ANALYST INTEL: Limited beef supplies to China

Two atypical cases of bovine spongiform encephalitis (BSE), or mad cow disease, have been detected at separate locations in Brazil. In accordance with existing China policy, Brazil put an immediate halt on beef exports to China.

ACROSS THE RAILS: First test for spring cattle market

The spring cattle market was put to its first real test at many sale yards, but spare a thought for those yards sitting under the Level 4 lockdown, as they can still not yet open their gates.

Spatial equity an issue in vaccine accessibility

A new report co-authored by the University of Waikato and the Waikato District Health Board has highlighted the lack of access rural residents have to covid-19 vaccination services.

Mixed reactions to road funding

Despite the scale of the Government’s $24 billion-plus transport plan, mayors in some provincial regions are challenging the adequacy of funding for rural roading networks.

US-NZ trade relations stagnant

There now appear to be few hopes of significantly improved trade relations with the United States, eight months into the Biden administration.

Tech could support Overseer boost

A two-year trial of nutrient monitoring by Waikato River Authority on the Waikato River has proven a new tool for farm nutrient loss modelling that can deliver real-time data to farmers and catchment managers.

Turning data into on-farm results

Respected primary sector leader Warren Parker was recently appointed chair of farm management software provider FarmIQ. He spoke to Colin Williscroft about some of the challenges facing the growing digitalisation of farming in New Zealand, as well as some of the benefits.

Consents for drawdown on huge aquifer

Applications for groundwater for irrigating huge avocado plantings in the Far North have been granted by independent commissioners but are likely to face immediate appeal.