Dolomite – the only magnesium you’ll need April 2015

When a milking cow in spring runs short on magnesium, the cost incurred isn’t difficult to calculate.  In a worst case situation she dies, and the cost is the value of the animal, and her production during the coming season.  Should she die prior to...

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Why dolomite in autumn saves time and money, March 2015

In the past, when dairy income has been tight, withholding autumn fertiliser has been seen as a valid means of containing costs. But is it a sound option?  Farmers that spent less on feed last spring, without reducing animal numbers, are reporting fewer...

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Enjoying family gatherings, October 2014

A report of Dairy NZ’s recent annual meeting quoted Dairy NZ director Alister Body as saying that he was apprehensive about going to social gatherings knowing someone might “have a go” about dairy farming. Chief executive Tim Mackle was also quoted as...

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What old cars and urea have in common, July 2014

My love of cars and enjoyment of driving stems from the exquisite sense of freedom achieved as a result of purchasing my own vehicle as a teenager.   Summers of picking up hay provided sufficient money for the restrictions of push bikes and unreliable bus...

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When less produces more. May 2014

It’s not run-off into waterways from pastoral land that’s the greatest concern it’s what’s coming out the bottom into aquifers that’s the major contaminator and the quickest and most effective way to stop that is to cease tipping it in the top. Nitrogen...

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Securing the future, April 2014

Beneath every long term successful business is a foundation, something that regardless of the inevitable ups and downs ensures not only survival but prosperity. Underpinning the dairy industry is the steadily increasing demand for protein in the form of...

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Sorting spring starts now Feb 2014

What’s happening, or not happening right now on farms, is a result of actions taken over the last 6 months, therefore what occurs in spring is influenced by management over the next three months. Some properties have little pasture cover, while others have...

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Building something better takes effort, December 2013

It’s easy to criticise people, organisations and systems but it takes time and real effort to build something better. The superphosphate industry has been heavily criticised for producing crude out dated product, the performance of which has required the...

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One small step in the right direction, Nov 2013

The lead article in The Press on the 22nd of October was headed Nitrate Risk to Infant Health, with a warning from Canterbury District Health Board medical officer Alistair Humphrey that, “a baby could die if nitrate levels are not more tightly...

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