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Irish farmers confront similar conundrum

Irish farmers are facing similar concerns to their NZ counterparts about how they can reduce the agriculture sector's greenhouse gas (GHG) contributions without severely restricting their future production and profitability.

NSW to lift GM crop moratorium

The NSW Government has announced that a moratorium on genetically modified (GM) food crops will be lifted in the state from 1 July 2021, ending an 18-year ban.

NZ and China sign FTA upgrade

Trade Ministers for New Zealand and China have signed an upgrade to the free trade agreement between the two countries.

NZ to host virtual APEC

New Zealand will be in the virtual spotlight for the next 12 months as it hosts the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) conference.

Pledge to end child labour in agriculture

The director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), Qu Dongyu, has pledged to intensify efforts toward addressing child labour in agriculture through a dedicated work programme.

Opinion

Over-the-top, state control

Rural Advocacy Network chairman Jamie McFadden was a key speaker at the recent round of Groundswell NZ meetings. He spoke…
 

Agribusiness

Arrivederci Nikki!

In a matter of days, kiwifruit growers organisation (NZKGI) chief executive Nikki Johnson will leave her role at NZKGI.

Cattle prices remain strong

Strong demand and limited cattle supplies saw cattle prices rise across most major cattle producing countries. 

Management

Capturing the benefits of catch crops

Winter forage grazing is used extensively in the South Island as a low-cost system to feed dairy cows and build body condition prior to calving in late winter.

 

Care needed flushing ewes on lucerne

Farmers considering using lucerne as a flushing feed going into ewe mating should be cautious, especially if the weather has been wet and warm.

Otago Action Group keen to carry on

The Otago-based Bruce District Action Group is transitioning to a self-funded group now that the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) has ended.

A focus on pasture resilience

Pasture resilience will be the key theme of this year's Pasture Symposium, which is being held in the Waikato during May.

Farm Health

Massey's Wiltshires on show

The interest in the self-shedding Wiltshire sheep has prompted Massey University to run a special field day at their Riverside…

Plan for hogget breeding

Bioeconomic modelling, published by Massey University PhD student Lydia Farrell in 2020 and more recent work by the team, has…

Keeping FE at bay

Facial Eczema (FE) is caused by spores of a fungus growing on the litter in the base of the sward.

Machinery & Products

Made in NZ... Hansen Products

Made in New Zealand looks at the wealth of design and manufacturing ability we have in this country, producing productive…
 

New models mark seventh decade

Celebrating its 70th year – and having already released the fifth generation A Series in January – Valtra has just…

Kubota's new autumn offerings

Kubota, which is gaining traction in the agricultural sector with an ever-broadening portfolio, has announced some additions for autumn.

Motoring

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

Bad company

The Hound is among many in the agriculture sector, including many of our top scientists, who are somewhat cynical claims…

Quitters?

OPINION: This old mutt wonders what it is about tall, balding, ex-Fonterra executives and their (non) ability to handle life…

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