Kaiwera farm managers Sam and Renata Woodford with their children Nia (9) and Louis (7).

Dairy lessons for Super Fund farm

Stopping stock wastage of bobby calves and increased biosecurity are behind a beef and bull breeding unit developed in Southland. Karen Trebilcock reports. FarmRight is using lessons learnt on its dairy farms to develop and manage a large beef and bull breeding operation in Southland for the New Zealand Super Fund (NZSF). The 1222-hectare former sheep and beef block at …

Mark Saunders throws up some of the crystal clear water the site is fed through the RDR (Rangitata Diversion Race) from the Rangitata River which is one of the main snowfed rivers through the Canterbury Plains.

Learning from leaky ponds

A seemingly simple, but hydrologically complex process is offering a means to reducing Canterbury nitrate levels and restoring groundwater levels. Anne Lee reports. It looks like a smaller version of an onfarm storage pond – fenced off and sitting on a corner site just west of Tinwald at Laghmoor. But the innocuous pond has already proven a valuable tool in …

Richard and Davina Syme with children Hannah (left) and Josh (right) a finding a balance between farm performance and family time.

Seizing the day

Richard and Davina Syme have maintained farm performance at a high level while living off-farm, taking on new challenges and having some great family adventures along the way. Sheryl Brown reports. Richard and Davina Syme have a history of being open to new opportunities and this hasn’t stopped since they took up dairy farming 10 years ago. In recent years …

Margaret and Peter Brooker (left) with sharemilkers Chris and Stacey Hatfield and their young family.

Making the most of a challenging climate

Once-a-day milking takes pressure off animals, farm and people, Anne Hardie reports. A priority on Peter and Margaret Brooker’s Maruia farm is good animal welfare management which results in less pressure on the environment. That is why some of their pasture is more than 40 years old and still performing well, they have less runoff around the yard and less …

New generation beef

Making better use of the under-utilised resource of bobby calves is the subject of a Massey University research project. Jackie Harrigan reports. Growing bobby calves to one-year of age as New Generation Beef has the potential to add value for both dairy and beef farmers through the meat production industry. Surplus calves from the dairy industry represent an under-utilised resource …