Mike and Debi Fichtl, of South Waikato, believe farm ownership is still an admirable, and achievable aim.
DairyNZ director Ben Allomes believes every day should be worker appreciation day.
A large calf rearer has bought an $80,000 pasteurisation unit to protect his business from Mycoplasma bovis.
Dairy farmers and lifestyle farmers rearing calves must do all their paperwork, says OSPRI.
Weaning based on calf weight and meal intake will help calves develop into healthy heifers, says DairyNZ.
With calving 2018 here, farmers must consider the risk that feeding raw milk (unpasteurised or not acidified) may transfer disease within a dairy farm and/or between farms.
In seasonally calving herds all heifers are expected to be fertile and mated at the same time, but their birth dates typically span four-six weeks.
Trace element deficiencies can reduce growth rates in both R1 and R2 cattle, delaying time to service and extending age at calving, says Annie Williams, an Agrimin animal scientist.
A major initiative launched in the Tararua district seeks to reduce nitrate leaching on 135 dairy farms which can’t get consent for their operations. The hope is to achieve this with a single forage – plantain.
Making your farm a ‘biosecurity island’ can help you protect your business sustainability.
Knowing the signs and stages of labour, how to calf a cow and the immediate care needed after calving, will increase the number of successful births.
Follow these tips and advice to reduce the risk of your calves contracting Mycoplasma bovis this season.
Waikato Federated Farmers Vice President Jacqui Hahn is one of 15 dairy farmers chosen as New Zealand’s climate change ambassadors.
With climate forecasts suggesting summers will lengthen and grow hotter and drier in some regions, the challenge of keeping cows cool will likely increase.
Irrigation used precisely can benefit the environment, says Denis Gavin of Lindsday International.
Nutrient management platform MyBallance brings the same benefits to nutrient management that EFTPOS brought to money management.
Riparian buffers and constructed wetlands reduce contaminant loss to waterbodies, but by how much?
The good Farming Practice Action Plan for Water Quality launched this month is another way dairy and the wider agricultural sector are working in partnership to improve water quality in New Zealand, says DairyNZ.
Effluent handling specialist Hi Tech Enviro Solutions showed several new products at Fieldays, among them a shore-based stirrer and a portable skid unit for powering high output effluent pumps.
Last month saw the annual release of the DairyNZ Economic Farm Survey and the NZ Dairy Statistics.
LIC says it is in the early stages of developing artificial intelligence (AI) software to allow early detection of lameness caused by cow gait.
Wintering cows on crops is a common strategy to help keep them in good condition, but it may result in them getting sick.
Entering the Ballance Farm Environment Awards was always the plan for Eric Jacomb, a founding partner of Medbury Farm Ltd, winner of the Canterbury Supreme Award.
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.