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 Canterbury A&P Association has released a list of protocols to enable cattle to be displayed at this year’s show.

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

Ravensdown’s Colin Tyler is urging sheep and beef farmers to implement FEPs.

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. 

 
Ravensdown agronomist Chris Lowe.

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.

From left: Dairy Goat Co-op chief executive David Hemara, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and DGC chairman Campbell Storey at the launch.

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, out and about last month in Waikato, ended one day holding baby Neve — but not of Ardern-Gayford fame.

Alan Vaage (centre) with Jaylor team’s Ken Bill (left) and Marti Phillipi.

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. 

Mid Canterbury dairy farmer Grant Early.

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.  

A New Zealand expert in leptospirosis says the disease appears to be becoming more ‘tropical’ in the way it is occurring in NZ. 

Making waterway planting compulsory on farms nationwide would be totally impractical, says North Canterbury native plant nurseryman and environmental consultant Jamie McFadden. 

A New Zealand-developed genetically modified ryegrass has reached an important milestone, entering a full growing trial in the US.

At up to $250 retail for a well-shaped 80-90g black perigord truffle, growing the gourmet delicacy has its obvious rewards.

 

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