Dairy with a side of beef: Part 2
In the second of a two-part series looking at Adrian and Pauline Ball’s Award-winning Waikato dairy/dairy beef business, we look at the genetics they use and the way incorporating beef has allowed the Balls to reduce their environmental footprint.
Freshwater update: What are the key issues + farmer conference call
We are now into the third week of the government’s consultation on the Essential Freshwater proposals, which after requests to the Ministry for the Environment (MfE), has been extended to accept submissions until 31 October.
One pager highlights key issues in proposed Essential Freshwater policy
A “what-farmers-need-to-know” one pager has been produced by Beef + Lamb New Zealand to advise farmers about key concerns in the government’s proposed Essential Freshwater policy.
Dairy with a side of beef
Waikato dairy and dairy beef farmers Adrian and Pauline Ball won the Supreme Award at this year’s Waikato Ballance Farm Environment Awards and the prestigious Gordon Stephenson Trophy at the Ballance Farm Environment Awards National Showcase.
Mycoplasma bovis update
B+LNZ is continuing to work with DairyNZ and the Ministry for Primary Industries on the response to Mycoplasma bovis. To date, there have been 103 beef properties confirmed positive, from a total of 191 farms found to have the disease.
B+LNZ releases practical guide to Lice and Flystrike control
Flystrike season is just around the corner and a newly-released book covers all options when it comes to sustainably and safely preventing or treating flystrike and lice.
New Zealand Sheep and Beef sector barriers to international trade
Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) and the Meat Industry Association (MIA) have been working together over the last few months to provide an overview of the barriers the sector currently faces in our key markets and also highlighting benefits for the sector from Free Trade Agreements (FTAs).
We want to provide farmers with an update on our submission to the Primary Production Select Committee on proposed changes to the National Animal Identification Tracing scheme (NAIT).
Whole system approach needed to avoid triple drench resistance
Triple drench resistance is appearing at an alarming rate particularly in the North Island, but with the correct management, farmers can prevent this occurring.
Tools and resources
Good farm business planning is critical in helping sheep and beef farmers increase productivity and profitability.
Essential freshwater consultation ends today
With a number of environmental issues currently being consulted on by the government, B+LNZ is running an Environmental Issues Farmer Roadshow to help farmers understand what's going on, get feedback from farmers on their thoughts on the policies being proposed, and to provide advice for farmers wanting to make a submission.