From the outside it still looks like a dairy shed except it is painted white with black cow-like symbols.

Near the Horowhenua town of Otaki, dairy conversion has taken on a whole new meaning. It’s not a case of converting sheep and beef farms to dairy farms, rather it’s a case of just converting old dairy sheds to country style tourist accommodation. Reporter Peter Burke visited two such conversions by two pretty special and creative women.

Rex set to go

Italian tractor manufacturer Landini, well-known for its specialised tractors in the vineyard and orchard sectors, has announced a new addition to its range - the Rex 4 Electra.

Smart Sprayer

Claimed to be some of the most revolutionary spray technology to enter the Australasian market, the BA Smart Sprayer powered by Smart-Appl, provides viticulturists and horticulturists with reduced chemical use, economical spray application and advanced crop mapping.

Ted on tour

A new and improved version of Naïo Technologies’ autonomous weeding robot, Ted, has been revealed prior to a tour of French vineyards.

 
The founder of Onguard said the Kaikoura earthquake was a big wake up call for wineries.

Four years after the Kaikōura earthquake, Marlborough wineries are far better prepared for a big shake, says structural engineer Will Lomax.

 
Collaboration increases capability

Initially designed to assist fertiliser spreading trucks operating on steep New Zealand hill country, TracMap’s GPS guidance and job management system has evolved significantly since its inception in 2005.

Tractor for tight spaces

Italian specialist tractor manufacturer SAME, part of the SDF Group, used the recent EIMA 18 Expo in Bologna, to roll out its latest Frutteto model — the CVT AutoSteer.

An Ag03 machine which fits onto a sprayer.

The word ozone conjures up images of big holes in the atmosphere, stronger UV light, the risk of severe sunburn and CFC's — at least in this part of the world.

UAV flying over a vineyard block in Hawkes Bay.

Drones may soon be joining the armoury of weapons used to scare birds away from ripening grapes  after a trial undertaken in Hawke's Bay last season.

Sheep farmers are being encouraged to enter the Canterbury A&P Show's new and improved Mint Lamb Competition after an overhaul of the existing event.

The Fresh Carriers Hayward Medal judging panel is once again calling on the kiwifruit industry to nominate their finest leaders for the 2015 award.

Spray Nozzle Engineering Australasia has opened two new tank head repair and cleaning Centres of Excellence, in Melbourne, Australia and Hamilton, New Zealand.

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