Wednesday, 27 November 2019 11:55

Great, average or poor summer?

LIC national FarmWise manager, Edward Hardie on the decisions dairy farmers need to make now for a good summer.

Published in Opinion
Sunday, 04 November 2018 07:55

Reputation of milk quality is paramount

We have all had to deal with milk quality issues onfarm at some stage in our farming careers — whether it be a freezing point grade or high bulk somatics on the first pick-up or perhaps an antibiotic scare during the season.

Published in Management
Thursday, 27 September 2018 09:55

How to improve on last year’s mating results

It's past mid-September and as calving draws to a close it is time to ensure mating plans are in place.

Published in Management
Friday, 31 August 2018 11:55

If feed’s tight, hold tight

Many farms are struggling with wet soils making for slower growth rates and poorer utilisation.

Published in Management

Animal health is a vital aspect of farm management to get right, and it starts right from birth.

Published in Management

Thinking back over the last 15 seasons or so, the average dairy herd in New Zealand had a targeted empty rate about the 4% mark. Today, 4% seems unachievable. 

Published in Management

Many farms are not where they should be in average pasture cover for this time of year. 

Published in Management

Most dairy farmers are good at growing and harvesting pasture.

Published in Management

Commonly I hear farmers say, "Why bother with low cell count when there are no financial incentives from my dairy company to maintain a low bulk somatic cell count?"

Published in Farm Health
Friday, 29 April 2016 10:55

Maximise pasture yield and feed the cow

Given the tough financial situation, it is time for dairy farmers to rely more on pasture production and to plan how to get more milk from fewer cows.

Published in Management
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