Rescued kids easy to re-home

Mana Rescue was inundated with people wanting to re-home a baby goat after a story appeared on the SunLive website recently. Mana Rescue owner Fiona Montgomerie says they not only found homes for all 46 baby goats but she now has a waiting list of people...... Read More

Pollination machine 'insurance policy'

An artificial pollination machine designed and built in Whakatane is proving its worth on a T&G owned kiwifruit orchard in Northland. The PollenSmart machine, designed and engineered by agricultural engineering firm The Wrangler, works by blowing pollen...... Read More

How can busy lifestyles manage chooks?

Do you have a lifestyle block or a good sized section and have always wanted to keep chooks but feel that it would be too much work to look after them and a hassle when you go away? Grandpas product range can help. There is the tried and proven Grandpas...... Read More

Any colour hen – so long as it’s brown

Keeping a few hens in the backyard has become popular. They make great pets and the eggs they produce are an added bonus. Nic and Maria Stolwyk of Eureka Poultry Farm raise hens from day-old chicks, selling them as pullets (around 10 to 18 weeks old)...... Read More

Give hens a health check in spring

Spring is in the air and it is the perfect time for poultry keepers to prepare their flocks for the upcoming laying season saysWendy Majoor of Chook Manor, Pukekohe. “Now is a good time to make sure your birds have come through the winter in good...... Read More

National environmental standard welcomed

  The introduction of a National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry is vitally needed for better environmental outcomes, according to Forest Owners. The government has released the NES to bring in a standard set of environment regulations...... Read More

A patch of dirt to start a haven

They’ve got the animals, the people, willing sponsors, the will and the way. The only thing they’re missing is the land. High Hopes Haven Rehabilitation and Educational Centre is a not-for-profit organisation where abused and abandoned animals...... Read More

Chlorine use in dairies raising concerns

Many dairy farmers testing their water are finding they are not meeting the standards of water quality necessary for compliance for milk collection, says David Law of Forward Farming. “In a quest to improve hygiene, not only in water, but also...... Read More

Calf-rearing - hard but rewarding work

With the beef schedule sitting at near record highs and good prospects ahead for that continuing amid tight global beef supplies, rearing calves for the store market may be an option for small block holders over late winter-early spring. But as appealing...... Read More

Funding the future of the fluxmeter

The projectknown as ‘Protecting our Groundwater – Measuring and Managing Diffuse Nutrient Losses from Cropping Systems’has been recognised by the Ministry for the Environment for funding through the Freshwater Improvement Fund. The...... Read More

Better information for maize growers

The Maize Hybrid Performance Trial programme is now able to provide more valuable information on hybrid performance with the publication of the third edition of its results booklet. This 2016/2017 edition is the first to include results from multiple...... Read More

Farm animals charm visitors

The feathered and furry residents of Bullwool Farm and Nature Park have the public well-trained. They know their persistent calls will result in a tasty snack from their fans. The chorus of quacks, clucks and baas work their magic whatever the age of...... Read More

A short history of kiwifruit shelter

Back in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, orchardists in No 3 Rd Te Puke were growing Chinese gooseberries. Some called them ‘Chinas’. Bruno, Abbott and later Hayward made up the varieties. The plant’s training system was basically a fence with...... Read More

New packhouse partner for avocado export

Avoco is embarking on a new avocado export season with a new packhouse partner and a fresh commitment to delivering growers solid orchard gate returns. DMS in Te Puna has joined the ranks of Avoco’s professional growers and packers for the start...... Read More

Farm environment awards entry open

Organisers of the prestigious Ballance Farm Environment Awards are encouraging farmers and growers to consider entering the 2018 awards. Entry is now open for the awards, organised by the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust to promote land stewardship...... Read More

Preparing for 2018 dairy awards

  The time to start planning for the 2018 New Zealand Dairy Awards is now, say Carlos and Bernice Delos Santos of Rotorua, who were runners-up in the 2017 New Zealand Share Farmer of the Year Award. Entries for next year’s awards open in October...... Read More

Healthy foods add value for consumers

  The Delicious Nutritious Food Company, a producer of high-value nutritional foods, is now open in Te Puke. The Seeka Limited’s start-up company takes a fresh approach to the use of local produce, getting more from existing resources and increasing...... Read More

Expo eyes the future of effluent

Do it once, do it right is a great guiding philosophy. Waikato Regional Council’s latest Effluent Expo at the Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton on Tuesday, October 17 will help farmers wanting to upgrade their effluent systems to do just that. The...... Read More

Rainbow book prize for best caption

Kiwi ingenuity can be found everywhere – including along rural side roads like the one near Katikati where an elephant of many parts has been installed. The structure was the subject of the August ‘Country Funnies’ contest and J Salmon...... Read More

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