For Freedom Farms, the bottom line for animal welfare is no crates, no cages. 

Credibility and consumer appeal can depend on how you translate the five major points of animal welfare into action on farm, says Freedom Farms general manager Hilary Pearson.

 
 
West Otago sheep and beef farmer Simon O’Meara.

While winter feed crops are crucial in Simon O’Meara’s farm system, the West Otago sheep and beef farmer is making changes to cut their damage to the environment.

Central Hawke’s Bay deer farmers Evan and Linda Potter, 2019 winners of the Premier Elworthy Environmental Award.

Central Hawke's Bay farmers Evan and Linda Potter have won the premier Elworthy Award in the deer industry’s 2019 environmental awards.

AgResearch senior scientist Robyn Dynes discusses the Forages For Reduced Nitrates programme alongside event facilitator Richard Robinson during the open day on the Wright’s farm.

A sheep and beef farmer taking part in the big Forages for Reduced Nitrates Leaching (FRNL) research programme has found its stated goal of a 20% reduction in nitrate leaching out of reach.

Tips for saving fuel

Fuel costs are a hot topic everywhere, added to the rising costs of compliance and licensing. Here are some tips on how to reduce fuel consumption and lower costs for rural businesses.

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.

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

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

Superior weight gain makes Simmentals the breed of choice for Canterbury sheep and beef farmer Mark Copland.

Lucerne is the world’s most important forage, says Lincoln University professor of plant science Derrick Moot.

 

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