Darren Sutton.

Winter may have just begun but most farmers are already looking ahead to the next season and the one beyond that.

 
Data-driven irrigation

A web-based technology is now available to help farmers better manage their water resources and improve decision-making around irrigation.

 
Michael and Rebecca Payne.

North Waikato farmers Michael and Rebecca Payne’s investment in a new effluent pond last year turned into a headache when neighbours complained about the smell.

Canterbury arable farmer Earl Worsfold says there’s potential in growing specialty grains and pulses.

Six ‘star’ crops – soy, hemp, chickpeas, oats, buckwheat and quinoa – could represent new opportunities for New Zealand farmers.

Christine Finnigan enjoys milking cows once-a-day.

There was a large turnout on a recent DairyNZ webinar discussing once-a-day (OAD) milking, with participants joining in from Northland and Southland and all places in between.

Northland farmers are starting to count the cost of one of the most severe droughts to hit the region as the cost of feed and lower prices for stock are the order of the day.

The versatility of Holstein Friesians is being credited with allowing a young South Canterbury couple to produce zero bobby calves.

Goats have been used for milk production for at least 9,000 years, but in New Zealand dairy goats are a relatively recent introduction.

Farmer Jane Smith was “blown away” by the group dynamic and drive when she and husband Blair hosted the North Otago-based Growth and Development in Farming Action Group at Newhaven Farms in Oamaru.

Six months after implementing a groundbreaking new farming system, Alan Law’s Whakatane dairy farm is an oasis of green among drought-stricken neighbouring farms.

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