A wealth
of knowledge
and experience

New Online Course Helps Workers Upskill

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

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...

Dairy Drop Catastrophic

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...