The power of plantain

Large and small-scale trials are testing the merits of plantain in pasture. Anne Lee reports on work under way at Massey University.   Plantain and its powers to reduce nitrate leaching have been the focus of studies at both ends of the scale spectrum at Massey University. From the detailed effects of plant compounds and the microscopic activity in the …

Milking intervals: It’s all about the cows

Sharemilkers Jason Macbeth and Beth Phillips use a range of milking intervals based on the needs of their cows. Anne Hardie reports. Young dairy guns Jason Macbeth and partner Beth Phillips use three different milking regimes through the season and it’s all centred on their cows so they are producing well the following season and beyond. This year the young …

The big cheese

Anne Lee On a scorching, dry, 36C day in central Canterbury, water buffalo just aren’t a class of stock you expect to see out happily grazing. Even less likely is the idea that these huge, horned beasts would soon be lining up to be milked. But at Wairiri Buffalo, south of Darfield that’s exactly what you’ll see. Lucy Appleton and …

Help for those who want out

Sheryl Brown   Dairy as a collective may need to support the exit of dairy farmers for the overall good of the industry under new land-use change rules, DairyNZ strategy and investment leader for sustainability Rick Pridmore says. Pridmore retires from his role at DairyNZ in January after more than a decade as its sustainability guru. He wants to see …