Farmers urged to question board

Fonterra farmers are disappointed with the half-year results announced by Fonterra today, says Fonterra Shareholders Council chairman, Ian Brown.

Synlait lifts forecast payout

Canterbury processor, Synlait Milk has increased its forecast of the market milk price for this season from $4.40/kgMS to a…


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.

Aussie farm outlook brightens

Australian farmers are hearing that good times are coming: a top economic researcher predicts farm production will increase 5.3% to about A$54.4 billion next financial year.

Growers try new grain

Trials of the grain quinoa (‘keenwa’) are expanding in Australia as imports from South America, and prices, soar.


That’s it! - Editorial

Enough is enough! That’s our message to the nutter or nutters responsible for the latest food safety scare to hit…


Feds call time on swaps debacle

Federated Farmers says it is time to move on after the Commerce Commission’s $2.97 million settlement with Westpac over the…


Sheep and beef can match dairy grazing

Wintering dairy cows may be a useful pasture development tool but once the bulk of the regrassing’s done, sheep and beef can at least match the returns, say award winning North Otago farmers Blair and Jane Smith.

The place of bio- control agents

Former AgResearch scientist Tom Fraser, who ran the recent field day, says there is a lot of potential for biological control, but it can be very slow.

Mowing an option?

While the SFF project relates to biological control using the green thistle beetle, Graeme Bourdôt acknowledges that only a limited number of farmers have access to it and other methods have to be used to control this invasive weed. 

Farm Health

Singles make big gains

While much of the focus in the early weaning trials has been on twins, there are even bigger gains to…

Beefing up magnesium via feed

A new magnesium-rich feed blend will help beef farmers defeat hypomagnesaemia (magnesium deficiency) and milk fever (calcium deficiency), says the…

Vets must look at product stewardship

Veterinarians working in agriculture have some major issues on product stewardship looming, says Mark Hosking, managing director of Franklin Vets.

Machinery & Products


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

Bad attitude

Your canine crusader will be interested to see whether anything new comes out of the much-hyped MIE report due to…

Numbers game

The Hound understands the recent crowing by Massey and Lincoln universities about the ‘huge growth’ in ag student numbers this…

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Dream closer to reality

PALMERSTON NORTH student Braydon Schroder is the latest winner of the Hugh Williams Ravensdown Memorial University Scholarship.

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