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Eliminating insect damage on pastures and crops

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite There’s been recent press  about the combined cost  of damage caused by insects. An AgResearch study  estimates $2.3 billion worth of...... Read More

Why have we got our labour supply so wrong?

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO  Harvest for some crops is well underway and for apples and kiwifruit it’s but a few  months’ away. Already the signs for labour are very grim. Reports from...... Read More

Reducing phosphorus inputs

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd At the meeting on regenerative pastoral farming held recently in Gore, the topic of appropriate Olsen P levels was raised. A farmer participant was a little disturbed that...... Read More

Become a better listener

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance Last month I talked about the truth. Now let’s talk about better listening skills. Effective listening is an acquired skill. It takes effort and a lot of learning, focus and...... Read More

M. Bovis – a suggestion to look at new research

Beneath the surface with David Law Forward Farming I recently published a column in which I stated the strongest evidence yet that Mycoplasma bovis does not flourish on  farms with well-balanced soil had been confirmed at...... Read More

Chondroitin: The forgotten hero – Part 2

Abundant living with John Arts Abundant Health Last edition we looked at a major research study (Wildi et al, 2011) that confirmed the benefits of high dose Chondroitin Sulphate for joints affected by osteoarthritis. This time...... Read More

Weeds, fert, maize, and tractor safety

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions The old weather’s certainly been a complete contrast to last season. It’s been drier through October and November. But late-November we’ve had rain forecast. There’s...... Read More

Stop tick disease spreading

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets The ‘tick disease’ theileria has continued to insidiously spread through cattle herds of the North Island including the Bay of Plenty, as well as further down the country....... Read More

Hauraki moves to aid affordable housing

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd Hauraki District Council recently notified a change to its District Plan to support the need for a supply of affordable housing in New Zealand. Proposed changes come...... Read More

Chondroitin: The forgotten hero

Abundant living with John Arts Abundant Health If you use a joint supplement for osteoarthritis then stop reading and get the bottle and check the amount of Chondroitin Sulphate in the daily dose. Most older-style formulas will...... Read More

Continuing to hit Kiwis where it hurts

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP The Government continues to show it doesn’t understand the pressure ordinary, hard-working New Zealanders are under and it continues to forge ahead with policies which drive...... Read More

Getting nitrogen without opening the chequebook

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite Kiwi Fertiliser prides itself on delivering fertility as close as nature intended as practicable. Certain commonly used products have been found wanting,...... Read More

Regional fuel tax should be put on hold

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO On July 1, 2018, the first Regional Fuel Tax allowed under law came into force in Auckland – and confusion reigned. The law was passed only a matter of days before, on June...... Read More

Why science always wins

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd Science, according to the Concise Oxford Dictionary, is systematic and formulated knowledge. Primarily it’s about measures, and when it comes to fertiliser it’s...... Read More

Waking up to demand better transparency

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance Recently we were travelling in America with all the noise around Dr Christine Blaisey Ford versus Brett Kavanaugh with Trump in the background – and,  it inspired me to think...... Read More

Pre-mating health checks for cows

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets With calving well progressed on many farms, it’s now time to think about next season’s reproductive targets and getting those same cows back in-calf. For the New Zealand...... Read More

The value of holding multiple titles

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd Having your farm in several titles allows you the flexibility to develop or restructure. As councils around the region tighten their subdivision rules, the value of...... Read More




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