Champ’s last blast

The New Zealand shearing team is about to start a five-week UK tour which includes a surprise return from a…

Flooding worse than 2004?

There are reports of more than 2000 slips on roads alone and countless more on farms, plus 25 road closures…


Oz lamb cooks up a win

Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) Australia Day lamb advertisement has won TV Ad of the Year.


US going nuts about milk prices

From Kentucky family farms to Californian ‘mega dairies’, there is one thing on the mind of US dairy farmers – milk price. In California this is driving many to nuts.


MIE reforms the way to go

As a significant Alliance Group (AGL) shareholder I am prompted to lay bare the facts to my fellow shareholders.

Floods to remember

While the latest floods in the lower North Island are not as widespread and therefore not in the same league…


Staying the course in value add

In recent months we’ve seen speculation from some commentators on the uncertain future of co-operative dairying in New Zealand –…


Set up the young to succeed

Setting popele up to be successful – that’s the challenge Massey University faces according to its new pro vice-chancellor, science, Professor Ray Geor.


Awards toast top sheep breeders

Attracting young people to sheep farming and transferring expert knowledge and experience were two recurring themes during the recent National Ewe Hogget Awards.

Steele by name and nature

Anna Steele grew up with farmer politics: her father Richard Steele was twice the chair of Ruapehu Federated Farmers and was integral in setting up Ruapehu Feds to take control of the fight against Bovine TB in the region.

Farm Health

Gong for Oamaru vet

Oamaru vet Dave Robinson has been recognised for his huge contribution to the sheep and beef sector, receiving the inaugural…

Treats for training?

I am often asked if I use ‘treats’ to train dogs. My answer is, very occasionally.

Machinery & Products

We came, we saw, we ate

Well it's all over for another year. The tents and flagpoles have been taken down, the bark and mulch have been…

One for the techies

Our lives seem to revolve around smartphones and tablets, so the recent launch of a useful app by AGCO will…


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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Your canine crusader always thought politicians were full of the proverbial, but it seems the drongos at NZ First have…

Dead horse floggers

Your old mate reckons the anti-GE nutters at GE Free NZ can’t help flogging their dead horse theme about the…


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Wool generally holds ground

The latest combined North and South Island wool auction saw a 91% clearance and a generally firm market, says NZWSI…

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