Significant Natural Areas (SNAs) are becoming a very important topic for farmers.

Significant Natural Areas (SNA) are becoming a very important topic for farmers who are finding that parts of their properties have been or will be designated as SNA’s due to a perceived high level of indigenous biodiversity and will be captured under the proposed National Policy Statement (NPS) for Indigenous Biodiversity.

 
Paul Kenyon says breeding hoggets has the potential to improve farm productivity but it takes careful management.

Hogget breeding has the potential to improve farm productivity but they take careful management according to Professor Paul Kenyon of Massey University. Peter Burke reports.

 
Stratford farmer, Kelsey Thompson, says the power of Minda Live and the app is all she needs on-farm in terms of information requirements to manage her herd.

Farmer-owned co-operative LIC says its herd management system Minda Live and its corresponding app has evolved over the past year with more than 60 improvements added based on farmer feedback.

Lyndon and Jane Strang’s 290ha family farm boarders the Kakanui River just outside of Oamaru, where every summer carloads of people arrive trying to access a swimming hole near the bottom of their farm.

A North Otago dairy farming family have created an on-farm oasis that allows visitors the chance to cool off in the hot summer months.

Research has found that N leaching was 10-50% lower from dairy sheep than what might be expected from dairy cows.

An AgResearch study shows that dairy sheep appear to have lower nitrogen leaching per hectare than their bovine counterparts. Dr Diana Selbie has been leading the MBIE-funded project looking at the environmental footprint of dairy sheep. Its aim is to provide some hard data to back up claims that this industry is more environmentally friendly. Peter Burke reports...

Stopbanks are compacted earth banks built next to rivers to help contain water and protect communities in flooding events.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is reminding rural landowners of their responsibility to protect the region's stopbanks this winter.

The Government's recent decision to delay Intensive Winter Grazing (IWG) rules until May 2022, following pressure from farming and industry groups, has provided farmers with a year-long opportunity to demonstrate how best practice management on-farm can influence future environmental policy.

A major, three-year research project is underway in Taranaki to see what can be done to practically reduce the environmental footprint of dairy farmers and, above all, ensure that farms remain profitable. Reporter Peter Burke looks at the initiative and how it's progressing.

Genetics will play a key role in helping dairy farmers meet climate targets at a herd level, while maintaining the highest quality milk production, says CRV managing director James Smallwood.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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