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Winning recipe for soil health

Northland dairy farmer David Cole will tell you there is no better sight than a green paddock full of black and white cows.

Livestock trading booming

The livestock trading industry in New Zealand is stronger than ever thanks to the innovation and resilience which came to the fore during the pandemic, according to an industry veteran.

 

World

NSW to lift GM crop moratorium

The NSW Government has announced that a moratorium on genetically modified (GM) food crops will be lifted in the state…

UK warned to honour FTA commitments

Plans for the United Kingdom to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) have come with a…

Opinion

 

Editorial: Time to listen

OPINION: Now that submissions have formally closed on the Climate Change Commission's (CCC) draft recommendations, released in February, on reducing…

Agribusiness

Cattle prices remain strong

Strong demand and limited cattle supplies saw cattle prices rise across most major cattle producing countries. 

Farmers still waiting

DairyNZ is calling on the Government to respond to an advisory group’s recommendations to improve winter grazing rules.

Management

Farmers' Forum coming

DairyNZ says next month's Farmers' Forum will provide farmers with insights into practical solutions to help farmers sustain on-farm success.

Passion for dairy

A beauty therapist who turned to dairy farming has won the DairyNZ Good Boss competition.

 

Field days showcase the rise and rise of Māori farming

It's that time of the year when the country's top Māori dairy farms claim the spotlight as part of the prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy competition to determine the winner of this annual event. For the last two weeks field days have been held at two of the three farms in the competition and as Dairy News goes to press, a third one is taking place.

Good communication the key

As the autumn sun rose in the east, the first of more than 100 people from around the district started arriving for the field day.

Ahuwhenua finalist showcases farm

Pouarua Farms is the largest, single dairy platform in the Hauraki region and it can also lay claim to be one of the best Maori dairy farms in the country.

Farm Health

Empty rate stubbornly high

With pregnancy scans mostly completed, farmers are being handed their reproduction 'report cards' for last season's mating.

One size does not fit all

South Island dairy farmers' attitudes towards breeding are rapidly changing, with cow performance data driving sire selection in an effort to maximise the value of herd progeny.

It all comes down to good bulls

Good bull management means running adequte numbers of bulls with the herd, reducing their stress, and handling bulls to minimise the risk of injury to people and animals.

Machinery & Products

Cow collar with a range of benefits

The potential for positive environmental impacts, improved animal health awareness, and on farm financial gains was what drew the judges of the South Island Agricultural Field Days Agri Magic Smart Farming Award to Halter Cow Collars.

 

Border control without a passport

Cultivation, seeding and fertiliser application specialist Amazone claims its new AutoTS spreading system can increase yields along the borders of the paddock by up to 17%.

'Youniverse' fair

New Holland is set to hold a "Youniverse" digital fair, a 10-day online event, next month where farmers and prospective customers can "meet" with some of the company's specialists and explore the "New Holland world."

Let the good times (un)roll

Mounted bale unrollers are popular on New Zealand farms, with one Kiwi-owned manufacturer claiming to have figured out what works best for farmers, and why.

Motoring

Outback now in its 25th year

Now in its 25th year, and sixth edition, the 2021 Subaru’s Outback wagon was recently launched in New Zealand. 

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The Hound

Blue murder

OPINION: Your old mate recently read an off-the-wall suggestion, by some boffin, that deliberately staining meat blue will lead to…

Foot in mouth - again!

OPINION: This old mutt reckons Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor too often suffers from 'foot in mouth' disease.

Milking It

Oat dear!

OPINION: Oat 'milk' is facing a crisis of sorts.

Cows to stay home

OPINION: Eleven cows from Auckland's Cornwall Park will no longer be exported to Mongolia to participate in a breeding programme.

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