Farming sustainably comes from the heart, award-winning farmer Frans de Jong says.
Nitrogen leaching can be reduced by 40-50 per cent if the cows are stood off on a feed pad at a reduced stocking rate.
Empty cow rates are up over much of dairying heartland Waikato as farmers respond to a squeeze on their wallets and outlawing of inductions.
It seems to me that Fonterra cannot pay its suppliers a decent milk price two seasons in a row.
Farmers are flocking to finance classes as they look to guard against more sudden changes in the dairy market.