Displaying items by tag: feed

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.

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Friday, 19 October 2018 07:55

Maintaining nutrition as pasture quality drops

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.  

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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
Monday, 19 February 2018 09:24

Maize can make the difference

Maize is a vital crop that consumes a lot of farmers’ time and money, says DairyNZ.

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Friday, 12 May 2017 08:55

Make a good move to fodder beet

Fodder beet, while having been grown in New Zealand for many years, has only recently gained popularity as an important part of dairy cow winter feeding systems.

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 11:55

Make it a successful harvest

Maize silage is a good fit with New Zealand systems because the rumen is a microbial environment, full of bacteria, fungi and protozoa which eventually help to produce milk or weight gain.

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Thursday, 27 October 2016 09:55

Cheap seed doesn’t pay

As a result of the last two seasons’ historically low payouts many farmers have become very cost focussed.

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