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The old, young and religious

New Zealand should start looking at creating specific food products which meet the special and unique needs of the elderly,…

World

What’s the beef?

Eating beef in the Indian state of Maharashtra now gives diners something extra to chew on – arrest, jail and a fine.

Opinion

The sun will rise

You know something is up in the farming world when three different government agencies are all casting a critical eye…

Agribusiness

Beef prices to stay high

Beef prices have entered a “structural change” and are likely to stay 20-30% above historical averages, Rabobank’s Hayley Moynihan says.

Management

Few opportunities to cut costs

In February the management team at Lincoln University were wringing their hands as the season appeared to be turning to custard, but at the latest field day the tone was much more upbeat.

Keep your best mates safe!

Many a time I have wished I was driving a police car. I’d love to turn on a siren and pull over the drivers whose dogs are travelling loose and unprotected on the back of vehicles.

Ahuwhenua field day draws the crowds

At least 170 people turned out for the field day at Mangaroa Station, about an hour’s drive inland from Wairoa, on the North Island East Coast in mid-April.

Farm Health

Machinery & Products

Punch added to postdriver

Fairbrother Industries has introduced a new rock spike attachment for the Kinghitter series of postdrivers. 

Motoring

D40 still has the chops

The 2005 launch of the Nissan Navara D40 really tested its mettle, the media drive event hammering the trucks through…

New GM giants now in town

GENERAL MOTORS has given its Chevrolet and GMC pickups a major overhaul for 2015 and the new trucks are hitting…

Outback - A Kiwi favourite

The new Subaru Outback, hailed by the manufacturer as "the original crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV)", has been launched in…

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The Hound

Plonker!

The Hound reckons West Coast MP and Labour’s primary industries spokesman Damian O’Connor made a complete idiot of himself over…

Thanks mum – not

Your canine crusader had to giggle when receiving one of those pesky emails/adverts suggesting possible gifts for Mothers’ Day. One…

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It will improve!

Milk payout will improve next season, but cashflow will remain tight on farms, say market analysts.

Bad timing

Your canine crusader reckons fertiliser company Ballance Agri-Nutrients’ new chief executive David Wynne may need to improve his timing.

Fonterra cuts milk price

Fonterra has reduced its forecast farmgate milk price for the 2014/15 season from $4.70/kgMS to $4.50/kgMS.

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Markets

Little change for wool

Little change for wool

The North Island wool auction this week remained mostly firm except for the higher volume of shorter shears, which eased,…

Wool prices bounce

Wool prices bounce

A weaker New Zealand dollar, limited wool volumes and renewed client interest, combined to lift local prices across the board…

Rural Life

Top steaks make the cut

New Zealand’s 20 most succulent steaks have been named as finalists in the 2015 Beef and Lamb New Zealand Steak…

A big wave from Kiwi Keith

Jim Brooker (83), of Darfield, recalls winning the first NZ Ploughing Championship at Oamaru in 1956 when he was 23…