Inside Dairy

  1. BVD control: a four-step plan

    Managing Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) should be an important part of farmers’ biosecurity measures.

  2. Simple guide to healthy heifers

    Healthy heifers are the future of your herd, so it’s time well spent to assess your heifer management strategies.

  3. Are there reproduction gains in feeding starch over fibre?

    In theory, starch-based feeds increase the levels of hormones involved in fertility, but does that lead to improved reproduction?

  4. Waste milk: is it calf feed?

    Waste milk has traditionally been fed to calves to dispose of milk that can’t be sent for supply, but is this a good idea?

  5. Meet DairyNZ's Scott Farm Team

    Ben Fisher, farm manager at DairyNZ’s Scott Farm, explains how his team’s combined focus on farming and research provides them with unique challenges and rewards.

  6. Level up your calf care

    New Zealand dairy farmers do a great job of calf care, but what if we could do even better?

  7. Worth their weight in gold

    When it comes to rearing calves, Jilly Haywood knows a thing or two about the challenges involved.

  8. All set for Fieldays 2019

    Thousands of people from around the world will converge at Mystery Creek in Hamilton for the annual National Agricultural Fieldays in June. We’ll be part of the action in four different areas.

  9. Pads and pasture growth gains

    Potential pasture growth rate improvements from standing off cows using a feed pad versus no feed pad.

  10. Farm technology: pros and cons

    Many farmers have told us they'd like to know about new innovations that could help on-farm.

  11. Making money from milk

    Shifting the family farm down by two systems has been a business-saver for Waikato dairy farmer Alan Syme.

  12. Your wellbeing: let's talk about it

    New Zealanders’ understanding of and attitudes towards wellbeing are changing – but we still have a way to go.

  13. You asked, we answered

    Why aren’t more farmers going to once-a-day milking and what are some strategies for reducing nitrogen losses? We put those questions and more to experts here at DairyNZ.

  14. Farmer to farmer

    Inside Dairy asked its readers what they'd like to hear about from other farmers. Here, farmers from four locations and a range of roles and farm sizes talk about farming as they see it.

  15. BCS gain: Lactating vs dry cows?

    Which is more efficient for body condition? DairyNZ senior scientist Jane Kay explains.

  16. Stock returning from grazing?

    If you have animals coming home this autumn after grazing on another farm, here’s how to reduce the risk of diseases being spread.

  17. Economists working for farmers

    DairyNZ’s principal economist Graeme Doole talks about his team’s work, motivation and achievements.

  18. Reaching their pasture potential

    Putting pasture first is paying off for Don and Kirsten Watson, who peak milk 270 cows on their Kaipara Harbour farm.

  19. Planning for 10-year resilience

    DairyNZ’s Paul Bird takes a look at how farmers can prepare themselves long-term for the ups and downs of the dairy sector.

  20. Farmers on the front foot

    DairyNZ’s Farm Gauge consistently identifies three areas of opportunity for dairy farmers: finance, environment and people management.

  21. Finding gold in Farm Gauge

    Hear how South Waikato farmers Marc and Nia Jones have used this simple online tool to help them become more successful farmers.

  22. DairyNZ Schools website launched

    DairyNZ has launched a new website for teachers, giving them free, curriculum-based learning resources to help children learn about dairy farming.

  23. Dry cow therapy: tips for teats

    An effective mastitis management plan includes deciding which cows should receive what dry cow products.

  24. Meet our South Island team

    We talk to our South Island Hub leader Tony Finch about his team’s focus on the needs of dairy farmers specific to their region.

  25. Animal care outcomes: cow numbers vs culture

    Having fewer people looking after your cows results in poorer animal care, right? Let’s see what DairyNZ Animal Care Team member Katherine DeWitt found out from our survey results.

  26. New course fits farmers

    A new approach to studying has helped Waitoa contract milker Joel Lawrence.

  27. Gauging where the gaps are

    Our Farm Capability Assessment Programme can help identify your learning needs.

  28. Study option puts farm time and business first

    Investing in formal training can be a tough decision for busy dairy farmers, but a new business plan writing course is helping to address that.

