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Farms will be needed to hit tree target

Farmers or landowners will need to plant trees on their land if the Government is to reach its target of planting one billion trees in 10 years, says Forestry Owners Association president Peter Clark.

Fonterra’s A2 milk deal ‘positive’

Waikato farmers may switch to A2 milk provided there’s a suitable premium attached to the milk payment, says the region’s Federated Farmers president Andrew McGiven.


Rabbit killer virus gets go-ahead

Environment Canterbury says the long-awaited nationwide release of a new strain of rabbit haemorrhagic disease (calicivirus) will go ahead in the next few weeks.



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:


Rural recycling a no-brainer

Waste plastic – enough to bury a rugby field 2m deep. That’s how much stuff the rural recycler AgRecovery says it…




Good story needs telling

The dairy industry is full of passionate people -- farmers who take ownership of their problems and want to be…

Positive start for milk

Export commodity prices have started 2018 on a firm footing thanks in part to the buoyant global trade backdrop. 



Wetlands the unsung heroes

A recent review commissioned by DairyNZ may surprise you at the effectiveness of wetlands in preventing contaminants from reaching waterways. 

Farm Health


Heat detection device up for an award

A low-cost device designed to detect when cows are ovulating and ready to be inseminated has earned two Kiwi entrepreneurs a place among the finalists in the 2018 New Zealander of the Year awards.

Sensors joining the mob to guard waterways

AgResearch says it has developed world-leading sensors to better understand how nitrogen is being excreted by cows, and so how best to tackle its effects on the environment.

Machinery & Products


Tyres require no air

An airless tyre from Michelin might suit agriculture but until now has been available only in North America for industrial applications. 

Ace may save you

Farmers keen to save their bodies are taking note of a recent offering from Polaris, test driven by Rural News.

A big tick for XR190

Sometimes when you throw your leg over a motorcycle it feels just right, which is certainly the case with the new Ag-XR 190 launched in New Zealand late last year.


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.

T60 takes on the big boys

LDV distributor Great Lake Motors says it expects to shake up New Zealand’s ute market with its new LDV T60.


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