers. 

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  • Vintners Luck

    Some might say Mike Winter has had a lucky run moving from Lincoln University graduate to assistant manager of a large Central Otago vineyard in just over three years. But as Lynda Gray discovered he’s done the hard yards and recently tested – and proved – his mettle in a national viticulture contest.

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One of the best in Northland

Northland's green belt around Kerikeri has the climate and volcanic soils for year-round production without irrigation, providing the best ingredients for a 447ha farm that produces about 450,000 kilograms of milksolids (MS).

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