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Beware the droopy eyelid!

Beware the droopy eyelid!

A new inherited disease that causes ptosis has been discovered in Finland.

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Farmer well-being is important

Farmer well-being is important

While farmers’ well-being at work is not directly visible to the consumer, it forms an important part of responsible food production.

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Employment rules need shake-up now

Employment rules need shake-up now

It’s not a job for the faint-hearted and you can see why contractors don’t want to have just anyone in control of such a set-up.

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Environment

X-rays help yields & pollution

X-rays help yields & pollution

Unexpected discovery in a pea and bean crop leads to new tools to help farmers.

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World Wetlands Day Celebrated

World Wetlands Day Celebrated

World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally on the 2nd February every year. The Waituna Landcare Group and the Gorge Road School joined together to celebrate our local Waituna Wetlands. The senior school walked the Waituna Loop Track, enjoying the new interpretation panels erected last spring and learning about wetland values and the history of the […]

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More carbon dioxide good for forests

More carbon dioxide good for forests

… they can take up more gas while losing less water…

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Animal Health

More production and more health problems

More production and more health problems

As we push for more production and more dollars our animals seem to be more likely to suffer from a variety of diseases.

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Pneumonia can frustrate

Pneumonia can frustrate

Unfortunately Pneumonia outbreaks are rarely simple, especially in a group of lambs. The actual
infecting agent could be one of a number of bacteria, a mycoplasma or a virus.

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Cattle like salt, too

Cattle like salt, too

As a rule, mature beef cattle need one ounce or less of salt a day.

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Feed & Fert

Candy for cows has potential

Candy for cows has potential

It’s a free-choice type of supplement in a block form — sort of like a big, 250-pound piece of candy for livestock

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Who says plants can’t talk

Who says plants can’t talk

Australian researchers have found that there’s a lot to be said for having a friendly neighbour… we in New Zealand have known this for some time.

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Legumes can help reduce fertiliser spend

Legumes can help reduce fertiliser spend

┬áThe high cost of fertilizer has caused many farmers to take a second look at how they spend their fertilizer dollar. Still, the use of fertilizer continues to be important to continue productivity of cropland, hayfields and pastures according to Tim Schnakenberg, agronomy specialist from Missouri, US. Crops and hayfields are especially at risk if […]

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Focus & Features

Rural receiverships likely to keep pace with rural bank debt

Rural receiverships likely to keep pace with rural bank debt

The country’s only rural insolvency specialist believes more rural businesses will face going to the wall in the next 12 months.

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Scottish farmers also look at lamb marketing

Scottish farmers also look at lamb marketing

A group of sheep farmers from the Scottish/English border has recently opened a debate on the marketing of prime lamb. A debate is long overdue given the competition that lamb faces on the retail shelf from other meats.

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Farmers prefer meat industry consolidation

Farmers prefer meat industry consolidation

Most farmers have now seen the light and are convinced of the advantages of industry consolidation, according to Natural Producers Company Chairman Murray Rohloff. The meat co-operative reform group is urging all farmers to support the recent Alliance Group Ltd initiative – as long as it is in the best interests of farmers. Alliance has […]

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In Brief

Strong demand for wool today

Strong demand for wool today

… saw strong demand largely due to the lack of wool coming forward onto the market as a result of recent drought and in particular in the South Island wet weather.

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Discussion on reform planned

Discussion on reform planned

…We had a highly constructive conversation around meat industry issues and many areas of alignment emerged..

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60% more wheat needed by 2050

60% more wheat needed by 2050

Wheat is a major staple crop worldwide but its production has not reached demand in 10 of the 15 past years

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Beware the droopy eyelid!

Beware the droopy eyelid!

| February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

A new inherited disease that causes ptosis has been discovered in Finland.

Continue Reading

X-rays help yields & pollution

X-rays help yields & pollution

| February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Unexpected discovery in a pea and bean crop leads to new tools to help farmers.

Continue Reading

World Wetlands Day Celebrated

World Wetlands Day Celebrated

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally on the 2nd February every year. The Waituna Landcare Group and the Gorge Road School joined together to celebrate our local Waituna Wetlands. The senior school walked the Waituna Loop Track, enjoying the new interpretation panels erected last spring and learning about wetland values and the history of the […]

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