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Farmers cheer water report

Dairy farmers are applauding the clear message in Sir Peter Gluckman’s freshwater report that everyone has a role to play in ensuring freshwater quality.

 

World

US lawsuit over Irish butter

Wisconsin may be America’s ‘dairy state’ but in butter some citizens’ loyalty lies with Kerrygold from Ireland.

 

Saputo takes over Oz processor

Canadian dairy company Saputo is set to take full control of Australian dairy processor Warrnambool Cheese and Butter.

UK vets worry over Brexit

British vets are nervous about changes that may arise from Brexit, says British Veterinary Association (BVA) president Gudrun Ravetz.

Opinion

 

Time to own it — Editorial

The immediacy of social media ensured that many dairy farmers shared in real time the horror of watching yet another…

Agribusiness

The Loe-down on farm safety

Farmers who resent the attention of WorkSafe inspectors in their workplaces should remember that more people still die on NZ…

 

Management

PKE - friend or foe?

In little over a decade palm kernel extract (PKE) grew from being a little known by-product, to one of the most commonly used supplements on NZ dairy farms.

Shelter trees yield much ‘fruit’

With the winter tree-planting season just around the corner, it’s timely to look at the many farming ‘fruits’ they can provide -- besides any real ones.

 

Farm Health

Keeping milk fever in check

Canterbury farmer Assaf Sol is combating milk fever in his herd by supplementing magnesium in various ways, reports the supplier of Country Mile magnesium oxide dust.

Keeping an eye on BCS

Treating second year heifers like mixed aged cows is one of the main reasons they don’t get in calf again, DairyNZ South Auckland consulting officer Jamie Haultain says.

 

Close the gate to antibiotics

The dairy industry’s attitude towards antibiotics is being challenged, says mastitis management expert Steve Cranefield.

Machinery & Products

Give roots room to move

With Autumn having been so wet, the spring might call for a little soil loosening to drain excess moisture and allow roots to go deeper in search of moisture in the drying summer.

S series hits the 400hp mark

Hot on the heels of its A and N series, Finnish tractor manufacturer Valtra has topped out its fourth-generation S series with the flagship S394 model.

 

Taking lift and pull in its stride

Telehandlers have brought about a big change in materials handling on farms, with increased lift and reach capacities that traditional tractor/loader combinations couldn’t achieve.

Mobile filter makes drinking water safe

Treating water collected from roofs, streams, springs, bores often falls into property owners’ too-hard basket, the excuse sometimes being that drinking the stuff builds immunities to local nasties.

Motoring

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,…

 

Now that’s a ute!

A few days driving the MY17 Holden Colorado made it plain to this reviewer that this vehicle has moved on…

 

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Backwater?

Your canine crusader often hears claims that South Island’s West Coast is a backwater and behind the times.

Jerks

Your old mate has no time for the multinational, tax dodging, political activist group Greenpeace, which spends most of its…

 

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New Maori dairy factory for BoP

A new Maori-owned new dairy factory is being planned for the Kawerau region, modelled on the first Maori dairy company…

 
 

Markets

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…