  29. Dirt-under-nails advice helps farming newcomer

    Only four years ago, Marcus Graham was selling houses in Auckland. He’s now running the family farm in the Waikato.

  30. Community rallies to support Cambridge wetlands project

    A Cambridge school’s planting project not only assisted local farmers’ environmental efforts, but also attracted plants and sustenance from local businesses.

  31. Can genetics help to reduce nitrogen leaching?

    DairyNZ is about to start on-farm research that aims to breed cattle with a lower nitrogen footprint.

  32. Pasture profit adds up

    DairyNZ has launched two new levy-funded online resources: the Pasture and Crop Eaten Calculator and the Pasture Potential Tool.

  33. Kids impress with dairy knowledge

    A recent school visit to Grant and Kyly Coombes’ Taupiri dairy farm left the five-time farm visit hosts feeling taken aback – and for all the right reasons.

  34. Compensation team helping farmers

    Last year the DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb New Zealand Compensation Assistance Team (DBCAT) was established to help farmers affected by Mycoplasma bovis with their compensation claims.

  35. Economic values and why they matter

    The economic values used to calculate Breeding Worth have been updated to reflect world market changes.

  36. Meet our Lower NI Regional Team

    DairyNZ Lower North Island Hub leader Rob Brazendale talks about his team’s work and achievements.

  37. FVI gains energy and persistence

    From this month, DairyNZ’s Forage Value Index will include two new traits for perennial ryegrass cultivars: metabolisable energy and persistence.

  38. Breeding resilience pays off

    Southland farmers Simon and Mo Topham have always taken genetics seriously, but especially so when milk prices took a dive in 2014/15.

  39. Meet our Upper NI regional team

    DairyNZ Upper NI hub leader Sharon Morrell talks about her team’s work and achievements.

  40. Water movement gets everyone involved

    DairyNZ has launched an exciting new movement to get everyone to play a role in improving NZ’s waterways, explains chief executive Tim Mackle.

  41. Toolboxes and talking points

    Discussion groups help farmers to link up, support each other and make the best use of DairyNZ's farm assessment toolbox.

  42. DairyNZ projects: farmer-led, region-fed

    Check out a snapshot of three DairyNZ regional projects that are building a better dairy sector by bringing farmers together.

  43. Plantain project a tool for targets

    DairyNZ has launched a potentially game-changing research project to test the benefits of plantain in local pastures.

  44. Planting projects connect children with farmers

    The DairyNZ levy-funded project enabled students to help look after waterways in their areas while learning about local farmers’ environmental initiatives.

  45. Meet DairyNZ's biosecurity team

    Diversity and reach come to mind when talking about DairyNZ’s biosecurity team.

  46. DairyNZ training: heading in the FeedRight direction

    Training in FeedRight and other DairyNZ programmes can help rural professionals add real value to their farmers.

  47. Biosecurity experience bears fruit

    When kiwifruit bacteria Psa-V appeared in New Zealand in 2010, it reshaped the industry’s biosecurity practices.

  48. Setting a new course for NZ

    A plan is being formed to make our country’s biosecurity system stronger than ever.

  49. Dairy's future depends on us all

    New Zealand’s economy and prosperity are driven by our agricultural products. To protect that, we all have a collective responsibility to take biosecurity seriously.

  50. Biosecurity second nature for Southland sharemilkers

    Easy and inexpensive biosecurity measures are simply a force of habit for Billy and Sharn Roskam.

  51. New leader ready for change

    Northland dairy farmers will notice a new face at DairyNZ discussion groups and events over the coming months with the arrival of new regional leader Tareen Ellis.

  52. Churn and learn with 'Is it cheese?'

    DairyNZ's latest classroom learning kit is giving kids a real taste of science in the classroom.

  53. Adapting with Dairy Connect

    Nicola Bryant’s experience in adapting to change means she’s the perfect fit for her role as DairyNZ’s Dairy Connect coordinator for Taranaki and the Lower North Island.

