Farmer decision making with regard to Climate Change and Biological Gas Emissions

AgFirst have undertaken a literature review and analysis of Farmer decision making with regard to Climate Change and Biological Gas Emissions. The report has been prepared for the Biological Emissions Reference Group (BERG).

Agriculture, Environmental, Featured

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Professional of the Year Award

The Hawkes’ Bay Agricultural Pastoral Society announced AgFirst Pastoral Consultant Phil Tither as the Bayleys Hawkes’ Bay Primary Sector Professional of the Year in recognition of an outstanding contribution to Hawkes’ Bay through the provision of professional services to the primary sector…

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Media release – AgFirst Manawatu

New Zealand’s largest rural consultancy business, AgFirst, are thrilled to be expanding into the Manawatu/Whanganui Region.
The new office, headed by Erica van Reenen, will be focused on pastoral agriculture and will offer farmers a range of services…

Agriculture, Dairy, Environmental, Sheep & Beef

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Financial Survey 2020: Central North Island Hill Country Sheep & Beef

This report summarises the results of a financial survey of sheep and beef farms across the central North Island, carried out by AgFirst through June 2020. The key points explored in the report are: The main aspect of the 2019/20 season was a severe drought, which adversely impacted production and profitability on most farms. This …

Agriculture, Featured, Sheep & Beef

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Financial Survey 2020: 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 2020. A description of the model farm is at the back of the report. The key points of this report are: The 2019/20 season was again mixed climatically. The …

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The Value of Nitrogen Fertiliser to the New Zealand Economy

Nitrogen fertiliser is an important input into the New Zealand primary sector. For the horticultural, vegetable and arable sectors, it is a crucial input in ensuring high yielding and good quality crops. In the pastoral sector it primarily supports our grass fed animal systems.

FANZ commissioned this study to analyse the costs to the primary sector, both at the farm gate and to the wider New Zealand economy, associated with removing nitrogen fertiliser or using a substitute. For pastoral farms this includes use of supplementary feed.

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Observations on effects of forestry on marginal land

Article by Bob Cathcart of AgFirst Northland dated April 2017 on ‘Observations on effects of Forestry on marginal land inland of Kawakawa’.

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Extension 350 project: AgFirst involvement

AgFirst are consulting to Northland farmers as part of the Extension 350 project. The focus is on improving farmers’ goals, profitability, sustainability and wellbeing on their sheep and beef businesses.

Agriculture, Featured, Sheep & Beef

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The effects of Exotic Forests on Soil

Article by Bob Cathcart of AgFirst Northland dated October 2017 on ‘The Effects of Exotic Forests on Soil, Ground Water, Water Quality, Air Quality and Native Flora and Fauna’

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Catch Crop Sediment Mitigation Research

AgFirst are part of the Catch Crop Sediment Mitigation Group who are researching a range of catch crop species and establishment techniques. They aim to prove these crops have the ability to reduce sediment and surface flow losses following winter grazing of forage crops.

Agriculture, Featured

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