Yes, it’s the cattle with the undeserved title of hobby farmer or lifestyle cattle, Belted Galloway/Friesian cross.

Home block: Belties pack a healthy dividend

Reaping the harvest of a dream autumn at his Balfour, northern Southland farm, Blair Drysdale looks forward sending his latest crop of Belted Galloway/Friesian cross cattle to the works – no joke. Spring forward, fall back. As daylight savings has come to an end over the Easter weekend, the days are certainly getting shorter in length, but this dream autumn …

‘The take-home message from both years is that there’s not a lot to be gained from yard-weaning in growth rate or subsequent temperament.’

Doubts on value of yard weaning

Andrew Swallow Benefits of yard weaning are transient and more about short-term management than long-term weight or other gains, judging by recently published Massey University research and further work pending publication. The findings run contrary to some commonly held views about the practice and suggest a Beef + Lamb New Zealand factsheet* on the practice may need revising. “We found …

Strategically grazing winter feed crops can reduce phosphorus and sediment losses by 80-90%.

Catchment-wide approach to grazing management

Sandra Taylor Winter grazing of crops can be a key source of sediment, nutrient and bacterial loss into waterways, but simple tweaks to grazing management can reduce this risk. Richard Parkes, Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s (B+LNZ) Environment Capability Manager North Island, says grazing trials undertaken by AgResearch in South Otago (as part of the Pastoral21 programme) found strategic grazing …

Steve Reed and Sarel Van der Merwe – the truck interview – a good place to talk about technical skills.

Recruiting, 2018-style

Getting the right people on board is essential to a successful business. Anne Lee  sees how Steve and Angela Reed recruited a farm manager for their Canterbury dairy conversion. A YouTube video and a family photograph both played a part in bringing Canterbury farm owners and their soon-to-be farm managers together through the recruitment process but there was plenty of …

Young family: Gina and Dan with baby Brock and older son Lachie. Photo: Malcolm Pullman

Moving north for a new deal

Glenys Christian Northland Share Farmers of the Year Dan and Gina Duncan are in their second season on a 1020-cow 50:50 sharemilking job in Pouto, for the Pouto Topu A Trust. After contract milking for three seasons in the Waikato they felt they needed to take the next step and secure a sharemilking position. “We were looking for something with scale, at least 600 cows, …