Kiwi farmers are not the only ones nervous about their future as a result of politicians throwing them under the…
Australian dairy farmers Casey and Bonnie Taylor are noticing the difference after changing their cows' diets from Freddo Frogs and low G.I. bars.
The break-even cost of supplementary feed is 3.5% of the milk price, says DairyNZ principal scientist John Roche.
A new trial at the Northland Agricultural Research Farm near Dargaville is looking at alternatives to importing feed.
Quality silage is a stable feed made from quality pasture preserved in the absence of oxygen by quality fermentation to minimise any loss of feeding value, says DairyNZ.
Nothing competes with grass when it comes to cost effective feed. But when grass supply is short, ProGibb SG is the next best thing, says Farmlands Manawatu field manager Mike McLean.
This month we focus on the timing and methods of feeding of colostrum and how this affects the absorption of vital antibodies.
One response to tight economic circumstances for many dairy farmers is to look at reducing the amount of feed they buy in for their cows, says fertiliser co-op Ravensdown.
The dairy industry’s ongoing volatility coupled with a cold wet winter in many parts of the country has highlighted the real value of New Zealand’s pasture based system.