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Country Life takes you down country roads to meet ordinary people achieving their dreams. We live in a beautiful country...


A vet abroad

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:31:00 +1300

Veterinarian Samara Johnstone is from the tiny Hebridean Island of Islay. Currently working in New Zealand, She hopes to return there to farm one day.

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Let's Shake On It

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:20:00 +1300

Rob and Lydia Armstrong's house at Conway Flat was badly damaged by last November's earthquake. The sheep and beef farmers hope to start rebuilding as soon as the insurance paperwork is signed off.

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Off the Beaten Track

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:16:00 +1300

Michele Connell and her husband Roy are dairy farmers on the outskirts of Hamilton. Their online business Off The Beaten Track links holidaymakers with farmers.

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Regional Wrap

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:10:00 +1300

In orchards around the country apples are coming off thick and fast. Paddocks are greening up in front of farmers' eyes in the North Island but in the South Island, North Canterbury is worryingly dry.

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On The Wagon

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:05:00 +1300

The 25th Goldfields Cavalcade kicks off on Saturday. Coordinator Terry Davies says nearly 500 participants will trek over Central Otago's high country on horseback, by carriage and on foot, all aiming to meet up a week later in Omakau for a good old country hoedown.

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In the bull pen

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:31:00 +1300

The Te Mania Angus Stud at Conway Flat in North Canterbury has been in the Wilding family for four generations. Their goal is to breed with cutting-edge genetics while farming sustainability.

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Landcorp Chair Traci Houpapa

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:20:00 +1300

Landcorp has had quite a change in focus in recent years. Environmental issues and marketing end products are now a big focus. The SOE has set up a marketing brand Pamu, which means "to farm" in Maori.

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Shear Brilliance

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:16:00 +1300

Des Williams is editor of Shearing magazine, a free publication that promotes the people and sport associated with the industry.

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Regional Wrap

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:10:00 +1300

The North Island has had soaking good rain this week. Dairy cow pregnangy rates are generally down this season, between 15 to 20% are empty. In Central Otago high country weaning is in full swing and store lambs are on the move.

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Australian Fire and Flood

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:05:00 +1300

ABC rural news editor Brett Worthington fills us in on how farmers in New South Wales are getting on after days of temperatures in the high 30's .. the hottest day up to 47 degrees. Fires have ravaged tens of thousands of hectares and vets are checking sheep which maybe too traumatised to eat, or have  internal injuries, so will need to be put down. As well there are floods in Western Australia and one farmer had to ferry his sheep, 15 at a time, to safety.

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Merino: A Story of Sheep

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:20:00 +1300

This radio documentary from 1950 feature interviews, narration and dramatisation. It focuses on the farming of merino sheep in the Marlborough region. The original recording is held at the Nga Taonga Sound & Vision archives in Christchurch.

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Chopped, sliced and diced...

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:16:00 +1300

Fields around Pukekohe are now striped with rows of onions, gently curing in the sun. They'll soon be heading into the packhouse where they'll be topped and tailed, graded and bagged for export.

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Regional Wrap

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:10:00 +1300

Rain's fallen in Northland, East Coast and Hawkes Bay, but follow-up is crucial and the drought's not broken. In the South Island farmers in South Canterbury and central Otago have plenty of supplements stored for winter.

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Zespri Expands in Europe

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:05:00 +1300

Zespri will allow another 1800 hectares of its SunGold kiwifruit to be grown under license in Europe.

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In a Nutshell

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 21:31:00 +1300

Otto and Valda Muller are taking a serious crack at the organic walnut market, planting 1,300 trees on their 130 hectare plateau above the Kawarau River in Central Otago.

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Beloved Babydolls

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 21:20:00 +1300

Babydolls are rare, compact sheep with faces like teddy bears. They're in hot demand from orchardists and winegrowers, but they come with a hefty price-tag.

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A Karaka of a Sale

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 21:16:00 +1300

One of the biggest events on the New Zealand thoroughbred industry's annual calendar is on this week. The Karaka Sales attract buyers from all around the world.

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Regional Wrap

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 21:10:00 +1300

Hawkes Bay is worryingly dry but it's been hosing down in Taranaki. In Mid-Canterbury arable farmers have been harvesting grass seed this week.

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Free as a bird

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 21:28:00 +1300

The Wildlife Veterinary Trust in Christchurch has established a small hospital dedicated to treating and rehabilitating sick and injured wild birds.

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May I take your coat?

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 21:20:00 +1300

Keenan Scott is one of just a few professional alpaca shearers in New Zealand. Each year he shears about 8,000 animals across the North Island.

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Whenuanui Farm

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 21:17:00 +1300

Helensville farmers Dianne and Richard Kidd have wanted to enter the Farm Environment Awards for years, but it wasn't until last year that Auckland farmers were invited to enter – so they did, and won.

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Regional Wrap

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 21:12:00 +1300

It's been exceedingly windy over the whole of the North Island for the past three months, Northland and the East Coast and Hawkes Bay are getting very very dry, while the West Coast of the South Island is swimming in water. Central Otago crops are growing well and extra winter ones are going in.

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Walk On and On

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 21:05:00 +1300

Lucas Smith, a 21-year-old entrepreneur and mountain guide, is producing merino wool blister protection for walkers, trampers, hunters and climbers.

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Country Life Summer Edition - Number 3

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:05:00 +1300

Rod Millen is a New Zealand and international motor racing champion who has lived in the United States since 1978. He now commutes every two weeks between California and Hahei in the Coromandel . Rod grew up on a farm in New Zealand and is now combining his love of rural life here with his love for motor racing. He's bought a farm and each year hosts the Leadfoot Festival on it. It's a festival of speed and driving. Drivers come from all over New Zealand and from overseas to scream up a hill climb course, that for 363 other days of the year, doubles as the farm's driveway. Also, winning poultry prizes is becoming a habit for 27-year-old duck breeder Richard Price, who rears his quacky birds on a 12 acre lifestyle block in Mosgiel... And Sourdough bread made the genuine slow way in a very rural artisan bakehouse.

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