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Adding value more than just adding cost

The term ‘value added’ is too often used as a vague generic, and farmers need to consider specific strategies for adding value, says Rabobank analyst Blake Holgate.

More stainless steel, less milk

New Zealand dairy processors could struggle to get enough milk to operate their plants, according to a new report by Rabobank.

 

Look at this, boyo

Rural News machinery editor Mark Daniel took time during a recent whistle-stop European study tour to visit the Royal Welsh Show.

World

 

A farmer with a difference

Given that the average farm size in northern Italy is 9.8ha, the operation run by Dario Soresina and his family…

Opinion

 

Water trading not a good idea

Fellow Feds board member Andrew Hoggard and I have just returned from a five-day study tour in Australia hosted by…

Use soil to deal with carbon

The solution to the soil carbon conundrum is found in the ability of the practical pastoral farmer to manage and…

Agribusiness

 

Telford enters new era

Lincoln University's transfer of its Telford agricultural training operation at Balclutha to Wairarapa-based Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre has been completed,…

Management

Laid back and loving it

The Irwin family -- Geoff, Lee and son Steve -- milk 330 cows on 83ha at Kiwitahi, near Morrinsville, in what Geoff describes as “a relaxed farming system”.

 

Groundwater level up, nitrate down

A pilot project to remediate groundwater in the Hinds District in Mid-Canterbury is a success, according to a report into its first year’s operation.

Farm Health

Velvet pills aid dog welfare

Farmers are buying a deer velvet supplement to give their working dogs zest and longevity, claims the maker, Gevir, of Havelock North.

 

Lepto vaccine not the only safeguard

Early results from a Massey University study show animal vaccinations are effective in preventing leptospirosis shedding in NZ dairy cattle, reducing exposure to humans.

Record strike of bulls

Holstein Friesian New Zealand (HFNZ) says its joint sire proving programme with CRV Ambreed is breaking records.

Machinery & Products

New quad works hard, rides easy

For ten years quads have been getting bigger and piling on cubic capacity: it’s no surprise now to see machines of 750, 800 or even 1000cc.

Pottinger delivers the numbers

Although conditions in the agricultural machinery sector continue to be difficult, the family-owned Austrian firm of Pöttinger was still able to increase sales by 2% to Eur 308 million in the 2016-17 financial year.

 

High-tech and high-spec

Matt Walker, of Barrhill Dairy Ltd in Mid-Canterbury, runs a mixed operation that focuses on 2200 cows milked through two dairies, producing 1.3 million kgMS per annum.

Is it time for a change?

The subject of quad safety is never far from the news media, but recent recommendations by Wellington coroner Brigitte Windley following the death of a 56-year-old Otago worker in 2014 do nothing to advance a solution.

Motoring

Built for speed and more!

Best known for its enduring off-road ability, the Toyota Land Cruiser has added another plaudit to its CV – notching…

Drive this over the Jones

You'll stand out if you're prepared to hand over the moolah for the Jeep Brute Sport. It won’t so much…

 

New kid on the block

The new kid on the SUV block will have auto sales and marketing managers burning the midnight oil and scratching…

The best just got better

When we reviewed the VW Amorak in February 2016, it was fair to say we quite liked it. For 2017,…

A ute this ain’t!

The latest Land Cruiser 70 series from Toyota is a truck, so it won’t be the choice of Remuera Roamers,…

 

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The Hound

Shrinking minority

This old mutt suggests that if the polls are correct in picking a change of government at the election, then…

No teeth here

Meanwhile, the Hound hears that the supposedly kind, caring, friendly-to-everyone Labour leader Jacinda Ardern is showing none of these qualities…

 

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South Island wool sale eases

South Island wool sale eases

The 4700 bales on offer saw a 74% clearance with mixed results, however all prices paid locally are still above…

Wool continues to ease

Wool continues to ease

The 7250 bales of North Island wool on offer saw a 72% clearance with most types easing further.

 

Rural Life

Ozone in the vineyard

The word ozone conjures up images of big holes in the atmosphere, stronger UV light, the risk of severe sunburn…

Drones versus birds

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