tactics

  1. Opinion: Sound strategy needed to survive volatile times

    DairyNZ's principal scientist Dr John Roche says that his time working with dairy farmers around the world has highlighted that the business environment for dairy farming is in a constant state of change.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/sound-strategy-needed-to-survive-volatile-times/

  2. Support for dairy farmers ramped up

    DairyNZ is ramping up its support to dairy farmers following the announcement today by Fonterra of an opening forecast Farmgate Milk Price of $5.25 per kgMS for the 2015-16 season.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/support-for-dairy-farmers-ramped-up/

  3. Back to basics to sustain dairy's competitiveness

    With milk prices down, the industry needs to focus on the fundamentals of successful dairy production, Economist Matthew Newman explains.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/back-to-basics-to-sustain-dairys-competitiveness/

  4. Farming with $4.75 effective milk price

    Retain, reduce, defer or remove expenses: these are the basic choices to match cost of production to milk price.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/farming-with-475-effective-milk-price/

  5. Budget Case Studies

    Financial spending of top performing dairy farms to help identify ways to minimise the impact of lower milk prices.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/business/budgeting/budget-case-studies/

  6. Cut unprofitable production

    With the continued decline in milk price, DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle is calling on farmers to cut unprofitable production from their systems.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/cut-unprofitable-production/

  7. Efficiency focus generates resilience

    As one of Northland's more profitable farmers, Inside Dairy speaks to Peter Foote about the steps he and his wife Trixie have taken to develop an efficient and resilient farm business.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/efficiency-focus-generates-resilience/

  8. What are the characteristics of high performing farms?

    DairyNZ feed and farm systems senior developer Kim Mashlan and DairyNZ South Waikato regional leader Wade Bell outline the key attributes of high performing farms.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/what-are-the-characteristics-of-high-performing-farms/

  9. Time wasting searches a thing of the past

    How much time do farmers spend looking for tools or equipment in the middle of a job? Too much, according to Southland sharemilker Don Moore, who with wife Jess, put in place a solution on their farm.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/time-wasting-searches-a-thing-of-the-past/

  10. Zero based budgeting

    Zero based budgeting can help identify expenditure categories that have bloated over time or become inefficient, by starting from scratch and justifying all expenditure for each new budget cycle.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/zero-based-budgeting/

  11. Feed field days address fluctuations

    Tips and information to help manage the ups and downs of fluctuating milk price will be provided at a series of DairyNZ events in September and October.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/feed-field-days-address-fluctuations/

  12. 13 disciplines for surviving low farm income cycles

    Hauraki Plains farmer Mark Townshend presents 13 disciplines to employ to survive low income farming cycles.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/13-disciplines-for-surviving-low-farm-income-cycles/

  13. Stopping AI - it's not worth it advises DairyNZ

    Farmers thinking about cutting artificial insemination (AI) this mating season will save very little now and lose a lot in the long term, says Jeremy Bryant, manager of DairyNZ subsidiary New Zealand Animal Evaluation Ltd.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/stopping-ai-its-not-worth-it-advises-dairynz/

  14. FarmTune

    FarmTune can help make things easier, better, faster and safer on your farm.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/business/farmtune/

  15. Step 2 - Finding waste

    Waste can be described as actions or activities that don't add value to the job you're doing. This step is all about finding waste.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/business/farmtune/waste-hunt/step-2-finding-waste/

  16. Step 3 - Identifying the cause

    Identify the real cause of the waste issues you've identified and minimise the chance of the problem reoccurring.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/business/farmtune/waste-hunt/step-3-identifying-the-cause/

  17. Step 5 - Setting up systems

    Come up with the right systems to stop waste from coming back, with step 5 of the Waste Hunt Challenge.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/business/farmtune/waste-hunt/step-5-setting-up-systems/

  18. Step 6 - Maintaining improvements

    The biggest challenge is turning a focus on waste reduction into something the team does every day so it just becomes part of the way you do things.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/business/farmtune/waste-hunt/step-6-maintaining-improvements/

  19. 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/

  20. 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/

  21. Adapting to the 'new normal' creates opportunities

    Price volatility has been a fact of life since Ben and Lizzy Moore’s dairying career began in 2013. But rather than ignore or rail against it, the couple have thrived in this ’new normal‘ environment. They've tuned their business and even take the opportunity to expand it.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/adapting-to-the-new-normal-creates-opportunities/

  22. Focus on pasture aided by Spring Rotation Planner

    Getting grazing frequency right in early spring is key to maximising growth and supplying the quality feed needed for milksolids production before Christmas.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/focus-on-pasture-aided-by-spring-rotation-planner/

  23. Events to help make the most of 'money months'

    DairyNZ’s Tactics for Spring events kicked off in the Waikato last week, aimed at helping farmers manage their pasture during the most productive time of the year.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/events-to-help-make-the-most-of-money-months/

  24. Top farmers share their secrets

    DairyNZ has lifted the lid on the budgets of some of New Zealand’s top dairy farmers.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/top-farmers-share-their-secrets/

  25. Farmers must 'lock in the gains' as milk price lifts

    DairyNZ is encouraging farmers to lock in the gains achieved in the past two seasons, as a pasture-first farm system will continue to provide payback as the milk price rises.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/farmers-must-lock-in-the-gains-as-milk-price-lifts/

  26. 10 attributes of a top dairy farmer

    What makes some of New Zealand’s best dairy farmers tick? Find out here!

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/10-attributes-of-a-top-dairy-farmer/

  27. 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.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/events-help-farmers-push-reset/