Mastitis expert Steve Cranefield says some farmers wrongly believe mastitis is contagious.

Mastitis expert Steve Cranefield says as long as the basics of mastitis management are followed the risk of one cow spreading mastitis to another cow is quite low.

The new programme is said to be the beef industry’s response to increasing demand for high quality food produced with a lower environmental footprint.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Genetics is launching a beef programme, which it says is designed to generate more income for beef producers and the economy while also protecting the environment.

 
Sharemilkers Ross and Kirsty Conder

Ross and Kristy Conder are not milking your typical Southland herd. The successful farming couple 50:50 sharemilk 840 predominantly Jersey cows at Otapiri, near Winton.

 
Waikeria Prison manager of industries Stuart Morgan (right) and head of farm operations Pete Watson.

A recent field day at the Waikeria Prison Farm near Te Awamutu offered farmers the chance to see what goes on “behind the wire”, alongside introducing the idea of farmers employing offenders near the end or after the term of their sentences.

Studies have shown milk production can decrease by 10-20% if sufficient water is not supplied.

 Water is something we often take for granted but over recent years, through the droughts inflicted on us, I have seen many farms whose water systems have been lacking.

LIC AgCelerator Fund manager Eleshea D'Souza toasts to a new investment partnership with CEO David McDonald from TrackBack with a cold glass of milk.

Farmer cooperative LIC is investing in two agritech businesses working to deliver more value to New Zealand dairy farmers.

Measuring and recording performance is critical to driving performance on sheep and beef farms

High-performing farmers are front-footing challenges facing the sheep and beef sector and adapting their businesses, according to new research by the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP).

Talking sheep measles with Ovis at the East Coast Farming Expo earlier this year.

The countdown is on to one of the highlights of the wider region’s agriculture calendar, the 2021 East Coast Farming Expo for sheep and beef farmers.

The motivation of dairy farmers to create herds that are more efficient converters of feed-to-profit is long-held, but a balanced approach to breeding is paramount for optimal on-farm success.

When New Yorkers Anders and Emily Crofoot took over Castlepoint Station on the eastern Wairarapa coast in 1998 they had to make some big adjustments, quickly.

Wairarapa sheep farmer Rob Dick is on a mission to reduce his property’s environmental footprint as quickly as possible – and his approach starts with the soil.

Auckland-born and bred Northern region Young Farmer of the Year winner Lisa Kendall reckons because she didn’t grow up on the land she felt a lot of pressure to fit in and be tough when she went into farming.

With spring in the air and soils starting to warm up over the next few weeks, farmers will be preparing to fertilise their paddocks.

More than 600km of Taranaki river and stream banks will be planted with a million native plants next winter as the region’s farmers take advantage of a $5 million government boost.

A $300 million project has been signed to try and prevent sediment loss from land to sea at Kaipara Harbour.

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