Autumn Action

Planning and action taken in autumn can help pave the way for a smoother and stress-less winter and spring. Farmers and industry experts share some suggestions. Clean up It’s been a season of plentiful growth throughout the country, so getting any rank pasture back in check before winter is a smart move, Canterbury farm consultant and Advance Party facilitator Wayne …

Dan Shand is sailing away.

Life begins at 40

Hitting a significant birthday has got Dan Shand thinking about the future. So we’ve made it to 40. My wife Mandy and I started working together 20 years ago and hitting this significant birthday has made us think about the future. As the saying goes “Life begins at 40” so it’s time to make that a reality. I’ve been writing …

It’s Christmas all year for Laney and Hudson: the Christmas tree crop is ready to shape and harvest in 2019. Pictures: Brad Hanson

Giving ideas a go

A Manawatu couple are learning as they go and more than happy to experiment with new ideas. Jackie Harrigan reports. Mike and Ryley Short haven’t let the odd failure put them off trying new things. In fact they say failing is part of the learning in building their Sanson dairy farming enterprise. They are the kind of couple that have …

Mark Neal

Lessons from a decade of data

Bringing in more supplement will give more milk production per hectare but not necessarily put any more money in the bank. Anne Lee writes. The numbers tell the same story no matter where you are, Ireland, United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand – increasing the amount of pasture harvested directly by cows increases profits. DairyNZ dairy systems specialist Mark Neal …

Low-cost systems more profitable

Lower operating cost dairy farm systems tend to spend less money on feed, have lower debt, are more profitable and more resilient, analysis of client data from New Zealand’s largest rural lender, ANZ, reveals. At the Pasture Summit in Hamilton and Ashburton ANZ agriculture economist Susan Kilsby said analysis of client data showed that in Waikato, for every extra dollar …

Winning combination

A couple managing Northern Southland farming operation reckon they have a great partnership with their farm’s owners. Anne Lee reports. Anieka Venekamp and Nick Templer are doggedly determined to own a slice of Godzone and farm their own piece of paradise but while they’re working hard to achieve that goal they’re also determined to enjoy the journey. The couple were …