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Consent chaos in Horizons region

Chaos again prevails over the future of resource consents in the Horizons Regional Council region because of an Environment Court judgement on the implementation of its controversial One Plan.

A long road to clean up waterways

While the public might hope for rapid restoration of water quality in all rivers and lakes in New Zealand, this is unrealistic and scientifically impossible.

 

Wet and cold hits onion harvest

The worst season for 70 years, is how one onion grower in Horowhenua, Chris Pescini, describes the year from hell that has struck his operation.

World

US lawsuit over Irish butter

Wisconsin may be America’s ‘dairy state’ but in butter some citizens’ loyalty lies with Kerrygold from Ireland.

 

Saputo takes over Oz processor

Canadian dairy company Saputo is set to take full control of Australian dairy processor Warrnambool Cheese and Butter.

UK vets worry over Brexit

British vets are nervous about changes that may arise from Brexit, says British Veterinary Association (BVA) president Gudrun Ravetz.

Opinion

Time to own it — Editorial

The immediacy of social media ensured that many dairy farmers shared in real time the horror of watching yet another…

 

Agribusiness

The Loe-down on farm safety

Farmers who resent the attention of WorkSafe inspectors in their workplaces should remember that more people still die on NZ…

 

Primary exports on the increase

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy is welcoming new figures forecasting that primary exports will reach $37.5 billion for the year…

Management

 

CowScout better than an extra worker

GEA’s CowScout Responder accurately identifies cows on heat through remote technology, further allowing better understanding of a herd’s overall health.

Farm Health

 

$1m to fight BVD and FE

Almost $1 million will go to projects aimed at combating animal diseases from the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Farming Fund.

Costly disease targeted in research funding round

The funding of research into facial eczema (FE) and bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD), and better use of antimicrobials and disease management on dairy farms, has been boosted in the latest Sustainable Farming Fund round.

Machinery & Products

S series hits the 400hp mark

Hot on the heels of its A and N series, Finnish tractor manufacturer Valtra has topped out its fourth-generation S series with the flagship S394 model.

Taking lift and pull in its stride

Telehandlers have brought about a big change in materials handling on farms, with increased lift and reach capacities that traditional tractor/loader combinations couldn’t achieve.

 

Mobile filter makes drinking water safe

Treating water collected from roofs, streams, springs, bores often falls into property owners’ too-hard basket, the excuse sometimes being that drinking the stuff builds immunities to local nasties.

Motoring

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,…

 

Now that’s a ute!

A few days driving the MY17 Holden Colorado made it plain to this reviewer that this vehicle has moved on…

 

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The Hound

Backwater?

Your canine crusader often hears claims that South Island’s West Coast is a backwater and behind the times.

Jerks

Your old mate has no time for the multinational, tax dodging, political activist group Greenpeace, which spends most of its…

 

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New Maori dairy factory for BoP

A new Maori-owned new dairy factory is being planned for the Kawerau region, modelled on the first Maori dairy company…

Cluster weights take toll

Some milkers in New Zealand could be lifting 1500-1800kg during each milking, and so doing a lot of work, says…

 
 

Markets

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…