Rural News

Close match see’s Black Sticks Women fall short

The Vantage Black Sticks Women just fell short in the last minutes, falling 3-2 to world number 3 Argentina in their final real Four Nations Cup match, in Munich. Argentina have often been a challenging team for the Black Sticks Women in recent years,...... Read More

KCE completes handover of customers to Trustpower

Customers of electricity retailer and generator King Country Energy have had their energy services transferred to Trustpower. The handover was completed in mid-July, following an announcement in March of a joint venture takeover of KCE by shareholders...... Read More

M. bovis confirmed on lifestyle block

News that a lifestyle block in Rakaia with 24 animals has tested positive for Mycoplasma bovis shows that all cattle farming operations must take heed of the disease, Federated Farmers Dairy Chairperson Chris Lewis says. Another lifestyle block near...... Read More

Maize sector buoyant after strong growing season

Levels of confidence are returning to New Zealand’s maize sector, with a healthy rise in average yields and prices remaining firm at around $400/tonne. Reuben Carter, Federated Farmers Arable Industry Group Vice-Chairperson (Maize/Forage), said...... Read More

Robot to bring accurate data to kiwifruit orchards

A battery-powered fully-autonomous robot system, which can scan kiwifruit orchards and offer growers a full picture of their crop via accurate data, was drawing the interest of many in the horticultural industry at Fieldays. The robot is the brainchild...... Read More

Detective work to help link rural and urban

School children have been working together in a DairyNZ education project to unlock similarities and differences between urban and rural life. In the CLASS-ified Moostery Challenge, 150 rural and 150 urban schools were paired up and challenged to work...... Read More

Nelson’s finest fruit grower named

Dillon Peterson of Hoddys Fruit Co has prevailed against five other entrants to be named Nelson Young Fruit Grower 2018 at an event in Richmond on Friday night. The day-long competition took place at Hoddys Fruit Co, and saw the contestants demonstrating...... Read More

Irrigation decision a “slap in the face”

Environment Canterbury’s decision to allow irrigators to take more water from the Rangitata River is being described as “surprising and extremely disappointing” by Central South Island Fish and Game. Environment Canterbury or ECan...... Read More