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The importance of growing clover

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd There are differences between farms. Size and contour vary, as does the type and number of animals grazed. However, whether dryland or irrigated, there is one constant...... Read More

A day in the life of a rural mail deliverer

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance I was lucky enough to spend a day with owner Ross Brown. He and wife Kay have owned their business – delivering mail on RD4 Waipukurau – for 20 years. They travel 250km...... Read More

Total Replacement Therapy – 12 months on

Beneath the surface with David Law Forward Farming Twelve months ago, we launched a project that we felt had enormous potential to not only improve the future of farming in New Zealand but mitigate some of the critical issues...... Read More

Seasonal pest control for avocados a priority

With a focus on fruit quality, Avoco’s technical team is very familiar with the challenges facing growers on their orchards throughout the changing seasons. As a result of weather conditions this year, many growers are having to deal with an unusually...... Read More

Better weather and time for a break for farmers

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions We had some welcome rain over the last couple of weeks. The land was starting to get quite dry, so the downpours certainly helped freshen things up and get the grass growing again. Forecasters...... Read More

Recharge the batteries while you can

Tony’s Take on avos with Tony Bradley Aongatete Avocados Ltd   We are almost there. It’s getting closer and closer by the day ‘til the Christmas season arrives and all the joyful celebrations of reflecting...... Read More

Targeted aerial fert applications

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services In a recent discussion with a Hawke’s Bay drystock farmer, who had suffered terrible stock losses from the drought earlier this year, he mentioned to me that for...... Read More

A guide to dehorning cattle

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets A number of changes have been made in recent years in New Zealand to improve animal welfare across a range of species, in particular with significant surgical procedures for our...... Read More

Silicon – the mediator of soil-plant nutrition

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite Silicon is a much-underrated nutrient ignored by mainstream agriculture to our detriment. It is like a mediator that evens out the highs and lows of soil-plant...... Read More

The financial cupboard is literally bare

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO Our GDP hit rock bottom at minus 12.2 per cent in the June quarter, and on top of that, the Government has already spent the $50 billion recovery package. The financial cupboard...... Read More

Inevitable change is coming

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd That change is coming in the agricultural sector is not in question – the only questions are, how big and how soon? With environmental degradation heading many people’s...... Read More

Feed orders need to be put in now

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions It looks like we could have a La Nina event – but who knows when this is going to kick in and for how long. Meanwhile, it is very dry. In the first three weeks of September...... Read More

Nutrient requirements for hay and silage paddocks

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services Recently, I was asked to take some soil tests on a property that had been leased for a few years where the leasee was continually harvesting hay/silage crops and taking...... Read More

Taking co-enzyme Q10 for energy

Abundant living with John Arts Abundant Health Mitochondria are our cell engines that take the energy from food and change this into the energy our bodies need. At the end of the line is the production of adenosine triphosphate,...... Read More

Vaccinating sheep and cattle

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets There are many infectious diseases that can affect cattle and sheep in New Zealand for which fantastic vaccines have been made to prevent disease. Vaccination is an important part...... Read More

A phosphate comparison

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite For the last three years phosphate trials have been conducted by Bernard Lilburn owner of Mt. View Store, near Bulls. Products compared were Sechura RPR,...... Read More

The times, they are a changin’

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO We pride ourselves in New Zealand as being innovators. The New Zealand horticulture industry is no exception to this reputation for innovation, with growers developing new and better...... Read More

The advantages of summer clover

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd That permanent grazed pasture plants require a steady supply of nitrogen for optimum performance is not in question. Nitrogen is usually supplied in one of two ways, either...... Read More




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