Displaying items by tag: pasture

Thursday, 16 April 2015 10:28

Limited pasture requires precision management

Western Australian dairy farmers Ruth and Ian McGregor can only rely on pasture for five months of the season on their Chapman Hill farm, near Busselton, so each blade grown must be maximised.

Published in Farm Health

Farmers are being urged to exercise caution when transitioning cows from pasture to brassicas and fodder beet.

Published in Farm Health
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 00:00

Patience needed with dry pastures

Don't be tempted to give stock a “pick” at parched pastures as soon as they green-up after rain.

Published in Management
Monday, 23 March 2015 00:00

Sheep and beef can match dairy grazing

Wintering dairy cows may be a useful pasture development tool but once the bulk of the regrassing’s done, sheep and beef can at least match the returns, say award winning North Otago farmers Blair and Jane Smith.

Published in Management
Saturday, 21 March 2015 00:00

Herb pastures allow for early weaning

For several years scientists at Massey University have promoted the idea of using herb pasture mixes such as chicory, plantain and red and white clover.

Published in Farm Health
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 12:07

Kikyu performs as well as ryegrass

A Kikuyu pasture system can show similar results in production and profit to ryegrass if managed well, a Northland Agricultural Research Farm (NARF) six-year study indicates.

Published in Management
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 00:00

N. question hard to answer

Is it worth applying nitrogen fertiliser to speed pasture recovery post drought?

Published in General News
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 00:00

Chinks showing in drought’s armour

Patchy rain up the South Island’s east coast early this month eased the drought’s grip in a few areas but others still have zero pasture growth.

Published in General News
Sunday, 15 March 2015 00:00

Analysis key to pasture renewal

Pick your paddock well and renewing pasture will pay handsomely. Get it wrong and you spend a lot of money for no gain.

Published in Management
Thursday, 12 March 2015 15:18

Make a plan now to beat the dry

At last some much needed rain has fallen.  But some farms have had less 30 mm, so pastures are still declining quickly and I am seeing large differences in average pasture cover (APC) between farms.

Published in Management