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The last thing hardworking families need is fuel tax

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP On July 1 the Government’s Regional Fuel Tax came into effect after the Labour Government put the House into urgency so they could rush it through. The law was passed to allow...... Read More

How to approach a calving cow

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets August means calving time on most farms. So here’s here some advice on how to approach a calving cow. First, examine the vagina. Then examine the cervix – is it fully...... Read More

New subdivision rules for Waikato

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd Waikato District Council last month advertised their proposed District Plan. The plan, integrating the Franklin and Waikato sections, will introduce a consistent approach...... Read More

The introduction of mitigating programmes

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite After many years of getting farmers to apply fertilisers they don’t need, the New Zealand fertiliser industry has introduced mitigating programmes....... Read More

Prospering without capital gain

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd Property markets react differently from region to region – however in our patch the rural real estate market is flat, with nothing much moving. Dairy farms are particularly...... Read More

Understanding and screening rural professional advice

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance Let me say at the outset that the vast majority of rural professionals provide outstanding advice and assistance to their clients. They work tirelessly for the best outcome. Eighty...... Read More

Wet paddocks and farm biosecurity

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions The rain – it just keeps coming. This is the second year-in-a-row we’ve had a really wet winter. So everyone’s struggling with winter grazing. Some paddocks are...... Read More

The art of soil testing

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services  Taking soil tests to ascertain nutrient levels for pasture and crop production is a very small but essential cost, which can pay back large dividends. Not only will...... Read More

Spotlight on curcumin and OPC – Part 1

Abundant living with John Arts Abundant Health  Most have heard of curcumin from turmeric and some about oligomeric proanthocyanidins – known as OPC – from grape seeds. When used together these potent, biologically-active...... Read More

Dodging weather systems the name of the game!

Raewyn Ensor Blue Ocean Fishing Charters On the good days, the main catch has still been snapper but we’re starting to see more tarakihi closer in as the water temperature chills. There have been some exceptional John...... Read More

NZ Dairy trainees’ tour – an unforgettable journey

Dairy life with Donna McKinley On May 8, I embarked on the most unforgettable journey to meet up with 10 fellow New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards’ regional dairy trainee winners. Arriving at the airport we were greeted by...... Read More

Spring first-aid for calves

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets Prompt and effective management of newborn calves is critical to give them the best chance of getting through the first few vulnerable months of life in good health. While not...... Read More

How are the Irish doing?

DairyNZ Farmers Forum with Sue Edmonds The Irish presence at our National Fieldays seems to grow every year, and they offer an amazing range of machinery, equipment and ideas. This year there were 18 companies exhibiting and their...... Read More

Where Mycoplasma Bovis takes hold

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite Dr Linus Pauling (1901-1994), two-time winner of a Nobel Prize stated: “You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency”....... Read More

Dealing with climate change

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO At the Mystery Creek Fieldays in June, the National Party announced its climate change policy stating it is taking a bipartisan approach based on the following five key principles:...... Read More

How to expose fertiliser fraud

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd It’s surprisingly easy, just ask for the performance data. Farmers have a right to know what their fertiliser inputs will deliver, and every company selling products...... Read More

Percentage leasing – Stage 2 on farm leasing

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance The previous article looked at the advantages of smaller dairy farms being leased to the neighbour because of the lack of economy of scale, compliance costs and so on. The article included...... Read More




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