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Rabbits not dying like flies!

Scientists say although the new rabbit calicivirus is working as expected, farmers are not seeing the knockdown they may have hoped for.


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…



Nice idea — Editorial

Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor last week at Fieldays launched his new Rural Proofing Policy – with…


Kiwi farmers tour US

New Zealand dairy farmers visiting California dairy farms last month were surprised at how far behind US farms were in…



Right hybrid, right paddock

Three big challenges have many farmers looking at self-containing their farming operations and growing most of their feed on land they either own or control.

Kiwifruit growers to wave the flag for NZ

New Zealand's new national ambassadors for sustainable farming and growing, Mark and Catriona White, are getting better-than-average production out of their kiwifruit operation using organic farming methods.


An investment for the future

Combining the expertise of three businesses solved the Rogers effluent problems on their 126ha family farm just south of Taupiri, Waikato. 

Getting calves off to a great start

Dairy farmers and calf rearers will in a few months be flat-out dealing with new life on farms. AgResearch scientist Dr Sue McCoard and colleagues are working on adding valuable science and data to this important task. 

Farm Health

NCD researcher wins grant

Early detection of neonatal calf diarrhoea (NCD) is top of mind for the winner of the National Fieldays Sir Don Llewellyn Scholarship.


Early mating pays dividends

A trial of sexed semen at the Lincoln University Dairy Farm could result in gross income rising by at least $16,000.

Copper complacency slipping into herds

Copper deficiency is again stalking New Zealand’s cattle, brought on by traditional pastoral deficiency and shifts in farming practices over the past two decades.

Get real about milk fever

Milk fever wastes time and massively stresses cows and farmers, says Taranaki farm consultant Pat Poletti.

Machinery & Products


Parents in control

Polaris has introduced the Ranger 150 EFI, for riders 10 years or older.

Sturdy, simple

The new Deutz Fahr 4080.4 E recently launched by Power Farming Wholesale follows on from its introduction in Australia. 

Film wrap on bales proving a winner on farm

The latest Krone Comprima net wrap unit is proving its worth to Wairarapa dairy farmer Lewis Herrick by enabling him to use net-wrap or a net replacement film for the first time.


Plug-and-play Kia

First came Kia Motors New Zealand’s launch of the Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models in March, and now the…


Ranger soon on the prowl

Having dominated the ute market for the last three years, Ford NZ says it will launch its 2019 Ranger in…

Sure to blaze a UK trail

News noted last year that the price of the Land Rover Discovery 6 was right up there, perhaps too high…


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Surprise, surprise

Your old mate hears that animal rights advocates walked out of a recent Government-led hui after representatives of groups they…

Gone to blazers!

The Hound notes this very special year for the Society Fieldays: celebrating the event’s 50th birthday.


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Farmers deserve answers

OPINION: Most farmers would be surprised to learn there is no evidence that New Zealand agriculture is warming the planet. 

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