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Sturgess: ‘I’ll help’

Tom Sturgess, one of New Zealand’s richest men and largest farmers, is willing to be involved in making the red meat industry more profitable.

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  • Feilding sale April 17

    Store stock swamped the saleyards at Feilding on Friday, with the cattle bookings closing on Wednesday and nearly 23,000 sheep on offer. These numbers might have been too much for the market with R2 steers falling away and big periods of weakness in the lamb pens. There are a few headwinds for the market for store stock with the dollar firming, winter rearing its head and no meat company talking up the prospects for lamb export markets.

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  • US vote crucial to TPP progress

    A bill introduced by lawmakers in the United States on Thursday allowing trade agreements to be fast-tracked through the Congress is a crucial step in getting the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks wrapped up soon.

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  • Don’t fight system, farmers told

    Farming within water quality limits is now a reality that all farmers will need to adapt to, Canterbury farmers have been told.

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  • Overhaul for border protection

    Biosecurity protection is to get an overhaul, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says.

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Assaying late summer grazing

Maize is becoming an increasingly popular greenfeed crop for beef and dairy cattle in dryland areas of New Zealand. Fed in February when the cob is just starting to develop, the crop offers a bulk of feed at a time of year when there is often no other greenfeed available.

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Livestock online

*Problem:* Stock agents have details of their lines of stock for sale in their notebooks and their heads – why can’t the pictures and details be instantly up on the internet for everyone to see them?

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  • Second time in final for Cowin

    Dwayne Cowin is the sixth Grand Finalist to be named in the 2015 ANZ Young Farmer Contest.

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  • FarmHelp at your fingertips

    Kiwi ingenuity accompanied by 40 years farming experience and a whole lot of can-do attitude got BaleTwine Apps off the ground in August 2012.

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  • Stock on your device

    Identifying a gap in the market, Jason Kjestrup had a brainwave on how to help stock agents and farmers advertise or find stock or grazing.

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  • For the record

    Standing atop a hill, surveying his leased farm, 18-year-old Andy Lowe wondered what size each of his paddocks was. The most obvious answer – get out the measuring wheel. "Hold on," he thought to himself "I have a surveying degree."

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Old dog, new tricks

Almost half of New Zealand’s top 50 bulls are linked back to Raeden Jackson’s Valden Holstein Friesian Stud, with 22 descending from either the Valden Curious Paladium or Valden-Hi Applause families. *Sheryl Brown* visited the 73-year-old dairy farmer who uses the latest technology in embryo transfers to accelerate the onfarm breeding programme.

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  • Farming by numbers

    The importance of using the correct data when working out the risk of nitrogen losses from a farming system was emphasised at a Dairy Women’s Network workshop on nitrogen at Balclutha in Otago on February 23.

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  • Nitrogen nuts and bolts

    How well do we understand nitrogen? It’s impossible to discuss dairy farming without getting on to the topic of waterways and nitrogen leaching. So *Tony Kuriger* is taking a three-part look at nitrogen. Part one examines what nitrogen leaching is, how it is measured and why the modern dairy farmer needs to know all about it.

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  • Pasture still important

    The priority for any farm system considering a wintering pad option is still to maximise pasture intake and ensure cows can be fed adequately while standing off paddocks, Irish dairy scientist Padraig French says.

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  • Small fall in GDT

    Dairy commodity prices continued to fall at last night’s GlobalDairyTrade auction, though the resulting drop in the AgriHQ farmgate milk price was only three cents.

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