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Ahuwhenua finalists named

The three sheep and beef finalists for this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy competition have been named.

National

From $12k to $100m in 10 years

Auckland animal health company Argenta started a decade ago as a two-man operation with annual revenue of $12,000; now that’s…

 

PKE ship barred from Fiji

Authorities in Fiji have blocked a ship, carrying palm kernel expeller (PKE) for New Zealand’s dairy industry, from entering its…

World

 

Queen steals food show

Rabobank’s Farm 2 Fork (F2F) summit in Sydney was all about food – but briefly became about fashion as Dutch Queen Maxima took to the stage with husband King Willem-Alexander to congratulate winners in the Food Bytes! competition.

Brexit fears grip EU farmers

European farming leaders are truly concerned about Britain’s planned exit from the European Union, says Beef + Lamb NZ chairman James Parsons, just home from his annual visit to Europe.

Ireland’s special brand of Green

Origin Green, a scheme that verifies the sustainability of Ireland’s food and drink production, now has 100% of the country’s dairy farmers and 90% of beef farmers signed up to its extensive auditing.

Opinion

 

Agribusiness

 

Management

Reducing chemical inputs with robots

Using robots to apply herbicides to kill weeds in vegetable crops would hugely reduce the quantities of chemicals being applied, says a visiting British expert.

Fencing marginal land pays off

The merits and costs of farming marginal land or fencing it for reversion or forestry was the topic at a recent field day in Taranaki.

 

Erosion scheme motivates hill country farmers

Like all hill country farmers, Peter and Niels Hansen have dozens of projects needing time and money, so when the Taranaki Regional Council offered funding and incentives they jumped at them.

Name change needed for greater precision

‘Accurate farming' would be more apt than ‘precision farming’ to describe this agricultural practice, says professor Simon Blackmore of Harper Adams University in the UK.

War on rabbits takes next step

New Zealand is about to open a new front in the war on rabbits with the expected release of a new strain of rabbit haemorrhagic disease, or calicivirus.

Farm Health

 

Warm, wet weather may signal FE

With NIWA signalling warm, wet conditions across the North Island over December, farmers are being encouraged to take preventive measures…

Machinery & Products

Sprayer the first of its kind

A first for the Power Farming Group sees the delivery of the new Kverneland iXdrive 4180 self-propelled sprayer to John…

 

Roll baler combi revamped

The New Holland Roll Baler 125 and Roll Baler 125 Combi have been completely restyled to offer excellent service access.

Motoring

A ute this ain’t!

The latest Land Cruiser 70 series from Toyota is a truck, so it won’t be the choice of Remuera Roamers,…

Now that’s a ute!

A few days driving the MY17 Holden Colorado made it plain to this reviewer that this vehicle has moved on…

 
 

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The Hound

Own goal

The Hound would like to know how much Fonterra and its shareholders’ council is paying rugby commentator – and a…

Alternative facts?

The Hound sees that the temporary leader of the Labour Party, Andrew Little, is not averse to employing Trump-like tactics,…

 

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Cups-off early saves time

A time-saving strategy is to shorten the milking time for up to 20% of the herd, says DairyNZ scientist Dr…

 
 

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…