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Youth Ag-Summit 2017 delegates chosen

Two forward-thinking and passionate young women have been selected to represent New Zealand at a summit focused on solving one of the world’s most important issues – how to feed a growing population.   Beth Hampton (21) from Matamata and Jemima Snook (24) from Christchurch will join 100 other delegates from around the world in Brussels, Belgium, October 9 – ... 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 »

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 »