Waikeria Prison manager of industries Stuart Morgan (right) and head of farm operations Pete Watson.

A recent field day at the Waikeria Prison Farm near Te Awamutu offered farmers the chance to see what goes on “behind the wire”, alongside introducing the idea of farmers employing offenders near the end or after the term of their sentences.

Studies have shown milk production can decrease by 10-20% if sufficient water is not supplied.

 Water is something we often take for granted but over recent years, through the droughts inflicted on us, I have seen many farms whose water systems have been lacking.

LIC AgCelerator Fund manager Eleshea D'Souza toasts to a new investment partnership with CEO David McDonald from TrackBack with a cold glass of milk.

Farmer cooperative LIC is investing in two agritech businesses working to deliver more value to New Zealand dairy farmers.

 
Measuring and recording performance is critical to driving performance on sheep and beef farms

High-performing farmers are front-footing challenges facing the sheep and beef sector and adapting their businesses, according to new research by the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP).

Talking sheep measles with Ovis at the East Coast Farming Expo earlier this year.

The countdown is on to one of the highlights of the wider region’s agriculture calendar, the 2021 East Coast Farming Expo for sheep and beef farmers.

 
A balanced approach to breeding is paramount for optimal on farm success, says LIC’s Simon Worth.

The motivation of dairy farmers to create herds that are more efficient converters of feed-to-profit is long-held, but a balanced approach to breeding is paramount for optimal on-farm success.

Castlepoint Station’s Anders Crofoot says everything they’re doing to look after the soil and fine tune their management system is simply ‘good farming practice’.

When New Yorkers Anders and Emily Crofoot took over Castlepoint Station on the eastern Wairarapa coast in 1998 they had to make some big adjustments, quickly.

Wairarapa farmer Rob Dick on his Eastbro property. Photo Courtesy of the NZ Farm Environmental Trust.

Wairarapa sheep farmer Rob Dick is on a mission to reduce his property’s environmental footprint as quickly as possible – and his approach starts with the soil.

Lisa Kendall says her views about farm health and safety have changed for the better.

Auckland-born and bred Northern region Young Farmer of the Year winner Lisa Kendall reckons because she didn’t grow up on the land she felt a lot of pressure to fit in and be tough when she went into farming.

A clear assessment of fertiliser requirements will both improve economic returns from pasture and help avoid contamination of ground and surface water.

With spring in the air and soils starting to warm up over the next few weeks, farmers will be preparing to fertilise their paddocks.

More than 600km of Taranaki river and stream banks will be planted with a million native plants next winter as the region’s farmers take advantage of a $5 million government boost.

A $300 million project has been signed to try and prevent sediment loss from land to sea at Kaipara Harbour.

A special ceremony was held in Taupo recently for the official signing of an agreement to transfer specific water quality monitoring functions to the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board.

Mid-Canterbury arable and dairy farmer Craige Mackenzie’s philosophy is right input, right quantity, right place, right time — which makes sense for his business and for the land, waterways and climate.

Milk cooling affects milk quality. The quicker the milk is cooled after milking, the better the quality when it is collected from the farm.

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