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Back to school reminder

As children return to school after the holidays, Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) reminds drivers to stick to the law and slow down to 20km/h when passing a stopped school bus.

Fonterra helps restore ancient waka

The University of Auckland, Manawhenua ki Mōhua iwi and Fonterra have embarked on a collaborative project to preserve a 600 year-old waka – one of the South Island's most culturally significant discoveries.

Ballance gears up to support farmers working within limits

Ballance Agri-Nutrients has formed a specialist Farm Sustainability Services team as it gears up to meet the growing need for nutrient budgeting services and farm environmental plans as farmers adjust to working within environmental limits.



Vets’ status under Brexit cloud

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is urging UK governments to protect the status of EU veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses…


The biggest yet

Rural contractors from around the country descended on the Bay of Islands in late June for this year's RCNZ annual…

Dam good decision — Editorial

This month's decision by the Hawke's Bay Regional Council (HBRC) confirming its intention to invest in the Ruataniwha water storage…

LIC best to stick to its knitting

Dairy farmers at a well-attended LIC meeting at Morrinsville heard chairman Murray King propose splitting the co-op into two parts…


Macleod leaves Shanghai

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


Dogs learn from consistency

If someone is wondering whether to train or buy a trained dog, and asks for my advice, I would ask the following questions to help their decision.

Young Canterbury bee man buzzing

North Canterbury beekeeper James Malcolm is going from strength to strength in a fast-changing industry facing the challenges of increasing corporatisation, new technology, parasites and even hive thefts.


Mining rich gold from data

Landcorp is ramping up its use of technology in its strategy to improve overall performance. It's even issuing smartphones to all its staff to maximise the collection of data.

If only the flax cutters could see it now

Attention to detail is the reason Glen Weitenberg, a Landcorp dairy farm manager in Manawatu, won the prestigious Supreme Award for the Dairy Business of the year.

Farm Health

Do the groundwork for calving

Plan and prepare to succeed in calving this season, setting up your team early with all the right knowledge and gear.

Bobby calves deserve better

New regulations to strengthen the law on the management and treatment of bobby calves were announced last month by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

Pooling colostrum can be a major risk factor

Handheld digital or optical Brix refractometers offer a low cost, practical way to assess colostrum quality onfarm, and can help encourage famers to seek advice if colostrum is inadequate.

Machinery & Products

50,000 and still counting

Since its launch in 1996, following a decade of development, Lexion combine harvesters from Claas have set the benchmark for high capacity cereal production.


Irish eyes continue smiling

The number of Irish tradies working in Christchurch, and those operating rural contractors' machinery and tractors at harvest time, show how much the Irish like New Zealand.

More than just good looks!

Given that its designers were the genius behind the Ferrari 250 GT, the Lotus Esprit Turbo and the Volkswagen Golf GTI this new tractor had to be a looker.

Tornado kicks up a storm

Designed to keep things clean and tidy onfarm or in a warehouse, Italian-made Tornado vacuum systems from Agriquip come in three models.


Jeep 75 years young

Jeep is celebrating 75 years of 4x4, military history and outdoor adventure in 2016 and to mark the event, Jeep…

Keep it all under cover

A new, easy-to-use cover for utes that doesn't require holes drilled into the bodywork will be taking pride of place…

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The Hound

What a surprise

Your canine crusader's long-held suspicions that the Greens are really just a bunch of watermelons (green on the outside but…

Wool’s better

The Hound reckons recent research into polarfleece jackets shows how wool marketers should be promoting woollen products against their synthetic…


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Dutch cows all at sea

A floating dairy farm? Yes, you've heard correct. Developers in Rotterdam, Holland, are planning to build a floating dairy farm.


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Wool market steady

Wool market steady

The North Island wool auction received revived support this week with an improved 81% of the 5700 bales selling.

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…