Farmers baulk at Marlborough rules

Lynda Gray The overly prescriptive nature of the proposed Marlborough Environment Plan has not gone down well with some local farmers. “It’s humungous, complicated and has so many rules,” Federated Farmers regional policy advisor Kristy McGregor says. The Feds compiled an almost 450-page submission, following eight meetings attended by almost 250 farmers. It listed as one of the major concerns …

Transition to a grass-eating adult

Cheyenne Stein Young ruminants are functionally monogastrics for about two to three weeks post-birth. A ruminant’s stomach has four parts: a reticulum, rumen, omasum and abomasum. All four parts are present at birth but only the abomasum is fully developed and functional. Their rumen is small, sterile and underdeveloped at birth. This all needs to change in order for calves …

Shooting the animals

Jackie Harrigan Shooting wild animals –not necessarily with a gun – is the growth industry of South African agriculture with 20 million hectares of damaged and marginal agricultural production land converted to game ranches in the past 15 years. South Africa is a very dry country with an annual rainfall of around 600mm. Many regions can no longer support conventional …

All scrubbed up ready for surgery

Amy Hoogenboom Vet student, Massey University You know you are a vet student when you are looking forward to the weekend. Not because you have an amazing, carefree, alcohol-fuelled, fun-packed extravaganza planned but because you have lecture notes and assignments that you are eager to get finished and on top of (the same plan as you had last weekend but …

Dairying for greater good

The vision of Waikato company Trinity Lands is to give profit back to the community. Running a business for a charitable purpose, however, puts even more emphasis on the ability to run at a profit every season. Sheryl Brown got an insight into how the company’s 21 dairy farms deliver on that profit within a volatile milk price.   Trinity Lands …

Autumn calving: Switch needs careful thought

Farmers have more than just the milk price premium offered for winter milk to consider when contemplating autumn-calving, Glenys Christian reports.Dairy farmers thinking of switching to autumn calving just to take advantage of Fonterra’s new winter milk premiums should ask themselves why, DairyNZ North Waikato consulting officer Jamie Haultain says. “There’s got to be another reason to do it like lifestyle …

A system to grow better calves

Anne Lee Suz Wyborn was pretty happy with her calf-rearing system. A busy mum and Canterbury sharemilker milking 850 cows together with husband Joe, she’d refined her system so she could rear more than 200 calves and come out the other end of calving in one piece and sane. So she admits she was pretty sceptical when she was asked …

Smooth deliveries

Anne Hardie A calm, stress-free environment from day one where animals are treated with respect produces a quiet cow that will happily deliver throughout her life and Anthony Lamborn says there are no excuses for anything less. Lamborn manages a 700-cow herd at 650-metre altitude near Nelson’s Lake Rotoiti and is passionate about the animals in his care and that …