"We have been winter milking 220 of the 600 cows for the past 18 years, but the operation had become very complicated and expensive to run so we were keen to simplify the whole system," Matthew says.
Butterworth refers to one major decision that was a turning point for his farm: in 2012 he erected two HerdHomes, each holding 250 cows. He made this decision realising he was not always succeeding in his quest to farm healthy, happy cows; but the HerdHomes changed that.
The Birchall family says the Farm Environment Awards provided them with the perfect opportunity to highlight some of the good work they are doing their Rotorua dairy farm.
Knowledge of the C:N ratio of a manure product may help guide farmers in determining the best time to apply manure to soil to both maximise pasture gr...
Walton farmers Rex and Sharon Butterworth were named runner-up and also won the regional award for best Waikato farm.
Waikato's Braemar Farm has been a sort of open air school for humans and cows this season - and it's the cows which have emerged the star pupils. Lowe...
Rex Butterworth leans on his farm gate watching his cows with a big smile on his face. Some are eating, some are lying down. More importantly, they ha...
Shifting to split calving will enable the farm bring run by lower order sharemilkers Chad and Jan Winke to not only be more productive but also enable...
Waikato farmers Rex and Sharon Butterworth were the Waikato regional winners of the 2015 Dairy Business of the Year. The couple also won the Business Resilience Award, which was given to the farm with the lowest cost of production.
Anne Boswell talks to a Bay of Plenty dairy farming family - a perfect example of farmers contributing to a healthy environment, rather than diminishing it.
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