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Welcome to the FarmChat rural news section. You can view the articles for your area by selecting a region from the drop down below. Also, if you would only like to see upcoming events check the 'Only show events' check box.

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Cropping farmers encouraged to seek support
24 Apr 2014
Federated Farmers is encouraging farmers to help each other as cropping farmers in Canterbury and North Otago seek respite from a prolonged wet spell which is threatening specialist crops and cereals ahead of harvesting. “Already sodden fields...
Cropping farmers encouraged to seek support

FARM MANAGER FINALISTS MILKING 5000 COWS
22 Apr 2014
The eleven 2014 New Zealand Farm Manager of the Year finalists are together managing 5200 cows producing more than two million kilograms of milksolids. “These finalists represent a group of dairy farm employees that work extremely hard and...
FARM MANAGER FINALISTS MILKING 5000 COWS

TOUGH ASK TO SEPARATE BRIGHT 2014 SHAREMILKER FINALISTS
15 Apr 2014
Choosing a winner in the 2014 New Zealand Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year competition is a tough task for the judges, due to the varying backgrounds and positions of the finalists. “It is a really interesting competition this year. A...
TOUGH ASK TO SEPARATE BRIGHT 2014 SHAREMILKER FINALISTS

Restructure could cost LIC jobs
12 Apr 2014
Fifty-eight people will have to re-apply for their jobs after LIC confirmed it would move ahead with a major restructure.
Restructure could cost LIC jobs

Farmers back major Local Government NZ funding review
10 Apr 2014
Federated Farmers is fully behind a fundamental review by Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) into the way local government and local roads are funded. “LGNZ deserves praise for tackling a ticking time bomb made up of demographics and an ever...
Farmers back major Local Government NZ funding review

33 FINALISTS IN NZ DAIRY AWARDS
08 Apr 2014
The 33 finalists in the 2014 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards showcase the talent the dairy industry is attracting. National convenor Chris Keeping says many of the finalists are relatively new to the industry, having changed careers, and...
33 FINALISTS IN NZ DAIRY AWARDS

Pair charged with $150k of stock theft
02 Apr 2014
Two people arrested for what police described as a "highly organised" North Canterbury stock rustling ring have been charged with 41 counts of theft totalling almost $150,000.
Pair charged with $150k of stock theft

Court struggles to deal with Farmer
25 Mar 2014
Oxford farmer All Means All has been found guilty on six charges of threatening to kill Prime Minister John Key.
Court struggles to deal with Farmer

South Island’s first ever veterinary hospital
21 Mar 2014
It’s not every day architects have monkeys, rhinoceroses, giraffes and reptiles as their end users, but all creatures great and small was the order of the day for Context Architects in designing the South Island’s first ever veterinary hospital for...

Massey Chinese milk survey not a surprise
20 Mar 2014
Federated Farmers is unsurprised Massey University research into consumer attitudes in China’s Gansu province, has found 72 percent of those polled regard New Zealand dairy products as "very safe." “Let’s be clear, this survey was...
Massey Chinese milk survey not a surprise

BOP DAIRY AWARDS WINNERS ALL CAREER CHANGES
20 Mar 2014
Making the move to dairy farming has been hugely successful for the three major winners at the 2014 Bay of Plenty Dairy Industry Awards. The 2014 Bay of Plenty Sharemilker/Equity Farmers of the Year, Brett and Natasha Grindrod, were both...
BOP DAIRY AWARDS WINNERS ALL CAREER CHANGES

SHARED VISION ON TRACK
18 Mar 2014
A vision to achieve rapid equity growth in livestock agribusiness is firmly on track for the major winners in the 2014 Central Plateau Dairy Industry Awards. Donald and Kirsten Watson were named the region’s Sharemilker/Equity Farmers of the...
SHARED VISION ON TRACK

TARANAKI DAIRY AWARDS WINNERS BACK ON NATIONAL STAGE
15 Mar 2014
Experience counts and for two of the major winners in the 2014 Taranaki Dairy Industry Awards they have that in spades. Both 2014 Taranaki Sharemilker/Equity Farmers of the Year, Charlie and Johanna McCaig, and 2014 Taranaki Farm Manager of...
TARANAKI DAIRY AWARDS WINNERS BACK ON NATIONAL STAGE

MANAWATU DAIRY AWARDS WINNERS RAISE REPUTATION
12 Mar 2014
The major winners in the 2014 Manawatu Dairy Industry Awards, Duncan and Kim Fraser, have become role models in the industry after raising their profile from entering the awards. The couple won the 2014 Manawatu Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of...
MANAWATU DAIRY AWARDS WINNERS RAISE REPUTATION

DAIRY AWARDS WINNERS FOCUSED ON DEBT REDUCTION
07 Mar 2014
The winners of the 2014 West Coast Top of the South Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year competition, Chris and Carla Staples, are focused on reducing debt and increasing equity. The couple, who won $11,300 in prizes, are positioning...
DAIRY AWARDS WINNERS FOCUSED ON DEBT REDUCTION

RUGBY PRO TURNS FARM PRO
05 Mar 2014
A former professional rugby player has proved equally as competitive in dairy farming by winning the premier contest at the 2014 Canterbury North Otago Dairy Industry Awards. Kevin and Sara O’Neill won the 2014 Canterbury North Otago...
RUGBY PRO TURNS FARM PRO

Use of rural fire for land management
27 Feb 2014
National survey

Fonterra lifts forecast milk payout
27 Feb 2014
Fonterra has increased its forecast farmgate milk price for the season by 35 cents to a record $8.65 per kg of milk solids.
Fonterra lifts forecast milk payout

4.9 billion reasons why our primary industries rock
19 Feb 2014
An expected $4.9 billion surge in New Zealand's primary exports confirms why CNBC labelled New Zealand a 'rock star' economy. The announcement came at the Riddet Institute's Agri-Food Summit. "It is significant that Riddet Institute's...
4.9 billion reasons why our primary industries rock

FIRST REGIONAL WINNERS IN DAIRY AWARDS
18 Feb 2014
The first winners in the 2014 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards (NZDIA) will be known in just over a week, when the Southland Otago region hosts its regional awards dinner on March 1. “It’s a wonderful time for us as organisers to witness the...

Record farm sales reflect rural mood
18 Feb 2014
A record number of farm sales reflects the positive outlook in the rural sector, but values are declining, the Real Estate Institute (REINZ) says.
Record farm sales reflect rural mood

Farm toll on the decline
14 Feb 2014
Federated Farmers is pleased to see that on farm deaths are on the decline, with both WorkSafe NZ and ACC statistics showing a declining trend in fatalities since 2008. “We are seeing some positive results from industry efforts with...
Farm toll on the decline

JUDGES CHOOSE FIRST REGIONAL DAIRY AWARDS FINALISTS
05 Feb 2014
The first regional finalists in the 2014 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards should be known, following the start of preliminary judging last week. National convenor Chris Keeping says the launch of regional preliminary judging signals the...
JUDGES CHOOSE FIRST REGIONAL DAIRY AWARDS FINALISTS

Equestrian on Country TV
23 Jan 2014
Country TV (SKY 081) is taking equestrian to the next level during 2014. Beginning in February, Country TV viewers will be able to enjoy a block of dedicated equestrian programming on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Comprising of the best equestrian...

Chile accuses NZ dairy company of animal abuse
22 Jan 2014
A New Zealand dairy company is currently under investigation in Chile for allegedly making its employees kill thousands of calves by starving and beating them.
Chile accuses NZ dairy company of animal abuse

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