Trees will tell the story

Glenys Christian – Dairy farmers don’t want to let their environmental story get ahead of the reality, Kaipara Council mayor and former Fonterra deputy chairman, Greg Gent, warns. “But farmers have always had a level of environmental understanding,” he said. “There’s good science available and now they’re reacting to that.” He joined about 25 lower Northland farmers and Maungatoroto locals …

Under the guidance of FarmIQ

Knowledge transfer on farms can now be facilitated through the use of technology for daily tasks as well as documenting important farm history. Sheryl Brown visited the Flavalls at Tokoroa on a snowy day in July to hear how they are using FarmIQ as a key part of their operation. Technology is making it easier for beginners in the dairy …

Healthy Rivers, Healthy Profit?

Steven Howarth The Healthy Rivers Plan for Change is creating a lot of interest throughout the Waikato with farmers coming to grips with what it could mean for them. For some of the rules such as restrictions on land use change and grazing/cultivation setbacks we can see how they will affect a property and what changes are needed to comply. …

Contracting with an upside

Contract milking has been a great move for Matt and Amelia Weatherhead but they warn it’s not something you should rush into. “You’ve got to do a lot of homework before you sign a contract – get good advice,” Matt says. “And make sure you’ve got financial skills to do cashflows so you really understand what your financial situation’s going …

From fish to the farm

Joanna Davies Getting into your own farm can be done if you have a long-term strategy, work hard and give up instant gratification. You also need luck and the ability to take the right opportunities when they present themselves. There are two parts to owning a farm; getting the deposit to purchase it and having enough money to run it …

Bridging the Divide

Young Farmers Otago Southland territory manager Leanne Woodhead believes the rural and urban divide can be bridged through Young Farmers, TeenAg and Agrikids clubs. “You don’t have to be off the farm to become a member. Our members are young professionals in their field, they are the next generation of young leaders and if we can provide a platform for …

Job ad that really worked

Four years ago Ben Haley put a note up on a Timaru supermarket notice board looking for work as hours at his builder’s labourer job wound down. Large scale sharemilker John O’Connell saw the advert on his way to squash one evening and decided to give the then 20-year-old a go. It turned out to be a great decision for …

Dairy apprenticeships ‘ready to go’

An apprenticeship scheme for the dairy sector was “ready to go”, when Federated Farmers Dairy delegates were given a progress report in June. Federated Farmers and the Primary Industry Training Organisation had made the case for funding to the Sector Workforce Engagement Programme. All going well, registrations of interest from dairy farmers are expected to open this month and for …