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.
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.
Farmer cooperative LIC is investing in two agritech businesses working to deliver more value to New Zealand dairy farmers.
Preventing nitrogen getting into waterways is high on the priority list for many farmers and growers.
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).
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.
Running an organic dairy farm is a bit like living on an island where one has to be completely self-sufficient.
Animal breeding company LIC says its fresh liquid bull semen is literally flying out the door as demand rockets.
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.
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 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.
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.
With spring in the air and soils starting to warm up over the next few weeks, farmers will be preparing to fertilise their paddocks.
A Ravensdown ClearTech effluent treatment system installed at the Lincoln University Dairy Farm (LUDF) has saved over 600,000 litres of freshwater in its first month of operation.
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.
Investing in effluent storage is a significant decision on-farm, so it’s worth taking the time to carefully plan what is needed to ensure the right design for your farm.
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.
A recent field day in Otago to discuss looming new effluent storage and discharge rules attracted 50 farmers and rural professionals.
The start of the new dairy season saw a Hawke’s Bay couple triple the number of cows under their care.
Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Action Group member Charlie Riddell says while there have been good lessons from the subject matter experts, he has learned just as much from other members of the group.
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.
An East Coast farm is enjoying a dramatic increase in productivity, despite retiring 10% of the land – proving that farming sustainably doesn’t have to come at an economic cost.
Milk cooling affects milk quality. The quicker the milk is cooled after milking, the better the quality when it is collected from the farm.