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William Albrecht – a scientist ahead of his time

Posted on 19th Jan 2017 08:00 | By Brett Petersen

No facial eczema spores were found on this Waikite Valley grazing property, which uses the Albrecht-Kinsey system of soil fertility, while the neighbour’s stock was severely affected. The following is an abridged quote from a ‘Training Manual for Soil Analysis Interpretation in Northern California’ written by Gregg Young, CPAg, 1999...

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What you may not already know

Posted on 17th Jan 2017 08:00 | By Peter Burton

Soil matterswith Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd  Functional fert C&C Jan 2017: Soil organic carbon is the basis of humus and provides storage for both nutrient and moisture. A popular belief at present is that a concerted push to reduce the environmental pressure of intensive pastoral farming will mean less pasture grown, resulting...

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Keep cows milking as long as possible

Posted on 15th Jan 2017 08:00 | By Bill Webb

Bill WebbFeed SolutionsOutlook Another lift in the Global Dairy Trade auction in December is good news for farmers because it means prices are going in the right direction with, in all likelihood, a payout of $6-plus for the season. However, the downside for many farmers is their production has dropped – by as much as 20 per cent for some...

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The challenges of hill country farming

Posted on 12th Jan 2017 08:00 | By Robin Boom

Robin BoomAgronomic Advisory Services The easy contoured and soil fertility at optimum levels on Robin Broom’s property near Whatawhata, Hamilton, produced pre-Christmas lambs with a carcase weight of 22kg. In July I sold my 7.68ha block of bare land near Whatawhata, Hamilton, and purchased 56.65ha at Taumarunui and in the process have...

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Time to dream a little?

Posted on 9th Jan 2017 08:09 | By Don Fraser

Financewith Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance Well, Christmas and New Year are over. And 2017 has arrived. So do we feel any better or any worse as another year has just flashed by? And we are wondering what 2017 will bring? Are you happy and have you achieved your goals for 2016 or is it just an ongoing battle in Struggle Street? For many 2017...

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A century of grower representation celebrated

Posted on 6th Jan 2017 10:29 | By Mike Chapman

Mike ChapmanNZKGI Chief Executive Horticulture New Zealand celebrates 100 years of representing growers, outside Parliament, Wellington, in November 2016. On November 20, 2016, Horticulture New Zealand celebrated 100 years of representing growers. It all began in 1916, when the New Zealand Fruitgrowers’ Federation was formed. The fruitgrowers’...

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The opportunities of having additional titles

Posted on 23rd Dec 2016 10:06 | By Brent Trail

Brent TrailManaging DirectorSurveying Services Ltd Having your farm in several titles allows you to keep the mortgage under control while you expand and restructure. You may not have realised that in owning more than one adjoining block of land with a separate certificate of title, you potentially have a significant opportunity. Now that rural...

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Wishes for a bright and prosperous New Year

Posted on 22nd Dec 2016 08:00 | By Bill Webb

Bill WebbFeed SolutionsOutlook What a turbulent month November was – Trump became the United States President against all predictions; a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Kaikoura and on November 18Fonterra increased its 2016-2017 forecast Farmgate Milk Price by 75 cents to $6kg/ms. The milk price increase is good news – I’m not...

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Why can’t blokes have coffee together?

Posted on 21st Dec 2016 10:00 | By Don Fraser

Financewith Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance Social isolation is not exclusive to farmers – let me make that point clear. Apparently, there are two ends of the scale for socialisation. At one end of the scale you have high maintenance people – like me apparently – who need feedback from people to make them function properly and...

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The future is with bio-pesticides

Posted on 20th Dec 2016 10:35 | By Mike Chapman

Mike ChapmanNZKGI Chief Executive Earlier this year, Horticulture New Zealand refreshed its strategic plan and developed a new vision: ‘Healthy food for all forever’. Implicit in this new vision is the concept of intergenerational sustainability and care for the land that is used to grow fruit and vegetables. This sustainability ethos...

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Passive income and ‘retirement’

Posted on 2nd Nov 2016 17:00 | By Don Fraser

Financewith Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance Given that I am semi-retired, still as busy as ever, and given that I see and hear a lot about life, I thought I should traverse some of the key issues around passive income. It is tough enough giving up our farms and orchards to the next generation or selling to a new purchaser, let alone having to...

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Study into chemical - biological systems

Posted on 2nd Nov 2016 08:00 | By David Law

Beneath the surfacewith David Lawof Forward Farming I felt honoured to be included in a group of 11 farmers and advisers who recently converged on the South Island for a week-long study tour. Our purpose was to observe better management systems on dairy farms, particularly in respect to biological and chemical usage of fertiliser. Our first destination...

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Hoping nature’s balancing act will be gentle

Posted on 1st Nov 2016 17:34 | By Bill Webb

Bill WebbFeed SolutionsOutlook To say this spring has been challenging for everyone involved in agriculture in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato is an understatement. Between September and early-October there were 36 days of rain with only two-and-a-half anything like dry enough for us to get machinery into paddocks to make silage. This has been...

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Counting the cost of bad advice

Posted on 1st Nov 2016 14:00 | By Robin Boom

Robin BoomAgronomic Advisory Services It’s interesting the conversations one can have in a single day. I’ve just returned from a field day organised by the Auckland branch of the NZ Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science held on an organic dairy farm I’ve provided soil fertility advice on for more than two decades. This...

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Less regulation – do not reinvent the wheel

Posted on 28th Oct 2016 08:00 | By Mike Chapman

Mike ChapmanNZKGI Chief Executive One of Horticulture New Zealand’s jobs in Wellington is to keep an eye out for what new rules and laws the Government is producing and, when necessary, represent the views of our growers to advise or influence in that process. Recently the Primary Production Select Committee considered an amendment to the...

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Asia steps up demand for quality fruit and vegetables

Posted on 21st Oct 2016 17:00 | By Mike Chapman

Mike ChapmanNZKGI Chief Executive Last month I was able to see first-hand the potential for New Zealand’s fruit and vegetable exports to Asia during a week in Hong Kong that included attending Asia Fruit Logistica. This is an enormous expo, from September 7-9, which attracts more than 9000 buyers and visitors to see 65-plus exhibitors from...

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Poor water quality – not all farmers’ fault

Posted on 21st Oct 2016 08:00 | By David Law

Beneath the surfacewith David Lawof Forward Farming The passing of the Waikato Healthy Rivers Plan will instil new fear to farmers to change the way they manage their farms in the future. Farmers, of course, will be angry the bureaucracy of regional councils will soon have another round of reasons to whip the living daylights out of them, as...

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Ostertagia in cattle, the forgotten enemy?

Posted on 20th Oct 2016 08:00 | By Paul McKee

Stock Sensewith Paul McKeeRavensdown Technical Manager Seasonal patterns in worm populations will see ostertagia numbers peaking on our pastures in the late autumn-early winter period. Cattle grazing these pastures through winter in turn can acquire large numbers of these worms. A unique ability ostertagia have in controlling their life cycle...

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Why grand-parenting shouldn’t be used for environmental benchmarking

Posted on 19th Oct 2016 17:00 | By Robin Boom

Robin BoomAgronomic Advisory Services ‘Grand-parenting’ is a term used for environmental benchmarking of properties using the Overseer Nutrient Budget programme to determine how much nitrogen has been leached or lost historically from a particular property. It was first used around Lake Taupo with the objective of reducing the total...

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