  54. Farmers play a pivotal role in fertility research success

    Dozens of scientists and more than 2000 farmers have been working together to improve cow fertility in New Zealand dairy cows.

  55. Meet the Milksmart in Action team

    These folk are a passionate bunch, drawn from a diverse range of DairyNZ staff and others with relevant expertise.

  56. M. bovis and mating decisions

    Under the current state of heightened biosecurity in New Zealand, DairyNZ has been hearing that some farmers are considering extending their use of artificial breeding (AB).

  57. Find the sweet spot: quality time, quality milk

    Since switching to once-a-day milking 10 years ago to help streamline an expanded business, Leo Vollebregt has seen many improvements for both animals and people.

  58. Bluff kids find dairying's their oyster

    St Teresa’s School in Bluff went from seaside to countryside recently, as part of DairyNZ’s school farm visit service.

  59. Meet DairyNZ's lab team

    Most of the time, our laboratory team flies under the radar. Yet their work provides the foundation for DairyNZ’s innovations, resources and farmer support.

  60. Supporting farmers through M. bovis

    DairyNZ continues to be actively involved across many areas of the Mycoplasma bovis response.

  61. Taking a byte out of technology

    Tesha and Bryan Gibson are embracing the use of technology on-farm, enjoying a wide range of practical benefits which make life easier.

  62. Value determines technology uptake

    When farmers can see the value, practicality and people benefits of technology, they’re more likely to take it on board.

  63. Small changes become big milking gains

    South Waikato farmers John, Anne and Chris Poole are seeing great results using the Milksmart approach.

  64. Sharing farmers' love for the land

    DairyNZ’s education cowbassador Rosie and her co-star Nate find out first hand what dairy farmers are doing to look after the environment, in the latest stage of the Dairy Doing Good campaign.

  65. The real cost: bringing in extra feed

    Can we reduce our reliance on imported feed? That’s the question those involved in a three-year trial run by the Northland Dairy Development Trust set out to answer.

  66. Spring feeding: striking the balance between pasture and supplements

    What’s the best way to keep your pasture cover on track this spring? And when is pasture enough, or not enough? DairyNZ feed developer Sally Peel provides some timely advice.

  67. Calving: sustaining a ‘staunch’ team

    At Tainui Dairies near Morrinsville, taking a whanau-centred approach to the calving season ensures everyone in the team is motivated and healthy.

  68. Manage your feed with the SRP

    DairyNZ senior scientist Kevin Macdonald, set to retire after nearly 50 years’ service to the dairy sector, brings a final reminder on the value of the Spring Rotation Planner.

  69. Teaming up on pasture priorities

    We know pasture management during calving is a key driver of profit, but with a long list of jobs at calving it’s crucial everyone on the team plays their part.

  70. ‘Moo-sterious’ links between country and city kids

    A recent nationwide DairyNZ education project saw students turn detectives, discovering the similarities and differences between their urban and rural life.

  71. Grass takes dairy business back to future

    Farming on the Watson properties has become simpler and easier to replicate in recent years. That’s thanks to Ben and Tim Watson’s decision to re-focus their three North Island farm businesses on growing more grass and reducing their reliance on imported supplements.

  72. Methane tools in the pipeline

    Methane inhibitors are looking like one of the most promising tools to reduce New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.

  73. DairyNZ facility a world first in methane measurement

    Managing and reducing dairy cows’ methane emissions is crucial to the future of sustainable and profitable dairy farming in New Zealand.

  74. Cultivar performance under the FVI spotlight

    DairyNZ’s Forage Value Index (FVI) helps farmers choose the best-performing grasses for their region using its simple five-star rating system. Trials have now started to test the FVI systems under realistic dairy farm management conditions, as DairyNZ senior scientist Cáthal Wims explains.

  75. Low-N cow research underway

    DairyNZ is leading a seven-year research project that aims to breed cattle with less nitrogen in their urine. This research could reduce sector-wide nitrate leaching by 20 percent, as DairyNZ geneticist Mark Camara explains.

  76. Solutions to reduce N leaching and maintain profit

    DairyNZ has invested your levy in a range of research projects to find solutions for reducing nitrogen (N) leaching while maintaining farm profit.

