King Country farmers have formed an action group, focusing on bench-marking and using Farmax software. The group is facilitated by AgFirst consultant, Steve Howarth.
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 2018.
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…
Mycoplasma bovis still dominates the industry’s thoughts as we try to come to grips with how to avoid the spread of the disease. AgFirst are urging our farmers and industry to take control, at least by taking ownership of tracking and tracing cattle, through NAIT. We’ve been encouraging farmers to forge stronger relationships, and we have …
There are compelling reasons for dairy farmers to increase the supply of beef calves from dairy cows, says a farm consultant.
Dairy farmers would welcome the additional beef income and the calves were easier to sell, but First farm consultant Bob Thomson is warning farmers against using just any beef bull.
He said a dairy-beef calf might not be required as a heifer replacement in the dairy herd and was therefore surplus to requirements, but farmers stood to earn a lot more if they used proven beef genetics.
A new dairy beef programme has been launched by farm consultancy group AgFirst and Hamilton-based meat processor Greenlea to help promote better use of beef genetics among dairy farmers.
Beef genetics are an increasingly popular option for dairy farmers because resulting calves from mated dairy cows are fetching good values at four-day-old calf sales around the country.
The programme requires farmers to commit to a minimum of 100 straws of either Hereford, Angus or Simmental genetics that are to be mated with mature cows. Dairy farmers in the pilot scheme would receive free beef semen for insemination.
The challenge to create a better value proposition for rearing dairy-beef calves is compelling and one the dairy and beef industries are acutely aware of.
A recent study confirmed that lamb weaning weight is king when it comes to sheep profitability. Weaning percentage is important too, but a 1 kg increase in weaning weight is equivalent to a 5% increase in lambs weaned. With lambing just around the corner there is management decisions to be made now to ensure a high weaning weight.
“Actual progeny test results represented via semen are much safer than predicted results represented on the hoof.”
Body condition scoring to a standard scale allows consistency within and between herds over time, and more objective assessment of BCS differences.
A BCS scale of 1-10 is detailed in this article and relates to British breeds such as Angus, Hereford, Shorthorn or their crosses