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Sheep milking farmers wanted

Farmers between Auckland and Taupo can now take the plunge into sheep milk, says Maui Milk general manager Peter Gatley.

 

Velvet prospects looking sound

Prospects for the velvet market during the 2018-19 season are expected to be reasonably stable, says Deer Industry NZ (DINZ).

National

Dairy is not evil

Irrigation New Zealand chief executive Andrew Curtis believes there will always be a place for dairy.

 

NZ wool for deep-space missions

Auckland wool innovator Lanaco say NASA should determine within about six months whether its wool-based filter technology will be used…

World

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.

 

Call for Brexit revote

Britain should hold a second referendum on Brexit to make sure the British people fully understand what they will be in for when the UK leaves the European Union (EU) in six months.

Drought crisis for Irish farmers

Farmers in Northern Europe – especially the UK and Ireland – are facing a crisis as drought forces them to sell stock early while they struggle to adequately feed animals remaining. 

Opinion

One year down the track

Minister of Agriculture and Biosecurity, Damien O’Connor explains what's been done this year in government. 

 

Benefits of glyphosate

Glyphosate, the world’s most widely used weed killer, has extensive economic and environmental benefits for farmers, especially New Zealand’s grains…

Agribusiness

Velvet prospects looking sound

Prospects for the velvet market during the 2018-19 season are expected to be reasonably stable, says Deer Industry NZ (DINZ).

 

Milk levy plan turns sour

Moves by an Australian supermarket chain to introduce a milk levy to help drought-stricken farmers has backfired.

Management

Sheep milking farmers wanted

Farmers between Auckland and Taupo can now take the plunge into sheep milk, says Maui Milk general manager Peter Gatley.

 

Benchmarking key to plant breeding

Plant breeding research for pastoral farming has shifted from the likes of AgResearch to private institutions, says Derek Woodfield, GM research and development, PGG Wrightson Seeds.

Huge leap forward for sheep genetics

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (BLNZ) Genetics has launched a $5 million genetic evaluation system said to be a transformative step for the sheep industry. 

Keeping safety simple

Onfarm injuries are at their highest in the beginning of spring — here's how you can prevent them.

Farm Health

All farmers responsible for NAIT

Making sure all livestock coming on and off-farm are NAIT tagged and registered online is every farmers’ responsibility, says Taranaki…

Machinery & Products

Solar an answer

Getting mains power to remote stock troughs can run to $80,000 a kilometre, says solar power specialist Alastair Frizzell, of…

 

Motoring

Touring around in comfort

Okay Holden, you’re not fooling anyone with your raised ride height and plastic wheel arches; the Calais-V Tourer is no…

Forester comes out of the woods

Given that the Subaru Forester virtually started the trend to SUVs years ago, the New Zealand motoring public’s assigning to…

Never lose your car

A new entry-level Range Rover Velar is set to be the model Kiwi motorists can better afford. 

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…

 

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The Hound

New career?

The Hound reckons former agriculture minister and speaker of the House David Carter is heeding calls for him to get…

One law for all?

The Hound would like to know why Greenpeace activists who break the law never get punished.

 
 

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