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The new disbudding guidelines

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets As of October 1, it’s now a legal requirement all cattle being disbudded/dehorned will need ‘an appropriately placed and effective local anaesthetic that is authorised...... Read More

There is absolutely a better way

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite Thirty years ago, a colleague said to me: “It doesn’t matter if you believe in manmade climate change or not; there is always a better way to...... Read More

The challenge of change

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO Three groups are often involved in change. Those that talk about it; those that make rules to try and get it to happen; and, in the minority, those that actually do the change. The...... Read More

Why the cow is not the problem

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd Where the cows are the problem, the answer would be simple. Eliminate cows and the problem goes away. Without cows, pastures would rapidly move from high fertility grasses...... Read More

Farmers: get socially connected with a purpose

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance All the evidence points to the necessity to be socially involved with a clear vision for our future to survive. Too much time on our hands, with no idea of where we are going, and not...... Read More

Changes are coming…

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions It’s been funny old weather lately. It started off windy and showery, we had a break so we got a bit of silage off and now it’s windy and raining again. Maybe it’s...... Read More

Zero carbon – a pipe dream or reality?

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services Hitler once stated: ‘It is not truth that matters, but victory. Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it’. Unfortunately...... Read More

A pain in the…Part 2

Abundant living with John Arts Abundant Health Muscle pain can have many causes. It can be anything from injury, genetics, medication side effects and a number of diseases. The most common causes of muscle pain I help with are...... Read More

Our food used to be our medicine

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite There is no more important job than growing food for human consumption. Some growers and farmers care very much about the end product. Others just churn out...... Read More

NZ food must lie at high value end of spectrum

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP It’s baffling that this Government are more concerned with serving meat at hospitals than flagging elective surgeries or DHB deficits. Internationally, vegan industries are...... Read More

The early signs of grass staggers

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets New Zealand’s fast growing spring pastures are traditionally low in magnesium and it is this lack of magnesium that can enhance the disease Hypomagnesaemia, also known as...... Read More

Hauraki District confirms subdivision and housing rules

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd The Hauraki District Council has recently completed their public hearing process and notified its decisions on the District Plan. The proposed changes come in two forms...... Read More

Encouraging signs, but the danger remains

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd On almost a daily basis I talk and work with farmers moving away from the soil fertility model focussed on driving mono-culture pastures with soluble phosphorus accompanied...... Read More

Farmers: Please remember help is out there

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance I’m appalled at the continued spate of suicides in the farming community. The statistics are basically one a week. It is not only the loss of a farmer, but the family trying to...... Read More

The difference between good and bad effluent

Beneath the surface with David Law Forward Farming As the environmental consultant of Sustainable Water 2019 Ltd, Ashburton’s Mike Harrison is on the ground every day witnessing the challenges dairy farmers encounter with...... Read More

Time to plan supplementary feed needs

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions Things have certainly been wetter than they were earlier on this winter, but it’s still very mild. This means grass is still steadily growing. Someone told me they achieved...... Read More

The climate change conundrum

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services Almost daily we read or hear in the media items about climate change and the impending danger the planet is in. School children around the country held protests in May....... Read More

A pain in the… Part 1

Abundant living with John Arts Abundant Health The best part of what I do is to hear back from clients who have less pain and more mobility. If you’re in pain, the first step should be a visit to your health practitioner...... Read More




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