More than 29 farms nationwide have agreed to share their information and host events as part of the Tactics for Tight Times campaign. Regular updates on their progress throughout the season will also be made available on dairynz.co.nz/tactics
DairyNZ’s Carolyn Bushell says the campaign provides a unique opportunity.
‘‘Farmers can come to a field day where they can have discussions, ask questions and learn from other farmers. Each farm is different which is why we have asked so many farmers, with diverse types of systems and ownership structures to share their information,” says Carolyn.
The campaign will support farmers and their decisions around health and wellbeing, pasture cover, feed, production, stock health and financial management to help them get through this season into 2015-16.
“We’ll provide farmers with as much data as possible from the host farms, both short and long-term, and then back this up with tools, resources and information from experts,” says Carolyn.
Every event will have tailored information, taking into account regional differences. Carolyn says a good example of this is the dry conditions.
“Many areas of New Zealand have faced a dryer than normal start to the year. Farmers facing the driest conditions in Canterbury, North Otago and the Wairarapa are in a more advanced and challenging situation so field days in these areas will take this into account.”
“We’re keen to help farmers make good decisions as they manage their way through these very dry conditions. With a low milk price, judgement calls become much more complex as you delicately balance the profitability of keeping your cows milking and using supplementary feed.”
For more information on the Tactics for Tight Times campaign click here.
This article was originally published in Inside Dairy March 2015