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What Science?

There is a lot of talk about science, how we apply it on our farms and probably to the confusion of who it was supposed to help, the Farmer, which science will best suit his or her needs. I have discussed in previous articles the findings that our team are discovering repeatedly when applying international science and principles to soil. This is proving a superior path ahead for farmers involved in all aspects of farming. We have travelled to Australia, United Kingdom, and the United States ...

April 4, 2017

Don't Blame Farmers

The passing of the Waikato Healthy Rivers Plan will instil new fear to farmers across the country to change the way they manage their farms in the future. Farmers, of course, will be angry that the bureaucracy of Regional Councils will soon have another round of reasons to whip the living daylights out of them, as if they haven't endured enough already. Federated Farmers will continue to do their political best to soften the blow and the public perception of farmers may drop a notch or two....

April 4, 2017

Let’s Keep The Integrity

It is with mixed emotion that I read about the failure of our Two Big Fertiliser Co-Operatives to procure decent RPR that meets Standards set by the NZ Fertiliser Council. It is pleasing to see that this problem of inferior phosphate being dumped on the NZ market to farmers who put a lot of trust in these majority stakeholders is being aired publicly at last. Printed in a leading fertiliser company newsletter September 2015, I quote " Clover King Sechura contains high quality sechura rock from ...

April 4, 2017

NZ influence on UK farming takes a new step

New Zealand's influence on UK farming took a fresh turn in January when David Law of Forward Farming spoke at a series of field days about effluent ponds and soil health, grassland and cow productivity. Here's what UK agri-journalist Phil Christopher reported. For a reliable indication of how efficiently a dairy herd is working, take a look at the effluent pond. This advice comes from visiting Kiwi farmer and consultant David Law. "Contrary to popular opinion, a crust is not inevitable," he to...

February 20, 2017

New Advanced Science gets the Nod

A lot can be learned or assumed by a slow drive down a farmer's tanker track, particularly if cattle are close enough to observe. To a trained eye, the state of their health is very noticeable and often the reasons for them not looking in top condition can also be obvious. Arriving at the cowshed can also be an eye opener! Empty pallets of containers of used products lying around the implement shed can tell its own story. One particular shed I visited recently had no room for implements as...

December 15, 2016

$9.20 for Organic Milk?

What are we to make of the latest pay promise of $9.20/kg ms for organic milk? $9.20 is a 60% is a rise from the current organic payout and a staggering 235% higher than the payout for conventional milk! What does that mean? It means, for one thing, that there has been a massive worldwide shift in the mindset of dairy product consumers. The fact that they're willing to pay a lot more for organic milk is a sure sign they're no longer comfortble ingesting the chemicals found in typical milk pro...

June 11, 2016

Your pond tells the truth about your farm

Every farmer wants to do well and there are many indicators of a successful Dairy Farming Operation. Top of the list is a farmer's Bank Account. If the cashflow levels are high, a farmer feels secure. If money is running low, the Farmer's first thought is to get more of it. The Bank Managers first thought, however, is to find the cause of the drop and to look for ways to work the money more efficiently. Another indicator of a successful Dairy Farming Operation is a farmer's effluent pond. A cl...

May 24, 2016

Are you killing your effluent pond?

Dairy farmers are often squeezed between two powerful forces. One is the Regional Council. The other is the Dairy Company they supply milk to. These two powerhouses write the rules and guidelines that farmers must abide by. Over the last 18 months I have become increasingly concerned about one such guideline: the promotion of Chlorine as a cleaner and sanitiser. On the surface, such promotion seems reasonable: Chlorine is an effective sanitiser, so widely regarded, farmers have been increasing ...

May 24, 2016

How something good became something bad

In every sector of society we see the emergence of growth industries. These new industries are usually triggered by a problem which needs addressing. In 2008 a Nationwide drought saw the need to bring in feed from offshore. Thus began the Palm Kernel Expeller (PKE) market and it caught on like a match thrown into a haystack. 330% growth since 2008. Yes, there was demand at that time and it neccessarily filled a feed deficit when nothing else could. Yet since that time, farmers have become ad...

May 24, 2016

Don't Climb the Mountain. Use the tunnel!

With the recent announcement of a payout drop, it seems that farmers have to bite the bullet to keep Fonterra viable. If that sounds familiar, it's because we've been hear before. Cast your mind back to May 2008, the season where Fonterra announced their payout to Farmers at 7.50/kgms. Back then, a farmer could bank on that payout which enabled him to make plans and commit the coming cash surplus to projects and investments. Then in November that same year, Fonterra took back $2/kgms, leaving...

May 24, 2016

Is bad Science killing our farms?

It is refreshing to see Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy proclaiming that innovative farmers hold the key to getting through tough times. But his announcement stands in stark contrast to a recent article in the NZ Farmer (March 14) by leading New Zealand soil scientist who suggested that science had proved that any innovation is just wasting tax payer's money, particularly when related to soil fertility. When you study the background of this prominent soil scientist, the reasons for his...

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