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New regulations for bobby calves

DairyNZ strategy and investment portfolio manager Jenny Jago

By Jenny Jago – DairyNZ strategy and investment portfolio manager 

Know the worms in your garden

Tiger worms live in compost and leaf litter

All those red, brown and grey wrigglers are a sure sign of a healthy patch.

Cashflow is the lifeblood of a business

Setting a budget helps you manage your cashflow.

Understanding cashflow means farmers can manage their business well.

Time to review employment agreements, says lawyer

New legislation allows farmers to discuss availability provisions with their staff.

Amendments to employment legislation do not necessarily mean farmers' costs have increased, says New Plymouth lawyer Phil McCarthy.

Farmers' health at risk

Farm consultant Ian Handcock encourages farmers to get off their quad bikes and mountain bike the farm more often.

If Irish farmers are any guide, their Kiwi counterparts could do well to better look after their health.

End of white gold fever

Massey University director of agri-food business Professor Claire Massey who has edited a book on dairy farming, the ...

A new book about the milk business asks the hard questions rather than answering them.

Farmer steps up in high country

Glenbrook Station runholder Simon Williamson will have plenty on his hands as he takes up the reins as Federated Farmers ...

 

Careful records pay off at Telford

Discussing the merits of hogget mating are (from left) southern farm consultant Graham Butcher, Telford Farm board ...

Lamb finishing, hogget mating and weaner deer trials using FarmIQ software are all underway at Telford.

Spreading the message of good health

DairyNZ has put rural mental health under the microscope.

DairyNZ reckons mental wellness is a good yarn worth spreading.

Director responsibility to shareholders

Ike Williams is a ram breeder from Raincliff.

Opinion: Company directors sometimes forget that they are representing shareholders and need to keep them informed.

Clarity awaited on changes to employment act

Employers and employees still want clarity around remuneration for on-call work.

Changes to employment law that were designed to prohibit zero hour contracts may increase costs for farmers and other businesses where work is performed on-call.

Celebrating farming success

Bill Wright is a Beef + Lamb NZ director.

Winter has finally decided to arrive, with snow well down the mountains.

Growing the golden fleece

The merino ram hogget that supplied the fleece that won the Golden Fleece Exhibition fine wool award.

Award-winning fleece stood out for its “style, colour, handle and sex appeal".

Good crowd attends winter feed day

Simple steps can help reduce the loss of sediment and phosphorus.

Small grazing steps can help reduce run-off of nutrients into water from farmland.

Farms join forces for 'feed for profit'

Dave Morgan is part of a DEEResearch "feed to profit" initiative to spread interest among South Canterbury and North ...

The owners of Mt Peel and Raincliff station have led the way in pooling deer knowledge among farmers.

NZ scientists lead methane emission research

Kiwi scientists are pulling their weight in research into the reduction of livestock methane emissions.

Kiwi scientists are earning the respect of international researchers for their work in reducing livestock methane emissions.

Time to review your farming system

Studying  the relationship between cost structure and production will help farmers determine the profitability of their ...

The old saying 'production is vanity; profit is sanity' is profound right now.

First aid on the farm

A good knowledge of first aid techniques can come in handy on rugged terrain like the track at Joyce Wyllie's Kaihoka ...

 OPINION: Living where we do first aid is vital, knowing that any further aid is more than an hour away.

WorkSafe aims to debunk farm myths

When they host events, farmers are not responsible for the safety of people crossing a farm in non-work areas and away ...

Debunking many of the myths around visitors and hosting events on farms.

Breeder stunned by South American cattle

Eoin McKerchar was impressed with the structurally correct, heavy boned  and well fleshed out herefords he found in ...

Herefords from Uruguay and Argentina should not be under-estimated, says South Canterbury cattle breeder Eoin McKerchar.

Reduce nitrogen losses over winter

With the coldest and wettest months of the year approaching, it's important to be particularly cautious over the risks ...

Too much nitrogen in farming systems can have serious environmental consequences.

Buying a bull that suits you

Buying the best bull is determined by what a farmer is trying to achieve in a herd.

There's more to buying a good bull than meets the eye.

Weed-eating weevil gets go-ahead

The weed field horsetail has invaded farms and roadsides in Whanganui and the Rangitikei especially, although it is also ...

Farmers are hoping an introduced weevil will control the weed field horsetail.

New methane saving device needed

Dr Harry Clark, Director of Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre shows one of the analysis machines used to ...

Agriculture needs a new concept if it to play its part in limiting global warming.

N loss different from different land

Dr Ranvir Singh is a senior lecturer in environmental hydrology at Massey University.

Nitrogen losses into waterways differ among land types.

Hazelnuts offer nitrogen option

Planting hazel nuts in riparian corridors makes sense says Murray Redpath.

Hazelnut trees have potential to soak up nitrogen leaching.

Coping with farmer stress at busy times

Sarah Donaldson, Wairarapa farmer, psychologist and East Coast Rural Trust facilitator talking at the AgInnovation​ ...

There has been a seminar on the best way for farmers to cope with stress during busy times.

South Canterbury farmers to release stress

Farmers are being invited to de-stress at a BBQ night in Timaru.

South Canterbury farmers will put their troubles to one side during a BBQ night on May 18.

Pasture focus on feeding dairy cows

A Pasture First workshop at Ashhurst for dairy farmers.  Dairy NZ's Chris Glassey talks about using pasture more.

Farmers are being urged to use all their pasture as the cheapest feed available.

Near-perfect autumn planting

Federated Farmers grain and seed industry group chairman Guy Wigley says South Canterbury has had an almost-ideal autumn ...

A near-perfect autumn planting has brought cheer to South Canterbury's grain and seed farmers.

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