Monday, 02 March 2020 10:17

Autumn calving on Farmers' Forum agenda

Written by  Staff Reporters
Debbie McCallum and Jake Jarman. Debbie McCallum and Jake Jarman.

Taranaki farmers will have the opportunity to hear about shifting to autumn calving at DairyNZ’s Farmers’ Forum this week.

The forum will update farmers on a project looking at the effects of transitioning a herd from spring-calving to autumn-calving. The project is being delivered by Dairy Trust Taranaki with support and funding from DairyNZ. 

“Autumn calving is an option that some Taranaki farmers think may better suit the dry summers and warm winters they experience in this region,” says DairyNZ senior scientist Dr Jane Kay.  

“Given this interest among local farmers we are supporting Dairy Trust Taranaki to investigate the costs and benefits of different systems.”

The forum is the fourth of five forums nationwide during February and March, and will be held at Dairy Trust Taranaki’s Gibson Farm at Hawera on March 11.

Provisional results of the Kavanagh farm trial, which compared a steady state spring-calving herd with a herd that has transitioned from spring-calving to autumn-calving, will be presented at the forum. The presentation will cover differences in animal performance such as milk production, reproduction, body condition scores and changes in pasture growth and supplementary feed use from the first two years of the three-year project. 

Massey University Masters student Jake Jarman analysed the project data and will be delivering the presentation in conjunction with Dairy Trust Taranaki. 

“Local farmers want to know if autumn calving is an option for them, so it’s exciting to be able to aid their decision-making in this area by providing good quality data and analyses,” says Jarman.  

 

 

More like this

Being a good boss during calving

Despite it being a busy time, being a good boss during calving is absolutely achievable, says DairyNZ’s People Team leader Jane Muir.

Featured

 

Being a good boss during calving

Despite it being a busy time, being a good boss during calving is absolutely achievable, says DairyNZ’s People Team leader Jane Muir.

SFOTY in hot water over social media posts

Organisers of the NZ Dairy Industry Awards are investigating unsavoury social media comments allegedly made by the newly crowned 2020 Share Farmer of the Year, Nick Bertram.

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

Milking It

A ticking timebomb?

There could be another dairy health scare brewing in China and this one starts in our backyard.

Please explain

Does anyone in the Government understand the essential role St John Ambulance has in our society?

» Connect with Dairy News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter