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Continuing to hit Kiwis where it hurts

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP The Government continues to show it doesn’t understand the pressure ordinary, hard-working New Zealanders are under and it continues to forge ahead with policies which drive...... Read More

Getting nitrogen without opening the chequebook

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite Kiwi Fertiliser prides itself on delivering fertility as close as nature intended as practicable. Certain commonly used products have been found wanting,...... Read More

Regional fuel tax should be put on hold

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO On July 1, 2018, the first Regional Fuel Tax allowed under law came into force in Auckland – and confusion reigned. The law was passed only a matter of days before, on June...... Read More

Why science always wins

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd Science, according to the Concise Oxford Dictionary, is systematic and formulated knowledge. Primarily it’s about measures, and when it comes to fertiliser it’s...... Read More

Waking up to demand better transparency

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance Recently we were travelling in America with all the noise around Dr Christine Blaisey Ford versus Brett Kavanaugh with Trump in the background – and,  it inspired me to think...... Read More

Pre-mating health checks for cows

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets With calving well progressed on many farms, it’s now time to think about next season’s reproductive targets and getting those same cows back in-calf. For the New Zealand...... Read More

The value of holding multiple titles

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd Having your farm in several titles allows you the flexibility to develop or restructure. As councils around the region tighten their subdivision rules, the value of...... Read More

Our burping cows

DairyNZ Farmers Forum with Sue Edmonds There’s lots of reports being written of late, but seemingly little action on the problems they write about.  The Productivity Commission produced more than 600 pages recently on ‘emissions...... Read More

The benefits of fewer cows

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd If the chat amongst farmers is correct, and it almost always is, regulation is about to be imposed on dairy farmers – and a cornerstone of it will be a requirement...... Read More

Nice conditions, lots of action

Tully Farrell Blue Ocean Fishing Charters Lately, we’ve had nice spring fish conditions with lots of action on Blue Ocean Charters’ Te Kuia vessel. The weather has been settling down and the temperatures have...... Read More

Warmer temperatures mean early cropping

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions The weather is certainly a lot drier than it was, and ground conditions are a lot drier than they were this time last year – by a country mile. We’re getting drops of...... Read More

Fertiliser co-operative dilemmas

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services With the upcoming elections for directors on the board of Ballance Agri-Nutrients at their Annual General Meeting at the end of this month, it’s got me thinking about...... Read More

No detail or definition of what Zero Carbon looks like

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP If there were a list of sectors who would feel the pain of an over ambitious Zero Carbon Bill, our primary industries would be near the top. Last year our new Climate Change Minister,...... Read More

Treating ketosis in animals

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets  The metabolic disease ketosis – also known as acidosis – is often seen in high-production cows or cows on a poor diet. It’s also not uncommon in sheep and...... Read More

Plan ahead or lose subdivision opportunities

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd Rules relating to subdivision are always changing – sometimes in a major way. So, if you’re managing a block of rural land you should keep abreast of the...... Read More

Protein, but not as we know it

DairyNZ Farmers Forum with Sue Edmonds Recently, I attended a conference entitled Protein Tech, which covered the unknown world of ‘alternative proteins’, and where and whether New Zealand should be leaping into it. Apparently...... Read More




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