Chief executive of Pouarua Farms, Jenna Smith addresses the field day crowd.

As the autumn sun rose in the east, the first of more than 100 people from around the district started arriving for the field day.

The Pouarua Farms team all dressed up for the field day. Photo Credit: www.alphapix.co.nz

Pouarua Farms is the largest, single dairy platform in the Hauraki region and it can also lay claim to be one of the best Maori dairy farms in the country.

2021 Auckland Hauraki dairy manager of the year Stephanie Walker says the dairy industry awards competition has provided her with invaluable networking.

The 2021 Auckland/Hauraki dairy manager of the year Stephanie Walker says the dairy industry awards competition has provided her with invaluable networking.

 
WelFarm Ltd general manager Samantha Tennent says data and benchmarking is needed to show farmers where opportunities to improve lie.

Without data and benchmarking, farmers are in the dark about their performance, particularly when it comes to animal health and welfare.

Pam and Jason Brock say using OverseerFM has helped support decisions about changes they plan to make to the farm and will also inform future planning.

Southland based farm consultant Allison McDonald reckons using OverseerFM is a big help in developing Farm Environment Plans (FEPs).

 
Warren King (left) and David Chapman.

Farmers, scientists and rural industry leaders are meeting in Waikato later this year to start mapping out a secure future for New Zealand pastures.

Back: George Ricketts - Solutions Architect, IoT, Bradley Carter - Software Engineer, Curtis Preston - Software Engineer. Front: Mike Debney - Team Lead, Software Engineering, Victoria Wassilieff - Software Engineer

A team of Feilding-based software engineers has helped mastermind a game-changing irrigation prototype that diagnoses its own operating faults and can launch a drone to manage crops at leaf level.

Mt Cass two-tooth Wiltshire ewes sold for $375 to a gallery of willing buyers.

A seemingly never-ending plunge in strong wool prices is proving to be a boon for a sheep breed that doesn’t produce the increasingly worthless fibre – the Wiltshire.

Mastitis expert Steve Cranefield says some farmers wrongly believe mastitis is contagious.

Mastitis expert Steve Cranefield says as long as the basics of mastitis management are followed the risk of one cow spreading mastitis to another cow is quite low.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Genetics is launching a beef programme, which it says is designed to generate more income for beef producers and the economy while also protecting the environment.

High-performing farmers are front-footing challenges facing the sheep and beef sector and adapting their businesses, according to new research by the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP).

The countdown is on to one of the highlights of the wider region’s agriculture calendar, the 2021 East Coast Farming Expo for sheep and beef farmers.

When New Yorkers Anders and Emily Crofoot took over Castlepoint Station on the eastern Wairarapa coast in 1998 they had to make some big adjustments, quickly.

Wairarapa sheep farmer Rob Dick is on a mission to reduce his property’s environmental footprint as quickly as possible – and his approach starts with the soil.

Auckland-born and bred Northern region Young Farmer of the Year winner Lisa Kendall reckons because she didn’t grow up on the land she felt a lot of pressure to fit in and be tough when she went into farming.

Mid-Canterbury arable and dairy farmer Craige Mackenzie’s philosophy is right input, right quantity, right place, right time — which makes sense for his business and for the land, waterways and climate.

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