A balanced budget

Many owner operators in dairying could be facing a loss of 35 cents to $1.35 cents a kilogram of milk solids for the year ending May 2016, says Pita Alexander.

Minimising losses is just as important as maximising profits.

Zero tolerance against drugs

John Brosnan recommends farmers adopt a zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs on their farm.

A zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs touted as a farm owner's best defence against this growing problem.

Being prepared provides protection

Quad bike

It was a grim day. Pebbles rushed to hospital as soon as she could, after hearing Freddy had suffered an accident on the farm.

MORE CULLED: Beef+Lamb numbers reveal that 10 per cent bobby calves were culled this year compared to last year.

OPINION: Before the start of calving, there are many considerations to ensure things go smoothly.

Follow up field day

Waikato Regional Council freshwater ecologist Michael Lake, right, and student Laura Francis collect specimens from the Kaniwhaniwha River by electro-fishing.

A field day focused on farm planning and environmental sustainability is planned for the wider Waipa River catchment in May.

Animal welfare workshops on their way

Dairy Women's Network's Megan Edmeades has been a driving force behind a series of workshops to guide farmers through the intricacies of new animal welfare legislation.

Farmers wanting to keep on the right side of animal welfare laws are being advised to attend Waikato workshops.

Seasonal safety in sights

With the change of season come increased safety risks for farmers, say government and industry prepresentatives.

Farm health and safety concerns highlighted as seasonal risk increases.

Invasive weed spreads

AgResearch scientist Trevor James with a sample of yellow bristle grass.

Warm temperatures this summer have contributed to the spread of an invasive weed throughout Taranaki.

Is it time to move on from Gypsy Day?

"Gypsy Day" is approaching for many New Zealand's dairy farmers.

For many in the dairy industry June 1 means one thing - time to move.

Farmer outlines the path up

Sheep and beef farmer Doug Avery on his Marlborough farm.

Working harder isn't always working smarter.

Caution still needed in fodder beet feeding

Fodder beet.

Stock will continue to die if they are not properly transitioned on to fodder beet, an animal health expert has warned.

Dealing with heat stress in horses

Heat stress leads to dehydration in horses.

Nutrition is an important factor in how horses cope with heat.

'Only most vicious insecticides will work'

The Queensland Fruit Fly.

Ruud Kleinpaste explains what home gardeners need to know about the Queensland fruit fly

The journey to recovery

Doug Avery has told the story of his journey to recovery, sustainable farming and mental resilience up and down the land.

Farming transformation guru Doug Averyis has a new weapon against rural depression, farming calamities and under-performance.

Dry weather boosts black beetle danger

PESTt: High populations of black beetles are starting to be seen on Waikato pastures.

Cold late spring weather stops black beetle populations but numbers could be on the increase as the dry sets in.

More optimism over seed crop yields

Meyrick Hawkins and 7-year-old son Billy are windrowing a paddock of bok choy for seed in the Ladbrooks area of Canterbury.

Meyrick Hawkins is chuffed by the yields coming off the first feed wheat and grass seed crops of the harvest, even if the clover seed crop was a bit off the mark.

Farm succession needs to be addressed head-on

Business planning expert James Lockhart says creating a family company, not a trust, is the way to ensure a successful farm ownership succession.

Business planning expert says creating a family company, not a trust, is the way to ensure a successful farm ownership succession.

Fighting depression among farmers

BROKEN MAN: "The job I loved doing the most had turned into my biggest enemy," says Doug Avery.

Sad people make terrible decisions, says farming change guru Doug Avery.

Scrub fire doused video

Wairarapa scrub fire

Farmers have been warned about operating machinery in hot, dry conditions after a fire threatened two homes.

Warning over invasive weed

A flowering seed head of Yellow Bristle Grass.

Taranaki farmers are being urged to be on watch for the invasive weed called yellow bristle grass as summer arrives.

Help on offer for depressed farmers

OFFER HELP: Te Pahu farmer Chris Bryant broke through depression by taking on a hobby.

Do not isolate yourself and cling on to hope.

20+ tips for hatching chicks

Breeding your own chicks can be a hands-on job, or the right mother hen will take care of things for you.

There are pros and cons to having broody hens do the work of incubation for you, even though their aim in life is to hatch out chicks.

5 ways to avoid a bad fencing job

The worst fence in the world according to the Fencing Contractors Association of NZ on the Southland lifestyle block of Annette Tuffery. This main fenceline should have posts in a perfect row to give the fence strength.

There’s one really easy way to know if a fence is well built: a good fence is one you don’t notice.

Don't give up

SCHOOL DAYS: Lincoln University was good to Pita Alexander.

I've made no secret that my school days weren't my glory years.

Irrigator security tips shared

TWISTED MESS: One of the more than 800 Canterbury irragators left mangled by wind and thunderstorms in 2013.

Hard lessons learned from last year's big windstorms are being shared among Canterbury farmers to prevent a repeat of more than $7.6 million of claims for torn and twisted centre-pivot irrigators.

Safety leadership urged

Quad bike, 4wd

Farm owners told they have to set examples for workers to follow if they are to establish a successful on-farm health and safety policy.

'Do your homework first'

Ready to sign

Farmers need to know what they are taking on when signing sharemilking agreements.

Succession is a serious business

THINK IT THROUGH: Phil Guscott says a farm succession plan needs to be thought about carefully.

Leave the sentiment out of planning the handover of a farm to a new generation, a succession planner advises.

Black beetle warning


Pasture pests, particularly black beetle, are looming as a major problem this summer.

There is a way through


Capable, durable, versatile, it, could be said that farmers, are the ultimate DIYers, the, quintessential kiwi blokes.

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