Many common plants deadly to livestock

Sporadically during most years vets are called to investigate sudden illnesses and unexpected deaths in otherwise healthy animals. While they can occur at any time of year, summer time is more common for poisonings as feed supplies shrink and hungry...... Read More

Sustainability focus on hill country farming

A scientific programme aimed at improving the sustainability of hill country for sheep and beef farming is to be launched with the support of Beef + Lamb New Zealand. The project, which is backed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s...... Read More

Below minimum wage rates ‘unacceptable’

The Forest Owners Association has taken a strong stand on pay rate breaches by forest planting contractors. President Peter Clark says a recent Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment audit of pay rates and conditions in three forest regions...... Read More

‘Bleep!’ helps keep kids safe online

According to the latest NZ Children’s Media Use Study, two thirds of six to 14-year-olds use the internet every day. With technology and mobile devices becoming more and more accessible to the younger generation, we need to figure out ways to manage...... Read More

Steve Trickett joins Avoco team

Steve Trickett has joined Avoco’s senior management team to expand on market development in Asia and oversee grower communications at home. A familiar face to many avocado growers, Steve has joined the company as marketing and communications manager...... Read More

Guide on how to be healthy and safe in horticulture

Keeping everyone safe on orchards is about more than having the appropriate paperwork, says Al McCone, WorkSafe sector lead for agriculture. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 all businesses have a responsibility to keep workers healthy and...... Read More

Getting more fruit into trays

Aongatete Coolstores Ltd employs many advanced technologies to ensure growers receive maximum return and pack-out for their kiwifruit crop. InVision, which grades for external blemishes and shape issues, and NIR (Near Infrared), which checks internal...... Read More

Safety on-orchard everyone’s responsibility

By now you should be starting to see your trees showing their next avocado fruit crop. It’s looking like a mixed bag, with some outstanding results from a heavy flowering, while some other trees may be suffering from that mild early spring. Pest...... Read More

‘Victorian hierarchal model’ stymies future vision

A former Waikato Regional Council scientist turned in-demand consultant proffering advice all over the country was a keynote speaker at the recent Wai-Bop Soils Conference. Peter Singleton’s views on what needs to happen to stop the decline in...... Read More

Old dogs can learn new tricks

  However, says Estelle, relationships can be significantly improved and enhanced by understanding a dog’s characteristics and the environment in which it lives. “Sometimes people have chosen completely the wrong dog for their home or...... Read More

Italian theme for festive lunch

For 84 years, women of rural Omokoroa have hung a banner embroidered with kowhai and Manuka flowers and recited a creed at monthly meetings which have played an important role in their lives, and enabled them to make a difference in society locally and...... Read More

Water flows and land use – a very complex business

A recent international conference entitled ‘Integrating Multiple Aquatic Values’, mainly focused about rivers and streams and what is in them. Attended by hundreds at the Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton, including scientists from all...... Read More

Nuffield Scholarship opens door for Simon

This year will be a stimulating and challenging one for Te Puke orchardist and businessman Simon Cook. The 42-year-old is one for five New Zealand Nuffield Scholars who will be travelling the world, learning about agriculture and horticulture and conducting...... Read More

Grandparenting penalising sustainable farmers

Waikato dairy farmers who reduced their environmental footprint by cutting herd numbers and spending tens of thousands of dollars on infrastructure are being penalised by new planning regulations, says Alison Dewes, dairy farmer, veterinarian, and sustainable...... Read More

New sports academy opening in Tauranga

The launch of the United World Sports Academy is well underway and doors are set to open for students on February 7. Now is the time to get student-athletes registered with the academy, says United World Sports Academy managing director, Caroline Dafoe. “There...... Read More

Young growers in action at Te Puke show

    The contest, hosted by New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc, includes practical and theory competitions and the contestants will also host some children’s competitions including ‘Snakes & Ladders’ and ‘Apple Bobbing’. “Other...... Read More

Tauranga Jubilee is dahlia of 2018

The New Zealand Dahlia Society celebrates its 80th anniversary with a national show in Blenheim from February 17-18 and has chosen as its 2018 Dahlia of the Year a flower called ‘Tauranga Jubilee’. To help celebrate the anniversary, a couple...... Read More

Horse Haven looking for a new home

Tauranga local Michelle Lake has grown up with horses, and for the past 18 years worked towards fulfilling her dream by establishing Horse Haven Riding Academy. As well as breeding and training horses, she teaches children to ride and care...... Read More

New name for vital emergency service

A new organisation, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, has been established following a reform of the way fire and emergency services are delivered in New Zealand. The Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 received Royal Assent on May 11, 2017, and Fire...... Read More




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