Dr Michelle Dickinson, AKA Nanogirl, will speak at the DairyNZ Farmers' Forum.

DairyNZ says next month's Farmers' Forum will provide farmers with insights into practical solutions to help farmers sustain on-farm success.

 
Beauty therapist-turned dairy farmer Tyla Ireland has won the DairyNZ Good Boss competition.

A beauty therapist who turned to dairy farming has won the DairyNZ Good Boss competition.

Kingi Smiler

It's that time of the year when the country's top Māori dairy farms claim the spotlight as part of the prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy competition to determine the winner of this annual event. For the last two weeks field days have been held at two of the three farms in the competition and as Dairy News goes to press, a third one is taking place.

 
Chief executive of Pouarua Farms, Jenna Smith addresses the field day crowd.

As the autumn sun rose in the east, the first of more than 100 people from around the district started arriving for the field day.

The Pouarua Farms team all dressed up for the field day. Photo Credit: www.alphapix.co.nz

Pouarua Farms is the largest, single dairy platform in the Hauraki region and it can also lay claim to be one of the best Maori dairy farms in the country.

Stick to the science

The other day I read a couple of articles that made me think. The first, published in Stuff was on a report by Otago and Victoria Universities on the number of Kiwis at risk of getting bowel cancer because they live in areas with an elevated water nitrate level.

2021 Auckland Hauraki dairy manager of the year Stephanie Walker says the dairy industry awards competition has provided her with invaluable networking.

The 2021 Auckland/Hauraki dairy manager of the year Stephanie Walker says the dairy industry awards competition has provided her with invaluable networking.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council contractor Courtney Williams assisting whitebait research in a small stream flowing into the Aongatete River, near Katikati.

Purpose-built ponds that provide a safe haven for whitebait are being hailed as a success by Bay of Plenty Regional Council staff, following the results of a recent overnight trapping operation.

New Zealand farmers are having input into the development of a revolutionary irrigation prototype as its Feilding-based software engineers seek to refine its design.

Recent St Peter’s School Cambridge graduate, Annabelle McGuire, set off to Lincoln University in mid-February full of excitement as she embarks on a Bachelor of Agribusiness and Food Marketing qualification.

Without data and benchmarking, farmers are in the dark about their performance, particularly when it comes to animal health and welfare.

Southland based farm consultant Allison McDonald reckons using OverseerFM is a big help in developing Farm Environment Plans (FEPs).

Farmers, scientists and rural industry leaders are meeting in Waikato later this year to start mapping out a secure future for New Zealand pastures.

Farmers must assess the milk cooling systems on a regular basis to ensure it meets requirements set out by the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI).

The Ministry for Primary Industries New Zealand Code of Practice for the design and operation of Farm Dairies introduced new milk cooling standards over two years ago.

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