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Rural honours in abundance

This year's Queen’s Birthday Honours had 13 rural people making the list for their outstanding achievements and contributions.

More ag focus needed

The Government needs to ensure we get more agricultural trade with the European Union in any potential free trade agreement…

 

Agri hub now open for business

Never mind the bricks and mortar, the Lincoln Hub is now open for business, says its recently appointed chief executive…

Snuggle up to consumers – KPMG

Developing truly NZ cuisine, creating innovative food products and getting up close to our customers: these were the standout themes…

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

 

Walking the talk at Fieldays

Fieldays is once again living up to its reputation as an amazing meeting place for those in the agri sector…

Love is in the air at Fieldays

For many, the National Agricultural Fieldays is about the hard sell, the order book, the new lead, the prospect of…

Agribusiness

No complacency among the vines

Zespri's results are positive for everybody -- Gold, Green or organic growers and Zespri shareholders -- but you should never…

 

Dairy upturn buoys Fieldays

As the New Zealand Agricultural Fieldays gets underway this week the chief executive of the organisation running it says there…

Management

Plenty of advantages to pregnancy scanning

About 70% of farmers pregnancy scan their ewes which should occur between a minimum of 45 days after ram removal from the ewe flock and no later than 100 days after ram introduction.

Gap growing between top and bottom

The difference today in the beef industry between the top-and bottom-performing cattle is greater than it has ever been, says Bill Austin, of Austins Ultrasound Ltd.

 

Weevil the answer to tackling horsetail?

A recently announced grant from MPI’s Sustainable Farming Fund will pay for the next stage of a biological control project aimed at the invasive weed field horsetail.

From cot case to showcase

Some 200 people turned out recently to a field day at Omapere Rangihamama Trust farm, near Kaikohe in the Far North.

Farm Health

 

Machinery & Products

Side-by-side hits sweet spot

For years the quad market has been nibbled at by side-by-side (SxS) vehicles with their better carrying capacity and driver…

1000 units and counting

John Deere's Horst factory in the Netherlands has a history of plant protection, designing and manufacturing crop sprayers for at…

 

Taking lift and pull in its stride

Telehandlers have brought about a big change in materials handling on farms, with increased lift and reach capacities that traditional…

Motoring

Drive this over the Jones

You'll stand out if you're prepared to hand over the moolah for the Jeep Brute Sport. It won’t so much…

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

Asleep at the wheel?

The Hound hears that the jokes were on PM Bill English who was in fine form at the recent Ahuwhenua…

Go South

What is it with Massey University academics and their hatred of agriculture?

 

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Tool to measure water nitrates

Lincoln Agritech has unveiled an advanced optical nitrate sensor for groundwater which it says will bring a paradigm shift 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…