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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Pulpit - New Zealand ahead of the game

I was last in New Zealand for a rugby tour in 1981. Some years later, never you mind how many, I was fortunate to return to your country, acting as an Argentinian farming ambassador on the Global Research Alliance (GRA) World Farmers Organisation (WFO) study tour.

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Producer prices fall on lower farmgate milk prices

New Zealand producer input prices fell in the third quarter because lower farmgate milk prices reduced input costs for dairy manufacturers, adding more evidence that inflation in the local economy is subdued.

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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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  • Canterbury Park sale December 16

    In a large yarding of prime lambs at Canterbury Park on Tuesday prices eased slightly for all grades because of the decrease in works’ schedules. The best lambs made $120-$125, with the odd sale to $131. Medium lambs fetched $110-$120, light $100-$110.

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Fonterra at fault in whey scare

The Government’s final report into Fonterra’s whey protein concentrate botulism scare has hammered the company which was beset by an internal row at the time.

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Locals doubt mines will benefit them

Plans for exploration drilling for gold and silver in the Puhipuhi Hills district north of Whangarei appear to have stalled.

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Water bags to save irrigators

Cropping farmer levy investment in a Canterbury University project is destined to stabilise irrigators in high winds.

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Poll - Milk Price Information

Has Fonterra provided farmers with enough information about milk prices?

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Mixed bag for weather

As meteorologists warily eye the possibility of an El Nino system affecting weather this summer, farmers around the country have already experienced a mixed bag of growth conditions.

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Detour on career path pays off

At just 25, Rhea Nelis is convinced she has the perfect job for life.

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