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Farm volunteers dig in for quake victims

Three months after the earthquake ripped through the Kaikoura area on November 14 there is still no shortage of tasks for volunteers helping the region’s farmers to repair the damage.

World

UK vets worry over Brexit

British vets are nervous about changes that may arise from Brexit, says British Veterinary Association (BVA) president Gudrun Ravetz.

 

Opinion

 

Agribusiness

Eager for NZ farm development help

Opportunity for New Zealand agritech products and services, particularly dairy, is presenting in a number of developing markets, says NZ…

 

Lean, but not mean – saves money

The first year Bay of Plenty Trevelyans Pack and Cool store introduced ‘lean manufacturing’ it saved the company about $340,000,…

Management

Erosion scheme motivates hill country farmers

Like all hill country farmers, Peter and Niels Hansen have dozens of projects needing time and money, so when the Taranaki Regional Council offered funding and incentives they jumped at them.

Name change needed for greater precision

‘Accurate farming' would be more apt than ‘precision farming’ to describe this agricultural practice, says professor Simon Blackmore of Harper Adams University in the UK.

 

War on rabbits takes next step

New Zealand is about to open a new front in the war on rabbits with the expected release of a new strain of rabbit haemorrhagic disease, or calicivirus.

Shred of evidence points to more milk

Contractors at a recent meeting held in Waikato by Claas Harvest Centre got insight into a new forage maize technique now gaining momentum in the US and Europe.

Farm Health

Growing your calves well

Rearing young stock on single species grazing systems under irrigation may become very challenging as there is often no alternative species grazing to help reduce parasite burdens on the pasture.

 

Trace minerals: how much is enough?

Evaluation of what is an adequate level of trace minerals is generally based on population in sample analysis of large numbers of animals not dead or dying, and the resultant levels are deemed adequate.

Higher temperatures mean more worm risks

Parasites in sheep will become more of a problem for New Zealand farmers as temperatures rise with climate change, says AgResearch principal scientist John McEwan.

Machinery & Products

Baler upgrade

New Holland Agriculture has upgraded its Roll-Belt variable chamber balers for better performance in silage; its new IntelliBale system is said to raise performance and efficiency.

Big tick for bigger drill

Wairarapa dairy farmer Bill Patrick’s new Duncan Renovator AS5300 drill allows him to cover more ground faster and deal comfortably with trashy conditions on the family’s 2000-cow dairy farm in Wairarapa, east of Masterton.

 

Mixed bag around country for 2017

The new year has started with contractors and farmers nationwide more upbeat with the recent increases in dairy payouts and, generally, a more positive outlook for the agri-sector.

Bale wrapping taken to new heights

While much of the baleage in New Zealand seems to be baled and wrapped in combi-style machines, there still seems to be a place for standalone machines which follow the baler around the paddock.

Jaguars on the prowl

Family owned harvesting specialist Claas employs about 11,300 people globally and 10% of its workforce is in R&D.

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…

 

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Wrong s#$t!

The Hound sees that the inquiry into the contamination of Havelock North’s water supply has been told that sheep –…

Wah wah

Your old mate notes the part-time Member of Parliament for North Korea – sorry, Northland -- Winston Peters, has got…

 

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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…