Interest in lucerne – particularly in summer dry areas – is growing.

Long-time lucerne expert and advocate Professor Derrick Moot of Lincoln University says he’s now getting interest in his work from around the world.

 
Peter and Karen West.

Meeting other entrants and finding out about the work everyone else was doing were highlights of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards for Waikato finalists Peter and Karen West.

Aerowork topdressing pilot Mike Harding put on a display for attendees at Limestone Downs.

The days of trekking across hill country farms to get samples of soil fertility, then blanket spreading fertiliser, are nearing their end, says Ravensdown.

 
Irish grasslands researcher Dr Phil Creighton.

Irish grasslands researcher Dr Phil Creighton is leading a project looking at new grass species to improve ewe performance and speed the growth rate of lambs.

Left to right: Annie Inglis, Steve Irwin, Geoff Irwin, Lee Irwin are the team that Geoff Irwin says help run a ‘relaxed’ farming system at Kiwitahi, near Morrinsville.

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”.

Wallabies killed by poison in a previous year’s control effort in the Mackenzie Basin.

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.

Having people of differing expertise visit her farm to view and offer advice was extremely valuable, says 2017 Horizons Ballance Farm Environment Awards finalist Nic Leary.

Alternative proteins, meat-based snacks, insects, new types of packaging, eating on-the-go, 3D printing of food: change is coming fast and rural professionals need to get with it, says Meat & Livestock Australia’s Christine Pitt.

Call at the Affco Horotiu stockyards any time between 5am and 5pm on any day and the chances are Mike Winikerei will be there.

A ground-breaking prototype methane recovery system on a 950 cow farm in Southland has demonstrated for the first time the commercial viability of this technology in a cool climate.

The Lincoln precision agriculture company CropLogic is expanding into the North American market via its takeover of a Washington State firm.

 

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