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Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP We know how important a profitable primary sector is to our economy and prosperity. I can’t emphasise enough just how important it is that you give us feedback on the Primary...... Read More

Dr William Albrecht on soil fertility

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite When last in USA, in July-August last year, at the University of Missouri, Professor Tim Reinbott put a list of MU websites on the board in the lecture room....... Read More

It’s all about carbon

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd Soil carbon has been given the ‘too hard to measure’ label, and therefore dismissed in the debate on the future of farming. And that’s wrong, because...... Read More

In farming you make decisions all day

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance How can you weigh up information to get a better outcome? Have you assembled and considered the information you have available about the subject, and made further enquiries before making...... Read More

Helping cows survive three massive challenges

Beneath the surface with David Law Forward Farming Most farms are now halfway through calving, which is a good marker to take stock of the current situation on-farm as well as forecast how it will track during the next three...... Read More

Nitrate nightmares and new beginnings

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions The weather is very mild for July. We’ve had a few cold days but not many. With dry weather earlier on and mild conditions with a bit of moisture now, nitrate levels have...... Read More

Environmental compliance submissions

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services I’ve just spent the previous week working on my oral presentation to Waikato Regional Council PC1 commissioners. Once complete, I worked on my written submission...... Read More

Should I take co-enzyme Q10?

Abundant living with John Arts Abundant Health We generally make all the co-enzyme Q10 we need. Some people, however, should take extra as a supplement. CoQ10 is made in your liver from the same enzymes that make cholesterol....... Read More

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




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