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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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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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