North Otago sharemilkers Hayden and Robyn Williams know
where they want to go, and they know how they want to get
there. They told Anne Lee DairyBase has been a key tool in
working towards their goals.
Breeding quality stock has been a lifelong passion for
Willie Muir but he told Claire Cameron that with an
increasing reliance on employees in his farm business he now
has his sights set on improving his people management
You’re not crazy, you don’t have to battle stressful
situations on your own, you’re not weak when you ask for
help and, like a broken leg, depression doesn’t define you
– it’s just what you have for a time.
A crisis in British dairy farming, The Guardian reported
early in the New Year, threatened to require David Archer to
sell his herd and cease milk production at Brookfield farm
somewhere in Middle England.
Planning is the key to success for this year’s
Sharemilker-Equity Farmers of the Year, Justin and Melissa
Slattery. They told Anne Lee their plans include every
aspect of farm management, and also ways to enjoy life.
Three years’ worth of data is being crunched for the
ambitious Pastoral 21 project at Telford in South Otago,
where the research team was looking to reduce nitrate
leaching by 30% and increase operating profit by at least
Finding a balance between successful dairy farming and
decreasing the risks to our natural resources is a challenge
facing New Zealand farmers as regional councils roll out new
water and land plans to meet the requirements of the
National Policy Statement for Fresh Water Management.
Averaging 80 contract matings in his herd every year, Murray
Gibb is hoping to breed an outstanding bull for the industry
one day. *Sheryl Brown* visited the Waikato farmer to find
out how he bred one of the best herds in the country.
Breeding Jerseys is a passion for Tony Landers and is what
led him to be involved in the Jersey Genome programme. He
tells *Cheyenne Stein* about his involvement in the
programme and the benefits it has to the breed.
For a Canterbury couple with a passion for breeding,
attention to detail is all-important. Steve and Nina Ireland
talked to *Anne Lee* about the importance of breeding
animals that meet the needs of the New Zealand market.
Rachel and Kenneth Short say getting on top of your health
and safety policies doesn’t have to be about piles of
paperwork and shouldn’t be about simply ticking the
compliance boxes. They told Cheyenne Stein how they strive
to run simple yet effective systems that make health and
safety on their farm a breeze.
Dodging jets isn’t a hazard for most farmers, but for
Dunedin sharemilker Hamish Jenkins it’s part of the daily
routine. He talked to Karen Trebilcock about the challenges
of farming next to the runway.
Retirement isn’t a concept that comes easily to Ray and
Sandra Hocking. They told *Anne Hardie* they’ve done it
once, but now they’re back farming and enjoying the
challenges. They’re also enjoying the success of owning
one of the country’s top bulls, thanks to Ray’s interest
“An all-round good guy who loved life, loved his family
and loved the dairy industry” is how LIC’s current
chairman Murray King remembers David Milne, who died
peacefully on the West Coast in early September at the age
There is a well known quotation from the Spanish philosopher
George Santayana that says, “Those who cannot remember the
past are condemned to repeat it.” So let’s take a brief
look at the history of the New Zealand dairy industry, and
see if old George’s insight has any relevance to it today.
Parents should be assured infant and other milk formulas are
safe but should not use anything they think might have been
tampered with, three Cabinet ministers said at a press
conference this afternoon.
It’s often said in business that the innovator or first
entrant to a new market claims most of the spoils. And at a
time when Australia is congratulating itself on its
free-trade agreement with China, just six years after this
country’s was signed, it’s a good time to take stock of
how far New Zealand and China have come.
Awanui sits at the base of Far North’s Aupouri Peninsula,
with Ninety Mile Beach to the west and some of the
country’s favourite beaches to the east. That makes it a
great location for a dairy farm, especially a 243 hectare
one producing up to 1250kg milksolids (MS) a hectare without
Specimen trees on clean pasture create a park-like scene on
a Reefton farm that is described as one of the tidiest dairy
farms on the West Coast, while also producing most of its
supplements and wintering the cows.
Burleigh Grange Farm has had all the hard work done with its
conversion and now, in its second season, the sale of the
105 hectare south Canterbury farm creates an opportunity for
someone to step into farm ownership.
A report released recently by economic research agency BERL
on the potential economic, environmental and financial
impact of the Queen of Calves rearing system on New Zealand
dairy farming found if 10% of the national herd adopted the
system over the next 10 years, 25 million tonnes extra
milksolids could be generated from the same grazing
As the lower North Island flood clean-up gains momentum
after recent flood events farmers face a stressful time
considering the state of their pasture and to what extent
silt deposits will affect their soil.
With continuously variable transmission and cutting-edge,
on-board technology, the new Claas Arion 600/500 CMATIC is
arguably the most advanced, efficient, versatile and
comfortable mid-range tractor available in New Zealand.
While the low dairy payout will undoubtedly cast a shadow,
exhibitors and organisers National Fieldays at Mystery Creek
remain confident the event will continue to cement itself as
a global showcase for New Zealand farming enterprises.
Passageways or scrapeways both indoors and outside can be
cleaned by automatic scrapers. Most common were hydraulic
scrapers that require a raised, covered track to be
installed in the centre along the length of the passageway.
So you’ve decided a summer crop is the best fit for your
system. How do you maximise your chance of success? PGG
Wrightson technical agronomist Wayne Nichol says good
paddock selection and preparation are key.
The exhibits at Fieldays’ Innovation Centre this year
featured the usual array of probables, possibles, and
perhaps-not winners. Tim McVeagh had a look at a few of the
promising ones with details provided by those on the stands.