New generation beef

Making better use of the under-utilised resource of bobby calves is the subject of a Massey University research project. Jackie Harrigan reports. Growing bobby calves to one-year of age as New Generation Beef has the potential to add value for both dairy and beef farmers through the meat production industry. Surplus calves from the dairy industry represent an under-utilised resource …

Breeders: bury your differences and work together, Edward Dinger urges

Greater collaboration needed

Edward Dinger won numerous sheep industry awards during a 45-year career breeding Coopworths near Cambridge. Now retired, but still with a keen interest in ovine genetics and in particular facial eczema, Andrew Swallow asks what he sees as the challenges for breeders today and in future. Sheep breeders and their societies need to work together more nationally, if not internationally, …

Five vie for Fonterra board

Five candidates are facing off for three positions on the board of New Zealand’s biggest company. Anne Lee reports. Fonterra’s China strategy, balance sheet and business performance are all top of the agenda for the five candidates vying for the three positions on the co-operative’s board this year. With two of three sitting directors up for re-election by rotation – …

Celebrating: left to right, Fertco directors, Dr Brent Wheeler, Ken Titchener and Ross Karl.

Environmental focus for 20 years

Sheryl Brown Fertco is celebrating 20 years of leading the way with eco-friendly and innovative fertiliser products that are suited to the growing environmental demands on farmers. The Mount Maunganui company was established by Waikato farmers in 1999 because they wanted a broader range of fertilisers that were more ecologically sound, chief executive Warwick Voyce says. “That was during a …

Feed crop a full flush

Sandra Taylor    North Canterbury farmers are using kale as both a flushing feed to drive conception rates and a pasture management tool. Farm consultant Wayne Allan says farmers in the region, many clients, use soil moisture in spring to establish kale crops which are typically used for flushing ewes in autumn. These crops provide high energy, relatively high protein feed …