Sturdy, simple

The new Deutz Fahr 4080.4 E recently launched by Power Farming Wholesale follows on from its introduction in Australia. 

Plug-and-play Kia

First came Kia Motors New Zealand’s launch of the Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models in March, and now the…



Dairy conversion right on track

After fifteen years of planning and red tape, a controversial large dairy conversion in the Mackenzie Basin is expected to…

Better payout promise from Westland

Westland Milk Products is promising better things for the 2018-19 season, while conceding that this season’s payout will be disappointing.


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 ago.

Sourcing better deals in Oz

Fonterra says its launch of Farm Source in Australia is another way of growing its partnership with farmer suppliers.


The blame game — Editorial

Much criticism has been voiced in recent weeks about the way the Government and Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) have…


About time — Editorial

At last we hear the long-awaited news: the EU has agreed to negotiate a free trade agreement (FTA) with New…

A system set up to fail

With Mycoplasma bovis confirmed as having arrived in Waikato’s dairy heartland, the time has come for the region’s farmers to…


Kiwi farmers tour US

New Zealand dairy farmers visiting California dairy farms last month were surprised at how far behind US farms were in…




Need selenium?

Farmers in New Zealand know that soil is notoriously low in selenium, requiring a supplement to avoid impaired health and…

Trimming goats' hooves

Overgrown hooves can cause a lot of problems for dairy goats, including stress on joints and bacterial and fungal infections.

Farm Health

Get real about milk fever

Milk fever wastes time and massively stresses cows and farmers, says Taranaki farm consultant Pat Poletti.


Vets back eradication

Good onfarm animal management will be essential if plans to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis are to succeed, the New Zealand Veterinary…

Machinery & Products

Sturdy, simple

The new Deutz Fahr 4080.4 E recently launched by Power Farming Wholesale follows on from its introduction in Australia. 



Feds take Subaru to farm gates

Subaru of New Zealand recently struck a deal with Federated Farmers to equip its national territory managers with all-wheel-drive Subarus…


Graphite edition adds value

A limited-edition Holden Colorado — just 100 units nationwide — will become the prized possession of a select bunch of…


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Milking It

Allergy beating

AgResearch scientists say they have discovered how to knock out a major milk allergen by editing a cow’s genome.

Dung, crash

Irish farmers are in a lather about a dairy farmer in County Limerick being fined $350 this month for the…


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Farmers deserve answers

OPINION: Most farmers would be surprised to learn there is no evidence that New Zealand agriculture is warming the planet. 

$7/kgMS opening forecast!

Fonterra has announced an opening forecast Farmgate Milk Price of $7/kgMS for the 2018/19 season starting June 1. 

Little Manila in Ashburton

For a few days in May, Ashburton’s i-site information centre could have been mistaken for a small corner of Manila…


Rural Life

Ozone in the vineyard

The word ozone conjures up images of big holes in the atmosphere, stronger UV light, the risk of severe sunburn…

Drones versus birds

Drones may soon be joining the armoury of weapons used to scare birds away from ripening grapes  after a trial…