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No detail or definition of what Zero Carbon looks like

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP If there were a list of sectors who would feel the pain of an over ambitious Zero Carbon Bill, our primary industries would be near the top. Last year our new Climate Change Minister,...... Read More

Treating ketosis in animals

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets  The metabolic disease ketosis – also known as acidosis – is often seen in high-production cows or cows on a poor diet. It’s also not uncommon in sheep and...... Read More

Plan ahead or lose subdivision opportunities

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd Rules relating to subdivision are always changing – sometimes in a major way. So, if you’re managing a block of rural land you should keep abreast of the...... Read More

Protein, but not as we know it

DairyNZ Farmers Forum with Sue Edmonds Recently, I attended a conference entitled Protein Tech, which covered the unknown world of ‘alternative proteins’, and where and whether New Zealand should be leaping into it. Apparently...... Read More

What works and what doesn’t

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite I had the privilege last month to travel to St Louis, Missouri, in the United States, for more study under Neal Kinsey. This course and the one the previous...... Read More

Clouds on the horizon

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance Everything is changing so fast it is frightening. More people, more demand on goods and services, more pressure, more stress and more mental health issues. We’ve been a sleepy...... Read More

Time for a change – a proven method

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd As we see it, pastoral farming in this country is at a crossroads; with the path ahead uncharted territory. Environmental considerations will be at the forefront of soon-to-be...... Read More

Tarakihi flavour of the day

Raewyn Ensor Blue Ocean Fishing Charters On Sunday, August 12, the reef fishing in the Bay of Plenty was running hot. Weather conditions were perfect so skipper Scott headed out to one of his favourite spots anticipating...... Read More

Weather, crops and looking after your contractors

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions We are not getting a lot of rain but it’s consistent, which means water tables are up and it doesn’t take much for it to get really wet underfoot. But it’s the...... Read More

Best soil testing depth for pastures

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services In last month’s column I discussed how soil tests should be taken, and soil sampling depths. From what I can ascertain, New Zealand is the only country worldwide...... Read More

The last thing hardworking families need is fuel tax

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP On July 1 the Government’s Regional Fuel Tax came into effect after the Labour Government put the House into urgency so they could rush it through. The law was passed to allow...... Read More

How to approach a calving cow

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets August means calving time on most farms. So here’s here some advice on how to approach a calving cow. First, examine the vagina. Then examine the cervix – is it fully...... Read More

New subdivision rules for Waikato

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd Waikato District Council last month advertised their proposed District Plan. The plan, integrating the Franklin and Waikato sections, will introduce a consistent approach...... Read More

The introduction of mitigating programmes

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite After many years of getting farmers to apply fertilisers they don’t need, the New Zealand fertiliser industry has introduced mitigating programmes....... Read More

Prospering without capital gain

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd Property markets react differently from region to region – however in our patch the rural real estate market is flat, with nothing much moving. Dairy farms are particularly...... Read More

Understanding and screening rural professional advice

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance Let me say at the outset that the vast majority of rural professionals provide outstanding advice and assistance to their clients. They work tirelessly for the best outcome. Eighty...... Read More

Wet paddocks and farm biosecurity

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions The rain – it just keeps coming. This is the second year-in-a-row we’ve had a really wet winter. So everyone’s struggling with winter grazing. Some paddocks are...... Read More

The art of soil testing

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services  Taking soil tests to ascertain nutrient levels for pasture and crop production is a very small but essential cost, which can pay back large dividends. Not only will...... Read More




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