A gaucho on horseback tends a herd of Hereford cattle.

Time for change in Brazil

Philip Taylor Ngaroma, King Country At the invitation of the Foundation of Economics and Statistics and University of Faccat, (Integrated Colleges of Taquara) I was invited to speak at a conference in Porto Alegre, to explain how New Zealand promotes the integration of dairy farming with beef fattening. Simply put, rearing Friesian bobby calves for intensive bull/steer beef farming. It’s …

Simple system: South Canterbury farmers Heather and Evan Cartwright are building up a flock of the former research sheep.

Easy-care fleece work not lost

Three years ago more than a decade’s development of easy-care sheep at Winchmore, Canterbury, came to an end with a dispersal sale at Tinwald. Andrew Swallow caught up with some breeders who are continuing what Agresearch’s David Scobie started.   Cost savings and price premiums in future are among the goals given by farmers taking up where Agresearch left off …

What does good look like?

Andrew Swallow If you don’t benchmark your business how do you know how good you are? That was the question FAR’s Melanie Bates, who leads FAR’s ProductionWise service, put to delegates at the levy body’s annual conference in the winter. Since MAF stopped doing benchmark financial reports several years ago there’s been a dearth of data for growers to compare …

Sarah, James and 10-month old Angus out on the farm.

Balancing act

A young couple are juggling jobs and locations to establish their deer farm. Cheyenne Nicholson reports on the challenges.   Military life comes with many challenges. Throw in a 43-hectare velvet farm, a 10-month-old and living in different cities – and you have the life of Sarah and James Peters. Despite their often hectic lifestyle the couple take it all …

BODY CONDITION SCORING: The simple facts

Anne Lee For contract milker Matt Greenwood having the 1200 cows he manages independently body condition scored means he’s dealing with facts. “Everything we do on farm – and actually our whole farm system here – we want to be based on scientifically proven information not somebody’s theory,” he says. Matt and Vanessa Greenwood are contract milkers on two of …

Low-cost dairy masterclass

Anne Lee Farmers and rural professionals were treated to what you could call a master class in low-cost, pasture-based dairying at the South Island Dairy Event (SIDE) earlier this year when Dairy Holdings Ltd (DHL) principals Colin Armer and Colin Glass took to the podium. Armer and wife Dale own Armer Farms which includes 15 large-scale dairy farms in the …

ECOLOGICALLY SPEAKING: A unique farmers market in the global village

Alison Dewes I am lucky to work with great farmers, many of whom are leaders because they have chosen to do things differently. From now till 2020 will be a time of rapid change for the pastoral sector. Not just for dairying, but the supporting agribusiness sectors. Pressure is being applied on resource use (water), nutrient loading and greenhouse gas …

Setting high standards

Dairy farmers need to take ownership of their future by embracing the challenges facing the industry Waikato farmers John Hayward and Susan O’Regan say. Their operation is one of the 20 high-performing farms studied as part of the Primary Industries Ministry’s Farm Systems Change initiative. They told Sheryl Brown how they keep a step ahead in their business.   Turning up …

Top-Notch rearing

Dairy farmers and calf-rearers Jonathan and Joanne Leigh have reared anywhere from 1400 up to 8000 calves every season for 14 years without any serious disease outbreak. They gave Sheryl Brown an insight into how to succeed at calf-rearing and why people need to love calves to do it well. Dairy farmers can have a she’ll-be-right attitude to calf-rearing but …