National DIA Award winners

The trophy for the National Share Farmer of the Year has gone home to the Mighty Manawatu this year and the National Dairy Manager of the Year has its first…


Pasture Health Check

Thinking ahead can have a significant impact on the success of your season. We talk to Graham Kerr from Barenbrug about the importance of undersowing.


Episode 17 – Celebrating women in dairy

The DWN’s 2024 “Enhance, Elevate, Evolve” conference was held in New Plymouth last week. Sheryl Haitana takes the opportunity to talk to Katrina Roberts,…


Change Takes Time

The journey to organic dairy farming, building biodiversity, removing synthetic fertiliser and breathing life back into the soil does not happen overnight, but…


Is Breeding the Answer?

Finding a marker or proxy in a dairy cow that correlates with low or high methane is the big prize. Words Delwyn Dickey


Episode 16 – Do we need a mindset shift towards staff?

Are we in need of a mindset change when it comes to staffing dairy farms? In this episode we dive into how to make the most of an upskilled generation of…


Keep the finisher in mind

Dairy farmers wishing to phase out bobby calves will need to raise animals that will compete with other land uses. Sheryl Haitana reports.


Welcome on-board

The process of recruiting new staff should always be treated as an opportunity to improve your business. Understanding the type of person you require to create…


Episode 15 – Managing cash flow pressure vs sustainability pressures with your bank

Figured’s modelling initially saw the start of this season with 38% of dairy farmers making a loss. Forecasts have improved by the end of the season so are the…


Episode 14 – Cows grazing on a salad bar create healthier milk

Early indications that if cows get to choose what they eat it may result in milk that contains higher levels of nutrients for its human consumers. As part of a…