Fitting out an entire dairy herd with wireless digital activity monitors is so effective a management tool that it even reduces human stress.
Copper (Cu) is an essential micronutrient of cattle with many vital roles, ranging from facilitating the formation of red blood cells and nerves to the manufacture of connective tissue and bone growth.
Landowners and rural contractors are being urged to watch for pest plants.
DairyNZ will lead a seven-year $21 million research partnership to contribute to cleaning up rural waterways.
Dairy goats, like meat and fibre goats, need good feed.
Goat milk may help lactose intolerance.
Hand-milking goats is not easy. Lifestyle farmer and retired veterinarian Dr Marjorie Orr explains.
Getting the right people is the key to running a successful business, says Stu Taylor, manager of a large dairy farming operation near Whanganui.
The impacts of a wet winter are clearly evident as I drive around the countryside. In fact, I have never seen the level of damage on farm after winter as I am seeing now.
It's been a wet year alright: MetService is already describing 2017 as “the year it didn’t stop raining” with Waikato rainfall at record levels for January to September.
Dairy farming was always a likely career path for Graham Barlow, of Fermanagh Farm, in the Piako district of Waikato.
Once-a-day (OAD) milking farm consultant Leo Hendrikse says planning is a key element in succeeding with a conversion to OAD.
What's the difference between a centre-pivot irrigator and a toaster?
The expertise of long-time OAD farmers is a standout at their discussion groups.
The future of once-a-day milking was talked up recently at a DairyNZ discussion group near Otaki.
When choosing bulls to use instead of AI, you must consider their age, size, health and the breed-related risk of assisted calvings, says DairyNZ.
Reporoa farm manager Ian Fraser is using all bulls to get his cows into calf this season.
Farmers and rural contractors in Waikato are being urged to check that all machinery is clean to protect farms from weed pests.
Sharemilker Roy Willan admits having sleepless nights when milk was entering the vat at 21˚C two years ago.
The Ministry of Primary Industries says periodic checks of farms’ primary and secondary milk cooling capabilities will be undertaken.
A foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in New Zealand is only a matter of time, says DairyNZ biosecurity readiness and response manager Chris Morley.
It all started on the farm of Brad Sulzberger in Urenui, Taranaki, as he pondered his two-day collectioin and keeping the milk cool.
The term ‘peak cow’ -- referring to the national dairy herd -- is gaining relevance for more individual farmers as they turn from peak cow numbers to peak per-cow performance.
As I write this article the rain is pelting down outside. A wet winter followed by a normal spring is presenting a real challenge in many regions, resulting in the disruption of the normal cultivating/planting cycle.