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Miraka farmers lift milk quality

An incentive scheme to get suppliers to the Taupo-based Miraka dairy company to produce better quality milk and adopt best-practice systems is producing stunning results.

World

Oz supply chain at crossroads

Australia's key dairy region is facing a “supply chain revolution,” says Rabobank senior dairy analyst Michael Harvey.

 

Welsh farmers brace for Brexit

Milk production in Wales has changed dramatically in the last 30 years: in 1984 the country had 6500 producers; now…

Opinion

Feds show the way — Editorial

The bouquet of the week goes to the unfairly maligned dairy sector, in particular the initiative shown by Federated Farmers…

 

Agribusiness

EU deal would benefit NZ and EU

Modelling done by the European Community shows that its agriculture would be little affected by a free trade agreement with…

 

Trade key to NZ’s future

Of the top five countries New Zealand trades with, it only has trade deals with two, an ExportNZ conference has…

Management

Best way to preserve feed surplus

Don't assume you’ll get through the year without supplementary feed.  It’s not just the availability in times of crisis, it’s also the cost you hadn’t planned for that often causes most concern.

 

Couple happy to get back home to farm

Taranaki farmers Peter and Nicola Carver are back on their farm after a recent trip to Wellington as the national ambassadors for sustainable farming.

Farm Health

Less, heavier cows means lower emissions

Lower replacement rates and higher body weight/lower stocking rates are the two most effective of five available ways of cutting dairy greenhouse gas emissions, a scientist has told a workshop for rural professionals.

 

Unbreakable bottles

Animal health company Ceva Animal Health is introducing two anti-infectives to New Zealand, packaged in unbreakable bottles.

Uterine infection hits production

Wet spring weather is having “a huge impact” on the number of ‘dirty’ cows, says veterinarian Paul Daly, of Selwyn-Rakaia Vet Services, Dunsandel.

Machinery & Products

Only tough will do

The capital cost of high-output modern tractors and machinery has prompted many agricultural contractors to diversify into civil work such as site development, re-contouring and road or race building.

Agco launches new gear, expands plant

Global tractor and machinery manufacturer AGCO is never far from the news, so with the grass harvest about to start in New Zealand, two new products from the MF camp will get plenty of attention.

 

Stalkbuster leaves worms homeless

Forage maize remains the crop most favoured for feeding cattle in Europe, but over the last 15 years, particularly in Germany, the maize worm or corn borer has become a major pest.

Motoring

Built for speed and more!

Best known for its enduring off-road ability, the Toyota Land Cruiser has added another plaudit to its CV – notching…

 

Drive this over the Jones

You'll stand out if you're prepared to hand over the moolah for the Jeep Brute Sport. It won’t so much…

New kid on the block

The new kid on the SUV block will have auto sales and marketing managers burning the midnight oil and scratching…

The best just got better

When we reviewed the VW Amorak in February 2016, it was fair to say we quite liked it. For 2017,…

 

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The Hound

Blast from the past

Your canine crusader hears that the failed former meat company chief executive Graeme Thompson is about to publish a book …

Bottom line

While the nation waits for the former MP for Northland to decide who the new government will be (don’t you…

 

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Laid back and loving it

The Irwin family -- Geoff, Lee and son Steve -- milk 330 cows on 83ha at Kiwitahi, near Morrinsville, in…

 
 

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…