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  1. Farming and faith: Southland dairy farmer and spiritual leader Reza-Abdul Jabbar2019/03/29
    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.
  2. Paddock to Plate2019/03/29
    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.
  3. Regional Wrap2019/03/29
    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.
  4. To Sell or Not to Sell - Westland's farmers deliberate2019/03/29
    Westland Dairy Products farmer shareholders are mulling over whether they should sell their co-op to privately-owned company, Yili.
  5. Full Episode for Friday March 29 20192019/03/29
    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.
  6. Unwanted spuds become Tuahiwi Gold2019/03/22
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  7. Waikato farm falls silent as last infected cows leave2019/03/22
    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.
  8. Regional Wrap2019/03/22
    Paddocks are greening up in many North Island places while in the South Island Marlborough is going quickly from brown to green.
  9. Brexit: The NZ Side2019/03/22
    Jeff Grant is New Zealand's Red meat Sector representative in London. He puts a human face on some of the implications of Brexit.
  10. Full Episode for Friday March 22 20192019/03/22
    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.
  11. Growing for gold: from truck driving to organic vegetables2019/03/15
    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.
  12. Omega Lamb Project2019/03/15
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  13. Turning wool into cat food2019/03/15
    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.
  14. Regional Wrap2019/03/15
    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.
  15. Brexit: the New Zealand link2019/03/15
    Jeff Grant is New Zealand's Red meat Sector representative in London. He puts a human face on some of the implications of Brexit
  16. Full Episode for Friday March 15 20192019/03/15
    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.
  17. Masterful in Masterton: the 59th Golden Shears championship2019/03/08
    Called 'the Goldies' by those in the know, The Golden Shears is the Wimbledon of shearing – or the shearing equivalent of a Grand Prix. The winner of the Open final is considered the creme de la creme of shearing and their purple sash is like gold.
  18. Kai and camaraderie: behind the scenes at The Golden Shears2019/03/08
    Paua fritters, whitebait, crayfish and venison are on the menu for shearers and supporters at the three-day Golden Shears championship in Masterton. Southland shearing ace Nathan Stratford isn't too serious during his downtime.
  19. On the Farm: Our guide to what's happening in rural New Zealand2019/03/08
    Beautiful gentle rain has been falling in King Country and Nelson/Mouteka has had a good dose too.
  20. Young Filipino named Top Trainee2019/03/08
    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.
  21. Full Episode for Friday March 8 20192019/03/08
    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.
  22. Multiple income streams flow from hill country farm2019/03/01
    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.
  23. Growing on2019/03/01
    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.
  24. Will to Live: 21 year old leads mental health awareness tour of rural NZ2019/03/01
    Lincoln University student Elle Perriam is touring rural New Zealand in a ute to encourage people to take better care of their own and fellow farm worker's mental health. The Will to Live campaign (which Perriam co-founded) is named after her partner Will Gregory, a North Otago farm worker who ended his life in 2017.
  25. On the farm: The guide to what's happening on farms around New Zealand2019/03/01
    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.
  26. A Good Drop from Northland 2019/03/01
    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.
  27. Full Episode for Friday March 1 20192019/03/01
    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.
  28. The highs and lows of running an organic orchard2019/02/22
    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...
  29. The Mood of Goats2019/02/22
    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.
  30. The retired archaeologist who digs hardy animals2019/02/22
    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.
  31. On the farm: Our guide to what's happening this week around rural NZ2019/02/22
    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.
  32. Kiwifruit Labour Quest2019/02/22
    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.
  33. Full Episode for Friday February 22 20192019/02/22
    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.
  34. Wild horses go under the hammer in Hanmer2019/02/15
    A wild horse sale near Hamner Springs attracted of crowd of about 400.
  35. Portland Island: a long history of occupation2019/02/15
    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.
  36. On the farm: Our guide to what's happening this week around NZ2019/02/15
    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.
  37. Australian Dairy Farming Family Sells Up2019/02/15
    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.
  38. Full Episode for Friday February 15 20192019/02/15
    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.

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