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OCD offers fixed milk price

New Zealand’s second largest milk processor, Open Country Dairy is offering suppliers a fixed milk price of $6.05/kgMS for the next season.

 

One-stop ag shop at Massey

Except for veterinary science, all Massey University agricultural academic courses are now in one school – the School of Agriculture headed by Professor Peter Kemp.

World

Arla spending big

European dairy co-op Arla Foods will spend $850 million this year to expand its business.

 

EU dairy exports on the rise

While overall dairy exports from New Zealand and Australia are declining, the European Union is showing strong export growth, says…

Opinion

 

Agribusiness

Positive start for milk

Export commodity prices have started 2018 on a firm footing thanks in part to the buoyant global trade backdrop. 

 

A vine time to take the helm

The kiwifruit industry is progressive and developing rapidly, says Stu Hutchings, who takes over as chief executive of Kiwifruit Vine…

Management

Better than a beer or a yarn

For the latest ideas and products for farming innovation and excellence, it’s hard to go past the East Coast Farming Expo, on April 11 and 12 at the Wairoa A and P Showground. 

 

Managing the volatile climate

Recent bizarre weather – floods quickly followed by drought – has prompted a Massey University scientist to suggest that farmers may need to look at changing their farm systems.

Lincoln offers organic diploma

Organic farming advocates are welcoming a new Lincoln University course leading to a diploma in organic agri-food production.

Getting rid of on-farm plastic

The rules on waste disposal by farmers and growers are changing: the traditional options of burning and burying are no longer allowed. 

Farm Health

New lepto strain needs care

Dairy farmers and workers must take extra precautions because a newly discovered strain of leptospirosis is not covered by a vaccine.

Start thinking about BCS now

In general, all mammals use their own body reserves (fat and protein from body tissues) in early lactation, to meet the demands of milk production.

 

Is facial eczema coming?

Farmers in and around the Taihape /Hunterville regions of the North Island are being warned to watch for signs of facial eczema (FE).

TB research wins award

The science underpinning New Zealand’s TBfree programme has earned an award for its researchers.

Machinery & Products

Makes stubble short work

Designed specifically for stubble cultivation and seedbed preparation, the Pottinger Terradisc compact disc harrow has a compact layout and aggressive disc angle position to promote mixing of harvest residues in shallow seed beds and stubble. 

 

Giant is a real workhorse

While tractor-mounted frontloaders still take the lion’s share of the handling chores on Kiwi farms, telescopic handlers are gaining traction, and a third option in the form of compact wheeled loaders is also finding favour.

600 Series raises the stakes

Making its public debut in New Zealand on the Claas Harvest Centre site at Waimumu was the new Arion 600 Series tractors. 

Motoring

Small SUV with huge potential

Following the meteoric rise in the SUV market over the last decade, Korean manufacturer Hyundai has launched a small SUV.

 

T60 takes on the big boys

LDV distributor Great Lake Motors says it expects to shake up New Zealand’s ute market with its new LDV T60.

 

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