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RNZ: Country Life

RNZ: Country Life

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Country Life takes you down country roads to meet ordinary people achieving their dreams. We live in a beautiful country...

Link: www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/countrylife

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Episodes

From dairy farming to hemp cultivation

Dec 6, 2019 00:21:08

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Reefton dairy farmers Aaron Silcock and Sarah Gibson think the future lies in hemp. Aaron is a fourth-generation dairy farmer at Larry's Creek but says he'd like to eventually put his herd into retirement on the 307-hectare farm and focus on growing industrial hemp.

View from the Vines: Standing out from the Wine Crowd

Dec 6, 2019 00:13:38

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In the third of the View from the Vines series, we tidy up the vine canopy with winemaker John Douglas before heading into the barrel room with a hen party who've arrived for a tasting.

Striped dairy cows – a rare breed

Dec 6, 2019 00:08:27

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Opunake farmer Andy Whitehead milks eight different breeds of cattle. Lakenvelders are his favourite. They hail from the Netherlands and are easy to spot in the dark.

Regional Wrap

Dec 6, 2019 00:06:24

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Waikato's become a bit dry in the past week but good rain, forecast for the weekend, should help set farms up well for summer. A hop grower at Tapawera in the Nelson region says the focus this week has been getting the growing hop vines trained up the strings.

Full Episode for Friday December 6 2019

Dec 6, 2019 00:51:02

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Making Way for Hemp, Standing out from the Wine Crowd, Lakenvelder cattle and the Regional Wrap.

From Farm Junk to Feel-Good Art

Nov 29, 2019 00:20:52

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A gypsy caravan-maker is among people in Manawatu who are beavering away in their garages and farm sheds turning rusting iron tools, fencing wire and other bits and pieces into works of art for the annual Kimbolton Sculpture Festival.

First Light - the first choice for Californian 'meat geeks'

Nov 29, 2019 00:10:45

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Americans are joining a waiting list to belong to a New Zealand meat company's Steak Club. Each month Hawke's Bay-based First Light delivers four, 100 percent grass-fed Wagyu beef steaks to members doorsteps.

New Study shows Profit for Green Dairying

Nov 29, 2019 00:03:21

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Researchers have found it's possible to produce milk and cheese in a highly environmentally friendly way without losing money.

Regional Wrap

Nov 29, 2019 00:07:28

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Hawkes Bay's cherries are being picked and Southland and South Otago have finally had the chance to dry out...

The Taranaki Trust that keeps on giving

Nov 29, 2019 00:06:16

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Trusts set up more than 50 years ago by two Taranaki farmers have helped thousands of young people further their careers in agriculture and veterinary science. Profits from two dairy farms boost the Bashford Nicholls Trust's coffers each year and scholarships are given to about 90 students.

Full Episode for Friday November 29 2019

Nov 29, 2019 00:50:17

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We hear about new research into the profitability of carbon neutral dairying, scholarships for people studying vet science and agriculture and visit a Hawkes Bay meat company that has Californians queuing up for its steak. We're also in the Manawatu town of Kimbolton where people are getting creative with chicken wire in the name of mental health.

The West Coast town in good spirits

Nov 22, 2019 00:28:16

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Keeping it local and tapping into Reefton's rich history were two of Patsy Bass's goals when she founded the Reefton Distilling Company two years ago...

On the job with an Artificial Breeding Technician

Nov 22, 2019 00:13:24

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Gisela Bach is a Waihi dairy farmer and qualified as a vet in her home country Spain. She's been in New Zealand nine years and spends October and November artificially inseminating cows.

Regional Wrap

Nov 22, 2019 00:07:09

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Welcome rain has set many farms up for the summer. It hasn't really warmed up in the far south and grass is struggling to grow. Marlborough has finally transitioned from what has been a fickle spring into summer.

Full Episode for Friday November 22 2019

Nov 22, 2019 00:50:15

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The West Coast Town in Good Spirits, artificial breeding with technician Gisela Bach and the Regional Wrap.

Off Like a Rockit

Nov 15, 2019 00:19:51

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New Zealand's tiny Rockit apples are proving a real hit with both consumers and growers. They're returning more than any other apple variety and demand is sky-rocketing in Asia.

Power to the People

Nov 15, 2019 00:14:02

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Born and bred Reefton sparky Greg Topp is part of a team of locals who formed the Reefton Powerhouse Trust in 2011. Their goal is to restore the old hydro scheme on the Inangahua River to its former glory.

Regional Wrap

Nov 15, 2019 00:07:18

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Welcome rain has set farms up for the summer but hail in Hawkes Bay and Pukekohe has caused some fruit damage. It hasn't really warmed up in the far south and grass is struggling to grow.

Proud to Show

Nov 15, 2019 00:07:54

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On the eve of the 2019 New Zealand Agricultural Show dozens of exhibitors are preparing their cattle at the A & P Showgrounds in Christchurch. As well as showing her own cows and calves, agricultural consultant Sarah O'Connell is the youth committee chair at the show and champions the next generation getting into exhibiting.

Full Episode for Friday 15 November 2019

Nov 15, 2019 00:50:33

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Country Life talks to Sarah O'Connell on the eve of the New Zealand Agricultural Show in Christchurch, Reefton sparky Greg Topp is among locals helping to restore the old hydro scheme on the Inangahua River and there's huge demand world-wide for New Zealand's tiny rockit apples. 

Farming with the future in mind

Nov 8, 2019 00:20:11

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A fourth-generation Canterbury dairy farmer is embracing regenerative agriculture. John says soil health on his Leeston property has improved dramatically since he stopped using synthetic fertilisers three years ago.

Meet Steve the Seaweed Man

Nov 8, 2019 00:13:14

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Steve Matthews loves the wild Wairarapa coast where he's worked on farms most of his life. Intrigued by the deer he used to see munching seaweed on the beach, the pensioner started up his own small business foraging and selling the stuff. Demand is huge but he plans to stay small-scale, unless new regulations put him out of business .

Where the Grass is Greener

Nov 8, 2019 00:06:15

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Brandon Dalton moved to Lees Valley in Canterbury from a ranch in eastern Montana and now works alongside 13 other staff to keep the 20 thousand hectare station ticking over.

Regional Wrap

Nov 8, 2019 00:06:04

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Hot temperatures have seen pasture growth bolt away over much of the North Island. In the South it's been warm too. Farmers in Canterbury have been planting kale for grazing next winter and hopefully by the end of next week all the tractor work will be done for the season.

Relieving the Rural Health Crisis

Nov 8, 2019 00:03:50

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Rural doctors, nurses, and business have met with the health minister this week to press home health issues affecting people living in the country side and smaller towns. Our guest this week is a GP from Kaikoura who's with the Rural Health Alliance of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Country Life for 8 November 2019

Nov 8, 2019 00:50:49

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Relieving the Rural Health Crisis, Where the Grass is Greener, Meet the Seaweed Man, Farming with the Future in Mind and The Regional Wrap.

A tale of three shepherds

Nov 1, 2019 00:18:59

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Shepherding is more a lifestyle than a job for Kate White, Lesley Pollock and Kacey Johnson. They're among the youngest all women team of shepherds tin the country.

Cute as Buttons

Nov 1, 2019 00:12:37

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North Canterbury farmers Melissa and Hayden Cowan have a small flock of rare black-nosed Swiss Valais sheep. Often referred to as the "cutest sheep in the world" this distinctive breed with black face and ears, curly forelocks and spotted knees and hocks originate in the mountains of the Valais area of Switzerland.

Allocating Water for Dates

Nov 1, 2019 00:04:45

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Plant and Food Research is working the the Middle East to help an environment agency there know how much water can be safely allocated to date plantations. It's an extension of the work it has been doing in New Zealand, measuring sap flow in various crops and developing models regional councils can use to work out water allocations.

Regional Wrap

Nov 1, 2019 00:07:05

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In Bay of Plenty pasture's been bolting away and the good quality feed's been putting weight on cattle and lambs. Dairy farmers have finally put their silage wagons away in Canterbury and yearling bulls on lucerne are currently growing at two kilos per head per day.

DIY Soil Testing

Nov 1, 2019 00:04:11

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A look at a DIY soil tesing kit.

Full Episode for Friday November 1 2019

Nov 1, 2019 00:49:04

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A Tale of Three Shepherds, Cute as Buttons, Allocating Water for Dates, DIY Soil Testing and the Regional Wrap.

Spectacular Speckles are turning heads

Oct 25, 2019 00:20:21

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There's a lot of chatter about Speckle Park cattle. The Canadian breed is the fastest growing cattle breed on the planet. New Zealand farmers are jumping on board. Beef farmers like Speckle Parks because they grow quickly, yield more beef than most other breeds and produce beautifully marbled meat. Dairy farmers love them too; the calves are easy to rear, easy to identify and are worth more than other dairy-cross calves.

Re-homing retired racehorses

Oct 25, 2019 00:09:57

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Jackie Law takes in unwanted pacers and trotters once they have finished their harness racing careers. So far she's rehomed more than 600. Most come from horse trainers who like to see them get a second chance.

More original Kiwi cheese, please

Oct 25, 2019 00:13:22

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New Zealand-based international cheese judge Juliet Harbutt would like to see cheese makers here make their own distinct cheeses rather than copy well-known recipes.

Regional Wrap

Oct 25, 2019 00:06:01

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In Waikato asparagus production is down significantly because of cooler wetter conditions this spring. Apple orchards in the Nelson/Motueka region are coming to the end of flowering. There has been stop start rain in South Otago so farmers haven't been able to get much groundwork done.

Full Episode for Friday October 25 2019

Oct 25, 2019 00:50:56

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Spectacular Speckles, Rehoming Reject Horses, More Cheese Please and the Regional Wrap.

The Karioi Project: bringing back the grey-faced petrel

Oct 18, 2019 00:15:32

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A community group has been trapping predators on Mt Karioi near Raglan for ten years. Now the rare grey-faced petrel, whose population was in serious decline, is on the gain.

Nuts about Hazels

Oct 18, 2019 00:13:54

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Caroline and Mark Eastmond run Hazelnut Nurseries on the hills near Waiau in North Canterbury. Initial planting began in 1993 and now they have about 1,300 established trees producing nuts for the local market.

Kylie Leonard: committed to dairy farming and community

Oct 18, 2019 00:11:35

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Kylie Leonard's cows get to enjoy the scent of her French perfume. After a house fire, the Taupo farmer has vowed to live life to the full and not keep anything for special occasions. Last year Kylie won the Dairy Women's Network's community leadership award. She teaches in Taupo schools, is involved in community organisations and invites anyone who is interested to see what happens on a dairy farm.

Regional Wrap

Oct 18, 2019 00:07:10

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In Northland it has been an exceptional week in terms of pasture growth on the back of some good rain. Canterbury has had another variable week of weather with only a couple of good days in which to get on the tractor.

Full Episode for Friday October 18 2019

Oct 18, 2019 00:49:52

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The Karioi Project, Nuts about Hazels, Kylie Leonard - Committed to dairy farming and to her community and the Regional Wrap.

Raw courage: the making of Mount Eliza Cheese

Oct 11, 2019 00:16:22

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For years Chris and Jill Whalley battled to be able to produce cheese from unpasteurised milk. Now parliamentarians, the people they had to convince, are eating Mount Eliza cheese at Bellamy's.

A View from the Vines: John Douglas vs Jack Frost

Oct 11, 2019 00:10:24

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Last year, John Douglas lost 70 percent of his vineyard to frost. This season he's out in the nerve-jangling wee hours frost-fighting and watching the temperature drop.

Preparing for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Oct 11, 2019 00:10:21

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Professor Max Suckling has been to Italy to see the devastation in crops caused by the brown marmorated stink bug. He's been looking at ways of trapping the bug and other controls that could help protect fruit crops in New Zealand should the bug establish here.

Regional Wrap

Oct 11, 2019 00:06:37

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Warm wet weather in the North Island will give grass growth a boost and the West Coast of the South Island could do the chance to dry out!

Huge potential for NZ organic produce in China

Oct 11, 2019 00:05:00

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New Zealand is testing a new coding system which is expected to boost organic exports to China.

Full Episode for Friday October 11 2019

Oct 11, 2019 00:50:27

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Mount Eliza Cheese, Max Suckling and the BMSB, regional wrap, frost fighting on a Wairarapa vineyard and NZ organic produce in China.

Turning green waste into black gold

Oct 4, 2019 00:19:36

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Energy consultant Phil Stevens wanted to reduce his carbon footprint so on his Manawatu lifestyle block he's experimenting taking old logs and tree trimmings and turning them into a special ingredient to sequester carbon and enhance soil and water.

Takiwatanga Sanctuary - a haven for animals and for families

Oct 4, 2019 00:18:39

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Steve and Phil Brown have set up their King Country home and farm as a sanctuary for children with disabilities and their families. Their rescued animals are on the staff and help entertain and comfort visitors.

Regional Wrap

Oct 4, 2019 00:07:00

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This week unsettled spring weather included damaging hail in Hawkes Bay, hard frosts in Marlborough and it's been wetter than wet on the West Coast. 

A Boost for Vets and the Regions

Oct 4, 2019 00:03:09

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Thirty-two graduate vets will receive $55,000 over five years from the Voluntary Bonding Scheme for Veterinarians to help ease the shortage of veterinarians working with sheep, cows and working dogs.  

Country Life for 4 October 2019

Oct 4, 2019 00:50:09

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Children with autism get to hang out with rescued animals at a King Country sanctuary, a lifestyle block owner experimenting with burning green waste to reduce his carbon footprint and a plan to reduce the shortage of vets.

NZ home for Siberian huskies

Sep 27, 2019 00:13:33

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When Steve Coxhead heads out into the forest with his team of Siberian huskies he never knows what is going to happen. "There's the element of danger I guess and that's what keeps it exciting. We've had wild pigs run out in front of us. We've seen deer. We often have hares leap out in front of us and take off up the track which gives you a pretty thrilling ride." Steve has New Zealand's largest kennels of racing Siberian huskies and is based at Broadlands near Taupo. He chose the location because in winter it's cold and "that's what they (the dogs) enjoy." Steve has recently set up a tourism venture where people can come to see the dogs in action.

Japan quake sparks new life in the NZ vines

Sep 27, 2019 00:11:54

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After the devastating 2011 Japan earthquake Kohei Koyama re-evaluated his life. The former investment banker came to New Zealand to make wine. Nine months ago he took another step, moving to Urlar vineyard near Gladstone in Wairarapa to help its new sake-maker Japanese owners realise their dream.

From Canton to Kerikeri: the varied life of Joe Ngan

Sep 27, 2019 00:13:05

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Joe Ngan was born in 1932 in a small village near Canton (Guangzhou) China. When he was two, his mother died while giving birth to his sister. That meant Joe and elder brother Sun, were virtual orphans as their father owned a green grocer shop in Fielding New Zealand. He was brought up by his grandfather until the Sino Japanese war started in 1937. They made plans to escape to New Zealand but Grandad Ngan was hit with shrapnel, leaving the two young boys to travel to New Zealand alone. Joe Ngan's had a varied and interesting life and now lives near his two kiwifruit orchards in Kerikeri, Northland.

Regional Wrap

Sep 27, 2019 00:06:02

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Blustery winds, spring chills, a touch of frost and for some a little too much rain. It's been a mixed bag, in other words typical spring weather, around the country this week.

Ploughing to the top

Sep 27, 2019 00:04:49

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National ploughing champion Bob Merhtens hails from Timaru. He's recently returned from the 'United States where he's been doing what he loves best...  

Full Episode for Friday September 27 2019

Sep 27, 2019 00:50:51

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From Canton to Kerikeri, Japan quake sparks new life in the vines, NZ home for Siberian huskies and the regional wrap.

Snuffling for truffle treasure

Sep 20, 2019 00:20:54

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Country Life's Carol Stiles has been out sniffing for truffles. It was no surprise to learn Indi the truffle dog had a better nose! The cocker spaniel whizzed around 146 trees at a truffiere near Hamilton and found a lonely truffle under one of them. Indi and her trainer Karen Drummond are engaged by growers to look for the delicacy on about 60 properties from Whangarei to Wellington.

From Farm to Fridge

Sep 20, 2019 00:13:40

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A new family-owned boutique milk business is set to bring the clink of glass milk bottles back to Canterbury. James and Chloe Davidson have leased 24 hectares of council land near Darfield and have started producing A2 milk. The cows, a small herd of herd of Shorthorns, are milked on a mobile shed in the paddock. Once it's in the vat the milk is pasteurised and bottled under the couple's Roan Farm brand. Initially it will be delivered to cafés and shops in Darfield, West Melton and Christchurch. The Davidsons are also keen to start selling it door-to-door.

Regional Wrap

Sep 20, 2019 00:06:17

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The West Coast had a good dollop or rain this week but generally there's been fine spring weather around the country which has got grass pulsing and helped lamb survival rates. With buds bursting on trees and vines, growers are on the alert for frost.

Rugby talk with a West Coast farmer

Sep 20, 2019 00:04:34

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Dairy farmer and rugby coach Blair Mirfin chats to Cosmo Kentish-Barnes about club rugby on the Coast and who'll do well in Japan.

Full Episode for Friday September 20 2019

Sep 20, 2019 00:49:29

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From Farm to Fridge, looking for truffles, a rugby playing farmer and the Regional Wrap.

Picking up the fence posts - farming in Waiau after the quake

Sep 13, 2019 00:23:12

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A three and a half metre high wall was formed on Woodchester Station when the magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook North Canterbury nearly three years ago. The 'wall of Waiau' as it's now known sits on the Leader fault that cuts across a scenic hillside on Dave and Rebekah Kelly's 2000-hectare sheep and beef property...

