A recent field day at the Waikeria Prison Farm near Te Awamutu offered farmers the chance to see what goes on “behind the wire”, alongside introducing the idea of farmers employing offenders near the end or after the term of their sentences.
Water is something we often take for granted but over recent years, through the droughts inflicted on us, I have seen many farms whose water systems have been lacking.
Farmer cooperative LIC is investing in two agritech businesses working to deliver more value to New Zealand dairy farmers.
Running an organic dairy farm is a bit like living on an island where one has to be completely self-sufficient.
Animal breeding company LIC says its fresh liquid bull semen is literally flying out the door as demand rockets.
The motivation of dairy farmers to create herds that are more efficient converters of feed-to-profit is long-held, but a balanced approach to breeding is paramount for optimal on-farm success.
With spring in the air and soils starting to warm up over the next few weeks, farmers will be preparing to fertilise their paddocks.
A Ravensdown ClearTech effluent treatment system installed at the Lincoln University Dairy Farm (LUDF) has saved over 600,000 litres of freshwater in its first month of operation.
More than 600km of Taranaki river and stream banks will be planted with a million native plants next winter as the region’s farmers take advantage of a $5 million government boost.
A $300 million project has been signed to try and prevent sediment loss from land to sea at Kaipara Harbour.
Investing in effluent storage is a significant decision on-farm, so it’s worth taking the time to carefully plan what is needed to ensure the right design for your farm.
A special ceremony was held in Taupo recently for the official signing of an agreement to transfer specific water quality monitoring functions to the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board.
A recent field day in Otago to discuss looming new effluent storage and discharge rules attracted 50 farmers and rural professionals.
The start of the new dairy season saw a Hawke’s Bay couple triple the number of cows under their care.
Paddocks are among a farmer’s biggest and most important assets but occasionally they need a makeover in the form of regrassing.
A Wairarapa dairy farm has adopted a unique calving pattern to boost milk production and maximise its livestock income.
Milk cooling affects milk quality. The quicker the milk is cooled after milking, the better the quality when it is collected from the farm.
The cleanliness of the milking system and the dairy is critical.
Bay of Plenty couple Andrew and Lynette Stuart are thankful for opting for a vat monitoring system.
Machine cleaning systems maintain milk quality by aiming to remove all milk residues from the plant and destroying any resident bacteria.
Fonterra is installing new milk vat monitoring systems to support their farmers’ production of high-quality milk and make the co-op’s milk collection more efficient.
Apart from Covid-19, there seems to be one topic that is dominating the farming media at the moment – freshwater and all the new rules and policies designed to protect it.
Gillian Saich from Invercargill is new to dairy farming and was thrilled when a dairy farmer offered her work experience on his farm.
The discovery of bovine tuberculosis in the Hawke’s Bay meant St. Peters School’s Owl Farm had to rethink this season’s heifer management strategy.
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