When it comes to diversified pasture firstly farmers should think about functionality, according to Massey University.

What do you want from your pasture? That's the question top Massey University scientists were asking farmers at the 'Science for Farmers' site at Fieldays recently.

AgResearch’s Katherine Tozer (middle) explaining deferred grazing at the Fieldays.

With farmers facing challenging financial times, a move to deferred grazing is one of many cost-effective systems available to them.

Selecting maize silage hybrid

The time of the season is a great time to sit down with your Pioneer area manager and merchant representative to discuss maize hybrids. Choosing the right maize silage hybrid to plant for your environment can make a big difference to yield and profit.

Waterways and water quality will be part of the topics covered at the Sustainability Hub this week.

A major focus for Fieldays in recent years has involved responding to the agricultural sector’s pressing challenges of environmental sustainability, climate mitigation and food production.

Surveys do not indicate any consistent patterns or significant adverse effects of the consented discharge on the freshwater communities of the Kakahu River.

The presence of koura (freshwater crayfish) in the Kakahu River, South Canterbury, was one of the highlights of eDNA monitoring and biomonitoring (periphyton, macroinvertebrates and fish) carried out in the Kakahu River in March 2024.

Odour issues can also be a regional council compliance concern if offensive or objectionable odours are detected beyond the property boundary.

Odour from farm dairy effluent is increasingly an issue as herd sizes grow and urban boundaries get closer to operating farms.

Dairy companies are realising that preventing mastitis, not just treating it, results in more milk in the vat,” says Colin May, FIL.

Building on their groundbreaking work in mastitis prevention, FIL, a subsidiary of GEA Farm Technologies New Zealand, is collaborating with Farm Medix to introduce innovative solutions to enhance milk quality, improve profitability, and combat anti-microbial resistance (AMR).

Professor Rebecca Hickson says that no one breed of bull is better than the other – it’s the traits and the genetics that counts.

Rebecca Hickson says no one breed of bull is better than the other – it’s the traits and the genetics that counts. She says there are good and poor performing bulls in every breed, so understanding the traits of any bull should be the focus.

LIC’s Paul Charteris says their goal is to deliver the very best beef genetics to dairy farmers.

A major player in this project is LIC with Beef Genetic Product Lead, Paul Charteris pointing out his organisation have the majority market share in terms of inseminations of dairy cows.

At the Fieldays, kids can meet dairy farmer and author Rachel Numan, who will be reading her Tractor Dave books on the site from 10am to 11am.

DairyNZ's online platform DairyBase is celebrating 20 years of helping farmers to better understand their farm system and performance and how to make positive changes.

Having a trusted feed supplier as part of their team is a vital part of a Eureka family's farm business - especially now that they've shifted to autumn calving.

In the heart of New Zealand’s rural landscape, where the rhythms of farming life intertwine with the challenges of disease management, you’ll find Tess Appleby, 37, whose recent experiences have called for both dedication and resilience.

It's been a bumper season for maize and other supplements in the eastern Bay of Plenty.

Leading farmers from around New Zealand connected to share environmental stories and inspiration and build relationships at the Dairy Environment Leaders (DEL) national forum in Wellington last month.

Te Awamutu dairy farmers Doug, Penny, Josh and Bayley Storey have planted more than 25,000 native trees on the family farm, adding to a generations-old native forest.

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