Guarding the daffodils

Sep 13, 2019 00:10:04

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A century ago the Booth family set aside a paddock at their farm Middlerun for daffodils to raise money for charity and the fundraiser is still going strong.

Choosing the Right Genes

Sep 13, 2019 00:10:10

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Dr David Chagne and his team from Plant and Food Research are working on ways to speed up improvements consumers and industry want to see in our plants and crops..

Regional Wrap

Sep 13, 2019 00:06:18

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Gisborne has had the rain it's been waiting for. Hoggets have been going through the shearing sheds in Central Otago. Lambing is underway and a minus seven degree frost on Monday had the babies rubbing up against mum to keep warm.

Full Episode for 13 September 2019

Sep 13, 2019 00:51:02

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Picking up the fence posts - Post earthquake farming in Waiau, Guarding the daffodils, Choosing the Right Genes and the Regional Wrap.

A Gentle Horse with a Wild Past

Sep 6, 2019 00:13:13

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Norwegian Fjord horses were domesticated about 4000 years ago and were famously used by the Vikings as war mounts in their travels to Scotland and Iceland. There's a small herd in New Zealand introduced 25 years ago by Gabrielle Mathiesen.

Trade War affects NZ Wool Prices

Sep 6, 2019 00:06:04

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The trade war between the US and China is being blamed for significant drops in fine wool prices, up to 35% compared with last year for some lines. South Island farmer Murray Scott says two thirds of his clip will be affected by the price drop.

Regional Wrap

Sep 6, 2019 00:06:06

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Rain has been welcomed in Hawkes Bay and in Otago farmers would like ewes to hold onto their lambs until the threat of snow passes.

NZ's Billion Dollar Spud Industry

Sep 6, 2019 00:02:14

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The value of New Zealand's third largest horticultural export crop is growing.

Full Episode for Friday 6 September 2019

Sep 6, 2019 00:50:26

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Teenagers on the farm, Scandinavian horses, how the US China trade war's affecting NZ wool prices and the Regional Wrap.

Schooling up the next generation of Kiwi farmers

Sep 6, 2019 00:21:33

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Every day, agriculture tutor Joe Steventon heads out to high schools around the lower North Island. He round up kids and take them out to the countryside to find out what's involved in working the land.

The North Canterbury cow sanctuary run by a teenager

Aug 30, 2019 00:20:54

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Nineteen-year-old Jasmine Hubber has rescued nearly 200 cows and calves from a one-way trip to the meatworks with her not-for-profit cow sanctuary 'Til the Cows Come Home.

The commmunity that kept on giving - Otorohanga funds its own medical centre

Aug 30, 2019 00:12:53

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The small King Country town of Otorohanga has a sparkling new medical facility. Nearly every cent needed for the $3.4 million building was raised by the community.

A View from the Vines - the Winter Haircut

Aug 30, 2019 00:08:06

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John Douglas runs the tiny Te Hera vineyard on Te Muna Road just out of Martinborough in South Wairarapa. Pruning is coming to an end and it's been a long hard slog for the former psychiatric nurse who's hands-on in every aspect of his business.

Regional Wrap

Aug 30, 2019 00:06:19

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Bay of Plenty kiwifruit growers are finishing off winter pruning and having the end of season tidy up. With good weather across Canterbury and winter feed crops mostly finished, tractors have been busy cultivating paddocks for spring sowing.

Full Episode for Friday August 30 2019

Aug 30, 2019 00:49:44

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A cow sanctuary at Cust, pruning vines in Wairarapa, Otorohanga new medical centre and the Regional Wrap.

Trees, bees and a nice cold cider, please

Aug 23, 2019 00:15:41

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Jason Prior is a beekeeper who produces up to 60 tonnes of honey a year, has a nursery that sells trees bees love and is about to plant 1000 cider apple trees.

Changing the way the family farms

Aug 23, 2019 00:11:17

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Roscoe Taggart is a third generation farmer at Cust in North Canterbury. He took over the running of the family farm five years ago. The 28-year-old is phasing out the sheep breeding component of the farm his grandfather started in the late 50s so that he can focus more on cropping and precision agriculture. 

Beefing up women's voice - a decade on

Aug 23, 2019 00:07:30

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It's 10 years since Lindy Nelson set out on a path which led to the Agri-Women's Development Trust, which has helped hundreds of women - and men now too - make change in New Zealand's primary sector and in rural communities.

Beefing up women's voices - a decade on

Aug 23, 2019 00:07:30

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It's 10 years since Lindy Nelson set out on a path which led to the Agri-Women's Development Trust, which has helped hundreds of women - and men now too - make change in New Zealand's primary sector and in rural communities.

Regional Wrap

Aug 23, 2019 00:06:33

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Vegetable crops are on a bit of a go-slow in the Pukekohe district because it's been so wet and in Southland farmers are doing the rounds to check for cast ewes...

Bringing up the boys - calf rearing in Waikato

Aug 23, 2019 00:05:19

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Mark Bocock rears 4500 calves a year at his property near Te Awamutu in Waikato. At this time of year he's working 12 hours a day, making 140 farm visits a week to pick up calves.

Full Episode for Friday August 23 2019

Aug 23, 2019 00:49:59

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Trees, Bees and a Nice Cold Cider Please, Changing the way the family farms, Beefing up women's voices - a decade on, calf rearer Mark Bocock and the Regional Wrap.

Serving up salmon in South Canterbury

Aug 16, 2019 00:20:16

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On a busy day Jamie Sleep and his fish processing team at High Country Salmon near Twizel can fillet up to 200 salmon. Business operations manager Tracey Gunn says the farm employs 30 staff, produces 200 tonnes of salmon a year and, with nearly 400,000 visitors annually, the canal-side cafe at the farm has become a gourmet tourist attraction.

The Healing Power of Sheep

Aug 16, 2019 00:13:48

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Auckland company Aroa Biosurgery manufactures wound-care products made out of the lining of a sheep's stomach.  They're used in the United States and are successfully healing wounds that haven't responded to other treatments.

A New Chair for the Farmers' Markets Association

Aug 16, 2019 00:09:26

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Towards the end of the week organic vege growers, artisan butchers, bread and cheese makers get busy preparing for farmers' markets around the country. There are 30 or so farmers' markets in New Zealand and 24 of them belong to the Farmers' Markets Association which has a new chairperson.

Regional Wrap

Aug 16, 2019 00:06:03

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In Waikato a dairy consultant says it's been the best winter he can remember. A good week of weather in Canterbury has allowed cropping farmers to get on with planting spring barley.

Full Episode for Friday August 16 2019

Aug 16, 2019 00:50:56

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Serving up Salmon, The Healing Power of Sheep, A New Chair for the Farmers' Markets Association and the Regional Wrap.

A Helping Hand from Hemp

Aug 9, 2019 00:19:16

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Dave and Anne Jordan say the world would benefit from the widespread planting and use of hemp. They have been working for more than a decade to build a hemp industry in New Zealand.

Riding High in the Saddle

Aug 9, 2019 00:15:59

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Liz Duke is the riders co-ordinator and head coach at North Canterbury Riding for the Disabled. Her team of equine volunteers provide riding activities that increase the ability, strength and confidence of people with physical, intellectual, emotional and social challenges. Liz says they often find that the relation with a pony is one of the best things that happens with a rider who has a disability. The local group owns several horses that live on 25 hectares of leased land near Rangiora.

Alternative Proteins - What's at steak?

Aug 9, 2019 00:06:45

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Agricultural economist Barnett Sporkin-Morrison says there's been a growth in the availability of alternative proteins in the United States but not a wholsale shift away from meat. He says consumers are taking a 'flexitarian' approach often choosing to eat the new products sometimes but not always.

Regional Wrap

Aug 9, 2019 00:06:50

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It's been wet and warm in northern parts of the North Island. Lambs are appearing in Canterbury and calving is in full swing on dairy farms.

Full Episode for Friday August 9 2019

Aug 9, 2019 00:50:30

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A Helping Hand from Hemp, Riding High in the Saddle, Alternative Proteins - What's at Steak? and the Regional Wrap.

A Water Monitoring System for Farmers

Aug 2, 2019 00:21:48

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Outspoken Southland farmer Ray McCrostie is on a quest to better understand and improve the land under his gumboots. He's lending a hand to Clint Rissman, a scientist who used to work for Environment Southland and automation engineer Richard Dean, who are developing a low cost, portable water-quality monitoring station for farmers. The trio have identified a drain on Mr McCrostie's farm in the Waituna Catchment as the perfect spot to test the prototype system.

A Gravedigger for Animals

Aug 2, 2019 00:11:42

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Richard Logan buries animals. He's buried 'anything on two legs or more' from emus to huge bulls, llamas, racehorses, Clydesdales, sheep, donkeys and dogs.

Battling on in the NSW drought

Aug 2, 2019 00:08:14

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Greg Jerry is spending up to $15,000 a month to feed the remaining stock on his farm in north west NSW. He dreads what he will find when he goes out onto the farm each day.

Regional Wrap

Aug 2, 2019 00:06:51

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Pukekohe has had near perfect winter growing conditions and vegetables are in heavy supply. Pruning is in full swing in Marlborough's vineyards while on high country properties merinos are on winter rotation.

Full Episode for Friday August 2 2019

Aug 2, 2019 00:50:02

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A Southland farmer Ray McCrostie is on a quest to better understand and improve the land under his gumboots. He's lending a hand to a scientist and an automation engineer who are developing a low cost, portable water-quality monitoring station for farmers...

Farming – the Morrison family business

Jul 26, 2019 00:16:48

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The Morrison family has been farming the same bit of land near Marton since 1864. More recently they've expanded and have purchased a hill country farm nearby. Will Morrison works Mangara Station and feeds animals born there into Fern Flats, the home farm managed by his brother Richard. The men are both busy off the farm as well. Will is national chairman of Beef and Lamb NZ's farmer council and Richard is president of Manawatu Rangitikei Federated Farmers.

French cattle thriving on Banks Peninsula

Jul 26, 2019 00:12:12

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Tai Tapu farmers Brent and Anna Fisher are recognised as some of New Zealand's top breeders of beefy Charolais cattle. The major focus of their breeding programme is to provide bulls to hill and high country farmers.

Goose Numbers Under Threat

Jul 26, 2019 00:08:51

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The number of Greenland White Fronted geese is plummeting despite the fact the birds are protected. On Islay, a remote Hebridean island, efforts are being made to find out why.

Regional Wrap

Jul 26, 2019 00:07:08

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King Country farmers are spreading out ewes into lambing paddocks and are innoculating them before lambing. Agricultural work has ground to a halt this week while farmers wait for things to dry out in Canterbury.

Saving Lambs

Jul 26, 2019 00:04:15

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Dr Clive Dalton says improved fertility in our national sheep flock and lamb mortality rates are linked.

Country Life for 26 July 2019

Jul 26, 2019 00:50:29

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Morrison Farming, French cattle thriving on Banks Peninsula, the Greenland white fronted goose, Clive Dalton on lamb mortality and the Regional Wrap.  

Saving the Waipu goat

Jul 19, 2019 00:18:39

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An American woman living in North Canterbury is determined to save a hardy breed of angora goat. "When we came over from Kansas three years ago we did not ever expect, if you were to have asked us, that we'd become goat herders but, here we are!" says Jill Nawrocki.

Farmers Making Burgers

Jul 19, 2019 00:11:43

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Five hundred thousand beef patties are made for McDonalds each day in New Zealand. Country Life joins farmers on a tour to see how meat they provide ends up in burgers.

Rural Innovation Lab - Solutions to Farming's Big Challenges

Jul 19, 2019 00:05:49

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Manawatu's Rural Innovation Lab will soon select and inject funding into three projects that could transform the primary sector.

Regional Wrap

Jul 19, 2019 00:05:55

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The Pukekohe district in Auckland's south has had an unsettled week with rain and showers. Temperatures have been higher than expected in mid-July which means that crops are growing steadily. Central Otago sheep farmers are pre-lamb shearing.

Connecting Seasonal Workers with Growers

Jul 19, 2019 00:07:42

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PICMI is the brainchild of Tasman entrepreneur Genevieve Griffin-George. The cloud-based software is designed to simplify the employment process for agricultural seasonal staff. The 28-year-old came up with the concept after experiencing first-hand the challenges associated with hiring and managing seasonal staff at her family's kiwifruit orchard near Motueka.

Full Episode for Friday July 19 2019

Jul 19, 2019 00:50:56

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Saving the Waipu Goat, Farmers Making Burgers, Wicked Problems - Rural Innovation Lab Seeks Solutions to Farming's Big Challenges, Connecting Seasonal Workers with Growers and the Regional Wrap.

Working smarter not harder - the lean approach to dairying

Jul 12, 2019 00:15:49

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When Jana Hocken moved from working as a business consultant in Brussels and Sydney to living on a Manawatu farm she couldn't believe the inefficiencies she saw in dairy farming. She's now practising what she preaches and she and her husband Mat have introduced 'Lean Manufacturing' principles to the farm to cut costs and waste and to keep staff happy.

Under FiveHundy: Kaiwhaiki Pā

Jul 12, 2019 00:11:58

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Kaiwhaiki Pa is the largest pa on the Whanganui river. There are 40 homes, a marae and kohanga reo. Kahurangi Simon says growing up there has given him "everything". He says somehow he and his 11 siblings fitted into a two bedroom house. They loved eeling and whitebaiting in the river. He now lives in Whanganui city, but is aiming to return to live on the pa soon.

'Would you like a hat with your tea?'

Jul 12, 2019 00:11:03

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Jo Watson was homesick so she opened a quirky tea room in the middle of her home in rural Taranaki. There are crocheted blankets for knees, knitting needles to pick up, eight types of scones and crazy hats to wear.

Regional Wrap

Jul 12, 2019 00:05:26

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Bay of Plenty farmers have had a kind winter, it is not too wet and they have very good pasture covers. Calving should begin in earnest next week. It has been another stunning week in Canterbury with dry and mild conditions which have allowed some farmers to get onto paddocks and start preparing them for spring crops.

Seeds of Success

Jul 12, 2019 00:04:32

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The New Zealand kiwifruit industry started in 1904 when a woman brought in a handful of seeds after visiting her brother, a missionary, in China. Now the industry is worth $2.3 billion. Elaine Fisher's book, Seeds of Success, tells the stories of the kiwifruit industry's pioneers.

Full Episode for Friday 12 July 2019

Jul 12, 2019 00:50:06

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Working Smarter not Harder - the Lean Approach to Dairying, Under FiveHundy: Kaiwhaiki Pā, Urenui Old Town Hall Cafe and Tea Room, Seeds of Success - the Stories of the Kiwifruit Industry's Pioneers and the Regional Wrap.

Flower Power on the Peninsula

Jul 5, 2019 00:21:12

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Jessica Cooke was a personal trainer in Christchurch before returning home to Banks Peninsula six years ago to take over her mother's floriculture business on the family's steep seven hectare property at Barry's Bay.

The Waiuku company making fence posts from used plastic

Jul 5, 2019 00:14:13

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Waiuku-based company Future Post blends granulated soft plastics with chipped up milk bottles to produce sturdy recyclable fence posts.

Regional Wrap

Jul 5, 2019 00:06:27

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Farmers in Northland are in good spirits because they've hardly had to put on their wet weather gear. Canterbury's had another amazing weather week with the temperature gauge nudging 20 degrees on Wednesday. The first spring lambs are appearing nearer the coast.

Westland Woes

Jul 5, 2019 00:07:22

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Colin van der Geest is dairy farmer based on the West Coast. He spoke to RNZ's Maja Burry about why he made the decision to back the sale of Westland Milk Products to China's Yili conglomerate.

Full Episode for Friday July 5 2019

Jul 5, 2019 00:50:45

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Flower Power on the Peninsula, Plastic Posts, Westland Woes and the Regional Wrap.

Adapting on the land

Jun 28, 2019 00:19:43

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White Star Station has been in the Evans family for 155 years. Now the seventh generation is living on the Colville farm. Today you'll find hereford cattle, sheep, tourist accommodation, a horse-trekking venture and a honey business on the farm but, over the years, dairy cows, goats, deer and pigs have been farmed there. The farm's also had its own timber mill and goldmine.

Measuring the Nitrogen Flow Under Crops

Jun 28, 2019 00:06:22

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A Plant and Food Research principal scientist says measuring devices that look like giant rain gauges have been buried under crops all around the country to track the amount of nitrogen flowing into ground water.

Regional Wrap

Jun 28, 2019 00:06:15

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Gisborne has had good weather for picking mandarins but the frosty starts have growers nervous. Wintering stock is going well in Canterbury with no mud and great utilisation of feed.

Tracking Tractor Sales

Jun 28, 2019 00:03:29

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How are farm machinery sales are tracking in New Zealand in 2019? with Tractor and Machinery Association president John Tulloch.

Country Life for 28 June 2019

Jun 28, 2019 00:50:35

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A sesquicentennial farm ...and the team meets an award winning dairy farmer who won't own cows because of his faith...

Farming with Faith in Mind

Jun 27, 2019 00:13:28

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Ruwan Wijayasena and his wife Niranjal Gamlath have taken out the 2019 Canterbury/North Otago Share Farmer of the Year title. Ruwan, who is from Sri Lanka, contract milks 1800 cows at Hororata and employs 8 full-time staff. The couple are devout Buddhists and have decided it's better not to own cows or make decisions about culling them. Instead they are expanding their contract milking business rather than taking the traditional road to farm ownership.

