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50 years young

The Young Farmer of the Year competition celebrated its 50th anniversary with a gala gathering of former winners, finalists and families held at the national final in Invercargill.

Awful offal pit sorted

Northland Regional Council (NRC) has inspected an illegal offal pit at a farm in Northland that is also the subject of a separate complaint about animal abuse.

 

‘Dairy industry fears the truth’

Many dairy farm workers and people in rural communities are too scared to go to MPI or speak out about animal cruelty for fear of being blacklisted in the industry or ostracised by their rural community.

No need to kill stock

DairyNZ veterinary technical policy advisor Nita Harding says normally not too many cows need to be slaughtered on dairy farms.

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

Full on and exciting 12 months

Federated Farmers president Katie Milne last month notched up one year in office. She told the recent Feds annual conference…

 

Give farming a fair hearing

OPINION: Many groups out there, large and small, seem to believe farming is the root of all evil to the…

Agribusiness

 

Keep up with pace of change

A quality environmental plan will soon be a prerequisite to buying or selling a farm, says ANZ Bank’s head of…

Management

 

Plant trees now for summer

With climate forecasts suggesting summers will lengthen and grow hotter and drier in some regions, the challenge of keeping cows cool will likely increase.

Farm Health

Start calves well for a healthy life

To set up a dairy cow for a long, productive life you must give her the best possible start. Extra effort now will pay dividends throughout her milking life.

 

Machinery & Products

Hail King Quad!

Suzuki, a key player in the quad market and the first to bring out a four-wheel machine (Quadrunner) in 1983, has pulled the wraps off its 2019 range-topping King Quad 750AXI 4x4.

Gasket sealant in a bottle

An easy-to-use solution in a bottle is said to cure engine ills such as blown head gaskets, cracked cylinder heads or blocks and porous castings in minutes.

 

Pöttinger's easy to use terminal

A new Isobus terminal from Pöttinger – the Expert 75 – is easy and convenient to use, notably because of its one-hand operation.

AirPro adds choice

Aitchison AirPro zero-tillage seed drills have a loyal following, with the 4.8 and 6.0m units forming the backbone of sales for ten years.

TeleSkid gets on track

Already seen 12 months ago in a wheeled version, JCB’s tracked version of its TeleSkid, the 3TS-8T, runs on 450mm wide belts at speeds up to 12.6km/h.

Motoring

Toyota Fortuner is here!

Toyota’s Hilux-based Fortuner SUV line-up has had an aggressive upgrade in New Zealand with the addition of a TRD (Toyota…

 

She’s a truck; not a ute!

Prominently displayed at the Mercedes Benz site at Fieldays was a vehicle that gives merit to the saying ‘there’s plenty…

Plug-and-play Kia

First came Kia Motors New Zealand’s launch of the Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models in March, and now the…

 

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The Hound

MIA

The Hound reckons Fonterra must have one of the largest teams of spin-doctors and PR hacks in corporate NZ.

Bovine excrement

Speaking of hyperbole and unsubstantiated claims, your canine crusader is getting tired of hearing the pompous, pretentious and self-important claims…

 
 

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