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Ryan looks forward to challenges

The New Zealand Farm Environment Trust’s new General Manager James Ryan is looking forward to the challenges the new job will bring.

 

Shaking off the stuffiness

Rural Women NZ’s new president Fiona Gower says she wants to stimulate communication and shake off any stuffiness in their image.

World

 

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…

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Agribusiness

 

10,000th bull tagged

A milestone 55 years in the making was passed in a split-second: with one clamp of a tag punch LIC…

Management

 

Goats can save the hill country

The benefits of pastoral goats are largely ignored in New Zealand, but these animals could be, for some hill country farmers, as important for their survival as fertiliser and fencing.

Farm Health

Help for stressed cows

The most costly problems on dairy farms are linked to oxidative stress, say two visiting animal health experts.

 

Warm, wet weather may signal FE

With NIWA signalling warm, wet conditions across the North Island over December, farmers are being encouraged to take preventive measures against facial eczema (FE).

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.

Machinery & Products

No astronauts needed!

Omarama Contractors David and Prue O’Neill (t/a David O’Neill) offer cultivation, baling, silage, direct drilling and mulching services and at the height of the season employ up to 22 staff.

When you need a little ‘Brute Force’

A product's name can give away the maker’s intent, so it’s no surprise Kawasaki’s Brute Force 750 4x4 quad is the flagship of an extended range, designed for farmers wanting to do heavy-duty jobs quickly and without fuss.

 

ALO lifts its game

Swedish manufacturer ALO, famous for its Quicke and Trima brands, is credited with building the first detachable loader in the late 1950s.

A Claas of its own

Claas has unveiled its two-model Variant 400 series round balers, due for release in New Zealand and Australia in 2017.

Motoring

Now that’s a ute!

A few days driving the MY17 Holden Colorado made it plain to this reviewer that this vehicle has moved on…

 

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

Where'd they go?

Your canine crusader is looking high and low for the doom merchants in the political and economic commentariat who earlier…

Whining Winny

This old mutt has little time for career politician and serial taxpayer beneficiary Winston Peters who, despite sitting in Parliament…

 

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Global dairy prices dip

After four successive price increases, global dairy prices dipped slightly in Global Dairy Trade auction overnight.

 
 

Markets

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…