Keep clear of horns - Cattle dehorning guidance

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets Several changes made in recent years in New Zealand are improving animal welfare across a range of species, in particular with significant surgical procedures for our stock. For...... Read More

Can I subdivide my farm?

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd  Subdivision in New Zealand is governed by the Resource Management Act and many council district plans, which are formulated under this legislation. Even though...... Read More

Thank You to All Calf Day Volunteers

Rural Women New Zealand Alex Eagles-Tully   It’s spring and the time of year when our rural communities - and a few townies – come together for the annual School Calf Day. Whatever you chose to call them, Calf/Ag/Pet...... Read More

Biochar and rock powder

Rock powder and biochar are two of the most powerful tools for reversing climate change, especially when used together. This article is partly based on Dr. Thomas Goreau’s findings. Biochar and rock powders can provide major, cost-effective, atmospheric...... Read More

Crucial time to prepare for future seasons’ crops

Spring is an important and busy period on the avocado orchard; harvest is underway as is the beginnings of flowering signalling the set of next season’s crop. Andrew Cutfield, general manager of investor relations and supply for Darling Group,...... Read More

A revolution is underway

Carbon Positive Farming with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd  It may take a year or two for the changes to become apparent, however pastoral soil fertility practices by 2025 will be markedly different to those of...... Read More

Where has my brain gone?

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance Ruminations of an old fart! It is clear that as we age our brain power seems to wane, and no more than in agriculture as we make a myriad of interconnecting decisions every day. At...... Read More

Investing for the future

Despite the current challenges for avocado growers with shipping disruptions due to Covid-19, Avoco is continually investing in people and its onshore and in-market business, the export marketing group says. Avoco has made technical and marketing appointments...... Read More

Funny ol’ season ol’ times

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions  The weather has been wet and dry, and the economic outlook is both good and bad – how’s that for confusing. Even though we seem to be getting some wet weather,...... Read More

Adapting to the tough seasons

Tony’s Take on avos with Tony Bradley Aongatete Avocados Ltd  Waiting for spring to arrive has been a wetter and cooler task than I expected. It’s always good to catch up on the rain but the cooler winds that...... Read More

Reviewing expensive fertiliser programmes

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services  In the past month I have been emailed soil tests taken by different fertiliser reps, plus their recommendations, by two farmers who have been concerned that they...... Read More

The importance of minerals

Abundant living with John Arts Abundant Health In the last edition I commented that most multi style supplements over promise but under deliver. This is because most are formulated as a ‘one-a-day’ supplement and...... Read More

Supporting rural education

Rural Women New Zealand Alex Eagles-Tully  Teacher trainee Joanne Siebert believes people living in rural areas of Aotearoa deserve an education equal to those living in our cities and so does Rural Women New Zealand. One...... Read More

Benefits of a multi-nutritional supplement part two

Abundant living with John Arts Abundant Health   If you take a multi type supplement you should carefully read the mineral contents on the label. Minerals are essential for the health and development of every cell in our...... Read More

Staying the course for long term benefit

As with most horticultural commodities, every season can be different as influenced by a variety of factors, rainfall, temperature at key times, or market returns. As growers, we have a limited ability to influence these factors, especially market returns....... Read More

Fert facts part four

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite Over the past several months, Brett has shared his top facts about fertiliser to help optimise your soil. This is the last instalment.   31 Soluble...... Read More

Lifestyle subdivisions moving further out

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd With the pressure of subdivision now limiting development opportunities nearer to Hamilton and Tauranga, South Waikato and Matamata-Piako are seeing increased development. Sandwiched...... Read More

Calf clostridial vaccinationsion course is

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets Given how much valuable time and effort is spent on raising young calves; their primary vaccination course is a particularly important part of your stock’s health plan. The...... Read More

Is a change in land use possible?

Carbon Positive Farming with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd Every day there are new reports proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that the world is warming at a faster rate than ever before and, although reversible, we are...... Read More

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