Hill Country research

Cheyenne Nicholson Recent trends of land use in New Zealand has created pressure to finish a larger number of sheep and beef animals on hill country farms, largely due to the more productive finishing land being converted to dairy production or dairy support. It means research into hill country and improving hill land is becoming increasingly important. A selection of …

Velvet offers osteoporosis hope

Lynda Gray Depletion and regeneration of stag bone during velvet growth could help pave the way to an osteoporosis cure. Globally osteoporosis, commonly referred to as brittle bone disease, is the fourth-leading chronic condition, world leading velvet biology expert Chuny Li says. But unlocking the molecular biological mechanisms at work during the rapid velvet growth process could throw new light …

Diversity in a variable climate

Blair Drysdale Balfour, northern Southland Surprised and shocked would accurately describe my reaction to being asked to pen a column for a publication I love and have read from front to back for more than 20 years. It’s somewhat daunting given the calibre of the other columnists. Along with my wife Jody and three children Carly (9), Fletcher (7) and …

Feeding underpins success

Lucerne is the critical element in getting a Marlborough couple’s breeding stock through the summer dry. Sandra Taylor reports. Pictures by Tom Harvey. Richard and Victoria Gorman’s success in this year’s Westpac and Bayleys Marlborough Sheep and Beef Farmer of the Year competition comes down to one simple factor – feed. It is their ability to feed stock consistently well …

RMPP: Subsidy not a real subsidy

Terry Brosnahan The Red Meat Profit Partnership programme leaders say it is no gravy train nor is it a subsidy. Programme steering group chairman Malcolm Bailey said the RMPP costs were well-scrutinised. This was in response to a cartoon and an article in Country-Wide’s November issue. It questioned the effectiveness of the programme and the scrutiny of its costs. On his …

Fine-tuning our elite farm athletes

Annabelle Latz Shell, Chloe, Lou, Coco, Fi, Juno, Tilly, Ziggy, Lass and Tane love running the rolling country of Kaituna Ridges, the 960-hectare steep sheep and beef property in northern Marlborough, which they call home. Day-in day-out they work the land, helping their owners Muff and Paul Newton run their 4500 predominantly Romney ewes, and 200 head of cattle – …

Home block: Practise what you preach

Dan Shand Culverden, North Canterbury As I sit in a hotel room in Wellington, having spent last night at the Beehive for the announcement of our new Nuffield scholars, I am also thinking about the lambs I should have tailed and the broken barb on the driveway I haven’t got around to fixing. I do however take solace in the …

Development gives King hit

A northern Wairarapa sheep and beef farming business is developing at a cracking rate. Russell Priest went along to find out what is driving it. Keeping the farming operation simple and doing the basics well is working handsomely for Ronald (Ronnie) and Justine King. In fact it has worked so well the Kings were finalists in this year’s Ahuwhenua Maori …

A gaucho on horseback tends a herd of Hereford cattle.

Time for change in Brazil

Philip Taylor Ngaroma, King Country At the invitation of the Foundation of Economics and Statistics and University of Faccat, (Integrated Colleges of Taquara) I was invited to speak at a conference in Porto Alegre, to explain how New Zealand promotes the integration of dairy farming with beef fattening. Simply put, rearing Friesian bobby calves for intensive bull/steer beef farming. It’s …