Doug Edmeades, principal of soil science company AgKnowledge Lts, is behind the new booklet.

A new tool that enables farmers to assess the fertility of their soils by looking closely at the pasture quality, vigour and clover content has recently been released.

New Zealand's lime industry is pointing to the benefits of locally extracted product to help farmers deal with huge increases in fertiliser prices.

New Zealand's lime industry is pointing to the benefits of locally extracted product to help farmers deal with huge increases in fertiliser prices.

Julia Jones

SIDE 2022 will offer a wide range of workshops which provide practical solutions to farming challenges and help farmers taking advantage of a rapidly changing farming environment.

Anne-Marie Case-Miller, SMASH organising committee member, hands out cheese at the field day.

It was third time lucky for Smaller Milk and Supply Herds (SMASH) in staging a field day in the Manawatu with previous attempts being thwarted by Covid. About thirty people turned up at the dairy farm of Aly and Ian Passey in the beautiful Pohangina Valley, about 20km north east of Palmerston North.

Rolleston farmer Thomas Mitchell says advance care planning is something important for both him and his family.

Farmers in New Zealand have to be prepared for anything – from the ever-changing weather to issues with stock, crops and machinery.  

Kirsten Duess' postgraduate research saw her lead a long-term field study on soil and catchment hydrolody in Southland and the role mole and tile play in that region.

Kirstin Deuss believes the findings of her research work into soil drainage in Southland will have benefits for other parts of New Zealand as well.

Alec Mackay believes there is real value in farmers engaging subject specialists outside the current suite of advisors.

AgResearch Principal Scientist Dr Alec Mackay believes there is real value in farmers engaging subject specialists outside the current suite of advisors such as water quality, biodiversity, climate change and carbon sequestering. Peter Burke reports.

A deficit in pasture protein levels last summer, combined with a good payout, has seen dairy farmer demand for quality, cost-effective protein-rich supplements soar. according to a feed importer.

Given that New Zealand farmers are being expected to improve their environmental footprint, some trials in the UK around under-sowing in growing forage maize crops may have some benefits here too, particularly in the south.

Solar-powered smart cow collar manufacturer Halter claims it will help combat the country's acute labour shortage when it expands into Taranaki, Southland, Otago and the Central Plateau next month.

Now into its seventh year, the Beef+Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) Genetics Dairy Beef Progeny Test (DBPT) continues to create value for both the beef industry and the dairy industry, by identifying and enabling the widespread use of superior bulls for use over dairy cows.

Using DNA to identify the unique make-up of a dairy cow will become an increasingly powerful tool for dairy farmers as they look to fast-track the genetic gain of their herds, says new CRV myDNA product manager Anna Morrow.

With pressure growing on the farming industry to minimise wastage, reduce omissions and develop sustainable practices, many dairy farmers are now proactively looking for opportunities to optimise their herd and derive complementary income through involvement in a dairy beef value chain, says First Light Wagyu.

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