Early sowing of catch crops recommended
Catch crops should be sown as soon as possible after winter grazing has finished, as long as soil temperatures are two degrees and above.
Setting up lucerne stands for spring
With the correct management, lucerne can be a high-yielding, high-quality spring and summer forage. To maximise crop yields and stand longevity, lucerne needs to be spelled in autumn to allow root reserves to replenish and in winter, weeds need to be controlled.
Caution required when flushing ewes on lucerne
Farmers considering using lucerne as a flushing feed going into ewe mating should be cautious, particularly if the weather has been wet and warm.
Managing feed in extremely dry conditions
Last year, Beef + lamb New Zealand asked Waikato-based AgFirst consultant Bob Thomson to share his advice on putting together a feed plan when feed resources are tight. He also provided some practical tips for managing feed in drought conditions.
Autumn management of sub clover critical for spring production
The correct management of subterranean clover in autumn will pay dividends in spring when the seedlings that have emerged after autumn rain grow into a bulk of high-quality feed.
Oats and legumes – the ideal post winter grazing crop
Establishing a mix of oats and legumes into grazed winter feed paddocks is benefiting both the environment and livestock on Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Future Farm Lanercost.
Warmer autumn could worsen feed deficits in some regions
Despite recent rain in many areas, farmers in regions such as Northland, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Marlborough and South Canterbury are being urged to monitor their soil moisture levels closely.
B+LNZ’s Feed Planning services extended
NIWA’s prediction of a La Nina weather pattern has been the driver behind the Government’s extension of funding for feed planning and coordination services for farmers.
Feed planning turns dire feed situation around
It’s not too late to get a feed plan done. B+LNZ’s feed line is still running, helping farmers take stock of their feed situation and identify management strategies that will make limited resources go further. This is especially important in spring with the arrival of this year’s crop of lambs and calves. To contact Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s feed line, phone 0800 233 352.
Limited feed puts ewes at metabolic risk
Severe feed shortages in parts of the country mean many ewes are on a nutritional knife-edge heading into lambing and could be at risk of developing metabolic disorders.
Northland Case Study Update
In response to feed shortages across much of the country, B+LNZ has been working alongside the Ministry for Primary Industries and other industry-good organisations to provide resources and tools to support farmers in their decision making.