Posts tagged "DairyNZ"

Five years of Water Accord shows farmers doing their bit

[02 September/Scoop News] The Sustainable Dairy: Water Accord farmers and partners announced their achievements to date including fencing off dairy cattle from 24,249 kilometres of significant waterways, installing bridges and culverts on 100% of stock crossing points dairy cows use and developing riparian management plans. The Water Accord was signed in 2013 and represents a...

Development of genetically modified ryegrass making progress

[29 August/The Country] AgResearch states that its development of a new generation grass is making steady progress in the United States, where the institute is conducting field trials of the genetically modified High Metabolisable Energy (HME) ryegrass.  Testing includes whether the environmentally sustainable grass will perform in the field in a similar way to the...

DairyNZ says Zero Carbon bill will hurt farmers; Forest and Bird say more needs to be done

[25 July/The Country] DairyNZ is calling for the government to make major changes to the Zero Carbon legislation as it will harm farmers but Forest and Bird report that it is dairy farming that needs to change. DairyNZ Chief Executive Tim Mackle warned that the bill as it stands could reduce dairy farmers’ profits by...

Farmers’ greenhouse gas emissions bill will lead to higher food prices

[19 July / Stuff] ASB economist Nathan Penny says that food prices will rise when farmers have to start paying for their emissions and reduce production. Penny comments that we are already feeling the effect of falling production from the agriculture sector as regulations become tighter in regards to farm pollution. He says that already...

Emissions target ‘not grounded in science’

[23 July / DairyNews] DairyNZ has voiced to Parliament strong opposition to some aspects of the Zero Carbon Bill. Thousands of groups and individuals placed submissions on the Bill and in October, parliament’s environment select committee will hear these and report. DairyNZ agrees with much of the Bill but opposes the proposal to reduce emissions...

Making history in unravelling emissions

[23 July / Dairy News] 11 primary sector groups have agreed to work with the government to tackle climate change and include DairyNZ, Federated Farmers, Beef + Lamb NZ. The 11 groups make up nearly half NZ’s total emissions and jointly are the largest contributor to our greenhouse gas emissions. The groups are working together...

M. bovis levy added to long list of costs for dairy farmers

[23 July / Stuff NZ] This week, dairy farmers nationwide will receive information from DairyNZ about the Mycoplasma Bovis Biosecurity Response Levy being set at 2.9 cents per kilogram of milk solids for the 2019-20 year. The levy will be collected by dairy supply companies from 01 September. Based on a 430 cow farm, for...

Investing in the dairy herd

(15 July/Farmer Weekly) A new seven-year dairy programme called Resilient Dairy: Innovative Breeding for a Sustainable Future was launched at Fieldays. The programme will see $25.68 million invested into improving the health and wellbeing of the national dairy herd. The programme is being led by Livestock Improvement Corporation with investment from the Ministry for Primary...

Need for study of winter grazing

(15 July/Rural Life) The New Zealand Veterinary Association has said that there is no place for winter grazing that compromises animal health and welfare in modern farming. Chief veterinary officer Dr Helen Beattie says that where practices are not protecting animal welfare, solutions need to be found. Poorly-manged winter grazing could lead to animals being...

Quarter of dairy herd dies near Cambridge after rapid grass growth pushes up nitrate levels

(2 July/Stuff) Approximately one quarter of a dairy herd near Cambridge are believed to have died of nitrate poisoning. Surviving cows were also affected, leading to abortions of calves. Waikato Hauraki Coromandel Rural Support Trust has been supporting the sharemilkers impacted and reported there had been numerous other cases around the country this year. Nitrogen...

Dairy gets $25m genetics boost

[21 June/Farmers Weekly] $25.68 million will go towards lifting the performance and wellbeing of the national dairy herd during a seven year programme dubbed Resilient Dairy which was launched at National Fieldays by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. The programme is being led by LIC with investment and support from the Ministry for Primary Industries and...

Dairy group gets members’ ducks in a row

[12 June/Rural Life] Southland Dairy Leaders Group’s (SDLG) most recent activity targets the new regulations around stock wintering practices in the region, which are expected to form part of the Government’s new national environmental standard for freshwater management. SDLG has been working with its member groups to ensure the Ministry for the Environment received the...

