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  • Farmers' bank balances under severe pressure

    17 April 2015

    Industry body DairyNZ says bank balances for most dairy farmers will be heading south this winter and spring, producing some short-term but significant cashflow management challenges for farmers.

  • Healthy Rivers
    Farmers need to have their say now on plan for change

    17 April 2015

    An upcoming series of meetings will give farmers a chance to have an early say on Waikato Regional Council’s Healthy Rivers Plan for Change which could have a big impact on the way they farm in the future.

  • Business
    Key things to get right when starting a business

    15 April 2015

    Becoming a sharemilker and setting up your own business is a big step. DairyNZ business developer, Lynaire Ryan, has spoken to farmers about their first-hand experience and lists the top twelve things to get right when starting out.

  • New BW trait – body condition score

    15 April 2015

    Body condition score (BCS) is to be included as a new trait in Breeding Worth from February 2016.

  • Cow in field
    Workshops will bring farmers up to speed with welfare laws

    14 April 2015

    A series of workshops will begin this month to help dairy farmers understand animal welfare laws and work out their options for keeping on the right side of impending new regulations.

  • Recipe for winning pasture

    13 April 2015

    Dramatically transforming a poorly performing paddock was behind Waiuku farmer Robert Garshaw’s success in the best first-year pasture category of the Pasture Renewal Persistence competition.

  • Drying off - making it count

    09 April 2015

    National average somatic cell count (SCC) levels have dropped considerably over the past few years. The dairy industry is on target to reach a national average bulk milk SCC of 150,000 cells/ml by 2016. DairyNZ senior scientist Jane Lacy-Hulburt outlines seven focus areas to fine-tune your dry cow approach and get the most out of your time and money.

  • Pasture Renewal
    New manager to strengthen DairyNZ's Forage Value Index

    09 April 2015

    The addition of persistence and metabolisable energy (ME) traits to the DairyNZ Forage Value Index (FVI) are seen as key targets for Cameron Ludemann in his new role as Forage Value Manager.

  • Keeping the team happy and productive

    07 April 2015

    Balanced and productive work time is key for a dairy farm work environment to be sustainable, enjoyable and rewarding for all the farm team. Getting the right roster in place, keeping accurate time records, having good farm systems and a focus on wellness and wellbeing, are key components to achieving that.

  • Tactics for Tight Times
    Forewarned is forearmed

    02 April 2015

    DairyNZ is running a second series of on-farm Tactics for Tight Times events from April until June to support farmers through the low milk price season.

  • Effluent Irrigation
    Southland/South Otago - keep it low this autumn

    02 April 2015

    As autumn approaches and the soil moisture deficit levels decrease, finding days to irrigate your effluent will become more difficult.

  • Gypsy Day - is there a way to avoid the June 1 scramble?

    01 April 2015

    Gypsy Day is entrenched in dairy farming culture but discussion has started within the industry about whether there are less disruptive ways to move farms.

  • DairyNZ Farmers' Forum
    Science on show at DairyNZ Farmers' Forums

    01 April 2015

    A selection of 'Hot Science' topics will be a feature of the regional forums, free to farmers, with DairyNZ staff summarising key research.

  • Cow in field
    Audit findings show more work needed

    01 April 2015

    Findings released today by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment from phase four of the dairy sector audits on employment compliance show that the industry still has more work to do to lift its performance.

  • Bull
    New online bull team builder puts farmers in control

    30 March 2015

    A new online bull team builder, developed by NZ Animal Evaluation Limited (NZAEL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of DairyNZ, will allow farmers to see the impact of genetic improvement on farm profit and team averages.