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US subsidies cause Aussie angst

Australian farmers are unhappy with the US Government’s US$12 billion in new subsidies to farmers caught up in trade wars…

 

Oz milk yield up

Australian dairy farmers produced an estimated 650 million litres in March, an increase of 2% on March 2017. 

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Agribusiness

 

Synlait lauded for environmental effort

Global businesses are looking to New Zealand for solutions to tough environmental challenges – especially agriculture, says Abbie Reynolds, executive…

Management

New research into leptospirosis

A New Zealand expert in leptospirosis says the disease appears to be becoming more ‘tropical’ in the way it is occurring in NZ. 

 

Compulsory waterway planting impractical

Making waterway planting compulsory on farms nationwide would be totally impractical, says North Canterbury native plant nurseryman and environmental consultant Jamie McFadden. 

GM grass may provide answers

A New Zealand-developed genetically modified ryegrass has reached an important milestone, entering a full growing trial in the US.

Farm Health

 

Zoonoses prone should raise their hygiene game

Whilst New Zealand’s rural and lifestyle communities seem to have a better awareness of the “physical” safety issues of farm equipment, PTO shafts and ATVs, in many cases other, “more invisible” safety issues can be overlooked.

Machinery & Products

Revamped Jimny takes on UTVs

The UTV is a workhorse on many rural properties, but the asking prices -- $15,000 to $30,000 -- cause some farmers to baulk. So imported Japanese micro-trucks or conversions of more mainstream vehicles are gaining ground.

 

Melodis on song

Making a good quality stack or clamp silage is a given for livestock farmers, but feeding out can be a lottery.

Standout blue by any name

Farmers, fruit or vege growers, vineyard owners or rural contractors -- most either know of or own gear made by Bertolini, whose distinctive blue tanks make them a standout in any field. 

John Deere headers updated

John Deere has announced several updates to its S-series headers for 2019, to improve performance, ride quality and small grain harvesting efficiency. 

Motoring

Baby Ram no toddler!

The Ram 2500 and 3500 utes have a name for big load-carrying and towing capability but come with a hefty…

 

Toyota Fortuner is here!

Toyota’s Hilux-based Fortuner SUV line-up has had an aggressive upgrade in New Zealand with the addition of a TRD (Toyota…

She’s a truck; not a ute!

Prominently displayed at the Mercedes Benz site at Fieldays was a vehicle that gives merit to the saying ‘there’s plenty…

 

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The Hound

Hello John

With the surprise resignation of John Wilson, the Fonterra board has promoted long-time director John Monaghan as its new chair.

Bye John

The Hound notes the contribution of former Fonterra chair ‘Little’ Johnny Wilson, who has stood down from the role due…

 
 

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