Farmer Joanne Cracks says robotic milking has given them freedom.

Southern Star Farms Ltd is a 456ha mixed farm near Waituna Lagoon, Southland, which runs 300 Jersey cows and 2500 breeding ewes.

Farmer Phill Everest (third from right) addresses the field day on his farm.

The Everest family of Ashburton in Hinds are one of many local farming families working hard to reduce nitrogen loss.

Maize seeds are large and are very resilient to weather fluctuations resulting in a wide planting window.

Reports are coming in from across the country indicating the cold and wet spring has meant many farmers and contractors planting crops are behind with their planting schedule.

Matt and Tracey Jones with their milking flock on their farm at Kirwee, in Canterbury.

Breeding the best dairy sheep for South Island conditions while developing the markets and processing capacity to support others into the industry are the twin goals of Canterbury sheep milking pioneers Matt and Tracey Jones.

Nga Kaitiaki O Nga Wai Maori completing a fish survey in the Wairua catchment.

Fonterra recently reached the milestone of eight years since it started working with the Department of Conservation (DOC) through the Living Water partnership, which helps identify and trial game-changing and scalable solutions that show dairying freshwater can thrive together.

A new product has been launched that is said to increase soil productivity, improve nitrogen efficiency and in the end, profit per hectare.

Nesting birds are wreaking havoc when it comes to rural insurance, causing more than $4 million in claims over the last three years, says FMG.

The decisions farmers make today to reduce excess nutrients will be reflected in water quality improvements in our river within five years, on average, finds new research from Our Land and Water.

Spring has sprung and with it comes an increased risk of nutrients leaving farms due to high rainfall, low pasture growth, lots of stock urine being deposited, soil compaction and pugging.

With mating season around the corner, there's no time for guesswork or getting herd nutrition wrong, according to GrainCorp Feeds' technical support manager Ken Winter.

When planning a project it is important to be clear what current conditions exist, what information you need to collect to determine this and importantly a clear understanding of the goals you wish to achieve. 

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