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UK vets worry over Brexit

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





Eager for NZ farm development help

Opportunity for New Zealand agritech products and services, particularly dairy, is presenting in a number of developing markets, says NZ…



Shred of evidence points to more milk

Contractors at a recent meeting held in Waikato by Claas Harvest Centre got insight into a new forage maize technique now gaining momentum in the US and Europe.


Bouquet from Fish & Game

Dairy farmer Phil Musson, from Springston, south of Christchurch, has won the annual Working With Nature Environmental Award from North Canterbury Fish and Game.

Turning problem effluent into profit

Agricola Enterprises at Ohaupo, southwest of Hamilton, is an equity partnership farmed by Joe McDonald and wife Lynaire, with his parents Terry and Carole.

Farm Health

Trace minerals: how much is enough?

Evaluation of what is an adequate level of trace minerals is generally based on population in sample analysis of large numbers of animals not dead or dying, and the resultant levels are deemed adequate.

Higher temperatures mean more worm risks

Parasites in sheep will become more of a problem for New Zealand farmers as temperatures rise with climate change, says AgResearch principal scientist John McEwan.


Help for stressed cows

The most costly problems on dairy farms are linked to oxidative stress, say two visiting animal health experts.

Machinery & Products

Baler upgrade

New Holland Agriculture has upgraded its Roll-Belt variable chamber balers for better performance in silage; its new IntelliBale system is said to raise performance and efficiency.

Big tick for bigger drill

Wairarapa dairy farmer Bill Patrick’s new Duncan Renovator AS5300 drill allows him to cover more ground faster and deal comfortably with trashy conditions on the family’s 2000-cow dairy farm in Wairarapa, east of Masterton.


Mixed bag around country for 2017

The new year has started with contractors and farmers nationwide more upbeat with the recent increases in dairy payouts and, generally, a more positive outlook for the agri-sector.

Bale wrapping taken to new heights

While much of the baleage in New Zealand seems to be baled and wrapped in combi-style machines, there still seems to be a place for standalone machines which follow the baler around the paddock.

Jaguars on the prowl

Family owned harvesting specialist Claas employs about 11,300 people globally and 10% of its workforce is in R&D.


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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Wrong s#$t!

The Hound sees that the inquiry into the contamination of Havelock North’s water supply has been told that sheep –…

Wah wah

Your old mate notes the part-time Member of Parliament for North Korea – sorry, Northland -- Winston Peters, has got…


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Wetlands ‘kidneys’ of landscape

Intensive farming practices can discharge lots of contaminants – notably nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment and pathogens – into our waterways.



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…