Posts tagged "Southland"

Southland Aquaculture group looking into offshore aquaculture at conference in Norway

 [8 June/Stuff] A Southland delegation are headed to a global aquaculture summit in Norway to look for ways to expand the industry in the region. The group which included members of the local industry steering group as well as NZ King Salmon group members attended the conference. The group was looking into offshore aquaculture in...

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...

Details of Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final revealed

[27 March/Scoop] The FMG Young Farmer of The Year will be announced in Invercargill in four months’ time. It will mark the 50th anniversary of the award and the finalists are to be decided at the Otago/Southland Regional Final in Winton on 21 April. Event Convenor, James Goodwin, said they hoped to have 1,200 people...

Farm sales continue downward trend

[20 March/Radio NZ] Farm sales were on a downward trend with 12 percent fewer properties sold in the three months to February compared to last year. The average price per hectare has risen by half a percent. The Real Estate Institute’s spokesperson, Brian Peacocke, said farm sales were easing mainly due to the time of...

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...

Mycoplasma bovis: Number of infected properties rises to 23

[9 February/The Country] Twenty-three farms have now been found to be infected with the cattle disease Mycoplasma Bovis. The latest two were in Southland and South Canterbury. The Ministry for Primary Industries said all infected properties were under quarantine controls. The Ministry reiterated that all detections to date were linked to the original infected properties...

Drought declared in Southland, parts of Otago

[30 January/The Country] Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities, Damien O’Connor, has declared a medium scale adverse event in respect of drought conditions in Southland and large parts of Otago (including Queenstown Lakes, Central Otago and Clutha districts).  The declaration triggers additional funding of up to $130,000 for the local Rural Support Trusts and industry...

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...

Mycoplasma bovis: Cow disease now on 20 farms

[30 January/Radio NZ Rural] The Ministry for Primary Industries has announced that two further farms have tested positive for cattle disease, Mycoplasma Bovis.  The new farms are located in South Canterbury, where the initial outbreak of the disease was detected, and Southland.  There are now 20 infected properties across South and Mid Canterbury, Southland and...

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...

Construction set to begin for new Alliance venison plant

[11 December/ NZ Farmer] Alliance Group has begun building its new venison processing plant in Southland. The project to create the $15.2 million modern facility would include improved handling operations, increased slaughtering, a wider boning room and an increased offal area. Alliance Chief Executive, David Surveyor said the new plant was a vote of confidence...

Dry weather spells potential problems for farmers

[30 November/ Stuff] Weatherwatch Head Weather Analyst, Philip Duncan said farmers in some parts of the country could be in trouble if it did not stop raining soon. Mr Duncan explained that Northland, Auckland’s West Coast, Taranaki, Manawatu, Canterbury and Southland were drier than normal and contractors were concerned about the fact that grass had...