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Another rebel wins election

Canterbury farmer John Nicholls last month became the second farmer-nominated candidate to win a seat on Fonterra’s board.

Could Wagyu beef counter heart disease?

As barbeque season gets into full swing, New Zealand researchers are investigating whether certain kinds of red meat could actually protect against heart disease.

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

Changes coming for water regs

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta outlines the Government’s moves to ensure safe drinking water and to reduce environmental damage from…

 

Brexit: Comedy or tragedy?

OPINION: If you're thinking of holidaying in Britain and love theatre, skip the theatres of London’s West End and head…

Agribusiness

Owl Farm flying high

Owl Farm uses proven research and good practice and, importantly, encourages young people into the dairy industry.

 

OZ/NZ share many common problems

New Zealand and Australia share many problems in common in their dairy industries, says Professor Yani Garcia from Sydney University.

Management

Farming systems will need to change

Farmers will have to look at their fundamental farming systems if they are to meet future nitrogen leaching limits, claims DairyNZ science manager Dave McCall.

 

Time to retire

No one is more passionate about breeding better dairy cows than Ray Lawrence, Taranaki.

Farm Health

NAIT online to be upgraded

NAIT says its online system is set to be enhanced by an interactive map to help users accurately define a NAIT location.

Farmers urged not to forget TB

Farmers, especially in the South Island, are being reminded that while Mycoplasma bovis has captured headlines, TB is a continuing problem in small pockets of the country.

Bull movements need close watch

If you're selling or leasing bulls this spring, understand the risks and know the animal’s history of movement and health.

NAIT for sheep?

Bringing sheep into the NAIT (National Animal Identification and Tracing) system may be a way of getting more value out of the animals, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor claims.

Get a feel for ewes’ body condition

Weaning is an ideal time to body condition score (BCS) ewes as it allows valuable summer feed to be partitioned into lighter ewes to give them a lift before tupping.

Machinery & Products

An ‘a-mazing’ set of records

A US family-owned farming operation has set not one, but two new Guinness World Records by harvesting 1111 tonnes of maize in eight hours and then 1620 tonnes in 12 hours.

Dual-up with ease!

Arguments about whether tracks or duals are the best option for getting power to the ground in farming will go on for ever, but duals are the staple on tractors in New Zealand.

 

One for Santa’s list

With Christmas just around the corner, farmers thoughts will be on finding a gift for the domestic manager, the ankle-biters – and maybe a little prezzie for themselves.

Middle of the pack UTV

Kawasaki's recently introduced Pro-MX UTV sits between the larger, three-seater Mule Pro-FX and the compact Mule-SX.

Motoring

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…

Tried and tested Triton

Performance, safety upgrades and a new look for the 2019 Mitsubishi Triton have the manufacturer suggesting it expects its sales…

 

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The Hound

Fire sales?

Your canine crusader hears that Fonterra’s current financial woes could see the dairy co-op dumping many of its key assets.

Boring

This old mutt has been a long-time critic of the multi-national, tax-dodging, political activist group Greenpeace for its sustained and…

 
 

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