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To set up a dairy cow for a long, productive life you must give her the best possible start, says DairyNZ.
When Canterbury dairy farmer Alister Body became a DairyNZ director 12 years ago, he was motivated by his desire to be part of industry decisionmaking.
DairyNZ says a fall in the number of dairy conversions in Canterbury signals strongly that fears of a big rise in dairying there are unwarranted.
Using the right plants and techniques will help maximise the success of riparian planting and ensure value for money by getting it right first time, says DairyNZ.
Utilising pasture while minimising soil damage are among the main issues dairy farmers have grappled with in early spring, says Andrew Reid, DairyNZ’s general manager extension.
The recent case of animal mistreatment on Invercargill farms is a “sad slur” on the good reputation of New Zealand dairy farmers, says DairyNZ.
An expert in dairy production systems says farmers now have more science based tools to help them deal with the very wet conditions occurring in many regions, but good farm management still has a big role.
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