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Get a Plan

Regional council water and nutrient plans coming into force around the country vary in what farmers are required to do to become compliant. But common to most is the recommendation or requirement - as in Canterbury and the Tukituki catchment in the Hawke's Bay - to complete a farm environment plan (FEP).

Don’t Go It Alone

Have you thought about who’ll be on your advisory team in the coming season? Or how to
get the most from your team? AgFirst Waikato director and agricultural consultant Nico
Mouton shares some helpful tips. 

Farmers Look for Stock to Manage Grass Surplus

Manawatu farmers with an abundance of grass are dipping into the store market as rain hits the region again. A dull, windy and wet summer has generated strong pasture growth on many farms, say farmers. AgFirst consultant Erica van Reenen said grass growth had been "top notch" for this time of the year with regular rain and warm temperatures, but lambs needed some sunshine to perform well.

FarmTune Programme

Easier, Better, Faster, Safer
Attend these proven workshops with your team and get practical
tools that:
• Can improve all areas of your business (inside the dairy,
farm office, farm workshop/toolshed, health and safety).
• Are low cost solutions that add to your bottom line.
• Teach you and your team how to root out waste and inefficiencies
• Help you and your team create simple, procedures which make training easier.

Rising to the Challenge

Tararua farmers Blair and Robert Castles have not let the threat of Horizons Regional Councils One Plan being challenged in court put them off completing their consent to farm the sensitive upper Manawatu catchment. They told Jackie Harrigan how they found it a positive experience.

Consultant Hones Skills for New Farming Demands

As farmer are increasingly required to walk a tightrope between environmental compliance and farm profitability, the demands on consultants is growing. Stacey Belton is a former DairyNZ scholarship recipient who's now helping farmers understand what's expected of them.

Hilton Collier – Ngati Porou

His life mission is to continue to push the development of tribally-owned lands is now being connected to the users and consumers of the products from the farms he works with.

On-Farm Strategies Under a Low Dairy Pay Out

Dairy farmers are now gearing up for their third low payout season. This article studies the focus of farmers, and how changes affect the viability and sustainability of the dairy farm. 

The Impact of Volatile Milk Prices on Progression

In the past few years there has been a fluctuation in global milk prices, which has had a flow-on effect to the farmgate milk price paid to New Zealand dairy farmers. This volatility has created additional problems for farm owners and sharemilkers alike.

AgFirst and Crowe Howarth – Your Partners in Investment

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