Rural News

Further support for struggling farmers

Drought stricken farmers in the Lower North Island and South Island’s West Coast will have access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPs) Acting Social Development Minister Peeni Henare has announced. The drought across Taranaki, western parts of...... Read More

Speculation on cattle disease becoming harmful

Federated Farmers thinks speculation around the cattle disease Mycoplasma Bovis and its origins could be adding unwanted stress to worried farmers. The disease was first detected on a South Canterbury farm by the Ministry for Primary Industries last...... Read More

Testing for Mycoplasma bovis spread

A testing and tracing regime for Mycoplasma bovis will provide a clearer indication of its spread and potential actions for eradication by the end of February, says Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. In a meeting yesterday,...... Read More

Search continues for missing French tourist

The search continues in Hawke's Bay for missing French tourist Pierre Paludet. Detective Senior Sergeant Martin James says a Police Search and Rescue team continued searching yesterday in bush area north of the Haumoana estuary where Mr Paludet...... Read More

Tax relief for drought affected farmers

Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has confirmed tax relief measures will be extended to farmers in drought areas. In late December and early January the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor classified the drought as a medium-scale...... Read More

Farmers cull stock as heat hits home

Farmers are sending stock to slaughter early because the dry weather means they don't have enough feed. New figures from the Meat Board show that compared to this time last year, 16 percent more cattle have been slaughtered, 9.4 percent more lambs,...... Read More

National roll-out for cattle disease testing

Nationwide milk testing for mycoplasma bovis will begin next month in a bid to control the devastating cattle disease. Mycoplasma bovis, which causes lameness, mastitis and abortions in cows, has now infected 14 farms, from Hawke's Bay to Southland. The...... Read More

Northland scrub fire contained

Six helicopters and dozens of firefighters have managed to contain a fire that ripped through 133 hectares of scrub in Northland. The fire broke out near Wright Road, north west of Whangarei, on Thursday at about 3.30pm. Eight crews from Whanagrei and...... Read More

Take heed of total fire ban

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is urging people not to be fooled by the wet weather as the fire risk remains high. A total fire ban is now in place for Marlborough and Kaikoura, after more than six weeks of hot, dry conditions. The ban means both...... Read More

Farmers recall Jim Anderton’s role

Farmers will remember Jim Anderton as a pragmatist who got things done, Federated Farmers President Katie Milne says. "While many Kiwis cherish him as a straight-shooter who spoke up for the disadvantaged and less well off, his significant contribution...... Read More