"Compared to the all grass system we left behind, we now spend about $130K on bought-in feeds, but we have seen milksolids rise by around 90,000kg. You do the maths."
Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) is working to make it easier for dairy farmers to make investment decisions and improve their farm performance through the Farm Sysytems Change initiative. It aims to close the gap between top-performing dairy farms and the rest of the industry.
MPI has worked with farmers and industry experts to develop case studies of high-performing dairy farms across New Zealand. The case studies provide a...
Cows are fanatical foragers and will source through their feed for A-grade treats so having a decent mixer wagon to finely cut and jumble different su...
"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...
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