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Online tool for milk price analysis

A new, free tool will make it easier for dairy farmers to see the factors that influence the farmgate milk price.

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  • First female head wears many hats

    Nicky Hyslop is recognised as one of New Zealand’s top 10 women in agriculture. The South Canterbury farmer and farm business consultant is the first woman to lead IrrigationNZ. Annette Scott reports.

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  • Beet bolters pose risk

    Farmers are being urged to control beet bolters that pose a risk to New Zealand’s lucrative seed industry.

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  • FAR names cropping graduates

    The first two cropping graduates have been named for the arable industry’s inaugural graduate programme.

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  • Balclutha sale October 1

    Another yarding of quality lambs was offered at Balclutha on Wednesday, with prices and demand steady on previous sales, Gerard Shea of PGG Wrightson reported.

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Dairy support or finishing farm

A substantial finishing and dairy support farm at Whatawhata, between Hamilton and Raglan, is for sale.

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Step by Step

They say if you want something done, ask a busy person.

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  • Jersey boy

    At just 22, Josh Macdonald is in his second year of sharemilking and with his wife, Aleshia, is building equity by 30% each year.

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  • Getting social

    Navigating the world of social media may seem a bit daunting, but there are great opportunities for those who embrace it. Rebecca Harper talked to some agricultural social media advocates.

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  • Editorial - Creating opportunities

    I have been hearing a lot of chatter in the industry about whether it is possible for young people to get into their own property. 

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  • Good keen tucker

    A good keen attitude and creative cooking skills served Angus Lane well during his Ultimate OE wrangler experience in Canada.

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Mix and maximise

Stock sales can hold the boat steady for dairy farmers when the milk price is low. Inseminating rising heifers for excess replacements or breeding valuable dairy-beef calves to sell into the market can provide a sizable pay cheque to boost profits. Waikato farmers Ross and Tracey Laing told *Sheryl Brown* how they maximise their Holstein-Friesian herd by breeding more than half the cows to Hereford bulls.

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