In practice, silage is often not made at the optimal time, and little attention is paid to the silage-making process.

Making high-quality pasture silage should not be difficult, but it must be viewed as a supplementary feed, rather than just a necessity to manage pasture. 

 
 
Tanker driver Justin Wells collects milk samples for testing during his milk run.

As the dairy season starts to peak it’s not only a busy time for farmers, but also those who support them – such as the milk tanker drivers.

Maximise milking efficiency and improve udder health and milk quality.

Maximising milking efficiency need not compromise animal health. In fact, many improvements to milking efficiency also help to improve udder health and milk quality.

 
Bacteria can build up in the plant and contaminate milk.

The cleanliness of the milking system and the dairy is critical, and strict cleaning guidelines are needed to maintain milk quality standards.

Make hay while the sun shines

Many regions are experiencing an early spring. The collective sigh of relief is almost audible as we exit a winter and spring very different from last season.  

Farmer Sandra Matthews.

Taking the first step to do something challenging can be life-changing. For Ravensdown shareholder Sandra Matthews that’s exactly what happened after she completed the Agri-Women’s Development Trust (AWDT) Escalator programme.

The SenseTime monitoring system.

A flexible, high-performance cow monitoring system was just what Alastair Robinson needed in his 70-bail rotary shed in Waikuku, North Canterbury, reports the supplier, Allflex.

DairyNZ and NIWA are jointly looking for riparian plant options that not only benefit the environment, but lend themselves to fodder for stock, food for humans, and even pharmaceutical making.

If farmers feel winter hasn’t gone as well as it could have and sometimes the cows were in deep mud, then now is a good time to review their wintering plans, says DairyNZ animal care team leader Helen Thoday.

 

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