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Apprenticeships – earn while you learn

Posted on 10th Jun 2017 16:54 | By Todd Muller

Apprenticeships make up an important element in New Zealand’s educational framework and help us produce a skilled workforce to meet the ever-increasing needs of our rapidly growing country. We are currently in the middle of the biggest building boom in New Zealand’s history. The rapid scale-up of construction in Auckland alone will exceed...

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Is everything broken?

Posted on 10th Jun 2017 14:50 | By Brett Petersen

Many of the messages received from overseas emphasise the desire for the food chain to be cleaned up. Urban populations are struggling to find healthy and wholesome food. In the northern hemisphere, threats to individuals and collective health include lifestyle, lack of sun – north of the 33rd parallel no UVB rays penetrate for most of the time...

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Experts to look at promising year ahead

Posted on 10th Jun 2017 14:48 | By Mike Chapman

The horticulture industry will hear about the opportunities, challenges, innovation and export growth in the year ahead at its conference in Tauranga next month. American food and agribusiness expert Roland Fumasi has been announced as one of the keynote speakers at The Horticulture Conference 2017, being held at ASB Baypark, Tauranga, from July 12-14. He’s...

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Dairying and its environmental impact

Posted on 10th Jun 2017 12:41 | By Graham Shephard

In addition to the over-application of nutrients from water-soluble and non-bio-friendly fertilisers, it is nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions with high global warming potential and close association with dairying that should be our focus in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. I wonder if we are given entirely the right messages about the other two greenhouse...

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What will be the change kicker?

Posted on 10th Jun 2017 10:03 | By Peter Burton

It was interesting to receive a phone call from a retired economist recently. He rang to say the point made in my last article that farmers were not to blame for the practices resulting in environmental degradation, instead fault lay with the advice they received, in his view “hit the nail on the head”. We discussed a number of aspects...

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How much is enough – and when to stop

Posted on 10th Jun 2017 08:02 | By Don Fraser

It seems we spend our lives tearing around working and earning money with little idea of how much is enough. Enough work? Enough money? During the last boom when farmers were busy buying up the neighbours, my phone rang hot with farmers who were not buying the neighbours, asking how they – who were buying – could do it? My simple reply...

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Farmers have been ’brainwashed’

Posted on 9th Jun 2017 17:00 | By David Law

The Ministry for the Environment and Statistics NZ recently released a damning report showing increasing nitrogen and phosphorus in a percentage of NZ rivers. Surprise surprise. The clean rivers plan, which is sweeping the country, is to drastically reduce nitrogen applications on-farm based on historical data. Farmers hell bent on trying to mitigate...

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Double the amount of rain in five months

Posted on 9th Jun 2017 15:50 | By Bill Webb

The weather has always been reliably unreliable – but at least its overall patterns have until now, been reasonably predictable. Given what we’ve experienced so far this year it appears we now need to prepare for the unexpected all the time. Three cyclones in two months created havoc for farmers, growers and urban residents and also revealed...

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Clovers will help clean up Lake Rotorua

Posted on 9th Jun 2017 12:48 | By Robin Boom

Last month I gave a half-hour presentation to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Plan Change 10 hearing committee relating to Lake Rotorua with support persons Anna Mayne and Rotorua-based vet-consultant Hugh Jellie. Anna has developed her Ag Monitor model and has surveyed a small number of my dairy farmer clients looking at their financial...

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Should I take Co Enzyme Q10?

Posted on 9th Jun 2017 10:45 | By John Arts

Co Enzyme Q10 – also known as CoQ10 – is a vitamin-like substance essential for life. While we normally make all the CoQ10 we need, some people – because of age, health problems or medications – can benefit from taking extra good quality CoQ10. CoQ10 is essential to make the energy our bodies need. The final stage of making...

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Managing Ostertagia parasite challenges

Posted on 9th Jun 2017 08:43 | By Phil Rennie

Ostertagia – or brown stomach worm – is a significant problem for all ruminant livestock grazing New Zealand pastures. Infestations of this parasite are harmful to productivity and can ultimately lead to death. It is noticeable from autumn well into the spring. Drenching allows us to enhance production as well as protect the welfare of...

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Fewer cows not the answer

Posted on 12th May 2017 12:47 | By Peter Burton

Two reports just released reviewing New Zealand’s environmental performance, (OECD and GLOBE NZ) have both called for a substantial reduction in animal livestock numbers. Prime Minister Bill English has stated that the Government has no intention of demanding the one third cut called for in the reports. And that’s the best possible position...

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Internal parasite treatment and control

Posted on 11th May 2017 13:18 | By Phil Rennie

With the warm and moist weather at present, and young stock needing to eat a lot of grass to meet their growing requirements, there will be plenty of exposure to worms. These internal parasites do a lot of damage to young animals in particular, which makes autumn an important time to have a worming control programme in place. The most prolific worm...

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Don't listen to your neighbour

Posted on 10th May 2017 13:20 | By Brent Trail

With so much change these days information is dating real fast. This has always happened but the speed seems to be picking up – and rural subdivision is getting harder. Don’t be under any illusion that the government reforms to the Resource Management Act, recently announced, are going to make it easier either – from my experience...

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Food security policy needed for NZ

Posted on 10th May 2017 12:01 | By Mike Chapman

New Zealand produces an abundance of food and exports 60 per cent of our fresh fruit and vegetables to other countries around the world. Horticulture is in a growth phase with export values growing 40 per cent for the two years from June 2014. There are times each year when what we grow in New Zealand is needed to feed the people of New Zealand. Spring...

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We all have a part to play

Posted on 9th May 2017 16:28 | By Bill Webb

It looks like all of those warnings we’ve been hearing for at least 20 years about the impacts on weather of climate change have come true – and with vengeance. I said in the April column the weather had been weird, and it just got weirder. We were fortunately able to harvest our maize in the few fine days between cyclones Debbie and Cook. However,...

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Excellent fishing when weather allowed

Posted on 9th May 2017 16:01 | By Jesse Gread Te Kuia Skipper

We’ve had a month of mixed weather providing good results on days we could venture out. Starting off strongly we had a good hapuka trip out to Mayor Island with a group of lads from the Taranaki.  As we ventured out from the marina I was sure this would be a trip to remember with the weather and tides lining up nicely. The boys wanted...

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Consistent management element of success

Posted on 9th May 2017 11:24 | By Tony Bradley

With many growers recently completing avocado crop forecasts, the reality of the next avocado production volume is starting to hit in many orchards. We are seeing the end of a great season for volume and pricing returns. Congratulations to the exporters on achieving this. However, it is important to the industry that we as growers are consistent in...

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Edgecumbe should have been protected

Posted on 9th May 2017 10:42 | By David Law

Utter despair – the the feeling when in the blink of an eye your whole life, plans and progress are turned upside down! I live in Hamilton now but the news of the flooding in my hometown of Edgecumbe struck an emotional cord. We have been there. Our family farm was just across the Rangitaiki River from Edgecumbe and in 2004, under similar weather...

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