It has added to the stress of an ongoing water storage crisis which the Government is trying to solve.
Water storage crisis continues for Central Hawke's Bay farmers as Govt promises $17m for solutions
I NEWS takes the pulse of the farming industry on the last day of NZ's biggest agricultural show.
Fence posts made of recycled plastics - Fieldays home to some remarkable Kiwi innovations
Kelmarna Organic Community Gardens & City Farm had announced it would kill the three bovines living in Herne Bay.
Ponsonby cows get lucky escape to Canterbury farm after near-death experience
Kiwifruit vine in orchard (file picture).
National proposes new visa with farmers, growers 'crying out for skilled labour'
1 NEWS reporter Kimberlee Downs looks into the issue.
Plant based milk 'a better choice' than cow's milk if you're concerned about the environment
Looks like the royal couple have some hidden talents, judging by their efforts in Kaswick, northern England.
Watch: Prince William and Kate shear sheep, put their rural skills to the test
The farming extravaganza is taking place at Mystery Creek, Hamilton.
Fine weather forecast as New Zealand's biggest agricultural event, Fieldays, begins
Listening to communities' needs starting point for improving wellbeing of rural New Zealanders - economist
Two juicy red apples in a warm summer evening.
NZ grower becomes first in Southern Hemisphere to use compostable stickers on her apples
Cattle Cow Farm in New Zealand. You can even see sheep on the typical green hills in back.
More than 100 farms cleared of M.bovis, 43 'actively infected'
Moo-ving day: the annual dairy cow migration
The official moving day – Gypsy Day – is June 1.
Some farmers' Gypsy Day plans to move stock stalled due to ongoing M bovis threat
The animals have a combined value of $65,000.
More than 300 sheep reported missing from Southland farm located, never left farm
Kiwi grower selling honesty box avocados for just $2.50 each
Macadamia growers working to stop guava moths spoiling crops
Nearly 100 staff affected as Fonterra closes factory in Victoria, Australia
The animals have a combined value of $65,000.
Police appeal for information following 'well organised' sheep heist in Southland
Thieves get away with hundreds of stock in Southland sheep heist
Julian Lee was there for the first "stubble" round where he discovered the pleasure of ploughing.
Farmers tough it out in Ashburton for New Zealand Ploughing Championships
Baskets of eggs to the Chinese market
Egg prices soar to record high as farmers shift away from caged hens
Some Kiwi producers are moving towards to high end of the meat market.
Top international chefs fly in to sample new generation of prime New Zealand meat
They plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Farms face softer greenhouse gas reduction target than carbon emitters
Jen Scoular of industry organisation New Zealand Avocado says prices should fall when the new season starts in June.
Avocado prices rocket for Kiwi consumers as off-season bites, exports grow
A report shows thousands of hectares of our best vegetable-growing soil is disappearing to housing development.
'Our right to farm' - Govt responds to calls to better protect fertile horticultural land from 'urban creep'
Middlemarch’s Singles’ Ball was originally set up because there weren’t enough eligible females.
Visit the South Island town with too many women
Whena Owen investigates the impact on rural communities of the Government’s plans to plant a billion trees.
Shane Jones rejects notion Billion Trees Programme is stripping farming community of land
However, worries about the UK's stalling Brexit plans are adding a sour note.
Kiwi winemakers calling this year's harvest the best they've seen
'It was getting pretty dry' - Otago farmers call for drought declaration
Avocado price tags have doubled since February, as breakfast staples soar in cost
Private landowners were not included for an exemption in the proposed new legislation.
Farmers 'will feel duped' by 'illogical' gun ban bill unless changes are made, group warns