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South Island wool bounces

Despite a strengthening NZ dollar, the varied selection at this week's South Island auction attracted strong support.

New rules on animal welfare

New rules that will give the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) greater visibility of the welfare of animals being exported…

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Feds back pest eradication project

Federated Farmers fully backs the target to completely eradicate introduced predators from New Zealand by 2050 announced by the government.

National

Back to school reminder

As children return to school after the holidays, Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) reminds drivers to stick to the law…

World

Vets’ status under Brexit cloud

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is urging UK governments to protect the status of EU veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses who are currently living and working in the UK.

 

Farmers march on London

At least 2000 farmers marched in London last month to pressure the Government to do more to address Britain's agricultural crisis.

UK farmers fear leaving EU

Leaving the European Union would put the UK's access to vital farm subsidies and free market trade at risk, prominent British farm leaders are warning.

Opinion

The biggest yet

Rural contractors from around the country descended on the Bay of Islands in late June for this year's RCNZ annual…

Dam good decision — Editorial

This month's decision by the Hawke's Bay Regional Council (HBRC) confirming its intention to invest in the Ruataniwha water storage…

Agribusiness

Macleod leaves Shanghai

Andy Macleod, the chief executive of the Chinese-owned Pengxin New Zealand Farm Group, resigned earlier this month.

Kiwifruit orchard values soar

Orchard values are going through the roof compared even with pre-Psa levels, says Zespri chief operating officer Simon Limmer.

Management

Dogs learn from consistency

If someone is wondering whether to train or buy a trained dog, and asks for my advice, I would ask the following questions to help their decision.

Young Canterbury bee man buzzing

North Canterbury beekeeper James Malcolm is going from strength to strength in a fast-changing industry facing the challenges of increasing corporatisation, new technology, parasites and even hive thefts.

 

Mining rich gold from data

Landcorp is ramping up its use of technology in its strategy to improve overall performance. It's even issuing smartphones to all its staff to maximise the collection of data.

Calm animals much easier to handle

Good stockmanship matters and needs much more credit, says Dr Temple Grandin, professor of animal science at Colorado State University.

ZIP aims to keep the nasties out

Predator proof fencing made more attractive for the agriculture industry is a goal of a new predator research facility near Lincoln, Canterbury.

Farm Health

Bobby calf rules fast-tracked

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says he had always intended to "fast-track" some of the new animal welfare regulations on…

Machinery & Products

50,000 and still counting

Since its launch in 1996, following a decade of development, Lexion combine harvesters from Claas have set the benchmark for…

 

Irish eyes continue smiling

The number of Irish tradies working in Christchurch, and those operating rural contractors' machinery and tractors at harvest time, show…

More than just good looks!

Given that its designers were the genius behind the Ferrari 250 GT, the Lotus Esprit Turbo and the Volkswagen Golf…

Setting up for a good crop

The Pottinger TERRADISC cultivators have been proving useful for seedbed preparation by utilising 580mm diameter concave discs with adjustable cutting…

Motoring

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…

Top ute on charge

The Mitsubishi Triton has obviously caught the eye of New Zealand’s ute buyers, as it sits in the top three…

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The Hound

What a surprise

Your canine crusader's long-held suspicions that the Greens are really just a bunch of watermelons (green on the outside but…

Wool’s better

The Hound reckons recent research into polarfleece jackets shows how wool marketers should be promoting woollen products against their synthetic…

 

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Dutch cows all at sea

A floating dairy farm? Yes, you've heard correct. Developers in Rotterdam, Holland, are planning to build a floating dairy farm.

 

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Markets

South Island wool bounces

South Island wool bounces

Despite a strengthening NZ dollar, the varied selection at this week's South Island auction attracted strong support.

Wool market steady

Wool market steady

The North Island wool auction received revived support this week with an improved 81% of the 5700 bales selling.

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…