Four years ago Ben Haley put a note up on a Timaru supermarket notice board looking for work as hours at his builder’s labourer job wound down. Large scale sharemilker John O’Connell saw the advert on his way to squash one evening and decided to give the then 20-year-old a go. It turned out to...
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The ragwort flea beetle loves eating ragwort but doesn’t like getting its feet wet. The tiny insect’s huge appetite is saving New Zealand dairy farmers $44 million a year in control costs, a Landcare Research study has shown.

Whether it’s for spot-spraying weeds like ragwort and thistles or spraying out paddocks for cropping or regrassing, a spraying system is an essential piece of equipment on most dairy farms.

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