What does TPP mean for NZ agri?

David Anderson spoke with New Zealand's special agricultural trade envoy Mike Petersen and others about what TPP will mean for…

Smile – you’re on camera!

The advent of closed circuit television is now making it easier for farmers to protect themselves from 'industrial sabotage', according…


German accolade for kiwifruit

Zespri's SunGold or G3, has been named as fruit and vegetable product of the year by Lebensmittel Praxis, one of Germany's most important grocery trade publications.




More rain needed - MPI

MPI says while recent rains have brought welcome respite from dry weather in much of the country, farmers in drought-affected…

More learning on the job

Primary ITO, the industry training organisation for the primary sector, is launching new qualifications for the agriculture sector this month.

Better rural broadband welcomed

'Bold' new broadband rural connectivity targets have been welcomed by the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa NZ (RHANZ) and the Telecommunication…

Showcase of Maori farming opens

The Ahuwhenua Trophycompetition that will in 2016 decide the top Maori dairy farm gives a great focus to Maori working…



Rural broadband benefits on show

All businesses benefit from fast reliable internet and rural broadband can help reduce the effects of isolation on East Coast farming operations.

Swede cow death findings

Do not feed herbicide tolerant (HT) swedes to cows when the animals are in late pregnancy or early lactation.

Internet helps retain staff

When it comes to online entertainment, country-loving folk are much like anyone else: they like to read, play games, Skype family and friends, peruse social networking sites, listen to music and watch the latest movie at home.

Farm Health

Help cows chill out

A cool cow in summer is a happy cow, says DairyNZ animal welfare team manager Chris Leach.

Teeth grinding wears farmers down

A combination of unusual conditions has bothered sheep farmers Hamish and Alastair Craw on their Banks Peninsula farm, Longridge Agriculture…

Plan to head off FE

Farmers are being encouraged to consider the risk of facial eczema (FE) in the coming months as weather conditions point…

Machinery & Products

Kubota ups the ante

Dealers from New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea gathered in Melbourne recently for the first Australasian Kubota Conference.



Still turning many heads

The saying goes “the only good thing to come out of Birmingham (UK) is the M6 motorway”, but just a…

Hybrid car comes of age

Firstly, in my defence, I’m a 1970s petrolhead who knew his way around Cortina, Capri and Weber carburettors no problem,…


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Local market remains firm

New Zealand Wool Services International chief executive John Dawson reports this week's auctions held in both centres saw slightly different…

Wool eases

Wool eases

New Zealand Wool Services International marketing executive, Malcolm Ching reports that the 15,000 bales on offer from both centres this…

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Drones versus birds

Drones may soon be joining the armoury of weapons used to scare birds away from ripening grapes  after a trial…