Now that the circus surrounding the Budget’s release has subsided, Milking It makes the following observations about some of its…
Northland ‘Tiller Talk’ farmers Don and Kirsten Watson took a leap into farm ownership in 2017-18, moving to South Head (Kaipara Harbour Edge).
A few minutes can make all the difference to saving or losing a paddock to pugging on a West Coast dairy farm.
At this stage of the season, levels of Neutral Detergent Fibre (NDF) rise very rapidly in typical NZ pastures as ryegrass starts to form seed head.
Dairy farm owners are paying a lot more attention to what's happening on their farms – especially pasture – because of the low payout.
Renewing 10% of New Zealand farm pasture annually would ensure productivity and performance gains achieved via new species do not dwindle over a 10-year cycle.
Pasture growth and utilisation is becoming increasingly important as farm businesses face ongoing environmental and milk price challenges.
Pasture based farming is most profitable when the pastures are managed to provide the highest quality feed at all periods during the season, maximising the amount of pasture grown and eaten.
The Southland winter-spring, with prolonged incessant rain, cold wind and low sunshine hours, have depressed grass growth well below normal.