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 …
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 …
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 …
The nature of farm consultancy in New Zealand is changing. Farm consultancy is facing a challenging future with an increasing skillset requirement needed by the farming client, the corporate client and the regulators. AgFirst New Zealand reviews some of these changes.
AgFirst consultant Kim Robinson concisely shares drought planning recommendations, on this easy to view webinar including how to prioritise and calculate your feed.
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.
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.
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.
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 2019.
Huge costs in NZ’s zero carbon goals that could set the country back more than a trillion dollars have been side-lined in Government calculations says AgFirst’s Phil Journeaux.