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AgFirst provides a wide range of services, primarily to the rural sector. We have New Zealand’s largest network of agricultural, horticultural and agricultural engineering consultants, providing high quality service and solutions to ensure New Zealand’s primary industries remain competitive on the world stage.  

The AgFirst group are also applying their skills to other sectors, for example traffic counting logistics, data capture logistics and engineering services to the health sector. If you have any challenge that requires an innovative solution then contact us!
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Featured Articles

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    Smart Way to Farm

    AgFirst Otago consultant, Nicola Chisholm, said smartphones could improve business efficiency, they are where the future is heading...

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    Severe dry leaves its mark

    North Canterbury experienced its worst drought in nearly two decades this past summer with many other regions not far behind...

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    GEA System Sets Water Efficiency Standard

    When Waipupumahana A1B2 Trust converted their land in South Waikato to dairy, it needed to meet not only some financial budgets, but also a tight water use budget.

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    Concern for Lower Order Sharemilkers

    Lower order sharemilkers joining the industry over the last 12 months would be struggling to survive...

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    August 2015 Retro Payment Calculator

    As you know, the August retrospective payment by Fonterra includes a claw back on the payments made on production from June through to September. This can have a significant impact on the actual payment received in August. This has been updated following the payout announcement on 28 May 2015. To calculate this payment, click on the arrow to take you to an Excel spreadsheet link...

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    Farmers told: Talk to banks - Waikato Times Article 21 April 2015

    AgFirst is advising clients to budget on a $5.50 kgMS milk price for next season, with a $4.50 advance and $1 deferred...

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    The Secret of Success is in the Basics - Waikato Farmer Article - 13 March 2015

    Profitable farmers do the basics well...

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    Coast & Country News Article - March 2015

    AgFirst Bay of Plenty has jumped at the chance to upskill their technicians with a free online Level 2 qualification aimed at horticulture workers...

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    Economic Analysis of Wintering Barns - AARES Conference Paper, February 2015

    This article includes a February 2015 AARES Conference Paper discussing a case study of five South Island freestall barns on the economic and nutrient loss impacts of constructing and running cow housing facilities by Phil Journeaux (AgFirst Waikato) and Matthew Newman (DairyNZ), as well as links to Radio New Zealand News articles discussing wintering barns...

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    The use of Tall Fescue - Primary Industry Management, 4 December 2014 issue

    In the summer of 2013 a qualitative investigation was conducted into the use of tall fescue pasture by Northland dairy farmers...

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    Dairy Drop Catastrophic

    Waikato farmers and the wider agricultural industry are bracing for another deep cut to this season's dairy forecast...

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    Pushing for Profitability - NZ Dairy Exporter, November 2014

    As the Hauraki Plains Dairy Push group celebrates its first anniversary there are plans to get another underway in the Morrinsville-Matamata area...

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    Eyes Wide Open

    In the past five years there has been a significant increase in the amount of supplementary feeding on dairy farms around the country, resulting in a shift for many farms up the intensity scale...

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    Catchment Study Highlights Nutrient Cost

    A study into the conversion of a Southland catchment to dairying has highlighted the potential economic benefit to the catchment, but also the signficant costs to mitigate nutrient losses...

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    Financial belts tighten after dairy price drop

    There will be little financial wriggle-room this year for Waikato/Bay of Plenty dairy farmers in the wake of the revised forecast from Fonterra, but the average farm should make it through this year, AgFirst agricultural consultant Phil Journeaux said at a seminar in Hamilton where the company launched its 2014 financial survey...

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    Farmers put Fonterra on notice

    AgFirst consultant Phil Journeaux told a seminar in Hamilton last week advances totalling $4.30 would come until the end of June, which included 25c/kg for capacity adjustment...

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    Hold on farmers, for a bumpy ride

    Don't panic! That is the advice AgFirst consultant James Allen had for the region's dairy farmers in the wake of Fonterra slashing its milk price forecast to $5.30/kgMS...

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    Cashflow is the oxygen of your business

    While I am passionate about the dairy industry and its future, it is time to put aside some of the hyperbole in the industry about how wonderful we are, recognise that our dairy farms fit into the small to medium business category and recognise the number one reason for failure of small businesses is the lack of cash flow...


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