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Modern farming has had its day

Modern agriculture, at about 70 years old, was the product of post WWII food shortages and while it had been effective in its primary aim of increasing yields it has to change, an industry expert says.

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  • Serious business and a bit of fun

    Planning is the key to success for this year’s Sharemilker-Equity Farmers of the Year, Justin and Melissa Slattery. They told Anne Lee their plans include every aspect of farm management, and also ways to enjoy life.

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  • Primary sector export projects detailed

    Last week’s Budget included $7.5 million dedicated to several projects the Government hopes will grow primary sector exports.

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  • Pukekohe sale May 23

    Despite one of the wettest Saturdays for many years buyers turned out in force at Pukekohe on Saturday May 23 to support a very large yarding of cattle, Chris Humphrey of Livestock Mart Auctions reported. Killable cattle continued to sell extremely well, with steers making up to $1770 and heifers $1820. Store cattle also sold very well with demand strong for all classes on offer.

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  • Feilding sale May 25

    The cold snap that blew through just before the start of Feilding prime sale on Monday. with light snow falling on the hills nearby, might have curbed the enthusiasm of the buyers a little. Most of the sheep prices just settled back a fraction. Meanwhile the boner cow yarding of more than 600 head was one of the biggest ever.

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Ploughing’s pulling power

It is a hard road to turning over the perfect furrow especially if you have to travel 2000km to do it.

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  • June 2015

    Country-Wide June 2015 - 'raising the baa'

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  • Engine modifications risky

    Tractor owners are being warned against the potential risks of having engine control unit (ECU) remapping performed on tractors, trucks or other self-propelled machinery.

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  • Otago to get deeper, bigger port

    A $30 million development at Port Otago announced today includes deepening the shipping channel to accommodate larger container vessels and will target growing primary sector exports from the south of the South Island.

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  • Seeing green

    Seeing a bulk of greenfeed in a scorched landscape was enough to make any farmer salivate this summer and growing bulk is what forage maize does best.

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Hunting the great outdoors…and home

Hello there one and all. I hope you all had a great couple of months and managed to get out there and play just as hard as you worked.

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Serious business and a bit of fun

Planning is the key to success for this year’s Sharemilker-Equity Farmers of the Year, Justin and Melissa Slattery. They told Anne Lee their plans include every aspect of farm management, and also ways to enjoy life.

Read more…