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Fonterra eyes 3% growth

Fonterra chairman John Wilson says weather conditions over spring will be crucial to this season’s milk production.

World

Oz supply chain at crossroads

Australia's key dairy region is facing a “supply chain revolution,” says Rabobank senior dairy analyst Michael Harvey.

 

Fleckvieh fill the vats in Bavaria

Southern German dairying practice of keeping cows indoors 24/7 makes a convincing argument for getting cows out of winter cold -- or mid-summer heat -- and explaining why more cow barns are springing up in the south of New Zealand.

Welsh farmers brace for Brexit

Milk production in Wales has changed dramatically in the last 30 years: in 1984 the country had 6500 producers; now it has 1730 achieving the same production.

Opinion

Feds show the way — Editorial

The bouquet of the week goes to the unfairly maligned dairy sector, in particular the initiative shown by Federated Farmers…

 

Water trading not a good idea

Fellow Feds board member Andrew Hoggard and I have just returned from a five-day study tour in Australia hosted by…

Agribusiness

 

Management

 

Nutrient control with irrigation

A new nutrient management tool offers farmers a high degree of control and reporting when applying nutrients, its maker says.

Do it once, do it right

Doing it once and doing it right is a great guiding philosophy for upgrading farm effluent systems.

Farm Health

 

Unbreakable bottles

Animal health company Ceva Animal Health is introducing two anti-infectives to New Zealand, packaged in unbreakable bottles.

Less replacements, less emissions

Lower replacement rates and higher body weight/lower stocking rates are the two most effective of five available ways of cutting…

Beetling for healthy soils

Could using exotic dung beetles help address soil health and water quality issues in New Zealand? It’s an option with…

Machinery & Products

 

Mixing it with the big boys

New from Irish manufacturer Keenan is a self-propelled diet feeder/mixer built with its Italian partner Storti.

Wraps bales from the inside out

Harvesting specialist Claas has developed a new internal wrapping system for its Rollant 400 Uniwrap balers that will slash processing…

Motoring

New kid on the block

The new kid on the SUV block will have auto sales and marketing managers burning the midnight oil and scratching…

The best just got better

When we reviewed the VW Amorak in February 2016, it was fair to say we quite liked it. For 2017,…

 
 

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Milking It

Fewer cows, more Canadians

Canada now has fewer cows than at any time since the early 1990s and, say analysts, it’s partially millennials’ fault.

P... p... pea milk

They say it’s never been easier to avoid dairy, thanks to an ever-expanding array of plant-based ‘milk’ -- rice, soy,…

 

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Laid back and loving it

The Irwin family -- Geoff, Lee and son Steve -- milk 330 cows on 83ha at Kiwitahi, near Morrinsville, in…

 
 

Markets

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…