pasture

  1. Feed

    Information about feed management on dairy farms, including seasonal management, production systems, supplements, crops and pasture types.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/feed/

  2. Supplements, surpluses and savings

    Most farmers will have reached balance date by now (when pasture feed supply equals cow demand) and will be in a feed surplus. The next critical feed decisions relate to taking out supplements (if supplement is still being fed) and harvesting pasture surpluses.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/supplements-surpluses-and-savings/

  3. Mythbuster: Pasture not a complete fuel source

    DairyNZ senior scientist Jane Kay busts the myth around pasture not being a complete fuel source for a cow's engine.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/mythbuster-pasture-not-a-complete-fuel-source/

  4. 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.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/simple-spring-approach-keeps-farms-on-course/

  5. Why pasture first?

    Pasture first is a DairyNZ initiative geared at encouraging farmers to use their pasture first – an increasingly important factor in farming through the current reduced milk price.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/why-pasture-first/

  6. 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.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/focus-farm-ups-profit/

  7. Good clover-ryegrass mix vital for a productive pasture

    With more emphasis on a ‘pasture first’ approach for restoring profitable margins on farms, clover’s vital role has taken on renewed significance.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/good-clover-ryegrass-mix-vital-for-a-productive-pasture/

  8. Nature to the rescue: Biocontrol of pasture pests

    Biocontrol of invasive exotic weeds and pests has proved highly-cost effective in New Zealand with some spectacular recent successes.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/nature-to-the-rescue-biocontrol-of-pasture-pests/

  9. 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.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/grass-takes-dairy-business-back-to-future/

  10. 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.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/teaming-up-on-pasture-priorities/

  11. 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.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/manage-your-feed-with-the-srp/

  12. 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.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/spring-feeding-striking-the-balance-between-pasture-and-supplements/

  13. 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.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/the-real-cost-bringing-in-extra-feed/

  14. Plant breeding for the future

    How does our rate of genetic gain stack up internationally and what challenges do we face in our efforts to breed better forages?

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/plant-breeding-for-the-future/

  15. Science snapshot: does sowing rate affect persistence?

    Find out the results of DairyNZ's research into different ryegrass sowing rates in different parts of New Zealand.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/science-snapshot-does-sowing-rate-affect-persistence/

  16. Pasture Summit: growing dairy's future

    All dairy farmers are invited to attend the first joint New Zealand and Ireland Pasture Summit in November in New Zealand.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/pasture-summit-growing-dairys-future/

  17. Tararua Plantain Project

    A project helping unconsented farmers keep on top of nitrogen leaching.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/about-us/regional-projects/tararua-plantain-project/

  18. How much pasture and crop could potentially be eaten on your farm?

    A new tool dairy farmers can use to increase the amount of pasture and crop eaten by their herds, raising farm performance.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/how-much-pasture-and-crop-could-potentially-be-eaten-on-your-farm/

  19. 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.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/fvi-gains-energy-and-persistence/

  20. Pasture profit adds up

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

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/pasture-profit-adds-up/

  21. 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.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/reaching-their-pasture-potential/

  22. Aiming high with grazed forages

    A recent DairyNZ experiment examined how grazed forage dry matter can help lift milk production and profit.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/aiming-high-with-grazed-forages/

  23. Pads and pasture growth gains

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

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/pads-and-pasture-growth-gains/