Wednesday, 28 January 2015 09:34

Top pastures get the gong

The best pastures in Waikato and Bay of Plenty have been identified.

Published in Management
Monday, 22 December 2014 06:00

Follow the science in pasture quest

BRIX AND Pasture Energy Scale is a Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) and farmer project exploring the relationship between grass Brix and pasture metabolisable energy (ME). 

Published in General News
Friday, 12 December 2014 00:00

Nothing beats home-grown pasture

With cashflows tight on dairy farms, pasture comes out on top as the cheapest feed source, says fertiliser co-op Ballance Agri-Nutrients.

Published in Agribusiness

DARE I say it? If you are aged 29 or over you can stop reading this message (about effluent) right now, because you’ll either know it all, or have made up your mind about it and be inflexible in your thinking. Younger minds when reading this will get an inkling of the underlying message and start to see the light. 

Published in General News
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 00:00

More pasture the answer

Dairy farmers searching for efficiencies in their operation know that homegrown, fully utilised pasture has always been the most cost-effective feed. Even before the current downturn, many farmers were not only looking at output ratios such as milk solids per cow, but also at feed efficiency ratios such as the cost of producing a megajoule of metabolisable energy per kg of dry matter. 

Published in Opinion
Monday, 20 October 2014 12:20

Ignore unknown plants at your peril

IGNORING A new and unknown species in your pasture could cost you thousands of dollars later, so scout your paddocks and get help with anything untoward, says a leading weed scientist.

Published in Management
Monday, 20 October 2014 11:53

Fescue fits for Northland farms

The problems caused by droughts in the far north have been well documented but a sometimes forgotten pasture species can help mitigate the impact. Gareth Gillatt reports.

Published in Management
Monday, 17 February 2014 12:56

Summer hunting on offer to help farmers

A SPECIAL two-day bird hunting season is being held in Taranaki and Whanganui to help farmers disperse paradise shelducks.

Published in General News
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 10:56

Be on alert for facial eczema

WHILE HOT humid weather across the country has provided the perfect conditions for lush pasture cover this spring, farmers need to stay alert for an increased risk of facial eczema through summer.

Published in Management
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:19

Lack of pasture persistence a recurring theme

IN THE 2007/08 drought Wayne Reynolds’ cows chewed covers down to four clicks and average cover across his 154ha effective farm was just 1190kgDM/ha.

Published in Management
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