The Rata Blog

Discover innovations, news and tips from NZ's own farm machinery attachments manufacturer.

Why do Dairy Farmers Spread Magnesium? 4 Reasons why.

Posted by Glenn Walton on Feb 28, 2021 11:28:01 AM


Why do farmers spread magnesium? Here we cover the cattle health aspect of applying magnesium or causmag to your fields.

It is a well-known fact that prevention is better than cure. If livestock develop metabolic issues, this can easily lead to costly veterinary bills and even livestock death. 

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

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 keep your stock safe from Mycoplasma bovis

Posted by Sam Searle on Jun 27, 2018 12:59:28 PM


Farming is not for the faint-hearted. If you can’t cope with the uncertainty of having Mother Nature as a business partner, best find a nice desk job somewhere.

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Topics: Pest & Disease Control

How To Spread Slug Bait Effectively For Greatest Protection Of Crops & Pasture

Posted by Sam Searle on Apr 9, 2018 4:20:54 PM


Slug bait is regarded & proven to be the most effective method for controlling slugs in pasture & cropping situations. It's important you know how to spread it effectively in order to get the best coverage & results to afford your crops the maximum protection. Spread methods, spread patterns, and knowing the real application rates are all important factors to ensure the job is done properly.

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Topics: Pest & Disease Control, Tips, Hacks & How To's, Pasture & Crop Management