Future Farm Systems in Northland- Responding to the Challenges of Climate Change

A research project looking at how farmers can mitigate and adapt to climate change has just begun in Northland. The research is strongly farmer-driven and the latest concerns from farmers about both the effects of climate change and changing farming regulations have led to the current trial. Northland farms are at the forefront of the …

Agriculture, Dairy

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Barriers to Diversification

This report covers a project funded by Our Land and Water, to investigate the challenges faced by landowners when they seek to diversify via land use change. The project itself involved interactions with 11 farmers within the Waikato who were investigating various options for land use change on their properties. This involved three workshops with …

Agriculture, Featured

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Financial Survey 2021: Waikato & BoP Dairy

This report summarises the results of a financial survey of dairy farms across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions, carried out by AgFirst through June 2021. A description of the model farm is at the back of the report. The key points of this report are: The 2020/21 season was again mixed climatically. A …

Agriculture, Dairy, Featured

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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 …

Agriculture, Dairy, Featured, Sheep & Beef, Stonefruit

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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, …

Agriculture, Featured

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Numbers Drive the Business- Matt Buckley on increasing bull beef production using FARMAX

In the latest edition of Country Wide NZ, Matt Buckley discusses how he is increasing production of his bull beef business with the help of software tools and an AgFirst facilitated group dedicated to benchmarking and the numbers. This year he expects production to reach 345kg/-ha a big increase from the 260kg not product/ha generated …

Agriculture, Featured, Sheep & Beef

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Achieving Zero-Carbon Act Reduction Targets on Farm

Our consultant Phil Journeaux and Scion scientist, Tanira Kingi have produced a report covering the results of the modelling component of the Farm Systems Modelling for GHG Reduction on Māori Farms project, a project funded by the New Zealand Agriculture Greenhouse Gas Research centre (NZAGRC). A major component of the project was to model four …

Agriculture, Environmental, Featured

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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.

Agriculture, Dairy, Featured, Sheep & Beef

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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

Agriculture, Environmental, Featured

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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.

Agriculture, Dairy, Environmental, Featured, Horticulture, Sheep & Beef

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