Forage index helps ID best cheap feed

Forage index helps ID best cheap feed   dairy incomes face the crunch farmers seeking cheaper feed are getting a better idea of the value of the grass beneath their feet. DairyNZ’s Forage Value Index (FVI) is...

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Awash in a sea of protein

Awash in a sea of protein   Farmers looking at introducing supplementary feeds should remember New Zealand dairy cows are generally awash in “a sea of protein”, Canterbury-based farm consultant, Dr Terry Hughes, says. He told a DairyNZ...

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Shooting for 10%

  Shooting for 10% pasture renewal Regrassing is a key influence of farm performance and the Pasture Renewal Charitable Trust (PTCT) is launching a new campaign encouraging farmers to renew 10% of pasture annually. A 2009 BERL report...

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Funding to grow pasture research

The Government will invest $7.3 million over five years in an agricultural research partnership to improve pasture grasses and lift the performance of livestock farming. Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Primary Industries Minister Nathan...

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Pastures new could boost dairy dollars

Pastures new could boost dairy dollars     A doubling of the annual rate of pasture renewal could inject much needed extra income into the hard-hit dairy sector this season. In a timely initiative, the Pasture Renewal Charitable...

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Drought-resistant pasture promising

Drought Preliminary research findings could mean good things for farmers dealing with drought. Waikato University doctoral student Jack Pronger’s research has focused on identifying approaches to increase pastoral drought resilience by using more diverse mixes of pasture...

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Persistence pays off for new forage manager

The addition of persistence and metabolisable energy traits to the DairyNZ Forage Value Index (FVI) are regarded as key targets for Cameron Ludemann in his new role as forage value manager. Ludemann, originally from a mixed...

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Pasture Persistence and Performance

Competition Winners Field Day, Thursday 29th Jan 2015. Winner of Best First Year Pasture Sown Robert Garshaw | Oakenhill Farm Ltd, 21 Neil Rd, Otaua SN 70912 Lunch kindly prepared by RD1 ...

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New grass mix at cutting edge

New grass mix at cutting edge A new mix of grasses developed at Massey University will cope better in droughts and provide more food. Agronomist Dr Lydia Cranston says New Zealand farmers have traditionally used...

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Patience for persistence

Farmers may have to wait another three to five years before persistence is included in the Forage Value Index (FVI). The FVI was launched in 2012 and now rates more than 15 cultivars in terms...

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Getting it right from the start

Getting it right from the start Farmers who don’t put enough effort in at the front end of the establishment phase may be missing out on the full benefits of regrassing. Former AgResearch scientist,...

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Pasture renewal pays for Thomsen family

IMG 2626 New grasses are a vital cog in the dairy support system on Hugh and Deidre Thomsen’s Patoka farm, enabling them to meet weight gain targets and lift carrying capacity. The couple farm Lindholm...

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