Tuesday, 27 November 2018 09:15

Contractor lands zoo feed deal

Manawatu agricultural contractor Mike Hancock is helping to feed some of the world’s most stunning and endangered animals.

Published in General News
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 09:55

Too late to plant maize silage?

About this time of the year, we always seem to get calls from merchants and farmers asking several versions of the same question: “Is it too late to plant maize silage in November?” 

Published in Opinion
Sunday, 21 October 2018 08:55

Minimising losses while making silage

Most losses that occur when you make silage are invisible, but they can be up to 40% of the original cut pasture. 

Published in Management
Saturday, 20 October 2018 08:55

High-quality in, high-quality out

High-quality silage is a stable feed made from high-quality pasture.

Published in Management
Friday, 19 October 2018 13:55

Pickle it now, don’t let it rot

Making high-quality pasture silage should not be difficult, but it must be viewed as a supplementary feed, rather than just a necessity to manage pasture. 

Published in Management
Friday, 19 October 2018 10:55

The art of making silage

Making silage is a balance: when a paddock is closed, yield increases but quality declines.

Published in Management

At this stage of the season, levels of Neutral Detergent Fibre (NDF) rise very rapidly in typical NZ pastures as ryegrass starts to form seed head.

Published in Farm Health
Thursday, 27 September 2018 10:55

Make hay while the sun shines

Many regions are experiencing an early spring. The collective sigh of relief is almost audible as we exit a winter and spring very different from last season.  

Published in Management

The old policy of filling gaps with PKE from September comes with its very own headache this season – the FEI issue. 

Published in Farm Health
Thursday, 28 June 2018 14:55

Caring for cows on crops

Wintering cows on crops is a common strategy to help keep them in good condition, but it may result in them getting sick. 

Published in Management
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