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New winter grazing rules for south

| April 19, 2008 | 0 Comments
New winter grazing rules for south

The quality of water in creeks, streams and rivers all over Southland should improve this winter …

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Scottish farmers also look at lamb marketing

| March 4, 2008 | 0 Comments
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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Birth control shot shows potential

| February 28, 2008 | 0 Comments
Birth control shot shows potential

Colorado State University researchers are working to perfect two short-term birth control methods that may eventually be injected by dart into wild animals such as elk, providing options for managing wildlife overpopulation in protected areas across the country. Wildlife overpopulation plagues state and national parks across the nation and world, with overcrowding from bison, deer, […]

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“Forget about Lignite”

| February 28, 2008 | 0 Comments
“Forget about Lignite”

The Green Party is less than impressed with Solid Energy.

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Research to boost ruminant productivity

| February 28, 2008 | 0 Comments
Research to boost ruminant productivity

AgResearch has signalled its intention to raise ruminant productivity and welfare standards over the long term with the announcement of a formal collaboration with one of the world’s leading animal health research institutes.   For more than fifty years the Scottish based Moredun Research Institute (MRI) has been internationally recognised for its work on infectious […]

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Lure dangerously attractive to stoats

| February 22, 2008 | 1 Comment
Lure dangerously attractive to stoats

The drive to control one of the worst predators of New Zealand’s native wildlife has taken a leap forward with the development of a new, humane lure by Auckland wild animal pest control specialist Connovation Limited. The paste is designed to lure stoats into traps. It proved its effectiveness in trials last year when 64 […]

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Farmers prefer meat industry consolidation

| February 20, 2008 | 0 Comments
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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A few ways to stretch the haystack

| February 20, 2008 | 0 Comments
A few ways to stretch the haystack

By David Burton For many farmers the hay stack looks a lot smaller this year than it has in years past. But unless a producer is planning on getting out of the business they might want to consider how they’re going to stretch that hay stack until spring. Here are a few things worth considering […]

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Animal abuse is sackable

| February 19, 2008 | 0 Comments
Animal abuse is sackable

  By Jenny Graham of Rainey Collins19 February 2008 — An employee who was dismissed for repeatedly hitting a cow with a plastic pipe has lost his claim for unjustified dismissal. The cow was in such a distressed state that its leg became trapped and it required the attention of a veterinarian. The Employment Relations […]

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Fertiliser price increases

| February 19, 2008 | 0 Comments
Fertiliser price increases

Ballance Agri-Nutrients has increased the price of its core fertiliser products due to ongoing global demand for raw materials, but has found a way to soften the blow for loyal shareholders. Chief Executive Larry Bilodeau said that raw material and shipping costs continue to soar along with worldwide demand for plant nutrients, giving the co-operative […]

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