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).
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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