Hill Country research

Cheyenne Nicholson Recent trends of land use in New Zealand has created pressure to finish a larger number of sheep and beef animals on hill country farms, largely due to the more productive finishing land being converted to dairy production or dairy support. It means research into hill country and improving hill land is becoming increasingly important. A selection of …

Velvet offers osteoporosis hope

Lynda Gray Depletion and regeneration of stag bone during velvet growth could help pave the way to an osteoporosis cure. Globally osteoporosis, commonly referred to as brittle bone disease, is the fourth-leading chronic condition, world leading velvet biology expert Chuny Li says. But unlocking the molecular biological mechanisms at work during the rapid velvet growth process could throw new light …

Diversity in a variable climate

Blair Drysdale Balfour, northern Southland Surprised and shocked would accurately describe my reaction to being asked to pen a column for a publication I love and have read from front to back for more than 20 years. It’s somewhat daunting given the calibre of the other columnists. Along with my wife Jody and three children Carly (9), Fletcher (7) and …

Feeding underpins success

Lucerne is the critical element in getting a Marlborough couple’s breeding stock through the summer dry. Sandra Taylor reports. Pictures by Tom Harvey. Richard and Victoria Gorman’s success in this year’s Westpac and Bayleys Marlborough Sheep and Beef Farmer of the Year competition comes down to one simple factor – feed. It is their ability to feed stock consistently well …

Future-proofing farm development

Merging two, tired South Taranaki dairy blocks into a modern operation was a challenge to be relished for Vanessa and Jacques Le Prou. Jackie Harrigan reports. Future-proofing their farm and dairy business was foremost in the minds of Vanessa and Jacques Le Prou when developing their rundown Pihama dairy farm. Five years ago the Le Prous bought two adjacent coastal Taranaki …

Why sheep milk?

The developing sheep milk industry is investigating ways to develop the industry, which offers environmental benefits for farmers. Sheryl Brown reports. The global demand for alternative dairy and non-bovine dairy products is growing significantly and there is enormous potential for New Zealand sheep milk products, particularly in Asian growth markets. The nutritional benefits of sheep milk are becoming more apparent, and …

Lewis Road: Building on success at home

Peter Cullinane Lewis Road Creamery chief executive It’s possibly a bit rich for me to be writing a ‘View from The Top’ for the Dairy Exporter. Lewis Road Creamery is still at best a little hillock rather than a mountain, so my view is very much upwards and outwards. Why outwards? Because the first five years of our existence have been …

SPECIAL REPORT | WOMEN IN DAIRY: Stepping up

Karen Trebilcock Southland dairy farmer Suzanne Hanning carefully, in her own words, “pokes bears”. Her farm’s Facebook page Bristol Grove Dairies Ltd has almost 400 followers but gets thousands of views and she tries to post at least weekly what is happening onfarm. In mid-November it was weaning calves and the arrival of the Hereford bulls on the Grove Bush …