Building pasture cover levels

The long summer dry has meant many farmers are now focused on how they can increase pasture cover levels while still meeting cow condition score targets.

 
Spreading effluent solids requires specialist machinery suited to the type of effluent being spread. 

Good effluent management combines a well-designed effluent system with processes for collecting effluent and applying it to pasture in the right quantities at the right time.

 
Lincoln University Professors Hong Di (left) and Keith Cameron show bottles of effluent, one raw and one cleared by the coagulant used in ClearTech system.

New research points to more advantages to the ClearTech dairy effluent treatment system being developed by Lincoln University and Ravensdown.

 
A Waikato Regional Council officer taking a sample of ponded effluent.

The dairy industry is supporting councils in their efforts to get all farmers to meet their effluent obligations.

Southland/Otago winners, from left: Caycee Cormack, Cameron and Nicola van Dorsten and James Matheson.

The winners of the 2019 Southland-Otago Dairy Industry Awards Share Farmer of the Year competition believe strong relationships and networks are the key to their successful business.

Ruwan Wijayasena with wife Deepthi.

The Share Farmer of the Year in the 2019 Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Industry Awards says he aims to look after his people, pasture, cows and environment.

Colin and Isabella Beazley.

Farm ownership remains the top priority for Colin and Isabella Beazley, the Share Farmer of the Year winners in the 2019 Northland Dairy Industry Awards.

Rachel Baker.

Public speaking, feed budgeting, interviews, farm finances and explaining goals are among the many things entrants in the NZ Dairy Industry Awards learn, says the awards executive chair Rachel Baker.

Farmers must confirm periodically that their farm’s milk cooling system is performing to the standard set by the new rules.

Raw milk grows bacteria rapidly above 7˚C, so adequate milk cooling is essential for ensuring quality milk is supplied.

 

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