  77. Grassroots science holds key to sustainable farming

    Converting from pines to pasture has been an environmental balancing act for Ngāi Tahu’s Paritea Farm in North Canterbury.

  78. Fieldays kids 'iPad' their way into Rosie's World

    DairyNZ’s education programme was shared more widely last month at the fiftieth National Fieldays at Mystery Creek near Hamilton.

  79. Early response to welfare concerns

    DairyNZ’s Early Response Service springs into action to support farmers whenever concerns are raised about the wellbeing of livestock.

  80. M. bovis and calf rearing

    If you’re buying or selling calves or milk over the coming months, we’ve got some simple steps you can take now to reduce the risk of spreading Mycoplasma bovis and other diseases.

  81. Animal care and customer expectation

    DairyNZ’s Jenny Jago outlines why focusing on animal care is important and what we’re doing to support dairy farmers to strive to be world-leading in this aspect of their business.

  82. Growing the future of dairy

    DairyNZ’s new dairy careers website, GoDairy, aims to attract motivated and passionate people into the dairy sector.

  83. Heart and mind approach to cow care

    A passion for animal welfare, combined with attention to detail and clear systems, has seen Mid Canterbury farmer Sameer Nimbalkar make dramatic improvements to the health of his herd.

  84. Finding a fit for fodder beet

    DairyNZ senior scientist Dr Dawn Dalley shares the results of two levy-funded fodder beet research projects.

  85. Farmers taking the initiative

    Many farmers are involved in environmentally-focused groups and also work to educate the wider community about environmental sustainability on farms and elsewhere.

  86. Joint project to ensure farmers rewarded for water quality work

    DairyNZ water quality specialist Aslan Wright-Stow explains how a collaborative nationwide project aims to identify water quality improvements on farm.

  87. Water quality: setting limits

    In recent surveys, people identified water quality as the most significant environmental issue New Zealand faces right now.

  88. Silver lining in storm's devastation

    The intense storm system that hit Bay of Plenty back in 2004 was the catalyst to prompt Opotiki sharemilkers Jared and Sue Watson to seriously reconsider their farm system, the environment they operated in and their own farming expectations.

  89. Latest scoop: make your own ice cream!

    DairyNZ’s in-school education programme is dishing up a dairy delight in what’s proving to be one of our most popular learning modules. And why not? It features ice cream!

  90. Damien O'Connor talks people and policy

    Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor shares his thoughts on the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead across the entire dairy value chain.

  91. How to give your new staff the best start possible

    As a new season draws near, Southland sharemilkers Michael and Ruth Prankerd share their approach to successfully managing employees.

  92. DairyNZ leverages people leadership

    Check out what DairyNZ is working on to meet our sector’s workforce and workplace goals.

  93. Creating top workplaces for our staff to thrive

    The call from farmers for skilled and motivated people to work in our sector has grown louder over the past few years.

  94. Sharing knowledge and success makes a great team

    Still in their early 30s, Carterton farmers Clarence and Elise Stolte are already a little less ‘hands on’ these days, thanks to their skills in improving staff capability.

  95. Connecting paddock and plate

    DairyNZ’s education programme continues its Dairy Doing Good campaign, with the help of Rosie the Cowbassador and her adorable mate, Nate.

  96. How New Zealand's dairy sector stays globally competitive

    DairyNZ dairy systems specialist Mark Neal outlines what we are doing to ensure we maintain and continually improve the dairy sector's competitiveness in a global market.

  97. Adapting to changing conditions

    Manawatu dairy farmers Robert and Colleen Ervine talk about their resilience and adaptability through recent challenging weather conditions.

  98. Competitiveness, resilience and continuous improvement

    Hauraki farmer Mark Townshend reckons long-term planning is the key to the ongoing success of New Zealand’s dairy sector.

  99. Keeping the move smooth for children

    If you are on the move, early contact with new schools is key to keeping the transition smooth for children.

