We know farming is serious business, and there have been some real struggles out there recently. But on 1 April we think it's important to take some time out to be a bit irreverent, quirky, and have a few laughs - after all a laugh is good for our mental and physical well-being. Take a well-deserved break and check out our Wall of Fame looking back at all the most ridiculous farming innovations we've come up with over the years.
2023 | Fashion footwear hits the farm
In a cross-over between town and country, a new farm boot is hitting the milking sheds.
Combining the comfort of the hugely popular Krocks with the practicality of a gumboot, the GumKrocks are set to be a huge seller this Winter. Limited stocks will be available from 1 April.
2023 | FMG Old Farmer of the Year
Just as our younger farmers are recognised on an annual basis for their rural know-how, the older generation will soon get their chance. FMG have announced the FMG Old Farmer of the Year competition. Contestants will need to be aged over 85 years old. They will battle it out over just one day, rather than two, with an afternoon nap after lunch. Entries need to be posted by midday on 1 April.
2022 | New sheep leash law
Aiming to reduce traffic congestion in rural areas, a new law comes into effect today requiring all sheep to be leashed while on public roads. Savvy farmers are offering split leashes with multiple collars to help those most in need. Click below for more information.
2021 | A new rural streaming service
Research showed sheep produce higher quality wool when they’re relaxed. So, a trial was launched across the North Island, with farmers installing large screen TVs on their properties, screening dedicated programmes on EweTube such as ‘The Endless Meadow’, ‘Our Grass: NZ’s Approach to Greener Grazing’, and the seven-hour epic, ‘How To Wear Wool Well’. The trial rolled out from 6am, April 1.
2020 | A serious approach to farm safety laws
In a push to further improve safety on farms, a new law came into effect where farm dogs must also wear helmets when travelling on quad bikes. Thankfully, there was a one month grace period where farmers could acclimatise their working dogs.
2019 | Highlighting the dangers of early morning milking.
In an aim to prevent injuries on dark, early morning walks to the milking shed, a group of Waikato farmers adopted the use of head lamps for their dairy cows. After trialling the idea over the course of a few months, the cows became well accustomed to the specially adapted headgear. A rollout of the initiative went live on April 1.
2018 | On the scent of innovation
From Bloodline Sensor Technologies comes a revolutionary smartphone app designed to assist farmers when buying new stud bulls: the BS Detector®. The app works by simply placing the smartphone deep in the bull’s solid waste. Of course, the BS Detector® is one thing you won’t need when talking to FMG. Even on April Fools’ Day.