Central Hawke’s Bay deer farmers Evan and Linda Potter, 2019 winners of the Premier Elworthy Environmental Award.

Central Hawke's Bay farmers Evan and Linda Potter have won the premier Elworthy Award in the deer industry’s 2019 environmental awards.

 
AgResearch senior scientist Robyn Dynes discusses the Forages For Reduced Nitrates programme alongside event facilitator Richard Robinson during the open day on the Wright’s farm.

A sheep and beef farmer taking part in the big Forages for Reduced Nitrates Leaching (FRNL) research programme has found its stated goal of a 20% reduction in nitrate leaching out of reach.

 
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Fuel costs are a hot topic everywhere, added to the rising costs of compliance and licensing. Here are some tips on how to reduce fuel consumption and lower costs for rural businesses.

Gwavas Station board chair Bob Cotterall.

At the end of May, the winner of the Ahuwhenua Trophy for the top Māori sheep and beef farm will be announced at a gala dinner in Gisborne.

 
Erica Leadley, South Island regional manager of the Ballance Farm Sustainability Team, displays the award at SIAFD.

Ballance Agri Nutrients’ farm environment planning tool MitAgator last month won the Smart Farming Award at the South Island Agricultural Field Days at Kirwee.

Rural Support Trust chairman and group spokesman Neil Bateup.

Scattered rain over the past few weeks has been enough to encourage new pasture growth, helping to raise morale amongst Waikato’s farmers.

Mark Copland with Simmental-cross animals on his sheep and beef farm near Ashburton. Photo: Rural News Group.

Superior weight gain makes Simmentals the breed of choice for Canterbury sheep and beef farmer Mark Copland.

Lincoln University professor of plant science Derrick Moot discusses lucerne management during the official opening and open day at Seed Force’s Henley R&D centre near Lincoln. Photo: Rural News Group.

Lucerne is the world’s most important forage, says Lincoln University professor of plant science Derrick Moot.

Two farms from the North Island east coast and one from Central Hawkes Bay are the finalists in this year’s Ahuwhenua competition for the top Māori sheep and beef farm.

This year’s East Coast Farming Expo – on March 6 and 7 at the Wairoa A&P Showground – will again have energy high on its agenda. 

Game-changing new research into how plantain crops can reduce nitrogen (N) loss from dairy farms will see upper Manawatu farmers at the forefront of dairy science.

Mid-Canterbury farmer John Evans is reaping the benefits of native plantings on his farm, in the form of improved pollination and pest control.

 

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