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Report reviews dairy lineup’s revenues

The revenue range/kgMS of New Zealand’s dairy companies is remarkably wide – from Tatua’s $18.58 to Fonterra’s commodity return of $5.81 – says a new report on the dairy industry.

World

US lawsuit over Irish butter

Wisconsin may be America’s ‘dairy state’ but in butter some citizens’ loyalty lies with Kerrygold from Ireland.

 

Saputo takes over Oz processor

Canadian dairy company Saputo is set to take full control of Australian dairy processor Warrnambool Cheese and Butter.

UK vets worry over Brexit

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

Opinion

 

Agribusiness

Tool to measure water nitrates

Lincoln Agritech has unveiled an advanced optical nitrate sensor for groundwater which it says will bring a paradigm shift in…

 

The Loe-down on farm safety

Farmers who resent the attention of WorkSafe inspectors in their workplaces should remember that more people still die on NZ…

Management

Goats at the end of their tethers

Do you think the easiest way to keep your berm tidy might be to get a goat?  Don’t be fooled; it takes a lot of time and effort to properly care for a tethered goat. 

 

Long history of milking

Goats have been used for milk production for at least 9000 years, but in New Zealand dairy goats are a relatively recent introduction. 

Calf rearing skills in high demand

When Lisa Hicks and partner Graham Sorensen opted for a career change in their early 40s they followed their passion for farming, reports feed maker SealesWinslow.

Farm Health

Mulling over culling cow

I never really liked 2036. She was the wild one as a calf. Then as a heifer she had a “spooky” look in her eye and she was always the one who went the wrong way when trying to get a mob through a gate.

Antimicrobials deserve our full attention

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the buzzword in the animal health sector. In a series of articles, microbiologists Greg Cook and Adam Heikal explain AMR and look at how the agriculture sector should respond.

 

Combo pour-on resists rain

A combination pour-on that is rain resistant has been released by local company Alleva Animal Health.

Machinery & Products

Coating plant sets the standard

German machinery maker Amazone has spent Euro 20 million on a new paint plant at its Hude-Altmoorhausen drill factory; it is reckoned among the most up-to-date in the farm machinery industry.

 

Calves suck feeder dry every time

A new five-calf open feeder from Stallion Plastics is said to be light, strong, easy to clean, big enough for calves to grow into and up to a third cheaper than traditional feeders.

Balers have it all wrapped up

The development of round bales for silage or baleage in the late 1980s made a huge difference to forage conservation, by removing the need for expensive and labour intensive silage clamps.

Hey presto, cultivation at speed

Farmers or landowners looking to establish seedbeds quickly might want to take a closer look at the new Maschio Presto disc harrow distributed by Power Farming.

Motoring

The best just got better

When we reviewed the VW Amorak in February 2016, it was fair to say we quite liked it. For 2017,…

A ute this ain’t!

The latest Land Cruiser 70 series from Toyota is a truck, so it won’t be the choice of Remuera Roamers,…

 

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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Why?

Your canine crusader sees that the former seed salesman and mouthpiece for failed meat industry ginger group MIE is now…

Oh dear

The Hound despairs at the shallow, puddle-like pool of political talent this country puts up as members of Parliament.

 

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Farmers rise to GE-free cheese demand

A group of farmer shareholders in the European co-op FrieslandCampina will start producing milk without using genetically engineered animal feed.

Tool to measure water nitrates

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Markets

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…