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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 »

Tracing back to the basics

Sheryl Brown Trace elements should be simplified and kept in three categories; deficient, sufficient or toxic. It’s at that basic level, farmers should be trying to establish which category their cows or young stock fall into and should supplement accordingly. While there was sound evidence having sufficient levels of trace elements contributes to good cow health and performance, there was ... Read More »

Making the link with dairy

Sheryl Brown DairyNZ has a goal to get New Zealanders thinking about and appreciating dairy farmers when they’re drinking their latté or eating their apple crumble and ice-cream at night. Achieving an interconnection between the dairy industry and the food people love to eat is one of the key common factors that can help improve the relationship between farmers and ... Read More »

Back to the future of dairy

Jackie Harrigan Imagine yourself in 25 years time – it’s 2042 and water quality is better than in 2017 and improving, dairy farming is a profitable business and still a major part of the New Zealand economy. Russ Tillman was the closing speaker at the Fertiliser and Lime Research Centre annual conference at Massey University and took delegates on a ... Read More »

Moving beyond compliance

Anne Lee There was never any doubt Peter Schouten was going to be a dairy farmer. But even he probably didn’t think he’d be milking 2000 cows on two farms – the second farm a state of the art conversion sporting the latest technology in the farm dairy, the yard, the effluent area and out in the paddock. As a ... Read More »

Aiding animal health

Sheryl Brown Building close relationships with farmers and helping them make cost-effective decisions that will benefit their business is an enormous part of the the role and something Te Awamutu veterinarian Krispin Kannan really loves. “It’s a balancing act for animal health, whether treating an individual cow or a whole herd. “We need to consider not only the economic impact ... Read More »