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Live Blog: Nutrition - the facts and fallacies

Read the recap of the live blog where Lincoln University Veterinarian and Ruminant Nutrition Scientist Jim Gibbs answered your questions on nutrition.

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  • Masterton sale December 17

    In a yarding of 3300 store lambs at Masterton on Wednesday prices lifted by about $8/head for medium and smaller types. Good rain increased interest from local buyers alongside buying interest from Gisborne and Manawatu, Chris McBride of PGG Wrightson reported

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  • Charlton sale December 18

    A quality yarding of prime cattle of prime lambs met firm demand at Charlton on Thursday, Gregory Clearwater of PGG Wrightson reported. Top Dorset Downs achieved $114, top Texels $110.

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  • LIC buys in to Brazilian genetics

    Testing and artificial breeding service provider LIC has purchased a majority interest in its Brazilian genetics distributor, NZ Brasil Genetics Producao Animal for an undisclosed sum.

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  • Macca’s beefs up sustainability

    Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) has partnered with McDonald’s NZ to support the fast food chain’s quest to serve sustainable beef to its customers.

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Opportunity flavours decisions

They’ve gone from co-operative to family ownership, from leaser to land owner. Marlborough Garlic, John Murphy’s family business, has been through tremendous changes.

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  • A focus on feeding

    Worked paddocks alongside State Highway 1 in North Canterbury give an indication of just what the priorities are in the Hewett family’s sheep and beef operation.

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  • Pulling the wool?

    It seems New Zealand sheep farmers have a strong distrust of organisations that exist on revenue streams from compulsory levies.

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  • Ida Valley growth strategy

    The Patersons are banking on more spray irrigation and lucerne to grow their business. Although production and financial performance of the 12,319ha Central Otago station is above average, brothers Callum and Dougal are targeting year-on-year business growth of at least 5%.

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  • No looking back for beef?

    It must be a good feeling for those farmers who have decided to stick with breeding cows, push performance where they can, calve as two-year-olds and also finish their cattle.

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Editorial - Working together

I was lucky enough to spend a week in Bali at a family wedding recently – and I was struck by the power of collaboration – everywhere you look in that tiny country, people work together.

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  • Fighting the good fight

    The reality of a biosecurity breach hit home to the New Zealand kiwifruit industry when the Psa bacteria were first found in 2010. Psa has since wiped out the industry’s kingpin variety Gold Hort16A and cost the industry an estimated $900 million. Sheryl Brown caught up with biosecurity analyst Matt Dyck who is working to prevent another biosecurity disaster for the kiwifruit industry. 

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  • Animal Photography

    Straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, photographer Ross Nolly gives his advice on how to capture your animals on camera. Don’t be afraid, ewe will find taking good pictures is not a cow of a job as this no-bull guide proves as we steer you in the right direction. If you ram home these instructions and doggedly go at it your photos won’t be turkeys.

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  • The best C.V. and job advert

    In the New Year people start thinking about changing jobs and employers are thinking of employing new staff if they have vacancies. Agripeople human resources consultant Racquel Cleaver gives some tips for creating a clear, concise and relevant curriculum vitae (CV) and a vacancy advert that attracts the right kind of applicant for the job.

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  • Branding a stag

    This yarn is about Patrick. Patrick was engaged to be married you see and no self respecting kiwi bloke would dare tie the knot without first having a stag party. As it so happened the lads shanghaied me into taking them on a rafting trip down a river to spot X with the intention of getting the stag onto a stag while having a jolly good time in the process, if that makes sense.

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Live Blog: Nutrition - the facts and fallacies

Read the recap of the live blog where Lincoln University Veterinarian and Ruminant Nutrition Scientist Jim Gibbs answered your questions on nutrition.

Read more…

  • Milk price falls despite GDT rise

    Higher prices at the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction have failed to stop the fall in the farmgate milk price.

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  • Reminiscences of MAF

    It is often said that you don’t really appreciate what you’ve got until you lose it. I was reminded of this rather forcibly at the last monthly meeting of the Stratford Demonstration Farm committee, when the spread and depredation of the disease theileria was being informally discussed — particularly in relation to the possibility of it becoming widespread in Taranaki.

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  • The swede turns

    Every geographic region has its own peculiarities. This is what makes the world fun. Mostly, these strange anomalies are good, and add to life; but sometimes, they have a downside.

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  • Success measured by milk supply

    When a person who previously opposed much of what an organisation is doing is elected as a member one of two things usually happen.

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