Federated Farmers Waikato dairy chairman Chris Lewis.

Dairy farmers bracing for unannounced visits by Waikato Regional Council staff are reminded by a Feds spokesman to enforce health and safety rules onfarm.

 
Aim for the perfect maize crop this season.

Maize silage is a good fit with New Zealand systems because the rumen is a microbial environment, full of bacteria, fungi and protozoa which eventually help to produce milk or weight gain.

Alistair Murdoch.

Using robots to apply herbicides to kill weeds in vegetable crops would hugely reduce the quantities of chemicals being applied, says a visiting British expert.

Farmers attending the field day at Niels Hansen’s farm in Taranaki last month.

The merits and costs of farming marginal land or fencing it for reversion or forestry was the topic at a recent field day in Taranaki.

Choosing the right milk cooling system means lower energy costs on farm.

Milk cooling affects milk quality and the faster the milk is cooled after milking, the better the quality when it is collected from the farm, says DairyNZ.

Professor Simon Blackmore.

‘Accurate farming' would be more apt than ‘precision farming’ to describe this agricultural practice, says professor Simon Blackmore of Harper Adams University in the UK.

New Zealand is about to open a new front in the war on rabbits with the expected release of a new strain of rabbit haemorrhagic disease, or calicivirus.

Contractors at a recent meeting held in Waikato by Claas Harvest Centre got insight into a new forage maize technique now gaining momentum in the US and Europe.

Dairy farmer Phil Musson, from Springston, south of Christchurch, has won the annual Working With Nature Environmental Award from North Canterbury Fish and Game.

Agricola Enterprises at Ohaupo, southwest of Hamilton, is an equity partnership farmed by Joe McDonald and wife Lynaire, with his parents Terry and Carole.

A South Canterbury couple have been named the 2016 Lincoln University Foundation Farmer of the Year, based on a detailed and analytical approach to farm management.

The last few seasons seem to have delivered many challenges on farmers: the milk price is more variable, weather patterns are more unpredictable and environmental regulations are much tighter.

 

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