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.
The fertility breeding value is a genetic assessment of future cow fertility and it works, says DairyNZ senior scientist Dr Chris Burke.
Tokoroa farmer Marcel Korsten operates a closed farm system: what doesn’t get out the front gate as milk has to go back onto the farm.
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.
New research points to more advantages to the ClearTech dairy effluent treatment system being developed by Lincoln University and Ravensdown.
The case against Pollock Farms was taken by Waikato Regional Council following inspections where over-irrigation of effluent was evident.
The dairy industry is supporting councils in their efforts to get all farmers to meet their effluent obligations.
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.
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.
A Hokitika couple have won Share Farmer of the Year in the 2019 West Coast-Top of the South Dairy Industry Awards.
2019 Northland Dairy Manager of the Year Lorraine Ferreira has a unique job.
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.
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.
The 2018 Share Farmers of the Year, Dan and Gina Duncan, have postponed buying their own farm.
Boron is a fascinating element in that its presence affects many other elements and functions in a plant.
Getting an average body condition score (BCS) of 5.0 across a herd before mating isn’t all that useful, says vet Danielle Hawkins, Vetora.
The summer dry has resulted this autumn in less-than-ideal quantities of grass being available to cows.
DNA parentage testing is now more accessible to dairy farmers with the launch of CRV Ambreed’s revitalised DNA parentage testing service.
New ear tags for dairy stock will sort out genuine Angus dairy cross cattle from all the rest, say its promoters.
Sharemilkers are the minority among dairy and beef farmers, but in respect of NAIT they have a big role.
Research to help dairy farmers build up carbon in their soils to offset their farms’ greenhouse gas emissions is underway.
Farmers must confirm periodically that their farm’s milk cooling system is performing to the standard set by the new rules.
Taranaki farmer Grant Gopperth was at a crossroads: new milk cooling regulations required that he upgrade his milking shed.
Raw milk grows bacteria rapidly above 7˚C, so adequate milk cooling is essential for ensuring quality milk is supplied.