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Time To Look At Efficiency?

Article in Otago Daily Times which raises some interesting questions for discussion

Added 19 Dec 2014
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Informed Investing In Dairy Infrastructure

Considering a different farm system than "just grass based"?

"Having produced well over 70 feasibility studies in the last few years, Ray Macleod and Harmen Heesen have a wealth of information regarding projected systems. Their post development performance, background and farming models may work for your farm and in your area".

"One template does certainly not fit all".

Added 07 Dec 2014
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Dairy Compliance

Article about dairy effluent compliance South Otago

"opinion, managing nutrients in an overall integrated dairy farm system is very profitable" consider housing cows? want to know more? farm assessment and feasibility www.cowhouse.co.nz

Added 07 Dec 2014
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Covered Feed Pads A Good Idea?

Article bt Iona Mc Carthy Massey University

Added 07 Dec 2014
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Dairy Sales To Double By 2020

Fonterra's strategy and target

Added 07 Dec 2014
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Are Your Cows Producing Enough?

Have your cows reached their genetic peak?


Opinion " very few cows in NZ are producing to their genetic peak, are yours?
before spending more money on genetics, check if there is more to be gained by adjusting the system

Added 07 Dec 2014
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Out To Pasture At Massey

A new calf rearing system is being trailed at Massey
Calves are located inside the Cowhouse at Dairy # 4

Added 07 Dec 2014
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Good Time Ahead For Ag.

Added 07 Dec 2014
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Food Crisis Boom Will Shape This Century

More people, more people with money and more food quality and variety demands will have a huge impact on farming.

Added 07 Dec 2014
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Megatrends To Affect Farming

Global trends and consumers will drive what we need to produce


Opinion " is it time to actually start selling NZ products outside of the "commodity basked"

Added 07 Dec 2014
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Regrassing To The Max

Canterburry farmer re grasses large parts of platform to grow production

Added 20 Oct 2014
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Lucerne A Crop To Consider

Lucerne can create some great yield and quality results. Particularly on dry land, but also irrigated it can yield super high protein. As a feed it is extremely well balanced in roughage/protein, add energy like maize or fodder beet and a almost perfect diet for high producing dairy cows is created

Added 20 Oct 2014
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Robotic Dairy Sheds The Future ?

AMS (automatic milking systems) are being installed from smaller pasture based farms to the larger cut and carry dairy housing operations. Reasons why Robots are taking over the current Rotary or Herringbone l milking process are as varied as the farmers installing them.

Added 20 Oct 2014
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Synlait Focused On Future

Added 20 Oct 2014
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Integrate Winter Forage Crops And Pasture

Feed shortages can be mitigated. This article from Dairy NZ and related to Waikato, but just as relevant elsewhere .
N leaching post grazing a concern

Added 20 Oct 2014
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Trends In Pasture Yields A Concern?

Pasture yields like many other crops can vary, in a pasture based system you maybe more vulnerable than you think...

Added 20 Oct 2014
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No Room For Cowboys In Grazing Replacement St

Grazing heifers to best results determines the future of your production capability

Added 20 Oct 2014
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Organic Matter In Topsoil Buffers N

Every dairy farm in NZ already has an abundance of fertiliser; every cow produces approx 25 ton of it per year. The organic matter is beneficial to soil conditions by increasing the compost organic matter in the topsoil layer.
Capturing the nutrient as much as possible and redistributing the material gives you an "in house" fertiliser factory.. and a better bank balance.

Added 13 Oct 2014
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Sources And Mechanisms Of Nitrogen Loss

Article on options for reducing N losses

Added 13 Oct 2014
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Drastic Land Use Changes In Pipeline

New land use and existing expansion will have to happen within acceptable N margins.

Added 13 Oct 2014
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Dairy N Leaching Simplified

Simplified schedule of N in and N out

Added 07 Oct 2014
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Plan Now For New Induction Rules

New induction rules create more options to carry over cows, milk longer and increase production through a housing system. The fundamentals of getting cows in calf do not change!

Added 28 Sep 2014
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Economists Tip Rise For Primary Product Price

The food needs of the world are reaching unparalleled proportions... are we ready?

Added 28 Sep 2014
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Feeding The Formula One

The building blocks of production....

Added 28 Sep 2014
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Beet The Drought

To produce, you need to feed! What are the options in a changing climate?
Empty bunkers serve no-one. Fodder beet can be an excellent summer or winter crop in both North & South Islands.

