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‘You can’t do it on your own’ – advice from the front

By Toni Williams 'You can't go from mountain to the next mountain without going in the valley," says farmer and author Doug Avery. Mr Avery was...

Top ploughman shows his skill

John Cheynoweth, of North Otago, shows the quality of his ploughing at the Mid Canterbury Vintage Machinery Club event at Wakanui on Sunday. Mr...

Farmers tell it like it is over bovis

By Toni Williams Mid Canterbury farmers voiced concerns over a lack of communication, compensation delays, tracing reliability and budget overruns in the decision to eradicate...

A young hand on the plough, hooves in the furrow

By John Keast Jim Earl and John Booth guide Sam and Anja at Geraldine Snap of leather, click of harness, muscular frames edging forward. John Booth...

Mid Canterbury agronomist ties for first

Mid Canterbury agronomist Esteban Ibanez has tied for first place in the Young Vegetable Grower of the Year competition held in Christchurch. Esteban tied...

O’Connor opens Lyndhurst scheme

By Toni Williams The Ashburton Lyndhurst Irrigation Ltd (ALIL) Pipe Scheme was opened last week by Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor - the day after the...

A mighty engine, a slow trip, a tipple at the graveside

By Toni Williams Travelling the open road at speeds of 12km per hour in a 16-tonne fuel guzzler is not for everyone. But for the descendants...

Trish preserving the art of pickles

By Mick Jensen Trish McLaren is the district's queen of home made jams, chutneys and pickles and lives by the philosophy that food "needs to...

Rain greets men and dogs

' 'Did you bring this dirty stuff with you?" The inquiry was from a sodden dog triallist on the opening morning of the 99th Geraldine Collie...

Fencing: it was about keeping stock out, not in

By John Keast Fencing, it was said, was to keep a neighbour's stock out, not yours in. Mid Canterbury, particularly in the Lagmhor area, has some...
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