Beef finishing and dairy beef

Beef finishing herds Herds for beef finishing (getting cattle in prime condition for slaughter) are mostly found on the lowlands and downlands. Usually finishing farms buy in calves from

Part of story: Beef farming

Scientific breeding and cross-breeding

Scientific breeding In the 1950s and 1960s the Department of Agriculture began research into growth rates of beef cattle at Ruakura Research

Part of story: Beef farming

Lower Rangitīkei


Part of story: Whanganui places

Shows and field days

Prize-winning bulls in the Grand Parade, axes and chips flying in wood-chopping contests, show-jumping, shooting galleries, candy floss and merry-go-rounds – New Zealand’s country shows offer something for everyone.

Part of story: Shows and field days


Amongst the tangle of fronds washed onto beaches after fierce storms, there will be delicate red laces, massive rubbery straps, slimy thin sheets, and brown beads that pop with pressure.

Part of story: Seaweed

Breed improvement

Measuring milk fat The introduction in the 1890s of the Babcock test for measuring the fat content of milk prevented unscrupulous farmers from watering down their milk to get paid for more

Part of story: Dairying and dairy products


Kelp forests New Zealand’s largest seaweeds are collectively called kelps and belong to the brown group. Because beds of kelp have such a complex structure and are able to modify their

Part of story: Seaweed

Taihape district

Taihape Town 84 km north of Bulls and 29 km south-east of Waiōuru, sited above the Hautapu River (a tributary of the Rangitīkei) Taihape had a 2013 population of 1,509.

Part of story: Whanganui places

Traditional use of seaweeds

‘[O]n reaching the coast we were compelled to eat the rimu, or seaweed, instead. Yesterday, I should have thought seaweed poisonous, or nearly so; now, I eat it with a

Part of story: Seaweed

Beef farming in New Zealand

Importance of beef cattle Beef cattle have generally been less important than sheep and dairy cattle to the New Zealand economy. Before

Part of story: Beef farming

Moriori waka

The Moriori people of the Chatham Islands (Wharekauri), 800 kilometres east of mainland New Zealand, used four types of waka: waka pūhara, waka rimu, waka pahī and waka rā. These

Part of story: Waka – canoes