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Saputo committed to Oz dairy

Canadian dairy company Saputo says its acquisition of Murray Goulburn will add to and complement the activities of its dairy…

EU hardline blamed for Brexit

An Irish politician is blaming the inflexibility and hardline tactics of the European Union (EU) on the UK voting to…

Opinion

NZ can do better in this era

Examining the primary sector policies of Labour, and thus our new Government, there are a few things on my wish…

 

Change – what change?

With the new Labour/NZ First/Greens government now in power, what changes can the rural sector expect? Reporter Peter Burke offers…

Agribusiness

 

Management

Take care after big wet

It's been a wet year alright: MetService is already describing 2017 as “the year it didn’t stop raining” with Waikato rainfall at record levels for January to September.

 

Biosecurity starts at farm gate

Farmers and rural contractors in Waikato are being urged to check that all machinery is clean to protect farms from weed pests.

Farm Health

62 years and counting

AI technician Don Shaw (79) has been surrounded by dairy cows his entire life, bringing many calves into the world.

AB industry needs umbrella group

In the wake of the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak, one of New Zealand’s main bull semen suppliers is calling for an industry body to be set up to implement country-wide testing and biosecurity standards.

 

Let’s get the facts, not fiction, on M.bovis

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) wishes to set the record straight regarding the article titled ‘Imported semen fingered for M.bovis outbreak’ in Rural News October 24.

Machinery & Products

Designers cheer weigh scale

Gallagher has won the supreme award from New Zealand’s industrial design community -- a group beyond the farmgate.

Effluent tankers with an eye to the future

Founded by Victor Joskin in 1968, the Belgian family-owned Joskin company is now reckoned the world’s largest maker of slurry and manure equipment, selling to 60 countries.

 

Room with a phew

Can you guess what's covering the interior of this Case IH Puma? Hint: the driver was on effluent duties.

Is engine re-mapping worth the risk?

The start of the harvest season brings thoughts such as ‘there aren’t enough hours in the day’ and for farmers and contractors alike the dream of more engine power.

Motoring

Small SUV with huge potential

Following the meteoric rise in the SUV market over the last decade, Korean manufacturer Hyundai has launched a small SUV.

T60 takes on the big boys

LDV distributor Great Lake Motors says it expects to shake up New Zealand’s ute market with its new LDV T60.

 

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…

 

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The Hound

Tickled Pink

The Hound's editor was contacted by a Hawkes Bay sheep farmer about an item in the Oct 24 column on…

Gassed

This old mutt hears that his good mate and former chairman of failed meat industry ginger group, MIE, John McCarthy…

 

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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…