Don't assume you’ll get through the year without supplementary feed. It’s not just the availability in times of crisis, it’s also the cost you hadn’t planned for that often causes most concern.
The process of making silage (ensiling) is very old.
The slump in dairy prices over the past few seasons proved to have a silver lining for the woman who founded New Zealand’s first teaser bull leasing business.
Taranaki farmers Peter and Nicola Carver are back on their farm after a recent trip to Wellington as the national ambassadors for sustainable farming.
Entering the Ballance Farm Environment Awards was a great learning and development experience, say Keitai farmers Gay Pembroke and Mark Corby.
A new nutrient management tool offers farmers a high degree of control and reporting when applying nutrients, its maker says.
Doing it once and doing it right is a great guiding philosophy for upgrading farm effluent systems.
With a very wet winter resulting in cows being stood off paddocks and fed more supplements the demand for maize this season is pretty high.
The degree to which farmers are mitigating environmental impacts has become a hot election topic.
Adopting the Ravensdown whole-farm soil testing (WFST) programme may enable farmers to make smarter nutrient input choices, says Dan Copland, a senior agri manager at the fertiliser co-op.
The Irwin family -- Geoff, Lee and son Steve -- milk 330 cows on 83ha at Kiwitahi, near Morrinsville, in what Geoff describes as “a relaxed farming system”.
A tool that could reduce New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture is heading steadily towards commercialisation.
Pam and John Hunter milk 435 cows on 130ha (eff) at Eureka, in the heart of Waikato dairy country, supplying Open Country Dairy.
A pilot project to remediate groundwater in the Hinds District in Mid-Canterbury is a success, according to a report into its first year’s operation.
With well over 40 years of farming experience, Graham Turner reckons he made the right decision in filling the pit of his 20-year-old herringbone shed in preparation for four Lely Astronaut A4 milking robots.
When William Bragg left school all he wanted to do was work with horses, but he soon realised this passion would not make him a fortune.
Bright green peanut butter baits are being laid in an area of the Mackenzie District for the third year running to try to suppress an isolated population of wallabies adjacent to the Mount Cook National Park.
Award-winning Taranaki dairy farmers John and Roslyn Weir, of Springmount Farms, are encouraging other farmers to consider entering the Ballance Farm Environment Awards.
Farm management software is enabling a Hawkes Bay dairy farm to get the best from its land.
Cattle with horns can hurt people and other animals, sometimes seriously.
InCalf promotes a ‘continuous improvement process’, challenging farmers with their advisers to take a systematic approach towards a sustainable improvement in reproductive performance.
Getting cows in-calf quickly is the key to achieving a good calving pattern, says DairyNZ.
In their quest to increase six-week in-calf rates, a growing number of farmers are looking at once-a-day (OAD) milking as a way to improve herd reproductive performance. How effective is this strategy?
LIC Automation says its product Protrack EZ Heat can reduce the stress of mating.
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