Added 28 Sep 2014
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Environmental Rules Welcomed

New rules regarding N leaching are coming, in some areas they are already in place.

Make sure you understand them before changing the farm system... once you de-stock it's hard to go back!

Added 28 Sep 2014
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One Size Does Not Fit All

When it comes to Dairy Housing one size does not fit all.

A new farm model needs to deliver, taking into account the existing system, climate, location and future expectations. It must be driven by animal well-being and sustainable economic outcomes.

Added 28 Sep 2014
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Building Farm Systems That Deliver

How to even out the season's feed demand in a new climate?

Added 28 Sep 2014
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Cowhouse Massey University

Background on Cowhouse development at Massey University # 4 farm.

Added 28 Sep 2014
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Best Of Both Worlds In Housing Cows

Article about where things are heading

Added 22 Sep 2014
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8 Facts You Need To Know From Soil Studies

Interesting article about soil....

Use undiluted dairy housing organic fertiliser to underpin your solid fert application!

Added 18 Sep 2014
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Compost And Wood-shavings Potentially Harmful

The use of compost or wood shavings can potentially cause milk quality issues.
This Dutch article refers to extensive R & D in this field, and led to a ban by FrieslandCampina for the use of this type of bedding material for lactating cows.

Added 16 Sep 2014
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By Dr John Hellstrom

Article by Chair of NAWAC on the impressive standards of cow housing, using as an example the Massey University Cowhouse.

Added 15 Sep 2014
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Primary Produce Golden Age

Where are we heading?

Added 15 Sep 2014
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Being Profitable After Intensification

Article on ins and outs of Waikato farm "intensification"

Added 15 Sep 2014
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Hybrid System Feeding "all Sorts"

Background article on Freestall Hybrid feeding - a wide range of feeds in a Hybrid model.

Added 15 Sep 2014
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Effluent Distribution Via Slurryquip

Added 13 Sep 2014
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Choose The Right Beet

The options are vast... good thing is it is all energy, which in general NZ dairy cows are short of.

Added 13 Sep 2014
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Key Steps To Get On Top Of Nutrient Managemnt

Keen to design a new farm system which reduces the "leaks", and increases profit, ROI and ROE...? hj@cowhouse.co.nz

Added 13 Sep 2014
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Quick Stats About Nz Dairy Farming

What is the rest of NZ doing?

Added 13 Sep 2014
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Housing Cows Step To Sustainability

Nutrient use key to sustainability

Added 13 Sep 2014
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Beeting The Cost

The cost of the feed is what matters...

Added 13 Sep 2014
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Beets, The New Rocket Fuel?

Beets can be grown all over NZ and could provide Dairy, Beef and Sheep farmers with a source of exceptional energy.

Added 13 Sep 2014
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Cereal Silage From Autumn Sown Crops

Cereal crops sown in Autumn may provide another solution to good levels of ME/DM silage for livestock.

Added 13 Sep 2014
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Beets May Overtake Maize?

A great energy alternative for Maize is making its way into our farming system.
Great for TMR feeding and Cowhouse /Hybrid farms.

Added 13 Sep 2014
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Overseer Detail Is Important

Using Overseer to see what happens when you make changes to the (any) farm system is an excellent way to model farms and farm efficiency...

Do not get too carried away on the actual numbers today....Overseer is a long term cause and effect model.

Added 13 Sep 2014
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New Dairy Milk Harvesting Shed? Take Note..

Some great handy hints on dairy shed design

Added 13 Sep 2014
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Farmers Keeping Rivers & Ocean Clean

Both of these projects have been provided with advice, design and project realisation by Cowhouse Ltd consulting .

Added 25 Aug 2014
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Garrett Family Efforts Recognised

A great effort by a Leeston farming family in protecting the environment, and creating a new farm system delivering both economic and environmental benefits

Added 19 Aug 2014
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Crop Farmers Can Do With Poo Too

Why import chemical fertiliser on one end, and flush it out on the other end?

With plenty of potential to collect undiluted effluent which can be used as good organic fertiliser, we reduce imports, reduce N leading and increase farm profits.

Milk is just one product we harvest... some smart farmers are already harvesting the poo and using it to create more profit and a better environment

Added 07 Aug 2014
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Super Bred Cows

Article on the protein options via cows milk

In a fully housed facility we can feed cows a selected, controlled feed which can further help to refine this potentially high quality product, and pull us up from the commodity chains

Added 07 Aug 2014
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Dedicated Planning For Dairy Housing

Understanding what needs to be done and how it will all work is crucial to designing the right infrastructure and system. Its not about the building... its about the integrated system.

