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Author Archives: Andy Maciver

Annual milking machine testing on the way

Tim McVeagh NZCP1 is the Primary Indistries Ministry’s operational code for the design and operation of farm dairies. The latest revision, form December 1, 2015, includes requirements for milking machine performance and maintenance. What does this mean in lay terms? Milking machines must be tested by a registered milking machine tester at least once a season or at the frequency ... Read More »

No beef with dairy-beef

Northland farmers Mike and Karen Smales breed beef bulls over their dairy herd and buy in their replacements. They told Sheryl Brown how they make dairy farming on tough country profitable.   A measure of success in any dairy operation is farming the land in a way to ensure its profitability. Dairy farmers Mike and Karen Smales milk 480 cows ... Read More »

Dairying South Africa the Kiwi way

Trevor Elliott’s father bought a forest area and started off with two cows 50 years ago. Today his operation is probably the biggest dairy farm business in South Africa, milking 15,000 cows. Erling Mysen reports.   On the southern coast of South Africa, in Tsitsikamma, a green belt with forest, pastures and dairy cattle lies between sea and mountains and ... Read More »

Crusader with a cause

Anne Hardie High school was a period of rebellion for Jack Raharuhi and his hassled teachers probably never expected him to be back a few years later on a crusade to inspire students to choose dairying as a career. This year he will have six Gateway students from his former Buller High School in Westport getting weekly work experience on ... Read More »

Taking technology to the max

Alastair Neville is a young farmer doing all he can to add value to the Reporoa farm developed and farmed by his grandfather then father. And the 28-year-old is making every use of new technology to help him that he possibly can, seeing that precision farming innovations can lead to some easy gains by cutting expenses and increasing efficiency. “I’ve ... Read More »

Getting their boots dirty

Seven teenagers from the suburbs of Christchurch spent a week of their April school holidays getting a taste of farm life through a recently-launched Rabobank initiative. The Rabobank Farm Experience aims to raise awareness of the many career opportunities in the primary sector and help bridge the urban-rural divide. Based on a successful Australian programme that’s been running for three ... Read More »

Keeping science real

Nicola Dennis is a scientist with her feet firmly grounded in farming. Most days she is a scientist working for agribusiness consultancy firm AbacusBio in Dunedin, building apps and tackling genetic technology projects. She also has a beef herd with her partner David Milne – an ambulance officer – and a two-year-old son Archie. So, four days a week she ... Read More »

Expo spurred passion for the land

Juggling a full-time job and managing a 200-hectare property is no easy task. But it’s something that Beef+Lamb NZ extension manager Lauren Cameron says is helping to build equity so she and husband Ritchie can one day farm full time. Lauren grew up on her parents’ stud beef farm in Gladstone, south of Masterton. Her father Peter is a well ... Read More »

Beef cattle drenching 101

John Smart It should come as no surprise to most farmers that effective parasite control in beef cattle has changed considerably in the last 20-25 years. In the mid-1980s parasite control basically consisted of “throwing” Ivomec Pour-on at cattle. It was certainly convenient and appeared to work reasonably well. For many years this basically summed up drenching in beef cattle. ... Read More »

Coastal grazing

Anne Hughes Sand dunes and salt spray are part and parcel of farming the beautiful coastal station Nukuhakari. Stabilising sand dunes is an ongoing project and some of the farm’s finishing flats become covered in fine black sand during an on-shore wind. Kikuyu grass was initially introduced to help stabilise the sand dunes, but it needs to be managed carefully ... Read More »