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Dairy is not evil

Irrigation New Zealand chief executive Andrew Curtis believes there will always be a place for dairy.

New hope for high and dry irrigators

Farmers in the Hawarden basin in North Canterbury could still get an irrigation scheme by 2021, despite the failure of the Hurunui Water Project to attract enough interest to proceed.

 

Bula to beef farming Fiji style

Rex and Lynette Smith have spent decades building a successful charter fishing company. Now they've set up a beef cattle operation in Fiji from scatch.

World

Where to for the UK?

“On a knife-edge,” is how NZ’s former high commissioner to London, Sir Lockwood Smith, describes the British government’s EU exit…

 

Opinion

One year down the track

Minister of Agriculture and Biosecurity, Damien O’Connor explains what's been done this year in government. 

 

Agribusiness

Velvet prospects looking sound

Prospects for the velvet market during the 2018-19 season are expected to be reasonably stable, says Deer Industry NZ (DINZ).

 

Apprenticeship draws a crowd

One in five people interested in taking up dairy apprenticeships are from Auckland and one in three people placed in…

Management

Sheep milking farmers wanted

Farmers between Auckland and Taupo can now take the plunge into sheep milk, says Maui Milk general manager Peter Gatley.

 

Reputation of milk quality is paramount

We have all had to deal with milk quality issues onfarm at some stage in our farming careers — whether it be a freezing point grade or high bulk somatics on the first pick-up or perhaps an antibiotic scare during the season.

Taking the sting out of milk

If your milk cooling system is not capable of meeting the new milk cooling regulations, you may need secondary cooling. 

Farm Health

Prepare for smaller, more productive herds

Dairy farmers worldwide are being urged to prepare now for a future with a smaller herd of higher producing cows, says the general manager of World Wide Sires New Zealand, Hank Lina.

Update NAIT account regularly

West Coast farmer Andrew Stewart believes the key to animal traceability is to keep your National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) account regularly updated.

Machinery & Products

Make farming safer, easier

Smart farmers won't just look to technlogy to save time and energy — they'll also look to it to imporve onfarm safety.

 

Combi baler gives a big productivity boost

Increasing daily bale output was a priority for Davidson Contracting and the key reason for the firm’s upgrading its NH BR 6090 baler to a New Holland RB125C combi at the start of last season. 

Companion helps with loading

Frontloader specialist Quicke's Q-companion is designed to allow operators to record weights of materials loaded, so it proves useful for mixing rations or loading trucks with produce for hauling away from a farm. 

JCB takes on the world

Despite Brexit being foreshadowed as a handbrake on Britain’s exports to Europe, it seems the future holds no fear for construction and farm machinery maker JCB, which has just released impressive year 2017 financial results.

Motoring

Golden eagle soars

The Jeep legend was born in WWII but it came of age in the 1970s with a Golden Eagle version…

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…

 

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New career?

The Hound reckons former agriculture minister and speaker of the House David Carter is heeding calls for him to get…

One law for all?

The Hound would like to know why Greenpeace activists who break the law never get punished.

 
 

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