Posts tagged "Otago"

Beef + Lamb New Zealand elects new chairman

[26 March/Rural News] Southland sheep and beef farmer, Andrew Morrison, was appointed as the chairman of Beef + Lamb New Zealand. He was previously on the board representing the Southern South Island region and was elected at the annual meeting. He farms a total of 1,030 hectares of breeding and finishing units spread between Southland...

Bees too hot to make honey as they swelter in NZ summer

[7 March/NZ Farmer] The hottest summer on record in many parts of the country has caused a challenging season for beekeepers as bees have stopped making honey so they can gather water to cool their hives down. Chief Executive of Apiculture New Zealand, Karin Kos, said beekeepers were expecting a slightly below average honey harvest...

Error has farmers growing crop linked to cow deaths

[23 February/The Country] Many farmers in the Southland and Otago regions were sold the wrong seed, and had accidentally grown crops linked to the death of hundreds of dairy cows in 2014. PGG Wrightson Seeds General Manager New Zealand, David Green, said they noticed the bulb colour was white as opposed to yellow, which prompted...

Southern drought: Still dry on Otago farms despite rain

[3 February/ Otago Daily Times] The extreme January heat has affected farmers through low water stocks. Federated Farmers Otago President, Phil Hunt, said farmers were still facing what some were describing as the worst drought in decades. Mr Hunt emphasised the importance that farmers needed to plan accordingly and could just wait for more rain...

Middlemarch property positive for Mycoplasma bovis

[6 February/NZ Herald] A property in Middlemarch in Otago has been identified as having tested positive for the Mycoplasma bovis cattle disease, the 21st property to have been detected with the disease.  In addition there are 34 properties that are under restricted place notices.  The Ministry for Primary Industries reiterated that all detections are still...

Increase in farm sales bucks trend

[19 January/Otago Daily Times] Real Estate Institute of New Zealand data for November 2017 indicates that only Southland and Taranaki saw a higher level of farm sales in the three months to November 2017 than the preceding year.  Overall sales saw a significant easing on 2016 according to spokesperson, Brian Peacocke, however he noted that...

Milk to be tested nationwide

[12 January/Southland Times] The Ministry for Primary Industries has announced that in response to the Mycoplasma Bovis outbreak in dairy cows milk testing will be conducted nationwide from February.  Milk surveillance has already been commenced in the impacted regions (Southland, Otago and Canterbury) but expanding the programme will provide more information to enable the Ministry...

Local tech in $19m ‘win-win’

[9 December/ Otago Daily Times] Research from Sainsbury’s has shown the use of technology developed by Techion Group in Otago could save farmers in its supply chain about $19 million annually. Techion Founder, Greg Mirams said the involvement of the United Kingdom’s second largest supermarket would put his animal parasite diagnostics company on the map....