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The greatest constant is change

In the last 60 years walk through cowsheds have been replaced by step-ups, then herringbones, and now rotaries.  And robots! Fifty dairy cows used to be an economic family farm in the 1960’s, and in the 1970’s a 150-cow unit was regarded as the maximum that could be...

Why earthworms are essential

As a sharemilker, coming from an education background with only school and university holiday experience on dairy farms and hungry for information, I collected and stashed any interesting and potentially useful information. It’s been kept in boxes and added to over...

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,...

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