Rural News

Big day for the Kiwis shearing sports in Perth

New Zealand shearers and woolhandlers have got off to a good start at the Royal Perth Show with three big wins on Saturday on the eve of three transtasman tests. A New Zealand Merino Championhips team of Southland shearers Nathan Stratford and Troy...... Read More

Worrying gap left in animal welfare responsibility

Animal rights group SAFE is pressing the Government to reassign responsibility for animal welfare, after the role was stripped from outgoing Associate Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri.   Meka’s role previously encompassed animal welfare,...... Read More

Agri-tourism to provide new income for farmers

Rotorua’s booming tourism industry could provide a way to farm less intensively while generating additional income streams for farmers. Landowners in the Lake Rotorua Catchment could be eligible to receive funding from the Low Nitrogen Land Use...... Read More

Owner of pet food plant sentenced over bobby calf cruelty

The owner of a pet food plant has been sentenced for allowing one of his employees to ill-treat bobby calves. Alan Cleaver from Te Kauwhata has been sentenced in the Hamilton District Court to six months community detention and 180 hours community...... Read More

The hunt’s on for NZ’s best duck caller

The country’s aspiring duck and goose callers are preparing to out-cackle and “ruffle each other’s feathers” in the New Zealand Duck and Goose Calling Championships later this month. For the third year running, the event is...... Read More

GRAPHIC: Cow pieces found near Tauranga estuary

Pieces of a cow are the last thing some people would expect to find when walking along an estuary. But that’s exactly what Vicky Wheelton discovered when she was walking her small border collie along the estuary at the end of 13th Ave on Saturday....... Read More

Second dog attack on sheep

Barely had the wounds healed on Dianne and Chris Bruce’s Arapawa sheep, when it was attacked by a dog for the second time. This is the third time in recent months that dogs have attacked sheep on lifestyle blocks in Red Beach (on the Weiti River...... Read More

On the lam, farmer’s missing stock found

The 50 lambs reported stolen from a Fairhill, Marlborough, paddock have been found. The sheep had escaped and merged with another farmer’s flock, says a police spokesperson. "The combined flocks had been moved to another property before...... Read More

Search on for missing Marlborough lambs

Police are seeking information about lambs stolen from a Fairhill farm in Marlborough. "Between July 13 and September 15 50 lambs were stolen from Ashmore Valley Vineyard paddocks on Grahams Road," says Senior Constable James Green. "The...... Read More