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Weather impacts farm sales

Farm sales dropped slightly, according to data released today by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand.

 

2018 farm salaries report

After little movement in wages in recent years, people working in primary industries have made gains in what they earn,…

National

Fruit fly controls lifted

Controls on the movement of fruit and vegetables in the Auckland suburbs of Devonport and Ōtara have been lifted after…

 

Green and gold rush begins

Kiwifruit orchards will be hives of activity over the next three months as the 2019 harvest gets underway.

Avocado scheme going for growth

An avocado investment underway in the Far North will have a better productivity curve than more southern North Island orchards.

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

Less milk wasted

A Christchurch start-up has been recognised at a major Australian agricultural technology event for its technology aimed at minimising waste…

 

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…

Management

Sheep and beef focus for 2019

Two farms from the North Island east coast and one from Central Hawkes Bay are the finalists in this year’s Ahuwhenua competition for the top Māori sheep and beef farm.

 

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.

Farm Health

Machinery & Products

 

Lemken thrives in tough year

The German farm machinery maker Lemken says it grew its business in 2018 despite difficult trading conditions.

Depth control made easy

Global positioning specialist Topcon has released details of its Norac tillage depth control system, which uses existing technology proven in…

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…

 

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The Hound

Light reading

In a follow-up to this old mutt’s piece two issues ago about Fonterra directors getting to grips with the co-op’s…

Shocking

There are many stories from ‘the impossible to believe, but believable’ files that your old mate is often told about.

 
 

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A nice little earner

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