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July 19th
Despite all odds "miracle child" Amirah Najim-Phillips continues to fight for survival two days after the machine helping her breathe was turned off. Today, the 2-year-old, who was left paralysed from the chest down and reliant...
July 19th
There are concerns about a 13-year-old Dunedin girl who has been missing since Monday. Police said they were concerned for the girl, Harmony, due to her age and would like to make contact with her as soon as possible.Harmony is...
July 19th
The New Zealand Defence Force plane that the Prime Minister used to travel to Australia has broken down.Jacinda Ardern was meant to fly back to New Zealand tonight, but issues with the aircraft have kept it grounded.It is unclear...
July 19th
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed not to give up her fight against Aussie lawmakers who don't appear to be giving up any ground in the debate over the fate of some New Zealand deportees.Although Ardern's meeting with Australian...
July 19th
Lawyers representing the man accused of the mosque terror attacks have applied to the High Court to have his trial moved out of Christchurch. One of his lawyers, Shane Tait, told the Herald they had filed an application for a...
July 18th
The New Zealand hemp industry appears to be coming of age. Industry players are installing NZ’s first commercial stalk-to-fibre processing plant and developing efficient harvesting machinery. In a partnership set up late last year, Hemp NZ, NZ Yarn and …
July 8th
Demand will rise for existing kiwifruit orchards as a result of Zespri granting its annual quota of new licences for the gold kiwifruit variety, claims a rural property salesman. Stan Robb, of PGG Wrightson Real Estate, Te Puke, says demand for the licen…
June 21st
A new system is being developed for tracing tagged velvet as it moves through the supply chain. If the concept is supported, each individual stick of velvet will be identifiable through a central database to the farm of origin from the 2020-21 season. D…
June 6th
Like a small scale model of the challenges New Zealand agriculture faces being so far from its main markets, farmers on the Chatham Islands are far enough from the mainland to make shipping inputs in and livestock out a marginal exercise. Adam Fricker re…
June 5th
Good growth in the sheep milking industry during the 2018-19 financial year signals this is a good time for farmers to get involved, says Spring Sheep Milk Co, who will be at Fieldays this week. The firm’s producer business manager, Thomas Macd…
July 17th
Dairy product prices rose 2.7 per cent at the latest Global Dairy Trade auction after four consecutive declines.The average price was US$3412 a tonne, compared with US$3302 a tonne two weeks ago.Some 25,000 tonnes of product was...
July 13th
COMMENT Meat and dairy are New Zealand's biggest earners when it comes to exports, however, they are also our largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. As we try to balance our economy with our commitment to the Paris climate...
July 12th
Three ways you can prepare for the onrush of the calving season will shore up your abilities, says DairyNZ. First, prepare what you can beforehand.  Second, look after yourself during calving.  Third, work on open and clear communication with ev…
July 11th
Poor udder quality in many New Zealand cows contributes to them being culled in their first and second lactations, imposing an unsustainable cost, says a visiting expert. Rebekah Mast, the genetic director for World Wide Sires, recently visited New Zealan…
July 11th
Achieving the best calving season requires good planning and preparation, says DairyNZ. Here's how to do just that. Help your farm team set up early for a smoother calving season. Best to have a pre-calving checklist of supplies of metabolics, electrolyte…
July 10th
MSD Animal Health’s regional technical advisor/vet, Kim Kelly explains how to reduce the risk of your calves getting scours. A calf gets scours when it accidentally ingests more scours-causing pathogens than its immune system can handle.  Unfort…
June 27th
DairyNZ developer animal care and biosecurity, Katherine DeWitt on the new tail shortening laws and better options for tail management. I've seen first-hand on farm how many farmers pride themselves on taking good care of their animals. That is reinf…
July 18th
The West Coast's century old dairy co-operative will pass into Chinese ownership on August 1.This follows the High Court making the necessary orders to approve the 100 per cent sale of the Westland Cooperative Dairy Company to the...
