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The new green gold?

The world avocado market is worth at least $9 billion globally and NZ Avocado is confident supply is increasing, but demand is increasing even more, says chief executive Jen Scoular.

Drought research looks at impacts

A Northland Regional Council scientist and her manager are investigating the differences between – and local implications of – two drought types in Northland.

 

Farmers in the gun from new laws

Many farmers still don’t realise how they may be affected by the new gun laws, claims Ian Brabbs, president of the North Canterbury Deerstalkers Association.

World

US milk giant goes bung

America's biggest milk producer, Dean Foods, has filed for bankruptcy and is planning to sell assets.

US exports soar

US dairy exporters keep finding new markets for cheese and dairy ingredients despite facing trade tensions.

Irish dairy on enviro radar

The expansion of the dairy industry in Ireland is starting to affect the environmental health of the country’s lakes, rivers…

Opinion

New farm debt mediation law

Proactive and well-prepared farmers and lenders stand to gain from the introduction of the Farm Debt Mediation scheme, according to…
 

Agribusiness

NZ needs a better story

New Zealand needs to do a better job of telling its story in India, said a speaker at a New…

Making it OK to ask for help

Meat processing company Alliance has started an employee support programme aimed at getting colleagues to look after each other and…

Management

 

Shed upgrade cuts milking time

Matamata goat farmers Wiebe and Piety Smitstra have retrofitted their goat milking shed with a GEA WestfaliaSurge low line double-up herringbone system.

Summer feed options

Feed shortages happen every summer. Ian Williams, Pioneer forage specialist explains some options to fill the feed gap.

Boomer year for OAD farmers

A leading once a day (OAD) farmer says her farm is set to have a record year thanks to a combination of favourable circumstances – especially the weather.

Farm Health

Pig virus on the march

A new report warns that a virus decimating parts of the global pork industry could spread to more countries next year.

Facial eczema – the hidden killer

Most of the damage caused by facial eczema (FE) is subclinical (no obvious external signs) and goes unnoticed until it’s too late, comments Agritrade.

Getting on top of a lousy problem

For strong wool sheep, lice infection is a nuisance more than a hefty financial cost. But, for fine wool sheep the financial toll is much greater. 

Machinery & Products

Air drill offers speed and capacity

The German manufacturer Amazone claims its new Precea precision air-seeder is accurate and user-friendly even at operating speeds of up to 20 km/h.

 

Claas Xerion gets on track

Claas has introduced crawler tracks, Stage V engines and the next generation CEBIS operating system to its advanced technology Xerion tractors.

Big wins for New Holland

New Holland Agriculture received two accolades at the recent Agritechnica 2019 agri show -- the world’s largest -- in Hanover, Germany.

Gong for MF’s mid-range tractor

The Massey Ferguson MF 6700 S Stage V series has won the Agritechnica Machine of the Year Award in the mid-power tractor category.

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Motoring

New entry level model for Hilux

Toyota New Zealand has broadened its Hilux range with a new entry level two-wheel drive, the WorkMate, aimed at buyers…

New wagon a little different

Subaru's latest SUV offering fills a need for drivers looking for something smaller and a little more potent than your…

Hilux ups the ante on safety

Toyota has raised the safety benchmark at grassroots level by introducing its Toyota Safety Sense Package on its hugely popular…

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Useless

The Hound notes that one of the country’s poorest financially performing state-owned enterprises – the Government farming entity Landcorp (or…

Rural revolt

Your old mate hears that the antics of the Government – especially the NZ First component – are fuelling motivation…

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