Marks & Spencer Scotland pulls pin on NZ lamb – Alexa Cook:
Farmer grows from on-lamb farm to million dollar empire in six years – Paul Mitchell:
In just six years, a farmer south of Whanganui has grown his business from a single block of land to a multi-million dollar company supplying restaurants and supermarkets globally.
This week Coastal Spring Lamb, at Turakina, received its first order from China, giving it a foot-hold in the biggest market in the world.
Founder Richard Redmayne said this was the eighth export market for the firm since it began selling overseas in January last year. . .
At war with the pukeko – one gardener’s greatest foe – Charlie Mitchell:
The pukekos strike just before dawn, leaving hundreds of destroyed cabbages and a market gardener in despair.
Commercial gardener Brent Treleaven is at war with the native birds, which have caused thousands of dollars worth of damage on his farm north of Christchurch.
He had to relinquish part of his market garden to the pukeko after they took it over. . .
Cows get inspirational talk before milking – Simon Wong:
An Australian farmer says the pep talks he gives his cows is an easy way to bring cheer to his colleagues, who are facing some trying times.
Two videos of southwestern Victoria farmer Adam Jenkins, posted on Facebook by his wife Catherine, have been shared thousands of times in the past few days.
They’re of Mr Jenkins giving his cows encouragement before heading into the milking shed and then afterward congratulating them on their efforts. . .
Dairy farmers’ ability to remain internationally competitive is likely to be a hot topic when dairy industry and research body, DairyNZ, reviews the past year at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Canterbury this month.
DairyNZ is holding its AGM in Ashburton from 11am on Thursday, October 27, at Hotel Ashburton.
Industry body chairman Michael Spaans says the AGM will review the 2015/16 dairy season, including the low milk price challenges, and discuss DairyNZ’s highlights for the year and future direction. . .
The genetic gain and value that LIC bulls are delivering on New Zealand dairy farms is confirmed in the latest Ranking of Active Sires (RAS) list.
A phenomenal 27 of the best 30 bulls on the All Breeds list are LIC’s, including the top 14 in a row of all breeds.
“These bulls are managed by LIC on our farmers’ behalf, with massive contributions from our top breeders and our Bull Acquisition team,” LIC General Manager Biological Systems Geoff Corbett said. . .