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Dairy curdled by restricted access

Trade and Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor's visit to the UK and Europe to progress free trade agreements is extremely important to the New Zealand dairy industry.

 

OCD's record milk collection

The country's second largest dairy processor collected just short of 2 billion litres of milk from its suppliers.

World

Farmers to power own plant

European dairy co-operative Arla says renewable electricity produced by its farmer owners could soon be used to operate in milk…

Mission impossible

Agriculture and Trade Minister Damien O'Connor is off to Europe soon to try and breathe some life into free trade…

Opinion

 

Editorial: Tough road ahead

OPINION: Trade Minister Damien O'Connor recently flew of to the UK and Eu in an effort to add some much…

Agribusiness

Changing look for NZ lamb?

New Zealand meat producers will have to change their breeding priorities to take a full advantage of a new optical…

Management

Time to put your foot forward

The Government's recent decision to delay Intensive Winter Grazing (IWG) rules until May 2022, following pressure from farming and industry groups, has provided farmers with a year-long opportunity to demonstrate how best practice management on-farm can influence future environmental policy.

Being green and profitable

A major, three-year research project is underway in Taranaki to see what can be done to practically reduce the environmental footprint of dairy farmers and, above all, ensure that farms remain profitable. Reporter Peter Burke looks at the initiative and how it's progressing.

 

Genetics to help meet climate change targets?

Genetics will play a key role in helping dairy farmers meet climate targets at a herd level, while maintaining the highest quality milk production, says CRV managing director James Smallwood.

Catch crops a valuable tool

Along with several other organisations, Beef+Lamb NZ helped fund the catch crops for reduced nitrate leaching project. Sown as soon as possible after grazing has finished, catch crops have been the subject of a Sustainable Farming Fund project led by Peter Carey from Lincoln Agritech, with support from Brendon Malcolm and Shane Maley from Plant and Food Research and AgResearch.

Managing through drought successfully

Farmers in Hawke's Bay have now experienced two successive years of bad droughts, which has stretched their farm management skills to the limit. Watching this and working with farmers to mitigate the problems are two experienced AgFirst farm consultants based in Hastings - Lochie MacGillivray and Phil Tither. They talked with reporter Peter Burke about what they have seen and what works best.

Farm Health

Drenching - doing it right

Effective and accurate drenching is important for animal health and productivity. It needs strategic decision making and should be part of a parasite management plan.

Shedding Wiltshire's anti wool appeal

Of all the projects Massey University's School of Agriculture has been involved in over the years, it's never had such interest as it has in its Wiltshire breeding programme.

Global recognition for genetic work

A novel scientific approach which has identified a number of genetic variants impacting the health and wellbeing of New Zealand dairy cows has been published in the prestigious scientific journal, Nature Genetics.

Machinery & Products

Classy new home for CLAAS

Visitors to last week's National Fieldays were able to check out the new home for CLAAS Harvest Centre, Waikato and the parts, training and demonstration hub for the network's five other branches in the North Island.

 

Factory fast tracks production

After giving the go-ahead for a major investment at its Le Mans plant back in 2017, Claas recently showcased its €40 million spend.

Is the day of the drone closer than we think?

Drones have become increasingly popular in agriculture and horticulture over the last decade, whether taking aerial photographs of a property, checking water lines or in some cases even mustering stock. Machinery editor Mark Daniel takes a closer look at the developments in this area...

Motoring

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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No thanks!

OPINION: A mate of this old mutt's almost choked on his dog tucker when he came across the musings of…

More sunlight

OPINION: Your canine crusader hears that not all is rosy in the world of supposed rural sector congeniality.

Milking It

Name it and milk it

OPINION: University researchers in the UK believe that a cow will produce more milk if you give it a name.

No thanks!

OPINION: Auckland yoghurt maker The Collective claims it is the first New Zealand dairy yoghurt brand to offer a plant-based…

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