Vehicle hygiene vital to velvetleaf response

A multi-agency steering group set up to tackle the damaging agricultural pest velvetleaf in the Waikato region is urging farmers and rural contractors to check all machinery is clean to protect farms from nasty weeds. The steering group aims to ensure...... Read More

Cooperation will benefit growers on both sides of Tasman

Avocado industry confidence is on a high in Australia and a recent grower visit has highlighted the significant role that Avoco plays in its development. The Avoco Grower Relations Committee visited Western Australia and Queensland to see first-hand...... Read More

Ancient instincts can make detecting lameness difficult

Cows have been domesticated for centuries but primal instincts to protect themselves against predators remain, which is among the reasons it can be hard to detect when dairy cows have problems with their feet, says Dr Rosie Reyneke. Rosie, a veterinary...... Read More

Personal attributes among employees valued

Personal attributes count high among employment criteria for a leading Bay of Plenty kiwifruit and avocado management and post-harvest company. “We employ people based on attitudes, and whether they will live our six core values and ‘fit’...... Read More

ETS review would 'change economic of farm forestry'

Changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme which would allow farmers to claim carbon credits without any harvesting liability would significantly change the economics of farm forestry, says Peter Clark, president of NZ Forest Owners Association. “A...... Read More

Long-term sustainable returns now and into future

Cooperation and collaboration are two words which come to mind when describing the relatively new Maori-owned milk processing plant, Miraka, near Taupo. Miraka (Maori for milk) is the outcome of a vision shared by a group of Maori trusts and incorporations...... Read More

Ensuring voices of farming families heard

Federated Farmers’ role as the voice for farmers has never been more crucial, says president Katie Milne. “The new coalition government has signalled that big changes are ahead for the agricultural sector and Federated Farmers has a massive...... Read More

Ancient herb a healthy boost for forestry

The trials and tribulations of growing ginseng is something those involved with the Maraeroa C Incorporation know well. The Maori forestry organisation, based in Te Kuiti, has been trialling and now growing wild-simulated ginseng for 11 years in the...... Read More

Chocolate – it’s food for the brain

The November Country Funnies photo.   Chocolate is good for the brain and the rest of the body too, including the heart – which is wonderful news for chocolate lovers and is among the facts featured in the book ‘Feed your Brain’...... Read More

There’s ancient buried ‘treasure’ on this farm

Graham Smith, a committed convert to the benefits of agro-forestry, never expected to harvest timber from both above and below the ground. “I got a digger in to excavate some gravel from a paddock and the machine uncovered large ancient logs,”...... Read More

Hydro stations, septic tanks affecting water quality

Farmers are being wrongly blamed for water quality issues while urban residents and the operators of hydro power stations escape scrutiny, says Vaughan Jones of Hamilton. “Water is being discussed across the country, but without correcting the...... Read More

Coalition’s approach to forest ‘breath of fresh air’

The Forest Owners Association says the priority put on new forest plantings by New Zealand First entering the coalition presents an enormous challenge to the new government and industry alike. Forest Owners president Peter Clark says issues such as diminishing...... Read More

Finding out about crude protein

After a completely soggy winter, and a spring where the sun is only just getting around to shining, pasture growth levels got out of sync with calving and the start of the milking season. Understandably, given what the ‘experts’ keep on telling...... Read More

Today’s links with Edmund’s invention

Edmund Gunter may have been born 436 years ago, but the measuring device he invented still impacts modern life. In the Te Aroha & District Museum is an example of Edmund’s surveyor’s chain – a distance-measuring device used for land...... Read More

Late start to season not causing concern

A lift in the forecast dairy payout and Fonterra’s recommendations for a reduction in the use of palm kernel are among the reasons Guy Mason, sales manager for Corsons Maize Seed, is predicting a five to 10 per cent increase in maize planting this...... Read More

Grooming cattle part of teenager’s ‘ideal’ holiday

Mucking out stalls, clipping the coats of cattle and gluing their tails might not sound like a teenage girl’s dream holiday – unless of course that girl is 13-year-old Tayla Hansen of Taupiri. Tayla, who spent part of her school holidays...... Read More

Trekking the great outdoors for charity

What a journey! Since its beginning in 2006 The Great NZ Trek has completed 12 successful stages covering New Zealand from Cape Reinga in the far North to Omakau in the deep South, equalling a total of 2262km. Trustee Kitty Johnson says it’s not...... Read More