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Slight rise in WMP price

Whole milk powder (WMP) price rose slightly in the overnight Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction.

World

Oz milk yield up

Australian dairy farmers produced an estimated 650 million litres in March, an increase of 2% on March 2017. 

 

Co-op’s hedge kept Canadians out

Canadian processor Saputo, on the verge of becoming Australia’s largest dairy player, looked at investing in New Zealand 16 years…

Opinion

Be honest — Editorial

At times it is hard not to believe the meme that ‘Minister of Everything’ David Parker really does hate farmers…

 

Feds never was anti-NAIT

Some assertions made in the Rural News editorial, ‘Get with the programme’ on April 3, 2018 were unfair, wildly untrue…

Agribusiness

 

Management

Trimming goats' hooves

Overgrown hooves can cause a lot of problems for dairy goats, including stress on joints and bacterial and fungal infections.

 

No s**t Sherlock

If every farm in New Zealand used the new ClearTech system for harvesting clean water from dairy effluent, NZ would save 42 billion litres of freshwater each year.

Young Māori to the fore

Three young Māori farmers will compete in late May for the title of Young Māori Farmer of the year. 

Farm Health

 

Spare the fibre, spoil your season

With dry off date just around the corner for the vast majority of spring calving herds, it is easy to assume the next few months leading up to spring presents an opportunity to relax and take a breather. 

Good autumn may lead to increased worm burden

Good Autumn growth sets the scene for maximum growth rates in beef cattle post-weaning, but beware worms in pasture, warns Paul McKee, an animal health technical manager at Ravensdown.

Calm ewes equals more lambs

A calm temperament in ewes improves ovulation rate and successful pregnancies, according to a study published by The University of Western Australia (UWA). 

Machinery & Products

Perfect for tight turns, small farms

The 1012 series Gyrotedders from Kuhn is expanding with the arrival of two mounted and two trailed models (GF 8712 / 8712T and GF 10812 /10812T) with eight and 10 rotors respectively, in working widths of 8.70m and 10.80m. 

 

Love affair with front-end loaders

New Zealand farmers seem to have a love affair with front-end loaders, particularly in comparison to their European counterparts who around the 100hp mark switch their allegiance to more specialised telehandlers.

Don’t rely on ‘she’ll be right’

Race and rally drivers’, do it, airplane passengers do it, even the Fonterra tanker drivers do it — so why is it that most farmers and contractors don’t appear to see the need to wear a seat belt? 

Motoring

Holden Calais-V not too shabby

The question often asked about the new Commodore is, “will Aussies accept a German car as a replacement for Commodores…

 
 

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Silence is golden

The Hound notes that former ag minister Nathan Guy is settling into the role of opposition MP and having a…

Easy answer

It takes a bit to make your canine crusader raise his eyebrows at the hypocrisy of these do-gooder outfits with…

 
 

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