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Export award confirms strategy on track

Posted on 27th Jun 2017 13:40 | By Anonymous elaine@thesun.co.nz

Dominion Salt is enjoying “a quiet sense of achievement on a longer-term journey” says its CEO Shane Dufaur upon winning a top NZ export award on Friday night. The 75-year-old company took out the Top Exporter of the Year prize at the Bay...

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Taking the government to court over Psa

Posted on 25th Jun 2017 10:15 | By Anonymous Author

Seven years after the Psa outbreak that affected the kiwifruit industry in New Zealand, 212 kiwifruit claimants will finally get their day in the High Court in August. The Kiwifruit Claim seeks to hold the government and the Ministry of Primary Industries...

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Racing in the blood

Posted on 24th Jun 2017 14:23 | By Letitia Atkinson letitia@thesun.co.nz

"It’s just business out there and that’s it." That’s what Trudy Thornton said after winning a race against her daughter and niece at the Kiwifruit Cup at Tauranga Racecourse today. All three women competed in one of the first races...

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Team selection event in Taupo

Posted on 22nd Jun 2017 12:36 | By Andy McGechan Author

Expect the country’s most talented motocross riders to put aside their traditional rivalries and brand allegiances when they next compete under provincial colours this weekend. They will flock to Taupo for the eighth annual Battle of the Clubs...

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Arrest in missing woman case

Posted on 19th Jun 2017 17:21 | By Anonymous Author

A 45 year old Waikato man was today charged with the murder of Kim Richmond, the Arohena woman whose body was found in her ute in Lake Arapuni last week. Kim Louise Richmond disappeared on July 31, 2016. Repeated searches failed to find any trace of...

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The benefits of monoculture rye grass

Posted on 19th Jun 2017 12:57 | By Anonymous Author

Feeding dairy cows on monoculture rye grass pastures not only adversely affects their health and milk production, but may also be an animal welfare issue, says Dr Christine Jones – an international authority on soil health and profitable farming...

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Connecting with those who understand

Posted on 19th Jun 2017 10:06 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

As much as she loves her work, 21-year-old Mangakino herd manager Donna McKinley admits dairy farming hours can be an impediment to social life – unless you join a Young Farmers Club. “Other dairy farmers don’t laugh if you say you...

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Dairy conversion attracts large fine

Posted on 15th Jun 2017 11:08 | By Anonymous Author

A Waikato dairy farming company has received seven convictions and been fined a total of $52,500 for discharging dairy effluent into the environment and breaching council abatement notices ordering a halt to unlawful discharges. The offending followed...

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Maori Kiwifruit Forum an industry first

Posted on 15th Jun 2017 09:11 | By Anonymous Author

The Maori Kiwifruit Growers Forum has been officially launched in Tauranga, representing a first for the kiwifruit industry. The forum has been created to advocate for the interests of Maori growers in the sector and is a partnership between Maori kiwifruit...

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Manilla to Mangakino – no regrets

Posted on 15th Jun 2017 06:44 | By Elaine Fisher Author

A culture shock probably doesn’t adequately describe what Carlos Delos Santos experienced when he moved from Manilla in the Philippines to Mangakino in New Zealand and took up a job relief milking. “As an 18-year-old I had very little life...

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Zespri CEO takes home top prize

Posted on 14th Jun 2017 22:30 | By Anonymous Author

Zespri chief executive Lain Jager has been revealed as the winner of the 2017 Ravensdown Agricultural Communicator of the Year. The announcement was made at a dinner in Hamilton this evening, with Lain presented with a trophy and...

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Funding to support rural mental wellness

Posted on 14th Jun 2017 14:53 | By Anonymous Author

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have committed another joint funding boost to rural mental health.  The Ministers committed $500,000 for Rural Mental Wellness at the opening of the Fieldays Rural Health...

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Traffic delays as Fieldays gets underway

Posted on 14th Jun 2017 10:17 | By Andrew Campbell andrew@thesun.co.nz

  Significant traffic delays are being reported as traffic backs up around Cambridge for the first day of the Nationals Fieldays at Mystery Creek. Fieldays is its own little town for four days and every year it creates its own traffic jam, says Coast...

