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Preventing cases of milk fever and grass staggers

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets During the dry period a cow’s metabolism gradually builds and then increases quickly once lactation starts. This is most notably seen with the demand for two key ‘macro’...... Read More

Subdivision brings environmental gains

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd While there’s a lot of angst building in the community about subdividing good productive land on the borders of our biggest city, all rural land is not so productive....... Read More

Food security has to be a priority here

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite For a country such as China, food security is somewhere near the top of a priority list. The Chinese and others buy land all around the world, but mostly...... Read More

Preparing for flowering

Avocado Advice with Erica Faber Just Avocados With the seasonal change of lower temperatures and shorter day lengths, flower initiation in our avocado trees has been triggered. Hormones trigger the transition from vegetative...... Read More

A healthy New Zealand

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO This year’s wellbeing budget has focused on the wellbeing of every New Zealander with, in particular, $2 billion allocated to mental health. There was also a very large cash...... Read More

When the fundamentals are misunderstood

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd Farming is quickly becoming a taxation bonanza for the Government. A tax on nitrous oxide and methane emissions is coming, even if it’s not labelled as such. Farmers...... Read More

So far so good…

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions The weather’s been good, nice drops of rain but not too much at once. We’ve got about 30ml at a time, with five-seven days between falls. These intervals allow the ground...... Read More

Planning and attention to detail in July

The weather’s been good, nice drops of rain but not too much at once. We’ve got about 30ml at a time, with five-seven days between falls. These intervals allow the ground to dry out, so we’ve been able to graze our swamp blocks into...... Read More

How are your joints? Part 2

Abundant living with John Arts Abundant Health Last edition we talked about developing a simple tool for reviewing your joint health. Before you start a new joint health programme, you should think about your level of both pain...... Read More

Mycoplasma bovis and stock movement

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets Mycoplasma bovis is a bacterium that causes illness in cattle, including udder infection mastitis, abortion, pneumonia, and arthritis. In July 2017, the Ministry for Primary Industries...... Read More

Subdivision limited to 40ha blocks in Waikato

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd  As expected, Waikato Regional Council has made a submission to the Waikato District Plan requesting lifestyle blocks can only be subdivided from titles that exceed...... Read More

Fifty reasons to visit us at Fieldays

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite Kiwi Fertiliser follows the principles of the Albrecht soil fertility system, as taught by Neal Kinsey. Soil samples are sent to Perry Agricultural Laboratory,...... Read More

New pool structure for Just Avocados growers

Avocado Advice with Erica Faber Just Avocados Just Avocados, at their recent season review meetings, announced a new export payment pool structure for their growers. The specialist avocado packer and exporter has introduced an...... Read More

Zero carbon – a challenge to us all

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO The Carbon Zero Bill was introduced into Parliament on May 8, 2019. This Bill if made law will commit New Zealand to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions particularly carbon dioxide;...... Read More

Is science being misused?

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd Because it is under permanent grazed pasture that carbon can be most readily sequestered is why pastoral farmers should be excited about an economy that’s putting...... Read More

Grab the money – because cash is king!

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance There is even a song called ‘Grab the Money and run’, but I’m not suggesting the run bit of course. In life we’re presented with all sorts of opportunity. Recognising...... Read More

Making the most of genetic potential

Beneath the surface with David Law Forward Farming Imagine buying a Maserati to be told you’re only permitted to drive it at 50km/hr. Bit of a waste of potential, don’t you think? The same goes for dairy cows. Many...... Read More

The threat of meat substitutes

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions Welcome to the new farmers to our district – and all the best for this new season. The threat of plant-based proteins to our beef and dairy sectors is a hot topic. Last month...... Read More




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