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Too stoned to work!

Substance abuse problems, timekeeping and the attitude of young people entering workforce must be addressed for the future of the horticulture industry, says Vegetables NZ Inc. chairman Andre de Bruin. 

 

Dairy industry’s big night looms

The gumboots have been put away and the shoes have been shined in anticipation of the dairy industry’s most prestigious awards event, happening this Saturday in Invercargill.

World

Oz milk yield up

Australian dairy farmers produced an estimated 650 million litres in March, an increase of 2% on March 2017. 

 

Co-op’s hedge kept Canadians out

Canadian processor Saputo, on the verge of becoming Australia’s largest dairy player, looked at investing in New Zealand 16 years…

Opinion

Be honest — Editorial

At times it is hard not to believe the meme that ‘Minister of Everything’ David Parker really does hate farmers…

 

Feds never was anti-NAIT

Some assertions made in the Rural News editorial, ‘Get with the programme’ on April 3, 2018 were unfair, wildly untrue…

Agribusiness

 

Management

No s**t Sherlock

If every farm in New Zealand used the new ClearTech system for harvesting clean water from dairy effluent, NZ would save 42 billion litres of freshwater each year.

 

Young Māori to the fore

Three young Māori farmers will compete in late May for the title of Young Māori Farmer of the year. 

UK-made cattle bolus now sold in NZ

UK company Agrimin Ltd, maker of trace element boluses for cattle and sheep, has launched its products in New Zealand through its subsidiary Agrimin NZ Ltd.

Farm Health

 

Spare the fibre, spoil your season

With dry off date just around the corner for the vast majority of spring calving herds, it is easy to assume the next few months leading up to spring presents an opportunity to relax and take a breather. 

Good autumn may lead to increased worm burden

Good Autumn growth sets the scene for maximum growth rates in beef cattle post-weaning, but beware worms in pasture, warns Paul McKee, an animal health technical manager at Ravensdown.

Calm ewes equals more lambs

A calm temperament in ewes improves ovulation rate and successful pregnancies, according to a study published by The University of Western Australia (UWA). 

Machinery & Products

Don’t rely on ‘she’ll be right’

Race and rally drivers’, do it, airplane passengers do it, even the Fonterra tanker drivers do it — so why is it that most farmers and contractors don’t appear to see the need to wear a seat belt? 

 

NH pimps its BigBaler series

On the heels of the BigBaler 1270 and 1290 Plus release in 2016, New Holland Agriculture has launched a full line of BigBaler Plus balers.

Valtra goes Barbie pink

Valtra's Unlimited Design Studio is known for taking tractor customisation to the next level, with upgrades to paint, leather interior, high-end audio and the odd exhaust stack.

Far North farmer favours Fendts

Northland farmer Ivan Stanisich has a herd of 215 milking cows, a 40ha avocado orchard and in his spare time is developing another 37ha of avocados.

Motoring

Holden Calais-V not too shabby

The question often asked about the new Commodore is, “will Aussies accept a German car as a replacement for Commodores…

 

Graphite edition adds value

A limited-edition Holden Colorado — just 100 units nationwide — will become the prized possession of a select bunch of…

 

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Silence is golden

The Hound notes that former ag minister Nathan Guy is settling into the role of opposition MP and having a…

Easy answer

It takes a bit to make your canine crusader raise his eyebrows at the hypocrisy of these do-gooder outfits with…

 
 

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