Dunedin dairy products from contented local cows

Jun 21, 2019 00:19:40

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At the Port Chalmers dairy farm Holy Cow, each of Merrall and Alex MacNeille's 54 Jersey cows has a name and her own milking stall. The couple sell the cows' milk, along with butter, cream and yoghurt and soon ice-cream.

Tirau's treasure trove: a must-see museum in the Waikato

Jun 21, 2019 00:17:18

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"It's in the blood, this collecting," says Geoff Ernst, the owner, curator and sometimes tour guide of a memorabilia museum in the Waikato town of Tirau. Geoff has spent five decades adding to his collection of artifacts and curiosities.

Regional Wrap

Jun 21, 2019 00:07:33

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Frosts have catapulted the central North Island into winter. In Southland farmers are putting sheep onto crops but crutching has been held up by rain.

Worms Defy Drenches

Jun 21, 2019 00:03:42

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Veterinarian Anthony Oswald says parasites in sheep have developed a resistance to some drenches and farmers need to re-think when they drench and how they manage their stock to make sure their animals remain healthy and their farms productive.

Full Episode for Friday June 21 2019

Jun 21, 2019 00:50:01

Description:

Milk from Contented Cows, Tirau's Treasure Trove, Worms Defy Drenches and the Regional Wrap.

A Green Future - Are Forests the Way Forward?

Jun 14, 2019 00:15:05

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The Forest Owners Association, Federated Farmers and Fifty Shades of Green give their take on the Billion Trees project.

Smashing pumpkins: the dairy farmer turned seed-grower

Jun 14, 2019 00:10:49

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Tom Welch is tired of dairying and has been looking for another way to make money from the family farm. He’s begun growing pumpkin seeds – and thinks he may be the only person in New Zealand producing them commercially.

KPMG's 10th Agri-Business Agenda

Jun 14, 2019 00:06:02

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Global head of agri-business Ian Proudfoot outlines just a few of the many key issues covered in the agenda.

Regional Wrap

Jun 14, 2019 00:08:19

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A selection of farmers tell us about conditions in their part of the country and how they feel about farming. Waikato, King Country, Taupo, Canterbury, West Coast, Central Otago.

Full Episode for Friday June 14 2019

Jun 14, 2019 00:50:53

Description:

A selection of farmers tell us about conditions in their part of the country and how they feel about farming. Waikato, King Country, Taupo, Canterbury, West Coast, Central Otago. Global head of agri-business Ian Proudfoot outlines just a few of the many key issues covered in the agenda. om Welch is tired of dairy farming and has been looking for another way to make money from the family farm. He's growing pumkpin seeds - and thinks he may be the only one growing them commercially in New Zealand. The Forest Owners Association, Federated Farmers and Fifty Shades of Green talk about the billion trees project.

Proud to be a dairy farmer

Jun 7, 2019 00:13:04

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Invercargill contract milker Tangaroa Walker is looking at drying off his herd of 500 cows after a great season. He says milk production is up 15 percent on last year and grass and winter crops are thriving in the warmer-than-usual soils.

Tamarillo takeover: Northland couple create award-winning condiments

Jun 7, 2019 00:11:35

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Northland couple Robin and Heather Nitschke make relish and vinaigrette with tamarillos from their own orchard. Last year, their For the Love of Tams vinaigrette was judged Best New Product at a prestigious New York food show.

A Helping Hand for Green Fingered Youth

Jun 7, 2019 00:10:10

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FarmHand connects young people with permanent work or further education through hands-on outdoor work experience. The 9-week intensive course is run by the Malcam Trust, a youth-focused training provider based at the former Kaituna Bowling Club in Dunedin.

Farming is a Gas

Jun 7, 2019 00:09:26

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A Waikato Regional Council sustainability expert, and agricultural economist explain the three greenhouse gases caused by farming in clear, straightforward ways. Can farmers alter their farming practises to reduce emissions ... yes and sort of: it's not totally simple or clear cut.

Regional Wrap

Jun 7, 2019 00:05:11

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Wet muddy conditions have halted work on some market gardens near Pukekohe and in the South Island, the West Coast's had its first winter frost.

Full Episode for Friday June 7 2019

Jun 7, 2019 00:51:16

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The team catch up with a young and ambitious Southland dairy farmer who manages to find time to work on several off farm activities, we'll also find out about a educational programme that connects young people with permanent work or further education through hands-on outdoor work experience....

Winning ways in Waikato: dairy farmer chooses conservation over ego

May 31, 2019 00:17:23

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Adrian Ball used to crank as much milk out of his dairy farm as possible. The figures were a source of pride. Then 15 or so years ago he started thinking more about the environment and making changes to his farming model. That resulted in Adrian and Pauline Ball winning the Waikato Ballance Farm Environment Award 2019.

Sign of the Times

May 31, 2019 00:11:57

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Jo Jack is a keen woodworker and runs sign-making classes for woman in rural communities. She makes rustic wooden signs of all shapes and sizes and sells most of them via her Gingham Girls Facebook page. What started as a hobby is now a full-time business for the Balclutha woman who was a police officer for 18 years.

Mobile farm brings animals and smiles to all ages

May 31, 2019 00:11:02

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Former teacher Fleur Cutfield has a mobile menagerie on her lifestyle block that she takes to visit retirement villages, pre-schools and schools.

Regional Wrap for 31 May 2019

May 31, 2019 00:09:15

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Rain in Waikato has been just what the doctor ordered. Pasture is growing but moisture is really needed to wet up the subsoil. It has been another stunning week in Canterbury with warm and mostly dry conditions. Farmers have been able to plant catch crops after early grazed fodder beet which is much earlier than normal.

Full Episode for Friday May 31 2019

May 31, 2019 00:51:03

Description:

Winning Ways in Waikato, A Sign of the Times, Mobile Farm and the Regional Wrap.  

How buried woodchips could help clean up waterways

May 24, 2019 00:19:22

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Groundwater scientists are using John Saywell's Canterbury farm to measure how well buried trenches filled with woodchips and bacteria break down nitrates in drainage water.

Train Traffic

May 24, 2019 00:14:26

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Paul Francis used to be a train driver and then a country cop but he has gone back to what he absolutely loves. He's set up his own tourism venture, Awakeri Rail Adventures, which allows him to spend his days chugging along through the countryside on the Taneatua branch line in the Bay of Plenty.

Sweet and Safe - Kiwifruit are back the menu for diabetics

May 24, 2019 00:03:49

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A Plant and Food Research principal scientist John Monro says if some carbohydrates in a meal are swapped out for kiwifruit it will help reduce blood glucose levels.

Regional Wrap

May 24, 2019 00:05:31

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Waikato dairy farms and cows are looking a lot better now than they were a month ago, and West Coast dairy cows are getting feed supplements to keep them topped up.

NZ Trade Envoy Mike Peterson

May 24, 2019 00:05:27

Description:

Mike is just back from China and says African swine fever is having a huge affect on local pork production with a flow-on affect to world protein prices, and as Brexit negotiations continue, the volume of NZ sheepmeat exports to the UK have reduced this year.

Full Episode for Friday May 24 2019

May 24, 2019 00:49:54

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When the Chips are Down, Train Traffic, Sweet and Safe - Kiwifruit are back the menu for diabetics, NZ Trade Envoy Mike Peterson and the Regional Wrap.

Undy 500: Colville, gateway to the northern Coromandel

May 17, 2019 00:24:02

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Colville sits at the end of windy unsealed roads, has pohutukawa-fringed beaches on its doorstep, and boasts a strong, vibrant community. Country Life meets some locals.

Welsh winners: the dairy farming couple with a passion for people

May 17, 2019 00:13:32

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Marc Lloyd Jones and Nia Wyn Jones have been keeping tabs on the New Zealand dairy industry for years. They moved here in 2016 and this year were named Waikato's share-farmer of the year. Last weekend they were announced runners-up in the NZ Dairy Industry Awards' national share-farmers competition.

Regional Wrap

May 17, 2019 00:06:21

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High winds in Manawatu have seen debris blown all over farms and, in the South Island, RSE workers are busy pruning grapevines.

Undercover Cows

May 17, 2019 00:05:17

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Mid-Canterbury arable farmer Tim Cookson has recently returned from a trip to the US where he was following his son's under-16 school rugby tour. During a break in the schedule he visited a large dairy farming operation near Chowchilla in California.

Full Episode for Friday May 17 2019

May 17, 2019 00:50:49

Description:

Undy 500 - Colville, Welsh Winners, Undercover Cows and the Regional Wrap.

Angela Clifford: the foodie farmer passionate about sustainability

May 10, 2019 00:19:28

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There's never a dull moment for Waipara Valley farmer, educator and foodie Angela Clifford. She grows 60 varieties of fruit and vegetables and has chickens, turkeys, ducks, sheep, bees, cows and pigs. She also runs 'grow your own' food workshops on the family farm and is the driving force behind Eat New Zealand, a not-for-profit moment that aims to connect people to the land.

Pop-up pub: Friday night drinks in the woolshed

May 10, 2019 00:08:22

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With all the near-by pubs now closed, a woolshed is now the informal gathering spot for Manawatu locals on a Friday night. 'Happy Hour On Now For Mental Health' says a sign on the fencepost outside.

Mucking in together for mental health awareness

May 10, 2019 00:09:40

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In days gone by, Northern Manawatu farmers haven't gone in for group activities, but now a group take social days off the farm together for the mental wellbeing of their community. Locals Jason Gillespie and Murray Curtis tell Country Life they'd probably find it easier now to pick up the phone and give someone a ring if things got tough.

Regional Wrap

May 10, 2019 00:06:47

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The kumara harvest is 95 percent complete and growers have had a dream run. In the South Island pasture growth in Marlborough is up 30 to 40 percent on usual for the time of year.

Beefing up Cows

May 10, 2019 00:04:38

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Ag Consultant Phil Journeaux says skinny cows take months to recover and will cost farmers next season because they'll be too thin to be productive.

Full Episode for Friday May 10 2019

May 10, 2019 00:50:41

Description:

Food for Thought, Pop Up Pub and a Social Day Out, Beefing up Cows and the Regional Wrap.

Motorcycle madness

May 3, 2019 00:11:47

Description:

Former gliding instructor Phil Pearce finds riding his motorbike more relaxing than driving a car and the 89-year-old can't see himself stopping any time soon. Every fortnight or so, Phil takes his classic Kawasaki 650W for a 90-minute ride from Palmerston North to his family land in Rangitikei to check possum bait stations.

More Doe for Goats Milk

May 3, 2019 00:11:15

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"I'm more of a milk person. I like the big milkers" says North Canterbury stud breeder and goat judge Ray Messervy. Ray has been farming goats for nearly 50 years, ever since his daughter, who suffered from chronic eczema, was told by the family doctor to try goat's milk. Ray went out and bought a milking doe and, after drinking the milk for three weeks, his daughter's eczema disappeared. Since then the Amberley man has been goat mad.

Regional Wrap

May 3, 2019 00:06:42

Description:

Taranaki has had cold southerly winds and heaps of rain. Dairy farmers are mainly still milking but will dry off earlier than they had hoped. Pasture growth remains higher than normal in Canterbury for the time of year. Dairy heifers that have completed their May to May contract are on the move..

Restoring Lake Waikare one tree at a time

May 3, 2019 00:14:49

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Waikato iwi have joined forces with ESR scientists and community volunteers – including rugby league legend Tawera Nikauto and his family – to plant thousands of native plants around Lake Waikare in the Waikato. It's hoped the anti-microbial properties found in mānuka leaves, roots and honey will help cleanse soil degraded by farm runoff.

Waimakariri Next Generation Farmers Trust

May 3, 2019 00:04:53

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The farmer-led group's aim is to keep in touch with Waimakariri farmers to let them know about any changes to environmental policy and to ensure they have the support they need to put good systems into practice.  

Full Episode for Friday May 3 2019

May 3, 2019 00:50:58

Description:

Motorcycle Madness, Lake Waikere , More Doe for Goats Milk, The Waimakariri Next Generation Farmers Trust and the Regional Wrap.

From Cape Reinga to Slope Point: a 13-year odyssey

Apr 26, 2019 00:23:35

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After 2,600 kilometres and 13 years of trekking across private farmland on horseback, foot and bike, the  participants on the Great New Zealand Trek are nearing Slope Point – the southernmost tip of New Zealand and their final destination.  

The Pukekohe company creating world-class green pesticides

Apr 26, 2019 00:14:30

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New Zealand could lead the world in developing biological pesticides, according to plant pathologist Stephen Ford. China has named Ecolibrium Biologicals – which he founded – one of the top ten bio-pesticide companies in the world.

Regional Wrap

Apr 26, 2019 00:06:39

Description:

Confident sheep and beef farmers are paying top money and have out-bid foresters for land on the North Island's East Coast. In the South Island apple harvesting's almost finished in the Nelson Motueka region.

Western Australian potato growers let spuds rot in the ground

Apr 26, 2019 00:04:30

Description:

Fourth generation potato grower Brett De Campo says there's a glut of potatoes following the de-regulation of Western Australia's potato growing industry.

Full Episode for Friday April 26 2019

Apr 26, 2019 00:50:34

Description:

From Cape Reinga to Slope Point - Trekking to Raise Money for MS Research, Ecolibrium Biologicals, Fourth generation Australian potato grower Brett De Campo and the Regional Wrap.

Fruit, flowers and fragrances: life on an organic orchard

Apr 19, 2019 00:16:30

Description:

Olia Alpatskaya is from the Ural Mountains in Russia and trained as a mining engineer. She came to New Zealand for a better life with her children and to escape biting minus 30 winter temperatures. She lives in the hills above Ohope in the sunny eastern Bay of Plenty and now her outlook is White Island which she says, on a clear day, seems like it's swimming towards you. These days Olia makes fragrances and natural cosmetics on an organic orchard where she grows olives, figs and old varieties of apples with her partner Greg Reid.

Micron Matters

Apr 19, 2019 00:14:38

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South Otago farmer Stephen Jack is working on a sheep breeding project that grows meat, but also has finer wool which can be sold for profit. He has developed a 23 to 25 micron dual purpose animal which is half-Dohne, quarter-Finn and quarter-Texel. He's called the sheep a Glenflora Hillender. The wool is contracted to NZ Merino to supply Smartwool who manufacture and market high quality socks.

The Colville Project

Apr 19, 2019 00:10:05

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The remote, rural Colville community is digging deep trying to fund a new wellbeing and education centre for its 700 strong population. The purpose-built complex would house medical and social services and provide training opportunities for rural doctors, carers and allied health professionals. It would also include housing for over 65s. The local doctor Kate Armstrong believes the Colville model could be a pilot for other rural communities.

Regional Wrap

Apr 19, 2019 00:05:39

Description:

It's been a marvellous week for harvesting kiwifruit in Bay of Plenty. On Marlborough hill farms calf weaning has finished and ewes are on a fast rotation while the ram is out.

Full Episode for Friday April 19 2019

Apr 19, 2019 00:50:32

Description:

Fruit, Flowers and Fragrances, The Colville Project, Micron Matters and the Regional Wrap.

Mack MacIntosh has high hopes for hemp

Apr 12, 2019 00:21:06

Description:

Mack was the first person to be granted a license to grow industrial hemp (iHemp) in New Zealand and is currently developing eight hemp cultivars on his farm in the Catlins.

Sussing out Soils

Apr 12, 2019 00:11:27

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These days most regional councils are putting rules in place around what can and can't be done on the land and what level of nutrient run-off is allowable. To make changes and informed choices requires councils and farmers to know what's happening with the soils; do they leach nutrients easily, do they hold water, how naturally fertile are they? This information is contained in a soil map but surprisingly few farmers have one. And even councils like Waikato Regional Council, which is funding the production of new digital soil maps, won't have the whole region surveyed for another seven years.

Confidence Crisis in Dairying

Apr 12, 2019 00:07:41

Description:

A Waikato farmer and former farming leader Malcolm Lumsden says 50 percent of the dairy farmers in his district want to leave the industry. He says paperwork, a fear of prosecution and a back-lash from urban dwellers is sucking the joy out of  farming and is creating stress.

Regional Wrap

Apr 12, 2019 00:06:09

Description:

Hawkes' Bays grape harvest is 80 to 90 percent through. Horowhenua's had good grass growth but temperatures have taken a dive. Some rain and cooler temperatures this week in Canterbury have seen irrigators turned off and some put away for the season.

Harvesting Tamarillos

Apr 12, 2019 00:03:36

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Chairman of the Tamarillo Growers association, Robert Morris.

Full Episode for Friday April 12 2019

Apr 12, 2019 00:51:06

Description:

High Hopes for Hemp, Sussing out Soils, Confidence Crisis in Dairying, Harvesting Tamarillos and the Regional Wrap.

Under FiveHundy: Nuhaka

Apr 5, 2019 00:23:20

Description:

The tiny northern Hawkes Bay settlement of Nuhaka has chess champions, a large Latter-day Saints congregation and a large apple & kiwifruit orchard that looks like it will need more than 100 seasonal workers this year. It's also been a centre for Māori language revival thanks to people like Liz Hunkin.

Turning Wool into Food

Apr 5, 2019 00:11:11

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Santanu Deb-Choudhury and his team at AgResearch have found that proteins from sheep wool fibre can help improve the digestive health of cats. The proteins, extracted from cross-bred wool are then added in powder to cat food. Dr Deb-Choudry says exciting possibilities are opening up for wool to improve digestive health for a broader range of animals, and potentially human beings.

Farming meets fashion

Apr 5, 2019 00:08:21

Description:

AgMatch is a web-based initiative that gives farmers, who pay an annual membership fee, access to lower priced farming supplies and hopefully increased returns by using their combined numbers as a bargaining tool. It's the brainchild of Otago businessman Ken Algie. His latest project is a wind-proof jersey. The crossbred wool for the jersey and the funding for the knitware venture are supplied by several South Island sheep farmers and AgMatch members. Their next goal is to produce socks and a line of carpet.

On the farm: What's happening on farms and orchards around NZ

Apr 5, 2019 00:06:41

Description:

North Island grape growers have had ideal weather for their harvest so far and, in the South Island, Canterbury has had its first frost of the season. Read our guide to what's happening on NZ farms and orchards.

Full Episode for Friday April 5 2019

Apr 5, 2019 00:50:56

Description:

The Regional Wrap and AgMatch's wind-proof jersey.  Santanu Deb-Choudhury and his team at AgResearch have found that proteins from sheep wool fibre can help improve the digestive health of cats and Nuhaka - an East Coast town.

Farming and faith: Southland dairy farmer and spiritual leader Reza-Abdul Jabbar

Mar 29, 2019 00:22:04

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Reza-Abdul Jabbar believes he is the only Muslim dairy farm owner in New Zealand. He is also the Imam at the Southland Mosque – the most southern in the world. Reza came to New Zealand from West Borneo 27 years ago and, after years of working for others, he and his accountant wife Sylvia now own a 349-hectare farm near Invercargill.

Paddock to Plate

Mar 29, 2019 00:14:55

Description:

Chefs at Waimauku's The Hunting Lodge can be found digging, weeding and harvesting in the huge permaculture garden just across the driveway from the kitchen. The Hunting Lodge now grows about 60 percent of all the vegetables it uses in its restaurants and conference centre.

Regional Wrap

Mar 29, 2019 00:06:00

Description:

Hawkes Bay is looking for rain to freshen things up and get autumn growth moving. There is plenty of feed on farms but it is not good quality. Calf sales have got underway in South Otago and prices are back a bit on last year.

To Sell or Not to Sell - Westland's farmers deliberate

Mar 29, 2019 00:05:25

Description:

Westland Dairy Products farmer shareholders are mulling over whether they should sell their co-op to privately-owned company, Yili.

Full Episode for Friday March 29 2019

Mar 29, 2019 00:50:03

Description:

Southland Mosque Imam and dairy farmer Reza-Abdul Jabbar, Josh Mainwaring and Des Harris from the Hunting Lodge at Waimauku, Westland dairy farmer shareholder Richard Reynolds and the Regional Wrap.

Unwanted spuds become Tuahiwi Gold

Mar 22, 2019 00:17:58

Description:

After suffering an accident 20 years ago Chris Ashwell could no longer drive trucks so, for something to do, he started planting vegetables in his back garden. The joy of growing food quickly turned into an organic market garden business that has spread across 13 hectares of fertile land near Rangiora. His most successful vegetable is the award winning Tuahiwi Gold potato. Chris was given a tonne of the previously unwanted chipping spud and he now has the only seed stock for it in the country.

Waikato farm falls silent as last infected cows leave

Mar 22, 2019 00:16:32

Description:

Waikato farmer Henk Smit had to kill 800 cows and calves when mycoplasma bovis was detected in his herd. He has put his property on the market and wants to leave the country.

Regional Wrap

Mar 22, 2019 00:06:57

Description:

Paddocks are greening up in many North Island places while in the South Island Marlborough is going quickly from brown to green.

Brexit: The NZ Side

Mar 22, 2019 00:06:02

Description:

Jeff Grant is New Zealand's Red meat Sector representative in London. He puts a human face on some of the implications of Brexit.

Full Episode for Friday March 22 2019

Mar 22, 2019 00:50:24

Description:

Unwanted spuds become Tuahiwi Gold, Henk Smit's cows leave his farm after M Bovis found there in spring,  New Zealand's Red Meat Sector representative in London Jeff Grant and the Regional Wrap.

Growing for gold: from truck driving to organic vegetables

Mar 15, 2019 00:17:55

Description:

After suffering an accident 20 years ago, Chris Ashwell could no longer drive trucks. For something to do, he started planting vegetables in his back garden. Quickly, the joy of growing food blossomed into an organic market garden business spread across 13 hectares of fertile land near Rangiora.

Omega Lamb Project

Mar 15, 2019 00:05:43

Description:

A group supplying lamb to some Michelin star restaurants is looking to recruit more farmers as it aims to scale up production. Te Mana Lamb is bred in the New Zealand high country and costs about 50 percent more than normal lamb. It is marketed as being to lamb what Wagyu is to beef, with a fine marbling of Omega-3 fats achieved through breeding and grazing on a specific type of chicory pasture. The product is part of the Omega Lamb Project, a programme which started in 2015 and involves New Zealand's largest sheepmeat exporter Alliance Group, the Ministry for Primary Industries and 35 farmers.

Turning wool into cat food

Mar 15, 2019 00:11:10

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Dr Santanu Deb-Choudhury and his team at AgResearch have found that proteins from sheep wool fibre can help improve the digestive health of cats.

Regional Wrap

Mar 15, 2019 00:07:04

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In Bay of Plenty the kiwifruit export picking season has started, and, for the first time ever, Zespri will pack more gold kiwifruit than green this season. Marlborough farms are looking a picture after about 65 millimetres of rain this week.

Brexit: the New Zealand link

Mar 15, 2019 00:07:37

Description:

Jeff Grant is New Zealand's Red meat Sector representative in London. He puts a human face on some of the implications of Brexit

Full Episode for Friday March 15 2019

Mar 15, 2019 00:50:42

Description:

Unwanted spuds become Tuahiwi Gold, Turning wool into food,  Mark Williamson from the Omega Lamb Project, New Zealand's Red Meat Sector representative in London Jeff Grant and the Regional Wrap. stock for it in the country.

Masterful in Masterton : The 59th Golden Shears

Mar 8, 2019 00:24:52

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Called the Goldies by those in the know, this event is the Wimbledon of shearing .. racing's equivalent of the Grand Prix. The winner of the Open Final Shearing title is considered the creme de la creme and the purple sash is like gold.

Kai and Camaraderie

Mar 8, 2019 00:11:39

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Paua fritters, whitebait, crayfish and venison are on the menu for a group of shearers and supporters for the three days they're attending the Golden Shears in Masterton. Even one of the top shearers isn't too serious during down time.

On the Farm: Our guide to what's happening in rural New Zealand

Mar 8, 2019 00:07:31

Description:

Beautiful gentle rain has been falling in King Country and Nelson/Mouteka has had a good dose too.

Young Filipino named Top Trainee

Mar 8, 2019 00:05:38

Description:

Last weekend the winners of 2019 Manawatu Dairy Industry Awards were announced and the Dairy Trainee of the Year award went to 25-year-old Nick Besinga, who works on a 360 hectare, 1250-cow farm near Bulls.

Full Episode for Friday March 8 2019

Mar 8, 2019 00:50:47

Description:

On Country Life this week the programme has been high-jacked by the Golden Shears .. the Goldies … we hear about the event many call the Wimbledon of shearing. Also over paua fritters in a shearers' motel we hear what the guns do while waiting for their event to start.

Multiple income streams flow from hill country farm

Mar 1, 2019 00:19:16

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Diversification is the keyword for Mt Somers Station owners David and Kate Acland. As well as farming cross-bred sheep, beef cattle and deer on the 3800-hectare South Canterbury hill property, the couple has converted a block of lower land into a dairy farm.

Growing on

Mar 1, 2019 00:12:01

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Graham Jensen has been growing fruit just north of Auckland for 42 years. He used to be one of hundreds of orchardists in the Auckland area - now only four remain.

Will to Live

Mar 1, 2019 00:08:06

Description:

Lincoln University student Elle Perriam is a founder of the 'Will to Live' mental health awareness campaign.

On the farm: The guide to what's happening on farms around New Zealand

Mar 1, 2019 00:06:39

Description:

The tomato harvest is coming to an end in Gisborne, maize silage is being cut across the North Island and in south Otago, shearing continues.

A Good Drop from Northland

Mar 1, 2019 00:03:18

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Northland grape grower Rod MacIvor says wine production in Northland has taken off. In 1993 there were three wineries, now the local growers association has 40 members.

Full Episode for Friday March 1 2019

Mar 1, 2019 00:50:37

Description:

Multiple income streams flow from Mt Somers Station, Auckland orchardist Graham Jensen, Elle Perriam from Will to Live, Marsden Estate's Rod MacIvor and the Regional Wrap.

The highs and lows of running an organic orchard

Feb 22, 2019 00:14:34

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Opotiki couple Catriona and Mark White predict that one year in every seven they'll receive no income from their kiwifruit orchard. They say it's just the nature of the business...

The Mood of Goats

Feb 22, 2019 00:10:27

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Dr Gosia Zobel has been working to detect mood in goats and to see if putting them in a positive frame of mind will change the way they behave.

The retired archaeologist who digs hardy animals

Feb 22, 2019 00:12:16

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Retired archaeologist Michael Trotter has a real soft spot for rare-breed animals, in particular dun Dexter cattle and Arapawa goats. He has a small herd of each at his rural property at Tuahiwi in North Canterbury.

On the farm: Our guide to what's happening this week around rural NZ

Feb 22, 2019 00:07:12

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Even previously green areas in the North Island are suddenly looking very dry. Southland's still got green grass and crops are growing, but all farmers, and some orchardists, want the predicted rain to arrive this weekend.

Kiwifruit Labour Quest

Feb 22, 2019 00:04:34

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The kiwifruit industry is hoping to avert a labour shortage for the upcoming harvest by using a strong social media campaign linking employers and employees. It has also produced a book outlining what different jobs entail, what pay rates are like and what to expect from employers.

Full Episode for Friday February 22 2019

Feb 22, 2019 00:50:16

Description:

Archaeologist digs hardy animals, Dr Gosia Zobel on the mood of goats, and Gordon Stephenson trophy winners Catriona and Mark White, and the Regional Wrap.

Wild horses go under the hammer in Hanmer

Feb 15, 2019 00:22:43

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A wild horse sale near Hamner Springs attracted of crowd of about 400. 

Portland Island: a long history of occupation

Feb 15, 2019 00:12:24

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Portland, or Waikawa Island, is off the Mahia Peninsula near Wairoa. Maori first started living there 600 years ago with a tohunga (expert) setting up a university there. These days the island's home to the endangered shore plover.

On the farm: Our guide to what's happening this week around NZ

Feb 15, 2019 00:08:28

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Coastal North Taranaki is very dry. There's a lot of feeding out taking place and, because of the shortage of feed, animals are being culled. Another hot dry week in Mid-Canterbury's allowed arable farmers to make full advantage of the conditions. The bulk of the harvest has been done with later crops still to go.

Australian Dairy Farming Family Sells Up

Feb 15, 2019 00:05:42

Description:

This week Casey Treloar posted an emotional farewell video from her family's dairy farm in South Australia. After three generations on the farm, economics have forced them to sell up.

Full Episode for Friday February 15 2019

Feb 15, 2019 00:50:52

Description:

Wild Horses go Under the Hammer in Hanmer, Portland Island: A Long History of Occupation, Australian Dairy Farming Family Sells Up and the Regional Wrap.  

Aria Sports Day: a time-honoured community event in the King Country

Feb 8, 2019 00:18:39

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On Waitangi Day, hundreds of King Country residents gathered in the tiny town of Aria for its 115th annual sports day. Some came to compete in dog trials, motocross and egg & spoon races. Some, like 83-year-old Audrey, just sat under the trees watching.

Under FiveHundy: Turakina

Feb 8, 2019 00:21:00

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Scottish settlers were so common in the small Whanganui settlement of Turakina that Gaelic was spoken on the streets up until the 1920s. Anglicans played "second fiddle" to Presbyterians in the town for a number of years, according to local historian and part-time vicar John Vickers, but that's all in the past now.

On the farm: What's happening on farms and orchards around NZ

Feb 8, 2019 00:06:34

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[image:184823:full] The North Island is generally coping well with the summer conditions, but in the South Island the Tasman district and Eastern Marlborough are very dry. Irrigation supplies are being restricted.

Making Headway with Hops

Feb 8, 2019 00:03:30

Description:

A rundown on how the hop season is progressing with Brent MacGlashen from Mac Hops in Motueka. Harvesting commences mid-February with early varieties such as Pacifica and Taiheke. 

Full Episode for Friday February 8 2019

Feb 8, 2019 00:50:52

Description:

Aria Sports Day, Under FiveHundy: Turakina, Making Headway with Hops and the Regional Wrap.

Old looms in Oamaru produce fine fabrics for today

Feb 1, 2019 00:22:06

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Oamaru artisans Rod and Sue McLean use heritage looms to produce hand woven and stitched textiles. The fabrics, made mostly from locally sourced wool, are woven on Yorkshire-made Hattersley weaving looms.

Up and go on an Ubco, the Kiwi-designed utility bike

Feb 1, 2019 00:13:37

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The New Zealand designers of the Ubco utility bike reckon if it can cope with conditions on a New Zealand dairy farm it can cope with anything. The white electric bikes are now being sent to the USA, the UK and to Australia.

Talking about Tree Lucerne

Feb 1, 2019 00:05:10

Description:

An AgResearch scientist working on a project to help farmers get the most out of a plant most often found on roadsides and in waste areas is hoping to see much more of it on the other side of the fence.

On the farm: Our guide to what's happening around rural New Zealand

Feb 1, 2019 00:05:45

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Both the North and South Islands have been dripping under sweltering temperatures but generally the North Island farms have good amounts of feed. In Canterbury spring barley is going off for Gladfield malt.

Record Prices for Ewes

Feb 1, 2019 00:02:19

Description:

Suz Bremner from AgriHQ says apart from wool, sheep farmers have good reason to be happy right now.

Full Episode for Friday February 1 2019

Feb 1, 2019 00:50:31

Description:

Old Looms Make Fine Fabric, Ubco Bikes, Tree Lucerne, Stock prices.

The Waikato couple walking the sustainability talk

Jan 25, 2019 00:19:24

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Rural Waikato couple Vicky and Ruairi Kelly are stepping up their efforts to live sustainably on less than half a hectare of land.

Life at Isolation Station

Jan 25, 2019 00:15:42

Description:

Noel Moleta was brought up on D'Urville Island in the Marlborough Sounds and has been farming sheep on an isolated property at nearby Titirangi Bay for four decades.

Regional Wrap

Jan 25, 2019 00:07:48

Description:

What's happening on farms and orchards around New Zealand? Each week Radio New Zealand’s Country Life reporters talk to people in rural areas across the country to find out.

When the Spore Counts

Jan 25, 2019 00:06:03

Description:

Vet and researcher Winston Mason says many dairy farmers are failing to prevent facial eczema despite taking measures to keep it at bay.

Country Life for 25 January 2019

Jan 24, 2019 00:50:18

Description:

Ruairi Kelly and his wife Vicky have upped their efforts to live as sustainably as possible. They raise pigs and goats for meat and grow all the fruit and vegetables they need on less than half a hectare. Country Life's also with an organic sheep farmer who is tempted to revert to conventional farming. 

On the farm: our guide to what's happening on farms in the lead up to Christmas

Dec 21, 2018 00:06:20

Description:

Taranaki is well set up. There's been plenty of rain and lots of silage and hay cut. Milk production is about 7 percent. In Southland there's heaps of baleage being made and everyone's getting the last of the winter crops in.

Ian Proudfoot Agribusiness Expert KPMG

Dec 21, 2018 00:08:52

Description:

Ian Proudfoot has three big picture topics on his mind: the role industry needs to play in addressing the nutrition deficit we have in NZ (how can we think we can be regarded as selling the best food in the world when we have the third highest obesity rate in the western world, what does that say about our food), change is happening all the time it won't slow down and the challenge is to stay ahead of changes, and thirdly prices premiums for attributes in food (like grass fed) are transient and when premiums become recognised they will quickly be commoditised so we need to produce the next major attribute which is likely to be carbon zero food.

Full Episode for Friday December 21 2018

Dec 21, 2018 00:50:13

Description:

Farmers Upbeat while Down Under, The Wright Wine comes from Gisborne, Ian Proudfoot Agribusiness Expert KPMG and the Regional Wrap.    

The Wright Wine comes from Gisborne

Dec 21, 2018 00:12:47

Description:

A decade or so ago Nicola and Geoff Wright started out making wine in a shipping container. They had one small boy. Now they have three vine yards and five young boys. Nicola still works as a criminal lawyer while Geoff is full time in the wine business.

English farmers upbeat while down under

Dec 21, 2018 00:20:23

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Rodger Hobson, the UK's largest grower of carrots, was part of a recent whirlwind tour of agricultural production systems around NZ. He says British farmers have much to learn from aspects of New Zealand's agriculture sector.

Tastes of Horowhenua

Dec 14, 2018 00:23:25

Description:

On a slightly overcast Saturday in November, Horowhenua growers opened their doors to 2,000 members of the public for the third annual Horowhenua Taste Trail. The event is a chance for local producers to give people an insight into the range of food produced in their region and what is required getting it to the plate.

A hub for local history

Dec 14, 2018 00:09:33

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A dedicated group of locals are creating Ellesmere Historical Park near Leeston for future generations of Selwyn District residents. 8,000 local objects have been donated to the collection.

