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April 21st
A two-year-old boy has died in a potential drowning in Whakatāne.Emergency services were alerted to the incident near Sullivan Lake about 8.45am today, police said.Enquiries were ongoing.
April 21st
Renowned DNA expert Professor Michael Bunce has taken up one of New Zealand's top science roles.Bunce – best known for his work sequencing ancient DNA from the fossil bones of moa and giant eagles – starts as the Environmental Protection...
April 21st
A tramper who is missing near Lewis Pass was last seen at 1pm yesterday.A search is under way for Brigitte Visagie, who is missing in the Nina Valley area, between Lewis Pass Road and Nina Hut, in Canterbury. The 56-year-old walked...
April 21st
It turns out there's an exact middle of Middle Earth.Scientists have joined renowned conceptual artist Billy Apple in marking the centre of New Zealand's extended continental shelf.This vast area – on which our islands sit - measures...
April 21st
Smokers would have a better chance of quitting the habit if they use nicotine gum and patches at the same time, rather than just one or the other.A new systemic review , co-authored by a University of Auckland researcher, also...
April 20th
Disruption is happening whether we like it or not, says Dave Maslen, NZ Merino general manager for markets and sustainability. “We need to embrace that and turn it into an opportunity and remain distinct.  “We are a very small part of a very big wo…
April 20th
A large East Coast Māori-owned farm has the McDonald's restaurant chain to thank for its recent improvements. Last year it became the first farm outside Europe to win McDonald's ‘flagship’ status – one of only 29 to do so. Peter Burke reports on a recent…
March 22nd
A Christchurch start-up has been recognised at a major Australian agricultural technology event for its technology aimed at minimising waste in the food processing industry. CertusBio has been formed to commercialise technology developed by Lincoln Agrit…
March 22nd
A Hamilton company has developed a real-time system that enables beekeepers to see data on their hives’ weight, temperature and humidity. ModuSense founder Bruce Trevarthen says the aim is to help beekeepers better understand their hives, the site they’r…
February 21st
More dairy farmers are opting for artificial breeding (AB), boosting sales for LIC. The co-op has recorded a 5% lift in revenue to $161 million for the half year ending November 30, 2018. AB sales were up on the previous year as more farmers extended th…
April 17th
The Sheep and Goat Dairy Project (SGDP) is to hold a workshop in Invercargill tomorrow to explore the potential for dairy sheep and dairy goats as an alternative income stream for farmers and others along the supply chain.The national...
April 17th
Fonterra's partnership with the a2 Milk Company (a2MC) is unlikely to impact on dairy farmers in the South for some time, with Fonterra confining its a2 processing to a single site in the North Island in the meantime.''We've been...
April 17th
Dairy product prices increased at the Global Dairy Trade auction, rising for the tenth straight time, though a decline in whole milk powder kept the gain muted.The GDT price index rose 0.5 percent from the previous auction two weeks...
April 16th
Short sellers of a2 Milk shares have been caught with their pants down after favourable research has seen its share price push on to another record high.The dual-listed alternative milk company and infant formula company is often...
April 15th
Mahraaz Hussein says North Canterbury is now his home.The Landcorp farm production manager was a finalist in the Canterbury-North Canterbury Dairy Industry Awards, picking up two merit awards and giving his family cause for celebration...
April 18th
Are your cows getting enough calcium? Last month I attended an informative talk put on by industry suppliers of a new product aimed at reducing milk fever in cows. What interested me more than the product itself was the fact that there are still large opp…
April 12th
Now is the time for dairy farmers to develop a pasture ‘road map’ to ensure they have enough feed to take their farms through calving to the balance date in mid-September. That’s the message DairyNZ farm systems specialist Chris Glassey gave at a recent s…
April 12th
Jersey cows' higher pregnancy rates offer clear economic benefits by lowering replacement rates. Non-pregnant cows make up the greatest numbers on dairy farm cull lists and are the main driver of the status quo replacement rates. Also, the advantage New Z…
April 12th
DNA parentage testing is more accessible to dairy farmers thanks to the launch last month of CRV Ambreed’s revitalised DNA parentage testing service. The gene mapping service uses progressive technology to identify the ancestry of individual stock. The co…
April 12th
Range in body condition score (BCS) is as important as average BCS at calving on New Zealand dairy farms, according to DairyNZ. The ideal BCS of 5.0 for mixed age cows and 5.5 for first and second calvers is optimal for each individual animal, a…
April 18th
A fraudster who swindled more than $40,000 claims he is now on the straight and narrow after finding a second chance at life knuckling down a Waikato dairy farm. Joshua Anderton credits his fulltime job as a farm assistant as helping...
