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It’s all about carbon

By Peter Burton Soil carbon seems to have been given the ‘too hard to measure’ label, and therefore given little importance in the debate on the future of farming, and that’s wrong because it is fundamental to our survival. The most valued soils are the deepest...

Stuart Pritchard Organic Farmer

By Lloyd Chapman – OTAKI MAIL, MAY 2019 The three Pritchard brothers, David, Nigel and Stuart are old Ōtaki identities. This story involves Stuart, whose cv talks of dairy farming, horticulture, property development, land and building amongst other career activities....

Fundamentals misunderstood

Peter Burton 16th June 2019 Farming is quickly becoming a taxation bonanza for the government.  A tax on nitrous oxide and methane emissions is coming even if not labelled as such.  Farmers ultimately will fund ongoing research that will spawn further study on other...

Is science being misused?

Peter Burton 13th May 2019 Because it is under permanent grazed pasture that carbon can be most readily sequestered pastoral farmers should be excited about an economy that is putting increased focus and value on carbon. And yet we’re not, for the very good reason...

The secret of truly successful farmers

P.W. Burton The last two springs have been excessively wet in most regions resulting in slower overall growth in part due to treading damage. In prolonged periods of wet weather animals will cause a mess, that’s inevitable.  The choice is whether to make a big mess in...

Time for a Change – A Proven Method

As we see it, pastoral farming in this country is at a crossroads, with the path ahead uncharted territory. Environmental considerations will be at the forefront of soon to be implemented regulations, and as with all major change, it’s likely that the pendulum will...

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