The SenseTime monitoring system.

A flexible, high-performance cow monitoring system was just what Alastair Robinson needed in his 70-bail rotary shed in Waikuku, North Canterbury, reports the supplier, Allflex.

 
Aslan Wright-Stow, DairyNZ.

DairyNZ and NIWA are jointly looking for riparian plant options that not only benefit the environment, but lend themselves to fodder for stock, food for humans, and even pharmaceutical making.

 
 
When wet weather sets in, farmers need to move their stock to a dry area of the farm.

If farmers feel winter hasn’t gone as well as it could have and sometimes the cows were in deep mud, then now is a good time to review their wintering plans, says DairyNZ animal care team leader Helen Thoday.

Ravensdown agronomist Chris Lowe.

Trials on fodder beet in seven places in New Zealand show that there is minimal yield response to high applications of nitrogen (N) and potassium (K) fertiliser in beet crops.

From left: Dairy Goat Co-op chief executive David Hemara, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and DGC chairman Campbell Storey at the launch.

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, out and about last month in Waikato, ended one day holding baby Neve — but not of Ardern-Gayford fame.

Alan Vaage (centre) with Jaylor team’s Ken Bill (left) and Marti Phillipi.

Mixer wagons, common for decades, take many forms: simple concrete mixer style, rotors with paddles, single or multiple horizontal augers, or the ever-increasing vertical auger concept. 

Farming practices now piloted by Mid Canterbury dairy farmers Grant and Jan Early could show other New Zealand farmers how they can successfully reduce their environmental impacts.  

A New Zealand expert in leptospirosis says the disease appears to be becoming more ‘tropical’ in the way it is occurring in NZ. 

 

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