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Establishing a reputable brand in New Zealand’s competitive gardening sector is no easy task, but a Southland family are celebrating their 27th year in business with Biofeed, a product highly regarded by keen gardeners throughout the country.  But behind that brand is also a family with their roots strongly bound in the land, a history of looking after it, and a future firmly set on helping the next generation know where their food is coming from.
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The postponement of this year’s AgFest on the West Coast to November’s Canterbury Anniversary Day is likely to provide Ruralco with greater opportunities to meet with rural farmers than ever before.
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Covid-19 may have made the usual Ballance Farm Environment Awards ceremonies impossible this year for most regions, but certainly did not diminish the quality and commitment of this year’s award entrants.
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Like an on again off again relationship, New Zealand governments and smelting company Rio Tinto have enjoyed uneasy company over the past decade. More than once the big company has threatening withdrawal, only to be wooed back to the bargaining table. However, the July 9 announcement that Rio Tinto would pull the plug on its Bluff smelter has an air of finality about it this time around, both in its own statements, and the government’s response to it.
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To find a successor to the hugely popular and widely regarded kale variety Sovereign is no easy task, however, SovGold kale continues to show its merits in the paddock providing an increase in both production and quality. SovGold has proven when it comes to yield, ME and utilisation against Sovereign, change is an easy decision.
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Fertilisers differ in more than just nutrient content. Using fertiliser to apply a single nutrient is fairly straightforward, but what about when two (or more) nutrients are needed?  
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Dairy beef makes up the bulk of this country’s beef exports and by using the correct beef genetics, significant value can be added throughout the value chain.
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Farm fertiliser spreaders are one of the most valued contractors visiting farms, however ground spreading is also one of the riskier areas of rural contracting, and in recent years the New Zealand Groundspreading Association has pushed hard to lift the standards and expectations around training, risk assessment and attitudes in the sector.
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Aching joints, sore back, uneasy sleep and recurring irritability may all seem unrelated, but in fact could be linked to how the body is being fuelled and what it is doing other than being pushed day in day out to keep working on the farm.
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Kiwi ingenuity, mixed with a healthy dose of organisation, means Otago’s Angela Scott has simplified her calf-rearing operation so she’s farming more effectively with less labour.
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