Modern farming has had its day

Modern agriculture, at about 70 years old, was the product of post WWII food shortages and while it had been effective in its primary aim of increasing yields it has to change, an industry expert says.

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  • Three regions might get science hubs

    Up to three regional research institutes could receive Government funding as it looks to tap in to innovation and the development of new speciality products.

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  • Long career not finished yet

    After more than three decades in the kiwifruit industry Tony Hawken is still excited about it. Though he has retired at EastPack chief executive he’s been asked to stay on to apply his expertise to oversee big expansion projects, meaning his mark will last well into the future. *Alan Williams* reports on Hawken’s achievements.

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  • Nervous wait for Fonterra's opening milk price

    Fonterra's nervously anticipated new season opening milk price forecast is likely to be in the low to mid-$5/kg range with an advance below $4, market analysts predict.

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  • New yarn seeks toehold

    A new type of Merino yarn developed in Levin could mean blisters are a thing of the past.

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Alternative view – The dark art of diplomacy just got murkier

I know international diplomacy is a dark art but it seems to me that the average punter, you and I, get taken for idiots by the practitioners.

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Loss warning for carpet company

Carpet maker Cavalier Corporation now expects to make a loss this financial year as a result of asset value writedowns made as part of a new strategy and business plan.

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  • Feilding sale May 22

    A lovely autumn day took a larger than advertised yarding in its stride at Feilding on Friday with almost 16,000 sheep, virtually all lambs and 1358 cattle on offer. In spite of some meat companies adjusting lamb schedules downwards, the better store lambs were quite firm on last week’s returns. The market for better male lambs made rose slightly with the ewe lambs dragging the chain again.

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  • Matawhero sale May 22

    Ewe lambs again made up the bulk of the yarding of 2542 head at Matawhero on Friday. More than 60% of the entry was females as several large stations unloaded before winter. One property alone sent more than 1000 head.

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  • Nervous wait for Fonterra's opening milk price

    Fonterra's nervously anticipated new season opening milk price forecast is likely to be in the low to mid-$5/kg range with an advance below $4, market analysts predict.

    Read more…

  • New yarn seeks toehold

    A new type of Merino yarn developed in Levin could mean blisters are a thing of the past.

    Read more…

Big future seen for Muslim markets

Halal lamb exports from Britain are becoming an increasingly important part of maintaining farmgate prices.

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  • Long career not finished yet

    After more than three decades in the kiwifruit industry Tony Hawken is still excited about it. Though he has retired at EastPack chief executive he’s been asked to stay on to apply his expertise to oversee big expansion projects, meaning his mark will last well into the future. *Alan Williams* reports on Hawken’s achievements.

    Read more…

  • Nervous wait for Fonterra's opening milk price

    Fonterra's nervously anticipated new season opening milk price forecast is likely to be in the low to mid-$5/kg range with an advance below $4, market analysts predict.

    Read more…

  • New yarn seeks toehold

    A new type of Merino yarn developed in Levin could mean blisters are a thing of the past.

    Read more…

  • Best beef bloodstock goes on the block

    Graham and Rosa Peacock of Orari Gorge Herefords near Geraldine admire one of their 35 bulls, Lot 3 Orari Gorge Noah before hosting their 51st annual sale on June 3. 

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Herd of art?

Photographer Sarah Brook was in Morrinsville recently for the launch of the Herd of Cows initiative. 

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  • Long career not finished yet

    After more than three decades in the kiwifruit industry Tony Hawken is still excited about it. Though he has retired at EastPack chief executive he’s been asked to stay on to apply his expertise to oversee big expansion projects, meaning his mark will last well into the future. *Alan Williams* reports on Hawken’s achievements.

    Read more…

  • Modern farming has had its day

    Modern agriculture, at about 70 years old, was the product of post WWII food shortages and while it had been effective in its primary aim of increasing yields it has to change, an industry expert says.

    Read more…

  • Nervous wait for Fonterra's opening milk price

    Fonterra's nervously anticipated new season opening milk price forecast is likely to be in the low to mid-$5/kg range with an advance below $4, market analysts predict.

    Read more…

  • New yarn seeks toehold

    A new type of Merino yarn developed in Levin could mean blisters are a thing of the past.

    Read more…

New planning guide for dairy conversions

Farmers contemplating a land-use conversion to dairying can get a new online environmental “how-to” planning guide to help ensure any new farm meets the industry’s standards.

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Caution not panic in kill plans

Farmers are taking a cautious line on stock for processing during an increasingly dry summer, booking them for two to three weeks ahead.

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Champ takes another record

Sixteen times world champion shearer David Fagan showed a vocal and supportive Cheltenham speed shear crowd he can shear a single sheep in 20.4 seconds recently to win the event.

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