Sisters know how it is done

CAPTION: Liz Barnes (left) and her sister Cheryl Hughson with Flash, one of the male alpacas PHOTO/BECKIE WILSON By Beckie Wilson [email protected] If someone told sisters Cheryl and Liz 16 years ago that they would be living together and running an alpaca farm,... read more

100 years to clean up our lake

Beckie Wilson [email protected] Wairarapa is home to one of New Zealand’s dirtiest lakes which a scientist has revealed will take a century, maybe longer, to clean up to any great extent. The shallow Lake Wairarapa has suffered decades of abuse, with sewage and... read more

Work of generations paying off

CAPTION: Mark McKenzie showing a hereford bull at the Maungahina Stud’s 72nd sale last week PHOTO/COUNTRY CALENDAR By Beckie Wilson [email protected] “It’s in the blood, it’s our passion,” says the men of the McKenzie family who run the oldest hereford... read more

Farming passion rewarded

CAPTION: Callum Woodhouse at the recent 2017 Beef and Lamb Future Beef NZ Hoof and Hook competition PHOTO/SUPPLIED By Beckie Wilson [email protected] Hailing from an Eketahuna sheep and beef farm, Callum Woodhouse has always had a passion for the land. Now,... read more

Bone of Contention

CAPTION: Some say the Featherston dog pound, situated at the Johnston St transfer station, is inadequate in today’s standards PHOTO/FILE Rural ratepayers could be stung for third of new dog pound costs   By Hayley Gastmeier [email protected].. read more

Region braces for myrtle rust

By Beckie Wilson [email protected] Wairarapa’s at-risk industries such are bracing for the arrival of the vicious myrtle rust fungal plant disease with the number of North Island sites affected by disease increasing steadily. Myrtle rust is a disease that... read more

Keen eye for breeding top trials dogs

By Beckie Wilson [email protected] “It is hard to come by a good heading dog,” says Wayne Cheesman, but he never thought his hobby would end up servicing the national and international farming community. After 15 years in the business he is renowned for his... read more
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