An aerial survey this month found most farmers well prepared for winter grazing this season.

DairyNZ's head consulting officer for the South Island says they are generally encouraged by the reports about way that Southland farmers are dealing with winter grazing.

A recent surveillance flight showed farmers are well-prepared for the season.

A recent surveillance flight over the Southland region has shown farmers in the region are well-prepared for the season, according to the local regional council.

Protestors march through Levin.

Dozens of people lined the main street of the Horowhenua rural town of Levin to cheer on the huge turnout of Groundswell protestors as they drove their tractors, utes and other farm vehicles through the town.

Protestors at the Howl of a Protest in Timaru.

MP for Southland Joseph Mooney, National, says farmers sent a clear message to the government by taking to the streets in huge numbers at Groundswell NZ protests across New Zealand today.

Another nationwide protest by farmers will be held on August 16 unless the Government listens to their concerns.

About 200 tractors and utes are making their way to Auckland City centre as part of the Groundswell NZ protest.

NZ International Business Forum executive director Stephen Jacobi says the present FTA negotiations with the UK is depressing, with the same old roadblocks being put up against NZ as they were some 40 years ago.

Grey District's mayor is unhappy at the lack of response from government ministers about concerns from West Coast leaders and iwi on Significant Natural Areas (SNAs).

Border restrictions are putting a roadblock in the way of getting more veterinarians to New Zealand and some are even choosing to go to Australia instead, a recruitment consultant says.

Well-known Plant and Food Research soil and environment scientist Brent Clothier is the new president of the Royal Society, Te Aparangi.

The country's second largest milk processor has been quietly upgrading processing plants to further improve its environmental footprint.

The labour shortage in the kiwifruit industry is crying out for a solution, according to the organisation that represents New Zealand kiwifruit growers.

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