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Live Chat - Mobile Technology

For his report Nuffield scholar Dan Shand looked at the growing use of mobile technology in farming. His report explored the strengths and weaknesses of current platforms and the areas that needed to be developed in order to be beneficial to the red meat sector in New Zealand. Ask Dan your questions during this live event at noon tomorrow.

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  • Alternative View – Political pay

    It’s a hardy annual, MPs’ pay and perks. There’s always a wringing of hands and some weeping and wailing but the show goes on. It’s been like that for decades.

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  • Leave the women to get on with it

    A long time ago when the Earth was young, as the song goes, there was a slogan invented by people in education who wanted more girls to study science and mathematics at secondary schools.

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  • Dry Nelson faces water restrictions

    As rural river levels continue to drop, Nelson City Council has been forced to impose water shortage directions for those taking water directly from streams and wells under Section 329 of the Resource Management Act 1991.

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  • Weak global demand for red meat

    Weakening demand in China and Europe, combined with the impact of a nine-month port strike on the United States West Coast, have eroded farmgate prices for sheep and cattle, Silver Fern Farms says.

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Town and country grazing

Glengyle, a sheep and beef grazing unit located 35km south east of Dannevirke on Oporae Rd, Weber is for sale.

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Working on Wellness

Federated Farmers policy advisor Kristy McGregor has seen the positive effect that running a ladies’ weekend full of fun and frivolity, but with an underlying emphasis on emotional and physical wellbeing, can have for rural women in Australia, and sees the potential to kick off a similar series here too. Jackie Harrigan chatted to the Aussie import about the Channel Country Ladies’ Day.

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  • Second young farmer finalist announced

    Matt Bell is the second grand finalist to be named in the 2015 ANZ Young Farmer Contest.

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  • FMG has 2015 scholarships covered

    Three young university students can face their first week of lectures with a good deal of their financial load taken off their mind – knowing they are covered.

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  • Realising potential

    Loretta Smyth has proven herself as a farm manager developing a rundown farm and is now making similar inroads into Northland College’s underperforming dairy farm. Jackie Harrigan talked to Loretta about realising potential – in her dairy herd and in the agri-academy students learning their trade on the farm.

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  • Taming a Kaimanawa stallion

    Think you’ve got what it takes to tame a wild stallion? Eleven hand-picked trainers in the North Island do. An idea that had been floating around for a few years became a reality in the 2014 Kaimanawa Muster thanks to the efforts of Kaimanawa Heritage Horses.

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Multi-faceted mastitis solution

Getting on top of a mastitis problem has paid huge financial dividends for a Canterbury farmer. David Mavor let out a low whistle when the SmartSamm online gap calculator dropped out a six-digit number.

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  • Changes working, but at a cost

    Land values in the Lake Rotorua catchment have declined 10% and could decline another 10-15% under the next level of restrictions, Bay of Plenty Regional Council natural resources policy manager Stephen Lamb says.

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  • Waikato water watch

    Water remains the main environmental focus for the Waikato Regional Council, with farmers now needing consent for water use in the farm dairy and new policy being drafted that will limit nutrient loading into the Waikato and Waipa river catchments.

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  • Mastitis expert unravels threads

    Despite the complexity of management systems and the variations between farms, long-time mastitis expert Dr Adrian Joe has kept a few simple goals for his clients to follow to measure their management success.

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  • Skin care active provides mastitis potential

    Clinical trials are well under way on a compound that might deliver the holy grail of non-antibiotic mastitis treatment for dairy farmers.

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