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Beware the droopy eyelid!

Beware the droopy eyelid!

23Feb15 • 0 comments

A new inherited disease that causes ptosis – retarded growth, intellectual disability and mortality in Ayrshire calves, has been discovered by a research group at the University of Helsinki. The group, led by Professor Magnus Andersson, found the disease to be associated with a mutation in UBE3B gene. Of the 129 tested Ayrshire AI bulls recently used in […]

X-rays help yields & pollution

X-rays help yields & pollution

23Feb15 • 0 comments

Researchers at Lancaster University are using X-rays to help farmers increase yields and cut water pollution following an unexpected discovery in a pea and bean crop. Dr Shane Rothwell carrying out crop trials Plant and Soil Scientists hope to combine two new technologies to provide a rapid “same day” measurement of soil phosphorus availability, enabling […]

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 […]

Farmer well-being is important

Farmer well-being is important

13Aug13 • 0 comments

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

Employment rules need shake-up now

Employment rules need shake-up now

17Jul13 • 3 comments

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.

Slow release, sensed irrigation a huge breakthrough

Slow release, sensed irrigation a huge breakthrough

13Jul13 • 0 comments

The device has been complemented by a piece of software which takes into account the local context, such as plant properties and soil characteristics. This means, the system is also…

More carbon dioxide good for forests

More carbon dioxide good for forests

13Jul13 • 0 comments

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

Conventional milk has more minerals

Conventional milk has more minerals

5Jul13 • 0 comments

Milk from organic farms has a lower concentration of elements like zinc, iodine and selenium than milk produced by conventional farming methods.

Pork and Bee industry in court today

Pork and Bee industry in court today

27Jun13 • 0 comments

Having two primary industry sectors fighting the Ministry in court today shows that our biosecurity safeguards aren’t working

Wool price lifts on back of weaker NZ$

Wool price lifts on back of weaker NZ$

27Jun13 • 0 comments

The weaker New Zealand dollar and poor weather has combined to push up local prices as exporters struggle to meet shipment commitments.

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