Work with nature not against it

Grant PatonSustainable soilsEnvironmental Fertilisers Ltd Nature is a seemingly simple, but in reality quite complex thing and few people understand it. Some claim they do, but only practise small parts of it. A holistic approach and nothing less... Read More

New Zealand is set to go into overdrive

Financewith Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance New Zealand is set to fly during the next 18 months. Brace yourself – as all the indicators are there. Here is my thinking around why...1. Auckland and Christchurch house prices have led the way,... Read More

Increasing your company's productivity

Wendy MacphailEmployment Law Services One of the most rewarding ways to increase your organisation's productivity is to increase your own happiness – and then the happiness of your employees. Ground-breaking research shows us happy... Read More

Plan ahead for farm boundary changes

Brent TrailManaging DirectorSurveying Services Ltd Now is the time to move quickly if you are considering a change to the farm boundaries before next season. During the years, the subdivision process has become more complex with the Resource Management... Read More

Cost and effects of Psa-V significant, but uneven

Mike ChapmanNZKGI Chief Executive Growers, their families, kiwifruit industry workers and the community have paid the price for the Psa-V incursion. Much of the suffering has not been visible to the public. The effects have also been uneven. Some... Read More

Rainfall, soil moisture low - another drought possible?

Bill WebbFeed SolutionsOutlook There's been less rainfall during the last two months than at this time last year. And that's a concern because when soil moisture reserves are down, things can deteriorate very quickly – just as... Read More

IMP programme reduces flystrike

Vet's Viewwith Ravensdown VetGavin Goble BVSc MRCVS Flystrike is the most important ectoparasitic disease of sheep in New Zealand, causing severe pain and suffering, as well as significant economic losses. The Animal Welfare (Sheep and Beef... Read More

Peak time to learn to garden is now

Hugo VerhagenPermablitz We're gearing up for another great permablitz season with several permablitz events planned for spring. Volunteers support each other at permablitz events to learn how to become more self-sufficient.  Many come... Read More

Hemp crop on the Hauraki Plains

Grant PatonSustainable soilsEnvironmental Fertilisers Ltd This summer we decided to trial growing a hemp crop on some very flogged out maize ground. This soil is marine clay and had been experiencing diminishing maize crop yields and returns during... Read More

Subdivision appeal succeeds in Matamata-Piako

Brent TrailManaging DirectorSurveying Services Ltd After many hours of work and mediation facilitated by the Environment Court, local landowners have won the right to subdivision opportunities that were taken away by the Matamata-Piako District... Read More

Opinion Poll

Only 38 per cent of electors returned their voting forms in the council elections, did you vote?

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