Ewen and Diane Mathieson say winter grazing is a means of putting weight on the animals at a time of year when they aren’t growing a lot of feed.

A Southland farmer believes careful planning is the key to mitigating potential risks of grazing livestock on fodder crops during the winter.

The last time the milk price was this high, many farmers fed cows more feed, produced more milk but made no more money.

Fonterra recently announced a forecast milk price range for the coming season of $7.25 to $8.75 per kgMS, with a midpoint of $8.00 per kgMS.

Farmers will begin moving stock onto crops in the coming weeks, so now is the critical time to ensure all plans are in place for the months ahead.

Farmers preparing to graze livestock on fodder crops this winter are being encouraged to use a new checklist and other practical resources now available sector-wide.

Ahead of Moving Day, insurer FMG is offering up three tips for farmers and contract milkers.

Rural insurer FMG is offering up three tips for farmers and contract milkers to support a successful Moving Day this year.

Marc and Nia Jones.

Marc and Nia Jones are getting ready to move farm on 1 June to a new sharemilking opportunity at a 370-hectare farm at Mamaku.

Clover is an example of a particularly phosphate-hungry plant, but especially important because it can fix nitrogen from the air, reducing the need for N fertilisers such as urea.

Although many people on the planet are willing to pay more for New Zealand produce, productive land to grow that food and fibre is becoming unavailable here in our own backyard.

LIC is searching for expressions of interest for a PhD opportunity.

The farmer co-operative says it is committed to educating and upskilling the next generation of leaders in the agricultural industry.

Garry Diack

Ravensdown has appointed Garry Diack as its new chief executive, replacing Greg Campbell who has held the position at the farmer-owned co-operative for the past eight years.

SimplyCow is cloud-based, so it can be used without a network connection.

Finnish software company Mtech Digital Solutions has launched the SimplyCow mobile application, said to be an easy-to-use tool that allows herd management and animal recording without extensive software systems.

From time to time, I get calls from anxious growers who, for whatever reason, have been unable to sell all their maize.

DairyNZ says next month's Farmers' Forum will provide farmers with insights into practical solutions to help farmers sustain on-farm success.

A beauty therapist who turned to dairy farming has won the DairyNZ Good Boss competition.

It's that time of the year when the country's top Māori dairy farms claim the spotlight as part of the prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy competition to determine the winner of this annual event. For the last two weeks field days have been held at two of the three farms in the competition and as Dairy News goes to press, a third one is taking place.

The other day I read a couple of articles that made me think. The first, published in Stuff was on a report by Otago and Victoria Universities on the number of Kiwis at risk of getting bowel cancer because they live in areas with an elevated water nitrate level.

Purpose-built ponds that provide a safe haven for whitebait are being hailed as a success by Bay of Plenty Regional Council staff, following the results of a recent overnight trapping operation.

New Zealand farmers are having input into the development of a revolutionary irrigation prototype as its Feilding-based software engineers seek to refine its design.

Recent St Peter’s School Cambridge graduate, Annabelle McGuire, set off to Lincoln University in mid-February full of excitement as she embarks on a Bachelor of Agribusiness and Food Marketing qualification.

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