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NZ Yarn & Hemp P/ship formed

| December 17, 2018 | 0 Comments
NZ Yarn & Hemp P/ship formed

Hemp New Zealand has acquired a 15% interest in NZ Yarn in an effort to develop new blends and exciting consumer products. The partnership will innovate hemp fibre processing as well as boost the development of new consumer products made from hemp yarn, wool & hemp yarn blends and non-woven wool and hemp products Craig […]

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Parasite resistant genes will boost profits

| December 12, 2018 | 0 Comments
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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Best practice to be recognised by Fonterra

| December 11, 2018 | 0 Comments
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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Polio-type disease often undiagnosed

| December 9, 2018 | 0 Comments
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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Time to be weighing lambs…

| December 8, 2018 | 0 Comments
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

| December 7, 2018 | 0 Comments
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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You can’t trust the Trust, farmers say

| December 7, 2018 | 0 Comments
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

| December 7, 2018 | 0 Comments
.. 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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A farmer’s view on Waituna

| December 7, 2018 | 0 Comments
A farmer’s view on Waituna

10 November 2011: Well it seems everyone has a view on Lake Waituna, even those that have never set foot in the catchment, never fished, hunted ducks or farmed in the area. The issues around the health and state of Lake Waituna are complex and emotive – no more so than for those who live […]

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Muddying the waters

| December 7, 2018 | 0 Comments
Muddying the waters

18 October 2011: The cartoon (7th Oct in the Southland Times) relating to dairy rates increase for the benefit of Lake Waituna causes some offence to me and no doubt to others. It is the publication of items such as this that push this important issue further back in to the mire (yes I acknowledge […]

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