Agpac’s plastic baler in action.

The rules on waste disposal by farmers and growers are changing: the traditional options of burning and burying are no longer allowed. 

 
Bryce Lupton discusses his farming regime with attendees at a recent BLNZ environmental field day.

Concerns about the sensitive environment of the Kaipara Harbour prompted the top-performing drystock unit Te Opu to transition from sheep and beef breeding to a successful unit finishing bulls and lambs.

 
Mike Barton’s Taupo farm no longer runs breeding cows.

Now operating under a nitrogen cap – with a cap also on stock units -- Mike Barton of Taupo’s Glen Emmreth Farm no longer runs breeding cows.

 
Interest in lucerne – particularly in summer dry areas – is growing.

Long-time lucerne expert and advocate Professor Derrick Moot of Lincoln University says he’s now getting interest in his work from around the world.

Meeting other entrants and finding out about the work everyone else was doing were highlights of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards for Waikato finalists Peter and Karen West.

The days of trekking across hill country farms to get samples of soil fertility, then blanket spreading fertiliser, are nearing their end, says Ravensdown.

Irish grasslands researcher Dr Phil Creighton is leading a project looking at new grass species to improve ewe performance and speed the growth rate of lambs.

The Irwin family -- Geoff, Lee and son Steve -- milk 330 cows on 83ha at Kiwitahi, near Morrinsville, in what Geoff describes as “a relaxed farming system”.

The Irwin family -- Geoff, Lee and son Steve -- milk 330 cows on 83ha at Kiwitahi, near Morrinsville, in what Geoff describes as “a relaxed farming system”.

 

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