Dairy cows in all regions are affected by heat stress during summer. The comfort zone of a cow is 4-20°C, about 10-15° lower than the comfort zone of a human.
A Hawkes Bay project aimed at cutting nitrogen losses has provided challenges and lessons for its farmers involved.
Plantain could ‘save’ some Manawatu dairy farmers faced with cutting nitrogen losses from pasture by 60%, comments DairyNZ.
Manawatu farmer Kevin Buckman was experiencing ongoing cup slip issues before experimenting with lightweight milking liners in his three herringbone sheds.
One change to your dairy system can reduce costs, shorten milk-out time, prevent cup slip, lower somatic cell counts and boost milk yield.
Interest in once-a-day (OAD) milking is rising, says DairyNZ senior scientist Dr Paul Edwards.
Mike and Debi Fichtl, of South Waikato, believe farm ownership is still an admirable, and achievable aim.
A large calf rearer bought an $80,000 pasteurisation unit this year to protect his business from Mycoplasma bovis.
An Irish farm systems researcher says any solutions that scientists come up with to solve problems must be simple and not create other problems.
Don't underestimate how much water your cows need.
No one is more passionate about breeding better dairy cows than Ray Lawrence, Taranaki.
Otorohanga farmers Michael and Claire Newson have a passion for the quintessential New Zealand farm and family lifestyle.
Assuming a goat’s nutritional requirements fit somewhere between that of sheep and cattle is a mistake.
All food producing industries are entering a period of increased consumer awareness.
Dairy technology company DeLaval has launched a colour coding system to help prevent chemical accidents on farms.
A range of environmental moves by farmers across the country are starting to deliver results.
Sharemilkers Laura and Zach Mounsey are doing their bit to rebuild New Zealand’s Jersey herd.
A controversial dairy conversion in the Mackenzie Country is now allowed to irrigate, even as Environment Canterbury warns that such intensive farming in the area would not now get approval.
Effluent managed well is a nutrient and a benefit to your farming practice, says Pye Group’s Michelle Pye.
Politicians are promising to improve water quality within five years.
A few minutes can make all the difference to saving or losing a paddock to pugging on a West Coast dairy farm.
Getting the biggest bang for your buck out of fertiliser while protecting economic and environmental bottom lines is a key goal for farmers.
Timely advice from respected experts will feature in regular seminars during the two-day Effluent Expo at Mystery Creek Events Pavilion on November 27 and 28.
Good effluent management is a combination of a well-designed effluent system and processes for people, says DairyNZ.