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  • A diverse sustainable dairy farm and forestry landscape (Access: NZFFA membership)
    Murray Downs, February 2022
    Trees in agriculture, and in particular a dairy farming landscape, are a hard sell, especially when it starts to take up the productive area of a paddock. The question for the…
  • In summer, shade rules: The science behind why trees help maintain dairy productivity (Access: unrestricted)
    Gwyneth Verkerk, February 2009
    Cows feel the heat of summer more than many farmers realise. However they do need to use the energy normally required for physiological processes to cool down, so if they can…
  • Dairy run-offs (Access: unrestricted)
    Gabrielle Walton, February 2009
    Over the last 12 months 28% of farm sales in the Bay of Plenty have been to some form of dairy runoff use. The reasons for purchasing a dairy runoff…
  • Remember the four Ps: Planning for successful shelter systems (Access: unrestricted)
    Ron Hinton, November 2008
    The establishment of effective shelter systems, for dairy farms as well as any other farm, is a complex process deserving considerable planning and research before ringing the fencer or visiting…
  • Dairy farm planting for shelter (Access: unrestricted)
    Neil Cullen, November 2008
    On many of the dairy conversions undertaken in the south, the first victim is often the farm’s existing trees. Sometimes there are valid reasons for removal of these trees. They…
  • Earning brownie points for the dairy industry (Access: unrestricted)
    Kyle Brennan, November 2008
    Confucius said: ‘A wise man is one who plants a tree knowing he may never sit in its shade’. I know it sounds a bit philosophical, a bit heavy, a…
  • Organics and farm forestry - a natural synergy? (Access: unrestricted)
    Neil Cullen, August 2007
    West of Hamilton, past the now closed Whatawhata research farm on the road to Raglan, is the Waitetuna Valley property of Mike Moss. We visited there on the fourth day…
  • Integrating trees with high productivity irrigated dairying (Access: unrestricted)
    Harley Gray, May 2006
    Pencarrow is a 207-hectare dairy unit running 730 cows producing 313,000 kg milk solids. The farm is owned by Andy and Tricia Macfarlane. Andy has his own farm consultancy business,…


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