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NZ red meat representatives are off to Europe

New Zealand red meat sector leaders head to Brussels this week as negotiations between the European Union (EU) and New Zealand for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) enter a critical stage.

Controversial changes for pigs

A controversial new welfare draft code is triggering vigorous debate between pig farmers and animal welfare advocated as to what the best path forward is.

World

New Aussie ag minister

Australian farmers hope that the new Labor Government will help ease chronic worker shortages crippling the agriculture sector.

Opinion

An opportunity to connect!

The 2021 NZ Dairy Industry Awards (NZDIA) Farm Manager of the Year Christopher Vila spoke at the 2022 awards night…

Agribusiness

O'Connor attends WTO meeting

Trade Minister Damien O'Connor is currently in Geneva for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) 12th Ministerial Conference.

Firm prices kick off winter

Dairy Softer demand manifested in a clear downward trend for global dairy commodity prices across May 2022.

Management

Knowing your colostrum powder

Providing a newbown calf with colostrum within 12 hours of birth is vital, we know that. And if maternal colostrum is unavailable or poor quality, a colostrum replacer can provide an essential alternative.

Smart ways to lower working hours

With milkings typically taking around 17 to 24 hours a week per worker, many farmers have been focusing on milking smarter to reduce hours and creative ways to shorten the working week - like the 22% who report they are using flexible milking.

Grow another paddock

Farming is becoming increasingly complex. Until recentyl, farmers had relatively few issues to focus on: feeding cows, producing milk and hopefully making enough money to feed their family and pay off their mortgages.

Farm Health

Make use of ewe scanning data

Having the ability to target feed ewes that will offer the best return on investmnt is one of the main benefits of pregnancy scanning - but there are others.

Uni farms variable plan delivers mixed result

The first full season of ten-in-seven variable milking on the Lincoln University Dairy Farm (LUDF) started well but the "then wheels fell off," the farm administrator, Jeremy Savage, revealed at the recent farm focus day.

His bark could be worse than his bite

With canine cough having a resurgence around the country the Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ) is reminding dog owners to keep an eye out for symptoms.

Machinery & Products

Making life easier

Many temporary sheep fencing systems can be troublesome, with reels jamming or breaking and the bugbear of silly hooks on the chains, which continuously catch on everything.

Krone adds VariPack to its baler range

The Krone VariPack Plus is a high-density, high-performance round baler comprising of four models – the VariPack V 165, V 165 XC, VariPack V 190 and V 190 XC.

Valtra's following grows

With the release of its N5 and T5 series of tractors, Valtra continues to expand its presence in the Australia-New Zealand region.

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

No free ride!

OPINION: This old mutt is getting somewhat tired of multi-national, tax-dodging, fund-raising group Greenpeace always given front and centre mainstream…

How come?

OPINION: A mate of yours truly is questioning exactly why the Māori ag sector have been given special budget funding by…

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