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New Zealand | 16 January 2018
Weed-killing drone new weapon against NZ agriculture's $1.7 bn pests

Representatives from the farming sector, local councils and volunteers in Nelson are considering whether to use drone technology to rid the region of invasive weeds. Landowner Jan Fryer says they'v...


New Zealand | 11 January 2018
Organic farm exploited 'thousands' of travellers - ERA

An organic farm near Christchurch has exploited thousands of volunteers, who were hired out for profit, fed spoilt meat and food scavenged from supermarket dumpsters and made to sleep in a storage roo...


New Zealand | 9 January 2018
Farmer lucky to be alive after being trampled by stampeding herd

Dairy farmer Chris Baker says he's "bloody lucky" to be alive after being trampled by a stampeding herd of cows at his Ruawai farm in Northland. The 61-year-old Baker was standing in the gateway, l...


New Zealand | 9 January 2018
New Zealand: Cow disease mycoplasma bovis confirmed on 14th farm

First discovered in July last year, 14 farms from Hawkes Bay to Southland are now infected with the disease, with one other case in Ashburton. It can cause lameness, mastitis and abortions in cows,...


New Zealand | 8 January 2018
Methane reduction 'critical' to cutting NZ's agricultural emissions

Now that we have heard that a climate change commission will be established, this makes 2018 an important year politically for farmers. There is a real possibility that if the truth about agricultu...


New Zealand | 2 January 2018
NZ's deadliest industry is agriculture, WorkSafe data shows

Agriculture remains New Zealand's most dangerous industry to work in, according to WorkSafe New Zealand. As of November 2017, nine people lost their lives working in the industry last year – with ...


New Zealand | 19 December 2017
Six suspected suicides of NZ farmers 'tragic'

New Zealand Young Farmers chief executive Terry Copeland said it's been a really tough time for the farming community and there have been six suspected suicides in recent weeks. "My understanding i...


New Zealand | 19 December 2017
NZ agriculture in the age of synthetic food

Meatless meats and milkless milks seem to be just over the horizon and with many companies aiming to undercut the price of the ‘real’ stuff there’s the potential for a real threat to the New Zealand e...


New Zealand | 11 December 2017
Vertical farming solution to New Zealand urbanisation

A New York-based sustainability strategist, Henry Gordon-Smith, said more and more young people were attracted to vertical farming. Vertical farming is producing food on vertically stacked layers, ...


New Zealand | 5 December 2017
NZ farming confidence plummets - survey

The Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey shows that the biggest drop in net confidence was for horticulturists, falling to 16 percent from 51 percent. Dairy farmers are also less optimistic, with net c...


New Zealand | 1 December 2017
Disgraced TV personality Matt Lauer may lose ownership of his New Zealand farm

After women came forward to accuse former NBC Today show host Matt Lauer of sexual misconduct, the backlash has been mighty and swift. He lost his $20m position as anchor on the flagship morning sh...


New Zealand | 27 November 2017
Finger pointing at agriculture 'misplaced in scary uncertain future'

Climate change, rising sea levels, destructive weather patterns, global warming, pollution, overpopulation and mass extinction. People are scared. The future is uncertain. Collectively we feel guil...


New Zealand | 22 November 2017
One of New Zealand's foremost "robo dairy-farms" on the market

One of New Zealand's most state-of-the-art robotic dairying operations is for sale. Riverholme Pastures at Pleasant Point was the first location in the South Island to introduce a DeLaval voluntar...


New Zealand | 16 November 2017
New Zealand say changes in agriculture key to be carbon neutral by 2050

New Zealand needs to transform its agricultural sector if the country is to meet its target of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, the nation’s new climate change minister said as world leaders met in Ge...


New Zealand | 14 November 2017
New Zealand says changes in agriculture key to becoming carbon neutral by 2050

New Zealand needs to transform its agricultural sector if the country is to meet its target of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, the nation’s new climate change minister said as world leaders met in Ge...


New Zealand | 17 October 2017
New Zealand faces 'chipocalypse' as farmers warn of crisps shortage

New Zealand is facing a potential crisps shortage this summer, producers say, in a snack crisis being labelled the "chipocalypse". Persistent wet winter weather on the islands has hit potato produc...


New Zealand | 13 October 2017
Preparing NZ for shift to digital agriculture

AgResearch is entering into a major programme to prepare New Zealand for the new era of digital agriculture. The programme will identify the barriers to taking up new digital technologies on and of...


New Zealand | 12 October 2017
Samoa agriculture ministry starts chicken breeding farm to reduce imports

The project is funded by the World Bank at a cost of around $US90,000 dollars and opened on Tuesday, amid hopes it can extend around the country. The new minister of agriculture and fisheries, Lopa...


New Zealand | 6 October 2017
New Zealand farming a 'broken model' - water scientist

A freshwater ecologist says farmers in New Zealand are working on a "broken model" and it is having an adverse effect on water quality. Dr Mike Joy told Duncan Garner on the AM Show this morning fa...


New Zealand | 4 October 2017
NZ farmer fined after letting almost 50 sheep die

A 77-year-old Hauraki farmer found guilty of ill-treating her sheep can no longer own a large mob of the animals. Elaine Evelyn Cox was fined $3000 in the Waihi District Court after almost 50 dead ...


New Zealand | 28 September 2017
NZ farmer confidence in the agricultural economy remains high

Farmers remain optimistic about the agricultural economy in the year ahead in spite of being nervous about changes to government policies. Rabobank New Zealand general manager for country banking H...


New Zealand | 21 September 2017
Six months has transformed farming country in once drought-stricken North Canterbury

What a difference six months has made to North Canterbury, which this time last year was still embroiled in drought. Regular rainfalls since May have turned brown paddocks green, and farmers moods ...


New Zealand | 8 September 2017
NZ agricultural growth takes centre stage in political bickering

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has highlighted the value of agricultural growth in the recently released figures on national economic performance along with embattled cabinet minister Barnaby Joyce....


New Zealand | 5 September 2017
NZ farmers becoming 'lepers' due to cattle disease scare

South Canterbury and Otago beef farmers are unwitting victims of the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis even though testing so far has shown their livestock are free of any traces of the disease. A fa...


New Zealand | 2 August 2017
Good financial reasons to produce beef from dairy herds

There are compelling reasons for dairy farmers to increase the supply of beef calves from dairy cows, says a farm consultant. Dairy farmers would welcome the additional beef income and the calves w...


New Zealand | 1 August 2017
Second New Zealand farm tests positive to cattle disease

New Zealand's Primary Industries ministry said on Monday that a second dairy farm in the country's South Island has tested positive for the cattle disease mycoplasma bovis. The farm was linked to t...


New Zealand | 28 July 2017
New Zealand ministry says cattle disease outbreak under control

New Zealand's first outbreak of a serious bacterial cattle disease was well under control, the Primary Industries ministry said on Friday, with stock movement restrictions in place and testing continu...


New Zealand | 28 July 2017
Fired dairy farmer whose family was kicked out of house awarded $33,500

An experienced dairy farmer was refused pay and his family of six given days to leave their home after he raised concerns about his employment contract. But he has been awarded nearly $33,500, incl...


New Zealand | 28 July 2017
All infected cows on farm hit by disease to be put down

The owner of a South Canterbury farm hit by the devastating cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis says all 150 infected cows will have to be put down. Aad van Leeuwen said he had already killed about a d...


New Zealand | 25 July 2017
Genetic centre to boost agriculture

A new genetic centre in Waikato hopes to overcome what scientists say is a lack of research in quantitative genetics in New Zealand. The Massey University AL Rae Centre for Genetics and Breeding is...