GDT prices rise slightly

GDT Global dairy prices were up slightly overnight, stemming two consecutive drops in the GDT price index.


Constant rate increases irk

THE DAYS of New Zealand having an undue reliance on property taxes to fund local government are coming to an…

Patron for QEII National Trust

Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy has accepted an invitation to become the Patron of the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust.



Shaking off the stuffiness

Rural Women NZ’s new president Fiona Gower says she wants to stimulate communication and shake off any stuffiness in their…


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.

Brexit angst for Irish farmers

Irish sheep and beef farmers are blaming Britain’s planned exit from the European Union (Brexit) for lower-than-normal prices for their stock.

Irish anxious about Brexit

Brexit has thrown up huge uncertainty for farmers within and outside the European Union (EU), says the president of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), Joe Healy.






Goats can save the hill country

The benefits of pastoral goats are largely ignored in New Zealand, but these animals could be, for some hill country farmers, as important for their survival as fertiliser and fencing.


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


ALO lifts its game

Swedish manufacturer ALO, famous for its Quicke and Trima brands, is credited with building the first detachable loader in the…

Tedder covers the ground quicky

Kuhn has upgraded its range of high capacity tedders with a new chassis design and rotor lifting mechanism, which allows…

Fertiliser feeds the world!

Thursday October 13 came and went without too much fuss (the birthday of Grantham girl Margaret Thatcher, the UK’s first…


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…


Keep it all under cover

A new, easy-to-use cover for utes that doesn't require holes drilled into the bodywork will be taking pride of place…

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Where'd they go?

Your canine crusader is looking high and low for the doom merchants in the political and economic commentariat who earlier…

Whining Winny

This old mutt has little time for career politician and serial taxpayer beneficiary Winston Peters who, despite sitting in Parliament…


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Global dairy prices dip

After four successive price increases, global dairy prices dipped slightly in Global Dairy Trade auction overnight.



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…