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Best practice to be recognised by Fonterra

Best practice to be recognised by Fonterra

Fonterra farmers were told today of the Co-op’s plans to provide them with more meaningful recognition and rewards in season 2019/2020 for producing high quality, safe, sustainable dairy. Farm Source and Global Operations Chief Operating Officer Robert Spurway said Fonterra farmers have long led the way when it comes to milk quality, animal welfare and […]

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Time to be weighing lambs…

Time to be weighing lambs…

The scales have been dragged out of the dusty corner, the lambs are lined up, their mothers are roaring and it’s about now that the debate starts: “What did we do last year? 32kg. No, I’m sure that’s not right.” The table below is the same one we first printed in the on-paper version of […]

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Higher lagoon levels will cause issues

Higher lagoon levels will cause issues

Lindsay Paddon knows what it’s like down at Waituna when the lagoon reaches high levels. The photos below show him firstly in June 1994 with the lagoon at 2.35m. And then in recent times at a low lagoon level (in the same place). The Invercargill fisherman and hunter is pictured beside his hut near the […]

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Environment

You can’t trust the Trust, farmers say

You can’t trust the Trust, farmers say

25 November 2018 By Mary-Jo Tohill – www.stuff.co.nz The trust that looks after the Waituna catchment and lagoon in Southland has been told that it must keep the community better informed after accusations that it cannot be trusted. Farmers in the Waituna catchment turned out in force to a public meeting last week to challenge the Whakamana Te Waituna Trust’s plans to […]

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.. and what about Santa Claus

.. and what about Santa Claus

6 January 2012: By Darrin CrackIt’s peaceful, only a few fishermen about. There’s not been a white double-cab Toyota in sight for at least a fortnight despite lake levels dropping daily and the increasing risk of Lake Waituna flipping to “an algal dominated state.” In the past six weeks we’ve had little rain, it’s dry, […]

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Views on establishing wetlands sought

Views on establishing wetlands sought

Farmers with an interest in the establishment of wetlands on their properties are being invited to take part in a survey.

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Animal Health

Parasite resistant genes will boost profits

Parasite resistant genes will boost profits

Breeding for parasite resistant genetics will strengthen flocks and save time and money on-farm, according to a group of leading sheep breeders. Growing concerns from farmers around increasing levels of drench resistance, rising farming input costs, and issues getting farm labour have prompted the ten breeder so  form WormFEC. The breeders’ group brings together more than […]

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Polio-type disease often undiagnosed

Polio-type disease often undiagnosed

Both calves and lambs can suffer from polioencephalomalacia and easily go undiagnosed and die as a result. The disease effects the brain and is basically a thiamin (B1) deficiency. Often an older lamb or calf will be found lying flat, head flung back, flinging its legs about but more-or-less stuck on its  side. Sometimes they will […]

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Befriending calves works well

Befriending calves works well

Calves that are stroked by people early in their life gain weight more quickly than animals that are not stroked.

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Feed & Fert

Forget the ear tags … buy the animals …

Forget the ear tags … buy the animals …

For sale: Five ear tags – animals attached and thrown in…. Yeah Right!! Farmers sick of the hassle of avoiding social media rules need look no further than the newest online nationwide “free classified website.” Dungpile.co.nz gives farmers the opportunity to list their livestock and other associated farming paraphernalia at no cost and either through […]

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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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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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Parasite resistant genes will boost profits

Parasite resistant genes will boost profits

| December 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Breeding for parasite resistant genetics will strengthen flocks and save time and money on-farm, according to a group of leading sheep breeders. Growing concerns from farmers around increasing levels of drench resistance, rising farming input costs, and issues getting farm labour have prompted the ten breeder so  form WormFEC. The breeders’ group brings together more than […]

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Best practice to be recognised by Fonterra

Best practice to be recognised by Fonterra

| December 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Fonterra farmers were told today of the Co-op’s plans to provide them with more meaningful recognition and rewards in season 2019/2020 for producing high quality, safe, sustainable dairy. Farm Source and Global Operations Chief Operating Officer Robert Spurway said Fonterra farmers have long led the way when it comes to milk quality, animal welfare and […]

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Polio-type disease often undiagnosed

Polio-type disease often undiagnosed

| December 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Both calves and lambs can suffer from polioencephalomalacia and easily go undiagnosed and die as a result. The disease effects the brain and is basically a thiamin (B1) deficiency. Often an older lamb or calf will be found lying flat, head flung back, flinging its legs about but more-or-less stuck on its  side. Sometimes they will […]

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