Strategically grazing winter feed crops can reduce phosphorus and sediment losses by 80-90%.

Catchment-wide approach to grazing management

Sandra Taylor Winter grazing of crops can be a key source of sediment, nutrient and bacterial loss into waterways, but simple tweaks to grazing management can reduce this risk. Richard Parkes, Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s (B+LNZ) Environment Capability Manager North Island, says grazing trials undertaken by AgResearch in South Otago (as part of the Pastoral21 programme) found strategic grazing …

In market: a 1kg pack of a New Zealand-made pet food on sale in a Californian store for US$60.

Pet food driver in venison value

Andrew Swallow Deer farmers have wealthy people’s pampered pooches to thank at least in part for an unprecedented period of $10-plus venison schedules. At a field day for suppliers to Canterbury-based processor Mountain River last month several in-market distributors referred to the growing demand from pet food manufacturers and how it is driving values due to increased competition for a …

Amy Hoogenboom with the Massey farm deer in for blood sampling during her week on the Massey farm services roster.

Count down to a career

Massey University veterinary student Amy Hoogenboom looks forward to completing her final year of studies and a working life. Well, here I am, the beginning of the end. The end of late-night study, early morning lectures and too many exams. The beginning of Sunday night foreign body removals, early morning calving call outs and too much paperwork. The end of …

Millie (left) and Ellie Morgan.

New life for a Fairlie good business

Lynda Gray Endearing touches abound at the Farm Barn café. An antler adorns the wooden rafters and is used to great creative effect in table and floral decorations. There’s deer on the wallpaper in the ladies’ loos, on linen tea towels in the gift shop, and in the outside animal farm yard enclosure is Mia the friendly hind. The stylish …

Home Block: Welcome to the summer rain

Charlotte Rietveld Rakaia Gorge, Canterbury At the risk of raising my head above the parapet, summer turned out to be a blinder. Just as December’s blistering heat and wind was threatening near wipe-out of barely germinated winter feed crops, it rained. And it rained, and rained. My dearly departed crop-farming grandmother used to confidently predict summer rainfall of “an inch …

Ratio theory discredited

Australian research found that basic cation saturated ratio(BCSR) doesn’t work and is an inefficient use of fertiliser. Queensland University’s school of land and food sciences carried out the review in 2007 because of the use of “balanced” Ca, Mg, and K ratios, as prescribed by the BCSR concept by some soil-testing laboratories rather than the sufficiency level concept. It concluded …