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Urea use up but profits and animal health decline

Better soilswith Brett PetersenKiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite I watched the build-up to the election with particular focus on the environment with interest. Various views were expressed, one being by Prime Minister Bill English who said...... Read More

Getting horticulture in front of the new government

Hort Talkwith Mike ChapmanHorticultureNZ CEO New Zealand now has a new government, led by the Labour Party, with New Zealand First and the Green Party. Much has already been said about how unique this is – three parties with strong views...... Read More

Change, big change, coming your way!

Soil matterswith Peter BurtonFunctional Fertiliser Ltd Professor Derrick Moot of Lincoln University made the following point in his recent lectures: nitrogen fertiliser has helped feed the world, however its environmental impact is such that its...... Read More

Family land, family expectations, debt and suicide

Financewith Don FraserFraser Farm Finance This is a big title, big subject, but ... this seems to be a real issue where land has passed from one generation to the next. I have seen grown men crying over their failure to hold family land for a number...... Read More

All Blacks role model for cow nutrition

Beneath the surfacewith David LawForward Farming To complete the skills needed for our consultancy we have encouraged participation from specialists in specific fields. Mark Dixon focuses on feed balancing and making the best of the choices of...... Read More

Plant based ‘milk’ among future challenges

Outlookwith Bill WebbBill Webb Feed Solutions How rapidly things can change when it comes to soil conditions. From wet and boggy and impossible to get machinery onto, within days the ground in some of our paddocks became almost too hard to disc...... Read More

New subdivision rules due soon

Your land surveyedwith Brent TrailSurveying Services Ltd If you have ever considered subdividing a small block off your farm then now is the time to move, especially for those in the Waikato District. The proposed new rules are expected out within...... Read More

Quality trumps quantity

Better soilswith Brett PetersenKiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite Fonterra will be using a tiered payment system for milk next season. It is about time incentives for quality milk were paid, just like they were pre-Fonterra. Unfortunately, the...... Read More

Horticulture looks to science to solve water quality

Hort Talkwith Mike ChapmanHorticultureNZ CEO By the time you read this, the results of the General Election will be known. This election proved critical for fruit and vegetable growers. Labour fired a shot at growers when they came out with a policy...... Read More

Do we need to harden-up in agriculture?

Financewith Don FraserFraser Farm Finance The definition of the word ‘harden’, which dates back to the 13th century, is ‘to become more definite and strongly felt’, or, ‘to make someone less emotional and less likely...... Read More

Why nitrogen reference points are wrong

Fert Optionswith Robin BoomAgronomic Advisory Services Under the proposed Waikato Regional Council Healthy Rivers Plan Change 1, each farm will have its own Nitrogen Reference Point (referred to as NRP) based on the historical nitrogen leaching...... Read More

How pastoral farming can be the answer

Better soilswith Brett PetersenKiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite The assertion by some farmers that a loss of short-term income justifies continued land and water degradation is wrong on two counts. The increase in nitrates and phosphorus in...... Read More

Big wet delays maize planting – again

Outlookwith Bill WebbBill Webb Feed Solutions By the end of September we would normally be planting maize – but not this year. Like farmers and cropping companies throughout the Bay of Plenty and Waikato, we’ve been unable to get machinery...... Read More

Treatment of Hypomagnesaemia

Vet's visionwith Phil RennieTauranga Vets New Zealand’s fast-growing spring pastures are traditionally low in magnesium and it is this lack of magnesium that can enhance the disease hypomagnesaemia, also known as grass staggers. This can...... Read More

Should it be landlord or farming focus?

Your land surveyedwith Brent TrailSurveying Services Ltd It’s not uncommon that when you buy the neighbouring block you will end up with an additional house. More and more farmers are finding this to be a liability rather than an asset. Managing...... Read More

Decrease carbon in atmosphere by increasing carbon in soil

Better soilswith Brett PetersenKiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite This article continues information on how to cut carbon dioxide emissions by adopting simple strategies. Pasture can sequester more than enough carbon to reverse the situation...... Read More

Why cost isn’t the most important factor

Soil matterswith Peter BurtonFunctional Fertiliser Ltd The old saying that ‘cost is soon forgotten with only performance remembered’ has endured for generations because it contains a large element of truth, and it applies to fertiliser...... Read More

Tax won’t fix water quality problems

Beneath the surfacewith David LawForward Farming Tax on water? That proposal has got to be the scariest thing any farmer has heard in a long while. There has been a lot of discussion about these three words during recent weeks, including ownership...... Read More

Prepare now for summer crops

Outlookwith Bill WebbBill Webb Feed Solutions The days are getting longer and soil temperatures are gradually rising – all of which means it’s time for sowing summer crops. By now most farmers will have selected which paddocks to use...... Read More




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