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NZ’s 113-year-old wine

Century old wines are the stuff of dreams but this year two bottles became reality for a small group in the Wairarapa as Joelle Thomson discovered.

Build up to dairy awards

Thirty three of the nation's top dairy farmers will be heading to Wellington to vie for the three top titles.


UK cheese a hit in Europe

Europe's food connoisseurs can't get enough of British cheese, according to new UK Government figures.




PKE still a useful supplement

A pasture-first approach to New Zealand dairy farming can be complemented by wise use of supplements such as PKE, says…



Energy cost risk in Oz dairies

Bigger may not be better for equipment in robotic dairies, according to the findings of FutureDairy energy audits on Australian farms.

Farm Health

Rules to focus on bobby calves

Proposed new animal welfare regulations are a great step forward, says the NZ Veterinary Association dairy cattle branch president, Dr Jenny Weston.

Teaching people dog training

Decades ago I went to a few dog training days and every man and his dog turned up; it was a great day out, usually ending with a barbeque and a few drinks.

Machinery & Products

Making the most of maize

Harvest specialist Claas developed the first effective corn cracker system for its Jaguar forage harvester in the 1980s.



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More than careless

Your canine crusader hears that all is not well within the work environs of rural lobby Fed Farmers, where a…


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Genetics could help combat FE

An outbreak of facial eczema (FE) on the West Coast is driving home the need for FE-tolerant genetics, according to…


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Wool attracts mixed support

Wool attracts mixed support

New Zealand Wool Services International Limited's CEO John Dawson reports that targeted buying saw some types well supported at the…

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…