Kiwifruit grower Seeka joins Psa class action against MPI

Kiwifruit grower Seeka joins Psa class action against MPI

Seeka Kiwifruit Industries, the country’s biggest kiwifruit grower, will join the $885 million class action against the Ministry for Primary Industries over the 2010 outbreak of Psa-V vine disease, seeking compensation for the devastation of golden kiwifruit crops in the Bay of Plenty. The Te Puke-based company estimates the Psa bacteria has cost it more […]

Foreign Asset Sales: Are they worth it?

Foreign Asset Sales: Are they worth it?

By Hayden Dillon The current sale of Lochinver Station and the wider debate around foreign investment in land assets (both rural and residential), has the issue of direct foreign investment in land at the top of the queue of hot issues. Much of the discussion has been emotive, and that is entirely legitimate, but it’s the […]

NZ economy – changing down a gear?

NZ economy – changing down a gear?

Forward-looking indicators give cause for optimism in the latest BusinessNZ Planning Forecast. The Forecast for the September quarter signposts economic growth at an annual rate of around 3 percent, at mixed levels across various sectors and regions. Business and consumer confidence remain positive, meanwhile the Christchurch rebuild and Auckland housing growth are driving a buoyant […]

Weeds cost the NZ economy millions

Weeds cost the NZ economy millions

There’s something worse than vampires rising up from the ground. They’re weeds and an international soil scientist says they’re sometimes regarded as a benign problem because they can be dealt with. However Dr John Baker says some of the treatments may not be as benign as first thought. He points out that options range from […]

Dairying women get dairy automation demo

Dairying women get dairy automation demo

The Dairy Women’s Network and its network partner Tru-Test will be educating dairy women around automation and how it can support decision-making on the farm. Earlier this year Tru-Test ran three education days for the Dairy Women’s Network focussing on dairy automation systems. Attendees from the Dairy Women’s Network regions said they were blown away […]

Bayer launches three new crop protection products

Bayer launches three new crop protection products

Global innovation leader Bayer has launched three new crop protection products designed to increase yields and put more money in farmers’ pockets. The new products – two fungicides and one herbicide – are part of a EUR 2.4 billion (NZ$3.9 billion) global innovation investment by Bayer into safeguarding vital crops and increasing crop yields. Bayer […]

Don’t forget to blend

Don’t forget to blend

Supporting young calves’ diets with a blend of fibre and grain once they hit pasture is critical for their ongoing development and life-long health, according to an industry feed specialist, Michael Bell from Fiber Fresh Feeds. Mr Bell says giving calves a mix of feeds that includes meal or grain, as well as high nutritional […]

Landcorp completes full purchase of Focus Genetics

Landcorp completes full purchase of Focus Genetics

Landcorp Farming Ltd. is now sole owner of livestock genetics business, Focus Genetics. The announcement comes after Landcorp successfully acquired the remaining 33% shareholding from Rissington Breedline. Hawkes Bay based Focus Genetics is New Zealand’s largest red meat genetics business with 17 breeding partners throughout New Zealand. Formed in 2011, Focus Genetics has since grown […]

Hottest new dairy technology designed here

Hottest new dairy technology designed here

Technology designed to bring the power of intelligent communication and unprecedented future proofing to dairy farmers’ milking systems was highlighted at the recent National Fieldays. The product in the spotlight at Waikato Milking Systems stand was a newly designed product known as the Bail Marshal. The New Zealand owned company’s Chief Executive Dean Bell says […]

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