Sheep to take over Te Kuiti’s main street

Up to 8000 people are expected to view the annual Great New Zealand Sheep Muster on Te Kuiti’s main street on Saturday, March 30. Now in its 27th year, the event attracts people from far and wide – and this time a train-load of visitors...... Read More

Seeka purchases Aongatete Coolstores for $25m

Seeka Limited has announced that is has agreed to purchase kiwifruit orcharding, packing and coolstore business and assets of Aongatete Coolstores Limited in the Bay of Plenty for $25m. Seeka Chief Executive, Michael Franks says the acquisition is...... Read More

’Quality issues’ affect avocado growers

Avocado growers profits have taken a hit due to quality issues among last year's smaller crop. New Zealand Avocado chief executive Jen Scoular says wet weather, early maturity and growers not always following the best practice, were contributors...... Read More

Kiwifruit harvest begins in Western Bay of Plenty

The first large volumes of Gold kiwifruit for 2019 have begun to be harvested in the Western Bay of Plenty today, with picking commencing in the Te Puke and Whakamarama regions. New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated chief executive officer Nikki...... Read More

Dry spell giving farmers grief in BOP

  Farmers across the country are being warned to make calls on feed planning, milking frequency and drying off due to the dry weather.   DairyNZ Farm Performance general manager Vanessa Winning says all regions are battling against the...... Read More

Paddock-scale research on six farms with plantain

Game-changing new research into how plantain crops can reduce nitrogen loss from dairy farms will see Upper Manawatu farmers at the forefront of dairy science. In the Tararua catchment, dairy farmers are currently faced with reducing N loss from pastures...... Read More

International speaking lineup ready for event

A number of international guest speakers and technologies will descend on Rotorua for the MobileTECH 2019 agritech event in April. “MobileTECH is one of New Zealand’s largest annual agritech events and we are looking forward to showcasing...... Read More

Kaituna project well ahead of schedule

Work to restore estuary health by returning freshwater flows from the Kaituna River into Te Awa o Ngatoroirangi Maketu Estuary is now ahead of schedule. After re-opening for the summer fishing season, Ford Road access restrictions have been re-instated...... Read More

Breeding canine helpers in the country

It was a job re-location that triggered the move from Auckland to the Waikato for couple Julie and Rick Hancox. Julie, a guide dog trainer and instructor, was offered a role in the Waikato and they jumped at the opportunity to leave city life behind. In...... Read More

On the road to breed Holstein Friesians

Holstein Friesian NZ field officer Amelia Griffin, 27, spends two weeks out of three on the road touching base with farmers who breed or milk this historical breed of dairy cow. Holstein Friesians were first brought to New Zealand in 1884. The breed...... Read More

More wildfire events likely in future

Nelson, as well as other parts of the country, are likely to see more wildfire events in future, according to fire and land science experts in the wake of Nelson’s wildfire outbreak last month. Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research research...... Read More

A Consumer guide to domestic chemical disposal

A nationwide guide on how to safely dispose of unwanted household chemicals, from cleaning products to weed-killers, has been compiled by Consumer NZ. Consumer NZ recently surveyed its members about the most common chemicals in their homes and if they...... Read More

Blueberry research offers benefits to older adults

The New Zealand blueberry industry is poised for growth as science edges closer to conclusively proving that blueberries are able to benefit cognitive and mental health across the lifespan. UK Professor Claire Williams, who is chair of Neuroscience...... Read More

Prioritising fruit quality next season

Avocado export group Avoco is taking a leading role in efforts to resolve industry-wide fruit quality issues by creating a new Quality Focus team. The team, led by Avoco director Alistair Young, will prioritise fruit quality next season and investigate...... Read More

The adventures of a travelling farmer

It would be safe to say that American-born Irishman Aiden Cunningham had a rather nomadic childhood. His mother was born in New Jersey, United States, but spent much of her childhood in Donegal, Ireland, before returning to New Jersey aged 16. His...... Read More

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