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Treatment of hypocalcaemia

Posted on 18th Jul 2017 13:29 | By Phil Rennie

Also known as milk fever, hypocalcaemiais the most common disease of both dairy and beef cows around calving. It is characterised by reduced blood calcium levels and is seen most often in the first few days of lactation, when demand for calcium for milk production exceeds the body’s ability to mobilise calcium reserves. ‘Fever’ is...

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What to do?

Posted on 18th Jul 2017 12:23 | By David Law

Last year a farmer asked me if I would help his mate up the road. His friend had started with 500 cows to calve and with peak milking soon to begin, he now had a little over 460 with which to complete the season. Twenty-two cows had died from metabolic problems, 63 had clinical milk fever and some had aborted. He was losing milking profit and spending...

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Farm financial literacy for dummies

Posted on 18th Jul 2017 12:00 | By Don Fraser

It never ceases to amaze me how many farmers have absolutely no idea of how their balance sheet works. Often when I ask to see the ‘books’ they willingly hand them over with the comment “I have no idea how to understand these”. Now I am not trying to be condescending here – some farmers do have good financial literacy,...

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Farming smarter now and into the future

Posted on 18th Jul 2017 11:27 | By Bill Webb

The future, we all hope, will be bright for our children and grandchildren and recently there’s been a lot of talk about just what New Zealand will be like in the next 20 to 30 years. The government aims to make NZ pest free by 2050 which seems a big goal, but on the other hand, if we don’t do something, we will lose our unique wildlife...

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Primary exports to reach highest ever

Posted on 18th Jul 2017 11:27 | By Todd Muller

Things are looking up for our primary sector with the Ministry for Primary Industries forecasting that primary sector exports will grow to $41.6 billion in the year to June 2018 – this is an increase of 9.1 per cent and brings primary exports to our highest level ever. This growth is being driven by strong forestry and dairy prices, combined...

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Timely (not neighbourly) advice

Posted on 18th Jul 2017 11:24 | By Brent Trail

Recently I wrote about the dangers of listening to your neighbour’s advice when planning a subdivision – the world is moving too fast to rely on hearsay. Currently, this is particularly relevant in two districts – Thames-Coromandel and Waikato. Thames-Coromandel District will likely soon go to court to settle the objections to its...

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Grandparenting is missing the point

Posted on 18th Jul 2017 11:23 | By Peter Burton

The link between 750,000 tonnes of urea a year being applied to New Zealand soils and excess nitrate-N in streams, lakes, and groundwater is difficult to refute. In fact, of the many people that I’ve discussed the issue with, no one denies that it exists. As more measures are revealed, the link between geographical areas where the greatest amount...

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Urban population delegates farmers

Posted on 18th Jul 2017 11:00 | By Elaine Fisher

  If farmers are feeling under attack, it is with some justification. The industry of which they are so proud is under constant criticism for its failings, and receives scant praise for its achievements. Winter is the hardest time to endure such negativity. It’s dark, it’s cold, it’s wet, but staying indoors where it’s warm...

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Can horticulture growth continue?

Posted on 17th Jul 2017 16:02 | By Mike Chapman

In June this year the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) released its ‘Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries’ report which has horticulture’s exports (including wine) growing by 5.3 per cent. The report predicts thathorticulture’s exports will reach $5.3 billion for the year ending June 2017, before increasing steadily...

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Apprenticeships – earn while you learn

Posted on 10th Jun 2017 16:54 | By Todd Muller

Apprenticeships make up an important element in New Zealand’s educational framework and help us produce a skilled workforce to meet the ever-increasing needs of our rapidly growing country. We are currently in the middle of the biggest building boom in New Zealand’s history. The rapid scale-up of construction in Auckland alone will exceed...

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Is everything broken?

Posted on 10th Jun 2017 14:50 | By Brett Petersen

Many of the messages received from overseas emphasise the desire for the food chain to be cleaned up. Urban populations are struggling to find healthy and wholesome food. In the northern hemisphere, threats to individuals and collective health include lifestyle, lack of sun – north of the 33rd parallel no UVB rays penetrate for most of the time...

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Experts to look at promising year ahead

Posted on 10th Jun 2017 14:48 | By Mike Chapman

The horticulture industry will hear about the opportunities, challenges, innovation and export growth in the year ahead at its conference in Tauranga next month. American food and agribusiness expert Roland Fumasi has been announced as one of the keynote speakers at The Horticulture Conference 2017, being held at ASB Baypark, Tauranga, from July 12-14. He’s...

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Dairying and its environmental impact

Posted on 10th Jun 2017 12:41 | By Graham Shephard

In addition to the over-application of nutrients from water-soluble and non-bio-friendly fertilisers, it is nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions with high global warming potential and close association with dairying that should be our focus in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. I wonder if we are given entirely the right messages about the other two greenhouse...

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What will be the change kicker?

Posted on 10th Jun 2017 10:03 | By Peter Burton

It was interesting to receive a phone call from a retired economist recently. He rang to say the point made in my last article that farmers were not to blame for the practices resulting in environmental degradation, instead fault lay with the advice they received, in his view “hit the nail on the head”. We discussed a number of aspects...

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How much is enough – and when to stop

Posted on 10th Jun 2017 08:02 | By Don Fraser

It seems we spend our lives tearing around working and earning money with little idea of how much is enough. Enough work? Enough money? During the last boom when farmers were busy buying up the neighbours, my phone rang hot with farmers who were not buying the neighbours, asking how they – who were buying – could do it? My simple reply...

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Farmers have been ’brainwashed’

Posted on 9th Jun 2017 17:00 | By David Law

The Ministry for the Environment and Statistics NZ recently released a damning report showing increasing nitrogen and phosphorus in a percentage of NZ rivers. Surprise surprise. The clean rivers plan, which is sweeping the country, is to drastically reduce nitrogen applications on-farm based on historical data. Farmers hell bent on trying to mitigate...

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Double the amount of rain in five months

Posted on 9th Jun 2017 15:50 | By Bill Webb

The weather has always been reliably unreliable – but at least its overall patterns have until now, been reasonably predictable. Given what we’ve experienced so far this year it appears we now need to prepare for the unexpected all the time. Three cyclones in two months created havoc for farmers, growers and urban residents and also revealed...

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Clovers will help clean up Lake Rotorua

Posted on 9th Jun 2017 12:48 | By Robin Boom

Last month I gave a half-hour presentation to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Plan Change 10 hearing committee relating to Lake Rotorua with support persons Anna Mayne and Rotorua-based vet-consultant Hugh Jellie. Anna has developed her Ag Monitor model and has surveyed a small number of my dairy farmer clients looking at their financial...

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Should I take Co Enzyme Q10?

Posted on 9th Jun 2017 10:45 | By John Arts

Co Enzyme Q10 – also known as CoQ10 – is a vitamin-like substance essential for life. While we normally make all the CoQ10 we need, some people – because of age, health problems or medications – can benefit from taking extra good quality CoQ10. CoQ10 is essential to make the energy our bodies need. The final stage of making...

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