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.
European scientists are forecasting that the next four years could be unusually warm.
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.
Farmers’ interest in using liquid fertilisers instead of the more mainstream solid granules is hotting up, says John Barnes, general manager of Fertiliser NZ, Richmond, Nelson.
Using the right plants and techniques will make the most of riparian planting and give you value for money by getting it right first time.
Fencing waterways protects freshwater from nutrients, effluent and sediment by excluding stock and creating a buffer between water and the land.
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.
A new three-year trial by the Northland Dairy Development Trust (NDDT) is looking at options for farmers to manage the fat evaluation index (FEI) in a variable climate.
After eight years hard work, Mataura Valley Milk’s new $240 million nutrition plant at McNab, near Gore, has begun production on schedule.
Sheep farmers are offered a safety course via online videos in which farmers and shearers explain how to reduce injuries in and around the woolshed.
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.
Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, out and about last month in Waikato, ended one day holding baby Neve — but not of Ardern-Gayford fame.
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.
Many farms are struggling with wet soils making for slower growth rates and poorer utilisation.
A fast track to the top has taken Ash-Leigh Campbell, of Canterbury, into the role of national chairwoman of NZ Young Farmers.
I was intrigued earlier this year when Fonterra said milk production was only down 1%.
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.
It is time for New Zealand cereal growers to adopt multi-site fungicides (MSF) to combat growing resistance to the more traditional chemistries, says Adama UK fungicide expert Andy Bailey.
It is an exciting time to be talking sheep milking, says Thomas MacDonald, business manager for Spring Sheep Dairy, in Taupo.
Mike and Debi Fichtl, of South Waikato, believe farm ownership is still an admirable, and achievable aim.
DairyNZ director Ben Allomes believes every day should be worker appreciation day.
A large calf rearer has bought an $80,000 pasteurisation unit to protect his business from Mycoplasma bovis.
Lincoln University-owned research and development company Lincoln Agritech says dairy farmers might improve their environmental footprints and profit through two research projects now underway.
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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