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Show me the numbers

Federated Farmers wants Labour to tell farmers “what numbers you have in mind."

 

HortNZ says "let’s not do this"

Reacting to Labour statement on freshwater, and in the absence of any detailed policy to go with that, Horticulture New Zealand says "let’s not do this".

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

 

A good move — Editorial

Fonterra is being criticised for its expensive advertising campaign promoting the co-op, the dairy industry and its farmer shareholders.

Agribusiness

 

Management

Poo-powered electricity, hot water

A biogas recovery system using methane from dairy effluent to generate electricity and heat water was one of three finalists in the Energy Technology of the Year award in the 2017 Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards.

 

Science helping farms combat wet conditions

An expert in dairy production systems says farmers now have more science based tools to help them deal with the very wet conditions occurring in many regions, but good farm management still has a big role.

Getting real numbers on nitrate leaching

Dunsandel dairy farmer Tony Coltman is “100% confident” he can conform to strict new Environment Canterbury nitrogen leaching limits due to take effect by 2022.

Farm Health

 

Lambs good for training pups

Lambing is looming closer and if you have a young dog that isn’t showing much enthusiasm for sheep take advantage of the window of opportunity this season offers.

Benefits of shearing pregnant ewes

Industry funded studies in New Zealand have shown that mid-pregnancy shearing can increase multiple-born lamb birthweight by up to 0.7 kg and lamb survival by 3 to 5%.

Machinery & Products

JD and Kramer in sales deal

John Deere has allied with Kramer-Werke, a German materials handling gear maker, to distribute the latter’s products via the JD dealer network.

Universal display for green machines

The new John Deere 4640 Universal Display enables customers to use the most common and popular John Deere applications in a portable display that has the latest internal components, design and user interface.

 

Quad quandary over passenger rule

WorkSafe's recent statement that carrying a passenger on a single seat quad might be acceptable in exceptional circumstances – particularly when there is no other alternative – appears to be something of a hospital pass.

Diesel’s days numbered?

Engine maker Cummins has been the go-to engine provider for many ag machine manufacturers for decades. And who doesn’t love the sound of a big Cummins motor under load?

Perky pivot places loads precisely

While telehandlers are gaining acceptance in New Zealand, they still only sell in relatively small numbers compared to the UK, where 50% of agricultural operations are reckoned to use them.

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

Nasty lot

Your old mate reckons multinational, tax-dodging political activist lobby group Greenpeace is proving just how nasty it can get when…

Not a puff

Winston Peters, has proven again to be all hat and no trousers.

 

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The proof is in the pasture

Corporate farmer Colin Armer, among New Zealand’s most prominent, says dairying will prosper more by greater pasture utilisation than by…

 
 

Markets

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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…