Weighing up the next step

Aaron and Holly Jackson didn’t stint on the diligence when looking at their next step in the dairy industry, they told Anne Lee how they used friends, experts, checklists and historic facts to make a considered decision. Aaron and Holly Jackson talked to respected peers, sought independent advice and had to weigh up a lot of pros and cons when …

Sparkle with Speckle Parks

Dairy farmers looking to expand their use of beef semen could find an answer in Speckle Park cattle. Sheryl Brown visited Waikato sharemilker Derek Hayward to see how he is using the black and white beef breed to add value to his business.   Derek and Catherine Hayward are in the stock business. Like most sharemilkers their money is invested in …

Comfy cows prove case for cover

Waikato farmers Rex and Sharon Butterworth is one of the 20 high-performing farms the Primary Industries Ministry has studied as part of its Farm Systems Change initiative. Sheryl Brown reports how a key system change on their farm increased productivity, lowered costs and reduced the environmental footprint.   Located 10 minutes from Matamata, near Walton, Rex and Sharon Butterworth’s 113-hectare flat …

Complacency creeps in to rural safety

Jackie Harrigan Fifteen months into the new Health and Safety in the Workplace Act (HSWA) rural business owners risk becoming complacent around documentation and opening themselves up to possible unexpected consequences if they have an incident on their farm. Bronwyn Muir from OnFarmSafety NZ says as a health and safety practitioner it’s an interesting phase in the rural industry – …