With a high chance of an El Nino summer, which can bring dry conditions, particularly to the East Coast and Northland farmers and growers can start planning now to mitigate the risks. Some councils are already reporting dipping soil moisture levels below typical. Our AgFirst consultants have briefly addressed different areas of the industry in relation to predicted droughts and encourage individual stakeholders to reach out to their local consultant to start planning now for the summer ahead.
Data, technology and Innovation as well as balancing environmental and economic outcomes are what’s top of mind and most exciting for our consultants looking into the future. We discussed these leading concepts with a few of our consultants.
Healthy Rivers Plan for change is creating a lot of interest throughout the Waikato with farmers coming to grips with what it could mean for them. For some of the rules such as restrictions on land use change and grazing/cultivation setbacks we can see how they will affect a property and what changes are needed to comply.
Dave Miller seems to think so, and his opinion is based on research into the industry which AgFirst carried out over the last season. This discovered the number of Herd Owning Sharemilking arrangements was dropping, and more Variable Order Sharemilkers were turning to Contract Milking arrangements. The reason appears to be because of milk price volatility.
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.
Our consultants James Allen and Nico Mouton have looked at the history of the farm management consultancy profession, issues facing provision of farm management advice, and some thoughts on the future of the profession.
Overall the dairy industry is more professional and in a good space, but volatility will continue, says James Allen. As James steps down as Chairman and focuses on his role as managing director of AgFirst Waikato, he shares his views of the future of the dairy industry.