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The choice of plant species and cultivar play a major role in maximising the life of pasture.

Similar to a high breeding worth cow, a high genetic merit ryegrass cultivar won’t fulfil its potential if it’s not managed properly.

 
Copper needs of cattle

Copper (Cu) is an essential micronutrient of cattle with many vital roles, ranging from facilitating the formation of red blood cells and nerves to the manufacture of connective tissue and bone growth.

Bruce Thorrold.

DairyNZ will lead a seven-year $21 million research partnership to contribute to cleaning up rural waterways. 

Battery-powered cow collars monitor each animal.

Fitting out an entire dairy herd with wireless digital activity monitors is so effective a management tool that it even reduces human stress.

The Irwin family -- Geoff, Lee and son Steve -- milk 330 cows on 83ha at Kiwitahi, near Morrinsville, in what Geoff describes as “a relaxed farming system”.

Some milkers in New Zealand could be lifting 1500-1800kg during each milking, and so doing a lot of work, says Josh Wheeler, a milk quality consultant.

The impacts of a wet winter are clearly evident as I drive around the countryside. In fact, I have never seen the level of damage on farm after winter as I am seeing now.

 

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