Publicity hounds

Photographer Andrew Fladeboe has not heeded the warning of never working with children and animals.

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  • Struth it’s cold

    Aussies driving orange tractors had a chilling encounter during the southern leg of a charity tour of the South Island.

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  • A course for all horses

    North Canterbury’s Hurunui Race and Gala Day is a day like no other.

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  • Always learning

    It is often said you’re never too old to learn which is just as well as there is always something new in farming.

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  • A head above

    Edendale Station deer manager Regan Blair handles the 16.72kg head from Sako, winner of the six-year category at the Elk and Wapiti Society’s velvet and antler competition, held in January in Wanaka.

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Truth is in the soil

Conventional and biological farming is going head-to-head in a three-year study being carried out on a commercial two-unit dairy operation in Mid Canterbury.

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Healthy new venture

I’m enjoying the recent “Home Block” contributions. It’s great to read contributors’ views, especially those of other older farmers who have seen plenty of change in their time and are obviously still fit for more. And with my surname making me easy to find, I also enjoy the feedback that readers have contacted me with.

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  • A life’s work

    I once studied agriculture for a whole year. Obviously only a small part of the entire subject but the problem was I lacked the practical experience to challenge the theories I was learning – that’s all they were unless linked to a particular set of circumstances.

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  • Going, going – finally gone

    For some years we have had a tidy parcel of land on the market. Not always in the advertising media but well known by bankers and real estate people that a perfect bit of dairy run-off land was there and available for someone to make us a realistic offer.

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  • Harvest reigns

    What a beautiful sight. After a lot of humid weather, the combine gets underway with the wheat harvest.

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  • Nailed it

    Carol, a blonde city girl, marries a Cornish dairy farmer.

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Hill country pinnacle

Don McCreary and Anna Johnston are at the top of their game after winning the coveted Wairarapa Sheep and Beef Farm Business of the Year award. Russell Priest found out how they did it.

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Pasture damage notches up

Many Southland farmers have been alarmed by recent damage to clover pastures. Trudi Baird gets to the root of the problem.

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  • Korea shows renewed interest in NZ deal

    A trade lobbyist noticed a new-found enthusiasm for a Pacific Rim trade deal on a recent trip to South Korea, which could auger well for a breakthrough in languishing bilateral trade talks with New Zealand.

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  • Aussie-Japan trade deal ‘sets bar low’

    Farming leaders are worried a trade deal between Australia and Japan has set the bar for tariff removal disappointingly low and could undermine efforts to eliminate trade barriers in the Pacific Rim region. 

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  • Welcome rain brings nitrate risk

    Rain is welcome as the dry weather affects pasture growth in many regions but it brings the danger of nitrate poisoning in stock, Ballance science manager Aaron Stafford warns.

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  • Guy told dry farmers need help

    Financial assistance is needed for the Northland Rural Support Trust (RST) to help west coast farmers struggling with the fourth drought in five years, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has been told.

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Hopes flying high

The New Zealand grass grub (Costelytra zealandica) is the scourge of arable and pastoral farmers alike.

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  • Korea shows renewed interest in NZ deal

    A trade lobbyist noticed a new-found enthusiasm for a Pacific Rim trade deal on a recent trip to South Korea, which could auger well for a breakthrough in languishing bilateral trade talks with New Zealand.

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  • Aussie-Japan trade deal ‘sets bar low’

    Farming leaders are worried a trade deal between Australia and Japan has set the bar for tariff removal disappointingly low and could undermine efforts to eliminate trade barriers in the Pacific Rim region. 

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  • Guy told dry farmers need help

    Financial assistance is needed for the Northland Rural Support Trust (RST) to help west coast farmers struggling with the fourth drought in five years, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has been told.

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  • Renminbi pay-off ‘depends on China’

    The pay-off to exporters from a deal to allow direct trading of the New Zealand dollar with China’s renminbi will depend ultimately on how much control the Asian giant is prepared to relinquish over its financial system, a government insider says.

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The good oil on tractors

The idea behind hydraulics it to transmit a force from one point to another using an incompressible fluid – James Hoban applies this principle onfarm.

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  • Renminbi pay-off ‘depends on China’

    The pay-off to exporters from a deal to allow direct trading of the New Zealand dollar with China’s renminbi will depend ultimately on how much control the Asian giant is prepared to relinquish over its financial system, a government insider says.

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  • Eye in the sky scrutiny

    Drone technology is creating a stir of excitement despite scepticism it could just be an expensive farmer’s toy with a hefty $15,000 price tag.

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  • The complete package

    Andrew Dalzell has built a reputation as a reliable baling contractor in North Canterbury and the results of his work have led to international opportunities.

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  • Happy in the rough

    *HONDA CRF150*

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Breathing new life

A group of Lincoln-based AgResearch scientists are discovering new ways of bringing one of New Zealand’s oldest commodities to the world. Gerard Hall continues the thread.

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  • Challenging conditions will remain despite rain

    Dairy cows in drought areas could be as much as one condition score below calving target and boosting those scores should be the priority, DairyNZ Northland regional leader Tafi Manjala says.

