Gwavas Station board chair Bob Cotterall.

At the end of May, the winner of the Ahuwhenua Trophy for the top Māori sheep and beef farm will be announced at a gala dinner in Gisborne.

 
 
Feeding out maize silage

Maize silage is a maize crop cut and ensiled in a stack or bunker; commonly used as a supplement to pasture in situations where cows would otherwise be underfed.

 
Building pasture cover levels

The long summer dry has meant many farmers are now focused on how they can increase pasture cover levels while still meeting cow condition score targets.

Erica Leadley, South Island regional manager of the Ballance Farm Sustainability Team, displays the award at SIAFD.

Ballance Agri Nutrients’ farm environment planning tool MitAgator last month won the Smart Farming Award at the South Island Agricultural Field Days at Kirwee.

Rural Support Trust chairman and group spokesman Neil Bateup.

Scattered rain over the past few weeks has been enough to encourage new pasture growth, helping to raise morale amongst Waikato’s farmers.

Spreading effluent solids requires specialist machinery suited to the type of effluent being spread. 

Good effluent management combines a well-designed effluent system with processes for collecting effluent and applying it to pasture in the right quantities at the right time.

Lincoln University Professors Hong Di (left) and Keith Cameron show bottles of effluent, one raw and one cleared by the coagulant used in ClearTech system.

New research points to more advantages to the ClearTech dairy effluent treatment system being developed by Lincoln University and Ravensdown.

The dairy industry is supporting councils in their efforts to get all farmers to meet their effluent obligations.

The winners of the 2019 Southland-Otago Dairy Industry Awards Share Farmer of the Year competition believe strong relationships and networks are the key to their successful business.

The Share Farmer of the Year in the 2019 Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Industry Awards says he aims to look after his people, pasture, cows and environment.

Farm ownership remains the top priority for Colin and Isabella Beazley, the Share Farmer of the Year winners in the 2019 Northland Dairy Industry Awards.

Public speaking, feed budgeting, interviews, farm finances and explaining goals are among the many things entrants in the NZ Dairy Industry Awards learn, says the awards executive chair Rachel Baker.

 

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