Catch crops are a good way to capture and use nitrogen left in the wake of winter forage crops.

Along with several other organisations, Beef+Lamb NZ helped fund the catch crops for reduced nitrate leaching project. Sown as soon as possible after grazing has finished, catch crops have been the subject of a Sustainable Farming Fund project led by Peter Carey from Lincoln Agritech, with support from Brendon Malcolm and Shane Maley from Plant and Food Research and AgResearch.

Phil Tither believes the value of monitoring and collecting hard data cannot be underestimated when dealing with adverse events such as a drought.

Farmers in Hawke's Bay have now experienced two successive years of bad droughts, which has stretched their farm management skills to the limit. Watching this and working with farmers to mitigate the problems are two experienced AgFirst farm consultants based in Hastings - Lochie MacGillivray and Phil Tither. They talked with reporter Peter Burke about what they have seen and what works best.

Ewen and Diane Mathieson say winter grazing is a means of putting weight on the animals at a time of year when they aren’t growing a lot of feed.

A Southland farmer believes careful planning is the key to mitigating potential risks of grazing livestock on fodder crops during the winter.

The last time the milk price was this high, many farmers fed cows more feed, produced more milk but made no more money.

Fonterra recently announced a forecast milk price range for the coming season of $7.25 to $8.75 per kgMS, with a midpoint of $8.00 per kgMS.

 
 
Ahead of Moving Day, insurer FMG is offering up three tips for farmers and contract milkers.

Rural insurer FMG is offering up three tips for farmers and contract milkers to support a successful Moving Day this year.

Farmers will begin moving stock onto crops in the coming weeks, so now is the critical time to ensure all plans are in place for the months ahead.

Farmers preparing to graze livestock on fodder crops this winter are being encouraged to use a new checklist and other practical resources now available sector-wide.

Farmers facing poor feeding levels going into winter need to be planning and considering their options.

The dry in some regions of New Zealand has resulted in sheep farmers wondering how they will get through the coming winter and the impacts this may have one the number and weight of lambs weaned. Massey University's Professor Paul Kenyon looks into the issue.

Marc and Nia Jones.

Marc and Nia Jones are getting ready to move farm on 1 June to a new sharemilking opportunity at a 370-hectare farm at Mamaku.

Although many people on the planet are willing to pay more for New Zealand produce, productive land to grow that food and fibre is becoming unavailable here in our own backyard.

The farmer co-operative says it is committed to educating and upskilling the next generation of leaders in the agricultural industry.

Ravensdown has appointed Garry Diack as its new chief executive, replacing Greg Campbell who has held the position at the farmer-owned co-operative for the past eight years.

Finnish software company Mtech Digital Solutions has launched the SimplyCow mobile application, said to be an easy-to-use tool that allows herd management and animal recording without extensive software systems.

Winter forage grazing is used extensively in the South Island as a low-cost system to feed dairy cows and build body condition prior to calving in late winter.

From time to time, I get calls from anxious growers who, for whatever reason, have been unable to sell all their maize.

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