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Farms hit by Nelson fires

Six commercial farms have been destroyed by the huge fire in the hills southwest of Nelson, according to Federated Farmers.

 

World

Where to for the UK?

“On a knife-edge,” is how NZ’s former high commissioner to London, Sir Lockwood Smith, describes the British government’s EU exit…

 

Opinion

 

Agribusiness

 

Students excited about Ag careers

An agri-leadership course held recently had secondary students ‘buzzing’ about career opportunities in agriculture — even though many already came…

Research farm up for sale

A slice of New Zealand’s agricultural history is for sale in the form of AgResearch’s Winchmore Research Station, northwest of…

New technology will help

Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies have the potential to help our primary industries capture high-value niches, according to a new…

Management

Native plantings paying dividends

Mid-Canterbury farmer John Evans is reaping the benefits of native plantings on his farm, in the form of improved pollination and pest control.

 

Reducing heat stress on cows

Dairy cows in all regions are affected by heat stress during summer. The comfort zone of a cow is 4-20°C, about 10-15° lower than the comfort zone of a human.

Farm Health

Healthy livers, happy cows

Liver damage caused by Facial Eczema severely impacts animal welfare and productivity, yet many farmers are not sufficiently supplementing their cows to protect against it.

Split calvers match feed supply, demand

The bonus of split calving is that you can match feed supply with feed demand throughout the year, says Neville Porteous of Te Arai Farms in lower Northland.

Machinery & Products

No-till drill gets an upgrade

The John Deere 750A All-Till drill is a popular choice in New Zealand, offering high outputs in conventional, minimal and no-till regimes and precise seed placement.

 

Thumbs up for strip tilling

To farm more sustainably and profitably, many farmers and contractors are exploring the advantages offered by strip-tilling.

25 years of selective seeding

After 25 years in electrical seed metering, Kverneland claims more knowledge in electric drive systems than any other precision seeding company.

A new standard in sprayers

A new range of trailed and self-propelled sprayers from German manufacturer Horsch is now available in New Zealand from distributor Norwood.

Motoring

Raptor for fun, not work

The Ford Ranger Raptor is not the truck you buy for heavy work; payload and towing capacity are significantly less…

HSV ute a cohesive upgrade

The after-market options for utes are extensive, but there’s a big difference between a properly engineered package and a ute…

Car of the year an easy choice

Having driven the 2019 Subaru Forester at Queenstown and through the Bendigo Station at the media launch in August, your…

 

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The Hound

Pull your heads in

The Hound was disappointed but not surprised to see the multi-national, tax-dodging environmental group Greenpeace have another crack at NZers…

Unfortunate timing

Your old mate reckons Fonterra is not the only dairy company in NZ now under pressure.

 
 

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