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Merino concerns

The sale of Icebreaker to a United States company could leave the New Zealand merino production industry with too many eggs in one basket.

Dedicated to breeding a good herd

Breeding a good herd of dairy cattle is a priority for Simon and Elle Clarke, who are on their fourth season on 307ha at Hora Hora, near Cambridge.

 

World

 

Co-op’s hedge kept Canadians out

Canadian processor Saputo, on the verge of becoming Australia’s largest dairy player, looked at investing in New Zealand 16 years…

Sourcing better deals in Oz

Fonterra says its launch of Farm Source in Australia is another way of growing its partnership with farmer suppliers.

What is volatility?

Dairy Australia senior industry analyst John Droppert chaired a panel discussion on volatility in the dairy industry. Here are excerpts:

Opinion

 

A questioned posed

Terry Dunleavy poses a question for international drinks empire, Pernod Ricard: why are you using Australian grapes in Montana wine? 

Agribusiness

 

Put heart into agribusiness

It's time to put some heart into the agricultural sector, says Maori leader and member of the NZ Business Hall of…

Management

Selecting genetics will improve beef herds

The first meat quality results from the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Genetics (BLNZ Genetics) beef progeny test are showing that farmers can select genetics to markedly improve their beef herds, and better marbling than expected in some breeds.

 

More than just dropping numbers

The number of animals we have in New Zealand and how we use our land is part of our greenhouse gas emissions profile and must be part of any policy discussions, explains Andy Reisinger. 

Making PW more relevant

A lot has changed in farming over the last 22 years since LIC launched the production worth (PW) index in 1996, with breeding worth (BW) and lactation worth (LW). 

Farm Health

Solving the genetic jigsaw

Researchers at Livestock Improvement Corp (LIC) are working with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to piece together a genetic jigsaw of 15 million pieces.

Managing fodder beet health problems

Farm veterinarians are struggling with the emerging animal health effects of long-term fodder beet use on dairy farms, says DairyNZ senior scientist Dawn Dalley.

 

Five liver fluke myths debunked

Liver fluke can cause major losses in production, often with few direct clinical signs evident, meaning that farmers don’t recognise the impact on their properties – particularly in bad fluke years.

Machinery & Products

Plastic too good for steel

The ability of farmers to come up with practical solutions to onfarm problems never ceases to amaze. Some are extremely clever in their simplicity, e.g. the Three Rivers bale feeder.

 

HD5 is a big hit with heifers

Sometimes you hop into a vehicle and it feels just right; that’s the overriding impression when jumping aboard the Can Am Defender HD5 DPS, a farmer focused side by side (SSV).

Tough tub gets the job done

A bespoke Giltrap high capacity trailer was essential for the remodel of Mullerwhero Farming's 265ha, 830 cow farm near Otorohanga.

Motoring

Graphite edition adds value

A limited-edition Holden Colorado — just 100 units nationwide — will become the prized possession of a select bunch of…

Navara a better load bearer

Nissan has enhanced the Navara’s performance under heavy loads by redeveloping the rear suspension and testing it in Australia, the…

 

Hilux toughens up its act

While the Toyota Hilux is the ‘go to’ for anyone looking for a no-nonsense ute, it’s probably been losing some…

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.

 

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The Hound

Waste of money

Your old mate is so excited (not!) to hear yet another committee has been formed to go with the 40…

No sh%t, Sherlock

A mate of yours truly says he was flabbergasted by the incoherent response of the body overseeing NAIT, following the…

 

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