Strategically and at a governance level the Ruralco co-operative has been unwavering in its focus to become the partner of choice for rural New Zealand. “We are growing with the industry and our purpose is to help drive the industry forward through shared savings, shared innovation and learnings. We are better together, growing the value for our owners,” said Alister.
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Pause for a moment and wonder what life would be like on a stock farm without working dogs. Day after day they are there, ready and willing to work, not arguing or demanding a pay increase, not being late or absent without leave. Always happy to be told what to do, and because of their genetics, only ever want to please their master. Words by Ian Hodge, GM Tech Services, Veterinary Enterprises Group
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The Bethells have been synonymous with North Canterbury farming for almost as long as there have been farms in the region. It is a history that stretches back to the purchase in the 1800s of Pahua Pastures, first farmed by Hugh Bethell’s great-grandfather Marmaduke in 1899. Words by Richard Rennie
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Aakland Chemicals have been working with Ruralco for just three years but in this short time they have certainly made a massive impact with Cardholders. Words by Niamh McCarthy
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For many years New Zealand’s horticultural sector has played second fiddle to the country’s major pastoral sectors but is now emerging rapidly from those shadows to surge ahead in export earning ability. This is thanks to growing investor confidence in the sector, some super smart operators and an ever widening pool of produce demanded by the rest of the world. By Richard Rennie
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After several accidents caused by the instability of tripod farm fuel tanks, the fuel distributor network will discontinue the supply of fuel to any tripod farm tank effective 1 May 2019.
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A new Lincoln University initiative is looking to come up with new creative, innovative, integrative and adaptive agricultural systems.
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There’s no doubt that farmers have a lot of challenges ahead of them – particularly in keeping up with new environmental requirements and developments in technology. And it seems that almost every week some new research emerges which makes us rethink some of our farming practices.
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On 1 July 2018 the first regional fuel tax (RFT) allowed under law came into force in Auckland – and confusion reigned. The law was passed only a matter of days before on 26 June 2018, and how it would work in practice for growers and farmers in the area—and beyond once other regions adopt the tax—was unknown.
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New Zealand’s not-in-calf rates are still sitting around 17% and the question is, can anything be done to improve the situation?
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