May

FE healthy sheep

Unique Sheep and beef land-care role

31 May 2017

While his official title is Hurunui District Landcare Group (HDLG) coordinator, Josh Brown is essentially writing the blueprint for a role that evolved out of regulatory chaos; where dryland sheep and beef farmers within the region were being asked to limit any increases in their already minimal…

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AI Cows

AI: What are the costs?

31 May 2017

Banks Peninsula farmer Mike Williams recently used AI across a portion of his beef breeding herd. He believes it can be a useful tool for some commercial farmers – but urges careful analysis during the decision-making process.

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Advantages of AI go beyond genetics

23 May 2017

Greg McKay, managing director of South Island-based Xcell Breeding and Veterinary Services, has seen AI use in beef cattle increase 10-fold over the past 20 years, to a point where it is now a 50/50 mix of commercial and stud farmers.

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Eating quality underpins red meat story

23 May 2017

Speaking at Beef + lamb New Zealand’s beef-focused field days in Canterbury, AbacusBio consultant Jason Archer defined eating quality as tenderness, juiciness and flavour and says much of what farmers do on-farm can influence all of these factors.

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Sheep Industry Awards entries close Friday 26 May

22 May 2017

Entries for the Sheep Industry Awards 2017 are closing this Friday 26 May - nominate yourself or someone you know today!

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Beef value chain - fast finishing

17 May 2017

Maximising growth rates is critical to driving on-farm efficiencies within a beef value chain.

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Angus herd

Beef trial: 30 versus 60-day winter rotations

15 May 2017

Part two of a two-part series looking at the first year’s results of a B+LNZ Beef Profit Partnership trial focusing on managing pasture quality. This week we look at rotation length and its impact on pasture quality and animal production.

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Southland farmland

Beef trial highlights value of pasture management

9 May 2017

This is part one of a two part series looking at the first year’s results of a B+LNZ Beef Profit Partnership trial focusing on managing pasture quality.

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Angus Bull

Beef bulls adding value

9 May 2017

Making use of strategically-selected beef bulls as follow-up bulls in a dairy operation adds value, with minimal downside. A four-year Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) Genetics’ Dairy-Beef Progeny Test is now into its second year and the results make for positive reading. 

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Whangara AI

AI experiencing resurgence

2 May 2017

The use of artificial insemination (AI) in commercial beef cow herds is experiencing a resurgence.

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