  100. Seepage wetlands work wonders

    A recent review commissioned by DairyNZ may surprise you at just how effective wetlands can be at preventing contaminants from reaching waterways. DairyNZ water quality scientist Aslan Wright-Stow explains.

  101. Redesigning our dairy systems

    What could our future dairy systems look like given the massive challenges facing our sector? A levy-funded DairyNZ project called Leap21 aims to answer that question.

  102. Climate work ramping up

    With climate change champions, partnership farms and greenhouse gas roadshows in the pipeline, the Dairy Action for Climate Change is accelerating its work in 2018. Here are some details from DairyNZ senior policy advisor Kara Lok and developer Nick Tait.

  103. Leading in a changing world

    Leadership is a critical component of the long-term challenges facing dairying. Here we talk to some of the leaders in our dairy sector about their approach to the future.

  104. The Vision of Dairy Tomorrow

    "We’ve agreed on a set of ambitious goals and commitments for our sector – and now the real work starts."

  105. Labour of love for the environment

    Protecting and nurturing the environment for our future generations is a key commitment in the refreshed strategy, Dairy Tomorrow.

  106. Farm visits link town and country

    Youngsters in Northland are getting the chance to experience dairy farming thanks to two couples taking part in DairyNZ’s School Farm Visits.

  107. Manawatu farmers step ahead with EnviroWalk app

    A test run of DairyNZ’s new EnviroWalk app has delivered immediate benefits for Hopkins Farming Group in Manawatu.

  108. DairyNZ scholars inspired by youth summit in Brussels

    Representing New Zealand at the 2017 Youth Ag-Summit has confirmed for DairyNZ scholars Beth Hampton and Jemima Snook that they’ve picked a great career path.

  109. Opening our farm gates

    A growing number of dairy farmers are choosing to open their gates to visitors, offering a chance for everyone from Auckland to Amsterdam to enjoy a taste of rural life. And of course, these on-the-side tourism ventures also offer a handy revenue stream.

  110. Preaching what they practise

    Whether it’s by posting photos on social media, hosting school visits or writing a letter to the local newspaper, every farmer can play a part in improving the way New Zealanders think about dairying.

  111. Improving the public's perception of dairying

    What is DairyNZ doing to improve public perception of our dairy sector? Chief executive Tim Mackle provides some answers.

  112. Kids explore the goodness of dairy

    A new campaign launched by DairyNZ will help students learn about the many ways dairy touches New Zealanders’ lives.

  113. Scoring system backed by science

    Ten years ago, who would have imagined dairy farmers would one day be standing in the paddock, smartphone in hand, tapping in body condition scores of the cow in front of them?

  114. How far does your levy go?

    As DairyNZ celebrates its 10th anniversary, Inside Dairy spoke to the leaders of 10 organisations supported by your levy.

  115. DairyNZ and the digital decade

    As digital technology has taken off over the past 10 years, DairyNZ has invested the dairy levy to create a range of practical tools. Farmers can now access key information – from fertiliser use to feed requirements – more quickly and easily than ever.

  116. Where we've come from and where we're heading to

    Former DairyNZ chair John Luxton looks back on a significant 10 years in the dairy sector since DairyNZ was formed in November 2007.

  117. First-hand perspectives: a decade of levy value

    This month marks a key milestone - 10 years since DairyNZ was formed to support dairy farmers and drive our sector forward.

  118. Connecting children with dairy

    DairyNZ’s education programme is now used in more than one third of primary schools and one quarter of secondary schools around New Zealand.

  119. Investing the levy for faster pasture gains

    Better pastures and stronger profits for Kiwi dairy farmers: those are the aims of a levy-funded research programme called Pastoral Genomics.

  120. Milking sustainably: more than compliance

    Farmers around the country share their experiences of developing a Sustainable Milk Plan (SMP) with DairyNZ.

  121. Tihoi farm finds right balance

    Taking part in DairyNZ’s P21 research programme has helped Parkhill Farms to not only reduce its environmental impact, but also maintain profitability.

