Holstein Friesian breeders will gather in Palmerston North later this month for their annual conference.

It will likely be a case of second - or third - time lucky for the winner of the 2022 Valden Cow of the Year, with five of the six finalists of the prestigious Holstein Friesian cow competition having been nominated at least once before.

Danny Donaghy

Dr Danny Donaghy is professor of dairy systems at Massey University and a specialist in pasture agronomy and physiology.

Malcolm Sinclair, Southern Humates, at the mine.

It all started when a small group of soil scientists and farmers considered the potential of humates to improve the quality of soil and the possible flow-on effects on pasture growth.

Isaac Kelson leads the Supreme Champion Joyclas Sammy Moo to the top of the Holstein show before she would go all the way against the other breeds. Photo: Mud Media.

The overwhelming response coming out the New Zealand Dairy Event (NZDE) was exhibitor relief that the show went ahead.

Dairy product manufacturer New Zealand Food Innovation Waikato (FoodWaikato) has appointed Tony Giles as its new chief executive.

While the annual Irish Ploughing Championships (The Ploughing), normally held in September, has been cancelled for the second time because of Covid, one key aspect of the event  - innovation awards - has taken place remotely.

New Zealand dairy genetics company Tropical Dairy Group Limited (TDG) is trying to raise $3 million from investors.

Former Foundation of Arable Research (FAR) chief executive Nick Pyke is chair of the AGMARDT Board of Trustees.

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