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A guide to dehorning cattle

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets A number of changes have been made in recent years in New Zealand to improve animal welfare across a range of species, in particular with significant surgical procedures for our...... Read More

Silicon – the mediator of soil-plant nutrition

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite Silicon is a much-underrated nutrient ignored by mainstream agriculture to our detriment. It is like a mediator that evens out the highs and lows of soil-plant...... Read More

The financial cupboard is literally bare

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO Our GDP hit rock bottom at minus 12.2 per cent in the June quarter, and on top of that, the Government has already spent the $50 billion recovery package. The financial cupboard...... Read More

Inevitable change is coming

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd That change is coming in the agricultural sector is not in question – the only questions are, how big and how soon? With environmental degradation heading many people’s...... Read More

Feed orders need to be put in now

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions It looks like we could have a La Nina event – but who knows when this is going to kick in and for how long. Meanwhile, it is very dry. In the first three weeks of September...... Read More

Nutrient requirements for hay and silage paddocks

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services Recently, I was asked to take some soil tests on a property that had been leased for a few years where the leasee was continually harvesting hay/silage crops and taking...... Read More

Taking co-enzyme Q10 for energy

Abundant living with John Arts Abundant Health Mitochondria are our cell engines that take the energy from food and change this into the energy our bodies need. At the end of the line is the production of adenosine triphosphate,...... Read More

Vaccinating sheep and cattle

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets There are many infectious diseases that can affect cattle and sheep in New Zealand for which fantastic vaccines have been made to prevent disease. Vaccination is an important part...... Read More

A phosphate comparison

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite For the last three years phosphate trials have been conducted by Bernard Lilburn owner of Mt. View Store, near Bulls. Products compared were Sechura RPR,...... Read More

The times, they are a changin’

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO We pride ourselves in New Zealand as being innovators. The New Zealand horticulture industry is no exception to this reputation for innovation, with growers developing new and better...... Read More

The advantages of summer clover

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd That permanent grazed pasture plants require a steady supply of nitrogen for optimum performance is not in question. Nitrogen is usually supplied in one of two ways, either...... Read More

How life can slip by so quick!

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance Remember when you were three and you wanted to be a farmer? Now you are five and off to school, telling everybody that you want to stay home and help dad on the farm. You are now eight...... Read More

Challenging the thinking around Milk Urea Nitrogen

Beneath the surface with David Law Forward Farming Since the 1970s, New Zealand farmers have been heavily reliant on synthetic nitrogen to grow their pasture. They’ve been led to believe that heavy use of synthetic nitrogen...... Read More

Mild weather and preparing for maize

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions Lately, the weather has been a mixed bag. A bit cold, fine, wet and dry. We’re still behind in rainfall; so far we’ve only seen two-thirds of our usual rainfall for...... Read More

Talking regenerative agriculture

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services Regenerative agriculture is being touted by organisations such as Greenpeace as the future of farming because conventional farming – it claims – is unsustainable...... Read More

Should I take Co Enzyme Q10? Part 2

Abundant living with John Arts Abundant Health We generally make all the Co enzyme Q10, known as CoQ10, we need. Some people however should take extra as a supplement. CoQ10 is made in your liver from the same enzymes that make...... Read More

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




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