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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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Waikura Station

Greenhouse gases: What’s New Zealand doing?

23 May 2017

New Zealand scientists are making steady progress on strategies to reduce the rural sector’s emissions.

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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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