Regional Wrap

Dec 14, 2018 00:05:29

Description:

Taranaki is looking very green and farmers are complaining that it's harder to manage a surplus of feed than a deficit. Milk production is about 7 percent ahead of last season. Artifical insemination of cows is continuing on Southland dairy farms and the first draft of lambs are being weaned.

Full Episode for Friday December 14 2018

Dec 14, 2018 00:50:32

Description:

Taste Horowhenua, Teachers Skip Class for the Day, Preserving Local Heritage for the Benefit of Future Generations and the Regional Wrap.

Teachers skip class for a day

Dec 14, 2018 00:10:12

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A busload of Canterbury secondary school teachers visited farms, agribusinesses and a microbrewery recently for Teachers Day Out – a development day organised by NZ Young Farmers. This year, about 400 teachers around the country participated in the Teachers' Day Out and explored how science, technology and business can relate to teaching in the classroom.

Crossbred wool gets a fibre facelift

Dec 7, 2018 00:21:31

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One of Miles Anderson's key goals is to make strong wool great again. To achieve that, the South Canterbury sheep farmer and Federated Farmers Meat and Wool chair has his work cut out for him. Miles is part of the newly formed Wool Working Group looking at how to create a more sustainable and profitable sector.

Deary Deer - It's a Calf

Dec 7, 2018 00:11:56

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It's the time of year when hinds have their young. According to Raroa Deer Stud's manager Bill Robinson fallow deer have fawns and red deer have calves so Country Life's out trying to spot newborn calves in the grass at the Waikato deer farm.

Persimmons - A quiet achiever for Gisborne growers

Dec 7, 2018 00:05:04

Description:

Seventy percent of the national persimmon crop's grown in the Gisborne region. Growers are planting more trees as the export markets look promising.

Regional Wrap

Dec 7, 2018 00:07:02

Description:

In the Bay of Plenty, kiwifruit orchard bees are pretty well all through their pollination work. Some places here got well over 100mm of rain this week. Contractors on the West Coast are flatstick making silage and the oat crop is being harvested.

Eat your greens!

Dec 7, 2018 00:03:29

Description:

Weeks of warm, wet weather in the Pukekohe district has lead to a glut of vegetables. Growers are getting as little as 30 cents per head of broccoli.

Full Episode for Friday December 7 2018

Dec 7, 2018 00:50:26

Description:

A Fibre Facelift for Crossbred Wool, Deary Deer - It's a Calf, Persimmons - A quiet achiever for Gisborne growers, Eat your Greens! and the Regional Wrap.

How does a kiwifruit orchard get organic certification?

Nov 30, 2018 00:19:22

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Ryan McDonnell comes from a "really heavy spray background" but now manages four organic kiwifruit orchards. Country Life tags along as BioGro auditor Vivienne Cruickshank checks out whether they're up to scratch.

Bridging the Urban/Rural Divide

Nov 30, 2018 00:10:53

Description:

Former BBC rural journalist Anna Jones used a Nuffield scholarship to look at how the urban/rural disconnect influences the mainstream media's reporting of farming stories.

On the farm: our guide to what's happening around NZ

Nov 30, 2018 00:06:52

Description:

Mainly light winds with some sunshine and showers graced South Auckland. Ideal conditions for strong growth of outdoor crops and the transplanting of new ones. Lamb growth has slowed with the poor weather in Canterbury.

Full Episode for Friday 30 November 2018

Nov 30, 2018 00:50:58

Description:

Inspecting an Organic Kiwifruit orchard, Learning on the Land, Bridging the Urban/Rural Divide and The Regional Wrap.

Oamaru students learn on the land not to be sheepish

Nov 30, 2018 00:12:41

Description:

Agriculture students at Waitaki Boys High are learning practical skills and contributing to research on Fraser Farm – a 20-hectare sheep property that borders their Oamaru school.

Hopping to the beat: drummer turned grower Trevor Courtney

Nov 23, 2018 00:21:42

Description:

Trevor Courtney has always liked beer, and now the drummer for '60s band Chants R&B is growing his own hops. After a 40-year music career, Trevor and his wife Lyndsay now have a lifestyle block in North Canterbury where they grow hops plants, heritage apples and saffron and tend two flocks of Wiltshire sheep.

Growing in Gisborne: the future looks as rosy as a Jazz apple

Nov 23, 2018 00:16:38

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Business is "going really, really well" at the apple, kiwifruit and grape orchard near Gisborne that Tim Egan co-owns. Apples and kiwifruit are replacing traditional crops like sweet corn, peas and tomatoes in the area – and as a result, there are plenty of horticulture jobs going, he tells Country Life.

Regional Wrap

Nov 23, 2018 00:06:14

Description:

Rain in Wairarapa has set the region up for December, but pumps are draining floodwater from Taieri farms in the South Island.

Happy to be in horticulture

Nov 23, 2018 00:04:28

Description:

The people are great, the work is varied and the pay is okay, say the crew of nine who work on Illawarra Orchard – a 39-hectare property near Gisborne with apples, grapes and kiwifruit.

Full Episode for Friday November 23 2018

Nov 23, 2018 00:50:22

Description:

Wild About Hops, Apples and kiwifruit replacing cropping on Poverty Bay flats, Happy Hort Helpers and the Regional Wrap.

Picking up sticks: Tolaga Bay farmers foot the bill for "man-made" flooding

Nov 16, 2018 00:24:33

Description:

In the early hours of Monday 10 June (Queen's Birthday), heavy rain pummeled the hill country inland of Tolaga Bay. When the rains hit, forestry debris ('stash') that had been left lying on steep hillsides was swept down towards the sea. On the way, the debris got caught in bridges and trees, creating beaver dams. When these dams burst, logs were sent hurtling through nearby farmland, flattening fences and filling drains with silt. Local farmers like Mike and Bridget Parker say this major "man-made" flood has cost them about $500,000 in repair work and they've had no outside financial support.

Mohair, mo' money: farming Angora goats in Canterbury

Nov 16, 2018 00:11:58

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Glenn Gamble has a flock of 400 mohair-producing Angora goats on his Canterbury farm. He says their fleece sells for a much higher price than the wool from his crossbred sheep.

Sweet Thistles - Four legged pest control

Nov 16, 2018 00:04:53

Description:

AgResearch has set up a trial to see when goats find thistles most palatable. It's hoping they will eat the flowers and prevent thistles seeding.

On the farm: our guide to what's happening around NZ

Nov 16, 2018 00:07:48

Description:

Gisborne farmers are thrilled with the prices they're receiving for their lambs - $140 dollars straight off their mothers. Southland arable farmers need the rain to stop.

Full Episode for Friday November 16 2018

Nov 16, 2018 00:50:40

Description:

Slash litters Tolaga Bay beach and farmers out of pocket; angora goats - love of a man's life and when do goats prefer  thistles?

The market gardening couple flourishing in Sefton and on social media

Nov 9, 2018 00:19:14

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Cam and Melissa Booker grow more than 30 varieties of fruit and vegetables at their market garden in North Canterbury. All the produce, as well as apples from the family orchard in Motueka, is sold at farmers' markets and via their increasingly popular "Grown" vege box business. On December 24th the couple also hosts the Sefton Christmas Harvest Market and up to 3000 people descend on their property to buy local produce, pick peas and dig potatoes for the festive season.

Horsing Around

Nov 9, 2018 00:07:07

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Danielle Power started Accolade Stud three years ago on her 10-acre lifestyle block in Sefton, North Canterbury. The stud is based around her palomino gypsy cob stallion Ballydangan Bo-Shambu. She brought him over from Australia at great expense last year and she is hoping the demand for his progeny will reap financial rewards.

Feedback - Bark beetles a problem? Don't export bark!

Nov 9, 2018 00:01:34

Description:

Peter Bielski of Nelson says if export logs were squared up, the bark would be removed and become a resource for us to exploit.

Scarborough Fare: the delicate business of fine herbs

Nov 9, 2018 00:11:06

Description:

Each week Scarborough Fare's Jeanette Rea and Pam Maurice pack out a tonne of herbs - that's an awful lot of leaves. The growers, from near Waiuku, have three hectares in fragrant herbs, mostly grown hydroponically. They supply wholesalers who in turn send the herbs to shipping lines and to caterers, cafes and restaurants around the country.

Regional Wrap

Nov 9, 2018 00:07:08

Description:

Bay of Plenty's had glorious days. Silage is being cut here too, there's plenty of grass around. The West Coast is mopping up after a deluge. Queenstown had snow in the hills and then 22 degree days.

Fonterra's Open Gates Open Day

Nov 9, 2018 00:03:24

Description:

People have flocked to register to visit Fonterra farms this weekend. Three times the number of people who visited open farms last year want to see farming in action this year.

Full Episode for Friday 9 November 2018

Nov 9, 2018 00:50:45

Description:

The Country Life team hear about the deluge on the West Coast - and how Northland would like some of that water diverted its way. Kiwifruit is flowering. Country Life's with one of the country's biggest herb growers snipping the tips off chives, they're with a woman who has a new love in her life...gypsy cob horses...and a North Canterbury vege grower welcomes thousands of people onto his property to dig potatoes and pick peas for Christmas.

The New Buzz on Mustering

Nov 2, 2018 00:16:29

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The King Country's John Gray has spent years working with sheep. Now he's combining his skills as a stockman, his trusty dogs and a drone to round up feral goats. Many landowners paying him to clear their goats are now making money from their meat, he says.

Under FiveHundy - Down in Doyleston

Nov 2, 2018 00:14:19

Description:

The Under FiveHundy series explores rural New Zealand towns with fewer than 500 inhabitants. Doyleston is 20 kilometres south of Lincoln in Canterbury's Selwyn District. Surrounded by farmland and on the road between Leeston and Springston, it's unlikely you'll stop by unless you need fuel or are a local. Community committee chairman, garage owner and postman Jack Pearcy, says there is a lot more to the peaceful township than meets the eye.

Spotting Leaf Roll Virus

Nov 2, 2018 00:08:01

Description:

Plant and Food Research is using new technologies, including arificial intelligence and sensing technologies, to help detect a damaging virus that secretly takes hold in grape vines.

Regional Wrap

Nov 2, 2018 00:07:08

Description:

South Auckland received 50 millimetres or more of rain. It was most welcome but delayed spuds, onion and carrot harvesting. It's been a typical wet and windy October for coastal Southland. It's a battle to get crops in ground.

Taranaki Woman wins Excellence Award

Nov 2, 2018 00:03:14

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Jessie Waite works for Federated Farmers.The 26-year-old is one of three winners of the 2018 NZ Young Farmers Excellence Awards recognising members who are leaders, achievers and role models.

Country Life for 2 November 2018

Nov 2, 2018 00:50:48

Description:

The New Buzz on Mustering, Under FiveHundy - Down in Doyleston, Spotting Leaf Roll Virus, NZ Young Farmers Excellence Award and the Regional Wrap.

Puha Smoothies

Oct 26, 2018 00:17:41

Description:

A South Taranaki iwi is making breakfast smoothies where key ingredients are native plants like kumara, puha and kawakawa.

Lending a Hand

Oct 26, 2018 00:13:43

Description:

Six uni mates had been looking for a way to support farmers who were under stress. So they set up Handy Landys. Led this year by third year Ag Science students Charlie Morrison and Paige Harris, Handy Landys has become a fully functioning club at Lincoln University with more than 50 members.

Breeding Bark Beetles

Oct 26, 2018 00:10:20

Description:

Graeme Clare oversees a bark beetle breeding programme that is crucial to protecting the NZ forestry sector. His team supplies thousands of beetles and eggs for fumigation trials - which aim to reduce methyl bromide use and replace it with an alternative.

Regional Wrap

Oct 26, 2018 00:06:28

Description:

The North Island is desperately waiting for rain while snow fell on Central Otago ranges. Welcome rain arrived in many South Island regions, but more is needed.

Full Episode for Friday October 26 2018

Oct 26, 2018 00:50:14

Description:

Breeding Bark Beetles, Lending a Hand, Puha and Kawakawa Smoothies and the Regional Wrap.

Chanelle O'Sullivan is a lot more than just a farmer's wife

Oct 19, 2018 00:18:54

Description:

The South Canterbury mother-of-two is developing an educational virtual reality programme with her husband Dave, a support hub for rural start-ups in Timaru and on the side is a marketing specialist and social media maven running the super-successful Facebook pages Farming Mums NZ and Just a Farmer's Wife.

International comment with Special Trade Envoy

Oct 19, 2018 00:05:25

Description:

Mike Peterson says rules around the use of the weed killer glyphosate are likely to change and US President's China trade block could have an impact on our beef and dairy exports.

Brexit: The Impact of a No-Deal

Oct 19, 2018 00:11:21

Description:

Jeff Grant is New Zealand's representative in London keeping an eye on Brexit negotiations and what they may mean for our red meat exports to the UK and EU.

Regional Wrap

Oct 19, 2018 00:07:01

Description:

In Waikato cows are milking well, maize is going in, silage is being cut, asparagus is shooting away. Farmers in South Otago are preparing paddocks for winter crops.

Heilala Vanilla: ten years of Tongan vanilla via Tauranga

Oct 19, 2018 00:05:11

Description:

Jennifer Boggiss is working to put Tonga on the world vanilla map. She's the CEO and co-founder of Heilala Vanilla, a Tauranga company celebrating its tenth birthday this year. Heilala's vanilla pods are grown on a 60-hectare plantation on the small island of ʻEua, and they've just planted another 100 acres on the main island of Utu Vavaʻu in partnership with a local grower.

Full Episode for Friday October 19 2018

Oct 19, 2018 00:50:14

Description:

The Country Life team finds out about the impact Brexit is having on British lamb and chicken producers; New Zealand's Special Trade Envoy Mike Peterson fills us in on what's happening with the use of glyphosate around the world... And a Temuka woman is developing a virtual reality based programme to promote primary industry careers. She also runs a very popular facebook page for farming mums.

The flourishing Far North food forest

Oct 12, 2018 00:22:00

Description:

When you visit Klaus Lotz on his small plot of community-owned land in the Far North settlement of Matapouri you'll first be offered a cup of coffee. That might seem like commonplace Kiwi hospitality, but what he's offering is a coffee heated with biogas made from cow dung recently collected in a wheelbarrow.  If you take milk, it will have come from the goat living beside the greenhouse. The goats are fed on branches from Klaus's flourishing – and profitable – food forest in which he uses permaculture, bio-dynamic techniques and something he learned as a young European town boy in the Amazon jungle over 30 years ago.

Dare to work with Deer

Oct 12, 2018 00:10:34

Description:

The deer industry is looking to attract skilled, enthusiastic newcomers. Many deer farming pioneers are now wanting to retire.

Regional Wrap

Oct 12, 2018 00:04:45

Description:

Welcome rain has fallen in the North and South Island. Substantial snow has fallen in Central Otago but elsewhere in the south lambs are growing well in good conditions.

Country Life for 12 October 2018

Oct 12, 2018 00:50:15

Description:

Regenerative agriculture in Northland. What do we taste and why do we like it? The deer industry is looking to attract skilled, enthusiastic newcomers.

Take a sip: tasting beer with Dr Roger Harker from Plant and Food Research

Oct 12, 2018 00:10:40

Description:

There are some jobs that you just wouldn't mind having – Dr Roger Harker's is one. Part of his job is finding out what people like to eat and drink... and why. As head of the Consumer & Product Insights team at Plant and Food Research, Roger's work focuses on flavours – and more recently, emotions – associated with new products.

The European-born couple living self-sufficiently in the Taranaki Hills

Oct 5, 2018 00:21:14

Description:

When Hans Michel was in town and plugged his rural adress into the GPS just for interest, it didn't give him directions, it just told him to drive a long way. And it is. Hans and his family live almost self-sufficiently near Tarata in the Taranaki Hills. They farm Wiltshire sheep on their picturesque, incredibly tidy property; milk goats to make dairy products, generate electricity, hunt for meat and grow an abundance of fruit and vegetables.

Regional Wrap

Oct 5, 2018 00:07:16

Description:

Waikato welcomed a drink this week and the West Coast is flush with grass.

Drought in Fiji

Oct 5, 2018 00:04:10

Description:

A prolonged dry spell in rural Fiji has small landowners struggling to survive. A severe water shortage means it's only available for household use, not farming. Livestock are being sold and vegetable crops are failing.

Full Episode Country Life for 5 October 2018

Oct 5, 2018 00:50:46

Description:

Country life meets a European couple who have create their piece of paradise deep in the Taranaki hills. And Kerepehi, population 429. The local school principal calls it 'The City of the Hauraki Plains.'   .

Undie FiveHundy: Kerepehi, city of the Hauraki Plains

Oct 5, 2018 00:16:50

Description:

There may only be one shop and 429 residents, but if you want takeaways at 7:30 in the morning you can get them in Kerepehi. Country Life talks to some locals about what makes their little town special.

Up the creek and off the grid: putting the power back into West Coast farming

Sep 28, 2018 00:20:46

Description:

Graham Berry has a dairy farm just south of Franz Josef. The born-and-bred West Coaster borrows water from a creek on DOC land to drive a 55-kiloWatt, hydro-electric scheme.

Japanese brides like white orchids, so Pieter Rensen grows them

Sep 28, 2018 00:13:22

Description:

Every year, Pieter Rensen grows more than 300,000 stems of white miniature cymbidiums in his greenhouses near Pukekohe. Three-quarters of them are exported to Japan for weddings and funerals.

