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Tatua smashes $10 barrier

Waikato milk processor Tatua says keeping products moving to overseas customers during the pandemic was one of the highlights of its last financial year.

New regs boost Massey Ag course enrolments

Demand for expertise in sustainable nutrient management, environmental planning and improved freshwater outcomes has seen Massey University's range of agricultural short courses pass the 4300-enrolment mark.

World

Oz milk co-op fined $11,000

An Australian farmer co-operative that purchases milk from farmers across the country has been fined $11,000 for breaching the country's…

Dutch co-op turns 150

One of the world's largest dairy co-operatives celebrated its 150th birthday this month.

Opinion

Water entity concerns run deep

OPINION: Federated Farmers joins the many council-elected representatives and citizens up and down the country urging the Government to go…

Getting broadband to everyone

OPINION: Recent episodes of Fair Go have highlighted the difficulties a number of rural people have in getting access to quality, reliable…

Editorial: Get vaccinated!

OPINION: Rural NZ is again getting the rough end of the stick when it comes to services - this time…

Agribusiness

$1b windfall for shareholders

Fonterra's plan to return $1 billion to shareholders in three years through the divestments of overseas milk pools is the…

Prices boom on sluggish growth

Dairy Global commodity prices have enjoyed a period of strength in September. Overall, the global market fundamentals remain well-balanced, but…

Pyke to chair AGMARDT

Former Foundation of Arable Research (FAR) chief executive Nick Pyke is chair of the AGMARDT Board of Trustees.

Management

Flexible milking regime going well at LUDF

A flexible milking regime adopted this season on the Lincoln University Demonstration Dairy Farm (LUDF) is going "surprisingly well', says the farm administrator Jeremy Savage.

Deciding dry cow management plan

At the end of lactation, dairy cows require a dry period that is sufficiently long to allow the udder tissue to repair and rejuvenate.

Another way to manage N use

A new product has been launched that is said to increase soil productivity, improve nitrogen efficiency and in the end, profit per hectare.

Farm Health

Spoilt for choice

For Matamata dairy farmers Michelle and Bill Burgess, one cattle breed is ticking all the boxed for their milkers this mating season.

Fighting antibiotic resistance

A biological product called Amplimune is helping with the worldwide fight against antibiotic resistance in livestock.

Machinery & Products

ATV kit offers speed control, geofencing

Off-road specialists Polaris has launched a new speedcontrol and geofencing kit, aimed at keeping operators and workplaces safer by allowing users to set maximum speed limits and limit speeds in geofenced areas.

Protective tint

Now available in New Zealand, Wildcat Static Cling Tint adds a protective layer to the windows of your tractor, harvester or other self-propelled units, to help keep out harmful UV rays and heat, without expensive professional tinting.

New owner for stoll

German company Stoll, the well-known manufacturer of tractor front loaders and attachments that claims to be the second largest producer in the world, has been brought by Czech company Agrostroj Pelhřimov.

Fert spreaders get a revamp

Kuhn has updated its MDS range of fertiliser spreaders, giving farmers more options to upgrade machines as situations change, rather than having to change to a new machine.

Keeping everyone safe

As tractors get larger and front linkage kits become more common, many have started fitting underrun or collision protection systems.

Motoring

New-look 'Step-Thru'

Remarkably there are still many of the venerable Honda step-throughs operating on rural properties throughout New Zealand.

Safari on a Trek to NZ

Exclusive to the New Zealand market and available in limited supply, the Suzuki Jimny Safari adds to an already versatile…

A price saving proposition

A bit like Vegemite, the first impression raised when you encounter a Mahindra Pik Up is love or hate –…

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The Hound

Flag it!

OPINION: Agriculture and Trade Minister Damien O'Connor tried to keep his latest overseas jaunt secret squirrel.

Oh dear!

OPINION: This old mutt suggests that farmers' growing discontent with Beef+Lamb NZ's performance is going to reach fever peak after…

Milking It

Feeling the heat

US dairy farmers have a new threat to their business - heat waves.

Class action

The news has gone from bad to worse for a2 Milk - the company Synlait had hitched its wagon to.

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