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Welfare code changes impractical, Feds say

Welfare code changes impractical, Feds say

Federated Farmers is questioning the on-farm practicalities behind some of the proposals in the new draft code of welfare for…

Instant WMP stirs up GDT prices

Instant WMP stirs up GDT prices

Prices dropped for the fifth consecutive Global Dairy Trade auction this week, by 2.9% in aggregate but with widely differing components. Prices for grades of whole milk powder (WMP) both…
Farming with a difference

Farming with a difference

Craigmore Farming Services was named the 2022 Fonterra Responsible Dairying Award winners at the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards last month, receiving the John Wilson Memorial Trophy. Spread out from…
Reset leaves same labour issues

Reset leaves same labour issues

The Government’s immigration reset will have minimal impact on the labour-short primary sector, observers say. Vets are the only primary sector jobs included in the newly-created green list of 85…

Recycling ramps up for Teatseal treatments

As the drying-off period for dairy cows approaches, a recycling initiative headed up by animal health company Zoetis will be doubling down on keeping plastic waste out of landfills. This…

Pro-farming Emission Reduction Plan pleases

I listened to the announcement of the Government’s Emission Reduction Plan (ERP), fully expecting it to be excessively prescriptive and anti-farming.  I was wrong on both counts. I was also…



Welfare code changes impractical, Feds say

Welfare code changes impractical, Feds say

Federated Farmers is questioning the on-farm practicalities behind some of the proposals in the new draft code of welfare for…

Contractors navigate maize costs

Two of Waikato’s biggest rural contractors want the arable industry to update its maize growing contracts to account for the massive increase in input prices seen in the past 12…

Sector pumped by gas funds

Farming leaders have greeted the Government’s allocation of almost three quarters of a billion dollars to the primary sector in its emissions reduction plan with surprise and relief. Of the…

Dry autumn sparks adverse event declaration for Waikato

Extremely dry conditions in South Auckland and Waikato have prompted the Ministry for Primary Industries to classify the region as a drought. The declaration as a medium-scale adverse event will…



Instant WMP stirs up GDT prices

Instant WMP stirs up GDT prices

Prices dropped for the fifth consecutive Global Dairy Trade auction this week, by 2.9% in aggregate but with widely differing…

Jersey heifer sets record $23,600

In-calf heifer Glanton Punch Bria ET has set a heifer price record for the Jersey breed of $23,600. The heifer bred by Rob and Alison Thwaites, Taranaki, from their prolific…

Processing season drags on

Covid-19, dry weather and shipping and labour issues have pushed the meat processing season out by up to three months longer than usual. The beef season looks most prolonged, with…

Farm loan options to grow your business

In the current farming climate, farmers and growers across the world are facing an onslaught of rising costs and regulations, which have been compounded by the ongoing Russian-Ukraine conflict, and…

Reset leaves same labour issues

Reset leaves same labour issues

The Government’s immigration reset will have minimal impact on the labour-short primary sector, observers say. Vets are the only primary…

The ag sector’s budget 2022 wish list is for science

If increasing productivity is the name of the Government’s game, then the agriculture sector’s wish list for Budget 2022 is all about science.  The farming sector helped bankroll the economy…

Taratahi liquidators await decision on land sales

The future remains uncertain for the former assets of Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, which was placed in liquidation in December 2018. The latest report by liquidator Grant Thornton states the…

Crown Pastoral Land Reform Bill passes

A Government led by the National Party will repeal the Crown Pastoral Land Reform Bill, which was passed by Parliament this week. Nicola Grigg, the party’s Land Information spokesperson, has…



Recycling ramps up for Teatseal treatments

Recycling ramps up for Teatseal treatments

As the drying-off period for dairy cows approaches, a recycling initiative headed up by animal health company Zoetis will be…

Powering up the growth curve

At 220kw the installation at Oakley’s Premium Fresh Vegetables post-harvest site in Southbridge is one of the largest in the South Island. Oakley’s worked with CPS Solar to implement the…

Putting water on the map

Losing nutrients before they can be utilised on-farm is costly to a business and can have an adverse impact on water quality. But to reduce losses, we need to understand…

Researcher digs up magic compounds in NZ produce

Plant and Food Research scientist Dr Odette Shaw admits she lacks green thumbs when it comes to growing the key subjects of her work, fruit and vegetables. However, what she…

Farming with a difference

Farming with a difference

Craigmore Farming Services was named the 2022 Fonterra Responsible Dairying Award winners at the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards last…

Farming with passion and precision

The Mackenzie family farm, Greenvale Pastures, could easily be called the home of precision agriculture. Craige and Roz Mackenzie took over the Mid Canterbury farm from Craige’s parents Alastair and…

AgResearch embraces Mātauranga Māori with new research group

Crown Research Institute AgResearch has launched a new Māori Research and Partnerships Group to help incorporate Mātauranga Māori into its existing science structures. Its head Ariana Estoras says Mātauranga Māori…

Call centre gearing up for Moving Day

Moving Day is approaching fast and Ospri’s recently-appointed support and customer service manager Adam Wright hopes a support centre restructure will help make recording herd movements easier for farmers. Moving…



Pro-farming Emission Reduction Plan pleases

Pro-farming Emission Reduction Plan pleases

I listened to the announcement of the Government’s Emission Reduction Plan (ERP), fully expecting it to be excessively prescriptive and…

We must get the regulations right

A recent Farmers Weekly article raised issues about the complexity of the regulatory process for approving methane inhibitors, delays and a suggestion that the process appears “to have grown more…

No lessons in shaming and bullying farmers

Somewhere, beneath the hyperbole, there had to be a human. Usually, in all disagreements and misunderstandings there are two factors at play – the issues and how the issues are…

A Californian thistle in my side

Steve Wyn-Harris has been struggling to keep Californian thistle in-check on his farm and hopes to have finally found the remedy. Photo: Wikimedia Commons “NATIONAL frontiers have been more of…

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