July 18th
If an animal is unable to lie down, rest, and ruminate it is not expressing natural behaviour.Winter grazing practices that compromise animal health and welfare have no place in modern farming, The New Zealand Veterinary Association...
July 18th
Here's the lowdown on a traditional practice Waste milk has traditionally been fed to calves to dispose of milk that can't be sent for supply, but is this a good idea?With an increased focus on the responsible use of antibiotics,...
July 18th
Each week thousands of Kiwis wheel or carry their rubbish to the kerbside for collection.For rural communities, managing refuse is not such an easy task. Generations of Kiwi farmers have had to find their own ways of clearing non-natural...
July 18th
This coming spring, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is advising calf club organisers how to take extra biosecurity steps to avoid the spread of Mycoplasma bovis.MPI has created a poster and a teacher pack with basic biosecurity...
July 11th
Waikato Milking Systems will this month exhibit at China’s biggest rural trade show. This will be WMS’ seventh showing at the annual event on July 12-14. Also exhibiting will be Fonterra and PinacleAg, and the technology data company Datamars which manufa…
June 26th
Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor says there is unlikely to be much growth in production in the dairy sector in the coming year. He told Dairy News at National Fieldays in mid-June that if there is any increase in production, the cash is likely to go i…
May 31st
The Waimakariri zone committee’s draft zone implementation programme addendum (ZIPA) is unachievable for many farmers in its current form, says a newly formed farmers group. The Waimakariri Next Generation Farmers Trust is a response to the pending change…
May 31st
New environmental management rules for the Canterbury Regional Council’s Waimakariri Zone will be tough for farmers, says the chairman of the Waimakariri zone committee, Dave Ashby. “It’s going to be challenging for every farmer, and it’s going to cost mo…
May 31st
Industry leading technology will be plentiful on the AGCO site at Fieldays, says New Zealand manager Peter Scott. “Our focus this year is on industry leading technology with our Fendt, Massey Ferguson and Valtra brands, showing AGCO’s investment and commi…
July 19th
New Zealand shares remained in record territory as passive investment funds appeared to support the upward trend in school holiday-affected trading. Tourism Holdings led the market higher when it resumed trading. The S&P/NZX 50...
July 19th
The New Zealand dollar is heading for a gain of almost a US cent over the week amid expectations the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates at the end of the month.The kiwi was trading at 67.77 US cents at 5pm in Wellington from...
July 19th
The hugely popular FaceApp seems fun on the surface and an ingenious way to peek into your future — but concerns are being raised about the clever app.Severe privacy concerns have been raised about the app, which uses artificial...
July 19th
By Tracy Neal of RNZ Tougher laws governing the movement of animals and harsher penalties for non-compliance are on the table under an overhaul of two key pieces of legislation.The minister for biosecurity has today unveiled...
July 19th
The French were out in force this morning at a major event in Auckland when the Link Alliance signed the station and tunnel contract of New Zealand's largest infrastructure project, the $4.4 billion City Rail Link.The dominance...
July 19th
Troubled former All Black star Zac Guildford could quit rugby after the latest in a string of setbacks.The 30-year-old winger has confirmed that he is unwanted by Waikato for their Mitre 10 Cup campaign and admits he is considering...
July 19th
The Māori All Blacks know they have a lot of work to do if they're going to be competitive against Fiji in Rotorua. Having not lost to the island nation in 1957, the Māori All Blacks were humbled 27-10 against Fiji in...
July 19th
New Zealand Rugby has been advised to cancel more than 700 tickets for the All Blacks upcoming test against South Africa as they take a stand against fraudulent sales. After ongoing issues with tickets purchased on secondary market...
July 19th
Hundreds of tickets to next week's All Blacks test match in Wellington have been cancelled due to fraud. New Zealand Rugby said 700 tickets sold to the match against South Africa at Westpac Stadium are no longer valid. Ticketek...
July 19th
In the All Blacks environment, there are no dumb questions. That was the message from veteran first five-eighth Beauden Barrett for the team's rookies in Argentina this week. The All Blacks will field a relatively inexperience team...