Fire ban, but rain looms

By RACHEL MACDONALD A blanket fire ban has been imposed across North Canterbury as the high winds predicted to be riding the coat-tails of Cyclone...

Bidders keen as ewes hit sale ring

Otago offering . . . Hazlett auctioneer Ed Marfell takes bids on 120 romney-merino ewes from Bendigo Station. By DAVID HILL Sheep numbers were down, but...

Bacteria found in Ashley River

Casting out . . . A fisherman tries his luck in the Ashley River. PHOTO: FISH & GAME. By RACHEL MACDONALD On top of this year's...

St James horses go under hammer

Off to new lives .. Four of the horses offered for sale are run into the yards. PHOTO: GAVIN MARTIN PHOTOGRAPHY   By ROBYN BRISTOW...

Government looks to get tough on rustlers

By SHELLEY TOPP Tough new measures to deter livestock thefts have been announced by Justice Minister Andrew Little. Rustlers now face a maximum of seven years...

It isn’t easy being green

By RACHEL MACDONALD The district is drowning under a sea of grass as a potentially record-breaking growing season continues apace. Anyone driving the Waimakariri's rural roads...

Riverbed policy condemned

Riverbed controversy .. Hurunui farmer Dave Holland, left, with Rural Advocacy Network chairman Jamie McFadden. Mr Holland's pasture below them, beside the Hurunui River,...

The talk is about pork

By DAVID HILL Showing pigs is a serious business. Thomas Queen, of Omihi, north of Waipara, has joined the latest craze of entering pigs at...

Champion Suffolk ram was nearly scratched

By DAVID HILL Charles Miller-Brown admits he considered scratching his champion 3-year-old Suffolk ram from the New Zealand Agricultural Show. The Amberley farmer was surprised to...

Farms targeted by thieves

Farm fuel stores are being picked off by thieves, spurred on by high prices at the pump. Vehicles and other valuable farm plant are...
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