New Zealand prime minister John Key: accused opposition politicians of “backing the rapists” in debate about the detention of New Zealand citizens in Australia. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP 2:33

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Jim Stanley looks on as Lydia Turley gives a kiss to his champion heifer at the launch of the National Ploughing Championships on the site in Ratheniska, Co Laois, yesterday. Photograph: Jeff Harvey/HR Photo

It’s always an anxious time when visitors are coming but what do you do when more than 180,000 people are due to invade your farm in three weeks? The (...)

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