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Preventing ryegrass and paspalum staggers

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets Both rye grass and paspalum plants can cause similar neurological conditions – commonly referred to as staggers. As opposed to ‘grass staggers’ which relates...... Read More

Balancing nutrition

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite Ray Shearer, who farms at Kihikihi, had been looking for a better way for 60 years and has been using the Kiwi Fertiliser for 10 years. Ray produces bales...... Read More

Our communities and Budget 2019

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO Last century, the Government’s budget reading was listened to avidly by most of New Zealand on the radio. In recent years, the budget has become something of little significance...... Read More

Exceptional growth after summer dry

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd In nature, there’s always a trade. When summer pasture growth has been limited by lack of moisture, after rain arrives compensatory growth can be expected. During...... Read More

The importance of feeding maize silage strategically

Beneath the surface with David Law Forward Farming Maize silage is not just a filler you throw to cows willy-nilly when feed gets low – it is a valuable, quality feed that when fed correctly can make a big difference to...... Read More

It’s getting dry out there…

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions We certainly haven’t had much rain – this year or in the last month or two. In January we had 14mm, February brought 25mm and for March, as at the 20th we’d had...... Read More

The fertiliser industry 30 years ago

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services This month I celebrate 30 years of running my own business doing soil testing and providing independent fertiliser advice to farmers. Back in April 1989 liquid fertilisers...... Read More

Helping arthritic joints – Part 1

Abundant living with John Arts Abundant Health I’m often asked whether cartilage lost through osteoarthritis can regenerate through taking supplements. Maybe I can answer this with an example. Last year I received a call...... Read More

What is an avocado cuke?

Avocado Advice with Erica Faber Just Avocados If you’ve looked up into an avocado tree and seen little cucumber-shaped avocados, you have discovered cukes. Cukes – also referred to as cocktail avocados – are...... Read More

When tax brackets go past their use-by date

Todd Talks By Todd Muller When the tax brackets were last adjusted in 2010 there was a $21,000 gap between the average wage and the top tax threshold of $70,000. That gap has narrowed to just $8000 today, and if nothing changes...... Read More

Take a closer look at eye irritations

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets Pink eye is a disease that usually occurs in the summer and autumn seasons, causing sore inflamed eyes. The disease is caused by highly contagious bacteria called Moraxella bovis,...... Read More

Calcium and diseases

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite Research on calcium is rare. It’s the opposite for lime, but focussing on one nutrient will never allow the truth about soil fertility to be found....... Read More

Trade uncertainty for New Zealand

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO Attention has been focused on Brexit and whether the United Kingdom Parliament will be able to do a deal with the European Union. There is also uncertainty around the so-called trade...... Read More

Why urban folk are confused

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd It’s been fascinating talking during Christmas-New Year with smart intelligent people that have no direct farming connection. They’re keen to embrace a more...... Read More

Are you connecting the dots?

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance I recently met with a very smart lady who had started out as a teacher then worked in an accountant’s office, studied to become an accountant with ACA, then a business owner,...... Read More

Understanding rotation length

Beneath the surface with David Law Forward Farming New Zealand farms have reputations as lush, green properties that grow enough grass to enable cattle to be fed on pasture alone. However, increasing temperatures have reminded...... Read More

Kingfish, snapper and spectacular sunsets

Raewyn Ensor Blue Ocean Fishing Charters Summer fishing is in full swing. The sea has settled down nicely, allowing us to target the good fishing spots in a variety of depths. Mayor Island fishing is always varied with lots...... Read More




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