Added 06 Aug 2014
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Open To Air Freestall Launched

An Open to Air Freestall gives cows the best of animal well-being and best production results if AMS technology used as part of the farming system

Added 06 Aug 2014
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Golden Years Are Here

The future of agriculture in NZ is looking bright.

Added 21 Jul 2014
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New Robots Make Milking Easy

AMS Robot technology can bring individual cow care to a larger herd, free up time, and increase production and cow longevity.

Added 21 Jul 2014
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Unlocking Sustainable Future In Dairy

Nutrient capture and re-use at the right time and right dosage will enhance pasture production and reduce N leaching..

Added 07 Jul 2014
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Fieldays 2014 Live Milking A First

New Ways of farming ... expand the thinking

Added 30 May 2014
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Fieldays 2014 Live Milking A First

TechniPharm and a consortium of partner companies will host the Fieldays very first live milking exhibition in New Zealand.
A team of experts in housing and robot milking will be on site to discuss how they can help you swing into the new paradigm of dairy farming

Added 28 May 2014
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Intensive Farming Beneficial To Environment

Article about the better utilisation of resources by being more intensive.
Source - DLG Agri Future Summer 2014 (EU)

Added 28 May 2014
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Nitrate Leaching Halved When Cows Stood Off

Article on benefits of off pasture farming in relation to N leaching reductions

Added 28 May 2014
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Fieldays Farming Fever

Lead up to National Fieldays 2014 Dialy Post

Added 19 May 2014
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Hawkes Bay First Efficient Dairy With Lely Ro

Article about a new Robot Housed farm set up in Hawkes Bay , leading the way in efficiency and best environmental outcomes

Added 10 May 2014
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Cows Off Pasture A Worthwhile Investment

Article about the benefits of housing cows and related R and D

Added 10 May 2014
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Cowhouse Calving And Option In Freestall Barn

TechniPharm has developed a system where cows can use the facility 100% year round. In spring or autumn during calving, a section of the scraper lanes are changed to allow calving without issues.

Added 10 May 2014
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Offpasture/wintering And Wellbeing Standards

Technical series DNZ and Ag Research reports. April 2014

Note laying times page 2, particularly % of cows not laying down (systems), and the
relationship between space and laying times and the related health problems.
Rec min. laying time 8 hours - note this is minimum!

Min good practice animal well-being guidelines (expected to become the standard in 2014)

Freestall space/cow (excluding feed lane) is 6m2/cow wintering only, and up to 12 hrs a day with grazing.

Freestall space 24/7 365 days no grazing is 8m2/cow plus 1m2 for feeding/cow

Added 03 May 2014
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Reduce N Loading While Making More Money

Article by Ian Williams on use of Nutrients and growing Maize

Added 28 Apr 2014
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Robot Hybrid Farm With Dairy Housing

Article on the use of Lely Robots in a pasture based system with additional use of a Cowhouse

Added 22 Apr 2014
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Heifer Condition And Investment?

Most NZ heifers are entering the milking herd under weight and not grown out...
feeding them up to fully grown out status before they calf is a lot easier and more cost effective than trying to do it while they lactating.

Added 22 Apr 2014
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High Input Brings Animal Health Benefits

Feeding cows well and extracting their genetic capability also means cows are happier and better conditioned and thus have fewer health problems.

Added 22 Apr 2014
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Paradigm Shift Needed In Dairy

Article on what is going on in the Dairy Industry and where thinking could go...

Added 22 Apr 2014
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Housing Dairy Cows Can Reduce Emissions By 25

Article on Research done on the effect of housing cows on green house gas emissions

Added 21 Apr 2014
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Paradigmshift Needed For Future

View of where we are at in respect of the perceived green status of pasture based farming V the scientific reality

Added 07 Apr 2014
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Merit In Moving Cows Indoors

Article about the merits of moving cows indoors by Nufield Scholar Steve Wilkins

Added 01 Apr 2014
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Southern Fieldays

Southern Fieldays was a great success , rain did not stop anyone from having a
good time.
On the TechniPharm stand we had a joint effort of Lely, Cowhouse construction and Cowhouse consulting presenting the first NZ live milking on site event.

Added 01 Apr 2014
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Cowhouse With Robots A Havelock North A First

This yet to be build facility will be located in Havelock North on an established Mushroom farm and is all about utilising resources sustainably and creating maximum efficiencies.

Added 23 Mar 2014
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