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Should I take Co Enzyme Q10? – Part 1

Abundant living with John Arts Abundant Health Imagine trying to drive your car after someone had crimped the fuel line from your fuel tank to your engine. The car would still run but would quickly lose power on a hill or under...... Read More

New fertiliser passes the test

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services Early-2019 I was approached by the owners of Australian fertiliser company Fert Direct PTY Ltd, which market a sulphur-infused triple superphosphate called Triple Plus...... Read More

We’re not of the woods yet – but don’t stress!

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions So we certainly had a bit more rain in June-July compared to the last six months. For July we’ve had 102mm. But we still have a big deficit compared to the usual 1600mm rainfall...... Read More

Thinking big in the face of economic shock

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance Reading ‘The Magic of Thinking Big’ by David J Schwartz Ph.D, was a life-changing experience for me in the 1990s. In his book, David says: ‘You need the habit of...... Read More

Inputs, outputs and outcomes all matter

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd Without energy, life does not exist – and the purpose of pasture is to convert energy from sunlight into food, providing the energy essential for human survival. The...... Read More

Horticulture’s contribution to NZ’s Covid recovery

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO Our industry’s contribution to the Covid recovery would seem as simple of providing fresh, healthy-grown local vegetables and fruit. But since we emerged from lockdown, this...... Read More

KCl versus potassium sulphate

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite I recently found a very interesting scientific paper titled ‘The potassium paradox: Implications for soil fertility, crop production and human health’....... Read More

Retirement blocks – they’re dying fast

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd I remember a time when it was relatively easy to subdivide yourself a small block off your farm to build that dream home and ‘stay on the land’. Those days...... Read More

Spring first aid for calves

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets Prompt and effective management of newborn calves is critical to give them the best chance of getting through the first few vulnerable months of life in good health. While not exhaustive,...... Read More

The not-so-secret agenda

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd That the country is resolutely heading towards a carbon neutral economy is not the least bit secret, nor will the target change with a different government. Farming will,...... Read More

Would an internet failure be worse than a pandemic?

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance Right at the start of lockdown, an article appeared in the New Zealand Herald setting out how the world would cope with failed internet through attack, failure on radiation from the...... Read More

Growing our way out of Covid

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO I’m proposing there is a third wave to New Zealand’s Covid recovery plan. The first wave focused on the health of people. The second wave is focusing on the economy,...... Read More

Synthetic nitrogen cap set at 190kg/ha?

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite The year of 2008 was a drought year, but a dairy farm I was running increased production by six per cent while using 9kg/ha N. Most drought-affected farms...... Read More

Time runs out for subdividing in Waikato district

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd Perhaps the delays caused by Covid-19 have given some Waikato farmers one last chance to subdivide their farm before the rules change, but you’ll have to act quickly...... Read More

A need to question whether widely-held beliefs

Beneath the surface with David Law Forward Farming Forward-thinking New Zealand farmers might consider themselves on a learning journey at the moment, as they find themselves questioning the status quo and the way they have farmed...... Read More

How to prevent milk fever and grass staggers

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets During the dry period a cow’s metabolism gradually builds and then increases quickly once lactation starts. This is most notably seen with the demand for two key ‘macro’...... Read More

Weather unknowns mean planning is key

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions Well, we’ve had a bit of rain now, which has been good for grass growth. I’ve been talking to a Welcome Bay farmer who reckons we’ve had 800ml for the 12-month...... Read More

Calculating farm fertiliser expenses

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services Last month I was having a discussion with a farm advisor for hill country farms in the King Country, challenging him on why he didn’t look at some of the smaller...... Read More

Can I improve my joints? Part 2

Abundant living with John Arts Abundant Health Last time I mentioned a client who went from having very sore knees to now being able to move with much greater freedom. We looked at the first lesson we can learn from this. All...... Read More




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