Fruitful results for Vietnam's dragonfruit industry

Sep 28, 2018 00:07:28

Description:

Plant and Food Research scientists are collaborating with partners in Vietnam to boost that country's dragonfruit industry. They've found a way to train the plants that could double production.

Regional Wrap

Sep 28, 2018 00:07:12

Description:

Marlborough farmers and grape growers have been revelling in the sunshine. In the North Island it's been bitterly cold in places and wet - again.

Full Episode for Friday September 28 2018

Sep 28, 2018 00:50:17

Description:

Growing white orchids, providing power from off the grid, dragonfruit production in Vietnam.

Undie FiveHundy: The Far North's Waimamaku

Sep 21, 2018 00:12:49

Description:

Waimamaku is a tiny town just south of the Hokianga Harbour. It's quiet most of the year, but every February you'll see gun-toting horseriders dashing down the main street in the Wild West Festival.

Hari Hari Hothouse: the West Coast couple growing eggplant

Sep 21, 2018 00:12:50

Description:

A small town between Hokitika and Franz Josef is home to the largest eggplant-growing business in the South Island.

Omapere Rangihamama Trust: a country comeback story

Sep 21, 2018 00:12:45

Description:

In 2007 the Omapere Rangihamama Trust was broke. But new leaders and strategies saw it by 2017 winning the Ahuwhenua Trophy.

Regional Wrap

Sep 21, 2018 00:06:59

Description:

Vegetable growers around Pukekohe had been contemplating turning on their irrigation systems but rain saved the day.

World Deer Congress

Sep 21, 2018 00:05:03

Description:

Deer Industry New Zealand's Tony Pearse has recently returned from the 7th World Deer Congress in Russia. It's held once every four years.

Full Episode for Friday September 21 2018

Sep 21, 2018 00:50:52

Description:

Under FiveHundy: The Far North's Waimamaku, Hari Hari Hot House, Omapere Rangihamama Trust, World Deer Congress and the Regional Wrap.

The ex-miner bringing Ngāi Tahu sustainability knowledge to Canterbury farmers

Sep 14, 2018 00:23:35

Description:

For hundreds of years, Ngāi Tahu iwi strategically tended, harvested and protected food resources around Te Waihora / Lake Ellesmere. These practices – referred to as Mahinga Kai in the Crown's Settlement Offer – are simply "an A++ environmental attitude" put into action, says Mananui Ramsden. Mananui is a cultural land management advisor (Kaitohutohu Tikanga Whenua) for Environment Canterbury – and the first council-appointed indigenous land management advisor in the world.

Stu Bracegirdle: passionate about possums

Sep 14, 2018 00:11:38

Description:

Stu Bracegirdle loves possums and has made his living from them for over 40 years. He keeps plastic bags in his motorhome for picking up 'roadies' and has a pet possum at home aptly named 'Lucky'.

Under FiveHundy A Mokau Extra: Ian Whitakker

Sep 14, 2018 00:07:55

Description:

Ian Whitakker has been called a walking encyclopaedia on Mokau's history. He's lived there for 59 years.

Regional Wrap

Sep 14, 2018 00:06:29

Description:

The North Island has warmed up this week as the southerly died away and the sun appeared. In the South Island it was similar with plenty of sunshine and fruit trees in blossom.

Full Episode for Friday 14 September 2018

Sep 14, 2018 00:50:48

Description:

On Country Life this week Mananui Ramsden is Environment Canterbury's cultural land management advisor and is helping farmers on land near Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere to understand and implement new rules designed to protect Mahinga kai in the region and the possum man.

Let's get planting: school orchards for Canterbury's junior gardeners

Sep 7, 2018 00:13:18

Description:

Canterbury school kids are learning how to grow and care for trees with the Orchards in Schools programme. The Canterbury Horticultural Society supplies schools with apple, pear and plum trees, compost, boxing and on-going support at no cost.

Undie FiveHundy: Mokau

Sep 7, 2018 00:14:50

Description:

What makes the tiny coastal community of Mokau tick? It's a tiny town of 75 permanent residents famous for its museum, friendly butcher and whitebait fritters.

Honeycrisp: the large, sweet South Canterbury apple Americans love

Sep 7, 2018 00:09:54

Description:

South Canterbury isn't famous for its premium apples, but one unfamiliar variety loves Timaru's cool climate and thrives there - the Honeycrisp. It's a sweet, firm apple grown exclusively for export to the United States.

Regional Wrap

Sep 7, 2018 00:07:02

Description:

A cold southerly has been ripping through the North Island, and despite the southerly blast in Canterbury, lambing and calving have gone very well and farmers are in good spirits.

Kidding Around

Sep 7, 2018 00:04:15

Description:

Each year dairy goat farmer Robyn Averill has to come up with hundreds of names for newborn kids. It's no easy task.

Full Episode for Friday September 7 2018

Sep 7, 2018 00:51:00

Description:

On country Life....an eighty hectare orchard in South Canterbury grows apples for the off-season American market, the Canterbury Horticultural Society supplies apple, pear and plum trees as well as compost, boxing and on-going support to local schools at no cost...and a visit to Mokau, a small coastal settlement with only 75 permanent residents.

Bountiful Bananas and Pineapple Passion: Part Two

Aug 24, 2018 00:13:06

Description:

South Africans Owen and Linda Schafli moved to New Zealand ten years ago. They've brought their tropical fruit growing skills with them and are successfully growing bananas and pineapples.

Sophie Barnes - Shepherdess

Aug 24, 2018 00:14:56

Description:

Sophie Barnes grew up in England and was supposed to be an architect. However, one day, she helped deliver a lamb and that was it. She decided then and there she wanted a career working with sheep.

Going Bananas Part One

Aug 24, 2018 00:12:44

Description:

Hugh Rose is a banana growing enthusiast in Northland. He is encouraging more people to plant them, saying NZ could be self-sufficient in bananas within ten years.

Regional Wrap

Aug 24, 2018 00:05:47

Description:

Many North Island regions are swimming in water again after heavy downpours this week, while in Central Otago apricot trees are in full blossom

1080 and Humans

Aug 24, 2018 00:02:37

Description:

Professor of Toxicology, Ian Shaw says 1080 doesn't cause cancer and explains the effects of 1080 on humans.

Full Episode for Friday August 24 2018

Aug 24, 2018 00:50:43

Description:

Northland banana growers reckon New Zealand could be self sufficient in bananas in less than ten years. Juicy pineapples are possible too.

A Currant Affair: the couple behind NZ's biggest blackurrant business

Aug 17, 2018 00:20:32

Description:

Tony and Afsaneh Howey have the largest certified organic blackcurrant farm in New Zealand. The South Canterbury couple produce the fruit for their ViBERi range of food products and supplements.

The Taranaki duck farmer who got through chemo by eating duck eggs

Aug 17, 2018 00:12:04

Description:

When Country Life visited Dawn Bendall it was a good day for ducks. It was hosing down and Dawn's 380 pekin ducks were in heaven. The ducks bury their eggs and every morning Dawn digs for them in the laying shed of her Taranaki farm.

From jodhpurs to jerseys: Olympic equestrian and devoted dairy farmer Matthew Grayling

Aug 17, 2018 00:09:57

Description:

Matthew Grayling hopes to keep competing on the world equestrian stage — as long as it doesn't coincide with calving season.

Regional Wrap

Aug 17, 2018 00:06:34

Description:

Waikato farms on heavy soils are pugging again following more rain. The fabulous weather pattern just keeps on coming for Canterbury and it's making lambing, calving and ground preparation for spring crops very easy.

Full Episode for Friday August 17 2018

Aug 17, 2018 00:50:26

Description:

Currant Affairs, Delving for Duck Eggs, Jodphurs and Jerseys - dairy farmer and equestrian Matthew Grayling and The Regional Wrap.

A fruitful partnership: Kerikeri horticulturalists Alan and Helen Thompson

Aug 10, 2018 00:21:08

Description:

The Thompsons have just planted 15 hectares of kiwifruit trees and 4,000 Yen Ben lemon trees on their Kerikeri property. Back in 2008, the couple tried to retire, but it only lasted six months.

Peter Kitchen: the agricultural engineer who doesn't miss a beet

Aug 10, 2018 00:15:23

Description:

Peter's most successful creation to date is a beet harvesting bucket for tractors. His BEETBOSS attracted worldwide interest recently when a YouTube video of some 'rugged bucket action' went viral.

Regional Wrap

Aug 10, 2018 00:06:09

Description:

Grass is growing in most North Island areas with warmer than normal soil temperatures. Farmers in Marlborough are break feeding stock and calving is in full swing on most South Island dairy farms.

European Farming Insights

Aug 10, 2018 00:06:21

Description:

Former RNZ Rural News reporter Alexa Cook is traveling through Europe with her partner. She tells Cosmo about the farming observations she has made in Ireland and Scotland.

Full Episode for Friday August 10 2018

Aug 10, 2018 00:50:38

Description:

A  fruitful mix of businesses based near Kerikeri, an agricultural engineer in Timaru who's invented a beet harvesting bucket for tractors and farming insights from Ireland and Scotland with former RNZ rural reporter Alexa Cook.

Growing our future farmers

Aug 3, 2018 00:18:13

Description:

Rural Women New Zealand's education spokesperson wants schools to adopt a farmer. Sue Higgins believes it could help encourage students to consider farming as a career. The Wakefield sheep and beef farmer says capturing the curiosity of young children is the key to filling gaps in the agricultural workforce.

Under FiveHundy: The Far North's Okaihau

Aug 3, 2018 00:14:36

Description:

Thousands celebrated the town's 150 years this Easter. Locals say the schooling is marvellous and house prices have increased in the past year with new faces on the street.

Australian Drought Bites

Aug 3, 2018 00:04:16

Description:

Charles Murray's Quirindi farm is parched. He's never seen a drought like it and has been feeding out to his stock for three years.

Regional Wrap

Aug 3, 2018 00:07:38

Description:

The North Island is generally quite mild while Marlborough has a flush of lambs arriving.

Off Roadies

Aug 3, 2018 00:02:57

Description:

Off The Beaten Track is a company with out of the way camping spots and cabins on farms. They're looking for 'Off Roadies' to review them. There are over 100 spots to chose from.

Full Episode for Friday August 3 2018

Aug 3, 2018 00:50:41

Description:

Growing our future farmers, Under FiveHundy: The Far North's Okaihau, Australian Drought Bites, Off Roadies and the Regional Wrap.

The high-end swing business with its HQ in King Country

Jul 27, 2018 00:19:08

Description:

A former cabinetmaker who first crafted a swing for his daughter out of a deck chair will send 3,000 swings around the world this year.

Elking out a living in mid-Canterbury

Jul 27, 2018 00:13:20

Description:

Grant Hasse is building a niche herd of "typical antlered" elk and wapiti on his Hororata farm. So far, he has 130 and makes a good income from venison and velvet.

The life of a 16-year-old poultry breeder

Jul 27, 2018 00:06:39

Description:

Laura Inglis has been taking purebred chickens and ducks to local poultry competitions for as long as she can remember. The 16-year-old has a menagerie of over 100 feathered friends at her parents' farmlet near Nelson.

Regional Wrap

Jul 27, 2018 00:05:22

Description:

Hopes are high for a good lambing on the North Island's East Coast, Marlborough's had enough rain for now, and in Central Otago there's been some growth.

Setting the Standard

Jul 27, 2018 00:04:45

Description:

Midlands Apiaries' Adam Boot is all for manuka honey sold domestically having to meet the same standards as manuka honey sent overseas.

Full Episode for Friday July 27, 2018

Jul 27, 2018 00:50:31

Description:

Making swing seats in the small King Country town on Matiere, a 16 year old poultry breeder, Elk and wapiti farming in Canterbury.

Forage Herbs for Farms

Jul 20, 2018 00:21:48

Description:

Ruapuna farmers Grant and Jan Early are working with Dairy NZ on a six-year research project to reduce nitrate leaching from soil and degrading water quality.

Undie Fivehundy: Owaka

Jul 20, 2018 00:14:04

Description:

In the new series Undie Fivehundy, the Country Life team visit rural communities with populations under 500. First stop, Owaka – the gateway to the Catlins.

Regional Wrap

Jul 20, 2018 00:06:23

Description:

Many North Island regions are feeling very sodden, although a milder week in King Country raised soil temperatures and put a green tinge on low pasture covers. Grape pruning continues in Marlborough. One grower says his 35 hectare block near Seddon will be finished by the end of next week.

European Farming Insights

Jul 20, 2018 00:06:54

Description:

Former RNZ Rural News reporter Alexa Cook is travelling through Europe with her boyfriend. She tells Cosmo about the farming observations she has made in Portugal and southern Spain.

Full Episode for Friday July 20, 2018

Jul 20, 2018 00:50:30

Description:

Forage Herbs for Farms, Undie Fivehundy - Owaka, European Farming Insights and the Regional Wrap.

Forage Herbs for Farms

Jul 20, 2018 00:21:48

Description:

Ruapuna farmers Grant and Jan Early are working with Dairy NZ on a six-year research project to reduce nitrate leaching from soil and degrading water quality.

Undie Fivehundy: Owaka

Jul 20, 2018 00:14:04

Description:

In the new series Undie Fivehundy, the Country Life team visit rural communities with populations under 500. First stop, Owaka – the gateway to the Catlins.

Regional Wrap

Jul 20, 2018 00:06:23

Description:

Many North Island regions are feeling very sodden, although a milder week in King Country raised soil temperatures and put a green tinge on low pasture covers. Grape pruning continues in Marlborough. One grower says his 35 hectare block near Seddon will be finished by the end of next week.

European Farming Insights

Jul 20, 2018 00:06:54

Description:

Former RNZ Rural News reporter Alexa Cook is travelling through Europe with her boyfriend. She tells Cosmo about the farming observations she has made in Portugal and southern Spain.

Full Episode for Friday July 20, 2018

Jul 20, 2018 00:50:30

Description:

Forage Herbs for Farms, Undie Fivehundy - Owaka, European Farming Insights and the Regional Wrap.

MPI Responds

Jul 13, 2018 00:00:46

Description:

MPI Director of Response Geoff Gwyn says MPI is working closely with Henk Smith to address his concerns.

Mycoplasma bovis notice to cull: Farmer Henk Smit faces 800-cow loss

Jul 13, 2018 00:15:54

Description:

Henk Smit is hurting. M Bovis has been found in his herd and that means culling 800 calves and cows from two farms. He's finding attending to the paperwork and dealing with agencies managing the response to the disease exhausting and frustrating.

Farmers' native bush restoration woos tourists to New Zealand's tiny Pepin island

Jul 13, 2018 00:14:36

Description:

Pepin Island near Nelson was bought by a German business woman in 1996 for two million dollars. She employed local farmers Andrew and Nicki Newton to manage the scenic 521 hectare sheep and beef property and they've been there ever since.

Farm Succession Feedback

Jul 13, 2018 00:00:55

Description:

Rural law specialist Ian Blackman believes there is a clear cut way to make sure land is transferred fairly to the next generation.

Counting Heads

Jul 13, 2018 00:10:37

Description:

Every year for the past 18 years, Welsh farmer Rhys Howatson has spent a few weeks in New Zealand pregnancy scanning sheep. He's scanned millions of them.

Regional Wrap

Jul 13, 2018 00:06:42

Description:

Gisborne has had a couple of frosts and quite strong nor-west winds. Karamea, on the South Island's West Coast, had a mid-week down pour of about 150 millimetres.

Full Episode for Friday July 13 2018

Jul 13, 2018 00:49:59

Description:

Testing Times - Farming with M Bovis and MPI Responds, Peace on Pepin, Counting Heads, Farm Succession feedback and the Regional Wrap.

MPI Responds

Jul 13, 2018 00:00:46

Description:

MPI Director of Response Geoff Gwyn says MPI is working closely with Henk Smith to address his concerns.

Mycoplasma bovis notice to cull: Farmer Henk Smit faces 800-cow loss

Jul 13, 2018 00:15:54

Description:

Henk Smit is hurting. M Bovis has been found in his herd and that means culling 800 calves and cows from two farms. He's finding attending to the paperwork and dealing with agencies managing the response to the disease exhausting and frustrating.

Farmers' native bush restoration woos tourists to New Zealand's tiny Pepin island

Jul 13, 2018 00:14:36

Description:

Pepin Island near Nelson was bought by a German business woman in 1996 for two million dollars. She employed local farmers Andrew and Nicki Newton to manage the scenic 521 hectare sheep and beef property and they've been there ever since.

Farm Succession Feedback

Jul 13, 2018 00:00:55

Description:

Rural law specialist Ian Blackman believes there is a clear cut way to make sure land is transferred fairly to the next generation.

Counting Heads

Jul 13, 2018 00:10:37

Description:

Every year for the past 18 years, Welsh farmer Rhys Howatson has spent a few weeks in New Zealand pregnancy scanning sheep. He's scanned millions of them.

Regional Wrap

Jul 13, 2018 00:06:42

Description:

Gisborne has had a couple of frosts and quite strong nor-west winds. Karamea, on the South Island's West Coast, had a mid-week down pour of about 150 millimetres.

Full Episode for Friday July 13 2018

Jul 13, 2018 00:49:59

Description:

Testing Times - Farming with M Bovis and MPI Responds, Peace on Pepin, Counting Heads, Farm Succession feedback and the Regional Wrap.

How two 'townies' became premium dairy farmers

Jul 6, 2018 00:19:07

Description:

Canterbury dairy farmers Wendy and Lance Main are former 'townies'. After working their way up the share-milking ladder, the couple now produce premium milk on their own 250 hectares near Oxford.

