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Pre-mating health checks for cows

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets With calving well progressed on many farms, it’s now time to think about next season’s reproductive targets and getting those same cows back in-calf. For the New Zealand...... Read More

The value of holding multiple titles

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd Having your farm in several titles allows you the flexibility to develop or restructure. As councils around the region tighten their subdivision rules, the value of...... Read More

Our burping cows

DairyNZ Farmers Forum with Sue Edmonds There’s lots of reports being written of late, but seemingly little action on the problems they write about.  The Productivity Commission produced more than 600 pages recently on ‘emissions...... Read More

The benefits of fewer cows

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd If the chat amongst farmers is correct, and it almost always is, regulation is about to be imposed on dairy farmers – and a cornerstone of it will be a requirement...... Read More

Nice conditions, lots of action

Tully Farrell Blue Ocean Fishing Charters Lately, we’ve had nice spring fish conditions with lots of action on Blue Ocean Charters’ Te Kuia vessel. The weather has been settling down and the temperatures have...... Read More

Warmer temperatures mean early cropping

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions The weather is certainly a lot drier than it was, and ground conditions are a lot drier than they were this time last year – by a country mile. We’re getting drops of...... Read More

Fertiliser co-operative dilemmas

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services With the upcoming elections for directors on the board of Ballance Agri-Nutrients at their Annual General Meeting at the end of this month, it’s got me thinking about...... Read More

No detail or definition of what Zero Carbon looks like

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP If there were a list of sectors who would feel the pain of an over ambitious Zero Carbon Bill, our primary industries would be near the top. Last year our new Climate Change Minister,...... Read More

Treating ketosis in animals

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets  The metabolic disease ketosis – also known as acidosis – is often seen in high-production cows or cows on a poor diet. It’s also not uncommon in sheep and...... Read More

Plan ahead or lose subdivision opportunities

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd Rules relating to subdivision are always changing – sometimes in a major way. So, if you’re managing a block of rural land you should keep abreast of the...... Read More

Protein, but not as we know it

DairyNZ Farmers Forum with Sue Edmonds Recently, I attended a conference entitled Protein Tech, which covered the unknown world of ‘alternative proteins’, and where and whether New Zealand should be leaping into it. Apparently...... Read More

What works and what doesn’t

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite I had the privilege last month to travel to St Louis, Missouri, in the United States, for more study under Neal Kinsey. This course and the one the previous...... Read More

Clouds on the horizon

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance Everything is changing so fast it is frightening. More people, more demand on goods and services, more pressure, more stress and more mental health issues. We’ve been a sleepy...... Read More

Time for a change – a proven method

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd As we see it, pastoral farming in this country is at a crossroads; with the path ahead uncharted territory. Environmental considerations will be at the forefront of soon-to-be...... Read More

Tarakihi flavour of the day

Raewyn Ensor Blue Ocean Fishing Charters On Sunday, August 12, the reef fishing in the Bay of Plenty was running hot. Weather conditions were perfect so skipper Scott headed out to one of his favourite spots anticipating...... Read More

Weather, crops and looking after your contractors

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions We are not getting a lot of rain but it’s consistent, which means water tables are up and it doesn’t take much for it to get really wet underfoot. But it’s the...... Read More

Best soil testing depth for pastures

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services In last month’s column I discussed how soil tests should be taken, and soil sampling depths. From what I can ascertain, New Zealand is the only country worldwide...... Read More

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




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