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Pipfruit industry on track

The New Zealand pipfruit industry recently regained its position as the world’s most competitive pipfruit industry, making this year’s conference time to reflect, says Pipfruit NZ.

Out of the blue come five farms

A major dairy conversion, transforming 2500ha of forestry into five farms near Taupo, is on track to start milking on August 1.

Farm confidence slips further

Farmer confidence has moved further into negative territory, as shown by the Federated Farmers’ new-season July 2015 Farm Confidence Survey.

‘Buy right, control costs’

Spend on the right things and control your costs: that’s DairyNZ’s message to farmers struggling to make ends meet as global dairy prices keep tumbling.



Breathing easier at the bank

Farmers supplying Fonterra’s Wagga Wagga factory in the NSW Riverina have been offered a new pricing agreement aimed at taking…


Clear commitment

This is just the start of our industry trying to understand and quantify how much farmers are investing in environmental…

Trying to do things smarter

Last month more than 150 agricultural contractors from all around the country gathered in Blenheim for the Rural Contractors New…


Cool your milk or lose it

Meeting the standards of export milk markets will require that from August 1, 2017 we stick to new milk cooling…


Getting the banking in order

Winter weather can place extra strain on the banks of farm waterways, increasing the risk of erosion degrading water quality.


Growing maize under film

One of the biggest recent advances in maize agronomy has been the growing of maize crops under film using the SAMCO System. 

Retain, reduce, defer, remove?

Leading a discussion after the Groves and Lincoln presentations, DairyNZ consulting officer Caleb Strowger asked what is being retained, reduced, deferred or removed from budgets this season.

Farm Health

Right recipe for transition feeding

Adopting a transition feeding programme should be a ‘no-brainer’ for Australian dairy farmers, says a nutrition and animal health specialist.

TB a ‘terrible thing’ for herd owner

TB infection in a dairy herd is a “terrible thing” mentally and morale-wise for a farmer, says Chris Kelly, chairman of the TB plan review governance group.

Machinery & Products

When will it all stop?

As farmers and contractors seek more efficiencies we see average power climbing and implements getting wider, longer or heavier; but the biggest change in ten years is the increase in tractor speeds.

Back in a paddock near you

Versatile has a good pedigree in building tractors. Having built the first equal-wheel 4WD (D100) in 1966, the company has gone on to build machines for broadacre farmers in North America and Canada, gaining a reputation for big, strong and simple. 


Engine maker plans factory

German engine maker Deutz says it plans to spend Euro 26 million ($NS43m) on building a 13,500m2 production hall at its Cologne-Porz headquarters.

High-vis barrier keeps them out

It's sometimes claimed the best ideas are the simplest ones, and an entry in the Innovation Awards at Fieldays backed this thought.


Track through 50 countries

We all know it’s easy to make money selling cars: get a clever geek to design something using CAD, build…

Happy 45th to Range Rover

Back in 1970 we were wearing tank-tops, tie dies and platform shoes, and mirror must have been in short supply,…


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The Hound

West heads west

The Hound notes that Lincoln University’s vice-chancellor Andrew West has suddenly resigned. This old mutt hopes West’s replacement is not…

Nice drop!

A mate of the Hound recently attended the annual conference of Rural Contactors NZ, held in Blenheim in late June.


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Wool market buoyant

Wool market buoyant

Wool markets remain steady with the latest sale seeing increases of 1 to 2% overall, says NZWSI general manager, John…

Weaker dollar helps wool prices

Weaker dollar helps wool prices

The weakening New Zealand dollar helped local prices this week with most types increasing by the corresponding currency change, says…

Rural Life

Wanaka A&P up for award

The Wanaka A&P Show has been nominated as a finalist in the annual New Zealand Association of Event Professionals Event…