Lon Johnson and Gilly Darbey: the joys and challenges of rural life

Jul 6, 2018 00:12:58

Description:

Organic garlic growers Lon and Gilly eke out a living in Central Otago. To make ends meet, Lon has sometimes chopped wood and washed dishes, while Gilly has shifted cattle breaks and painted t-shirts.

How does a farmer know when to retire?

Jul 6, 2018 00:09:03

Description:

It's empowering for farmers to be realistic about how many good working years might be ahead of them, says 72-year-old farm business consultant Don Fraser.

Regional Wrap

Jul 6, 2018 00:05:24

Description:

There was sunshine amidst the mist in Northland on Friday morning. Feed levels on farms are very low. Dairy farmers in Canterbury are getting very close to calving with many reporting to already having a few calves on the ground.

Opportunities for NZ's Arable Farmers

Jul 6, 2018 00:03:27

Description:

Federated Farmers new national board member, Karen Williams, would like to see more New Zealand grown grains used in our food.

Full Episode for Friday July 6 June 12018

Jul 6, 2018 00:50:48

Description:

Lait of the Land, Love in a Cold Climate, Family Matters Opportunities for NZ's Arable Farmers and the Regional Wrap.

How two 'townies' became premium dairy farmers

Jul 6, 2018 00:19:07

Description:

Canterbury dairy farmers Wendy and Lance Main are former 'townies'. After working their way up the share-milking ladder, the couple now produce premium milk on their own 250 hectares near Oxford.

Lon Johnson and Gilly Darbey: the joys and challenges of rural life

Jul 6, 2018 00:12:58

Description:

Organic garlic growers Lon and Gilly eke out a living in Central Otago. To make ends meet, Lon has sometimes chopped wood and washed dishes, while Gilly has shifted cattle breaks and painted t-shirts.

How does a farmer know when to retire?

Jul 6, 2018 00:09:03

Description:

It's empowering for farmers to be realistic about how many good working years might be ahead of them, says 72-year-old farm business consultant Don Fraser.

Regional Wrap

Jul 6, 2018 00:05:24

Description:

There was sunshine amidst the mist in Northland on Friday morning. Feed levels on farms are very low. Dairy farmers in Canterbury are getting very close to calving with many reporting to already having a few calves on the ground.

Opportunities for NZ's Arable Farmers

Jul 6, 2018 00:03:27

Description:

Federated Farmers new national board member, Karen Williams, would like to see more New Zealand grown grains used in our food.

Full Episode for Friday July 6 June 12018

Jul 6, 2018 00:50:48

Description:

Lait of the Land, Love in a Cold Climate, Family Matters Opportunities for NZ's Arable Farmers and the Regional Wrap.

Riverside: a community of pastoral peacekeepers

Jun 29, 2018 00:20:49

Description:

The Riverside Community near Nelson is the oldest intentional community in New Zealand. Most of its members work on the property and share their earnings and expenses.

Rain drops have finally fallen on South Africa's Western Cape

Jun 29, 2018 00:09:23

Description:

The Western Cape region has been experiencing a three year drought. It could be five years until water levels return to a healthy level.

Tomatoes a la Romano: a Nelson family's tradition

Jun 29, 2018 00:12:26

Description:

The Romano family have been growing tomatoes in Nelson since the 1940s. Bettina Romano's father-in-law Tony taught her the tricks of the trade and she now grows and sells an heirloom variety at the Nelson farmers market.

Regional Wrap

Jun 29, 2018 00:07:05

Description:

Waikato has been cold, wet and miserable but there have been three good frosts. Ewe scanning is in full swing in Marlborough and results are up about 10 per cent on last year.

Full Episode for Friday June 29, 2018

Jun 29, 2018 00:50:50

Description:

Pastoral Peacekeepers, Tasty Tomatoes, Rain drops have finally fallen on South Africa's Western Cape and the regional Wrap.

Riverside: a community of pastoral peacekeepers

Jun 29, 2018 00:20:49

Description:

The Riverside Community near Nelson is the oldest intentional community in New Zealand. Most of its members work on the property and share their earnings and expenses.

Rain drops have finally fallen on South Africa's Western Cape

Jun 29, 2018 00:09:23

Description:

The Western Cape region has been experiencing a three year drought. It could be five years until water levels return to a healthy level.

Tomatoes a la Romano: a Nelson family's tradition

Jun 29, 2018 00:12:26

Description:

The Romano family have been growing tomatoes in Nelson since the 1940s. Bettina Romano's father-in-law Tony taught her the tricks of the trade and she now grows and sells an heirloom variety at the Nelson farmers market.

Regional Wrap

Jun 29, 2018 00:07:05

Description:

Waikato has been cold, wet and miserable but there have been three good frosts. Ewe scanning is in full swing in Marlborough and results are up about 10 per cent on last year.

Full Episode for Friday June 29, 2018

Jun 29, 2018 00:50:50

Description:

Pastoral Peacekeepers, Tasty Tomatoes, Rain drops have finally fallen on South Africa's Western Cape and the regional Wrap.

The Not-Lonely Goatherd

Jun 22, 2018 00:20:52

Description:

Tapawera dairy goat farmer Tracy Hay has given each of her hundred or so kids a name. The self-confessed 'goatie' has hand-raised Tinkerbell, Treasure, Tambourine and Truffle et al so that they are completely focused on her.

High country farming with a live audience

Jun 22, 2018 00:12:44

Description:

Every one of the estimated 100,000 tourists heading to Mount Aspiring National Park each year travel through Randall Aspinall farm. When tourists spot his stock in the river, he'll sometimes hear about it on the news.

Could dung beetles save our waterways?

Jun 22, 2018 00:07:15

Description:

Dung beetles are a natural and efficient way to to get nutrients down into the soil, keeps pastures clean and, in turn, help mitigate runoff into streams, says Dr Shaun Fogie of Dung Beetle Innovations.

Regional Wrap

Jun 22, 2018 00:05:32

Description:

It has been so wet in Gisborne that farm bikes can't be used in places and farmers are having to saddle up their horses. Marlborough started off wet and ended with frost and a fresh skiff of snow on the ranges.

No Calves, Thanks

Jun 22, 2018 00:02:46

Description:

Federated Farmers in Bay of Plenty has asked schools to exclude calves from their annual Ag days.

Full Episode for Friday June 22, 2018

Jun 22, 2018 00:50:40

Description:

No Kidding Around. Tourist Traffic, Underground Army, No Calves Thanks and the Regional Wrap.

The Not-Lonely Goatherd

Jun 22, 2018 00:20:52

Description:

Tapawera dairy goat farmer Tracy Hay has given each of her hundred or so kids a name. The self-confessed 'goatie' has hand-raised Tinkerbell, Treasure, Tambourine and Truffle et al so that they are completely focused on her.

High country farming with a live audience

Jun 22, 2018 00:12:44

Description:

Every one of the estimated 100,000 tourists heading to Mount Aspiring National Park each year travel through Randall Aspinall farm. When tourists spot his stock in the river, he'll sometimes hear about it on the news.

Could dung beetles save our waterways?

Jun 22, 2018 00:07:15

Description:

Dung beetles are a natural and efficient way to to get nutrients down into the soil, keeps pastures clean and, in turn, help mitigate runoff into streams, says Dr Shaun Fogie of Dung Beetle Innovations.

Regional Wrap

Jun 22, 2018 00:05:32

Description:

It has been so wet in Gisborne that farm bikes can't be used in places and farmers are having to saddle up their horses. Marlborough started off wet and ended with frost and a fresh skiff of snow on the ranges.

No Calves, Thanks

Jun 22, 2018 00:02:46

Description:

Federated Farmers in Bay of Plenty has asked schools to exclude calves from their annual Ag days.

Full Episode for Friday June 22, 2018

Jun 22, 2018 00:50:40

Description:

No Kidding Around. Tourist Traffic, Underground Army, No Calves Thanks and the Regional Wrap.

50 years at Fieldays: Part Two

Jun 15, 2018 00:12:52

Description:

Geoff Laurent credits the agricultural event Fieldays with helping him grow his farming and veterinary equipment business into a multi-million dollar enterprise. He's been every year since it began.

50 years at Fieldays: Part Two

Jun 15, 2018 00:12:52

Description:

Geoff Laurent credits the agricultural event Fieldays with helping him grow his farming and veterinary equipment business into a multi-million dollar enterprise. He's been every year since it began.

KPMG Agribusiness Agenda 2018

Jun 15, 2018 00:07:03

Description:

KPMG released its ninth Agribusiness Agenda at Mystery Creek this week. In forming the report authors talk to leaders from every primary sector you can think of.

KPMG Agribusiness Agenda 2018

Jun 15, 2018 00:07:03

Description:

KPMG released its ninth Agribusiness Agenda at Mystery Creek this week. In forming the report authors talk to leaders from every primary sector you can think of.

50 years at Fieldays: Part One

Jun 15, 2018 00:15:33

Description:

Sir William Gallagher won't miss a Fieldays – he's been at all 50 of them. And he's not alone. Country Life meets Sir William and some other exhibitors who come back to the agriculture event year after year.

50 years at Fieldays: Part One

Jun 15, 2018 00:15:33

Description:

Sir William Gallagher won't miss a Fieldays – he's been at all 50 of them. And he's not alone. Country Life meets Sir William and some other exhibitors who come back to the agriculture event year after year.

The Rural Catch Version of the Regional Wrap

Jun 15, 2018 00:08:02

Description:

Five contestants from the National Fieldays Rural Catch of the Year competition talk about conditions on the land and their love of farming.

The Rural Catch Version of the Regional Wrap

Jun 15, 2018 00:08:02

Description:

Five contestants from the National Fieldays Rural Catch of the Year competition talk about conditions on the land and their love of farming.

Ravensdown Agricultural Communicator of the Year

Jun 15, 2018 00:05:01

Description:

Mike Peterson is the Ravensdown Agricultural Communicator of the Year for 2018. Mike is New Zealand's Special Agricultural Trade Envoy, a role he's held for five years.

Ravensdown Agricultural Communicator of the Year

Jun 15, 2018 00:05:01

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Mike Peterson is the Ravensdown Agricultural Communicator of the Year for 2018. Mike is New Zealand's Special Agricultural Trade Envoy, a role he's held for five years.

Full Episode for Friday June 15 2018

Jun 15, 2018 00:51:00

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Meet exhibitors who've attended all 50 National Ag Fieldays, KPMG releases its 2018 Agribusiness Agenda, Mike Petersen Ravensdown Ag Communicator of the Year.  

Full Episode for Friday June 15 2018

Jun 15, 2018 00:51:00

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Meet exhibitors who've attended all 50 National Ag Fieldays, KPMG releases its 2018 Agribusiness Agenda, Mike Petersen Ravensdown Ag Communicator of the Year.  

The ex-university lecturers offering free environmental education

Jun 8, 2018 00:22:35

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Errol Wood and Kelvin Nicolle believe that the best way for today's teenagers to learn about the environment is to be in the environment. They run environmental outreach programme for school and community groups in Canterbury.

Milking It: From Cows to Sheep

Jun 8, 2018 00:10:05

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Spring Sheep Milk is setting up two sheep milking pilot farms in Waikato. One's a greenfield development, one a cow farm conversion.

ABC Rural Correspondent

Jun 8, 2018 00:06:40

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Brett Worthington talks about Canadian dairy giant Saputo taking over the last dairy co-op in Australia, fine wool prices and drought.

Regional Wrap

Jun 8, 2018 00:05:31

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Parts of Waikato had 100 millimetres of rain at the weekend and there was surface flooding. Pruning is underway on all fruit crops in the Nelson / Motueka region.

A River of Debris

Jun 8, 2018 00:04:53

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Last week's torrential rain dumped one million tonnes of forest debris on Tolaga Bay farms but forest experts say even mature trees wouldn't have stayed standing in those conditions.

Full Episode for Friday June 8, 2018

Jun 8, 2018 00:50:58

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Stream of Consciousness, Milking It: From Cows to Sheep, ABC Rural Correspondent,   A River of Debris and the Regional Wrap.

The Golden Ride

Jun 1, 2018 00:22:03

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No-one really knew if the Hauraki Rail Trail would be successful, but now the trail's hub town Paeroa has a new motel,  new cafes and cycle rental businesses.

McPhee's Dorpers

Jun 1, 2018 00:10:57

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Canterbury vet Jim McPhee runs a Dorper sheep stud on his small farm near Darfield. The meat-focused Dorper is attracting interest from farmers because the breed sheds their own wool, which eliminates the cost of shearing.

Tasty new NZ apricots are on their way

Jun 1, 2018 00:07:27

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Disappointing apricots could be a thing of the past thanks to the work of Plant and Food Research scientists in Clyde. They're breeding new apricot cultivars that should be a hit with both consumers and growers.

Regional Wrap

Jun 1, 2018 00:05:19

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Apple pruning is well underway in Hawkes Bay in cold but excellent conditions. Winter has arrived in Canterbury bringing with it frosts and snow on the mountains.

Concern for Calves

Jun 1, 2018 00:03:53

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Ken Eade milks 550 cows with his son Bruce at Kelso in West Otago. Like most other dairy farmers he is concerned about the spread of Mycoplasma Bovis and the potential impact it will have on the family business.

Full Episode for Friday June 1, 2018

Jun 1, 2018 00:50:38

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Hauraki Cycle Trail, Developing Dorpers, Concern for Calves, Luscious Apricots and the Regional Wrap.

Riding High on Horse Power

May 25, 2018 00:20:45

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Raquel Walker's equestrian performance coach Jeanette Garrett created a programme that enabled the disabled rider from Motueka to compete in last year's Special Olympics. She won a silver and two bronze medals.

Training Trees

May 25, 2018 00:07:34

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Plant and Food Research is trialing a radically new way of growing trees. It is training them to grow like candelabra.

Winemaking the natural way

May 25, 2018 00:09:16

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Yoshiaki and Kyoko Sato refuse to add anything to their wine. The former Tokyo bankers now live in Central Otago where they craft wines from only organically grown grapes.

Regional Wrap

May 25, 2018 00:05:04

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The country's transformed in the past week from cruisy autumn to wet and cold. Kiwifruit harvesting still has a long way to go.

Living with Mycoplasma Bovis

May 25, 2018 00:07:01

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Jakob Malmo is a vet working in Gippsland, Australia and says M. Bovis must be very carefully managed but farmers there have learned to live with it.

Country Life for Fri 25 May 2018

May 25, 2018 00:50:47

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Horse Power, Training Trees, Wine Making the Natural Way, Living with Mycoplasma Bovis and the Regional Wrap.

Human v Horse

May 18, 2018 00:20:46

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The Human v Horse event is a marathon over steep hill country with a twist - it's a race between two legs and four.

Ewe & Me

May 18, 2018 00:11:58

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Julie Brownlee's Neudorf Valley sheep milking operation supplies milk to Thorvald, a company that produces sheep's milk cheese and yoghurt in a factory right next to Julie's milking shed.

Spearheading the strawberry charge

May 18, 2018 00:03:53

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Horowhenua asparagus grower Geoff Lewis is setting up tunnel houses to grow strawberries. It's part of his plan to provide year-round work for his seasonal workers.

Southern Man

May 18, 2018 00:07:19

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It’s a baptism of fire for new Southland  Fed Farmers Chairman Geoffrey Young with the M. bovis outbreak, a swede seed mix up and debate over Environment Southland's revised water and land plan.

Regional Wrap

May 18, 2018 00:04:58

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It is getting wet underfoot in Taranaki so farmers feel they have had enough rain. Rams in Marlborough have completed their work on hill country farms and sheep scanning is underway.

Full Episode for Friday May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018 00:50:05

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Human V Horse, Ewe Milk Me, Geoffrey Young from Federated Farmers , Horowhenua asparagus grower Geoff Lewis and the Regional Wrap.

Marvellous Murupara

May 11, 2018 00:19:08

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Young backpackers on bus tours are making a tangible difference in the struggling Bay of Plenty town of Murupara. Local tour operator Nadine Toe Toe's motto is 'Change a town through tourism'.

Swapping Auckland life for the real country

May 11, 2018 00:12:09

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Laura Douglas has set up a tourism venture in Kingston that gives visitors to Queenstown the chance to experience a taste of the country-side.

Here comes the snowberry

May 11, 2018 00:04:37

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Blueberries, kiwiberries, boysenberries, loganberries... well, there might soon be another one to add to the mix – the snowberry. Trials are underway to see if there's potential for a commercial snowberry crop in New Zealand.

Regional Wrap

May 11, 2018 00:06:50

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Warm weather has blessed the North Island this week, and while the South Island's generally been lovely too, the temperatures are dipping quickly down south.

Kiwifruit Cash

May 11, 2018 00:06:32

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Gold kiwifruit growers are making very  good money but grower David Jensen says a shortage of labour to harvest fruit won't be solved by simply increasing pay rates.

Full Episode for Friday May 4, 2018

May 11, 2018 00:50:42

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Stray bus visits Murupara in Tuhoe country, Snowberries with Plant and Food, and Southern Girl in Kingston Central Otago, Kiwifruit grower David Jensen.

The farmer and the filmmaker

May 4, 2018 00:22:12

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Converting to organics has been a rewarding challenge for filmmaker and farmer Gaylene Barnes and her brother Andrew. They grow vegetables commercially on the family farm at Highbank in Canterbury. Growing food is part of a long term rehabilitation plan for Andrew after suffering a traumatic brain injury three years ago. Gaylene's latest documentary "Seven Rivers Walking" premiered at last year's Christchurch International Film Festival.

