Agriculture and Forrestry News

M bovis crisis responder Lani Guilford has been a dairy farmer for more than 25 years, so it's personal.

Farmers face up to biosecurity scares at Fieldays

The recent Mycoplasma bovis outbreak was a hot topic at this year's event.

The weekend's storm left roads, farms and rivers clogged with logging off-cuts.

Forestry industry accepts 'some' blame for Tolaga Bay chaos

The weekend's storm left roads, farms and rivers clogged with logging off-cuts.

The Minister spoke with Simon Shepherd on Newshub Nation.

Hope of rapidly eradicating Mycoplasma bovis 'almost gone'

The​ ​Agriculture Minister admits the cattle disease outbreak is a disaster - and eradication won't happen quickly.

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William Rolleston humbled by placement in New Year Honours

He has been named a Companion of the NZ Order of Merit.

NZ First candidate Shane Jones.

Foreign ownership of forests 'out of control'

NZ First candidate Shane Jones wants to send a message to the Chinese government.

Agriculture and Forestry

Housing market pushes log prices to high

Prices for structural logs in 2016 have risen to their highest in more than 20 years, thanks to the red-hot residential housing market and building activity.

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Massey University chancellor slammed for 'sexist' remarks

"The problem is one woman graduate is equivalent to two-fifths of a full-time equivalent vet..." Chancellor Chris Kelly said.

The wasp has saved NZ's agriculture industry at least $489m (AgResearch / Facebook)

Parasitic weevil-eating wasp saves NZ agriculture $489m

The wasp lays its eggs in the adult weevil, and the grub kills the weevil as it eats its way out.

A mystery flock of sheep have turned up on a Rangiora farm with their owners no where in sight (supplied)

Flock of mystery sheep turn up on Rangiora farm

At least 21 sheep have randomly turned up at a Rangiora farm, are they yours?

The hay baler where the farmer was trapped for almost 30 hours (Supplied)

Australian farmer trapped in machinery for 30 hours

A Victorian farmer is in a critical condition after being stuck in machinery for more than a day.

The great white butterfly (DoC/supplied)

Costly invasive pest the great white butterfly eradicated - DoC

Large swathes of New Zealand's horticultural industry have been saved from a plague of great white butterflies.

Monday's earthquake swallowed eight cars on this farm near Mt Lyford (Michael Morrah/Newshub.)

NZ farmers fundraise for quake-hit locals

A farm in Canterbury has been divided by a valley that opened up from Monday's earthquakes.

Agriculture and Forestry

Chinese demand pushes lamb price up

Lamb flap prices have hit an 18-month high, driven by an increase in demand from Chinese consumers looking to stock up for their New Year festivities.

Agriculture and Forestry

Canterbury couple counting losses after 55 calves stolen

Farmer Chris Payne is worried about the welfare of 55 of his calves after they were stolen on Wednesday morning.


Disturbing new footage shows bobby cows being kicked, dragged

Animal cruelty lobbyists have released footage showing bobby cows being thrown into trucks and dragged by the legs along the ground.

The singing farmer (Newshub.)

Northland farmer Merv Pinny becomes singing sensation

A Northland farmer has hit the big-time after posting his latest song on Facebook.

The sheep, before the internet got hold of it (Red Meat Profit Partnership/Facebook)

Kiwi sheep leaps to Photoshop fame

A lamb caught bounding majestically into the air on a Wairarapa farm has found itself the subject of an online Photoshop battle.

Agriculture and Forestry

Jobs at risk at Silver Fern Farms

Silver Fern Farms have announced plans to close two meat processing plants across the country meaning a possible job loss for more than 100 people.


Vegan blogger Kristin Lajeunesse cries over sheep, Kiwis unsympathetic

New Zealanders do not have any sympathy for a vegan blogger who cried at the sight of sheep being transported across the Cook Straight on a ferry.

The total project is estimated to cost $400 million (Getty)

Irrigation scheme gets final green light

The second stage of South Canterbury irrigation scheme Central Plains Water will be finished by September 2018 after it received unanimous shareholder support.