Goat industry pioneer John Woodward shearing his son’s Michael’s angora goats at Dunsandel, Canterbury.

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.

 
New national ambassadors for sustainabile farming, Catriona and Mark White.

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.

 
Nuffield scholar David Kidd.

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.

 
Samples of dairy effluent on show at the launch of the ClearTech system show how suspended solids precipitate out under the influence of a special coagulant.

If every farm in New Zealand used the new ClearTech system for harvesting clean water from dairy effluent, NZ would save 42 billion litres of freshwater each year.

Moyra Bramley is proud of the efforts of the Onuku Maori Lands Trust, which she chairs, has achieved in farming.

Moyra Bramley was born in 1933, the year Sir Apirana Ngata and Lord Bledisloe inaugurated the Ahuwhenua Trophy to recognise excellence in Maori farming — now Ms Bramley has at least a 50/50 chance of winning that trophy.

NZAGRC deputy director Dr Andy Reisinger.

The number of animals we have in New Zealand and how we use our land is part of our greenhouse gas emissions profile and must be part of any policy discussions, explains Andy Reisinger. 

National beef genetics manager for Beef and Lamb Genetics New Zealand Max Tweedie says bulls with strong growth rates are also producing good marbling results.

The first meat quality results from the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Genetics (BLNZ Genetics) beef progeny test are showing that farmers can select genetics to markedly improve their beef herds, and better marbling than expected in some breeds.

The East Coast Farming Expo has secured its place on the region’s rural event calendar with three key sponsors giving their support to the 2018 event.

Good farm records have helped to relieve a South Island farming business of some of the effects of getting through a Mycoplasma bovis infection, reports FarmIQ Systems Ltd, a software company.

The steps that lead to good business are the same as those that lead to good health and safety practices, says Al McCone, sector leader for agriculture at WorkSafe New Zealand.

Getting good staff is a big challenge faced by dairy farming businesses. But are we doing enough as employers to create environments where good people want to work? 

For the latest ideas and products for farming innovation and excellence, it’s hard to go past the East Coast Farming Expo, on April 11 and 12 at the Wairoa A and P Showground. 

 

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