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Westland lifts payout forecast

Westland Milk Products has lifted its prediction for the 2015-16 season to $5.60-$6/kg milksolids (MS) but chief executive Rod Quin says the New Zealand dairy industry is in “uncharted territory”.

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Methane gas scientists upbeat

The focus on greenhouse gas emissions is not just on reduction but keeping NZ farmers competitive the Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Mitigation conference was told recently. Terry Brosnahan attended.

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  • Biopesticide has plantain moth in its sights

    AgResearch scientists are a step closer to combating the plantain moth – Scopula rubraria – with a natural insecticide.

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  • Saving the soil

    Soil damage and increased nitrate losses are part of the collateral damage when grazing dairy cattle. This damage can affect yields in subsequent crops.

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  • Getting feed priorities right

    With drought having affected many parts of New Zealand farmers need to be considering what they can do now to make up for lost opportunities in animal production over summer.

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  • On the safe side

    On a flight and shuttle journey into Auckland City recently I was surrounded by a group of people going to a health and safety seminar. It was rather scary to think these people were getting together, at best, to critique what they were doing and question the justification for some of their actions, but at worst to reassure each other they were on the right track. 

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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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Serious business and a bit of fun

Planning is the key to success for this year’s Sharemilker-Equity Farmers of the Year, Justin and Melissa Slattery. They told Anne Lee their plans include every aspect of farm management, and also ways to enjoy life.

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