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Dry cow therapy minus antibiotics

Taranaki sharemilker Shaun Eichstaedt was the first New Zealander to replace traditional antibiotic dry cow therapy (DCT) with a high-strength probiotic.

 

Changes are afoot

There has been a mixed response by the agriculture sector to the recently released Climate Change Commission’s 2021 draft report. 

World

No FTA joy

There is widespread praise from both the primary and business sectors for the signing last week of a revamped free…

NZ and China sign FTA upgrade

Trade Ministers for New Zealand and China have signed an upgrade to the free trade agreement between the two countries.

NZ to host virtual APEC

New Zealand will be in the virtual spotlight for the next 12 months as it hosts the APEC (Asia Pacific…

Opinion

 

Time for UK to 'walk the talk'

OPINION: One of life’s commercial shibboleths is that one should be wary of going into business with close friends because…

Agribusiness

Better butter set to boom

Beset by food fads and bad science, butter’s reputation is enjoying a sustained resurgence. Southern Pasture’s new senior vice president…

Management

Major task ahead for NZ farming

New modelling from the Climate Change Commission has outlined a major task ahead for the agribusiness industry in New Zealand.

Securing a future for NZ pastures

Farmers, scientists and rural industry leaders are meeting in Waikato later this year to start mapping out a secure future for New Zealand pastures.

 

Keep records of vat temperature

Farmers must assess the milk cooling systems on a regular basis to ensure it meets requirements set out by the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI).

Meeting milk cooling rules

The Ministry for Primary Industries New Zealand Code of Practice for the design and operation of Farm Dairies introduced new milk cooling standards over two years ago.

Refrigeration is crucial in milking shed

Refrigeration is a key element in ensuring milk is cooled and stored at the correct temperature and there are a range a range of products and solutions for dairy farms of varying sizes.

Farm Health

Breeders sale

New Zealand Holstein breeders are offering their best for the Autumn Harvest Sale at Cambridge Raceway in April.

Lessons from M.Bovis outbreak

The chair of a new committee set up to review the handling of Mycoplasma bovis outbreak says it isn’t a witch-hunt.

Wiltshires in big demand

The demand for Wiltshire sheep is “incredible and unbelievable”, according to the country’s major breeder of the sheep that sheds its wool.

MPI to review heat stress issue

MPI says a significant amount of work is under way this year to update animal welfare codes and provide updated advice to farmers for issues such as heat stress.

Machinery & Products

 

Preventing vehicle fatalities

Light vehicles – two wheelers, quads, and LUVs or side by sides – are essential tools on New Zealand farms. Unfortunately they also account for up to half the deaths on farms every year.

Kodiak built for the tough stuff

While the stranglehold of ATV’s on the off-road market has been tempered by the arrival of side by sides or UTV’s, the sector is still strong, particularly on narrow tracks or areas of difficult terrain.

Bigfoot comes up trumps

Call them what you will, but UTVs, or side-by-sides, have certainly found a place in much of New Zealand’s rural sector.

Motoring

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The Hound

Great idea

OPINION: Your old mate has long argued Landcorp’s farming business – Pamu – is a bigger dog than he is.

Unemployable?

OPINION: Your canine crusader shakes his head at the complete lack of practical and real-world knowledge in both government and…

Milking It

Oat milk sells

OPINION: Fake milk works for some. Fashionable Swedish alt-milk brand Oatly is seeking a US stock market listing that could…

Labour shortage

If you think labour shortage on New Zealand dairy farms is unique to our country, then think again.

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