High-quality silage is a stable feed made from high-quality pasture.
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.
Making silage is a balance: when a paddock is closed, yield increases but quality declines.
No ‘magic bullet’ exists for managing a farm environmental footprint, says Ngai Tahu Farming’s general manager of dairy, Shane Kelly.
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.
Maximising milking efficiency need not compromise animal health. In fact, many improvements to milking efficiency also help to improve udder health and milk quality.
The teat cup liner is the only part of a milking machine that contacts a cow’s teat.
The cleanliness of the milking system and the dairy is critical, and strict cleaning guidelines are needed to maintain milk quality standards.
Good cow flow is vital and at the heart of achieving efficient milkings.
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.
It's past mid-September and as calving draws to a close it is time to ensure mating plans are in place.
It's an early winter morning, dark and chilly, but Northland dairy farmer Jane Hutchings couldn’t be happier.
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.
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.
European scientists are forecasting that the next four years could be unusually warm.
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.
Farmers’ interest in using liquid fertilisers instead of the more mainstream solid granules is hotting up, says John Barnes, general manager of Fertiliser NZ, Richmond, Nelson.
Using the right plants and techniques will make the most of riparian planting and give you value for money by getting it right first time.
Fencing waterways protects freshwater from nutrients, effluent and sediment by excluding stock and creating a buffer between water and the land.
A new three-year trial by the Northland Dairy Development Trust (NDDT) is looking at options for farmers to manage the fat evaluation index (FEI) in a variable climate.
After eight years hard work, Mataura Valley Milk’s new $240 million nutrition plant at McNab, near Gore, has begun production on schedule.
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.
Many farms are struggling with wet soils making for slower growth rates and poorer utilisation.
A fast track to the top has taken Ash-Leigh Campbell, of Canterbury, into the role of national chairwoman of NZ Young Farmers.