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Business as usual this parliamentary term

ASB’s chief economist Nick Tuffley says for the remainder of the current parliamentary term, the implications of Prime Minister John Key’s resignation are quite minimal.


Historic woolshed takes a battering

The owner of the historic Highfield Woolshed near Waiau says he will do all he can to save the Historic Places Trust category one-classified landmark.



Queen steals food show

Rabobank’s Farm 2 Fork (F2F) summit in Sydney was all about food – but briefly became about fashion as Dutch…

Brexit fears grip EU farmers

European farming leaders are truly concerned about Britain’s planned exit from the European Union, says Beef + Lamb NZ chairman…

Oz milk production to drop 5%

International dairy commodity prices have recovered markedly in recent months, as global supply and demand slowly balance, according to Dairy…



Dad’s urban army — Editorial

Civil Defence, or ‘Emergency Management’ as it prefers to be called, must put its staff and volunteers through a rural…


Best beef like making fine wine

Producing specialist beef is like developing a fine wine, says Pedro Merola, founder of Brazilian specialist beef company Feed.




Farm Health

Cows must put their best feet forward

A race car with the best engine is never going to win unless the tyres allow it to get power to the ground, and dairy cows should be looked at in a similar light, says ‘The Hoofman’ – Johan Buys.


FE workshop launched in wake of crisis

Feedback from farmers is crucial to DairyNZ, helping it respond to farmers’ needs and fine-tune resources. A case in point is its facial eczema workshop.

Machinery & Products

A Claas of its own

Claas has unveiled its two-model Variant 400 series round balers, due for release in New Zealand and Australia in 2017.

Kubota’s M5 hotly pursuing M7

Hot on the heels of the M7 series launch Kubota has announced its new M5 series to spearhead an attack in the important 100hp sector.


Moving muck like magic

Dairy automation specialist Lely has developed a version of its Discovery robot to remove manure from solid floors, unlike the original which could only push muck through floor slats.

Concrete for 50 years peace of mind

As the milk price nuzzles $6/kgMS, dairy farmers with financial clout can again turn to dealing with effluent and some equipment makers can cease holding their breath.



Jeep 75 years young

Jeep is celebrating 75 years of 4x4, military history and outdoor adventure in 2016 and to mark the event, Jeep…

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Double Dutch

Your canine crusader sees that former Fonterra chairman Henry van der Heyden has not retired back to the farm since…

Tax dodgers

This old mutt notes the flurry of calls from lefty luvvies for Destiny Church to be stripped of its tax-free…


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Quake recovery snag

Some actions by Civil Defence (CD) staff in the quake-hit Kaikoura region are stressing farmers, says Federated Farmers spokeswoman on…



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…