Right hybrid, right paddock

Three big challenges have many farmers looking at self-containing their farming operations and growing most of their feed on land they either own or control.

AgResearch scientist Dr Sue McCoard.

Dairy farmers and calf rearers will in a few months be flat-out dealing with new life on farms. AgResearch scientist Dr Sue McCoard and colleagues are working on adding valuable science and data to this important task. 

Soil in NZ can be low in selenium.

Farmers in New Zealand know that soil is notoriously low in selenium, requiring a supplement to avoid impaired health and performance of livestock. 

Trimming goats' hooves

Overgrown hooves can cause a lot of problems for dairy goats, including stress on joints and bacterial and fungal infections.

UK-made cattle bolus now sold in NZ

UK company Agrimin Ltd, maker of trace element boluses for cattle and sheep, has launched its products in New Zealand through its subsidiary Agrimin NZ Ltd.

John Taylor and Rusty at work.

Invercargill dog trainer John Taylor has been in demand in the Waikato and other districts using his 8-year-old border collie Rusty to sniff out exotic plant velvetleaf which is a big threat to pasture.

Matthew and Emma Darke, Waikato.

Converting a sheep and beef farm to dairy and going once-a-day milking has proven good decision-making by Jersey breeders Matthew and Emma Darke of Aria, Waikato.

Farmer and iwi members attending the field day.

A leading Maori dairy farm is planning to reduce its cow numbers but believes that by using better genetics it will maintain its production.

Trina Parker.

The future of blanket antibiotic treatment at dry-off (dry cow treatment or DCT) is still uncertain as the wider international discussion on antibiotic use in food producing animals continues.

A lot has changed in farming over the last 22 years since LIC launched the production worth (PW) index in 1996, with breeding worth (BW) and lactation worth (LW). 

Using an alternative plant type like plantain in grazed pastures could help lower a farm’s greenhouse gas emissions, AgResearch scientists have found.

The use of New Zealand sourced genetics in LIC and First Light’s joint Wagyu breeding programme is making commercial sense all along the supply chain, the two companies say.

Work in and around waterways can affect bank stability, water quality and aquatic life. But farmers and their contractors can do plenty to protect fresh water.

A global scientific project led by Kiwi researchers, which gives greater understanding of how the rumen operates, has been published in the respected international scientific journal Nature Biotechnology. 


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