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Billion trees not enough

Shane Jones’ one billion trees planting project is not ambitious enough, says the Productivity Commission.

 

Intern helps agritech firm into China

When Lincoln Agritech took on a Chinese student, Zheng (James) Wang, it didn’t foresee him becoming the company’s China business development manager.

World

Call for Brexit revote

Britain should hold a second referendum on Brexit to make sure the British people fully understand what they will be…

 

Oz farmer forced to sell stock

With feed costs almost doubling, one drought-stricken Australian dairy farmer has been deciding to regularly sell livestock. He would like…

Opinion

Science the answer to debate

The previous government issued a call-to-action to New Zealand: double primary production export earnings while maintaining or improving water quality. 

 

Debate heating up — Editorial

We've had lately an abundance of reports on how New Zealand should tackle its carbon emissions profile – especially regarding…

Agribusiness

 

Local rich-lister to help scheme

Waimate contractor – and rich-lister – Gary Rooney will back a South Canterbury irrigation scheme that was left gasping by…

Management

Cow collars fit well in shed

A flexible, high-performance cow monitoring system was just what Alastair Robinson needed in his 70-bail rotary shed in Waikuku, North Canterbury, reports the supplier, Allflex.

 

From riparian plants to pharmaceuticals

DairyNZ and NIWA are jointly looking for riparian plant options that not only benefit the environment, but lend themselves to fodder for stock, food for humans, and even pharmaceutical making.

First the fence, then the planting

Using the right plants and techniques will make the most of riparian planting and give you value for money by getting it right first time.

Farm Health

Decoding your milk urea

Several years back, milk processors provided new information on Milk Urea Nitrogen (MUN). While some farmers understand the test, the implications of the test and how to manipulate it, there are still many who don’t.

New welfare rules: best to check

With new animal welfare regulations coming into effect on October 1, even if you already think you are doing the right thing it’s best to check.

Machinery & Products

Cruiser offers an all-in package

The nebula blue ute parked on the drive looks the part, but is it up to the undertaking the rigours of a week in cow-country Waikato?

Is Zetor staging a comeback?

The Zetor tractor is not a common sight on New Zealand’s farms, but Dairy News suspects there may still be a few out there earning their keep. 

 

Lemken buys an eye to the future

The German cultivation and seeding specialist Lemken has bought the Dutch company Skeketee – part of its plan to promote mechanical weeding, given the pressure growing on the use of weedkillers.

Fencing keeps noses apart

The problem of Mycoplasma bovis points up the need for better farm biosecurity measures, helped admirably by Strainrite Fencing Systems’ new M-Stop 1 metre outrigger system.

Multi-one for muli-taskers

Jacks Machinery of Whakatane, a retailer of tractors and machinery since 1970, is New Zealand distributor of an interesting range of mini-handlers from Italy.

Motoring

Forester comes out of the woods

Given that the Subaru Forester virtually started the trend to SUVs years ago, the New Zealand motoring public’s assigning to…

Never lose your car

A new entry-level Range Rover Velar is set to be the model Kiwi motorists can better afford. 

Holden goes easy on fuel

Holden has released details of the first-ever diesel Commodore, launching it alongside the first diesel-powered version of the new medium-size…

Baby Ram no toddler!

The Ram 2500 and 3500 utes have a name for big load-carrying and towing capability but come with a hefty…

 

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The Hound

Forgetful?

Speaking of M. bovis, the Hound understands the latest outburst by a farmer hit early on by the cattle disease…

Fatally flawed?

A mate of the Hound – a former technician and founder of an electronics business – reckons the NAIT system…

 
 

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