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The importance of growing clover

There ae differences between farms.  Size and contour vary, as does the type and number of animals grazed.  However, whether dryland or irrigated, there is one constant, the necessity of nitrogen for pasture growth. The air we breathe is 78% nitrogen, so there is no...

Carbon positive farming

As I write this article pasture growth in many farming regions is restricted by a lack of moisture and a genuine spring flush has not arrived. It’s easy to say that we shouldn’t worry about stuff we have no control over, however a lack of rain this early in the season...

Inevitable change

That change is coming in the agricultural sector is not in question, the only questions are, how big and how soon? With environmental degradation heading many people’s priority list it’s almost inevitable the incoming government will grasp the opportunity to make...

The advantages of summer clover

That permanent grazed pasture plants require a steady supply of nitrogen for optimum performance is not in question. Nitrogen is usually supplied in one of two ways, either in the form of urea, or from the atmosphere fixed by bacteria on the roots of clovers, lucerne,...

Inputs, outputs and outcomes all matter

Without energy life does not exist, and the purpose of pasture is to convert energy from sunlight into food, providing the energy essential for human survival. The conversion process is known as photosynthesis, whereby via plant leaves sunlight interacts with carbon,...

The not so secret agenda

That the country is resolutely heading towards a carbon neutral economy is not the least bit secret, nor will the target change with a different government. Farming will, over the next few years, become increasingly buoyant with not only higher market prices but a...

Digestion always comes before growth

Many areas have received insufficient rain for strong growth before the middle of May, which means there’s little time left before the winter slow growth period sets in. The question often asked is whether compensatory growth is likely during winter.  While soil...

Why regenerative wins – every time

By Peter Burton To have a view on regenerative farming it’s essential that the term be defined, and in our view most New Zealand pastoral farmers are currently abiding by regenerative farming principles and have been for the last fifty years or more. Any operator on a...

Has farming sold its soul?

By Peter Burton The days of capital gains, particularly on intensive dairy operations has come to a grinding halt and that’s causing real concern amongst many farmers, and it shouldn’t. A payout in excess of $7/kg/MS should provide any well-run operation with enough...

Farmers have been misled

By Peter Burton In Oct 2006 an article was published containing a summary of a report by Tim Bromilow a Scottish soil scientist after having spent 6 weeks travelling around New Zealand. Although complimentary in regard to the ability of Fonterra, scientists and famers...

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