The Apple Gang and Apple Grower

May 4, 2018 00:06:55

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Susan Murray checks in with an apple harvesting gang and an apple orchardist who says proposed wage increases will cost him an extra $75,000 dollars a year.

High hopes for hops

May 4, 2018 00:10:59

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Marlborough Sounds sheep farmer Noel Moleta is turning his hand to growing hops after purchasing a 122-hectare property near Tapawera. So far he has planted 14 hectares and another 15 are going in now. At the last count 2,500 poles had been erected and 44,000 plants put in the ground. Noel says sheep and hops go well together. He sent 700 lambs to the hop farm for the summer to graze under the five metre high canopy.

Regional Wrap

May 4, 2018 00:05:27

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Many North Island areas received good volumes of welcome rain last weekend, some dairy herds are being dried off and the South Island feijoas, apples and kiwifruit are filling Tasman's cool stores.

Ag-Tech Hackathon

May 4, 2018 00:04:05

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Farmers and software design boffins are getting together this weekend to find solutions to farming problems.

Full Episode for Friday May 4, 2018

May 4, 2018 00:50:49

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A Farmer and a Filmmaker, High Hope for Hops, An Apple Gang and Grower, Ag-Tech Hackathon and the Regional Wrap.

Perfect storm hits NZ fruit industry

Apr 27, 2018 00:23:35

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A massive shortage of seasonal labour that affected this year's apple harvest is now flowing on to kiwifruit. As that crop hits its peak harvesting time, they're short of over a thousand workers for both picking and packing. 

Metal roads and home-made meals

Apr 27, 2018 00:11:52

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Niki Guy-Junker lives nine kilometres from her letterbox in Central Otago. She grows most of the produce she needs to make ready-to-eat meals in her home kitchen for elderly people in Roxburgh, Clyde and Alexandra.

The Rigours of Shearing

Apr 27, 2018 00:07:16

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The rigours of shearing need to be better understood by health professionals so they can help shearers overcome injuries, says a movement mechanics coach.

Feedback

Apr 27, 2018 00:01:16

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A listener recalls rabbits running riot in the Lindis Pass area.

Regional Wrap

Apr 27, 2018 00:05:51

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Many North Island areas are looking forward to forecast rain this weekend. Northern Southland's having a magnificent autumn.

Full Episode for Friday April 27, 2018

Apr 27, 2018 00:51:02

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The rigours of shearing, Niki Guy Junker and her meal service and the labour shortage in our apple and Kiwfruit industries.

The Return of the Rabbits

Apr 20, 2018 00:15:01

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Rabbit numbers have exploded in Otago in the past year and Shaun Moloney is contracted to help farmers and grape growers get rid of them.

Farmers of the future

Apr 20, 2018 00:12:13

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Hundreds of children around the country are competing in the AgriKids regional finals this month. The competition aims to promote the fun side of farming and help children develop practical skills. 

Kill That Rabbit

Apr 20, 2018 00:08:18

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Stephen Dickson's frank business name says it all. The Central Otago man employs dogs, ferrets and guns to combat the region's exploding rabbit population.

Apple Angst

Apr 20, 2018 00:06:57

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Simon Easton has a 60-hectare apple orchard in the Tasman region. He says every year it gets harder to find fruit pickers, but this year takes the cake.

Regional Wrap

Apr 20, 2018 00:06:06

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The apple harvest is coming to an end in Hawke’s Bay and almost all the grapes are in. Early signs of winter appeared last weekend in Canterbury with a couple of light frosts. Farmers have been busy planting autumn wheat while ground conditions are dry.

Full Episode for Friday April 20, 2018

Apr 20, 2018 00:50:15

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Apple Angst, Stephen Dickson and his ferret Crank, The Return of the Rabbits, Future Farmers and the Regional Wrap.

Wheel of Fortune

Apr 13, 2018 00:22:12

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Malcolm Smith and Robyn Curtis-Smith have transformed an abandoned West Coast gold mining valley into fertile farmland for their cattle. They've also built a house and a huge waterwheel that generates electricity for the farm.

The Southern Weather Man

Apr 13, 2018 00:13:31

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The Central Otago settlement of Ophir has the dubious honour of being the coldest place in the country. Sam Leask should know. Every day the sheep farmer ducks out to record the temperature, then sends it off to NIWA.

Squeaky Clean?

Apr 13, 2018 00:07:38

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Dr Clive Dalton, a retired animal scientist, says New Zealand needs to seriously look at many farming and recreational practises that we see as "normal" and question how they'd look to overseas customers where attitudes to animal welfare are changing.

Regional Wrap

Apr 13, 2018 00:06:34

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Farmers across the country have been reaching for their winter woolies this week. The apple harvest in Hawkes Bay has only a couple of weeks to run. Weaning is underway in Marlborough. One farmer says calf weights are up 15 to 20 kilograms on last year.

Full Episode for Friday April 13, 2018

Apr 13, 2018 00:51:00

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Wheel of Fortune, A Cool Farm, Squeaky Clean? and the Regional Wrap.

From cow paddocks to corporate offices

Mar 16, 2018 00:23:59

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West Coast dairy farmer Katie Milne talks about life on the farm at Rotomanu, educating kids about agriculture, confronting environmental issues and some of the other challenges she's faced so far as the new Federated Farmers president. 

High country sheep in hot water: guilty or not guilty?

Mar 16, 2018 00:11:27

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Many people believe sheep on steep hill country farms don't affect the water quality of streams – but that's not quite the case, says animal behaviour scientist Dr Lindsay Matthews.

Regional Wrap

Mar 16, 2018 00:06:41

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Taranaki's had some decent weather. Areas that were exceptionally dry until the end of February have had good rain but are still reasonably short of grass and both pasture and cow condition need to recover. A huge amount of silage and bailage is being made across Southland and summer crop paddocks are being worked up for winter grass.

Milk Baa

Mar 16, 2018 00:06:59

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Sheep Milk NZ held its 4th annual conference this week in Palmerston North. 150 people attended and Craig Prichard from Massey University says it's a very exciting time for the industry.

Full Episode for Friday March 16, 2017

Mar 16, 2018 00:50:32

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Federated Farmers president Katie Milne, the Sheep Milk New Zealand conference, animal behavioural scientist Dr Lindsay Matthews and the Regional Wrap.

Remarkable Valais

Mar 9, 2018 00:14:25

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Black nosed Valais is a breed of sheep that is new to New Zealand. Originating in Switzerland in the 1400's, the sheep are rather cute with black ears, faces, knees and feet. The girls also have a black bottom. A syndicate of vets, sheep breeders and animal reproduction specialists imported embryos and semen into the country last Spring.

Wool mill calls for origin labelling

Mar 9, 2018 00:16:22

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Inter-Weave is the largest manufacturer of woollen fabric in the Southern Hemisphere. It produces 150,000 metres of fabric a year on looms at its Auckland mill.

Denis Wright - Pleasant Point Memories

Mar 9, 2018 00:04:36

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Denis Wright is a former high school English teacher - and now full time writer of young adult fiction, and today he's reading a piece he wrote for us about the overwhelming excitement as a child attending a stock sale in the South Canterbury township of Pleasant Point.

Regional Wrap

Mar 9, 2018 00:07:43

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Extremely heavy downpours of rain in the central North Island this week have resulted in massive slips, road blockages and power cuts. West Coast dairy farmers are starting to de-stock and pregnancy testing is past the half-way point. In South Otago meetings are taking place to discuss Mycoplasma bovis and on-farm biosecurity.

Hip Hop Harvest

Mar 9, 2018 00:05:13

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Kim McGlashen of Mac Hops says picking is well underway at his properties in Motueka and in the Moutere Valley near Nelson. He is also a shareholder in New Zealand Hops, a grower co-operative that processes, markets and ships most of the sought-after hops grown in the region.

Full Episode for Friday 9 March 2018

Mar 9, 2018 00:50:38

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[image:144173:full] Country life meets up with a very cute sheep breed that's new to New Zealand it has black feet, ears, knees and face. Inter-Weave is the Southern Hemisphere's largest woollen fabric manufacturer

A day at the races Hurunui-style

Mar 2, 2018 00:21:46

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The Hurunui Race and Gala Day is a highlight on the local calendar. The biennial community event was held recently at Medbury in North Canterbury and attracted more than 2000 race-goers.

Edible flower trade coming up roses

Mar 2, 2018 00:13:41

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Tamsin Wilson's carefully picked flowers are airfreighted twice a week to Hong Kong, where chefs and home cooks are snapping them up.

Februdairy

Mar 2, 2018 00:06:37

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Thousands upon thousands of posts have been made during a social media campaign celebrating dairying during the month of February. Country Life talks to Dr Jude Capper, the woman behind Februdairy.

Regional Wrap

Mar 2, 2018 00:06:56

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Weaner fairs are just starting in Northland and prices are expected to be on a par with last year. Waikato farmers are still making silage which is a rare occurrence for early March. More rain at the start of the week in Canterbury has been great for pasture and greenfeed growth, but continues to make harvesting crops very difficult.

Full Episode for Friday March 2, 2018

Mar 2, 2018 00:50:22

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Country Life's nibbling on flowers and hears about the success of Februdairy - a month long social media campaign to celebrate dairying… Also, the team goes behind the scenes at the Hurunui Race and Gala Day. The biennial community event was held recently at Medbury in North Canterbury and attracted more than 2000 race-goers. Proceeds from the gate are destined for cancer support groups in Hurunui, Cheviot and Amberley...

Pakaraka Permaculture

Feb 23, 2018 00:20:34

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Niva and Yotam Kay grow vegetables on just 1000 square metres of land in the Kauaeranga Valley and last year produced a staggering 8 tonnes of vegetables from it. They say they can do even better.

Dairy Woman of the Year

Feb 23, 2018 00:13:19

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Mid-Canterbury farmer and Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year, Jessie Chan-Dorman, tells Cosmo her remarkable family story that begins when her mum arrived in New Zealand from Hong Kong as an 11-year-old orphan and was placed with a family in Invercargill. Jessie and her husband Hayden lease 420 hectares and milk 950 cows at Dorie. Prior to farming she received an honours degree in animal science and has worked in various roles across policy, research and development and sustainable farming.

Ian Proudfoot

Feb 23, 2018 00:10:46

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KPMG's global head of agribusiness, Ian Proudfoot, has five topics on his mind: new food protein choices, large multi-national companies swallowing up small companies, Biosecurity issues in New Zealand, farmer resilience, and Mount Albert Grammar School's farm.

Regional Wrap

Feb 23, 2018 00:05:09

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Taranaki farmers have been mucking in together and sharing generators to get cows milked. There's cleaning up to do following damage from former cyclone Gita.

Full Episode for Friday February 23, 2018

Feb 23, 2018 00:51:02

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Country Life meets a couple who try to live self sufficiently on their piece of paradise in the Kauaeranga Valley, near Thames.

High Fliers

Feb 16, 2018 00:20:03

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Country Life heads to the top of Mount Murchison for the 2018 Hang Gliding Nationals.

Testing Time for Wool

Feb 16, 2018 00:11:27

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The Wool Testing Authority in Napier tests bales of wool for fibre length, colour, micron, moisture and vegetable matter so that buyers know exactly what they're buying. The testing lets them predict how that particular bale of wool will perform once it's scoured and ready for the next stage of processing. The WTA also tests other textiles such as hi viz material to see it meets NZ codes of compliance.

Crocs and Cattle don't Mix

Feb 16, 2018 00:09:11

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The Mary River in the Northern Territory is one of the most croc-populated waterways in the world. It's also the boundary for Annaburroo Station, and that causes big problems for Adrian Phillips who estimates he loses more than a 100 head of cattle each year in crocodile attacks. From ABC reporter Lisa Herbert.

Regional Wrap

Feb 16, 2018 00:04:46

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Hawkes Bay apple growers are flat out harvesting Royal Gala, which account for about 40 percent of regions apple crop. Plums are being picked and apple and pear harvesting is due to start soon in Central Otago.

Heilala Vanilla

Feb 16, 2018 00:04:36

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Our guest today is the co-founder of the New Zealand vanilla company Heilala Vanilla, John Ross. He's in Tonga at present where they have around 40 vanilla farmers producing for them on the island of 'Eua which was right on the path of Cyclone Gita this week. They have other farms on Vava'u which escaped damage. John's on Vava'u and he hasn't been to Eua yet, but says he can guess what it looks like because he's seen cyclone

Full Episode for Friday February 16, 2018

Feb 16, 2018 00:51:02

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High Fliers, Testing Time for Wool, Crocs and Cattle don't Mix, Heilala Vanilla and the Regional Wrap.

The scent of lavender

Feb 9, 2018 00:14:13

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Jason and Trisha Delamore purchased Lavender Hill, a three hectare property 30 minutes north west of Auckland city, two years ago. It is a commercial enterprise with lavender plants, a lavender still, 400 olive trees, 200 lemon trees, alpacas and a B and B. They also host hundreds of overseas tourists during the lavender growing season. They've developed a Limoncello and lavender-infused gin. This is a couple who don't appear to sleep.

Neville Martin's Musings

Feb 9, 2018 00:04:33

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Last year we had a musing penned by Neville Martin. He was the Dairy Board's spokesman for many years, and he was talking about growing kohlrabi in the days well well before it was fashionable. After going to the effort of growing it, his father deemed it unfit for eating. Today he's grazing over various farming terms that he picked up as a young child during many farm visits.

Happily Hydroponic

Feb 9, 2018 00:12:40

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Phil Tregidga's family pioneered hydroponic growing in New Zealand. Almost four decades later he's still using the hydroponic system to grow all manner of herbs and vegetables with his wife Jenny and new boss, their daughter Liz.

New Zealand India Apple Partnership

Feb 9, 2018 00:05:32

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New Zealand apple experts are working with growers in Himachal Pradesh to improve production of the region's apple trees.

Regional Wrap

Feb 9, 2018 00:07:01

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The Gisborne region is flush with feed. Some Marlborough grape growers have been battling powdery mildew and botrytis thanks to unusually moist conditions.

Fruit Logistica

Feb 9, 2018 00:04:36

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Our guest this week is the chief executive of New Zealand Apples and Pears, Alan Pollard. He's in Berlin, Germany at present attending a massive fresh produce trade show called Fruit Logistica. Over sixty thousand people attend the event. It's a very important show because it's the time when exporters set up their programmes into Europe for the coming season. Alan is there with New Zealand apple exporters

Full Episode for Friday February 9, 2018

Feb 9, 2018 00:50:31

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The Scent of Lavender, Neville Martin's Musings, Happily Hydroponic, New Zealand India Apple Partnership, Fruit Logistica and the Regional Wrap.

Forging Ahead

Feb 2, 2018 00:19:26

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The blacksmith's shop in Teddington opened for business in 1889, and after years lying semi-derelict is now restored to a working forge – one of the few left in the country.

Dinky donkeys in high demand

Feb 2, 2018 00:12:07

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American Miniature Mediterranean donkeys were introduced to New Zealand 17 years ago. The little, very expensive donkeys can all be traced back to the island of Sardinia and range in size from 76cm to 90cm tall.

Public garden helps refugees settle

Feb 2, 2018 00:08:57

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It has only taken half a hectare of land to make regional Victoria, Australia feel like Africa.

Regional Wrap

Feb 2, 2018 00:05:29

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East Coast cropping farmers are flat out. Sweetcorn is coming to an end, the first shipment of squash has left for Japan and brassica crops are maturing quickly. A storm on the West Coast has damaged crops, brought down trees and left a farmer in Hokitika without power in his milking shed.

Guest

Feb 2, 2018 00:03:19

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Farm consultant Gary Massicks says the feed cupboard is bare for many downland Manawatu farmers.

Full Episode for Friday February 2, 2018

Feb 2, 2018 00:50:47

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Forging Ahead, Dinky Donkeys, Public garden helps refugees settle, farm consultant Gary Massicks and the Regional Wrap.

Curious Croppers

Jan 26, 2018 00:17:49

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Heirloom tomatoes can be gnarly, luscious, beautiful and extremely difficult to grow. Angela and Anthony Tringham like to grow 'show off' tomatoes. They persevere with about 40 varieties in their greenhouses near Clevedon, south-east of Auckland.

Growing Greens

Jan 26, 2018 00:12:02

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Spring Collective is a co-operatively run organic market garden. A year ago Penny Sewell, Dominique Schacherer and Logan Kerr pooled their resources, secured an eight hectare block in Leeston and started growing vegetables. Now they employ three full-time staff and are looking for more fertile land to lease. Their business supplies fresh produce to the local community through farmers markets, veggie boxes, restaurants, and organic wholesalers.

Harvesting Blackcurrants

Jan 26, 2018 00:08:28

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The blackcurrant crop has been harvested and volume is down on last year says Geoff Heslop, a Canterbury blackcurrant grower, cropping farmer and chairman of Blackcurrants New Zealand.

Regional Wrap

Jan 26, 2018 00:06:59

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Most of the North Island is looking surprisingly green, Marlborough is too but farms at the bottom of the South Island are experiencing drought-like conditions

King Tides Devastate Farms

Jan 26, 2018 00:04:07

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More than 90 percent of the pasture on Andrew Davis' Miranda farm has been killed by sea water sitting on his paddocks for days. His farm was inundated by king tides and a storm in earlier this month.

Full Episode for Friday December 26, 2017

Jan 26, 2018 00:51:01

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Curious Croppers, Growing Greens, Harvesting Blackcurrants and the Regional Wrap.