Rural News

Failure to fix problems results in severe injuries

A Gore farm machinery company’s lack of effective repairs to a tractor has resulted in a substantial fine and reparations to an injured farm worker. “Vehicle service industries must ensure diligent workmanship, systems and practices in...... Read More

Fruit fly trap checks stepped up

Hundreds of fruit fly traps will be checked daily and monitoring of the greater Auckland region will be stepped up following the discovery of a second Queensland fruit fly, Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor said. “I have asked Biosecurity...... Read More

Fonterra and Synlait in war of words over dairy reform

Battle lines are being drawn as reform of the dairy industry gets closer. In a strongly-worded comment, the listed dairy company Synlait accused Fonterra of "unilateral and arbitrary" decisions that "manipulate" the price of milk...... Read More

Kiwifruit industry launches recruitment drive

  The kiwifruit industry has begun a recruitment campaign ahead of the harvest season staring mid-March.   New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated Chief Executive Officer Nikki Johnson says they want to make sure they are not short of...... Read More

Care needed around stock

The serious injuries sustained by a Canterbury farmer this month when he was attacked by a bull have once again highlighted the need for care when handling stock. At the time of the earlier attack president of Federated Farmers North Canterbury Cameron...... Read More

Changes to how high country land is managed

Iconic high country land will be better managed under changes that Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage announced consultation on today. Tenure review is a voluntary process where Crown pastoral land can be sold to a leaseholder and areas with high...... Read More

Refund RUC charges on Nelson fires hay convoy

Road User Charges incurred by trucking companies and smaller operators transporting hay to farmers in Nelson should be refunded, says National’s South Island Regional Development spokesperson Andrew Falloon. “Over the past week many of...... Read More