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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
Thursday, 24 October 2013 16:02

Robots roaming pastures soon a reality

ROBOTS TRAVERSING dairy paddocks, patch spraying a treatment here, applying some fertiliser or effluent there: sounds far-fetched but the reality is the technology’s already available and a commercial product is just around the corner.

Published in Management
Thursday, 24 October 2013 16:01

Pasture tool a prompt

HOW MUCH grass is going to grow on your farm next week?

Published in Management
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 09:12

New tool to calculate grass growth

NEW ZEALAND SHEEP and beef farmers have a new tool to help them calculate how much grass will grow on their farms two weeks in advance.

Published in General News