Canterbury farmers collect their milk sampling kits at a recent meeting in Dunsandel.

Good farm records have helped to relieve a South Island farming business of some of the effects of getting through a Mycoplasma bovis infection, reports FarmIQ Systems Ltd, a software company.

Water storage will help provide a reliable supply of water for urban dwellers and farmers.

The world is seeing the effects of poor planning for the effects of climate change on water infrastructure, says IrrigationNZ chief executive Andrew Curtis.

No more guesswork

A new farm management platform allows dairy farmers to manage their effluent, water and fertiliser all in one place.

Wetlands help reduce contaminants reaching waterways.

A recent review commissioned by DairyNZ may surprise you at the effectiveness of wetlands in preventing contaminants from reaching waterways. 

Digital dermatitis is another cause for lameness in herds.

Digital dermatitis, which left unchecked can lead to lameness, appears to be slowly increasing in New Zealand, says Neil Chesterton, Vet Education Transfer Services.

Allister Moorhead, Agricom.

The plantain product Ecotain has been shown to reduce nitrate leaching from urine patches in dairy pastures by up to 90%, says Agricom product development specialist Allister Moorhead.

WorkSafe NZ’s Al McCone.

The steps that lead to good business are the same as those that lead to good health and safety practices, says Al McCone, sector leader for agriculture at WorkSafe New Zealand.

A plate heat exchanger is one way to cool milk.

Milk cooling affects milk quality: the faster the milk is cooled after milking, the better its quality when it is collected from the farm.

Getting good staff is a big challenge faced by dairy farming businesses. But are we doing enough as employers to create environments where good people want to work? 

New raw milk temperature standards, set by the Ministry of Primary Industries, will be mandatory for all dairy farms from June 1.

Pioneer forage specialist, Ian Williams, explains why backup feed as a risk control measure makes good economic sense.

Dairy farming is not all about making money, say South Waikato farmers Stefan Goldwater and Bronwen Klippel.


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