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Farmers urged to plant more trees

If farmers want to offset their emissions under the likely Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), then it is rational to plant forestry and get the carbon credits for that, says Farm Foresters Association president Neil Cullen.

Only two regions disease-free

37 farms have been confirmed as infected with Mycoplasma bovis by the Ministry for Primary Industries — eight in the North Island and 29 in the South.

 

NZ needs to get bolder

New Zealand companies aren’t bold enough when taking innovation overseas, says Callaghan agritech innovation expert Nicky Molloy.

Long, slow return for M. bovis farmer

Southland beef farmer Ben Walling is suing Southern Centre Dairies owner, Alfons Zeestraten over the spread of the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis.

World

Call for Brexit revote

Britain should hold a second referendum on Brexit to make sure the British people fully understand what they will be…

 

Oz farmer forced to sell stock

With feed costs almost doubling, one drought-stricken Australian dairy farmer has been deciding to regularly sell livestock. He would like…

Opinion

Science the answer to debate

The previous government issued a call-to-action to New Zealand: double primary production export earnings while maintaining or improving water quality. 

 

Debate heating up — Editorial

We've had lately an abundance of reports on how New Zealand should tackle its carbon emissions profile – especially regarding…

Agribusiness

 

Local rich-lister to help scheme

Waimate contractor – and rich-lister – Gary Rooney will back a South Canterbury irrigation scheme that was left gasping by…

Management

Vets worry about muddy cows

The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) is very concerned about the animal welfare consequences of poor practices during winter grazing, says chief veterinary officer Helen Beattie.

The show will go on!

The country’s biggest annual A&P show will go ahead with cattle classes this year despite the threat of spreading Mycoplasma bovis.

 

A good plan for sheep, beef farmers

Environmental compliance is already a common business practice in dairying and horticulture, and now sheep and beef farmers must devise farm environmental plans (FEP) — a daunting prospect for some. 

Immense crop farms amaze Kiwis

Four kiwi arable farmers were amazed recently to see the immensity of the cropping industries in western Europe and Ukraine.

Farm Health

Decoding your milk urea

Several years back, milk processors provided new information on Milk Urea Nitrogen (MUN). While some farmers understand the test, the implications of the test and how to manipulate it, there are still many who don’t.

New welfare rules: best to check

With new animal welfare regulations coming into effect on October 1, even if you already think you are doing the right thing it’s best to check.

Machinery & Products

Cruiser offers an all-in package

The nebula blue ute parked on the drive looks the part, but is it up to the undertaking the rigours of a week in cow-country Waikato?

 

Is Zetor staging a comeback?

The Zetor tractor is not a common sight on New Zealand’s farms, but Dairy News suspects there may still be a few out there earning their keep. 

Lemken buys an eye to the future

The German cultivation and seeding specialist Lemken has bought the Dutch company Skeketee – part of its plan to promote mechanical weeding, given the pressure growing on the use of weedkillers.

Fencing keeps noses apart

The problem of Mycoplasma bovis points up the need for better farm biosecurity measures, helped admirably by Strainrite Fencing Systems’ new M-Stop 1 metre outrigger system.

Motoring

Touring around in comfort

Okay Holden, you’re not fooling anyone with your raised ride height and plastic wheel arches; the Calais-V Tourer is no…

Forester comes out of the woods

Given that the Subaru Forester virtually started the trend to SUVs years ago, the New Zealand motoring public’s assigning to…

Never lose your car

A new entry-level Range Rover Velar is set to be the model Kiwi motorists can better afford. 

Holden goes easy on fuel

Holden has released details of the first-ever diesel Commodore, launching it alongside the first diesel-powered version of the new medium-size…

Baby Ram no toddler!

The Ram 2500 and 3500 utes have a name for big load-carrying and towing capability but come with a hefty…

 

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The Hound

Forgetful?

Speaking of M. bovis, the Hound understands the latest outburst by a farmer hit early on by the cattle disease…

Fatally flawed?

A mate of the Hound – a former technician and founder of an electronics business – reckons the NAIT system…

 
 

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