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What now?

Aged 64, Malcolm Bailey says farewell after a stellar career in the dairy industry but his knowledge, innovation and drive will not be lost to the wider primary sector.

DCANZ chief bows out

Malcolm Bailey says one of the difficult things he's had to overcome in his tenure with DCANZ is getting traction in the media to point out all the initiatives and works that have been done by the industry in the face of public criticism.

World

Oz farmers study N usage

Australian dairy farmers are backing a new five-year research project looking into reducing the reliance on nitrogen fertilisers used in…

Opinion

Editorial: Slow down!

OPINION: The latest Federated Farmers survey of farmer confidence paints a worrying picture.

He waka what?

OPINION: "We are all in this waka together” which, when translated, becomes “He Waka Eke Noa”.

100 years and still going strong

OPINION: This year we're marking the centenary of the New Zealand Meat Board (NZMB) and this represents a good opportunity…

Editorial: Reinstate MIQ?

OPINION: NZ's biosecurity officials and services are rightly on high alert, following a recent outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease…

Agribusiness

Ag contractors roadshow

Rural contractors will gather at five roadshows during August to focus on cost volatility and drivers.

Management

The climate challenge

One of the recent challenges facing Trevor Johnson and his team at Paparata Station has been the changing climate.

Four into one goes nicely

Instead of running Paparata as one station, Trevor Johnson has divided it into four separately managed blocks - each designed to complement the other and run by four separate managers.

King Country's hidden jewel

The so-called Forgotten Highway, between Taumaranui and Stratford, has many surprises to offer - if you care to stop and look. In farming terms, one of these is Paparata Station, near the settlement of Tokirima, owned by Trevor Johnson. Peter Burke recently paid a visit to this magnificent property.

Getting better with training

This calving season will be a little different for dairy farmer Jo Forsyth thanks to a recent MINDA LIVE training session that marked somewhat of a ‘turning point’ in her confidence and utilisation of the technology.

Farm Health

Indonesian meat ban

Travellers are no longer allowed to bring personal consignments of any meat products from Indonesia into New Zealand.

Careful when feeding grain

Rumen acidosis usually occurs in sheep that are introduced rapidly to grain feeding or have been grazed on stubble paddocks where there is a lot of grain left after harvest.

OAD feeding works

Torey and Reece Williams are contract milking 830 cows (in three herds) on 230 hectares for Mark and Leanne Miers at Reporoa.

Machinery & Products

New disc cultivator launched

Väderstad has introduced a new disc cultivator – the Carrier XT 425-625 – featuring rotating disc axles, that optimizes results over a range of working depths with easy machine setting.

Farm plastics recyclers join forces

The two main plastic collection programmes in New Zealand’s primary sector have agreed to work together to improve the services they provide farmers and growers.

JD unlocks its digital system

As a long-term advocate of digital technology, John Deere has taken the route of mass data capture, rather than concentrating on direct driver aids – such as TIM (tractor implement management).

Motoring

Kiwi fave goes green

A firm favourite of rural families and those seeking to get off the beaten track, Subaru has announced the introduction…

New-look 'Step-Thru'

Remarkably there are still many of the venerable Honda step-throughs operating on rural properties throughout New Zealand.

Safari on a Trek to NZ

Exclusive to the New Zealand market and available in limited supply, the Suzuki Jimny Safari adds to an already versatile…

A price saving proposition

A bit like Vegemite, the first impression raised when you encounter a Mahindra Pik Up is love or hate –…

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The Hound

Fruitful change?

OPINION: Your canine crusader notes that meat company Silver Fern Farms has undergone quite a refresh over the last few…

All for show?

OPINION: The Hound notes that Fonterra is cashing in on the curent government's largesse with taxpayer money.

Milking It

Three Waters in trouble?

OPINION: Yet another sign has emerged that the Government's controversial Three Waters reform could be in trouble.

Doco maker wrong

OPINION: A documentary maker who wrongly claims in his film that cows in New Zealand live only one quarter of…

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