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Nats launch primary sector policies

A newly elected National government would offer special work visas for primary sector workers, instantly deport visitors breeching biosecurity laws…

Irish connection at Fieldays

Ireland's Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, led a contingent of Irish businesses to the Fieldays last week.

 

Budget funding unveiled

Agricultural Minister Damien O’Connor claims at least 2000 farmers will be helped with on-the-ground support to lift their environmental sustainability…

National

 

Fonterra’s asset sales backed

Farmers are backing Fonterra’s review of assets and overseas joint ventures as it grapples with strengthening its balance sheet.

NZ venison rated top quality

First Light Foods, a major exporter of venison, applauds deer farmers’ product quality, says Toni Frost, who runs the company’s…

World

No luck for Irish contractors

Ireland, often a source of skilled farm machinery operators for rural contractors in New Zealand, is facing even worse driver shortages than NZ.

 

Where to for the UK?

“On a knife-edge,” is how NZ’s former high commissioner to London, Sir Lockwood Smith, describes the British government’s EU exit plans.

Opinion

 

Methane goals way off target

OPINION: Federated Farmers is right on board with the purpose and framework of the Zero Carbon Bill, but not a…

Agribusiness

 

Management

Tips for saving fuel

Fuel costs are a hot topic everywhere, added to the rising costs of compliance and licensing. Here are some tips on how to reduce fuel consumption and lower costs for rural businesses.

 

Deer farmers set example

Central Hawke's Bay farmers Evan and Linda Potter have won the premier Elworthy Award in the deer industry’s 2019 environmental awards.

Forages help stem nitrate losses

A sheep and beef farmer taking part in the big Forages for Reduced Nitrates Leaching (FRNL) research programme has found its stated goal of a 20% reduction in nitrate leaching out of reach.

Farm Health

Strong cow sale for Angus stud

Meadowslea Stud Angus, at Fairlie, says its third annual production cow sale saw solid demand from stud and commercial buyers at…

Seeing the bottom of M. bovis?

An update meeting on Mycoplasma bovis in Hamilton earlier this month, threw up several questions, not least where were all the farmers?

Machinery & Products

150k tractors celebrated

Farm machinery maker Claas is celebrating having made 150,000 tractors since it bought the Renault brand in 2003.

 

Faster path in R&D

A new evaluation centre opened by Claas at its headquarters at Harsewinkel, Germany will help maintain its front ranking in…

Motoring

Concept ROX for Fieldays

Holden New Zealand has revealed its own home-grown concept to go on display at Fieldays – the Colorado ROX.

Puts up and impresses

Mahindra, seeking to reintroduce its products to Kiwis, recently took motoring journalists on a day-long drive from Auckland to Rotorua,…

A real small-block bruiser

You wouldn't credit a 6.1L Chevy small-block V8 with a fuel economy figure of 7.8L/100km but that’s the figure displayed…

 

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Death by trees

OPINION: Your canine crusader finds it ironic that the pompously self-proclaimed ‘champion’ of the provinces and ‘first citizen’ of regional…

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OPINION: Remember when Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, about a year ago, launched his new baby the Primary Sector Council (PSC)…

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Initially designed to assist fertiliser spreading trucks operating on steep New Zealand hill country, TracMap’s GPS guidance and job management…