Anyone with even a passing interest in agriculture and food will be familiar with the dire stories abounding about the decline in bee numbers throughout parts of the Northern Hemisphere.
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Like most farmers on the Canterbury Plains Oxford dairy farmer Andrew Mehrtens has been anxiously eyeing the implications of the region’s land and water regional plan when it comes to nitrogen limitations.
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Numbers lift in class leading arable competition
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A desire to produce a premium quality product as close to nature intended remains the hallmark of Ashburton-based Crozier’s Turkeys.
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At a time when sheep numbers are at an all-time low and amid continued decline in industry confidence, one man’s passion for breeding and improving bloodlines is the driving force behind a new sheep breed being trialled in the Mid Canterbury foothills.
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What started out as a stepping stone has developed into a successful horticultural business for Mid Canterbury's Grant and Marilyn Smith of Smithfield Raspberries.
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An event designed to specifically cater for women is gaining momentum and is set to become a regular feature following the successful staging of the second annual A Night Out with the Girls by Ruralco.
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While New Zealand’s burgeoning tourist market presents opportunities for Mackenzie basin farmers to explore new income streams, for Hamish and Julia Mackenzie of Braemar Station, they are farmers first, and always will be.
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