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- Carrying on the Foster name
A long and productive chapter closed on Grey Valley farming and agriculture with the sad passing of Russell 'Brent' Foster in November last year. An Ahaura-based contractor for 50 years, RB Foster all began with a small 1938 International tractor. MEG FULFORD sat down with the Foster family in Ahaura and looked back at R B Foster Contracting and its new life as Fosters Agricultural Services
- We Love This Land It's What We Do
· CASE IH MAXXUM - Built in Austria, Proven in New Zealand.
- Carrying on business
Partners Sam Gardiner and Nicky Robinson have all paddocks covered when it comes to applying lime and fertiliser on Grey Valley farms.
- NZ-EU trade deal has painful compromises for Europe's producers, farming group says
EU's main farming association Copa-Cogeca is unhappy about the free trade deal signed with New Zealand late last month. The deal means New Zealand can send a further 38,000 tonnes of sheep meat, 10,000 tonnes of beef, 15,000 tonnes more of butter and extra 25,000 tonnes of cheese to the EU.
- Flower export market
Things are looking up for orchid growers, with the flower export market rebounding strongly after being brought to its knees during the Covid-19 lockdowns.
- Mitsubishi Triton GLX 4WD double cab ute
After living in the shadow of the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger, the super heavyweights of our ute market, the Mitsubishi Triton has finally upstaged this pair to become our No 1 selling ute for the first three months of 2022.
- Calving made easy for West Coast farmer with Animate
Matt Kersten is a 50/50 Sharemilker based in the Grey Valley, on the West Coast, and has been since the start of the 2021-22 season.
- Farm worker salaries rose an average 14% in two years - survey
Rising salaries for farm workers are due to a tight labour market, forcing farm managers to do more to retain staff, according to Rabobank.
- Changes to intensive winter grazing regulations better for farmers and environment
Changes to intensive winter grazing rules will make them more practical for farmers and effective in lifting environmental outcomes, Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor announced today.
- No right of access
Unlike in some other countries, there is no general right of public access for New Zealanders to walk across farms or forests.
- The mail must get through!
Mahia Fisher's rural delivery van is a reliable feature on our country roads, and Grassroots reporter MEG FULFORD spent a day with her to see what it takes to get your mail and packages from A to B, and the reasons Mahia loves her role so much....
- West Coast Dairy Award Winners
Robyn Mare of Greymouth was named the 2022 West Coast/Top of the South Dairy Manager of the Year at the 2022 West Coast/Top of the South Dairy Industry Awards dinner held in Shantytown last Thursday....
- West Coast dairy winners toasted
First-time entrants from Reefton who embrace a sustainable version of farming were announced as major winners in the 2021 West Coast/Top of the South Dairy Industry Awards....
- Stud farming of Mahitahi
Down State highway 6, south of Bruce Bay, take a left at Condons Road, and you will find the stud farm of South Westland identity Thomas Condon. Four Hereford heifers, a mix of polled and horned, were selected by Thomas Condon snr in 1975, providing the basis for Flagstaff Herefords which today is...
- Carrying on the Foster name
A long and productive chapter closed on Grey Valley farming and agriculture with the sad passing of Russell 'Brent' Foster in November last year. An Ahaura-based contractor for 50 years, RB Foster all began with a small 1938 International tractor. MEG FULFORD sat down with the Foster family in...
- AI - a hands-on beginner's guide
ROSE O'CONNOR of Westport is no stranger to farms, but finding a cow's cervix proved rather a challenge. She headed on farm to try her hand at artificial insemination (AI)....
- Atarau farmer's surprise win
The recent Top of the South Dairy Awards were held at Shantytown, and a first-time entrant took out the title of dairy assistant of the year. MEG FULFORD went along to find out more about young Sam Smithers, what sets him apart, and why animals love him....
- Crash helmets and deer - farming at Inchbonnie
Retired farmer Russell Adams knows the Inchbonnie landscape like the back of his hand....
- From Hari Hari, to Atarau
Although long retired, old habits die hard for 80-year-old Rod Berry who still continues to keep his hand in, working with livestock....
- Perseverance of Rotokohu
Rotokohu dairy farmer Nick Sluys has faced a few challenges in his life - after all, he has raised four daughters. However, this experienced farmer off ers some common sense advice in ways to rectify some of the 'flood' related issues of recent times....