Pulpit - Deal a lifeline for meat farmers

The conclusion of the New Zealand–Korea Free Trade Agreement is a lifeline for Kiwi exporters in one of our most important markets.

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  • Top lamb in Mint condition

    Ashburton farmer Paul Gardner has won the 2014 Mint Lamb Competition.

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  • Farm sale shows dairy still strong

    The sale of a Waikato dairy farm showS short-term dairy returns are yet to affect the rural property market.

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  • Feilding sale November 24

    The sheep pens resembled a spring ewe fair at Feilding on Monday, with more than 5300 ewes offered. This market may have been expected to buckle under the strain of such a large entry, but after a slow start it gathered some momentum and although prices were off last week’s highs, most ewes would still have exceeded works schedule. Most of the yarding was freshly weaned ewes from the hills with the majority medium types.

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  • Young agri competitors shine at show

    Young people and their livestock were on show last week as part of the Canterbury A&P Show.

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Being clever with plants

Creating a veritable garden on the banks of an irrigation pond is helping John Evans and Kai Tegels build biodiversity on their 271ha mixed arable farm near Dorie in Canterbury.

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  • Family aim to nail succession

    A builder-come-farmer is at the centre of his family’s plans to build a successful farm succession outcome. Corey Roulston and his wife Debra farm with his family near Heriot in West Otago.

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  • Smooth operators

    How to further push profit on an already humming Southland deer velvet farm was the big question at a recent Southland Deer Farmers Association field day.

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  • Timber still fueling China’s growth

    The fate of many of New Zealand’s export markets are tied to China. On the whole China is NZ’s largest trading partner, overtaking Australia in 2013. This is the case for some products more than others – in particular, there’s been rapid growth in exports to China for NZ’s agricultural products. Forest product exports from NZ are no different.

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  • A summit of extremes

    Farming in a Land of Extremes was a fitting theme for the 2014 New Zealand Grassland Association conference held in Alexandra, Central Otago, in early November.

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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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  • November 2014

    Massey Ag vs Lincoln Grudge Match

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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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Live chat - Dairy by the numbers

Susan Kilsby is the author of the AgriHQ China Dairy Report 2014, an in-depth look into the drivers of demand for imported dairy products in China - how they are trending and how they are expected to trend in the future.

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