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Genetics focus boosts herd

A strong focus on genetics and DNA has paid dividends for Fernside dairy farmer Julie Bradshaw with four of her cows being selected for the LIC breeding programme.

World

Oz farmers study N usage

Australian dairy farmers are backing a new five-year research project looking into reducing the reliance on nitrogen fertilisers used in…

Opinion

Editorial: Slow down!

OPINION: The latest Federated Farmers survey of farmer confidence paints a worrying picture.

He waka what?

OPINION: "We are all in this waka together” which, when translated, becomes “He Waka Eke Noa”.

100 years and still going strong

OPINION: This year we're marking the centenary of the New Zealand Meat Board (NZMB) and this represents a good opportunity…

Agribusiness

Management

50 GHG workshops in 30 days

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) has joined forces with Silver Fern Farms, Alliance, Greenlea Premier Meats, ANZCO and Deer Industry New Zealand (DINZ) to deliver 50 Greenhouse Gas workshops over the course of 30 days.

Elite genetics captured early

The next generation of high-BW Holstein Friesian heifers earmarked to breed genetically-elite calves has been announced.

A solid herd to build on

You'd be hard pressed to pick dairy farmer Hayley Hoogendyk as someone who grew up in the sunny beach town of Mount Maunganui, and not rural Manawatu, where she has farmed for the last 10 seasons.

The climate challenge

One of the recent challenges facing Trevor Johnson and his team at Paparata Station has been the changing climate.

Farm Health

Achieving BCS targets

Body condition scoring (BCS) is the assessment of the amount of fat covering the bones of a dairy cow, regardless of her body size.

Superior genetics deliver benefits

Dairy farmers are being encouraged to consider using genetically superior beef bulls across their herds this spring to help create greater value along the value chain.

Machinery & Products

A baler like no other

While baler-wrapper combinations have become the backbone of baled silage production, one machine stands out from the rest in the layout of the machine.

Small bales in demand

While round or large square bales have the dominant shares in the rural landscape, small square bales still play an important part, especially in the equine sector, but also where the large packages are not easily managed.

Motoring

Kiwi fave goes green

A firm favourite of rural families and those seeking to get off the beaten track, Subaru has announced the introduction…

New-look 'Step-Thru'

Remarkably there are still many of the venerable Honda step-throughs operating on rural properties throughout New Zealand.

Safari on a Trek to NZ

Exclusive to the New Zealand market and available in limited supply, the Suzuki Jimny Safari adds to an already versatile…

A price saving proposition

A bit like Vegemite, the first impression raised when you encounter a Mahindra Pik Up is love or hate –…

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The Hound

Fruitful change?

OPINION: Your canine crusader notes that meat company Silver Fern Farms has undergone quite a refresh over the last few…

All for show?

OPINION: The Hound notes that Fonterra is cashing in on the curent government's largesse with taxpayer money.

Milking It

$1m remains unpaid

OPINION: A group of New Zealand farmers who collectively sold $1 million worth of cattle to a live export company…

Too close for comfort

OPINION: One vet believes the threat of foot-and-mouth entering New Zealand is much higher than what authorities tell the public.

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