Voice for farmers

With environmental and sustainability issues at the fore, it can be difficult to keep up and have a firm understanding of rules and regulations, but Canterbury farmers are being given a helping hand, with one lending his voice to other farmers and working hard to help them stay ahead of freshwater regulations.

Dairy futures off to Singapore

Futures market growth and more opportunities for farmers to sell milk price futures should result from a partnership between the New Zealand and Singapore stock exchanges on dairy derivatives.

Better safe than sorry

Health and safety on the farm is an obligation which many farmers are meeting but an online tool is helping to simplify their recording practices.

Mission to prevent a roll

A safety device being developed by a Hamilton student will ensure farmers return home safe each night.

Understanding ambiguous loss

Farmers may be classed as an essential service, which allows them to go about their business during the covid-19 lockdowns, but they still have plenty of other worries.

Spotlight on accident-prone regions

Some regions in New Zealand fare worse for farm vehicle accidents than others, says FMG.

“FMG insures over 50% of rural New Zealand and so we’ve been able to learn a lot about where and what causes tractor, side-by-side and quad bike rollover accidents,” FMG manager for advice services Stephen Cantwell says.

Tech to combat emissions

A new report suggests technology could be a big part of cleaning up and reducing emissions on the farm.

Partnership to reduce emissions

A feed additive for cattle that has been shown in trials to significantly reduce methane emissions is now being developed specifically for New Zealand’s pasture-based systems in a joint effort with AgResearch scientists and the dairy industry.

Lepto doesn’t differentiate

Research on leptospirosis in New Zealand and the United Kingdom shows the disease is not picky or restricted to one farming sector.

Dairy not sold on CCC advice

The Climate Change Commission is being overly optimistic by claiming dairy farmers can produce the same volume of milk from less cows and in the process generate less methane, says DairyNZ.