Dr Jim Gibbs.

High yielding and palatable, fodder beet allows the wintering of large numbers of sheep in a small area and frees pasture elsewhere on a farm.

 
Higher body weights and lower stocking rates are two of the most effective ways of reducing dairy’s emissions.

Lower replacement rates and higher body weight/lower stocking rates are the two most effective of five available ways of cutting dairy greenhouse gas emissions, a scientist has told a workshop for rural professionals.

A working dog can run as much as a half-marathon on any given day.

Bad nutrition in working dogs could be jeopardising farmers’ profits, says the head of a New Zealand company that recently launched a new food for working dogs.

 
 Josh Buckman with Hawke’s Bay farmers Mike and Caroline Ritsson-Thomas and dogs Fergie and Thai.

Farmers are buying a deer velvet supplement to give their working dogs zest and longevity, claims the maker, Gevir, of Havelock North.

Research has shown that shearing ewes in mid pregnancy can increase multiple-born lamb birthweights.

Industry funded studies in New Zealand have shown that mid-pregnancy shearing can increase multiple-born lamb birthweight by up to 0.7 kg and lamb survival by 3 to 5%.

There seems to be something about small, frisky lambs waggling long tails that will jolly up even the most half-hearted pup.

Lambing is looming closer and if you have a young dog that isn’t showing much enthusiasm for sheep take advantage of the window of opportunity this season offers.

Almost $1 million will go to projects aimed at combating animal diseases from the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Farming Fund.

With NIWA signalling warm, wet conditions across the North Island over December, farmers are being encouraged to take preventive measures against facial eczema (FE).

 

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