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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 »

Early weaning weighed up

If you’re not targeting autumn calf sales as your main payday from beef farming there can be a strong case for weaning calves considerably earlier than traditional timings, drought or no drought. Andrew Swallow reports.   When summer feed is tight, weaning beef calves early is recognised as one of the first levers to pull, but there’s a case for ... Read More »

Home Block: Gone fishing

Steph Holloway Halcombe, Manawatu Our bull policy is beginning to reap its rewards. We are three-quarters through killing the first round of bulls we reared two springs ago and on track to have them gone by this winter. The goal is to carry the bulls through just one winter. It was testing earlier on through spring when wet conditions and ... Read More »

Wet summer sets a Coast record

Chris and Carla Staples As we wind down on season 2016/17 and summer has come and gone literally within a week, we now focus on moving forward to next season, with this season’s rainfall on the West Coast one of its best ever For those of who were around farming in 1998 we beat the record. There certainly has been ... Read More »

A decade to get in behind

Science and solutions developed over the next decade will have a big impact on the future of dairy farming in the Waikato. Reporoa farmer Alan Wills tells Sheryl Brown why farmers should be doing everything they can now to minimise environmental impacts so they can continue to have choices in future.   The 10-year grace period in Waikato Regional Council’s Healthy ... Read More »

LowN Sires set to cut nitrogen leaching

Sheryl Brown   Selecting dairy sires with breeding values for lower milk urea nitrogen concentration (MUN) will potentially produce progeny that excrete 3.2kg less nitrogen/cow/year in their urine. That reduction in one generation would equate to about an 8-10% reduction in nitrogen leaching per hectare in the average New Zealand dairy herd, research and development manager Phil Beatson says. “It’s ... Read More »

Building the skills in Southland

After a successful trial, a programme aimed at building the skill-set of sheep and beef farmers is being held again in Southland. Applications are now open for the Future Farmer focus group, a programme that delivers three technical workshops over a six-month period. These workshops cover farm business, personal development, tools and technology, genetics and understanding the supply-chain. Aimed at ... Read More »

Busy background to farm life

Jackie Harrigan Tim Bonner has a busy and exciting year ahead of him and winning the Taranaki Dairy Industry Awards dairy trainee of the year award has just stepped things up another notch. Shortly after the DIA national competition in May he shifts to Lepperton in June to take up a contract milking role on his parents’ 200-cow farm. The ... Read More »

Off to Harrie’s wedding

Karen Trebilcock Taieri dairy farmers celebrated a wedding of one of their own in late December, but it was a world away in Palia Kalan, India. Harjinder Singh Chander, 26, known as Harrie in New Zealand, married Pawandeep Kaur, 23. Harrie is a Sikh and, as is tradition, his bride was decided for him. “My mum chose her. She did ... Read More »

Finding a new direction

Cheyenne Stein Kararaina Haami – known as Pou to her friends and family – likes to “kick in the background”. Although she’s not one for the limelight, her achievements are getting her noticed. Working on the land was always what Pou wanted to do. She grew up around the industry helping out her Koro (grandfather) who ran a shearing gang ... Read More »