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50 years young

The Young Farmer of the Year competition celebrated its 50th anniversary with a gala gathering of former winners, finalists and families held at the national final in Invercargill.

Awful offal pit sorted

Northland Regional Council (NRC) has inspected an illegal offal pit at a farm in Northland that is also the subject of a separate complaint about animal abuse.

 

‘Dairy industry fears the truth’

Many dairy farm workers and people in rural communities are too scared to go to MPI or speak out about animal cruelty for fear of being blacklisted in the industry or ostracised by their rural community.

No need to kill stock

DairyNZ veterinary technical policy advisor Nita Harding says normally not too many cows need to be slaughtered on dairy farms.

World

Oz milk yield up

Australian dairy farmers produced an estimated 650 million litres in March, an increase of 2% on March 2017. 

 

Co-op’s hedge kept Canadians out

Canadian processor Saputo, on the verge of becoming Australia’s largest dairy player, looked at investing in New Zealand 16 years…

Opinion

 

Full on and exciting 12 months

Federated Farmers president Katie Milne last month notched up one year in office. She told the recent Feds annual conference…

Agribusiness

 

Management

Sniffing out a new industry

At up to $250 retail for a well-shaped 80-90g black perigord truffle, growing the gourmet delicacy has its obvious rewards.

 

Jerseys grow well

The perception needs to change of Jersey growth rates and finishing times, says Whangarei Heads dairy farmer Murray Jagger. 

Dairy farmers' profitable sideline

The jersey-cross beef business at his Whangarei Heads dairy farm is a sideline – but it is a valuable sideline, says Murray Jagger.

Farm Health

Zoonoses prone should raise their hygiene game

Whilst New Zealand’s rural and lifestyle communities seem to have a better awareness of the “physical” safety issues of farm equipment, PTO shafts and ATVs, in many cases other, “more invisible” safety issues can be overlooked.

New approach on animal welfare

A new Framework for Action on Animal Welfare released last month sets out a better approach, says Associate Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri.

 

Start calves well for a healthy life

To set up a dairy cow for a long, productive life you must give her the best possible start. Extra effort now will pay dividends throughout her milking life.

Machinery & Products

John Deere headers updated

John Deere has announced several updates to its S-series headers for 2019, to improve performance, ride quality and small grain harvesting efficiency. 

Disco mowers have all the moves

New Claas Disco Move 3600 and 3200 mowers, with mowing widths of 3.4 and 3m respectively, are designed for 1m of vertical travel and 30 degrees lateral movement, allowing efficiency and safety in rough paddocks.

 

Kuhn broadens cultivation choices

The new Kuhn Performer 3000 (3m working width) extends the existing Performer 4, 5, 6 and 7m tine/disc, deep cultivator range, allowing cutting, mixing, soil loosening and consolidation in one-pass. 

Kinder, gentler mowing possible

For the 2018-19 grass season Power Farming is introducing a Kverneland 3.2m mounted Mo-Co with rubber-like conditioning rollers, specifically designed for use in fragile crops.

Motoring

Baby Ram no toddler!

The Ram 2500 and 3500 utes have a name for big load-carrying and towing capability but come with a hefty…

 

Toyota Fortuner is here!

Toyota’s Hilux-based Fortuner SUV line-up has had an aggressive upgrade in New Zealand with the addition of a TRD (Toyota…

She’s a truck; not a ute!

Prominently displayed at the Mercedes Benz site at Fieldays was a vehicle that gives merit to the saying ‘there’s plenty…

 

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The Hound

Copycat

Your canine crusader reckons Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s half-a-million-dollar-a-year white elephant – the Primary Industry Council (PIC) – is not…

Bad taste

The Hound is less than impressed by national airline Air NZ’s latest publicity stunt.

 
 

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