Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:31:00 +1300Veterinarian Samara Johnstone is from the tiny Hebridean Island of Islay. Currently working in New Zealand, She hopes to return there to farm one day.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:20:00 +1300Rob 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.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:16:00 +1300Michele Connell and her husband Roy are dairy farmers on the outskirts of Hamilton. Their online business Off The Beaten Track links holidaymakers with farmers.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:10:00 +1300In 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.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:05:00 +1300The 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.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:31:00 +1300The 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.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:20:00 +1300Landcorp 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.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:16:00 +1300Des Williams is editor of Shearing magazine, a free publication that promotes the people and sport associated with the industry.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:10:00 +1300The 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.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:05:00 +1300ABC 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.
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:20:00 +1300This 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.
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:16:00 +1300Fields 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.
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:10:00 +1300Rain'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.
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:05:00 +1300Zespri will allow another 1800 hectares of its SunGold kiwifruit to be grown under license in Europe.
Fri, 03 Feb 2017 21:31:00 +1300Otto 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.
Fri, 03 Feb 2017 21:20:00 +1300Babydolls 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.
Fri, 03 Feb 2017 21:16:00 +1300One 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.
Fri, 03 Feb 2017 21:10:00 +1300Hawkes Bay is worryingly dry but it's been hosing down in Taranaki. In Mid-Canterbury arable farmers have been harvesting grass seed this week.
Fri, 03 Feb 2017 21:05:00 +1300Roger Ludbrook says the dry is biting in Northland.
Fri, 27 Jan 2017 21:28:00 +1300The Wildlife Veterinary Trust in Christchurch has established a small hospital dedicated to treating and rehabilitating sick and injured wild birds.
Fri, 27 Jan 2017 21:20:00 +1300Keenan 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.
Fri, 27 Jan 2017 21:17:00 +1300Helensville 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.
Fri, 27 Jan 2017 21:12:00 +1300It'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.
Fri, 27 Jan 2017 21:05:00 +1300Lucas Smith, a 21-year-old entrepreneur and mountain guide, is producing merino wool blister protection for walkers, trampers, hunters and climbers.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:05:00 +1300Rod 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.