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Mega farmer pinged for effluent breaches

Large farm operations and professional spreading companies should be setting examples of best practice, says Waikato Regional Council regional compliance manager Patrick Lynch.

Industry backs recycling scheme

An on-farm plastic recycling initiative, Plasback, seems to be gaining momentum as the agricultural industry moves to reduce its environmental impact.

 

Charter vessels saviour for Zespri

Zespri has switched to using mostly charter refrigerated container ships this year to get its kiwifruit to major markets, rather than relying on normal scheduled ships.

World

Oz reforms in tatters

The Australian dairy industry has dropped an ambitious plan to form a single 'whole-of-industry' body.

Opinion

 

Over-the-top, state control

Rural Advocacy Network chairman Jamie McFadden was a key speaker at the recent round of Groundswell NZ meetings. He spoke…

Agribusiness

CEO fined for NAIT breach

The chief executive of a large Waikato farm business has copped a $3,600 fine for moving 820 unregistered animals to…

Arrivederci Nikki!

In a matter of days, kiwifruit growers organisation (NZKGI) chief executive Nikki Johnson will leave her role at NZKGI.

Management

Capturing the benefits of catch crops

Winter forage grazing is used extensively in the South Island as a low-cost system to feed dairy cows and build body condition prior to calving in late winter.

 

Surplus maize? Don't panic!

From time to time, I get calls from anxious growers who, for whatever reason, have been unable to sell all their maize.

Farm Health

New rules for on-farm procedures

New animal welfare regulations come into effect on 9 May. These will affect many common procedures carried out on farms, such as tall docking and treatment of bearings.

Plan for hogget breeding

Bioeconomic modelling, published by Massey University PhD student Lydia Farrell in 2020 and more recent work by the team, has shown that adding hogget breeding to a North Island hill country property would increase cash operating surplus.

Service bull sale at Huntly

Autumn calving farmers from around New Zealand are expected to attend a service bull sale on the outskirts of Huntly in early May - some in person, but most online.

Good shelter key to production

Shelter is one of the first considerations when contemplating the purchase of a doe, according to the New Zealand Dairy Goat Breeders Association.

Machinery & Products

Made in NZ... Hansen Products

Made in New Zealand looks at the wealth of design and manufacturing ability we have in this country, producing productive and cost-effective products for the agricultural sector. This week Mark Daniel takes a closer look at Hansen Products, catching up with managing director Steve Sharpe.

 

New models mark seventh decade

Celebrating its 70th year – and having already released the fifth generation A Series in January – Valtra has just announced upgrades to its N and T series tractors.

Methane-powered tractor coming

The first production unit of the T6 Methane Power tractor, a cornerstone of New Holland's energy independent farm concept, was presented at the Agritechnica show in 2019.

Half a century and not out!

Suffolk, UK-based Richard Western Trailers has over 50 years' experience building high-end trailers, manure spreaders, chaser bins, drill fillers and vacuum tankers.

Motoring

Outback now in its 25th year

Now in its 25th year, and sixth edition, the 2021 Subaru’s Outback wagon was recently launched in New Zealand. 

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The Hound

Bad company

The Hound is among many in the agriculture sector, including many of our top scientists, who are somewhat cynical claims…

Quitters?

OPINION: This old mutt wonders what it is about tall, balding, ex-Fonterra executives and their (non) ability to handle life…

Milking It

Less-gassy bulls

There may soon be another tool available to cut your climate footprint - select less-gassy bulls out of a catalogue.

Rock and a hard place

OPINION: Appease the Chinese and protect your export trade, like dairy products, or infuriate them and face sanctions.

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