Matthew and Trudy Holmes.

With climate forecasts suggesting summers will lengthen and grow hotter and drier in some regions, the challenge of keeping cows cool will likely increase.

 
Goat industry pioneer John Woodward shearing his son’s Michael’s angora goats at Dunsandel, Canterbury.

Dunsandel farmer Michael Woodward may be Federated Farmers North Canterbury dairy chairman but his real passion is the angora goats he inherited from his father John.

 
David Burger.

The good Farming Practice Action Plan for Water Quality launched this month is another way dairy and the wider agricultural sector are working in partnership to improve water quality in New Zealand, says DairyNZ.

Portable skid unit for powering pumps.

Effluent handling specialist Hi Tech Enviro Solutions showed several new products at Fieldays, among them a shore-based stirrer and a portable skid unit for powering high output effluent pumps.

Medbury Farm Ltd general manager Dave Hislop (second from left) with his staff.

Entering the Ballance Farm Environment Awards was always the plan for Eric Jacomb, a founding partner of Medbury Farm Ltd, winner of the Canterbury Supreme Award. 

Wintering cows on crops is a common strategy to help keep them in good condition, but it may result in them getting sick. 

Three big challenges have many farmers looking at self-containing their farming operations and growing most of their feed on land they either own or control.

New Zealand's new national ambassadors for sustainable farming and growing, Mark and Catriona White, are getting better-than-average production out of their kiwifruit operation using organic farming methods.

Combining the expertise of three businesses solved the Rogers effluent problems on their 126ha family farm just south of Taupiri, Waikato. 

Dairy farmers and calf rearers will in a few months be flat-out dealing with new life on farms. AgResearch scientist Dr Sue McCoard and colleagues are working on adding valuable science and data to this important task. 

Farmers in New Zealand know that soil is notoriously low in selenium, requiring a supplement to avoid impaired health and performance of livestock. 

Farmers need to ask themselves how often they have loaded onto a truck an animal they would not be happy eating, says Nuffield scholar David Kidd.

 

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