  122. Science puts couple on the front foot

    Facing the challenge of reducing nitrate leaching while remaining profitable has spurred Canterbury farmers Grant and Jan Early to take part in the DairyNZ-led Forages for Reduced Nitrate Leaching research programme.

  123. Taking children on a dairy journey

    As part of the wider DairyNZ education programme, Rosie and her website are striving to provide a fun place for all Kiwi kids to learn about dairying.

  124. Tapping into tools and technology

    Which tools and technologies are right for you and your farm? DairyNZ scientist Callum Eastwood has four questions you should ask before investing your time and money.

  125. Is fodder beet here to stay?

    DairyNZ senior scientist Dawn Dalley looks at where we’ve come from, where we’re heading and what we still don’t know.

  126. Treading carefully with a tricky crop

    Fodder beet’s use has exploded in recent years, but it’s also a crop with challenges and complexities and it pays to treat the beet with respect.

  127. Are lepto vaccinations working?

    Early results from a Massey University study show animal vaccinations continue to be an effective way of preventing leptospirosis shedding in NZ dairy cattle, reducing exposure to humans.

  128. Why should I breed for fertility?

    Have you ever wondered if breeding for fertility is an effective way of improving herd reproductive performance?

  129. Can once-a-day milking improve herd reproduction?

    In the quest to increase six-week in-calf rates, a growing number of farmers are looking at once-a-day (OAD) milking as one way to improve herd reproductive performance. How effective is this strategy?

  130. Battle wounds and wisdom shared through Dairy Connect

    Seeking guidance from other farmers has helped Chloe and Matt Walker make the switch from city living to dairy farming - a move that came sooner than expected.

  131. Five systems for success

    Looking for some advice on how to minimise health issues in your herd? DairyNZ's development team outlines systems to set your herd up for the season ahead.

  132. Why does animal health matter?

    What do farmers and sports coaches have in common, and why should animal health be a focus for every farm business.

  133. Better herd health no fluke

    Well-kept records, sound written procedures and good advice have helped Jodie Mexted build a herd that maintains a strong level of health.

  134. Caring for the transition cow

    As dairy cows transition from dry to milking animals, they undergo big changes that leave them at risk to many health conditions.

  135. How immune are your calves?

    Research shows a surprisingly-high proportion of calves on New Zealand dairy farms are not getting the antibodies they need from colostrum.

  136. New calf loading facilities worth every cent

    Building their own calf loading facilities has resulted in better biosecurity and smoother loading for Otorohanga farmer Greig Furniss and his herd manager Tom Orlowski.

  137. Events help farmers push reset

    More than 3000 dairy farmers and rural professionals recently attended DairyNZ Autumn Reset events. Find out how the campaign helped farmers all over NZ.

  138. Setting your staff up for success

    How do you get new staff to hit the ground running? Read our top tips for a strong orientation process.

  139. What do you want to achieve this season?

    DairyNZ has a new online tool to help you work out what you want – whether it’s to build equity or spend more time in the boat – and form a plan to get there.

  140. How a Matamata farmer ensures his staff give a damn

    How do you get your staff on board with environmentally sustainable practices? Find out what one farmer is doing to motivate his team.

  141. 10 steps to reduce your impact

    Want to save a dollar while also reducing your impact on the environment? Here are 10 steps that will cost you little or nothing.

  142. Teaming up with rural professionals

    The dairy industry is full of people willing to share good advice, says Waikato dairy farmer Roger Duff.

  143. Don't go it alone - building a great support team

    Have you thought about who’ll be on your advisory team in the coming season? Or how to get the most from your team?

  144. New hub addresses challenges and opportunities

    Southern dairy farmers will soon benefit from a new science and research facility designed to support the local industry.

  145. Time to reset the business?

    Now is the perfect time to review your farm business and ensure you’re ready for any future volatility.

  146. Spring SCC predicts autumn headaches

    Dealing with the underlying causes of mastitis in your herd will help make lasting headway.

  147. Looking at the big picture

    What’s happening in the global market right now and how will it affect Kiwi farmers in the coming season?

  148. Ready, set, grow

    Northland farmers Tony and Briar Lunjevich have made huge gains by taking an innovative approach to farming in difficult terrain at Takahue, near Kaitaia.

