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Crafer buyer wins award

Milk New Zealand Holding Ltd, which took over the Crafar Farms, has been lauded as a “great example” of the…

Current drought may go on

If it's dry where you are now, you’d be well advised to prepare for drought next spring, says a Marlborough…

World

What’s the beef?

Eating beef in the Indian state of Maharashtra now gives diners something extra to chew on – arrest, jail and a fine.

Opinion

The sun will rise

You know something is up in the farming world when three different government agencies are all casting a critical eye…

Agribusiness

Beef prices to stay high

Beef prices have entered a “structural change” and are likely to stay 20-30% above historical averages, Rabobank’s Hayley Moynihan says.

Management

Farmers flock to field day

More than 200 people turned up to the field day Maranga Station. Maranga is a typical East Coast hill country sheep and beef property and lies about 30km southwest of Gisborne on the Tiniroto Road.

Few opportunities to cut costs

In February the management team at Lincoln University were wringing their hands as the season appeared to be turning to custard, but at the latest field day the tone was much more upbeat.

Keep your best mates safe!

Many a time I have wished I was driving a police car. I’d love to turn on a siren and pull over the drivers whose dogs are travelling loose and unprotected on the back of vehicles.

Farm Health

Machinery & Products

One machine, multiple tasks

The Gaspardo Contessa, a versatile cultivator/planter combination, has three key elements equipping it for multiple tasks in one pass, or…

Motoring

D40 still has the chops

The 2005 launch of the Nissan Navara D40 really tested its mettle, the media drive event hammering the trucks through…

New GM giants now in town

GENERAL MOTORS has given its Chevrolet and GMC pickups a major overhaul for 2015 and the new trucks are hitting…

Outback - A Kiwi favourite

The new Subaru Outback, hailed by the manufacturer as "the original crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV)", has been launched in…

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The Hound

Plonker!

The Hound reckons West Coast MP and Labour’s primary industries spokesman Damian O’Connor made a complete idiot of himself over…

Thanks mum – not

Your canine crusader had to giggle when receiving one of those pesky emails/adverts suggesting possible gifts for Mothers’ Day. One…

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Fonterra cuts milk price

Fonterra has reduced its forecast farmgate milk price for the 2014/15 season from $4.70/kgMS to $4.50/kgMS.

Agricultural Scholarship Now Open

Applications are now open for the Woolworths Agriculture Business Scholarship Programme, available to young Kiwis working in the primary industries…

Drought takes its toll

Federated Farmers North Canterbury say farmers affected by the drought are facing a tough year ahead and will be struggling…

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Markets

Little change for wool

Little change for wool

The North Island wool auction this week remained mostly firm except for the higher volume of shorter shears, which eased,…

Wool prices bounce

Wool prices bounce

A weaker New Zealand dollar, limited wool volumes and renewed client interest, combined to lift local prices across the board…

Rural Life

Top steaks make the cut

New Zealand’s 20 most succulent steaks have been named as finalists in the 2015 Beef and Lamb New Zealand Steak…

A big wave from Kiwi Keith

Jim Brooker (83), of Darfield, recalls winning the first NZ Ploughing Championship at Oamaru in 1956 when he was 23…