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Brexit bumps

The outcome of the British election is not likely to have any major impact on New Zealand’s negotiations for a free trade agreement, says trade expert Stephen Jacobi.

 

Rural honours in abundance

This year's Queen’s Birthday Honours had 13 rural people making the list for their outstanding achievements and contributions. 

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Opinion

Doing well for a small outfit

Prime Minister Bill English recently spoke at the NZ Institute of International Affairs annual dinner and touched on trade. Here…

 

Agribusiness

Forage grasses to be bred locally

International seed business Germinal is increasing its presence in New Zealand, appointing Sarah Gard, of North Canterbury, as its trials…

 

Management

NZ precision ag firm expands

The Lincoln precision agriculture company CropLogic is expanding into the North American market via its takeover of a Washington State firm.

Challenges ahead for arable

Big changes are coming in world food supply, says Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) chairman David Birkett.

 

Shining with big help from robots

Southern Star Farms Ltd, an 85ha mixed farm near Waituna Lagoon, Southland, runs 300 Jersey cows and 2500 breeding ewes – a farm run seamlessly by Darrin and Joanne Crack.

Putting data to good use

Ravensdown is getting ready to roll out a new set of pasture and benchmarking tools designed to enable smarter nutrient decisions by showing planned versus actual nutrient spending over time.

Farm Health

Lambs good for training pups

Lambing is looming closer and if you have a young dog that isn’t showing much enthusiasm for sheep take advantage of the window of opportunity this season offers.

Benefits of shearing pregnant ewes

Industry funded studies in New Zealand have shown that mid-pregnancy shearing can increase multiple-born lamb birthweight by up to 0.7 kg and lamb survival by 3 to 5%.

 

To cull or not to cull?

Ideal growing conditions in many places — despite record autumn rains — have delayed cow culls, allowing some herd managers to optimise their herds for next season.

Machinery & Products

Lightning-strike effect kills bugs

Taking both the Fieldays Innovations Launch and the Locus Research Innovation Awards, the BioFume Ozone System shows early promise for cleaning and bacteria control.

Move up to 70% less dirt

The introduction of the Kverneland KultiStrip System by distributor Power Farming will “bring opportunities to farm environmentally and improve yields and profitability,” the company says.

 

Safe, user-friendly farm machine

Brian Mason and his staff milk 1000 cows at Waikauri View Farms, Wellsford, Northland, running Massey Fergusons for the last 10 years because they are “common-sense tractors” ideal for a dairy farming operation.

Ration mixer good on uneven ground

Claas Harvest Centres have released a new range of mixer wagons, the Trioliet Solomix2 VLL-S, to complement the existing ZK series already sold in New Zealand.

Motoring

Drive this over the Jones

You'll stand out if you're prepared to hand over the moolah for the Jeep Brute Sport. It won’t so much…

New kid on the block

The new kid on the SUV block will have auto sales and marketing managers burning the midnight oil and scratching…

 

The best just got better

When we reviewed the VW Amorak in February 2016, it was fair to say we quite liked it. For 2017,…

A ute this ain’t!

The latest Land Cruiser 70 series from Toyota is a truck, so it won’t be the choice of Remuera Roamers,…

 

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The Hound

Nasty lot

Your old mate reckons multinational, tax-dodging political activist lobby group Greenpeace is proving just how nasty it can get when…

Not a puff

Winston Peters, has proven again to be all hat and no trousers.

 

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South Island wool sale eases

South Island wool sale eases

The 4700 bales on offer saw a 74% clearance with mixed results, however all prices paid locally are still above…

Wool continues to ease

Wool continues to ease

The 7250 bales of North Island wool on offer saw a 72% clearance with most types easing further.

 

Rural Life

Ozone in the vineyard

The word ozone conjures up images of big holes in the atmosphere, stronger UV light, the risk of severe sunburn…

Drones versus birds

Drones may soon be joining the armoury of weapons used to scare birds away from ripening grapes  after a trial…