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Strong winds wreak havoc

Dairy farmers in Otago and Southland have taken a hit from unseasonal high winds that have demolished haybarns and generally disrupted their farming.

Fonterra predicts price rise

Global Dairy Trade prices are coming back relatively quickly and Fonterra expects whole milk powder prices to keep climbing over the next six months, says Fonterra chairman John Wilson.

Dairy tariffs ‘will be back on table’

The US dairy interests will realise within five to 10 years they got it wrong by opposing dairy tariff removal in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, says Fonterra chairman John Wilson.


NZ beef preferred in Japan

Research shows 89% of supermarket consumers in international markets consider the country of origin when deciding which beef to purchase.


French farmers protest

When French farmers are unhappy they take to the streets. Last week, 1000 tractors rolled into Paris as French farmers tried…


A grumpy win - Editorial

As All Blacks coach Steve Hansen would say, a win is a win, albeit an unconvincing one with plenty of…


Spring has sprung according to the new season's asparagus shoots growing in my garden, although the first few days of…

Vote 'yes'!

In May this year, growers and wineries expressed their strong support for NZ Winegrowers Board proposal to reform the structure…



Paper records yield to online

Online software and a mobile phone app are helping a sheep and beef farmer quickly and easily present data for farm assurance and compliance audits, says the supplier, Farm IQ.

Passing the cooling proof point

Pending MPI milk cooling standards are intended to maintain current milk quality, improve milk quality and increase New Zealand’s reputation as a quality milk provider. 


Safety workshops

Dairy Women's Network is seeking to shift members’ ‘can do’ attitude to one of ‘can do safely’, by means of free workshops called ‘Step up to Safety’, from late October. 

Farm Health

Nationwide study into leptospirosis

A nationwide dairy farm survey is underway as part of a project to evaluate the effectiveness of current vaccination practices to prevent leptospirosis in dairy herds.

Machinery & Products

Not just for kids

While young people have their faces glued to smartphones using the latest social media apps, remember many apps have potential to add value to tech-savvy farm businesses.


APC ensures good, tight bales

German harvest specialist Claas will take away a silver medal from the upcoming Agritechnica show for its automatic pressure control system (APC).

Weeping wall brings joy

Craig Kusabs, chief executive of the Maori agribusiness, Tumunui Trust, says a desire to keep things simple prompted the choice of an Archway Group weeping wall effluent system.


Staying true to 4WD

With around one third of New Zealand roads unsealed, no surprise that drivers like utes, crossovers and SUV’s.

Kiwis love SUVs

Acronyms Abound: it’s no surprise that sales of SUV’s have risen PDQ in NZ.

Still turning many heads

The saying goes “the only good thing to come out of Birmingham (UK) is the M6 motorway”, but just a…

Old favourite hits the mark

We've all got one, whether it’s the old t-shirt from the seventies, the old shoes even after the puppy chewed…


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Good for you

Studies show that people who grow up on farms – especially dairy farms – have way fewer allergy and asthma…


Your old mate had to giggle at a recent media proclamation from the Waikato Regional Council. The local government body boldly…


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Stronger dollar lowers wool prices

Stronger dollar lowers wool prices

New Zealand Wool Services International CEO John Dawson says the strengthened New Zealand dollar has negatively impacted at this week's…

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Lamb competition undergoes revamp

Sheep farmers are being encouraged to enter the Canterbury A&P Show's new and improved Mint Lamb Competition after an overhaul…