Methane targets will challenge sector – analyst

[03 June/Rural Life] Achieving proposed methane targets under the Government’s Zero Carbon Bill by 2050 will require changes to future farming practices, Rabobank’s Animal Protein and Sustainability Analyst Blake Holgate reports. Targets released by the Zero Carbon Bill were absolute reduction targets and would not be able to be offset through the planting of trees....

Many farmers need to update Nait

[17 May/Farmers Weekly] On 6 May, 62,381 livestock farmers were yet to re-register with Nait as part of an upgrade involving an interactive map that uses Land Information data to accurately define Nait locations. Both existing and new Nait users were required to update details by 31 March. Ospri’s Head of Nait Kevin Forward reported...

R&D investment must continue

[10 May/Farmers Weekly] New technologies will be needed for farmers to reduce methane reduction targets and the Government must play its part to ensure they are found, DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle says. Mr Mackle reports that effective solutions will require the funding of smart science, suited particularly to New Zealand farming systems. The first...

‘Tell us how,’ farmers say

[10 May/Farmers Weekly] Farmers are confused by the Government’s approach to gas emissions, and want to know how they can achieve them without going broke. To blame an arable or any farming system for global warming is defying all science and biology, Mid Canterbury Cropping and Livestock Farmer Ian Mackenzie reports. Mr Mackenzie states that...

Farmer trust in nitrate debate

[07 May/Farmers Weekly] A group of North Canterbury farmers aged 28-35 have started the Next Generation Farmers (NGF) Trust in response to regional council plan changes in Waimakariri, just north of Christchurch. The seven trustees are either farm owners or managers on dairy and drystock farmers. Under proposed plan changes some of the district’s dairy...

Farmer forums kick-off

[16 April/Rural News] DairyNZ Farmers’ Forums start on 17 April in Timaru with the agenda focusing on dairy’s future and opportunities. Speakers will explain developments in New Zealand and overseas, how they may impact local farmers and how farmers can prepare with confidence. Six forums will be held NZ-wide for the next six weeks. Agriculture...

Mentoring takes farmers further

[16 April/Farmers Weekly] Extension 350 (E350), a five year farmer extension project in Northland is nearly halfway complete with benefits starting to show. Private farm consultants act as group facilitators and counsellors as well as delivering their one-on-one advice and skills. The project is designed to develop and improve such businesses in performance, well-being and...

National plan for Mycoplasma bovis focused on eradication and support

[05 April/The Country] The Ministry for Primary Industries, DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand released a 2019 Mycoplasma bovis National Plan to farmers which is designed to support farmers. The plan sets out three goals, eradication, and reduction of impact of the disease and to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system. On Friday, MPI hare...

Methane matters to DairyNZ head

[03 April/Farmers Weekly] Dr Tim Mackle, DairyNZ’s head reports that he welcomes the shift over the past few years in understanding methane’s role as a greenhouse gas and how the dairy sector will make a change. 12 farms nationwide have been selected to model 44 systems at an attempt minimise greenhouse gas. The greatest gains...

A lesson in clean dairying from two Waikato farmers

 [05 April/Stuff NZ] Dairy farmers, Alistair Johnson and Tony and Fran Allcock state that being an effluent dairy farmer is about pride and attitude. Acknowledging the potentially harmful cow muck is properly contained gives them peace of mind after spending thousands on upgrades for new systems on their respective farms near Te Awamutu and Te...

Owl Farm shows how to reduce emissions while remaining profitable

[01 April/Stuff NZ] Owl Farm, a Cambridge demonstration dairy farm has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions and nutrients into waterways whilst lifting its operating profit by 14 percent. This is between 2016 and 2018. Emissions were reduced by 8 percent through reducing its imported feed levels and lowering its stocking rate. The 147 hectare farm...

Cash injection for Tararua dairy farmers’ crusade against nitrate leaching

[30 March/Stuff NZ] Plantain, a commonly found weed is being intentionally injected into pastures on Tararua dairy farms.  Plantain is know to help reduce nitrogen leaching into waterways. The Sustainable Farming Fund will contribute $600,000 over three years for the project and is co-funded by DairyNZ, through its farmer levy. The fibrous plant holds less...