Articles Categorized: Rural

Herd continues to grow

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IN the past year, New Zealand’s beef cattle herd increased by 2.8 percent – to 3.6 million head – while the decline in the sheep…

Farm sales down but prices strong

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AFTER 20 months of high-flying farm sales, the number of transactions are dropping but prices are still going strong as farmer confidence increases and stockpiles…

RTU mastitis treatment

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A NEW ready-to-use antibiotic formulation for treating mastitis that took seven years to develop, register and launch is now available for New Zealand dairy farmers.…

Artificial pollinator has fruitful trial

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THE PollenSmart, an artificial pollinator built by Whakatane engineering firm The Wrangler, has completed an on-orchard pollination trial with exciting results. PollenSmart works by blowing…

Kiwi avocado better nutrition

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NEW Zealand-grown avocados have unique nutritional qualities with double the vitamin B6 and 20 percent more folate than those grown elsewhere, according to new research.…

A truffle growing hotspot

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WHAKATANE-based farmer Ian Treloar had to wait many years after planting truffles on his property before he could harvest any of the highly prized tubers.…

Persimmon exports may rise

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A FORMER Whakatane persimmon grower says a new agreement to sell the fruit to China will be a major boost for the industry. Until 2005,…

Browne goes Blue2Green with Psa research

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WHAKATANE scientist Ashleigh Browne may have found the agent to control kiwifruit disease Psa. Ms Browne has dedicated her masters research to the discovery of…