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NZ farmers can lead carbon conscious food production - SFF

Silver Fern Farms says it welcomes the release of the Emissions Reduction Plan and looks forward to working with the Government, industry and farmer suppliers to ensure New Zealand is the food producer of choice in a low carbon world.

World

Arla invests in solar power

European dairy giant Arla Foods will be using solar energy to meet one-third of its electricity consumption within two years.

Opinion

Editorial: Alarm bells

OPINION: The Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs) bill proposed by Government is causing alarm in the farming sector.

Death and taxes the only answer!

OPINION: In the past several months, three separate articles have appeared purporting to explain the current situation in New Zealand…

Editorial: A sick joke!

OPINION: When the Covid pandemic broke out over two years ago, Jacinda Ardern waxed lyrical about the importance of the…

Agribusiness

Rising up to challenges

Dr Danny Donaghy is professor of dairy systems at Massey University and a specialist in pasture agronomy and physiology.

Helping feed the needy

New Zealand generated 571,000 tonnes of food waste annually - including residential and commercial food waste.

Management

Workshops to offer solutions

SIDE 2022 will offer a wide range of workshops which provide practical solutions to farming challenges and help farmers taking advantage of a rapidly changing farming environment.

Top chef, gourmet cheese headline SMASH

It was third time lucky for Smaller Milk and Supply Herds (SMASH) in staging a field day in the Manawatu with previous attempts being thwarted by Covid. About thirty people turned up at the dairy farm of Aly and Ian Passey in the beautiful Pohangina Valley, about 20km north east of Palmerston North.

Talking about things a must

Farmers in New Zealand have to be prepared for anything – from the ever-changing weather to issues with stock, crops and machinery.  

Turning theory into practicality

Kirstin Deuss believes the findings of her research work into soil drainage in Southland will have benefits for other parts of New Zealand as well.

Farm Health

Uterine infection hits production

Wet spring weather is having “a huge impact” on the number of ‘dirty’ cows, says veterinarian Paul Daly, of Selwyn-Rakaia Vet Services, Dunsandel.

'Pig' of a new welfare code

NZ's pig farming sector believes if a new draft welfare code for pigs is adopted it could spell the end of the country's pork industry.

Discovery Project keeps on giving

A joint venture between Holstein Friesian NZ and LIC is going strong 18 years after it was established with another six Holstein Friesian bulls being accepted into the LIC Sire Proving Scheme for the 2022-23 season.

Machinery & Products

Kuhn going wider with new mower

Said to be the widest mower produced to date by Kuhn, the recently announced FC 13460RA, when used in conjunction with a FC3125DF or FC 3525DF front mower unit, offers a variable working width of 12.4 to 13.4 metres.

India boosts fert subsidy

India plans to double its budgeted 2021-22 fertiliser subsidies to a record of more than 1.55 trillion rupees (US$20.64 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, to avoid potential shortages amid a sharp increase in global prices of chemicals, fertiliser and fuels.

Claas axes Cargos loader wagon production

German tractor and machinery manufacturer Claas is to stop production of its Cargos self-loading forage wagons in response to a global trend towards what the company describes as technological harvesting technology and more reliance on self-propelled forage harvesters.

A new approach to apprenticeships

By taking a new approach to its apprenticeship programme, agricultural equipment supplier Norwood says it is ensuring farmers’ machinery will be supported in the future, while also bringing a wider range of people into the industry.

Motoring

New-look 'Step-Thru'

Remarkably there are still many of the venerable Honda step-throughs operating on rural properties throughout New Zealand.

Safari on a Trek to NZ

Exclusive to the New Zealand market and available in limited supply, the Suzuki Jimny Safari adds to an already versatile…

A price saving proposition

A bit like Vegemite, the first impression raised when you encounter a Mahindra Pik Up is love or hate –…

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The Hound

Say what?

OPINION: This old mutt almost choked while chewing his bone when he happened upon the latest politically-correct advice that’s been…

Why bother?

OPINION: A mate of the Hound’s recently applied for membership with Ashburton-based farm supply co-operative Ruralco.

Milking It

Fake and cheap

OPINION: First they demanded plant-based 'milk', now they want it priced cheaper than real milk.

Cannon fodder?

OPINION: The recent high-profile Mycoplasma bovis announcement from the Government in Hamilton featured Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Agriculture Minister…

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