The advantages and disadvantages of cropping a quarter of the Waimate West Demonstration Farm will be discussed at a field day next week.
A quarter of the 33.4-hectare dairy farm near Manaia has been planted in maize, chicory, turnips and sorghum for a new trial this season. After harvest, the crops will be replaced with oats or italian ryegrass.
Next Thursday's field day begins with a visit to the Skeet Rd dairy farm of Steven and Maria Poole, who own one of three commercial farms also involved in the trial.
Discussion will focus on the way a maize crop on the milking platform has improved the performance of the Pooles' farm by lowering costs. The integration of the crop into their farming system will also be studied.
At the Waimate West Demonstration Farm, the focus will be on the management issues that arise because 25 per cent of the farm is in crops. Up-to-date yields will be available.
Taranaki Veterinary Centre vet Stacey Bateman, of Manaia, will discuss herd mating and facial eczema protection at the field day.
DairyNZ scientist Kevin Macdonald, of Hamilton, and Plant and Food Research scientist John de Ruiter, of Lincoln, will both speak at the field day.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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