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  • Kauroa weaner sales March 5

    It was a buoyant market on Thursday for the annual Kauroa weaner fair at Raglan, Chris Leuthart of PGG Wrightson reported.

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  • Picking the eyes out of spuds

    Potato farmer and Nuffield scholar Paul Olsen fairly accurately fits the comment by the writer AA Milne, “What I say is that if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow”.

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  • Inspectors warned to go easy

    The approach of WorkSafe inspectors on farms will dictate whether farmers take safety seriously or treat it as a box-ticking exercise, farming leader Katie Milne says.

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  • Seeka continues to improve its profit

    Kiwifruit grower and handler Seeka’s improved trading in the latest year is another small but important step in the right direction as the industry continues its recovery from the Psa virus devastation, it 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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Winged wonders

A century ago the world was embroiled in a conflict the likes of which had never been seen before. World War I drew innocent young Kiwis into a bloody conflict on the other side of the planet against a foe that was impossible to understand, but equally impossible to ignore. The onset of war accelerated mechanisation at a rate never before experienced, and there was no better example of that than the first airplanes used in conflict. One hundred years later some of those incredible contraptions were on display, with many others, at a flying festival fit for the stars. Wings over Wairarapa 2015 took on special significance because of its timing and as Young Country found out, it did not disappoint.

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  • ‘Ave an avo

    Escape to the country could be the headline for the bold move by Maria and Diego Fathollahi when they cashed in their Auckland do-up to buy a run-down avocado orchard at Houhora in the Far North.

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  • Bitten by Chihuahua’s kindness

    San Cristobel is a tourist resort nestled in the mountainous region of Chiapis, southern Mexico. Made famous by the Zapatista Uprising in 1994 when the 'Army of National Liberation' captured and held the town for two weeks before being overrun by the military. It is a long way from northern Mexico where I spent a week in the desert presenting a new bow hunting series being filmed for the Discovery Channel. 

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  • Embracing change

    One of the great things about meeting and talking to farmers is understanding why they are passionate about farming and their drivers. Farms are very different in nature to your average city small business or listed corporate, but there are things in common which often get neglected in city business and farming entities.

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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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  • 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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  • March 2015

    Navigating Regional Rules

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