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Getting their boots dirty

Seven teenagers from the suburbs of Christchurch spent a week of their April school holidays getting a taste of farm life through a recently-launched Rabobank initiative. The Rabobank Farm Experience aims to raise awareness of the many career opportunities in the primary sector and help bridge the urban-rural divide. Based on a successful Australian programme that’s been running for three ... Read More »

If you’re a young, single, rural bloke that’s keen to get out of your comfort zone and test your skills, Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year is for you. Go head to head for the much-coveted title, the famed Golden Gumboot and your share of $20,000 worth of prizes. Read More »

Generation Wai

The solution to ensuring continued success and growth of Wairarapa’s Wairere Genetics business lies with a team of twenty-somethings who are relishing the challenge. John Watson met up with Generation Wai. Wairere Station owner Derek Daniell knows all too well the importance of having a succession plan in place. After the tragic death of his father John in 1983, Derek ... Read More »

Fonterra result

Fonterra has lifted its forecast farmgate milk price for the 2015-16 season to $4.60/kg milksolids (MS). It also expects to pay a dividend of 40-50c a share. Farmer shareholders have also been able to apply to receive a loan of an additional 50 cents a share-backed kilogram of milksolids for production through to December, through Fonterra Co-operative Support. So far, ... Read More »

Tying the knot

Fencing is both an art and a science. Done well, it can be one of the most satisfying tasks on the farming calendar, but a poorly constructed fence can be as annoying as a stone in the boot – not to mention dangerous and inefficient. Wondering why there’s only 1000 volts in that break fence? Check the connections – are ... Read More »

We’ve got cows

South Otago student Josh Button has taken sixth place in an international video competition, celebrating his family farm. Josh made a short film about his family on their Port Molyneux dairy farm for the YouFarm international video competition, initiated by Bayer Crop Science to portray Farm and Family in the modern agricultural world. Called We’ve Got Cows, Josh’s video portrayed ... Read More »