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  • CPW gets tentative Crown support

    Strong farmer uptake for the Central Plains Water scheme (CPW) has helped convince the Government’s irrigation investment company to offer $6.5 million to the project.

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  • Welcome rain brings nitrate risk

    Rain is welcome as the dry weather affects pasture growth in many regions but it brings the danger of nitrate poisoning in stock, Ballance science manager Aaron Stafford warns.

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  • Keen interest in green ag awards

    Interest in the inaugural New Zealand Green Agriculture Innovation Awards (GAIA) is overwhelming organisers as entries start rolling in.

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Flicks for free

In my “country” days going to the movies was a big thing and it took a bit of organising. With the internet it is now not a big deal, apart from the fact it can eat into your allocated bandwidth if you sit there and watch it live.

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  • Click to buy

    I buy many mainly small and low cost items through the internet – in other words, I shop online. I can buy online either through a local or an overseas supplier.

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  • Xero to take farming into the clouds

    New Zealand accountancy software giant Xero is investing in the rural sector with a new technology designed to link farm budgets with rural suppliers and industry partners.

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  • Ruataniwha water pressure will save farm energy

    Water from the Ruataniwha Water Storage scheme in Central Hawke’s Bay will be delivered under pressure, reducing onfarm energy costs and infrastructure in most cases, project manager Graeme Hansen says.

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  • With friends like this

    Ever accepted a friend request on Facebook because you felt you had to but then were reluctant to share your posts with that person?

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Jump ship in Tory Channel

Thousands pass through Tory Channel each year but few take the chance to holiday in this gateway to the Marlborough Sounds.

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  • Winner follows his dad

    History has repeated at the Northland Young Farmers regional final.

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  • Your new camera

    A continuing series by Country-Wide photojournalist John Cosgrove on how to improve your digital photography skills.

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  • A cruise to remember

    By the second pina colada any reservations about cruises had evaporated into the warm Baltic summer.

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  • Taking action

    Action is not all about having the biggest, fastest, most expensive lens you can afford or travelling only to professional sporting events – it’s all around us on the farm and it is simply all about having fun freezing moments in time to show people something they might not have seen at all.

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Manager versus nature

The extreme climate at Haldon Station in the Mackenzie Basin is demanding of both stock and staff. Lynda Gray investigates.

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  • Forward planning

    AgResearch’s Future Footprint proposal has not stopped future development plans for Invermay’s 143ha deer farm.

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  • Tapping into profit

    How do Central Hawke’s Bay deer farmers make the irrigation water stack up for their farms?

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  • Devoted to deer

    Richard and Emma Lawson are steadfast supporters of farming deer and would love to see others follow them into the industry. Marie Taylor reports.

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  • German chefs meet NZ cuisine

    With Spanish and Eastern European venison slicing a bigger chunk of market share in Germany, promotion of New Zealand venison to influential German chefs is paramount.

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Head to Head: A comparison of dairy bull beef and traditional beef R2 finishing policies

Rising two-year dairy bull beef production is more efficient than rising two-year traditional beef steer production.

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  • AgInnovation bulks up

    Whether you are a stud breeder, commercial beef farmer, an established or aspiring farmer, there is something for everyone at this year’s AgInnovation.

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  • Black cattle blueprint

    Mendip Hills Station’s Simon Lee is in his eighth season as manager of the 6130ha property. He’s a fan of Hereford cattle but also a fan of hybrid vigour – thus the station’s slightly unusual cattle policy.

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  • Quiet achievers

    Twenty years of cross breeding commercial cattle has thrown up a genetic mix that suits Heughan and Carol Gordon’s Hawke’s Bay farming business.

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  • Balancing traits

    Genetic improvement relies heavily on achieving balanced change in all the traits that influence productivity and profitability. Unfortunately, genetic improvement is much more difficult to achieve than is genetic change.

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Leg prices recover

The demand from China has helped meat companies clear stocks of frozen lamb cuts and the new season will start positively for all players, writes Hugh Stringleman.

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The power of lime

South Otago farmer sheep and beef farmer Peter Wilson loves lime.

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Buying water reliability

Irrigation schemes are not created equal so understand the limitations of a community scheme before buying land in its the zone.

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Pride of the south

Many years ago in the mid-90s I had the opportunity to road test the first Prado model and this latest offering from Toyota is a veritable world away from that first drive.

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  • Welcome rain brings nitrate risk

    Rain is welcome as the dry weather affects pasture growth in many regions but it brings the danger of nitrate poisoning in stock, Ballance science manager Aaron Stafford warns.

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  • Rain helps hit records

    The Southern Field Days at Waimumu set new records for both visitor and exhibitor numbers this year.

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  • Iodine: One jab does it

    The decision to supplement and what to use are issues that concern farmers on pockets of iodine deficient soils throughout the country.

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  • Get smart

    Kiwi farmers use 350,000 tonnes of fertiliser nitrogen (N) annually to boost pasture production so enhancing the efficiency fertiliser N use has big implications economically and environmentally.

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