Many farmers will be looking to reduce empty rates that are dragging down profitability.

With pregnancy scans mostly completed, farmers are being handed their reproduction 'report cards' for last season's mating.

Trends show more farmers demanding sexed semen and genetic solutions to help minimise the environmental footprint of their herd.

South Island dairy farmers' attitudes towards breeding are rapidly changing, with cow performance data driving sire selection in an effort to maximise the value of herd progeny.

Before bulls arrive on farm they need to be kept in good body condition.

Good bull management means running adequte numbers of bulls with the herd, reducing their stress, and handling bulls to minimise the risk of injury to people and animals.

Dean Malcolm, Bluechip Marketing, is surprised by the interest among young people.

The energy building among the industry's young people in the lead-up to the autumn harvest sale has already proven to sale organisers that they did the right thing by instigating it.

Cows with marginal BCS are now in the spotlight.

Up until now the dairy industry has largely left the monitoring and management of cow body condition scores (BCS) to individual farmers, but change is imminent as scrutiny builds from within the consumer base of our valuable markets.

Farmbot water trough sensor.

A clever trough monitoring system from Australian supplier Farmbot, allows farmers to remotely monitor water supplies to stock, using a clever device aptly named the Wireless Trough Sensor.

Dean Malcolm with Australian International Dairy Week star Bluechip Hero Marion.

New Zealand Holstein breeders are offering their best for the Autumn Harvest Sale at Cambridge Raceway in April.

Te Hau Holsteins have taken out two prestigious titles at the New Zealand Dairy Event.

A Waikato dairy farming couple have proven they’re at the top their game, taking out two prestigious titles at New Zealand’s largest cattle showing event.

Breeding and genetics are a long-term game and it’s three years from the time we make the choice around which straw or bull to use, until we really know whether it’s been a smart decision. So, it’s understandable that most farmers are thinking ahead when it comes to their breeding.

Phosphorus (P) is critical for healthy plants to grow in New Zealand’s naturally P deficient soil, says Hamilton-based Soil Scientist Dr Gordon Rajendram.

Cambridge dairy farmer and breeder Brad Payne would herd test ten times a year, but he works as an LIC AB Technician during October so reluctantly sacrifices data he’d get during that month of the year.

The total number of TB-infected herds in Hawke’s Bay has risen to 20, following the recent reclassification of a new herd in the Waitara Valley.

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