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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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  • NZFW Online 25.05.15

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  • Feilding sale May 22

    A lovely autumn day took a larger than advertised yarding in its stride at Feilding on Friday with almost 16,000 sheep, virtually all lambs and 1358 cattle on offer. In spite of some meat companies adjusting lamb schedules downwards, the better store lambs were quite firm on last week’s returns. The market for better male lambs made rose slightly with the ewe lambs dragging the chain again.

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  • Matawhero sale May 22

    Ewe lambs again made up the bulk of the yarding of 2542 head at Matawhero on Friday. More than 60% of the entry was females as several large stations unloaded before winter. One property alone sent more than 1000 head.

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  • Three regions might get science hubs

    Up to three regional research institutes could receive Government funding as it looks to tap in to innovation and the development of new speciality products.

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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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Picture postcard perfect

It’s the iconic New Zealand postcard setting with the Southern Alps forming a backdrop to lush farmland and in this case it’s also an immaculate first farm with an affordable price tag.

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  • Arla Foods to form JV with Juhayna

    Arla Foods and the Egypt-based dairy company Juhayna have agreed to form a joint venture which will sell Arla’s products across Egypt.

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  • Arla Chairman re-elected

    Swedish Åke Hantoft has been re-elected as chairman of Arla Foods amba. Danish Jan Toft Nørgaard was re-elected as vice chairman. The board has been slimmed down by three members for the next term of office.

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  • GDT appoints new director

    GlobalDairyTrade (GDT), the world’s leading online dairy auction platform has announced a new senior appointment to lead the business. Dr Eric Hansen has been appointed Director, a promotion from his former role as GDT Chief Economist and CFO, to take effect 1 June 2015.

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  • Budget 2015: rural focus

    The Government will invest an additional $20.4 million over four years to provide greater national direction and support to councils in implementing resource management reforms.

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