Is it correct to carry passengers on quads?

WorkSafe New Zealand has clarified the circumstances in which it is acceptable to carry passengers on single-seat quad bikes, in consultation with Federated Farmers, Beef + Lamb NZ, and DairyNZ.

Taking Pinot on the road

You hear the words ‘road trip’ and think Thelma and Louise, but a little more planning was required for the 600 people who took three trips around New Zealand’s six Pinot Noir regions earlier this year.

 
Flooding in Edgecumbe. Photo: New Zealand Defence Force.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says dealing with silt on dairy farms around Edgecumbe is going to be a big problem.

Virginia Serra, DairyNZ.

Some Canterbury dairy farmers are moving to once-a-day (OAD) milking after the tail end of Cyclone Cook capped off an already wet autumn.

 
Sir Peter Gluckman.

Dairy farmers are applauding the clear message in Sir Peter Gluckman’s freshwater report that everyone has a role to play in ensuring freshwater quality.

Peter and Nicola Carver.

South Taranaki farmers Peter and Nicola Carver’s eye for long-term sustainability has won them top placing in the Taranaki Ballance Farm Environment Awards contest – and five other awards.

Skim milk powder prices rose 7% but commentators are ruling out further increases.

There's scope for a small lift this season in Fonterra’s farmgate milk price after the GDT Event price index rose 3.1% last week, says BNZ senior economist Doug Steel.

Francesca Eggleton, Fonterra.

New Zealand dairy farming has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 20% since 1990, measured as carbon dioxide equivalent per kilogram of milk solids produced.

At least 7000 dairy livestock have been affected in the recent storms in Waikato and Bay of Plenty alone and hundreds of hectares of pasture and maize crops have been damaged, DairyNZ reports.

Fonterra Director and Edgecumbe farmer Donna Smit was at a Dairy Women’s Network meeting in Auckland on April 6 when she heard of the state of emergency back home.

New Zealand’s three major export sectors- beef, lamb and dairy- may pass the $6/kg mark simultaneously at some stage this year, says ASB analyst Nathan Penny.

Pure South lamb from Alliance Group is now on the menu of a growing number of five-star hotels and in high-end retail stores in India as marketing in the world’s second most populous nation gathers pace.

Merely being in the top 10% of meat producers was not enough for the 2016 Lincoln University Foundation South Island Farmers of the Year, Neil and Lyn Campbell.

 

The Hound

Backwater?

Your canine crusader often hears claims that South Island’s West Coast is a backwater and behind the times.

Jerks

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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…