Stand-off and covered stand-off structures might be the answer for farmers trying to balance higher stocking numbers and more stringent environmental demands, says Hamish McMillan, of HerdHomes®.
A Walton family is working to promote sustainable dairying practices. Gerald Piddock reports.
Dairying wasn't exactly in this couple's blood although her father was once a milkman and his grandparents owned a sheep, beef and maize operation, writes Anne Boswell
Covered pads and barns are specially built facilities where animals can be contained off pasture for lengthy times. According to DairyNZ, they are often combined with feeding facilities where supplementary feed is brought to the animal on the pad.
The changes in New Zealand dairy farming systems are advancing at a great rate as farmers react to environmental and public pressure.
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