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Drivers and Barriers to Land Use Change

Land use change has been a significant feature of the New Zealand landscape since European settlement, largely driven by economic factors, and has been a strength of our primary land systems. Over the last 25 years, the most significant land use change has been a switch out of sheep and beef farming, with an increase …

Calculating the Economic Thresholds Between Farming and Forestry

AgFirst were asked to provide a view on the place of forestry on pastoral land and an overview of the economic advantages of planting production forestry on behalf of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company. We analysed a series of farm case studies in the Hawke’s Bay region focusing on the relationships between land quality, …

Get Support With Your Feed Planning

Feed availability is currently a key concern for many farmers. Together with MPI and other partner agencies; DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb NZ and Federated Farmers are we are providing remote feed planning support to farmers.

Mitigation and cost of on-farm Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A report on the modelling work done over four years on a range of dairy and sheep and beef farms

Land Use Diversification in the Waikato Region

This report examines diversification options that involve both the development of part of an existing property or an option which involves the wholesale conversion to an alternative land use. The purpose is to provide a number of examples of what might be possible in terms of land use diversification and some of the considerations that should be made by a land owner prior to making a change.

Farmer decision making with regard to Climate Change and Biological Gas Emissions

AgFirst have undertaken a literature review and analysis of Farmer decision making with regard to Climate Change and Biological Gas Emissions. The report has been prepared for the Biological Emissions Reference Group (BERG).

Observations on effects of forestry on marginal land

Article by Bob Cathcart of AgFirst Northland dated April 2017 on 'Observations on effects of Forestry on marginal land inland of Kawakawa'.

The effects of Exotic Forests on Soil

Article by Bob Cathcart of AgFirst Northland dated October 2017 on 'The Effects of Exotic Forests on Soil, Ground Water, Water Quality, Air Quality and Native Flora and Fauna'

Massey University Ag Student Winners

Congratulations to Erica from AgFirst Manawatu-Whanganui who received the Massey Agriculture Alumni Achievement Award.  We would also like to congratulate Sam Pike (who is a part time employee at AgFirst Manawatu-Whanganui) for receiving the NZ Institute of Ag and Hort Science Leading Student Award. Click here to see the full article

Good Financial Reasons to Produce Beef from Dairy Herds

There are compelling reasons for dairy farmers to increase the supply of beef calves from dairy cows, says a farm consultant.

Dairy farmers would welcome the additional beef income and the calves were easier to sell, but First farm consultant Bob Thomson is warning farmers against using just any beef bull.

He said a dairy-beef calf might not be required as a heifer replacement in the dairy herd and was therefore surplus to requirements, but farmers stood to earn a lot more if they used proven beef genetics.