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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...

When less N leads to more growth

By Peter Burton   I recently read a report on the experience of a large dairy operation where there was a 20% reduction in pasture production Year 1 when changing from a conventional N driven soil fertility programme to a certified organic programme. In time a...

What does “science-based” actually mean?

From Peter Burton Change is inevitable, and we are entering an era of unprecedented change with currently accepted farming practises under review with wide-spread reform already underway. Unfortunately, fundamental change doesn’t happen on a slow and steady basis,...

No change for some.

By Peter Burton The saying in the investment world, “you’re either a contrarian or a victim” could equally apply to the farming community. No-one I’ve spoken to applauds the introduction of the recently announced fresh-water standards, soon to become a legal...

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