Evan and Linda Potter urge farmers to carefully review their systems and assess what effect their operations will have over the next 100 years or more.

The couple behind one of New Zealand's most sustainable farms are challenging other farmers to think three or four generations into the future when making decisions.

The group is made up of nine Waikato farms, which are all part of the local Mangatangi catchment.

"There's no hanging round with this group," says Red Meat Profit Partnership Action Group facilitator Rob Macnab. "They know what they want to do and out role is to help make that happen."

New deer industry quality assurance manager Rob Gregory.

The deer industry says it is reinforcing its commitment to animal welfare with the appointment of a leading specialist in farm animal welfare.

Ali and Dion Kilmister overlooking their Wairarapa farm, one of four properties they own where they finish 17,000 lambs and 600 cattles a year.

'ToViewADream Farming' was started 16 years ago by farmer Dion Kilmister and it's been living up to its name ever since.

Paul Kenyon says breeding hoggets has the potential to improve farm productivity but it takes careful management.

Hogget breeding has the potential to improve farm productivity but they take careful management according to Professor Paul Kenyon of Massey University. Peter Burke reports.

Research has found that N leaching was 10-50% lower from dairy sheep than what might be expected from dairy cows.

An AgResearch study shows that dairy sheep appear to have lower nitrogen leaching per hectare than their bovine counterparts. Dr Diana Selbie has been leading the MBIE-funded project looking at the environmental footprint of dairy sheep. Its aim is to provide some hard data to back up claims that this…

Catch crops are a good way to capture and use nitrogen left in the wake of winter forage crops.

Along with several other organisations, Beef+Lamb NZ helped fund the catch crops for reduced nitrate leaching project. Sown as soon as possible after grazing has finished, catch crops have been the subject of a Sustainable Farming Fund project led by Peter Carey from Lincoln Agritech, with support from Brendon Malcolm…

Farmers in Hawke's Bay have now experienced two successive years of bad droughts, which has stretched their farm management skills to the limit. Watching this and working with farmers to mitigate the problems are two experienced AgFirst farm consultants based in Hastings - Lochie MacGillivray and Phil Tither. They talked…

The dry in some regions of New Zealand has resulted in sheep farmers wondering how they will get through the coming winter and the impacts this may have one the number and weight of lambs weaned. Massey University's Professor Paul Kenyon looks into the issue.

Winter forage grazing is used extensively in the South Island as a low-cost system to feed dairy cows and build body condition prior to calving in late winter.

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Flag it!

OPINION: Agriculture and Trade Minister Damien O'Connor tried to keep his latest overseas jaunt secret squirrel.

Oh dear!

OPINION: This old mutt suggests that farmers' growing discontent with Beef+Lamb NZ's performance is going to reach fever peak after…

» Connect with Rural News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter