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Advice, tips & news for farmers who want to 'work smarter'

The Rata Story

Posted by Glenn Walton on Dec 30, 2020 10:40:53 AM

Our roots are in the ground. Inspirder by the mighty Rata tree and an icon of New Zealand history since huia would have perched in their branches, and moa walked over their roots.

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Topics: Working Safer, Tips, Hacks & How To's, Pasture & Crop Management, Farming technology

Some Posts Are Poles Apart

Posted by Glenn Walton on Jun 12, 2020 2:50:10 PM

Rural fencing has been a traditional trade for many years in New Zealand and is often a topic of conversation among farmers, often with robust discussion because a good fence is the difference between keeping livestock in the right paddock or not. It's one thing to have good gear like our Rata Log Forks to build a good fence, but to last the test of time it often comes down to the materials fencing crews or builders use. Here we talk particularly about the timber that should be considered before purchasing, before you build a good quality and enduring rural fence.

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Topics: Material Handling, Tips, Hacks & How To's, Farming technology

UTV v ATV - Which is best for farming?

Posted by Troy Walton on Jun 8, 2020 10:52:36 AM

Off-road vehicles have become indispensable in the agriculture world and farming in general has been redefined by the use of ATV’s and UTV’s in lieu of a tractor for smaller jobs.  Accessing every corner of the farm or large-scale station has become markedly easier over the years.  Horses gave way for 4x4’s and during the last 2 decades, 4x4’s have been swapped for all-terrain vehicles. Although not a direct replacement for a tractor, the ATV and UTV are both brilliant additions to your mode of transport for on-farm activities.

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Topics: Fertiliser Spreading, Working Smarter, Farming technology

Timing is everything when spreading fertiliser

Posted by Glenn Walton on May 15, 2020 2:33:00 PM

So, when is the best time to apply fertiliser and what are the conditions that should be looked for in order to make the decision whether to apply the fertiliser or not? Here we'll provide some information on the key pointers to help farmers and growers to make these decisions.

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Topics: Insider, Fertiliser Spreading, Tips, Hacks & How To's, Working Smarter, Pasture & Crop Management, Farming technology