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Time to ponder livestock valuation

The recent release of the national average market values (NAMV) for livestock presents an opportunity for dairy farmers to reassess the valuation method they are using for their livestock. 

Winter milk bonus an insult

Fonterra's one-off South Island winter milk offer of $1.40/kgMS has been slammed as “a complete insult to dairy farmers” by a long-time out-of-season supplier.

Long wait for prices to come right

It could be be two years before the mess in dairy prices regains some sort of equilibrium, according to Brent Love of KPMG who specialises in dairy agribusiness.



The sun will rise

You know something is up in the farming world when three different government agencies are all casting a critical eye…


Limited stock for sale

Stock agents are reporting that it is only recently that herd prices have come back because of Fonterra’s lower forecast…


One man’s trash is another’s treasure

The May 31 traditional end of the dairying season and June 1 as the start of the next one has always been called Gypsy Day, when 50:50 sharemilkers or contract and lower order milkers move to new and often bigger jobs milking more cows as they follow a path to farm ownership.

Farmers flock to field day

More than 200 people turned up to the field day Maranga Station. Maranga is a typical East Coast hill country sheep and beef property and lies about 30km southwest of Gisborne on the Tiniroto Road.

Farm Health

Study update on mastitis vaccine

A nationwide study to evaluate the effectiveness of a vaccine in controlling mastitis in dairy cattle is well underway and preliminary results are positive.

Fast and mess free

When animal hair falls out as it does during moulting in the spring, getting heat detectors to stay on a cow can be challenging, comments animal health company Rurtec.

US mill churns feed for cows around the clock

Cow don't know it’s Christmas, says Brian Larson, plant manager of JD Heiskell Ltd’s Pixley branch, a big feed mill in the major dairying region of Central Valley, California.

FE-tolerant genetics essential – farmer

A large-scale dairy farmer, among the first in New Zealand to introduce facial eczema (FE) tolerant genetics into his dairy herd, says they are an “essential tool for dairy farming,” reports CRV Ambreed.

Machinery & Products

A new workforce for the world

Massey Ferguson says it has taken the concept of a utility tractor and re-engineered it from the ground up to meet the needs of present and future farming. 

Swathers ready for takeoff

New features on 2015-16 Krone Swardro swathers will enhance their reputation for good performance, low running costs and long working life, says local distributor Tulloch Farm Machines.

Feeder saves time, money

The annual toil of calf rearing just got easier with the launch of a ‘premium’ mobile calf feeder range designed to save time, money and effort, says the developer, Stallion Plastics.

Tractor model touches the magic 400hp mark

The MF 8600 series had a reputation for no-nonsense reliability and buckets of power; the new generation 8700 series takes things a step further and hits the magic 400hp mark.

Effluent separator firm flat-out

Archway Group in Te Puke are acknowledged as experts in nutrient containment and control of effluent from dairy sheds and feed pads. 


D40 still has the chops

The 2005 launch of the Nissan Navara D40 really tested its mettle, the media drive event hammering the trucks through…

2014’s most beautiful car

The Jaguar XE has been named ‘Most Beautiful Car of 2014’ at Festival Automobile International in Paris.

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Mixed results for wool

Mixed results for wool

Continued shipping pressure for China kept finer crossbreds firm at the latest wool auction however coarse wools eased as volumes…

Little change for wool

Little change for wool

The North Island wool auction this week remained mostly firm except for the higher volume of shorter shears, which eased,…

Rural Life

Top steaks make the cut

New Zealand’s 20 most succulent steaks have been named as finalists in the 2015 Beef and Lamb New Zealand Steak…

A big wave from Kiwi Keith

Jim Brooker (83), of Darfield, recalls winning the first NZ Ploughing Championship at Oamaru in 1956 when he was 23…