Category Archives: K-Line

07Sep

Getting the right amount of moisture to each paddock on your property to ensure grass grows well and property doesn’t scour or erode from uncontrolled water runoff is the holy grail of New Zealand farmers.

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12Jul

Designing an irrigation system for hill country requires a different set of considerations from irrigation on the flat, due to changes in elevation, slopes and topography. Continue reading

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30Jun

Both low and high pressure systems can be severely compromised by air in the pipelines or a vacuum behind water. To mitigate these problems, RX Plastics offer pressure release valves for your irrigation system. Continue reading

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27Jun

As mid-winter approaches, management of excess surface water becomes a high priority for those on the land. Luckily RX Plastics has a range of culvert solutions to make things easy. Continue reading

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12Jun

Talk tanks, irrigation, effluent, drainage and more at this year’s Mystery Creek Fieldays 15-18 June. Continue reading

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10Apr

We understand the need to take control of your irrigation. That’s why we’ve worked hard with technology companies both here in NZ and overseas to develop intelligent controllers for our G-Set irrigators. Continue reading

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08Mar

If you’ve ever passed a paddock of pod irrigators and wondered if there was a way that you could have something similar for your garden, we’ve got some good news. Introducing the K-Line™ One Pack. Continue reading

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26Nov

As things start to get drier, maintaining a safe, clean water supply to your stock becomes even more vital. No matter what size your flock or herd, RX Plastics have a range of water troughs to make sure that no one goes thirsty. Continue reading

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04Aug

With lambing already happening in some parts of the country and calving about to start in the next couple of weeks, colostrum production will soon be in full swing. Continue reading

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28Jul

A well cared-for, productive orchard can be a thing of great beauty as well as a source of food and possible income. If you plan and plant your orchard properly, you can enjoy its benefits for many years. Continue reading

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02Jun

Culverts come in a variety of sizes and shapes, including round, flat-bottomed, elliptical and square. Niki discovers how important they are on any farming property, particularly with winter rain upon us. Continue reading

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13May

According to Niki Morrell, old timers in the Nelson Lakes region are saying the conditions are ripe for a repeat of the Polar Event of early June 2008, when the power was off for 10 days and everyone packed the contents of their freezers in the metre-deep snow. Continue reading

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22Apr

Assuming you’ve got tupping and crop harvesting out of the way, here’s a list of Autumn jobs to do around your property before the weather turns to custard. Continue reading

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23Mar

It might seem odd to talk about the problem of too much water when a large part of the country has been in drought for months but the two aren’t necessarily incompatible. Bad drainage is often a soil issue (and … Continue reading

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23Feb

There are never enough hours in a day on a lifestyle property. Niki Morrell passes on seven tips for managing your time to best advantage. Continue reading

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27Jan

It doesn’t matter if you have six cows or 600; no-one wants to run out of feed for their animals. Niki Morrell explores ways you can help to drought proof your property. Continue reading

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11Dec

If you’re setting up a lifestyle block, you’ll need to buy stuff, at least in the beginning. The best approach is to be clever about what you buy and canny about how much you spend. Niki Morrell shares some of her recommendations. Continue reading

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30Nov

The usual water sources on rural properties are streams, bores, springs, rain or a combination. Water from all of these sources requires some form of filtration to keep it clean and safe to drink – not just for humans, but for livestock as well. Continue reading

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18Nov

Niki Morrell discusses the trials and tribulations of owning a lifestyle block in New Zealand – and provides some tips to avoid the worst potholes. Continue reading

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30Oct

Gravity-fed water systems from a dam or stream mean you’re not reliant on a pump – excellent if you live in a region that often suffers severe weather and the attendant risk of power cuts. Here are some points to take into account if you’re thinking about installing a gravity-fed system. Continue reading

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25Sep

If your property is subject to a shorter than average growing season, it’s important to make the most of every daylight savings hour. Niki has some tips to help gear up for the growing season. Continue reading

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09Sep

Portable electric fencing and a portable water trough are two of the most useful – and least expensive – pieces of farming kit we own. We bought the trough for the sheep yards and the fencing because we could afford it at the time and figured it would come in handy. Continue reading

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15Aug

Like everything we tackle on our lifestyle block, setting up the tunnel house has been a process of trial and error. It’s dragged on a bit, with bursts of frenzied activity alternating with long lulls as other projects have taken priority. Continue reading

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01Aug

Excellent feedback continues to flow about the ground-breaking G-Set irrigation solution, with a number of South Island farms reaping the benefits in what has been a relatively dry winter so far. Continue reading

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28Jul

Our chooks get more cosseting than all the other livestock on our farm combined. They repay us with enormous brown eggs and lots of laughs. Continue reading

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23Jul

If you’d asked me six years ago about the ingredients of a perfect weekend, I’d have listed partying, camping in the Outback, or a combination of the two.
Fast-forward to the weekend just gone, which we spent digging holes, moving bushes and planting Japanese fodder willows in freezing rain (Saturday) and heavy frost (Sunday). It was one of the most satisfying and productive weekends I’ve had all year.* Continue reading

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25Jun

I lived in the tropics for ten years before I realised that I quite like winter. I’m talking about real winter here: bare trees, howling south-westerly gales and frosty air so sharp that the contents of your nose freeze solid. Continue reading

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16Jun

Wiltshire sheep shed their own fleece. Back when we bought our block and I was researching sheep breeds, that alone was enough to convince me we should give polled (hornless) Wiltshires a go. Continue reading

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26May

On Sunday 11 May, we reintroduced Spidey the ram to his 10 girls with the expectation that hot lovin’ would ensue. The official farming term for the hot lovin’ process as it applies to sheep is ‘tupping’. Continue reading

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12May

Of all the projects, animals and sustainable philosophies that we’ve got going on at our farm, nothing piques people’s interest as much as our saffron growing. Continue reading

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01May

When we moved onto our block in 2011, we weren’t too worried about water security.

Our supply was stream-fed, so we figured we were less vulnerable than our rainwater-dependent neighbours. Continue reading

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28Apr

How can you tell that the people who’ve bought the farmlet down the road don’t have a clue what they’re doing? When the first livestock unit they buy is a bull. Continue reading

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12Mar

If you are living on or considering a move to a farm or rural lifestyle property, at some point you will need to address the issue of household waste. Continue reading

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11Mar

The dream of walking away from a stifling corporate world to the freedom and wide open spaces of a rural small holding or lifestyle property is one that is definitely not new, but is now perhaps more feasible than ever with the help of technology and a turn towards locally grown, organic produce. Continue reading

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05Mar

Water is a finite resource and demand for it continues to increase, so it’s important to the running of any farming or horticultural enterprise that this precious commodity is used efficiently with minimal waste. Continue reading

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13Feb

Our K-Line irrigation technology is the perfect irrigation system for farmlets, pastures, sports fields and parks. Continue reading

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06Jun

Since it was first developed in the 1990s, K-Line has come a long way. Continue reading

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03Apr

Our revolutionary K-line technology has been chosen to irrigate the National Elk Refuge in Wyoming and we are delighted to be part of this exciting conservation project! Continue reading

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