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Billion trees not enough

Shane Jones’ one billion trees planting project is not ambitious enough, says the Productivity Commission.

Nine years enough – Shadbolt

Retiring Fonterra director Nicola Shadbolt is happy with the calibre of director candidates endorsed by the co-op board.

National

 

Nats hold firm on water

National's position has not changed on a water tax or levy, says Opposition Leader Simon Bridges. 

Nitrate sensor to hit the market

A Lincoln-developed optical nitrate sensor for groundwater is now in use nationwide after a low-key but successful commercial launch.

World

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. 

 

Post-Brexit risk for UK farms

Analysts fear that up to 25% of Britain’s farms will be at risk of bankruptcy if farm subsidies aren’t guaranteed by the government post-Brexit.

US subsidies cause Aussie angst

Australian farmers are unhappy with the US Government’s US$12 billion in new subsidies to farmers caught up in trade wars triggered by President Trump.

Opinion

We are not cowboys, minister

OPINION: Clearly the Minister of Agriculture believes the honey industry is in a bad state when he refers to it…

 

Destocking not the answer

It is a great pity that some people have embraced – with little question – the concept that farmers can…

Agribusiness

A ‘Big Mac’ day

Turning farmers into consumers is the objective of McDonald’s New Zealand farmer tours. 

 

Synlait lauded for environmental effort

Global businesses are looking to New Zealand for solutions to tough environmental challenges – especially agriculture, says Abbie Reynolds, executive…

Keep up with pace of change

A quality environmental plan will soon be a prerequisite to buying or selling a farm, says ANZ Bank’s head of…

Management

Beet doesn’t need heaps of fertiliser

Trials on fodder beet in seven places in New Zealand show that there is minimal yield response to high applications of nitrogen (N) and potassium (K) fertiliser in beet crops.

 

High aims for dairy goat sector

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, out and about last month in Waikato, ended one day holding baby Neve — but not of Ardern-Gayford fame.

Is TMR a good fit for NZ?

Mixer wagons, common for decades, take many forms: simple concrete mixer style, rotors with paddles, single or multiple horizontal augers, or the ever-increasing vertical auger concept. 

Farm plans help reduce N loss

Farming practices now piloted by Mid Canterbury dairy farmers Grant and Jan Early could show other New Zealand farmers how they can successfully reduce their environmental impacts.  

Farm Health

New approach on animal welfare

A new Framework for Action on Animal Welfare released last month sets out a better approach, says Associate Agriculture Minister…

Machinery & Products

 

Mower dances to a new record

A Claas Disco 1100 RC, billed as the largest tractor-mounted mower-conditioner on the market, has shattered the world record for…

Tractor numbers on a roll

The world's tractor market looked healthy in 2017, with 2.1 million sales – up about 13% on the 2016 total…

Thermal imaging possible

If you were loaned a $1099 mobile phone to review, would you test its maker’s claims that it was drop-proof…

Motoring

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…

Toyota Fortuner is here!

Toyota’s Hilux-based Fortuner SUV line-up has had an aggressive upgrade in New Zealand with the addition of a TRD (Toyota…

She’s a truck; not a ute!

Prominently displayed at the Mercedes Benz site at Fieldays was a vehicle that gives merit to the saying ‘there’s plenty…

 

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Shocker

The Hound is shocked and dismayed at the support by certain political figures for the draconian and totally unnecessary NAIT…

Well done

Your old mate was disappointed, but not surprised, recently when the chardonnay socialists at RNZ teamed up with the wacky…

 
 

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