Hayden Dorman and Jessie Chan came onto the Rakaia farm as lower order sharemilkers in 2009. Within two years they had purchased the herd and now lease the farm.
With pregnancy scans mostly completed, farmers are being handed their reproduction 'report cards' for last season's mating.
South Island dairy farmers' attitudes towards breeding are rapidly changing, with cow performance data driving sire selection in an effort to maximise the value of herd progeny.
Good bull management means running adequte numbers of bulls with the herd, reducing their stress, and handling bulls to minimise the risk of injury to people and animals.
The Winter Grazing Action Group (WGAG) is stressing to farmers the importance of having grazing contracts in place for the coming season.
The energy building among the industry's young people in the lead-up to the autumn harvest sale has already proven to sale organisers that they did the right thing by instigating it.
Ewes that gain condition before and after mating have higher lambing percentages than ewes that simply stand still.
Live animals trapped in a truck for six hours in Auckland's summer heat is not acceptable in anyone's view.
Up until now the dairy industry has largely left the monitoring and management of cow body condition scores (BCS) to individual farmers, but change is imminent as scrutiny builds from within the consumer base of our valuable markets.
The chance of an extra set of eyes on a dairy farm is not to be sniffed at, so a recent on-farm show and tell day in the Waikato created a great deal of interest.
Sheep farmers in many parts of the country have the next few weeks to lift the condition of their lighter ewes before the ram goes out.
MPI is doing a double check of farms that have been infected with M.bovis in the past.
A clever trough monitoring system from Australian supplier Farmbot, allows farmers to remotely monitor water supplies to stock, using a clever device aptly named the Wireless Trough Sensor.
This is the first article by Chris Balemi of Agvance, of a two-part series and covers cattle hoof make up, causes of lameness and what can be done to prevent lameness in cattle.
Farmers discovered that there are many ways to protect and enhance mahinga kai and biodiversity values while visiting Waimak Farm in Eyreton recently.
The average sheep farmer is in their late 50s and the labour-intensive task of drenching lambs becomes more physically demanding with each passing year.
Ministry for Primary Industries director general Ray Smith says his organisation absolutely supports a review into the handling of the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak.
New research has shown that dry stock farmers are just as likely to be infected with leptospirosis as dairy farmers.
New Zealand Holstein breeders are offering their best for the Autumn Harvest Sale at Cambridge Raceway in April.
Samantha Tennent is the new general manager of WelFarm, XLVets’ assurance programme.
The chair of a new committee set up to review the handling of Mycoplasma bovis outbreak says it isn’t a witch-hunt.
The demand for Wiltshire sheep is “incredible and unbelievable”, according to the country’s major breeder of the sheep that sheds its wool.
MPI says a significant amount of work is under way this year to update animal welfare codes and provide updated advice to farmers for issues such as heat stress.
While most rams have yet to go out, farmers are being encouraged to book their sheep scanners in early.