Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:36:00 +1300Resilience and community spirit have shone through in North Canterbury in the aftermath of the earthquake. With no active civil defence post in operation in Cheviot in the days after the 7.8 quake, a group of locals mobilised a task force to support those in need. Further north at Mendip Hills Station farm manager Simon Lee has been repairing broken water pipes and clearing slips in time for weaning, while on Ben Lissington's dairy farm near Waiau, milk tankers are having to go off the beaten track to get to the rotary shed after a six metre section of the road was destroyed.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:17:00 +1300When Amy Dibley came back from her OE, she needed a job – so she bought a massage table and an EFTPOS machine and headed out into the country. Now she has ten physiotherapy clinics and has just been named the supreme winner at the Enterprising Rural Women awards.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:09:00 +1300The Bay of Plenty avocado harvest is half way through and in Waikato, the harvesting of outdoor blueberries started this week. Lamb weaning is gaining momentum in Canterbury while in Central Otago cherry harvesting is underway.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:05:00 +1300The recent Kaikōura earthquake has resulted in a dramatic downturn in business for Debbie Anderson of Two Rivers Cafe in Cheviot. She talks with Cosmo Kentish-Barnes.
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:36:00 +1300Industry leaders from seven top beef producing nations have been in New Zealand to discuss the trials of farming beef and selling it to the world.
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:19:00 +1300An aerospace company has brought engineers from all over the world to the end of the isolated Mahia Peninsula. For locals, it's meant an injection of young blood and enthusiasm.
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:12:00 +1300Forty Waikato teachers met last week to hear about bringing agri-science alive in the classroom.
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:05:00 +1300Parts of the North Island have had sweltering temperatures this week but Horowhenua has been cool and gloomy.
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:36:00 +1300Large, established honey companies make a lot of money from the manuka-covered hills of the East Coast. While the beehive rental money coming from manuka-based businesses is sizeable, some local Ngati Porou want to take control of the industry themselves. In the past two years they've been getting paid in drums of honey rather than money, and now they're selling that honey through a Japanese connection. The collective aims to have up to 12,000 hives on tribal land, providing at least 30 new jobs.
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:20:00 +1300Fruit growing roots run deep in the Gilchrist family – with Jack joining forces with his grandad John to become a fifth-generation orchardist on the slopes of the mighty Clutha River.
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:12:00 +1300Fonterra's announcement of a lift in the dairy payout has been just the tonic farmers needed as they come out of a tiring, wet spring. Marlborough farmers should be drafting lambs and cattle now but that's on hold due to road damage from the earthquake.
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:05:00 +1300Top of the South Rural Support Trust co-ordinator Ian Blair's priority is to get to isolated families. The main issues arising from the earthquake have been food, sanitation, power and communication.
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 21:36:00 +1300Winemaker Rudi Bauer's mission is to make wines that capture the essence of Central Otago. In 1996 he established the Quartz Reef biodynamic vineyard on the north-facing lower hills of Bendigo Station near Tarras, an area that sheep farmer John Perriam once called his "rabbit shit country". Thanks to Rudi's vision and a lot of hard work, the stony slopes have proven to be excellent grape growing country for his award-winning pinot noir, pinot gris and methode traditionelle sparkling wines.
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 21:25:00 +1300Wi Pere Trust in Gisborne has a mixed portfolio of horticultural crops from kiwifruit to oranges, mandarins, grapes and persimmons. The Trust is looking at expanding its citrus because of market demand and aims to employ Wi Pere stakeholders on the orchards.
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 21:17:00 +1300Ursula Hayward and her husband Mark have recently won an award for a new tube feeder for calves that removes some of the stress of the procedure and reduces the chance of injury.
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 21:09:00 +1300North Island calves and lambs need more sun on their backs and, in the South Island, Otago is having a great spring.
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 21:05:00 +1300A one-thousand dollar reward is being offered for the Red Vented Bulbul. An unwanted pest, the bird may have taken up residence in the Bay of Plenty.
Fri, 04 Nov 2016 21:33:00 +1300Daryn Rickwood and Louise Penny were leading an urban life before they bought and moved onto a 20 hectare block near Wellsford. They've started raising goats for meat and have plans to milk them too. The goat meat's sold at farmers markets and the novice farmers are delighted that more people have a taste for it than they'd expected.
Fri, 04 Nov 2016 21:20:00 +1300David Anderson, his son Neil and daughter-in-law Leah Stone have set up a tiny, licensed abattoir on their farm, half an hour from Whangarei. It can process up to 30 animals each day and puts through buffaloes, goats, sheep, cows and even alpacas.
Fri, 04 Nov 2016 21:18:00 +1300Central Otago is rapidly changing. Intensive irrigation has transformed once semi-arid valleys into lush pastures that support a growing dairy industry. St Bathans based landscape artist Grahame Sydney is refusing to acknowledge this new green in his paintings and he is concerned that farming practices in the region are increasingly driven by maximising income with no view of the long-term effects or sustainability.
Fri, 04 Nov 2016 21:14:00 +1300Cows are still recovering on Carol and Kay O'Donaghue's Waikato farm following the worst season for facial eczema they have ever seen.
Fri, 04 Nov 2016 21:07:00 +1300In Bay of Plenty gold kiwifruit are flowering and bees are being deposited around orchards while in Canterbury baleage contractors are flat out and recently sown kale and fodder beet crops are emerging.
Fri, 04 Nov 2016 21:05:00 +1300Glentunnel sheep and beef farmer Warrick James is the President of the 2016 Canterbury A&P Show, the largest agricultural and pastoral show in New Zealand being held in Christchurch at the ASB Agricultural Park from Wednesday 9th to Friday 11th November.
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 21:36:00 +1300Sitting in solitude at the foot of the Dunstan Range and looking out over the Manuherikia Valley, the Drybread Cemetery was run-down until local farmers Tony and Karen Glassford and Ross Naylor decided to bring it back to life. They run a trust that has raised money for fencing, repairing damaged graves and making the historic site accessible. About 165 people are known to be interred at the cemetery, the first being one-year-old Thomas Greenback who drowned on February 28, 1870 in a race built for bringing water to a goldmine.
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 21:20:00 +1300Organic farmer Bev Trowbridge believes biological and organic farmers are still viewed as a bit 'whacky' in New Zealand.
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 21:13:00 +1300Good sized yardings of cattle are coming forward in the North Island now the grass is starting to grow. Prices are high. New season store lambs are also fetching high prices which is surprising when some commentators are saying the export schedule will drop this year.
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 21:05:00 +1300Our guest this week is NIWA's principal scientist Chris Brandolino who's updating us on soil moisture conditions and what we can expect through to the end of the year.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:36:00 +1300Just west of Matata on the sweeping Bay of Plenty coastline you'll find an old-fashioned Kiwi camping ground that's been in the same family for 51 years.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:25:00 +1300Clandon Daffodils grows more than a million stems of daffodils each year. The classic yellow daffodil is always a top seller but there are hundreds of other commercial varieties and hundreds more seen only at flower shows.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:17:00 +1300Wellsford farmer Gordon Levet didn't take much notice of one of his cows - until she started producing triplets.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:09:00 +1300It's been mild around the North Island, early maize is popping up and the weather's improved for general tractor work on paddocks. In the South Island wonderful rain has fallen in drought hit North Canterbury, although aquifers are still not replenished.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:05:00 +1300Georgina Lyndsay is CRV Ambreed's Scholarship winner for 2016.The scholarship was established in 2010 to support and encourage Lincoln and Massey students with interests in animal husbandry, animal genetics, farm management and environmental sustainability to work in New Zealand's dairy industry.