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Deer farmer's roaring success

Southland elk farmer Tom May is no stranger to producing top quality velvet and believes that his Mayfield Elk Farm, just south of Winton, may have just set a world record.

World

NSW to lift GM crop moratorium

The NSW Government has announced that a moratorium on genetically modified (GM) food crops will be lifted in the state…

UK warned to honour FTA commitments

Plans for the United Kingdom to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) have come with a…

Opinion

 

Editorial: Time to listen

OPINION: Now that submissions have formally closed on the Climate Change Commission's (CCC) draft recommendations, released in February, on reducing…

Agribusiness

Cattle prices remain strong

Strong demand and limited cattle supplies saw cattle prices rise across most major cattle producing countries. 

Farmers still waiting

DairyNZ is calling on the Government to respond to an advisory group’s recommendations to improve winter grazing rules.

Management

Good communication the key

As the autumn sun rose in the east, the first of more than 100 people from around the district started arriving for the field day.

Ahuwhenua finalist showcases farm

Pouarua Farms is the largest, single dairy platform in the Hauraki region and it can also lay claim to be one of the best Maori dairy farms in the country.

 

Stick to the science

The other day I read a couple of articles that made me think. The first, published in Stuff was on a report by Otago and Victoria Universities on the number of Kiwis at risk of getting bowel cancer because they live in areas with an elevated water nitrate level.

Ensure your pasture feeds animals

An agronomist is warning that unusually high insect pressure has seen spring-sown crops take a real hiding in some regions this season.

Farm Health

Cow BCS now more in the spotlight

Up until now the dairy industry has largely left the monitoring and management of cow body condition scores (BCS) to individual farmers, but change is imminent as scrutiny builds from within the consumer base of our valuable markets.

Ear sensors keeping cow health under tabs

The chance of an extra set of eyes on a dairy farm is not to be sniffed at, so a recent on-farm show and tell day in the Waikato created a great deal of interest.

Small window to lift ewe condition

 Sheep farmers in many parts of the country have the next few weeks to lift the condition of their lighter ewes before the ram goes out.

Machinery & Products

SIAFD wins punters' plaudits

After celebrating its 70th year last month, it looks like the South Island Agricultural Field Days (SIAFD) has hit its heights - with most exhibitors spoken to considering it to now be the 'best' field day of any sort in the country.

 

New dimension in fert application

With new nitrogen fertiliser restrictions due to kick in during July 2021, with a target to apply less than 190 units N/ha, many farmers will be having a re-think on fertiliser application.

New telemetry solution

Part of the AGCO stable, Fendt, is introducing Fendt Connect – a new generation telemetry solution for Australian and New Zealand customers, said to offer improved productivity, efficiency, and profitability.

Motoring

Outback now in its 25th year

Now in its 25th year, and sixth edition, the 2021 Subaru’s Outback wagon was recently launched in New Zealand. 

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The Hound

Blue murder

OPINION: Your old mate recently read an off-the-wall suggestion, by some boffin, that deliberately staining meat blue will lead to…

Foot in mouth - again!

OPINION: This old mutt reckons Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor too often suffers from 'foot in mouth' disease.

Milking It

Sour taste

A dairy snack for kids made by the Gloriavale Christian Community has been dropped by two distributors because of "reputational"…

Cows in lockdown

OPINION: Over the past year the world has been shown the psychological damage that lockdown can have on human wellbeing.

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