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Queen steals food show

Rabobank’s Farm 2 Fork (F2F) summit in Sydney was all about food – but briefly became about fashion as Dutch…

Brexit fears grip EU farmers

European farming leaders are truly concerned about Britain’s planned exit from the European Union, says Beef + Lamb NZ chairman…

Oz milk production to drop 5%

International dairy commodity prices have recovered markedly in recent months, as global supply and demand slowly balance, according to Dairy…







Farm Health

Cows must put their best feet forward

A race car with the best engine is never going to win unless the tyres allow it to get power to the ground, and dairy cows should be looked at in a similar light, says ‘The Hoofman’ – Johan Buys.


FE workshop launched in wake of crisis

Feedback from farmers is crucial to DairyNZ, helping it respond to farmers’ needs and fine-tune resources. A case in point is its facial eczema workshop.

Machinery & Products

Tedder covers the ground quicky

Kuhn has upgraded its range of high capacity tedders with a new chassis design and rotor lifting mechanism, which allows higher ground clearance and improved contour following on undulating terrain.

‘Secret weapon’ can save water

A farm dairy effluent system must collect all animal excreta deposited in contained areas, plus any other liquid or material coming into contact with it, says system designer Numedic.


Loader extra compact even with a cab

JCB agriculture has added a new compact, articulated wheeled loader to its range, useful in confined spaces on chicken, pig or dairy farms, and in nurseries and equestrian centres.

Fastrac 8000 gets more go!

Having recently celebrated 25 years of its iconic Fastrac, JCB has also now pulled the wraps off the new 8000 series, to replace the current high horsepower offerings.



Jeep 75 years young

Jeep is celebrating 75 years of 4x4, military history and outdoor adventure in 2016 and to mark the event, Jeep…

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The Hound

Weldon bombs – again

This old mate notes that stock exchange owner NZX is exiting its much-hyped and clearly unsuccessful involvement in agri-publishing faster…

Ruth bites back

Your old mate notes that former Finance Minister and creator of the infamous ‘mother of all budgets’, Ruth Richardson, though…


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Quake recovery snag

Some actions by Civil Defence (CD) staff in the quake-hit Kaikoura region are stressing farmers, says Federated Farmers spokeswoman on…

Stranded cattle rescued

A group of cattle stranded on a tiny patch of pasture after Monday’s earthquake has now been rescued.


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South Island wool sale eases

South Island wool sale eases

The 4700 bales on offer saw a 74% clearance with mixed results, however all prices paid locally are still above…

Wool continues to ease

Wool continues to ease

The 7250 bales of North Island wool on offer saw a 72% clearance with most types easing further.


Rural Life

Ozone in the vineyard

The word ozone conjures up images of big holes in the atmosphere, stronger UV light, the risk of severe sunburn…

Drones versus birds

Drones may soon be joining the armoury of weapons used to scare birds away from ripening grapes  after a trial…