Healthy ecosystems and healthy people

Concern over the state of rivers and nitrogen loads has led to discussion of ecosystem health, environmental scientist Alison Dewes writes. When I am asked to define ecosystem health, I have to describe the relationship of this to the wider natural world we live in, because everything is connected. We cannot look at a single metric and hope to have …

Smithy Baling of Hawkes Bay run two Krone AM 323S mowers for baleage and hay mowing. Tim Smith finds them a reliable mower with reasonable performance, and has had great service from Tractor Repairs and Spares in Hastings.

One man went to mow…

A wide range of mowers are available to New Zealand farmers. Tim McVeagh checks out some of the offerings. The New Zealand dairy farmer has an impressive range of mowers to pick from, with Krone alone having 35 models on their website. With a range of features varying between models, there’s a fair bit to take in. Working widths range …

Freddy Gane works his team of dogs on the home vineyard, and gets up into the hills as much as he can.

A grape life for dogs

Marlborough’s Gane family grow grapes in the ‘Golden Mile’, winter grazing bought-in lambs among the vines, allowing Freddy Gane to pursue his passion of dog trialling. Annabelle Latz reports. About 150 years ago, Marlborough’s Gane family grew cereal and vegetable crops and farmed sheep. Now they grow grapes and finish 3000 trading lambs over the winter on Park Farm, north …

High EBVs on board: Mike Salvesen says stags have consistently delivered what the EBVs promised.

Reaping rewards of EBVs

Mid Canterbury’s Mike Salvesen sang the praises of the national stag performance recording database, Deer Select, during this year’s industry conference in Timaru. Andrew Swallow caught up with him on his farm near Mt Somers. “If you’re not buying sires on BV [breeding value], then how do you know what you’ve got?” That was the question Mid Canterbury farmer Mike …

The RMPP resource has a selection of important financial and production KPI.

KPIs: Hitting the targets

Lynda Gray The Red Meat Profit Partnership KPI and benchmarking resources are a step in the right direction, according to southern farm consultants. “I think well calculated, benchmarked KPI are underutilised within the sheep and beef industry, representing a significant missed opportunity for growth. The RMPP efforts are a step in the right direction,” Agribusiness farm management consultant Dean Carson …

Climate change: Doing nothing a good option

Terry Brosnahan Methane and nitrous oxide are not the villains when it comes to climate change and should be removed from New Zealand’s greenhouse gas inventory. That’s the view of two scientists who have released a research paper reviewing the science on greenhouse gases (GHG). Dr Thomas Sheahen and Dr Jock Allison argue water vapour and clouds are responsible for …