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COWA’s first GM

Achieving world renown in less than three decades, is something everyone involved in the Central Otago wine industry is justifiably proud of.

A regional book

A new book, launched in style with a Hawke's Bay Winegrowers' function held at the Mission, salutes the vineyards, wineries and people that make up the 166-year history of the region's people, vineyards and wineries.

Adding to the senses

The Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) has provided a state-of-the-art sensory room to their Marlborough Campus.



German accolade for kiwifruit

Zespri's SunGold or G3, has been named as fruit and vegetable product of the year by Lebensmittel Praxis, one of…


Sit up, your dinner’s printed

Another fortnight passes and we have another lacklustre Global Dairy Trade result and Fonterra confirming it has revised its milk…

$1.5 billion of exports!

1999 ... $0.1 billion of wine exports, 2006 ... $0.5 billion of wine exports, 2010 ... $1.0 billion of wine exports, 2015 ...…


New chief for Fieldays

Well-known agribusiness leader Peter Nation has been appointed the new National Fieldays Society chief executive.

More rain needed - MPI

MPI says while recent rains have brought welcome respite from dry weather in much of the country, farmers in drought-affected…



Getting the most out of silage

Pioneer nutritionist, Dr Bill Mahanna, recently wrote his 52nd and final column for Feedstuffs, a pre-eminent USA feed and feed industry magazine.

Farm Health

OSPRI warning for dog owners

A recent dog poisoning following an aerial pest control operation in the Taupo region highlights the importance of complying with warning signs and taking steps to protect pets, says OSPRI.

Help cows chill out

A cool cow in summer is a happy cow, says DairyNZ animal welfare team manager Chris Leach.

Teeth grinding wears farmers down

A combination of unusual conditions has bothered sheep farmers Hamish and Alastair Craw on their Banks Peninsula farm, Longridge Agriculture Ltd, for 10 years, says Ravensdown.

Machinery & Products

Price slump not unique to dairy

The world economy has veered into difficult and dangerous waters, suggesting 2016 will be a long hard year of slow recovery in prices in global food commodity markets, including dairy.

Tractor series offers 25hp boost

With the new year comes a new range from the Massey Ferguson Camp – the 7700 series, which will take the place of the award winning 7600 series.


Pottinger puts silage in place

While many will argue whether the best silage is made by self-propelled harvesters or loader wagons, there's no doubt the latter has become popular over the last decade.


Keeping rivals intrigued

The man from Volvo NZ said "would you like to review our XC 90?", and after driving one for a…


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Local market remains firm

New Zealand Wool Services International chief executive John Dawson reports this week's auctions held in both centres saw slightly different…

Wool eases

Wool eases

New Zealand Wool Services International marketing executive, Malcolm Ching reports that the 15,000 bales on offer from both centres this…

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Drones versus birds

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