Going for quality

Puketitiri sheep and beef farmers Simon and Melissa Turner are optimistic about the future of wool, and continue to include it as an important selection criteria for their elite breeding flock of Romney ewes. They were recognised with the 2017-18 Wools of New Zealand Grower of the Year award. Rebecca Harper visited them. Selecting classes of stock that suit the …

Same day fits the bill

A Manawatu sheep and beef farming couple who recently bought their third farm give Jill Galloway their farming operation recipe. Mark and Ollie Duffy are big fans of same-day killing. That and consistent grading is the main reason they have sent most of their lambs to the ANZCO plant in Marton for the past 10 years. “ANZCO always seems up …

Matt Iremonger with crop manager Nick Murdoch.

Getting the ducks lined up

An amalgamated farming operation of 5000 hectares on the south side of Banks Peninsula is under constant scrutiny from potential customers. Sandra Taylor reports.   Photos by Johnny Houston. If lining-up ducks wasn’t in Matt Iremonger’s job description it should have been. Juggling the management of a range of farm environments with stock, crops and the imperative to generate a return …

Dung Beetles on the march

Karen Trebilcock Dung beetles are spreading throughout New Zealand after their introduction was approved by the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) in 2011, or at least that is what University of Otago PhD student Emma Curtin is hoping to find. Farmers have been able to buy several species of the hard-working insects from Auckland company Dung Beetle Innovations for the …

Colm and Gaynor Tierney.

Measure of success

Having seven children has changed the equity goalposts for Waikato farm owners and sharemilkers Colm and Gaynor Tierney. Sheryl Brown reports. Colm and Gaynor Tierney are standing at a crossroad asking themselves: is big always better? The couple own a 75-hectare farm at Ngaruawahia in the Waikato, which is currently run by a 50/50 sharemilker, and are themselves 50/50 sharemilking …

Dutch cows in rape.

Climate debate captures Dutch dairy

Dairy farmers in the Netherlands must now commit to a process of ‘circular agriculture’ balancing inputs and outputs, or go out of business. Dutch agricultural journalist Sjoerd Hofstee writes. Climate and CO². Those are the new ‘magic words’ in Dutch dairy, among others from politicians. Although no more than 11% of greenhouse gases in the Netherlands is caused by the …