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Barbers Pole challenge

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets The Barber’s Pole worm (Haemonchus contortus) season will soon be upon us… As a sub tropically-adapted parasite it prefers the type of warm, humid conditions found...... Read More

Is our food still thy medicine? Part 2

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite In last month’s column we began to discuss if our food still thy medicine, with a growing number of reports in recent years concluding that today’s...... Read More

Why earthworms are essential

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd As a sharemilker, coming from an education background with only school and university holiday experience on dairy farms and hungry for information, I collected and stashed...... Read More

Lifestyle Blocks – are there enough to go around?

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd Most real estate has been unaffected by the recession following COVID-19. In fact, the lifestyle block market has seen a huge surge in both the number of sales and the...... Read More

Biological vs economic optimum soil fertility levels

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services There is a lot of historical research which has been undertaken in New Zealand from which the biological optimum levels for most of the major elements and some trace elements...... Read More

Tackling tick anaemia in cattle

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets There continue to be new cases of Theileriosis on farms in the upper North Island. Most are either young calves or previously-unaffected adult cows with a history of grazing off-farm...... Read More

So, you would like to subdivide?

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd It may be harder than you think, and you will need help. I’ve written recently about the increased demand for lifestyle blocks in the wake of Covid-19. Many people...... Read More

Is our food still thy medicine?

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite “Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.” Hippocrates coined the phrase almost 2500 years ago. Today, this phrase raises...... Read More

Moisture management critical during summer

Avocado Advice with Erica Faber Just Avocados It has become really evident this season the impact a dry spring, summer, and autumn has on our crops. The high amount of small sized fruit seen in the current avocado harvest is...... Read More

Have we learnt the lessons from Psa?

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO   Ten years ago, the kiwifruit industry found out that it had a bacterium called Psa-V that rapidly killed kiwifruit vines. But for the collective efforts of the industry,...... Read More

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




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