Farmers must rebuild community trust

Federated Farmers national president Katie Milne fronts a group of farming leaders. The group pledged to own and fix the ...

Director of Our Land and Water National Science Challenge Ken Taylor says the rural sector must establish a social license to operate.

Dairy genetics reduce nitrates

A genetic breakthrough promises to reduce the amount of nitrogen excreted in urine on dairy farms and therefore reduce ...

A genetics breakthrough is expected to save millions of kilograms of nitrate excreted onto dairy farms.

Genomic breakthrough for forestry

Science leader of the Scion research team Heidi Dungey, right, and senior research officer, forest genetics, Nathalie ...

In a world first, Scion scientists have completed a draft assembly of the radiata pine genome.

Farm fatalities fall

The table shows deaths in a number of sectors, including agriculture.

On the face of it fewer farmers are dying at work, but this year's bad weather may be playing a part.

Farmers to identify environment risks

The Carew storage pond for the Mayfield Hinds irrigation scheme, opened in 2015. In the red zone, if farmers are ...

Farmers are being advised to identify every environmental risk on their farms.

Dairy career for 200 apprentices soon

Students will start the scheme in entry-level positions such as a dairy assistant with the aim of becoming a competent ...

About 200 dairy apprentices will start a new dairy scheme in a year.

Nitrate wall for water problems

A pilot study for a denitrification wall at Silverstream Reserve near Kaiapoi could lower the steam's high nitrate levels.

A denitrification wall could solve the high nitrates problem at a Canterbury reserve.

Calculating your effluent

DairyNZ environment extension specialist, Logan Bowler, says farmers should choose a system that fits them and their ...

Choosing a new or upgraded effluent system often involves a considerable amount of money.

Expo eyes present and future

The Waikato Effluent Expo always attracts a  a large crowd of farmers looking for the latest and greatest innovation in ...

A great guiding philosophy when it comes to upgrading farm effluent management systems is 'do it once, do it right'.

Farmer apathy for Farmlands election

Dawn Sangster is asking Farmlands shareholders to take an interest in the board election.

Dawn Sangster is calling for Farmlands shareholders to vote in the coming board election.    

Being safe is 'good business'

Justine Kidd… "There is a growing understanding that being well and safe at work is just good business."

Justine Kidd of Theland Farm Group talks about how the company engages with workers across its 29 farms.

Spotlight on top businesses

Dairy Business of the Year relationship manager, David Densley, talks to the crowd during the Regional Optimisation Day ...

Award winning dairy farmers will be opening their farm gates this October and November as the 2017 Dairy Business of the Year (DBOY) field days are rolled out across the country. 

Why teat spray?

Teat spraying reduces the number of bacteria on the cows teats and maintains skin condition.

Applying teat spray to cow's teats has been a cornerstone of mastitis control systems for the past 40 years.

Attention to detail required to maintain pasture quality

Elodie Ganche is a DairyNZ developer says because of wet conditions, pasture utilisation has been compromised for many ...

DairyNZ developer Elodie Ganche  talks about the challenges of persistently wet conditions.

Erosion-prone farm visit by pupils

Intermediate puplis check water clarity in the Pohangina River.  Gabriel Taylor-MacLean, Cornerstone Christian ...

Intermediate pupils do water quality tests and plant trees on erosion-prone farms

How farmers are fighting back against costly infections

Mark Wilson says "For the money spent on the kit it's been well worth it. Something that's going to be increasingly ...

Challenges like the contagious mastitis can be stopped if spotted early enough.

Nitrate loss risk in big wet

Nutrient budgets and plans help farmers use the optimum level of fertiliser on farms after a wet winter.

Avoiding over-fertilising is the first step to preventing nitrate leaching on wet farms.

Farmers confident for year ahead

Dairy farmers remain confident about the outlook for their businesses.

Farmer confidence in the economy has fallen slightly in the last quarter year but still remains strong.

Weed reduces nitrogen leaching

When dairy cows urinate, they deposit a high concentration of nitrogen into a small area.

A weed could limit nitrogen leaching from dairy farms.

Numbers only sheep breeding risky

Ike Williams believes just because a ram has a higher index figure figure doesn't mean it's a better sheep.

Sheep stud breeder Ike Williams thinks growers need a good understanding of SIL to make it work for them.

When effluent hits the fan

Even well-designed and run effluent systems may have problems from time to time.

Breaking effluent rules deliberately or through negligence is costly for farmers.

Rye grass stress research revolutionary

Lincoln Agritech biotechnology group's Richard Weld, left, Johanna Steyaert, Camille Vagner, Nicholas Glithero, Thomas ...

Researchers are using an $8.2m grant to find revolutionary ways to increase the stress tolerance of plants.

Canty farmers on lookout for leased land

Farmers with shares in an irrigation scheme may lease their land to use shares.

Demand is rising for Canterbury leased land, particularly for dairy support.

Secrets of clover and soil

Allan Dodds (right) with his father Jimmy, on the home farm, a clover-rich pasture which provides great feed for their ...

Increasing levels of potassium in soil can have a direct increase on returns.

Farmers to reduce greenhouse gases

AgResearch science impact leader Cecile de Klein says farmers can use research findings to help reduce their greenhouse ...

Farmers can take practical steps now to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Composting barns the future

Bennett composting barn in high-rainfall western Oregon.

Composting barns can be good for the environment, for animals and for profits.

Less time more milk

Productivity is key to any farming operation and improving heifer conception rates results in a milk production increase

More cows in calf earlier means more milk

Index will help farmers find the right grass

DairyNZ's forage value manager Cameron Ludemann.


Regrassing flood-damaged areas

DairyNZ senior developer Kim Mashlan says farmers should assess the damage across  the  farm and divide it into areas ...

With flooding and water-logging rife around New Zealand in autumn, many farmers struggled to get affected areas back into productive pasture before winter.

Collaboration not conflict

An environmental project centered around improving the water quality at the Rere Falls and Rockslide near Gisborne has ...

Community collaboration rather than an adversarial approach is key to improving water quality.

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