April 18th
Western Bay Museum has had a busy month since the opening of its latest Out to Pasture — Early Farming Life in NZ exhibition, sponsored by a generous anonymous donor.Held in the Taylor Bros Transport Ltd gallery, this exhibition...
April 18th
World champion woolhandler Joel Henare paid a first visit to Northland last week, helping the women rousies in Ross and Olive Guy's Kaeo-based shearing gang improve their skills.During three days working with the women in the Mangatoa...
April 18th
Government funding of $381,000 announced recently is a shot in the arm for the agricultural industry's ongoing campaign to recycle and re-use, Federated Farmers environment spokesperson Chris Allen said.Agrecovery, a not-for-profit...
April 18th
With calving season fast approaching, now is a good time to focus on getting your cows in tip-top condition and making sure you have a pasture management plan in place to ensure you have enough grass in spring.As many of you know,...
April 11th
Obtaining premium prices to pay for higher costs of production is the next challenge for farmers, says Rabobank dairy analyst Emma Higgins. New Zealand dairying has for years seen environmental regulation tightening and that is forcing higher cost of prod…
April 11th
Hamilton dairy biotech company Quantec has won the top award at the annual Natural Health Products NZ awards for the second year running. The company, based at Waikato Innovation Park, won the Supreme Award and the Cawthron Institute Innovation Award at t…
March 27th
Dairy rubberware supplier Skellerup is giving its support to I Am Hope, a community group. It will donate $20,000 to the group and for every pair of Red Band gumboots it sells between March 25 and Gumboot Friday on April 5, it will donate $2.  Gumboo…
March 27th
Fertiliser co-op Ravensdown says it is helping a new crop of talented university graduates to build careers in New Zealand agriculture. The initiative, now in its fifth year, has supported 39 university graduates in agriculture-related, environmental and …
March 15th
The first regional winners of the 2019 Dairy Industry Awards have been announced. Ohakune sharemilkers Jemima and Thomas Bebbington are the 2019 Manawatu Dairy Industry Awards Share Farmers of the Year. Thomas (36) and Jemima (33) now 50:50 share-milk 425…
April 21st
Just half of New Zealanders say they cook at home daily, and a home cooked meal is most popular with old generations, a report commissioned by ridesharing company Uber reveals.A survey of 500 New Zealanders of all ages and regions...
April 21st
A range of teething and colic powders for babies found to carry a risk of choking on tiny pieces of plastic have been recalled. Weleda has found in its Baby Teething Powder and Baby Colic Powder potentially small "slivers" of plastic...
April 21st
When Sabrina Philipp's business started to take off it seemed to make perfect sense to ask her boyfriend to join the fledgling operation.Her online coaching business had turned over $100,000 in just one month for the first time...
April 21st
Divorce documents reveal that Jeff Bezos' ex-wife MacKenzie will be much richer than first thought.The papers also show that the Amazon founder and his soon-to-be-ex wife are still living together despite the separation.According...
April 21st
COMMENT: Our Reserve Bank and the big four Aussie retail banks are headed for an epic showdown.At issue is how much risk banks should be allowed to take in this country.The Reserve Bank is allowed to prescribe how much money...
April 21st
After Toulouse's astonishing Champions Cup quarter-final victory a few weeks back, a mid all the delirium inside Racing 92's deafening arena, there was an endearing moment. Jerome Kaino is 36 years old and a veteran of 81 Tests...
April 21st
Warren Gatland is to be reappointed as head coach of the British and Irish Lions for the tour of South Africa in 2021 – and the move would not rule him out of taking over the England job from Eddie Jones, The Sunday Telegraph revealed.The...
April 21st
A rugby supporter has been banned from the Ricoh Arena after confronting Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola on the pitch after his side's Heineken Champions Cup semi-final victory over Munster.The fan, wearing a Munster jersey,...
April 21st
Today, Israel Folau's views on the LGBTI community are shockingly clear — according to the controversial rugby star, "hell awaits" them and other "sinners".But just a few short years ago, he was singing a very different tune.In...
April 21st
COMMENT: The injury loss of Damian McKenzie due to a damaged knee has put the spotlight on the All Blacks' back three, highlighted a dearth of quality wings and that there is going to have to be a re-think about how things are set...