Nitrogen fertiliser use: the right amount, in the right place, at the right time
Nitrogen (N) fertiliser is a handy strategic and tactical tool for increasing feed supply to match animal demand, yet it must be managed carefully to maximise dry matter production (response) while minimising potential losses.
Looking after your soil carbon - what are the benefits?
Carbon makes up about half the mass of soil organic matter and many soils in New Zealand can contain more than 100 tonnes of carbon per hectare in the top metre. Should we protect this organic matter, along with the carbon it holds, and do we know how?.
Making a success of full-season once-a-day milking
Milking is a time-consuming task, typically accounting for over half of labour hours used on New Zealand dairy farms. Reducing the number of milkings potentially decreases the number of hours worked, or allows that time to be used for other tasks.
Since the release of the New Zealand Government’s National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management in 2011, our grazing systems have experienced increased scrutiny with regards to their environmental impact.