Sharemilkers are the minority among dairy and beef farmers, but in respect of NAIT they have a big role.
Research to help dairy farmers build up carbon in their soils to offset their farms’ greenhouse gas emissions is underway.
Farmers must confirm periodically that their farm’s milk cooling system is performing to the standard set by the new rules.
Taranaki farmer Grant Gopperth was at a crossroads: new milk cooling regulations required that he upgrade his milking shed.
Raw milk grows bacteria rapidly above 7˚C, so adequate milk cooling is essential for ensuring quality milk is supplied.
You can efficiently cool milk before it enters the vat using reliable, cost-effective systems to chill milk quickly.
Energy management is a key way dairy farmers and sharemilkers can cut costs and improve profits.
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 predicted dry patch, which in November seemed impossible to envisage, has arrived.
Farm forestry and tourism are blending well with Graham Smith’s dairy business.
A Woodville, Tararua dairy farmer is halving his dairy shed power bill with a solar power system he will pay for in six years. And it has no batteries. Peter Burke reports.
Dairy cows in all regions are affected by heat stress during summer. The comfort zone of a cow is 4-20°C, about 10-15° lower than the comfort zone of a human.
A Hawkes Bay project aimed at cutting nitrogen losses has provided challenges and lessons for its farmers involved.
Plantain could ‘save’ some Manawatu dairy farmers faced with cutting nitrogen losses from pasture by 60%, comments DairyNZ.
Manawatu farmer Kevin Buckman was experiencing ongoing cup slip issues before experimenting with lightweight milking liners in his three herringbone sheds.
One change to your dairy system can reduce costs, shorten milk-out time, prevent cup slip, lower somatic cell counts and boost milk yield.
Interest in once-a-day (OAD) milking is rising, says DairyNZ senior scientist Dr Paul Edwards.
Mike and Debi Fichtl, of South Waikato, believe farm ownership is still an admirable, and achievable aim.
A large calf rearer bought an $80,000 pasteurisation unit this year to protect his business from Mycoplasma bovis.
An Irish farm systems researcher says any solutions that scientists come up with to solve problems must be simple and not create other problems.
Don't underestimate how much water your cows need.
No one is more passionate about breeding better dairy cows than Ray Lawrence, Taranaki.
Otorohanga farmers Michael and Claire Newson have a passion for the quintessential New Zealand farm and family lifestyle.
Assuming a goat’s nutritional requirements fit somewhere between that of sheep and cattle is a mistake.