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Flooding worse than 2004?

There are reports of more than 2000 slips on roads alone and countless more on farms, plus 25 road closures and a dozen farms underwater in the area covered by the Horizons Regional Council. 

Dairy goat farm soon to be NZ’s largest

New Image's partner goat farm Oete Farms at Patumahoe will be the biggest in New Zealand when it grows from 2400 to 3000 goats next season, says Auckland-based New Image Group Ltd general manager Guy Wills.

Meat promo rethink

The Beef + Lamb NZ board will need to rethink its whole strategy as an organisation after the processing companies rejected a proposal for joint in-market promotion, says BLNZ chairman James Parsons.


Oz lamb cooks up a win

Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) Australia Day lamb advertisement has won TV Ad of the Year.


Nestle digs deeper in China

The world's largest dairy company, Nestle is spending $23 million to boost its ice cream business in China.


MIE reforms the way to go

As a significant Alliance Group (AGL) shareholder I am prompted to lay bare the facts to my fellow shareholders.

Floods to remember

While the latest floods in the lower North Island are not as widespread and therefore not in the same league…

TPP’s future up in the air

They say good things take time. However, the time taken by Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators is testing the patience of…


Staying the course in value add

In recent months we’ve seen speculation from some commentators on the uncertain future of co-operative dairying in New Zealand –…

Foreign doesn’t mean too hard

New research just completed by Tony Martin shows many New Zealand firms could be missing good export opportunities in emerging…

Vietnam offers big opportunities

Vietnam offers big opportunities for smaller New Zealand dairy companies, says New Zealand’s trade commissioner and consul general in Vietnam,…


Set up the young to succeed

Setting popele up to be successful – that’s the challenge Massey University faces according to its new pro vice-chancellor, science, Professor Ray Geor.


Non-chemical filter lifts water quality

Iron contamination in dairy farm water supplies causes turbidity problems that lead to water restrictions, says Waikato milking technology company Longveld. 

Farm Health

Gong for Oamaru vet

Oamaru vet Dave Robinson has been recognised for his huge contribution to the sheep and beef sector, receiving the inaugural award Vet of the Year – Sheep and Beef Cattle Veterinarian.

Higher input systems can make money

Last month saw the release of the 2013-14 DairyNZ Economic Survey, which contains a wealth of data on the average physical and financial performance of 301 randomly selected owner-operator herds during the 2013-14 season. 

Machinery & Products

We came, we saw, we ate

Well it's all over for another year. The tents and flagpoles have been taken down, the bark and mulch have been swept up and flogged off to the local garden centres: that was Fieldays 2015.

One for the techies

Our lives seem to revolve around smartphones and tablets, so the recent launch of a useful app by AGCO will hit the mark with the techies out there.

Cut into bite-size pieces for cows

Fodder beet has seen a surge of interest, particularly in the South Island and, with this growth, importers have introduced machines for planting, harvesting and feeding.

Mighty Elephant beet washer and chipper

With a history dating back to 1990, and a background based on serving the sugar beet industry in the UK and Ireland via a supply partnership with Armer Salmon (AS),


Genesis points to the future

The Australian motoring press, known to take themselves a bit seriously, have been quite dismissive of Hyundai’s large, rear wheel…

D40 still has the chops

The 2005 launch of the Nissan Navara D40 really tested its mettle, the media drive event hammering the trucks through…


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Your canine crusader always thought politicians were full of the proverbial, but it seems the drongos at NZ First have…

Dead horse floggers

Your old mate reckons the anti-GE nutters at GE Free NZ can’t help flogging their dead horse theme about the…


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Wool generally holds ground

Wool generally holds ground

The latest combined North and South Island wool auction saw a 91% clearance and a generally firm market, says NZWSI…

Continued pressure on wool

Continued pressure on wool

The weakening New Zealand dollar coupled with exporter pressure to meet shipping requirements and limited supply continues to underpin the…

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A Magnificent Egg

Wine fermenters come in all shapes and sizes. From stainless steel giants, to French or American oak barrels and German…

Top steaks make the cut

New Zealand’s 20 most succulent steaks have been named as finalists in the 2015 Beef and Lamb New Zealand Steak…