The new second edition is here - jam-packed with new content, updated vital statistics, facts and figures. From feed to farm financials, it's all here right at your fingertips.
Dairy farming is about people. It is the people who make the decisions, do the work, and make farming successful and enjoyable - and our dairy farms need to be enjoyable, safe and rewarding places for them to work.
Good financial management provides more control and more choice.
Excellence in pasture management and feed budgeting is required for retaining New Zealand’s competitive advantage in dairying.
Determine what energy is required for different scenarios. Allocate just enough feed, not too much or too little, from using information in the following pages.
The nutritional characteristics of pasture and other commonly used feeds and the advantages and disadvantages of their use.
Determine whether supplements other than pasture can be used to improve profitability.
Important information for managing a herd. Body condition score targets, breeding dates, calf rearing, animal health and welfare requirements.
Udder health and milk quality is important to farm productivity and profitability. Every farm stands to gain from less mastitis.
Good knowledge of your farm’s soils and intelligent use of fertilisers can save valuable dollars.
Dairy effluent is a valuable resource which, when managed well, increases pasture production, and reduces fertiliser costs.
Well planned, managed and maintained farm infrastructure can make a big difference to the day-to-day running of a farm. See this section for recommended dimensions and management tips for farm infrastructure such as feed and stand-off pads, tracks, water supply, milking sheds, and yards.