While the hills in Central Hawkes Bay remain green, which is remarkable for this time of the year, Porangahau farmer Sam Clark and his wife Gudrun are on the lookout for drought.
Setting up for next year’s production was the theme of a Beef + Lamb NZ field day held last week at Massey University’s Tuapaka farm just outside Palmerston North.
Beef + Lamb NZ expects the total numbers of beef and dairy cattle and sheep to be static for the next five to six years and into the future.
Normally, at this time of the year, Central Hawkes Bay is bone dry. But this season is the exception, as Peter Burke found out.
Concern among sheep and beef farmers about environment-related issues is probably holding back production, says a Beef + Lamb NZ economist.
Farmers, don't give the rule-makers a reason to regulate, says Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s environment team.
It's time for DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb NZ to justify their split of the eradication costs of Mycoplasma bovis.