  149. Records keep herd on target

    Careful breeding decisions and attention to the basics have helped Sharon and George Moss optimise the potential of their herd.

  150. Forage index guiding choices

    For the past three years, another index as useful as BW has been evolving, the Forage Value Index (FVI).

  151. An invisible hand in profit gains

    Genetic gain is a steady process which delivers improvements year upon year. Although these gains can go unnoticed, the value is very real and quickly adds up.

  152. Pasture-first pays off for King Country family

    After creeping into using increasingly higher levels of supplementary feed, the Ferris family had a radical rethink about their approach.

  153. Continue to farm efficiently

    "Dairy farmers have responded to low milk prices by demonstrating flexibility and true Kiwi determination."

  154. What's made our industry strong?

    In the face of a record-low milk price, Inside Dairy spoke to key people in the sector about how we’ve become stronger and smarter.

  155. Five steps to a better business relationship

    Right now, many farm owners and sharemilkers are seeking business opportunities for next season. Do your homework by following these five steps to a better business.

  156. Career change leads to further study

    Switching from teaching to farming was a big move for Alan Syme, but one made far easier by his decision to complete a Diploma in Agribusiness Management.

  157. Focusing on your people, even in tight times

    Investing in training and development for your staff will always pay off. And as Te Puke farmer Murray Linton explains, it’s vital to keep that support in place when times are tough.

  158. Raw talent nurtured through training

    At just 30 years old, Athol New is already overseeing four farms, 4000 cows and 25 staff. Find out how formal training has accelerated his career.

  159. Making calf loading facilities practical and compliant

    Before the calving season becomes a distant memory, it is timely to review loading facilities and take a look at the new regulations coming into force in 2017.

  160. Increasing profit and productivity through pasture

    Harvesting an extra tonne of pasture per hectare in a couple of months translated to $32,000 of value for South Auckland farmer Joseph Diment. He says this is just a morsel of the benefit he gained from tapping into learning opportunities with DairyNZ.

  161. Responding to feedback, you said we did

    Gaining feedback from farmers provides DairyNZ with valuable information, helping us respond to farmers’ needs and fine-tune resources. Here are three examples of how farmer feedback has influenced DairyNZ to create farmer-focused solutions.

  162. Positive mindset sets path to better financial shape

    A timely touching base visit from DairyNZ consulting officer Kevin McKinley moved sharemilker Craig Gibbs' mindset many miles from where he started this season.

  163. DairyNZ AGM heads south to review 2015/16

    Ashburton will host this year’s DairyNZ Annual General Meeting (AGM), where reflecting on the challenging 2015/16 dairy season will be high on the agenda.

  164. Genetic efforts keep Ayrshires top of the game

    Ayrshires may only be a small percentage of the national dairy herd but they have been a big part of the Hutchings’ family farm for four generations.

  165. Improving heat detection

    Detecting cows on heat is critical for a successful herd reproduction programme. DairyNZ team leader for reproduction, Chris Burke, explains.

  166. Getting the basics right lifts repro numbers

    For Wilfred van Beek, getting the basics right in a simple grass-fed system has made herd reproduction outcomes successful and, most importantly, repeatable.

  167. Focus farm ups profit

    Putting pasture first has helped Ngatea dairy farmers Megan and Michael Webster cut their farm working expenses (FWE) by almost $1.50/kg MS over two years.

  168. Simple spring approach keeps farms on course

    Running four separate dairy units is not for the faint-hearted. But Greg Roadley and wife Rachel have worked hard to build an operation that makes the most of similarities in soil type, irrigation systems and size, including the systems they can apply to them.

  169. News

    Read news from the DairyNZ publications Inside Dairy and Technical Series, as well as the latest media releases here.

  170. Don't be caught short: managing feed supply this summer

    Find out how informed feed supply decisions in early December can help ensure the herd’s production stays profitable for the remainder of the season.

  171. Mythbuster: condition score gain

    The myth: Cows are more efficient at gaining condition while lactation than when dry.