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Something to celebrate

Cheviot has had its fair share of publicity thanks to the ongoing drought, but now the town is gearing up for something more positive: a celebration of all things spring.





Macleod leaves Shanghai

Andy Macleod, the chief executive of the Chinese-owned Pengxin New Zealand Farm Group, resigned earlier this month.


Canterbury cows, farms get off lightly in snow

While some of the central North Island regions struggle with deep snow and fallen power lines, Canterbury dairy farmers have successfully weathered the big cold snap moving up the country in the middle of the calving season.

Down cows no longer a fact of life

Death, taxes and down cows need not all be certainties in a dairy farmer's life, says a nutritionist working with a New Zealand animal health company.


Farm Health

Better microbes, fitter calves

Work by scientists at AgResearch is providing a better understanding of the complexities of the digestive tract of ruminants and could help lead to more productive, efficient and healthy animals.

MPI working to improve disease reporting

Farmers and veterinarians are key to the passive surveillance system crucial to early detection of many unwanted organisms, notably foot-and-mouth disease, the Ministry for Primary Industries told the recent NZ Veterinary Association conference.

Machinery & Products

Electronic tracking – hero or zero?

Electronics rule: whether in basic GPS guidance or electronic ear tag readers, the need for instantly easily accessible data and subsequent adjustments or actions has made everyone a lot more efficient.


Fastrac turns 25, turns more heads

Experts reckon a tractor tractor typically spends at least 60% of its time on haulage work, so little surprise the early innovators developed tractors with a high speed option.

Fired up, built to last

Farming next to a train track or a state highway is not without its challenges: stock wandering onto either, and fires sparked by vehicles, trains or their passengers.


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

Winning friends

Your canine crusader notes his old mates at fishing lobby Bitch & Complain (Fish & Game) are living up to…


The Hound was astounded to learn that NZ First has more than one MP – extra to the member for…


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Wool market firm

Wool market firm

The South Island auction comprising 4900 bales had a 74% clearance with most types remaining stable.

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…