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Healthy Rivers, Healthy Profit?

Healthy Rivers Plan for change is creating a lot of interest throughout the Waikato with farmers coming to grips with what it could mean for them. For some of the rules such as restrictions on land use change and grazing/cultivation setbacks we can see how they will affect a property and what changes are needed to comply.

Fine-tuning Adds $120,000 a Year to Bottom Line

Tony and Briar Lunjevich have just finished their journey as Far North Partner Farmers, having achieved their goal of increasing equity by more than $500,000 and fine-tuning the farm system to generate an extra $120,000 more farm profit each year.  

Numbers Speak Volumes

The most profitable system for any particular farm is not always obvious. Sharemilker James Foote and AgFirst consultant Stacey Belton looked at various scenarios via a farm system review and were surprised by the optimal ratio for split calving.

The AgFirst-Greenlea Dairy-Beef Programme – A Real Opportunity

AgFirst Waikato has teamed up with Greenlea Premier Meats to help improve profits and outcomes for both the dairy and beef industries along with addressing the growing challenge of bobby calves in the Waikato. The result was a contract based system where dairy farmers utilise proven beef semen over their herd after their initial AB period.

Weighing the Returns of Progression

Greater complexity is the downside of some of the new models dairy industry leaders hope will open progression pathways to farm ownership. Click here to read more

Keeping it Simple

"A lot of the time you do stuff because it's what you want to do - I had been thinking of making this change, but it was good to have someone to challenge my assumptions - and to look at all aspects of a change."

Certifiying the Advisors

Upgrading of whole farm analysis and farm consultancy advice is the objective of a new certification scheme, thought to be the first of its kind in the world.

Dairy Farmers Still Fighting Debt

“Assuming a similar level of annual debt repayment and everything else remaining the same, it will take until 2019-20 season to clear this debt and get back to their 2015-16 debt position.”

For many farmers that extra debt load came at least in part through the Fonterra loan offered to shareholders in 2015.

Farmers Urged to Beef Up Genetics

“Actual progeny test results represented via semen are much safer than predicted results represented on the hoof.”

Kite Update – Issue 34, 2017

Speakers from all over the world are now confirmed for our Progressive Dairy Operator’s Conference 2017, taking place on October 9 & 10 at the Park Royal Hotel, Warrington. The full programme for this year’s event, entitled ‘Flying High for the Future’ has now been released and promises to focus on the subjects that really matter to UK farm owners and dairy managers.