Many farmers will be looking to reduce empty rates that are dragging down profitability.

With pregnancy scans mostly completed, farmers are being handed their reproduction 'report cards' for last season's mating.

Trends show more farmers demanding sexed semen and genetic solutions to help minimise the environmental footprint of their herd.

South Island dairy farmers' attitudes towards breeding are rapidly changing, with cow performance data driving sire selection in an effort to maximise the value of herd progeny.

Before bulls arrive on farm they need to be kept in good body condition.

Good bull management means running adequte numbers of bulls with the herd, reducing their stress, and handling bulls to minimise the risk of injury to people and animals.

 
Dean Malcolm, Bluechip Marketing, is surprised by the interest among young people.

The energy building among the industry's young people in the lead-up to the autumn harvest sale has already proven to sale organisers that they did the right thing by instigating it.

 
Cows with marginal BCS are now in the spotlight.

Up until now the dairy industry has largely left the monitoring and management of cow body condition scores (BCS) to individual farmers, but change is imminent as scrutiny builds from within the consumer base of our valuable markets.

Farmbot water trough sensor.

A clever trough monitoring system from Australian supplier Farmbot, allows farmers to remotely monitor water supplies to stock, using a clever device aptly named the Wireless Trough Sensor.

The average sheep farmer is in their late 50s and the labour-intensive task of drenching lambs becomes more physically demanding with each passing year.

Ministry for Primary Industries director general Ray Smith says his organisation absolutely supports a review into the handling of the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak.

New Zealand Holstein breeders are offering their best for the Autumn Harvest Sale at Cambridge Raceway in April.

The demand for Wiltshire sheep is “incredible and unbelievable”, according to the country’s major breeder of the sheep that sheds its wool.

MPI says a significant amount of work is under way this year to update animal welfare codes and provide updated advice to farmers for issues such as heat stress.

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