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Flood-affected farmers hold ground

Westland District mayor Bruce Smith isn’t buying suggestions that productive farmland at Franz Josef should be abandoned to the flood-prone Waiho River.

 

NZ cashing in on boutique foods

New Zealand has been better than Australia at capitalising on the market for boutique foods, according to a top Australian scientist.

Farmers want clarity – Guy

Farmers want policy certainty and are petrified about “kneejerk popular politics” similar to what the Government did with the oil and gas industry, says National agriculture spokesman Nathan Guy.

World

 

Where to for the UK?

“On a knife-edge,” is how NZ’s former high commissioner to London, Sir Lockwood Smith, describes the British government’s EU exit…

Opinion

 

A tale of two shows

OPINION: There were clear winners and losers in this year's regional field days circuit.

Report shows way on climate change

OPINION: The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s (PCE) recent comprehensive report: “Farms, Forests and Fossil Fuels” shows the clear way…

Tenure review of land to end

The Minister for Land Information, Eugenie Sage, announced on February 17 that the ‘tenure review’ of Crown pastoral land under…

Agribusiness

 

Management

Award for planning tool

Ballance Agri Nutrients’ farm environment planning tool MitAgator last month won the Smart Farming Award at the South Island Agricultural Field Days at Kirwee.

 

Farming on Mt Horrible

Farming is a three-generation family affair for the Haywards of Mt Horrible, near Timaru.

Pasture growth raises morale

Scattered rain over the past few weeks has been enough to encourage new pasture growth, helping to raise morale amongst Waikato’s farmers.

Farm Health

Seeing the bottom of M. bovis?

An update meeting on Mycoplasma bovis in Hamilton earlier this month, threw up several questions, not least where were all the farmers?

Pasture road map boosts feed goals

Now is the time for dairy farmers to develop a pasture ‘road map’ to ensure they have enough feed to take their farms through calving to the balance date in mid-September.

Machinery & Products

Portable power on the farm

Erratic weather and seismic events, more frequent these days, are prompting many farmers to have standby generators on site.

Futuristic sprayer sets standard

Now part of the Kubota Corporation, machinery manufacturer Kverneland is on a roll, particularly with new products coming to market.

 

Spray variability all sorted

Applying chemicals to arable or grassland crops has many variables — differing chemical formats and target volumes, and forward speeds that vary with undulating terrain.

Motoring

2019 Rav 4 unwrapped

Toyota NZ has unwrapped the 2019 RAV 4, the SUV first seen in boxy guise 30 years ago at the…

Puts up and impresses

Mahindra, seeking to reintroduce its products to Kiwis, recently took motoring journalists on a day-long drive from Auckland to Rotorua,…

A real small-block bruiser

You wouldn't credit a 6.1L Chevy small-block V8 with a fuel economy figure of 7.8L/100km but that’s the figure displayed…

 

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The Hound

Fail!

PM Jacinda Ardern may have many talents, but an understanding of business is clearly not one of them.

The good life?

Your canine crusader admires those people in high positions who do not take their own self-importance too seriously and are…

 
 

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