Regular monitoring allows you to evaluate options available for stock and feed management based on the most accurate information. On-farm, keep an eye on the weather forecast and benchmark yourself against others to help with decision-making.
Farmwatch – DairyNZ Farmwatch provides farmers with a weekly summary of the on-farm situation observed throughout New Zealand, plus timely advice.
NIWAFarmMet – This is a subscription weather forecast and information service designed specifically for farmers.
Pasture Growth Forecaster – The DairyNZ Pasture Growth Forecaster is an easy-to-use web-based tool to help predict how much grass grows on your farm.
Hotspot watch – NIWA's Hotspot watch is a weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
Seasonal climate outlook – NIWA’s air temperature, rainfall, soil moisture and river flow predictions for the coming season.
Summer Management Plan
This checklist will help you formulate a summer management plan, preparing you for whatever weather conditions eventuate.
Use the information in this guide to help develop your own summer management plan. Includes handy summer management action plan checklist.