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PM puts faith in free trade deals

Economically, New Zealand is entering a dramatic era of unprecedented change, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told the Federated Farmers conference.

Vet gets top gong

Oamaru vet Dr Merlyn Hay, who in 2017 outed Mycoplasma bovis on an Oamaru dairy farm, won the premier award at the Feds conference.

 

Rural women and babies at risk

“Women's and babies’ lives are at risk and we want action,” says Penny Mudford, Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) national chair.

World

No luck for Irish contractors

Ireland, often a source of skilled farm machinery operators for rural contractors in New Zealand, is facing even worse driver shortages…

 

US milk powder giant rejoins GDT

The largest milk powder producer in the US, DairyAmerica is coming back to Global Dairy Trade (GDT), re-launching skim milk powder…

Fines for farm invaders

Animal rights activists entering Queensland farms without permission now face being fined.

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Agribusiness

 

Orchard prices strengthen

Demand will rise for existing kiwifruit orchards as a result of Zespri granting its annual quota of new licences for…

Management

 

Farm Health

Study reveals big ewe wastage

Massey veterinarian Kate Griffiths recently outlined the results of a six year trial looking at the ability of a ewe to survive as a productive animal until she is culled for age.

Machinery & Products

 

Gunning for Fendt

Baseball caps, overalls and jackets are a familiar aspect of aftermarket promotion. But Fendt has taken an interesting step further.

New 900 Series tractors coming

German manufacturer Fendt has released details of its new sixth generation 900 series tractors, which will be a big focus at Agritechnica later in the year.

Motoring

Concept ROX for Fieldays

Holden New Zealand has revealed its own home-grown concept to go on display at Fieldays – the Colorado ROX.

 

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