A controversial dairy conversion in the Mackenzie Country is now allowed to irrigate, even as Environment Canterbury warns that such intensive farming in the area would not now get approval.
Effluent managed well is a nutrient and a benefit to your farming practice, says Pye Group’s Michelle Pye.
Politicians are promising to improve water quality within five years.
A few minutes can make all the difference to saving or losing a paddock to pugging on a West Coast dairy farm.
Getting the biggest bang for your buck out of fertiliser while protecting economic and environmental bottom lines is a key goal for farmers.
Timely advice from respected experts will feature in regular seminars during the two-day Effluent Expo at Mystery Creek Events Pavilion on November 27 and 28.
Good effluent management is a combination of a well-designed effluent system and processes for people, says DairyNZ.
CB Norwood Distributors will be at the Effluent Expo (November 27, 28) with its Pichon slurry tankers and pond stirrers.
Smart irrigation is a practical way for irrigators to implement and demonstrate good management practice, says Irrigation NZ.
The 2017 Central Plateau Share Farmers of the Year, Carlos and Bernice Delos Santos, says entering the Dairy Industry Awards was one of the best career decisions they have made.
If your milk cooling system is not capable of meeting the new milk cooling regulations, you may need secondary cooling.
We have all had to deal with milk quality issues onfarm at some stage in our farming careers — whether it be a freezing point grade or high bulk somatics on the first pick-up or perhaps an antibiotic scare during the season.
Farm dairy operators must have an auditable system that confirms milk cooling requirements are met.
MPI says a farm dairy must act to correct milk cooling performance if data show the milk is not being cooled within the required parameters.
Milk cooling affects milk quality: the faster milk is cooled after milking, the better its quality at collection.
Canterbury farming company Rylib Group is firmly based on family values, says director John Nicholls.
More farmers have asked this year about CRV Ambreed’s LowN sires, as they aim to start breeding for lower milk urea nitrogen concentration (MUN), says product manager Peter van Elzakker.
Most losses that occur when you make silage are invisible, but they can be up to 40% of the original cut pasture.
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.