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Expect a spring on steroids

MetService is warning farmers to expect a cold spring or, as meteorologist Georgina Griffiths says, a spring on steroids.

Fonterra to push sales option, product variety

Fonterra is being “commercially rational” by reducing the volumes sold on the Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction, says Fonterra managing director global ingredients, Kelvin Wickham.

Failure a last resort

It's not in anyone’s interest to see customers fail, says Westpac’s head of agribusiness, Mark Steed. 

Payout challenge is to tune up

DairyNZ's general manager of extension, Andrew Reid, says dairy farmers are looking closely at their feeding systems in the light of the low payout. 

World

Dairy Crest sale inches closer

The UK’s competition watchdog has signalled it is likely to approve the sale of Dairy Crest’s loss-making milk operations to…

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Tool to lift profitability

Dairybase is a quick, easy and essential tool for farm businesses pushing for profit, says northern New South Wales dairy…

Oz-China ties growing

Dairy Australia chairman Geoff Akers says China is a growing and long term market for the Australian dairy industry.

Opinion

Precious grass

The dairy industry’s ongoing volatility coupled with a cold wet winter in many parts of the country has highlighted the…

Icons and Cults - Bob Campbell

I’ve been invited to deliver a presentation on Iconic wines at the Bragatto conference and am enjoying researching the topic.

Agribusiness

Management

Awards inspire farmers to improve

Manawatu dairy farmers George and Ellen Bartlett entered the 2015 Horizons Ballance Farm Environment Awards (BFEA) because they wanted to support their industry and learn more about sustainability.

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The true cost of home-grown maize silage

The latest Pioneer brand ‘Maize for Silage 2015-16’ catalogue gives average estimated growing costs for maize silage planted in high fertility or low fertility paddocks (Table 1).

Farm Health

Feed intake data sets Oz breeding values

The latest Australian Breeding Values (ABVs) will be under the spotlight when Australia hosts an international genetics conference in Lorne, Victoria, next month.

Strategies to manage low pasture cover

Many farms are running with lower than target average pasture covers (APC) this time of the year. The months of June and July were cooler than normal so pasture growth rates have not been where they would normally be.

Growing calves to full capacity

Ensuring every calf goes into the herd at target weight makes sure a Patea, Taranaki, dairy farm is running at full capacity, even on once-a-day (OAD) milking, says calf feed maker Fiber Fresh.

Calf rearing helps medic de-stress

For Len Pickett, working as a St John’s paramedic is the perfect complement to his “other career”, working as a commercial calf rearer, suggests the company that supplies him calf feed – Fiber Fresh.

Machinery & Products

Clean water made easy

Dissolved iron in drinking water and reduced palatability can be a major problem, particularly for dairy farmers, who strive to get dairy cows to drink upwards of 70 litres of water per day for good production.

Disc mower upgrade

The mowers will soon start rolling so it’s timely for CB Norwood Distributors to announce upgrades to its Kuhn disc mowers.

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Motoring

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…

Hybrid car comes of age

Firstly, in my defence, I’m a 1970s petrolhead who knew his way around Cortina, Capri and Weber carburettors no problem,…

Track through 50 countries

We all know it’s easy to make money selling cars: get a clever geek to design something using CAD, build…

 

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The Hound

Hello pot!

The Hound reckons the Green Party’s former agriculture spokesman Steffan Browning is hypocritical in his recent attack on the appointment…

Green dilemma

This old mutt notes that scientists have now developed a genetically engineered rice crop that could emit much less methane…

 

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Markets

Wool market consolidates

Wool market consolidates

Lack of confidence in global markets and a weakening New Zealand dollar may have affected the latest South Island wool…

Rural Life

Wanaka A&P up for award

The Wanaka A&P Show has been nominated as a finalist in the annual New Zealand Association of Event Professionals Event…