Knowing the signs and stages of labour, how to calf a cow and the immediate care needed after calving, will increase the number of successful births.
Follow these tips and advice to reduce the risk of your calves contracting Mycoplasma bovis this season.
Waikato Federated Farmers Vice President Jacqui Hahn is one of 15 dairy farmers chosen as New Zealand’s climate change ambassadors.
With climate forecasts suggesting summers will lengthen and grow hotter and drier in some regions, the challenge of keeping cows cool will likely increase.
The move into the cooler seasons brings with it an unwanted guest – the sheep louse.
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.
Nutrient management platform MyBallance brings the same benefits to nutrient management that EFTPOS brought to money management.
Irrigation used precisely can benefit the environment, says Denis Gavin of Lindsday International.
Riparian buffers and constructed wetlands reduce contaminant loss to waterbodies, but by how much?
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.
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.
Last month saw the annual release of the DairyNZ Economic Farm Survey and the NZ Dairy Statistics.
LIC says it is in the early stages of developing artificial intelligence (AI) software to allow early detection of lameness caused by cow gait.
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.
A Waikato veterinarian says magnesium deficiency in cattle diets is a growing issue for his dairy clients.
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.
Pasture was more profitable in years of lower payout and better weather, but feeding PKE came into its own with higher payout and poorer weather.
Farmers in New Zealand know that soil is notoriously low in selenium, requiring a supplement to avoid impaired health and performance of livestock.
Dairy farmers running pasture-based systems on the coast of California have adapted their practice to produce organic milk.
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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