Steve Borland says the sediment trap (background) has helped prevent the loss of tonnes of soil.

When 300mm of rain fell in four hours and blew out a year’s worth of environmental mitigation work, Steve Borland admits “it just about broke me”.

 
Massey University’s Professor Paul Kenyon led the early weaning trials.

Predictions of a dry summer may make early weaning an attractive option for sheep farmers this year, provided they have high-quality legume-based forages available for their weaned lambs.

 
Guessing the thrift and weight of hoggets is not reliable.

Veterinarians and farmers working together to improve stock performance must emphasise two aspects of hogget growth, say the authors of a guidebook published by Massey University Press.

 
PGG Wrightson Seeds’ Derek Woodfield.

Plant breeding research for pastoral farming has shifted from the likes of AgResearch to private institutions, says Derek Woodfield, GM research and development, PGG Wrightson Seeds.

Keep it simple: clearly communicate risks to staff, involve your team and form a clear list together. It’s not about table-thumping meetings and reams of paper.

Onfarm injuries are at their highest in the beginning of spring — here's how you can prevent them.

NZVA chief veterinary office Helen Beattie.

The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) is very concerned about the animal welfare consequences of poor practices during winter grazing, says chief veterinary officer Helen Beattie.

The country’s biggest annual A&P show will go ahead with cattle classes this year despite the threat of spreading Mycoplasma bovis.

Environmental compliance is already a common business practice in dairying and horticulture, and now sheep and beef farmers must devise farm environmental plans (FEP) — a daunting prospect for some. 

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. 

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.  

 

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