Waikeria Prison manager of industries Stuart Morgan (right) and head of farm operations Pete Watson.

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.

Studies have shown milk production can decrease by 10-20% if sufficient water is not supplied.

 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.

LIC AgCelerator Fund manager Eleshea D'Souza toasts to a new investment partnership with CEO David McDonald from TrackBack with a cold glass of milk.

Farmer cooperative LIC is investing in two agritech businesses working to deliver more value to New Zealand dairy farmers.

 
A balanced approach to breeding is paramount for optimal on farm success, says LIC’s Simon Worth.

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.

 
A clear assessment of fertiliser requirements will both improve economic returns from pasture and help avoid contamination of ground and surface water.

With spring in the air and soils starting to warm up over the next few weeks, farmers will be preparing to fertilise their paddocks.

More than 600km of Taranaki river and stream banks will be planted with a million native plants next winter.

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.

Specific water quality monitoring functions in Lake Taupo have been transferred to the Tuwharetoa Māori Trust Board.

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.

Milk cooling affects milk quality. The quicker the milk is cooled after milking, the better the quality when it is collected from the farm.

Machine cleaning systems maintain milk quality by aiming to remove all milk residues from the plant and destroying any resident bacteria.

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.

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