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The history of Vogal since 1958

Posted by Sam Searle on Jun 6, 2019 2:04:50 PM

 

Recently here at Rata we dug through some of the old Vogal archives dating back to 1958 when the company first began.

Vogal's history goes all the way back to 1958 about 13 years after the end of WW2 in Hamilton NZ, when Vivian Gallagher made everything from clothes lines and playgrounds to chisel ploughs and fertiliser spreaders. Very soon however it became apparent the future lay in the manufacture of high quality New Zealand made equipment for farmers of that era.

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Topics: Insider

Hakataramea Valley Contractor chooses Rata Discs

Posted by Sam Searle on May 28, 2019 12:27:39 PM

The Hakataramea Valley in the Central South Island is renown for its rugged soils, arid landscapes and at times harsh weather - all together making it a challenging area to farm or operate an agricultural contracting business. When Ben Scott Contracting based in the Hakataramea Valley was looking for a new set of Offset Discs part of the criteria was a machine that could get the job done no matter what the conditions were in order to provide for all farming clients in the surrounding area.

Read on and listen to find out why they chose Rata.

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Topics: Cultivation, Working Smarter

What China's 200 million pig cull means for New Zealand

Posted by Sam Searle on May 17, 2019 3:59:14 PM

Those that have been keeping a close eye on the news recently may have noticed over 200 million pigs have either been or are expected to be slaughtered in China as a result of the African Swine Fever outbreak (ASF).

That number is 633 times the amount of Pigs in New Zealand!

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Topics: Pest & Disease Control

How to prevent & repair winter pugging damage in pastures

Posted by Sam Searle on Apr 24, 2019 10:05:00 AM

Pugging and compaction damage is somewhat inevitable on a lot of farms throughout winter as muddy, water logged paddocks are trafficked by machinery and high concentrations of stock, often reducing a pastures production and in worse cases, churning the field into a waterlogged mud hole.

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Topics: Tips, Hacks & How To's, Pasture & Crop Management, Soil Aeration & Drainage