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Ahuwhenua finalists named

The three finalists in this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy for the top Māori sheep and beef farm have been announced.

 

FE threat to fertility

Warm, wet weather creates perfect conditions for facial eczema (FE) and, given the right conditions, the risk of the disease…

Bad news for sheep, cattle

Traditionally, bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) has been considered a disease of cattle. But lately it has been found to cause infections…

National

Facing challenges with gusto

While the hills in Central Hawkes Bay remain green, which is remarkable for this time of the year, Porangahau farmer…

 

WOF for new season

Setting up for next year’s production was the theme of a Beef + Lamb NZ field day held last week…

Farms hit by Nelson fires

Six commercial farms have been destroyed by the huge fire in the hills southwest of Nelson, according to Federated Farmers.

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

 

Agribusiness

Research farm up for sale

A slice of New Zealand’s agricultural history is for sale in the form of AgResearch’s Winchmore Research Station, northwest of…

 

New technology will help

Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies have the potential to help our primary industries capture high-value niches, according to a new…

Students excited about Ag careers

An agri-leadership course held recently had secondary students ‘buzzing’ about career opportunities in agriculture — even though many already came…

Management

High-energy farming event coming

This year’s East Coast Farming Expo – on March 6 and 7 at the Wairoa A&P Showground – will again have energy high on its agenda. 

Plantain can reduce N-leaching

Game-changing new research into how plantain crops can reduce nitrogen (N) loss from dairy farms will see upper Manawatu farmers at the forefront of dairy science.

 

Native plantings paying dividends

Mid-Canterbury farmer John Evans is reaping the benefits of native plantings on his farm, in the form of improved pollination and pest control.

Farm Health

FE threat to fertility

Warm, wet weather creates perfect conditions for facial eczema (FE) and, given the right conditions, the risk of the disease…

Bad news for sheep, cattle

Traditionally, bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) has been considered a disease of cattle. But lately it has been found to cause infections…

Machinery & Products

Thumbs up for strip tilling

To farm more sustainably and profitably, many farmers and contractors are exploring the advantages offered by strip-tilling.

 

25 years of selective seeding

After 25 years in electrical seed metering, Kverneland claims more knowledge in electric drive systems than any other precision seeding…

A new standard in sprayers

A new range of trailed and self-propelled sprayers from German manufacturer Horsch is now available in New Zealand from distributor…

Motoring

HSV ute a cohesive upgrade

The after-market options for utes are extensive, but there’s a big difference between a properly engineered package and a ute…

Car of the year an easy choice

Having driven the 2019 Subaru Forester at Queenstown and through the Bendigo Station at the media launch in August, your…

 

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The Hound

Pull your heads in

The Hound was disappointed but not surprised to see the multi-national, tax-dodging environmental group Greenpeace have another crack at NZers…

Unfortunate timing

Your old mate reckons Fonterra is not the only dairy company in NZ now under pressure.

 
 

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