12 Apr 2024

Rural News Wrap

From Country Life, 7:20 pm on 12 April 2024
Wool Source chief executive Tom Hooper says it takes a lot of work to get the science and the research to the right point.

Wool Source has teamed up with cosmetic brand Karen Murrell to create a lipstick coloured with wool keratin-based pigment. Photo: Wool Source

A round-up of the week's agricultural news with RNZ rural news reporter Sally Murphy in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

The top of the South Island has avoided the worst of the weather with heavy rainfall largely welcomed by farmers. Meanwhile the Government's taking another look at fresh-water farm plans, launched a Select Committee investigation into rural banking and is also being urged to do more to protect productive soils.

The Waiho River in Franz Josef is at 8 metres as rain hits Westland.

Westland had about 800 millimetres of rain fall over three days. Photo: RNZ/Maia Ingoe

Westland Milk is seeking more farmer suppliers after reporting a record profit of $55.9 million, Cloudy Bay Winery is set to double its pinot noir production after buying a farm in Otago and a Christchurch-based company's breakthrough could see wool used to make powders and pigments for things like lipstick.

Farm sales are quieter compared to last year, and a refresh of food and fibre qualifications is underway.  

The Westland Milk Products Hokitika plant.

Westland Milk reported a record profit of $55.9 million. Photo: Greymouth Star/Brendon McMahon/