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Staff training pays off

Runners-up for the Canterbury/North Otago Sharemilker of the Year title are Shaun and Andrea Wise, who contract milk 590 cows for Dairy Holdings on a 134ha Rangitata Island property.

 

Fonterra lends a hand in rival’s territory

The West Coast may be Westland Milk Products territory but that hasn’t prevented Fonterra from stepping in to help with the cleanup following the torrential rain and flooding of late March.

V300 robots debut in Karaka

A small organic farm in South Auckland has become the first NZ recipient of DeLavals’ new robotic milking system, the VMSTM V300.

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

 

A tale of two shows

OPINION: There were clear winners and losers in this year's regional field days circuit.

Report shows way on climate change

OPINION: The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s (PCE) recent comprehensive report: “Farms, Forests and Fossil Fuels” shows the clear way…

Agribusiness

 

Management

Building pasture cover levels

The long summer dry has meant many farmers are now focused on how they can increase pasture cover levels while still meeting cow condition score targets.

 

Award for planning tool

Ballance Agri Nutrients’ farm environment planning tool MitAgator last month won the Smart Farming Award at the South Island Agricultural Field Days at Kirwee.

Farming on Mt Horrible

Farming is a three-generation family affair for the Haywards of Mt Horrible, near Timaru.

Farm Health

Seeing the bottom of M. bovis?

An update meeting on Mycoplasma bovis in Hamilton earlier this month, threw up several questions, not least where were all the farmers?

Pasture road map boosts feed goals

Now is the time for dairy farmers to develop a pasture ‘road map’ to ensure they have enough feed to take their farms through calving to the balance date in mid-September.

Machinery & Products

Portable power on the farm

Erratic weather and seismic events, more frequent these days, are prompting many farmers to have standby generators on site.

Futuristic sprayer sets standard

Now part of the Kubota Corporation, machinery manufacturer Kverneland is on a roll, particularly with new products coming to market.

 

Spray variability all sorted

Applying chemicals to arable or grassland crops has many variables — differing chemical formats and target volumes, and forward speeds that vary with undulating terrain.

Motoring

2019 Rav 4 unwrapped

Toyota NZ has unwrapped the 2019 RAV 4, the SUV first seen in boxy guise 30 years ago at the…

Puts up and impresses

Mahindra, seeking to reintroduce its products to Kiwis, recently took motoring journalists on a day-long drive from Auckland to Rotorua,…

A real small-block bruiser

You wouldn't credit a 6.1L Chevy small-block V8 with a fuel economy figure of 7.8L/100km but that’s the figure displayed…

 

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The Hound

Fail!

PM Jacinda Ardern may have many talents, but an understanding of business is clearly not one of them.

The good life?

Your canine crusader admires those people in high positions who do not take their own self-importance too seriously and are…

 
 

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