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Plan against rising costs

After a good 2021 season, rising costs are now starting to hit farmers. Baker Tilly Staples Rodway Taranaki rural advisor Amanda Burling says it's time to start planning because the 2023 season could be bumpy.

Power plant to close

Energy company Contact is closing its 44-megawatt Te Rapa power station in June next year.

M. bovis outbreak 'under control'

The Government says it's got a high degree of confidence that Mycoplasma bovis found on a Mid-Canterbury dairy farm isn't widespread.

World

New Aussie ag minister

Australian farmers hope that the new Labor Government will help ease chronic worker shortages crippling the agriculture sector.

Opinion

Editorial: Hobson's choice!

OPINION: One of the most recognised lines from the classic TV show Hill Street Blues was the send out by…

Agribusiness

O'Connor attends WTO meeting

Trade Minister Damien O'Connor is currently in Geneva for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) 12th Ministerial Conference.

Management

Knowing your colostrum powder

Providing a newbown calf with colostrum within 12 hours of birth is vital, we know that. And if maternal colostrum is unavailable or poor quality, a colostrum replacer can provide an essential alternative.

Smart ways to lower working hours

With milkings typically taking around 17 to 24 hours a week per worker, many farmers have been focusing on milking smarter to reduce hours and creative ways to shorten the working week - like the 22% who report they are using flexible milking.

Grow another paddock

Farming is becoming increasingly complex. Until recentyl, farmers had relatively few issues to focus on: feeding cows, producing milk and hopefully making enough money to feed their family and pay off their mortgages.

Farm Health

Make use of ewe scanning data

Having the ability to target feed ewes that will offer the best return on investmnt is one of the main benefits of pregnancy scanning - but there are others.

Uni farms variable plan delivers mixed result

The first full season of ten-in-seven variable milking on the Lincoln University Dairy Farm (LUDF) started well but the "then wheels fell off," the farm administrator, Jeremy Savage, revealed at the recent farm focus day.

His bark could be worse than his bite

With canine cough having a resurgence around the country the Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ) is reminding dog owners to keep an eye out for symptoms.

Machinery & Products

Making life easier

Many temporary sheep fencing systems can be troublesome, with reels jamming or breaking and the bugbear of silly hooks on the chains, which continuously catch on everything.

Krone adds VariPack to its baler range

The Krone VariPack Plus is a high-density, high-performance round baler comprising of four models – the VariPack V 165, V 165 XC, VariPack V 190 and V 190 XC.

Valtra's following grows

With the release of its N5 and T5 series of tractors, Valtra continues to expand its presence in the Australia-New Zealand region.

Motoring

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

No free ride!

OPINION: This old mutt is getting somewhat tired of multi-national, tax-dodging, fund-raising group Greenpeace always given front and centre mainstream…

How come?

OPINION: A mate of yours truly is questioning exactly why the Māori ag sector have been given special budget funding by…

Milking It

Tinder for cows!

OPINION: Irish farmers can now swipe right on a tinder type dating app for cows!

Cow and cars

OPINION: Cows are the favourite target of vegans, Greenpeace, the Green Party and plant-based food advocates.

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