Wind damages irrigators in Mid Canterbury

Several irrigators in the foothills of Mid Canterbury were expected to be out of action for a few days after being toppled by gusty northwest winds on Thursday.

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  • Westland proposes new share structure

    Westland Milk Products, the country’s second biggest dairy co-operative, is proposing a new capital structure to issue shareholder farmers with investment shares annually, on top of the existing milk shares.

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  • Feilding sale October 31

    It’s time to open a good bottle of red wine to mark the beef schedule passing $6/kg, a level many thought unlikely if not impossible only a few weeks ago and were prepared to bet on it. The action at Feilding on Friday was all about cattle,  with a brief sheep sale finishing nearly before the big cattle sale began.

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  • New scholars to take on world

    This year’s Nuffield scholarship winners are a diverse group of rural New Zealanders active in their communities.

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  • Chasing cowboys out of forests

    A broad safety review of the forestry sector promises major changes to how the industry approaches safety and is welcomed by farm foresters and contractors alike.

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Going places

This year has proven to be a busy one, mainly because I’ve been on two big overseas trips. The first was to Nepal – the second to France, Spain, Switzerland, and Austria.

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  • Seeing the wood for the trees

    Life is full of questions and as I write this I am wondering who will be the next Minister of Forestry. Will it be someone with real interest and enthusiasm or will forestry just be trainer wheels for a new entrant to Cabinet?

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  • An industry step change

    Beef schedules are setting records this spring, with particular strength in manufacturing beef markets. Gross schedules for both steers and bulls reached $5.60/kg as of mid-October, and despite heavy shipments from Australia to the United States a beef supply gap in the US is forecast for 2015.

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  • The starlight dairy express

    The magic Mackenzie Country is changing, and quickly. The milk tankers have arrived. Yesterday it was one, today two, tomorrow it’ll be many more. They cross the Mackenzie Basin like satellites crossing the night sky.

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  • Business plan for life

    It’s September 20, officially the day that I start lambing. Weather forecast, snow – typical. Thankfully it didn’t come to much. The snow was lying halfway up the farm in the morning but was gone by lunchtime.

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Agriculture student of the year a standout performer

Monique Mathis, a third-year bachelor of agricommerce student was crowned Massey University agriculture student of the year in Palmerston North last Friday.

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  • November 2014

    Massey Ag vs Lincoln Grudge Match

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  • Flock off, sheep

    Spring. That means longer days and more work.

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  • Editorial - Lifelong learning

    No one ever said a science degree would be easy – but it has been my passport to many interesting jobs and an exciting career that has taken me all over the country and around the world.

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  • Growing and grading ‘gold’

    What grows on a pasture-fed animal, is worth ten times more than most merino wool, and is a health food? It’s deer velvet; the young soft antlers on stags. Jo Grigg investigated the velvet supply chain and some of its workers. 

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One of the best in Northland

Northland's green belt around Kerikeri has the climate and volcanic soils for year-round production without irrigation, providing the best ingredients for a 447ha farm that produces about 450,000 kilograms of milksolids (MS).

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