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Common plants can be deadly

Vet's visionwith Phil RennieTauranga Vets Many common plants, often found in gardens or in the wild, are lethal to livestock. In the second part of a series we look at the main, potentially deadly plants. Acorns/Oak: (Quercus spp.) Fallen acorns...... Read More

Subdivision rules change lifestyle focus in Western Bay

Your land surveyedwith Brent TrailSurveying Services Ltd Following a major rewrite of the rural subdivision rules in the Western Bay District, the Minden Lifestyle Zone has become the focus for rural residential subdivision in the Bay. The change...... Read More

Ancient seabed mined for phosphate in Peru

Better soilswith Brett PetersenKiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite The following describes a visit by Ron McLean, Managing Director of Kiwi Fertiliser to the Vale Phosphate mine. This is the original source of Sechura RPR, situated at Bayovar...... Read More

The planning bit of farming takes real effort

Soil matterswith Peter BurtonFunctional Fertiliser Ltd Doing stuff, particularly for practical people, is the easiest and most satisfying part of the farming process. It’s the planning bit that takes the real effort, and in many instances...... Read More

Is there life after farming?

Financewith Don FraserFraser Farm Finance I know I have rabbited on about this topic before, but there are so many factors involved. And I know I am repeating myself but I can now speak from personal experience. More than that, I work with and...... Read More

Logical solution is to store water

Hort Talkwith Mike ChapmanHorticultureNZ CEO For a country with a plentiful supply of water, it seems wrong to say that we are progressively facing more water shortages. The December 2017 Ministry for the Environment report, Adapting to climate...... Read More

A House of Representatives or party poodles?

Todd Talkwith Todd MullerNational MP Democracy is a fragile flower that must be vigilantly protected. That is why all New Zealanders should be concerned by the government’s proposed changes to the Electoral Act pushed by Winston Peters...... Read More

Is NZ lagging behind in growing new protein crops?

Outlookwith Bill WebbBill Webb Feed Solutions Increasingly unpredictable weather patterns and new limits on the amount of PKE cows can be fed mean farmers need to plan well ahead to ensure they have enough food for their herds. In the past many...... Read More

Transferable titles soon to be 'all but history'

Your land surveyedwith Brent TrailSurveying Services Ltd Waikato District Council has recently posted a draft of its proposed new district plan online. To us it brings no surprises but we strongly believe that, as always, following submissions...... Read More

The Albrecht system of Soil Fertility explained

Better soilswith Brett PetersenKiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite It must be confusing for farmers to differentiate between those that claim to practice the Albrecht system, from those that actually put it in to practice by using the correct...... Read More

Looking to horticulture's future

Hort Talkwith Mike ChapmanHorticultureNZ CEO The New Year is a good time to look to the future of one of New Zealand’s growth industries. Horticulture, not including wine, is currently valued at $5.6 billion, with export value in the last...... Read More

When change is inevitable

Soil matterswith Peter BurtonFunctional Fertiliser Ltd Climate change – whether or not you believe that it’s our fault – seems to be an oft quoted phrase at present. There are still those who might admit to the warming, but choose...... Read More

Land-grabbers and how the Torrens System enables them

Financewith Don FraserFraser Farm Finance I have been reading a most interesting book, written by Fred Pearce about “The new fight over who owns the Earth”. Pearce explains how there is a race to grab the world’s most precious...... Read More

Feed shortage looming as summer heats up

Outlookwith Bill WebbBill Webb Feed Solutions Most farmers have brought their dairy cows through a difficult winter and spring in good condition and will be striving to maintain lactation through until autumn to keep production up to make up for...... Read More

Vigilance required for flystrike control

Vet's visionwith Phil RennieTauranga Vets Two quite different fly species produce most of the blowfly strike in New Zealand. Originally it was the European Green Blowfly and more recently the Australian Green Blowfly. The European Green Blowfly...... Read More

Rural subdivision focuses on environmental protection

Your land surveyedwith Brent TrailSurveying Services Ltd With an increased focus on protecting the environment for future generations, most councils are providing subdivision benefits to those who agree to permanently reserve areas of significant...... Read More

The role of trustees and what to look for

Financewith Don FraserFraser Farm Finance What are your responsibilities as a trustee and what do you need to consider as one? I have seen trustees appointed to family trusts and they really have no idea what their responsibilities are and what...... Read More

What’s causing the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak?

Beneath the surfacewith David LawForward Farming My recent dealings with clients have indicated an alarming increase in animal health problems which cannot be treated. We have always had that annoying group of cows with somatic cell counts higher...... Read More

What fertiliser and religion have in common

Soil matterswith Peter BurtonFunctional Fertiliser Ltd When our own knowledge is lacking and there are those that profess to be all-knowing, it’s far easier to accept their authoritatively-stated position than spend time and effort nutting...... Read More




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