Opinion

Worksafe: Preventing harm is not hard

WorkSafe's Safer Farms programme has always been and continues to be a long-term behaviour change campaign, says Al McCone.

OPINON: Many farmers now accept a WorkSafe inspector's job is to help them recognise and manage risks.

Beef and lamb help correct iron deficiency

Beef steak is a recommended source of iron.

World Iron Awareness Week is getting a big push from Beef + Lamb NZ marketing supremo Rod Slater.

The good and bad of cannabis

Medicinal cannabis protesters march in Auckland.

OPINION: You can't have one cannabis joint and drive safely, says NZ Farmer editor Jon Morgan.

Research key to balancing values

AgResearch's Dr Greg Bryan, who is working in a glasshouse with enhanced ryegrasses.

OPINION: By investing in science now we are investing in the future of our economy and the enhancement of our environment.

Farmers face big costs in plan change

It is likely farmers will face substantial costs under the current plan change one proposal for the Waikato and Waipa rivers.

Cost of consent will outweigh cost of monitoring in Healthy Rivers plan, say Waikato farmers.

Country folk are friendlier

Farmers harvest wheat on a farm in Faisalabad, Pakistan April 12, 2017. REUTERS/Fayyaz Hussain

OPINION: High country farmers give help unconditionally.

Another affront to democracy?

Democracy is under severe stress, write Tony Orman.

OPINION: Submissions on King Salmon's application for new farms is lip service to democracy, writes Tony Orman.

A challenge for the haters

Louise Giltrap, isn't just another lowest-of-the-low dairy farmer. She's also a marriage celebrant and active in her ...

Direct your passion for hating dairy farmers into doing some good, like cleaning up domestic violence, Louise Giltrap challenges the keyboard warriors

Is dairying the real enviro culprit?

While grass-fed animals are by far the cheapest form of pastoral agriculture, we are developing an increasing reliance ...

Moves to clean up waterways are only band-aids, says soil scientist Graham Shepherd. The root cause of dairy pollution is too much fertiliser on farms.

Blame game not helping river

The Selwyn River, seen here at the Coes Ford near Leeston in February, is the poster child for poor water quality in ...

OPINION: We don't have a water supply issue, we have a water management issue.

Ignore the anti-farming brigade

A dairy cow with newborn calf. If it is a male it is unlikely to be wanted.

OPINION: The world needs cow's milk, alternatives just aren't in the same health league.

Wildfowl fouling comes homes to roost

Rivers and lakes are the home of Canada geese.

Farmer Andrew McGiven is unconvinced that Fish & Game is committed to cleaning up wildfowl fouling of rivers.

Farmers should bite the bullet, get consented

Lime is sprayed over a farm alongside Lake Ellesmere on a strong northerly day, blowing the lime into the lake.

Farmers must see consented farming in a positive light, says arable farmer Dave Birkett.

The role of Landcorp in the community

Landcorp New Zealand have made a significant investment in a sheep milking operation on the Central Plateau in the North ...

OPINION: The role of Landcorp within the wider farming community is always a sure fire way to liven up a conversation within a group of farmers.

Synlait poised for big infant formula move

The Synlait Infant Nutritional Plant, at Rakaia.

Synlait is about to become the dominant New Zealand producer of infant formula, Keith Woodford says.

Good TV but bad science

The likely reason for the Selwyn River's low flows is three years of drought.

Doug Edmeades supports free speech, but argues that in science it must be objective and unbiased.

Farmer infighting helps no one

Lyn Webster gets concerned when she hears farmers bashing each other.

OPINION: When you're farming yourself, it's best to rise above thoughts of bashing fellow farmers.

Do the right thing with calf welfare

Farmers need to take the new bobby calf rules seriously, which include having a raised bobby calf loading facility with ...

The deadline for new rules around bobby calf welfare is approaching.

'Harmless' pot an addled myth

Cannabis is a crop that seems easy to grow and promises high returns on its investment.

OPINION: I see the big attraction of growing cannabis crops from a farming point of view - but don't do it, NZ.

Watch out for those alter egos

Louise Giltrap is a dairy farmer in Northland.

Stand up for what you believe in, even if you stand alone, advises Louise Giltrap.

Dairy leaders to blame for crisis

Dairy industry leaders respond to public concerns with arrogance and a business-as-usual attitude, Angus Robson says.

Polluters and the enablers of pollution are to blame for water's environmental crisis, not farmers.

Latest dairy research on show at Farmers’ Forums

DairyNZ reproduction team leader Chris Burke says advances in areas such as fertility and feed conversion could generate ...

The dairy industry could be making an additional $1 billion each year through efficiency gains in herd fertility, cow health and feed conversion.

Effort brings environmental reward

DairyNZ Taranaki regional leader Katrina Knowles.

Taranaki's improving water quality is a tangible result of farmers' efforts to lower dairying's environmental impact, writes Katrina Knowles.

Be honest when advocating a water charge

Irrigation, and its resulting infrastructure and maintenance costs are not free.

Who knew there were so many water experts in New Zealand.

Mutual benefits of trade

Nathan Guy talks to farmers at the recent Central Districts Field Days.

Minister promotes benefits of trade on trip to Europe

Make sure the soil comes first

Every square metre of fertile soil can contain a network of 10,000km of threadlike fungal mycelia.

Taking more care of the soil brings increased productivity, cleaner water, greater soil carbon reserves and much smaller greenhouse gas losses.

NZ agricultural industry efficient

New Zealand lamb carcasses are 'like peas in a pod'.

New Zealand's agricultural industry is efficient compared to those around the world.

$6 payout but still in 'deep doodoo'

A switch to once a day milking has been a silver lining after a tough few seasons of dairy farming in the Far North for ...

OPINION: Like many farmers, Lyn Webster says it will take a while to recover from the dairy payout crash.

Shearing's hard graft attracts pair

Ant Frew takes the wool off one of his sheep during the open final of the New Zealand Spring Shears at Waimate Stadium ...

Eli Cummings and Ant Frew from Ewe Need Us Shearing are carving out a niche for their new company.

Taking aim at Fish & Game

The damage invasive species such as koi carp do to waterways is largely ignored by Fish & Game, Andrew McGiven says.

OPINION: Fish & Game has a conflict of interests over waterways, writes Andrew McGiven.

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