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  • Building resilience with low milk prices

    28 November 2014

    Resilient farm systems are able to manage and adapt to a reduced milk price while maintaining profitability. On some farms, costs may need to be removed this financial year to avoid a cash loss.

  • Are you farming fit?

    28 November 2014

    Greater automation and technology has slowed dairy farmers down and impacted their fitness levels, says former Hauraki Plains farmer Ian Handcock.

  • Pitstops highlight farmer health

    28 November 2014

    Over 200 Health Pitstop checks (free physical and mental wellness checks for farmers) have been completed so far this year.

  • Waikato Environment
    Funding success will boost dairy environmental actions

    A proven method of working with farmers to improve their environmental performance will be expanded and two new projects will start thanks to funding partnerships between dairy farmers and the Waikato River Authority.

  • A DairyNZ technician collects and measures leftover supplement.
    Is there value in individual cow feeding?

    27 November 2014

    A DairyNZ project is underway to find out if there is value in individual cow feeding. The project aims to provide robust information to farmers who are considering investing in computerised in-shed feeding technologies and those currently using these systems.

  • Busting milk urea myths

    27 November 2014

    DairyNZ senior scientist Jane Kay sheds some clarity on milk urea levels.

  • Theileria
    Farmers warned after Theileria hits West Coast farm

    DairyNZ is alerting all farmers, including graziers, to keep an eye out for signs of a tick-carried disease that causes anaemia in cattle and to actively manage the risks of ticks to their herds.

  • Heifers
    Growing dairy heifers – a focus on what good looks like

    A Waikato heifer-rearing focus farm is being established along with four others around the country as part of a DairyNZ-led initiative to provide graziers with the tools, knowledge and resources to grow dairy heifers more effectively.

  • Number crunching no one-hit wonder

    14 November 2014

    Waikato farmer Foster Kalma has made a career out of crunching numbers. Now, he works the numbers on one of the most efficient high input farms around.

  • Simple, flexible system key to cost management

    14 November 2014

    Sticking to a simple yet flexible system and keeping the lid on costs is key to coping with volatile payouts, say West Coast farmers Michael and Christine Hart.

  • Budgeting ahead for 2015/16

    10 November 2014

    Despite a favourable winter and early spring, this season’s reduced forecast milk price demonstrates how quickly things can change. DairyNZ economist Angie Fisher says planning for profit at a range of milk prices is key.

  • Forage systems to reduce nitrate leaching

    04 November 2014

    Canterbury farmers are participating in a research programme led by DairyNZ to develop profitable solutions that reduce nitrate leaching.

  • Global production and price volatility

    04 November 2014

    In 2007, the situation for dairy commodities changed. Increased demand for dairy products out-paced global production, leading to higher milk prices. This situation has continued, DairyNZ senior economist Matthew Newman explains.

  • EnviroReady Events
    EnviroReady events help Canterbury farmers prepare

    04 November 2014

    Canterbury will host two EnviroReady field days this month to help farmers prepare for changes under Environment Canterbury’s Land and Water Regional Plan.

  • Six KPI's for the farm biz

    01 November 2014

    Farm owners, governors, sharemilkers and operations managers should have a small number of financial key performance indicators (KPIs) to monitor and steer their businesses in the desired direction.