Good crowds mustered at dog sales

Farmers were rounded up for two dog sales last week that showed man’s best friend is still the best machine on the land.

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Capturing the pasture advantage

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  • New nitrophoska is made for maize

    Granule consistency of Ravensdown’s new Nitrophoska Maize (12-10-10) is a key way to keep dust to a minimum, the firm’s fertiliser product manager Lloyd Glenny says. 

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  • Poor treatment, not resistance

    Veterinarian Urthe Engel of The Vet Centre, Marlborough, says lice have been more of an issue this winter compared to normal. This is not because lice populations are building resistance to chemicals, she said, rather a result of ineffective treatment.

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  • Flow-on effect high on agenda

    Nutrient management was a recurring theme at last month’s Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) conference in Palmerston North.

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  • The right stuff

    Keeping the machines of primary industry well lubricated and running smoothly is key to getting the job done. *James Hoban* provides advice.

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Kidd breaks Northern YFC drought

Northern finally has its first Young Farmers Contest winner in David Kidd. The Kaipara farmer spoke to Hugh Stringleman.

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  • Mak attack

    With a name like the Three Makateers, you would be forgiven for thinking Mark O’Shanassy, Jack Norman and Harriet Whitfield were probably taken for a celebratory meal at the Golden Arches after their the win at the 2014 Agrikids competition at Lincoln University early in July.

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  • Glenham Monsters win the 2014 TeenAg race-off

    The 2014 winners of the 2014 TeenAg contest named themselves The Glenham Monsters but in reality were two really practical farm boys from a small college in Central Southland.

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  • Pushing the limits


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  • Cotton on

    Brothers Jono and Jack Lilburn from Manawatu were in a gang of six Kiwi blokes taking on the cotton harvest at Cubbie Station last summer. The numbers are huge, just like the machinery. Bernard Lilburn visited his sons to check out their day job.

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Challenging the winds of change

A search for greener pastures brought the Hoggard family to a Manawatu farm. Now Andrew Hoggard has a national role with Federated Farmers. He talked to Erin Hutchinson about the challenges of juggling jobs.

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  • Time to act is now

    Pledges are needed quickly from southern dairy farmers to meet the $2 million or so mark to get the proposed Southern Dairy Hub underway.

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  • Soil scientist gave selfless service

    Well-known soil scientist Mike O’Connor has been remembered by former work colleagues as having made an enormous contribution to agricultural science and specifically soil science.

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  • Storm clearance huge task

    Flooded Northland dairy farmers face massive clean-ups and large additional costs on the eve of calving because of one of the wettest Julys on record.

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  • Passing on a privilege

    It’s been a privilege to edit the Dairy Exporter over the past nine and a half years, especially as I almost secured a subeditor’s job there back in the 1980, but was a bit too young and a bit too female.

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