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.





Showing the boys how it’s done!

Helen Slattery is the rural contracting sector's first woman to gain a national certificate in infrastructure works supervision Level 5.



Drench resistance is real and growing

Drench resistance is real, already widespread on sheep farms and heading in the same direction wherever cattle are farmed, says Beef and Lamb NZ.

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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…


Drainage made easy

Drainage has for many hundreds of years has sorted out the problem of too much water in paddocks.

Fastrac 8000 gets more go!

Having recently celebrated 25 years of its iconic Fastrac, JCB has also now pulled the wraps off the new 8000…



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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Weldon bombs – again

This old mate notes that stock exchange owner NZX is exiting its much-hyped and clearly unsuccessful involvement in agri-publishing faster…

Ruth bites back

Your old mate notes that former Finance Minister and creator of the infamous ‘mother of all budgets’, Ruth Richardson, though…


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Quake recovery snag

Some actions by Civil Defence (CD) staff in the quake-hit Kaikoura region are stressing farmers, says Federated Farmers spokeswoman on…

Stranded cattle rescued

A group of cattle stranded on a tiny patch of pasture after Monday’s earthquake has now been rescued.


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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.


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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…