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Harsher penalties sought for stock theft

Posted on 14th Jun 2017 09:20 | By Anonymous Author

Bay of Plenty Farmer Rick Powdrell is delighted the Sentencing (Livestock Rustling) Amendment Bill has been drawn from the ballot to go before Parliament. "It’s frightening when you are faced with someone in a remote rural area who is most likely...

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Rural health at ‘all-time low’

Posted on 12th Jun 2017 10:14 | By Anonymous Author

The health of New Zealand’s rural communities is at an all-time low, a leading mobile health expert says.  Mark Eager, chief executive of Mobile Health and the national mobile surgical bus, says rural people find it hard to access health professionals....

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The ‘coolest’ jobs in the industry

Posted on 11th Jun 2017 12:45 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

Steven Tomsen and Patrick Hawkins can claim – without fear of dispute – that they have the ’coolest’ jobs in the kiwifruit industry. For 22 years Patrick and Steven have been working in the frigid conditions of Apata’s coolstores...

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Ongoing support for flooded farmers

Posted on 11th Jun 2017 12:38 | By Anonymous Author

Cyclones Debbie and Cook may be just a distant memory for many, but for flood-affected farmers in Hauraki they’re not so easy to forget. Damaged paddocks, feed shortages, and the onset of winter are all stark reminders of the relentless rain that...

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A significant birthday leads to rethink

Posted on 10th Jun 2017 14:33 | By Sue Edmonds

There’s a lot of talk in farming circles about succession planning, and a lot of farmers who are still shying away from thinking about it – despite the number of birthdays they’ve had. But when Tararua sheep and beef farmer David Poole...

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Cargo shed cleared out today

Posted on 10th Jun 2017 14:18 | By Anonymous Author

  Today the last truckloads of furniture donated to the Edgecumbe flood victims are being cleared from the Dive Crescent cargo shed and driven by volunteers to Whakatane. Project co-ordinator with Bethlehem/Te Puna Lions Ian Calvert says the furniture...

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Trapping help re-awaken silent forest

Posted on 10th Jun 2017 12:14 | By Anonymous Author

When eco-tourism company Rotorua Canopy Tours began ‘ziplining’ tourists through 1.2km of forest canopy, adrenalin was only one aspect of their vision. Company founder James Fitzgerald wanted customers to gain a deeper appreciation of New...

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Quantum tractor modified to meet needs

Posted on 10th Jun 2017 10:12 | By Anonymous Author

The new Case IH Quantum 95N tractor has been especially modified by the team at Giltrap AgriZone in Rotorua to meet the specific needs of kiwifruit orchardists. “We’ve listened to what orchardists wanted and have fitted the tractors with...

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Pens meet new calf handling rules

Posted on 10th Jun 2017 08:08 | By Anonymous Author

Corohawk’s latest pens and ramps meet the new requirements for calf holding and loading facilities, which come into effect from August 1 this year. Chris Hawking of Corohawk has attended a number of field days with DairyNZ and Ministry for Primary...

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CLAAS unveils its biggest cat yet

Posted on 9th Jun 2017 17:25 | By Anonymous Author

THE CLAAS Harvest Centre network will showcase the latest incarnation of the world’s most efficient and popular forage harvester, the Claas Jaguar 900, at the National Fieldays. The new 900 series boasts numerous technological advancements, including...

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A busy month for tractor sales team

Posted on 9th Jun 2017 15:21 | By Anonymous Author

June is a busy month for the Capital Tractors team, who will be at two high-profile events: Mystery Creek Fieldays and the Kiwifruit Cup Rural Race Day at the Tauranga Racecourse. Capital Tractors is an event partner for the Kiwifruit Cup Rural Race Day...

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Wrangling an even bigger Fieldays site

Posted on 9th Jun 2017 13:07 | By Anonymous Author

With many changes afoot inside the National Agricultural Fieldays gates in 2017, event stalwart The Wrangler is following suit with a vast site extension at an exciting new location. An exciting period of growth has led to the Wrangler team extending...

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Extra support for Bay of Plenty farmers

Posted on 9th Jun 2017 12:18 | By Anonymous Author

The Government has today announced extra grants to help Bay of Plenty farmers and growers impacted by April’s storms and floods. Affected farmers and growers can apply for contributions from the new $200,000 Primary Industries Bay of Plenty Flood...

