Trimming goats' hooves

Overgrown hooves can cause a lot of problems for dairy goats, including stress on joints and bacterial and fungal infections.

 
Samples of dairy effluent on show at the launch of the ClearTech system show how suspended solids precipitate out under the influence of a special coagulant.

If every farm in New Zealand used the new ClearTech system for harvesting clean water from dairy effluent, NZ would save 42 billion litres of freshwater each year.

 
UK-made cattle bolus now sold in NZ

UK company Agrimin Ltd, maker of trace element boluses for cattle and sheep, has launched its products in New Zealand through its subsidiary Agrimin NZ Ltd.

 
John Taylor and Rusty at work.

Invercargill dog trainer John Taylor has been in demand in the Waikato and other districts using his 8-year-old border collie Rusty to sniff out exotic plant velvetleaf which is a big threat to pasture.

Matthew and Emma Darke, Waikato.

Converting a sheep and beef farm to dairy and going once-a-day milking has proven good decision-making by Jersey breeders Matthew and Emma Darke of Aria, Waikato.

Moyra Bramley is proud of the efforts of the Onuku Maori Lands Trust, which she chairs, has achieved in farming.

Moyra Bramley was born in 1933, the year Sir Apirana Ngata and Lord Bledisloe inaugurated the Ahuwhenua Trophy to recognise excellence in Maori farming — now Ms Bramley has at least a 50/50 chance of winning that trophy.

Trina Parker.

The future of blanket antibiotic treatment at dry-off (dry cow treatment or DCT) is still uncertain as the wider international discussion on antibiotic use in food producing animals continues.

Farmer and iwi members attending the field day.

A leading Maori dairy farm is planning to reduce its cow numbers but believes that by using better genetics it will maintain its production.

The first meat quality results from the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Genetics (BLNZ Genetics) beef progeny test are showing that farmers can select genetics to markedly improve their beef herds, and better marbling than expected in some breeds.

The number of animals we have in New Zealand and how we use our land is part of our greenhouse gas emissions profile and must be part of any policy discussions, explains Andy Reisinger. 

A lot has changed in farming over the last 22 years since LIC launched the production worth (PW) index in 1996, with breeding worth (BW) and lactation worth (LW). 

The use of New Zealand sourced genetics in LIC and First Light’s joint Wagyu breeding programme is making commercial sense all along the supply chain, the two companies say.

Using an alternative plant type like plantain in grazed pastures could help lower a farm’s greenhouse gas emissions, AgResearch scientists have found.

 

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