As big as me! Harriet Moseby (18 months) and parents Ryan and Abby with a fodder beet grown on the farm for wintering.

Up hill and down dale

A Southland farm wasturned around during conversion to dairy, and it’s won the region’s Ballance Farm Environment Awards supreme award for 2018. Karen Trebilcock reports. When Ryan and Abby Moseby decided to convert Ryan’s parents’ sheep and beef farm near Mataura in Southland, they decided to put the dairy at the bottom of the farm. Both the top and bottom …

Eradication feasible but immense task – NZVA

Andrew Swallow Two risk factors stand head and shoulders above all others when it comes to the risk of picking up Mycoplasma bovis, New Zealand Veterinary Association chief veterinary officer Dr Helen Beattie says: prolonged contact with an infected animal, and ingestion of infected milk by calves. “Everything else pales in significance in comparison,” she told Country-Wide. The minuscule, wall-less …

Cows on owl farm.

RESEARCH WRAP: Farm system evolution

Waikato’s demonstration Owl Farm has taken its stocking rate lower, reduced bought-in feed and increased profit, while cutting environmental losses. Louise Cook reports. As a demonstration farm we must demonstrate things. This seems rather obvious, it’s written in the title. If we look back on the 2017-18 dairy season at Owl Farm we’ve demonstrated a lot of things that have …

Working together has helped Robert Mensen (left) leap forward into a contract milking job, while Charlotte and Sam Lawn were able to jump into farm ownership. Photo: Brad Hansen

Milking with a long-term plan

Sharemilking in Taranaki this season, Charlotte and Sam Lawn will move east next year with plans to be in beef in the future. Jackie Harrigan reports. Thinking laterally and being prepared to move regionally has helped Charlotte and Sam Lawn achieve farm ownership, along with working in with family and being brave about making calculated moves. Charlotte and Sam met at …

Brian and Kerry Thompson on their Brunswick farm.

PREVIEW: Raising breeding cow performance

The Thompson family have switched their cattle operations from steep Wanganui hills to easier land with profitable results. Russell Priest reports. A win-win agreement between father and son, Brian and Kerry Thompson and Horizons Regional Council has seen the Thompsons’ long-established Simmental herd move from extremely steep terrain to gently rolling pastures next door. Since then it hasn’t looked back. …

The late Collis Blake helped saved many families’ farms in the turmoil caused by the economic reforms.

Champion to the rescue

Terry Brosnahan Collis Blake was a hero to the many farmers he helped through economic reforms of the 1980s. He led protests against farm mortgage sales forced by lenders’ unfair skyscraper-like interest rates. He negotiated with the banks so farmers had a future. Phil Taylor was working at Flock House when he met Collis through a farm discussion group. Collis …

Time to transition cattle

In the second in a series of columns, scientist Jim Gibbs discusses achieving and maintaining maximum intakes in beef cattle in winter beef finishing systems. By now, most farms have transitioned the cattle to the beet crops. If you haven’t, you should have, because it is harder to do so in wet and cold weather, and liveweight (LWT) gains on …