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B+LNZ bosses head to Europe

For the first time since Covid-19 travel restrictions were implemented, Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) says it will send…

Deer management funding welcomed

The NZ Game Animal Council (GAC) welcomes the $30 million allocated in Budget 2022 to implement the New Zealand Biodiversity…

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FAO distributes seed potatoes to Ukrainian rural families

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has distributed seed potato kits to 17,740 Ukrainian households from across ten of the country’s oblasts (administrative division) so they can plant food in time for the next harvesting season.

Still waiting

British and New Zealand trade negotiators are burning the midnight oil in a bid to get a free trade agreement between the two countries.

UK FTA hits crucial period

What happens in the next few weeks will be critical for New Zealand to secure a free trade agreement (FTA) with the UK.

Opinion

Death and taxes the only answer!

OPINION: In the past several months, three separate articles have appeared purporting to explain the current situation in New Zealand…

Editorial: A sick joke!

OPINION: When the Covid pandemic broke out over two years ago, Jacinda Ardern waxed lyrical about the importance of the…

Years of methane chicanery

OPINION: The passage of time has taught me that most people have been so bombarded with climate change stories and…

Power lust not love!

OPINION: Like many of you readers will, I remember the collapse of the Soviet Union - the old USSR.

A huge challenge

OPINION: A recent Rural News editorial raised issues about work to reduce agricultural emission and the approval of methane inhibitors.

Agribusiness

Helping feed the needy

New Zealand generated 571,000 tonnes of food waste annually - including residential and commercial food waste.

Demand remains strong

Dairy Farmgate milk prices have followed commodity prices higher worldwide, with some potential upside in some regions.

F is for farm inflation!

The three f's - namely fuel, fertiliser and feed prices - led the pack in double digit on-farm cost increases…

Management

Talking about things a must

Farmers in New Zealand have to be prepared for anything – from the ever-changing weather to issues with stock, crops and machinery.  

Turning theory into practicality

Kirstin Deuss believes the findings of her research work into soil drainage in Southland will have benefits for other parts of New Zealand as well.

Passion for NZ sheep farming

When Brazilian Dayanne Almeida chose to move to New Zealand, it was our sheep farming expertise that attracted her.

On-farm environment specialists needed

AgResearch Principal Scientist Dr Alec Mackay believes there is real value in farmers engaging subject specialists outside the current suite of advisors such as water quality, biodiversity, climate change and carbon sequestering. Peter Burke reports.

Farm Health

Combined voice

The two associations representing NZ's crop protection and animal health industries will merge this month.

Getting rams ready

Ensuring rams are in peak condition prior to mating will help maximise their performance and their contribution to the genetic…

Machinery & Products

A new approach to apprenticeships

By taking a new approach to its apprenticeship programme, agricultural equipment supplier Norwood says it is ensuring farmers’ machinery will…

Buck-Rake does the job

With many self-propelled forage harvester manufacturers offering machines hitting 1000hp, the bottleneck in any harvesting system is always likely to…

Pigtail standards made to last

Feedback from farmers highlighted frustration at the time and cost involved in frequently replacing failed pigtail posts.

Motoring

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…

Outback now in its 25th year

Now in its 25th year, and sixth edition, the 2021 Subaru’s Outback wagon was recently launched in New Zealand. 

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The Hound

Say what?

OPINION: This old mutt almost choked while chewing his bone when he happened upon the latest politically-correct advice that’s been…

Why bother?

OPINION: A mate of the Hound’s recently applied for membership with Ashburton-based farm supply co-operative Ruralco.

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Some 300 farmers around the country - supplying 12,000 dairy cattle for export to China have been left hundreds of…

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