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The Country - Bushfires edition

Today on The Country Jamie Mackay spoke to Sydney-based engineer Duncan Ibbott and Australian correspondent Chris Russell on how the catastrophic bushfires have affected them.On with the show: Damien O'Connor: Minister of Agriculture... go to Article >

Thieves steal thousands of strawberries from Levin farm in midnight raid

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A family-run strawberry farm in Levin has been left out of pocket after thieves broke in and stripped 7000 plants of their berries on Monday night.Swanson's Gardens on Kimberley Rd estimates upwards of $6000 worth of strawberries... read more

Imported insect predator to help bees and willow trees to thrive

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By Eric Frykberg of RNZ Beekeepers are keenly awaiting the arrival of a tiny insect from California which preys on the giant willow aphid.They say it will help willow trees survive and provide essential food for bees.Their... read more

Government supports Southland farmers in sustainability

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Healthier waterways, better productivity and farmer wellbeing are front and centre in a new project involving more than 1000 Southland farmers and growers. Minister of Agriculture Damien O'Connor today announced that the Thriving... read more

Central Otago orchardists confident as cherry season begins

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Central Otago's varied weather has not hampered cherry orchardists as the season kicks into gear.Most local growers have begun picking across the region and rain and wind has not daunted owners.Earnscleugh orchardist Harry Roberts,... read more

The Country - Tramp edition

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Today on The Country, Jamie Mackay bid farewell to Sam "Lashes" Casey, who was off to tramp the Hollyford Track.On with the show: Jana Hocken: After last Friday talking to her husband Mat, winner of the Trans-Tasman Rabobank... read more

The cow of the future: farmers 'learning to do more with less'

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Technology investment is paying off for New Zealand's dairy farmers. In the past year the industry produced 21.2 billion litres of milk containing 1.88 billion kilograms of milk solids. That's up 2.4 per cent on the previous season.We're... read more

Help may be on the way for farmers struggling with Farm Environment Plans

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By Eric Frykberg of RNZ The prime minister has hinted that there might be financial support for farmers struggling to develop a Farm Environment Plan.This help could come in next year's budget.Farm Environment Plans are intended... read more

Wanaka sewerage shut down as flood waters rise

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By RNZ Flood water has yet to reach Wanaka's main street, but more rain is expected throughout today.Sandbags and black plastic sheets were covering the fronts of most businesses along Ardmore St this morning as residents prepared... read more

Canterbury ram breeders hold first ever on-farm sale

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The Lethams, of Hermiston Letham Rams at Mitcham, north of Ashburton, held their first on-farm ram sale last month.Farm owner Guy Letham, with sons Andrew and Cameron, put 100 of their Romney, Dorset Down and Border Leicester rams... read more

Chris Wilton to continue as coach of Horowhenua-Kāpiti Heartland

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Chris Wilton will keep his job as coach of the Horowhenua-Kāpiti Heartland rugby team, rising above a host of coaches from around the world that applied for the position.The reappointment of Wilton, 48, was confirmed at the... read more

Racing: Rock 'N' Pop now standing at Okawa Stud

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Okawa Stud, once one of the famous thoroughbred nurseries in Hawke's Bay, is undergoing a revival with the property now standing the well-bred stallion Rock 'N' Pop.The son of champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock took up residence... read more