A series of workshops will be held throughout New Zealand to help farmers with their GHG calculations.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) has joined forces with Silver Fern Farms, Alliance, Greenlea Premier Meats, ANZCO and Deer Industry New Zealand (DINZ) to deliver 50 Greenhouse Gas workshops over the course of 30 days.

As an animal lover, Hayley Hoogendyk has loved dairy farming from the start.

You'd be hard pressed to pick dairy farmer Hayley Hoogendyk as someone who grew up in the sunny beach town of Mount Maunganui, and not rural Manawatu, where she has farmed for the last 10 seasons.

Trevor Johnson

One of the recent challenges facing Trevor Johnson and his team at Paparata Station has been the changing climate.

Paparata is divided into four separately managed blocks - each designed to complement the other.

Instead of running Paparata as one station, Trevor Johnson has divided it into four separately managed blocks - each designed to complement the other and run by four separate managers.

With less water and higher temperatures, Johnson says they've had to change their farming systems.

The so-called Forgotten Highway, between Taumaranui and Stratford, has many surprises to offer - if you care to stop and look. In farming terms, one of these is Paparata Station, near the settlement of Tokirima, owned by Trevor Johnson. Peter Burke recently paid a visit to this magnificent property.

Rhys and Jo Forsyth.

This calving season will be a little different for dairy farmer Jo Forsyth thanks to a recent MINDA LIVE training session that marked somewhat of a ‘turning point’ in her confidence and utilisation of the technology.

Southland farmers Ewen and Diane Mathieson have experience in wintering well to protect their stock and the environment.

Farmer Ewen Mathieson is working hard to protect their stock and the environment by wintering well during the coldest months of the year.

The 2021 Ahuwhenua Young Maori Farmer of the Year Quinn Morgan is one of the farmers supporting the new plan.

The dairy sector has launched a new workforce plan setting out how it will attract, retain and grow the farm workforce in the next decade.

Manawatu dairy farmers Gregory and Brooke Dorn have tapped into some excellent Holstein Friesian genetics to not only raise the quality of their herd’s milk, but to ensure the future of the herd’s best cow families is guaranteed.

Canterbury dairy farmer Julie Bradshaw has applied lessons from a five-year National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) irrigation study to make science-based decisions while also using genetics to improve her herd – with the overall goal of reducing the farm’s environmental footprint.

Providing a newbown calf with colostrum within 12 hours of birth is vital, we know that. And if maternal colostrum is unavailable or poor quality, a colostrum replacer can provide an essential alternative.

With milkings typically taking around 17 to 24 hours a week per worker, many farmers have been focusing on milking smarter to reduce hours and creative ways to shorten the working week - like the 22% who report they are using flexible milking.

Farming is becoming increasingly complex. Until recentyl, farmers had relatively few issues to focus on: feeding cows, producing milk and hopefully making enough money to feed their family and pay off their mortgages.

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