A dairy farmer's first and best defence against mastitis and teat-end damage comes down to one decision.
Southern Star Farms Ltd is a 456ha mixed farm near Waituna Lagoon, Southland, which runs 300 Jersey cows and 2500 breeding ewes.
A challenging winter for Southland dairy farmers has affected cow condition coming into mating, which may impact calving spreads next season.
The Everest family of Ashburton in Hinds are one of many local farming families working hard to reduce nitrogen loss.
Selwyn and Hinds dairy farmers are taking steps to reduce farm nitrogen loss, according to a recent DairyNZ survey.
A Dutch start-up is joining forces with Fonterra's Farm Source to launch collar-mounted sensors for cows.
Year twelve student Kimberley Simmons is the winner of the 2021 Holstein Friesian New Zealand Black & White Show Trip.
With summer around the corner, farmers are being urged to take steps to lower their risk of skin cancer.
Sheep milking is a growing industry in New Zealand with a 50% increase in sheep producers between 2019 and 2021.
Reports are coming in from across the country indicating the cold and wet spring has meant many farmers and contractors planting crops are behind with their planting schedule.
Breeding the best dairy sheep for South Island conditions while developing the markets and processing capacity to support others into the industry are the twin goals of Canterbury sheep milking pioneers Matt and Tracey Jones.
Maize silage is an essential part of many dairy farm systems. Research shows that yield is king, and for on-farm growers, the most profitable hybrid is almost always the highest yielding one.
Fonterra recently reached the milestone of eight years since it started working with the Department of Conservation (DOC) through the Living Water partnership, which helps identify and trial game-changing and scalable solutions that show dairying freshwater can thrive together.
A flexible milking regime adopted this season on the Lincoln University Demonstration Dairy Farm (LUDF) is going "surprisingly well', says the farm administrator Jeremy Savage.
At the end of lactation, dairy cows require a dry period that is sufficiently long to allow the udder tissue to repair and rejuvenate.
A new product has been launched that is said to increase soil productivity, improve nitrogen efficiency and in the end, profit per hectare.
Scientist Dr Bert Quin claims he has developed new fertiliser technology that will help minimise the environmental footprint on many farms.
Nesting birds are wreaking havoc when it comes to rural insurance, causing more than $4 million in claims over the last three years, says FMG.
The decisions farmers make today to reduce excess nutrients will be reflected in water quality improvements in our river within five years, on average, finds new research from Our Land and Water.
Spring has sprung and with it comes an increased risk of nutrients leaving farms due to high rainfall, low pasture growth, lots of stock urine being deposited, soil compaction and pugging.
With mating season around the corner, there's no time for guesswork or getting herd nutrition wrong, according to GrainCorp Feeds' technical support manager Ken Winter.
By the middle of September, the grass silage making season will be well underway.
Gray and Marilyn Baldwin own 713ha south of Lichfield, near Putāruru.
When planning a project it is important to be clear what current conditions exist, what information you need to collect to determine this and importantly a clear understanding of the goals you wish to achieve.