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Sod-turning for new MPI centre

The first sod was turned today ahead of construction on a new multi-purpose facility for the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) at Auckland Airport.

Rain brings hope, but no drought-breaker

Northeasterly rain in the drought-hit Hurunui on the weekend of August 13 was the "most exciting" since April 2014, says Federated Farmers North Canterbury president Lynda Murchison.

Conviction on false alpaca claims

Rotorua business Budge Collection and sole director, Sun Dong Kim, were convicted and fined a total of $71,250 in Auckland District Court after each pleading guilty to four charges of misrepresenting how much alpaca fibre was in their duvets.

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Agribusiness

Macleod leaves Shanghai

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

Management

Changing the definitions of GM

The gene editing tool CRISPR is set to change our definitions of genetic modification (GM), says Peter Landon-Lane, chief executive of Plant and Food Research.

 

Canterbury cows, farms get off lightly in snow

While some of the central North Island regions struggle with deep snow and fallen power lines, Canterbury dairy farmers have successfully weathered the big cold snap moving up the country in the middle of the calving season.

Down cows no longer a fact of life

Death, taxes and down cows need not all be certainties in a dairy farmer's life, says a nutritionist working with a New Zealand animal health company.

Farm Health

Better microbes, fitter calves

Work by scientists at AgResearch is providing a better understanding of the complexities of the digestive tract of ruminants and could help lead to more productive, efficient and healthy animals.

Machinery & Products

Electronic tracking – hero or zero?

Electronics rule: whether in basic GPS guidance or electronic ear tag readers, the need for instantly easily accessible data and subsequent adjustments or actions has made everyone a lot more efficient.

 

Fastrac turns 25, turns more heads

Experts reckon a tractor tractor typically spends at least 60% of its time on haulage work, so little surprise the early innovators developed tractors with a high speed option.

Fired up, built to last

Farming next to a train track or a state highway is not without its challenges: stock wandering onto either, and fires sparked by vehicles, trains or their passengers.

Motoring

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

Winning friends

Your canine crusader notes his old mates at fishing lobby Bitch & Complain (Fish & Game) are living up to…

Wogistan?

The Hound was astounded to learn that NZ First has more than one MP – extra to the member for…

 

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Wool market firm

Wool market firm

The South Island auction comprising 4900 bales had a 74% clearance with most types remaining stable.

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…