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Protectionism versus truth-telling

Posted on 12th Mar 2017 09:17 | By Sue Edmonds

First we had traceability, then sustainability, threatening our ability to sell overseas. Now we’ve also got protectionism, whatever that turns out to mean. One thing it is bound to mean is our export products will have to stand up to whatever overseas countries’ testing, or purity criteria, they choose to put on them. Today it’s...

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Intensive farming saves water quality

Posted on 11th Mar 2017 11:16 | By Peter Burton

Soil carbon – you can build it or burn it – but it’s the very thing we rely on for our survival. Without it there is no plant growth as we know it, and as its being diminished less nutrient and moisture is available for plant uptake. Any reduction in soil carbon levels, due to it being a highly effective filter, results in a decrease...

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Of hot scones and old tractors

Posted on 10th Mar 2017 13:14 | By Don Fraser

Remember when we milked a house cow out in the paddock sitting on an old wooden stool using a stainless steel bucket jammed between our knees? And when walk-through cowsheds had that special smell and we cleaned up the yard by scooping the muck up with a square mouth shovel into a ‘konaki’ and then swilled the yard clear with buckets of...

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Earthquake could hit feed prices

Posted on 10th Mar 2017 10:12 | By Bill Webb

The link between the November Kaikoura earthquake and feed prices for North Island farmers might not be immediately obvious – but there is one, and it could prove costly. The ongoing harsh dry conditions throughout the country, not to mention the February fires in Hawke’s Bay, have accentuated what was already shaping up to be a shortage...

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Extra police to make communities safer

Posted on 9th Mar 2017 14:38 | By Todd Muller

In his first major announcement of election year, Prime Minister Bill English has unveiled a significant government investment in Police and the wider justice sector to reduce crime and keep our communities safe. The $500 million Safer Communities package will provide an extra 1125 police staff, including 880 sworn police officers. This initiative...

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Livestock staggers risk in late-summer

Posted on 9th Mar 2017 11:06 | By Phil Rennie

Both rye grass and paspalum plants can cause similar neurological conditions – commonly referred to as staggers – as opposed to ‘grass staggers’ – which relates to low magnesium in livestock soon after birth. These two fungal-neurotoxin induced diseases can cause generalised tremors in all ages of cattle, sheep, deer,...

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RSE employers role model for others

Posted on 9th Mar 2017 09:01 | By Mike Chapman

Horticulture is growing. Exports grew 40 per cent in the two years from 2014 to 2016. This growth is supported by an increasing workforce made up of permanent Kiwi workers and seasonal workers. Research New Zealand recently released a report about this. This report confirms horticultural employers are employing more New Zealand permanent and seasonal...

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‘BREXIT’ and ‘TRUMPET’ – like it or lump it

Posted on 20th Feb 2017 08:00 | By Don Fraser

Financewith Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance The world has changed forever. Globalisation is now threatening the people and they are voting against bureaucracy, control and the money in their countries, going into the hands of a few. Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States has shone the spotlight right on an over-controlled...

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Common sense main ’additive’ missing in farming

Posted on 19th Feb 2017 08:00 | By David Law

Beneath the surfacewith David Lawof Forward Farming A lot can be learned or assumed by a slow drive down a farmer’s tanker track, particularly if cattle are close enough to observe. To a trained eye, the state of their health is very noticeable and often the reasons for them not looking in top condition can also be obvious. Arriving at...

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Fertiliser just keeps getting cheaper

Posted on 18th Feb 2017 08:09 | By Robin Boom

Robin BoomAgronomic Advisory Services The week before Christmas both Ballance and Ravensdown dropped their prices on some imported products – and for the farmer it just keeps getting better. In my 27 years of providing independent fertiliser advisory work I’ve never seen anything like the selection of companies and wide variation...

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Solution to environmental pollution

Posted on 17th Feb 2017 18:18 | By John Morris

What can you say, when you realise that soluble synthetic minerals are the cause of toxic nutrient leaching into the environment? You can say: ‘Ban all soluble, synthetic, toxic minerals!’ The farmers are being blamed for this problem. As nutrient leaching has become a risk to the viability of farming, we cannot blame the farmers. But unfortunately...

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‘She’ll go another turn’ may be false economy

Posted on 17th Feb 2017 18:16 | By Bill Webb

Bill WebbFeed SolutionsOutlook Many dairy farmers have responded to the drop in payout by taking long hard looks at their businesses and making savings of between $1 kg/ms and $1.20 per kg/ms, according to DairyNZ’s figures. DairyNZ also reports more farmers than ever are preparing farm budgets, which is excellent news. In the past I’ve...

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Dark clouds emerging in the battle against fly strike

Posted on 27th Jan 2017 08:00 | By Paul McKee

Stock Sensewith Paul McKeeRavensdown Technical Manager Insect Growth Regulators have been revolutionary chemicals in the management of flystrike in sheep. These chemicals (cyromazine, dicyclanil, triflumuron and diflubenzuron) work by interfering with the maggot’s ability to complete the moulting process during development leading to eventual...

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The pitfalls of facial eczema control

Posted on 25th Jan 2017 08:00 | By Phil Rennie

Vet’s VisionPhil RennieTauranga Vets A recently published peer reviewed study has thrown new light on the common pitfalls of facial eczema control in New Zealand. The full article was released in the ‘The New Zealand Veterinary Journal’ following initial publication in the ‘Dairy New Zealand Technical Series’ a year...

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Plan now for New Year opportunities – before you lose them

Posted on 23rd Jan 2017 08:00 | By Brent Trail

Brent TrailManaging DirectorSurveying Services Ltd Managing a family landholding for the benefit of future generations can be a challenge, but taking opportunities along the way can create significant flexibility. During the years council rules have allowed subdivision of land to a certain extent, whether it be for smaller farms or lifestyle...

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Chemicals impacting on top soils

Posted on 21st Jan 2017 08:00 | By John Morris

John Morris – CEO Agrissentials NZ Ltd. A Sanskrit text written around 1500 BC noted: “Upon this handful of soil our survival depends. Husband it and it will grow our food, our fuel and our shelter and surround us with beauty. Abuse it and the soil will collapse and die, taking humanity with it”. Soil is a magical substance, a living...

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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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