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A new blanket approach

A scheme to find value-added markets for a family farm’s wool clip is now a full-fledged industry. Words and Photos by Malcolm Pullman

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Growing a fine beer

Arrowtown’s Royalburn Station owner Carlos Bagrie has developed a tasty and thirst-quenching way to take control of his barley value chain.

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Championing the sector

Amy Hoogenboom updates us on the fate of Future Beef and its youth event.

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Stationbred Legacy

Stationbred horses play a vital role in the rich history of New Zealand farming. Hardy, sure-footed and with the heart to go all day long, East Coast horses have long been sought after. One Gisborne farming couple is dedicated to preserving and continuing the legacy of the stationbred horse. Rebecca Greaves visited them. Photos By Louise Savage.

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Inspiring the next generation

A new children’s book written by a Hawke’s Bay farming mum and vet follows the true story of a group of rescue chickens and the derelict caravan that became their home. Rebecca Greaves spoke with the author.

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Down the drain – wool wins

Research has confirmed wool’s biodegradability, Joanna Grigg writes.

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Drone Advancements Pay

Crop spraying is becoming a major target market for drone manufacturers. Chris McCullough reports.

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A mismatch on the hills

For decades hill country sheep farmers have just accepted that dagging, treating for flystrike and drenching for worms is a part of successful farming, vet Trevor Cook writes.

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Reinventing the fleece

A fine-wool sheep breeding programme is following in the tracks of established, successful research. Sarah Horrocks reports.

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Breeding wool off the sheep’s back

Moving to a self-shedding sheep flock could significantly cut onfarm costs and labour, as the strong wool price remains stubbornly low, but there are always things to consider when changing your farm system. Massey University is three years into a trial to transition a base Romney flock to a fully shedding flock of Wiltshires. Rebecca Greaves attended the latest field day.

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