Blogs

Mycoplasma bovis and stock movement

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets Mycoplasma bovis is a bacterium that causes illness in cattle, including udder infection mastitis, abortion, pneumonia, and arthritis. In July 2017, the Ministry for Primary Industries...... Read More

Subdivision limited to 40ha blocks in Waikato

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd  As expected, Waikato Regional Council has made a submission to the Waikato District Plan requesting lifestyle blocks can only be subdivided from titles that exceed...... Read More

Fifty reasons to visit us at Fieldays

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite Kiwi Fertiliser follows the principles of the Albrecht soil fertility system, as taught by Neal Kinsey. Soil samples are sent to Perry Agricultural Laboratory,...... Read More

New pool structure for Just Avocados growers

Avocado Advice with Erica Faber Just Avocados Just Avocados, at their recent season review meetings, announced a new export payment pool structure for their growers. The specialist avocado packer and exporter has introduced an...... Read More

Zero carbon – a challenge to us all

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO The Carbon Zero Bill was introduced into Parliament on May 8, 2019. This Bill if made law will commit New Zealand to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions particularly carbon dioxide;...... Read More

Is science being misused?

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd Because it is under permanent grazed pasture that carbon can be most readily sequestered is why pastoral farmers should be excited about an economy that’s putting...... Read More

Grab the money – because cash is king!

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance There is even a song called ‘Grab the Money and run’, but I’m not suggesting the run bit of course. In life we’re presented with all sorts of opportunity. Recognising...... Read More

Making the most of genetic potential

Beneath the surface with David Law Forward Farming Imagine buying a Maserati to be told you’re only permitted to drive it at 50km/hr. Bit of a waste of potential, don’t you think? The same goes for dairy cows. Many...... Read More

The threat of meat substitutes

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions Welcome to the new farmers to our district – and all the best for this new season. The threat of plant-based proteins to our beef and dairy sectors is a hot topic. Last month...... Read More

How are your joints? – Part 1

Abundant living with John Arts Abundant Health I’ve just got off the phone from speaking with a client in his 70s. He had damaged his knees from playing rugby and now had fairly advanced osteoarthritis in both. We started...... Read More

Slowdown in NZ economy looming

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP Fewer jobs and opportunities are on the horizon for hardworking Kiwi families as New Zealand faces a looming slowdown in the economy. The simple fact is this. Labour inherited...... Read More

Copper testing of livestock

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets With the end of the ‘zinc season’ close at hand, it is important to check your herd’s copper reserves. Zinc competes with copper for absorption at the gut level,...... Read More

Subdivision still possible in rural Waikato

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd Since advertising their proposed District Plan in mid-2018, Waikato District Council is still working through the many submissions received. So, it’s business as...... Read More

Free frozen phosphate reserves – part 1

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite Often when we soil test, we find two or three times the phosphate required for good plant growth. Within six weeks of application, about 75 per cent of applied...... Read More

Avocado autumn action plan

Avocado Advice with Erica Faber Just Avocados Looking ahead in the avocado calendar, there is flower induction, flower initiation and bud development. Starch accumulation is also occurring, preparing the tree for the upcoming...... Read More

Reforming vocational education in NZ

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO Consultation concluded recently on the Government’s proposed Reform of Vocational Education. It was launched as polytechnics across New Zealand were struggling to remain financially...... Read More

The secret of truly successful farmers

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd The last two springs have been excessively wet in most regions, resulting in slower overall growth in part due to treading damage. In prolonged periods of wet weather...... Read More

Try being nice to people

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance In this fast-paced life of endless issues and constant pressure, it seems many people resort to being sour and grumpy. It seems like an infection. Many of us get pushed around in our...... Read More

Proactive versus reactive farming

Beneath the surface with David Law Forward Farming I read an article before Christmas which asked: ‘Why are farmers so despondent?’ Although, by all accounts the season was looking great, I felt this was a very one-dimensional...... Read More




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