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Noise, smoke and grunt

Posted on 9th Jun 2017 11:03 | By Anonymous Author

The noise, smoke and grunt of the loudest contest at Fieldays will again take place in the Tractor Pull Area beside the Waikato River. One of the most powerful motorsports on offer, the Tractor Pull is always a crowd favourite at Fieldays. There are...

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Fieldays – big in almost every way

Posted on 9th Jun 2017 09:23 | By Elaine Fisher

We know Fieldays is big and that the NZ National Agricultural Fieldays is the largest event of its kind in the southern hemisphere. People love it – tens of thousands of them in fact. In 2016, during four days, 130,684 people poured through the...

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Launching pad for bright ideas

Posted on 9th Jun 2017 07:21 | By Anonymous Author

Feilding farmer Bruce Coombes, who entered one of his inventions in the Fieldays Prototype Award Category in 2015, says the experience provided the help needed to take his product further. “It was a brilliant experience which we were able...

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Whakatane author launches new book

Posted on 8th Jun 2017 20:55 | By Anonymous Author

Award-winning Whakatane author Nikki Slade has released her latest picture book ‘Ruru’s Hangi’, a delightful sequel to the award-winning ‘The little Kiwi’s Matariki’. In her latest book little Kiwi has a great...

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Frost fans help improve quality

Posted on 8th Jun 2017 18:36 | By Anonymous Author

Damaging frosts typically occur after a cold, cloudy day followed by a still night with clear skies. The earth quickly radiates any stored heat after sunset and an ‘inversion’ layer occurs with the air being coldest near the ground with a...

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Need to address Māori depression

Posted on 8th Jun 2017 16:32 | By Anonymous Author

Failing to diagnose depression in Māori, especially, is nothing new, but illustrates the need for urgent action, says the NZ Association of Counsellors. An Auckland University study, published in the ‘NZ Medical Journal’, measured 15,800...

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New organic programme in Tauranga

Posted on 8th Jun 2017 14:29 | By Anonymous Author

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology has an exciting new organic primary production programme starting this July. Sustainability and organic produce is becoming increasingly relevant and this programme gives students practical experience towards achieving...

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New model paying off for growers

Posted on 8th Jun 2017 10:06 | By Anonymous Author

Just Avocados’ new model has paid off, with impressive returns being shared with growers after the finalisation of their export pool in early-May. “I thank all of our growers, trustees, staff and service providers for their continued support...

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Bridging the grower - science divide

Posted on 8th Jun 2017 08:59 | By Anonymous Author

Colin Partridge describes himself as “a Kiwi who just talks funny”. The accent is from South Africa – a country that gave him a childhood, an education, and a grounding in the avocado industry upon which he has built a career. After...

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Biosecurity topic for Tauranga symposium

Posted on 8th Jun 2017 07:26 | By Anonymous Author

The introduction of unwanted pests and diseases has the potential to adversely impact on the lives of New Zealanders, which is why biosecurity is the topic of a symposium, open to the public, in Tauranga on Monday, August 7. “Opening the eyes and...

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Caption image to win a moving story

Posted on 7th Jun 2017 16:52 | By Anonymous Author

  Many dairy farming families will move to new jobs, homes, school and communities this month, an experience which can be exciting but also stressful, especially for children. Author and primary teacher Sally Fawcett subtly addresses some of the...

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‘Dairy industry should be proud of them’

Posted on 7th Jun 2017 14:48 | By Elaine Fisher

Hayden and Linda McCartie exemplify dairy leaders, striving to provide staff with an enjoyable work environment and team culture, say the judges who awarded the couple the 2017 Bay of Plenty Dairy Managers of the Year title. The couple, who are managers...

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Aspiring astronaut to meet local growers

Posted on 5th Jun 2017 14:41 | By Anonymous Author

Young horticulturalists from the Bay of Plenty will have a chance to meet Dr Karen Willcox, who aspires to become New Zealand’s first astronaut, at a ‘Future Leader’ meeting this July. New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated communications...

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Dead Cow found on Papamoa Beach

Posted on 3rd Jun 2017 08:58 | By Anonymous Author

A man walking along the Papamoa beach this morning came across a dead cow.Phil Clarke found the cow while on a beach walk with his dog before dawn.  He phoned Tauranga City Council to report it.“I was walking along the Papamoa beach with my...

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