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Automated Barn Makes Difference

The Smith family of Northhope build the wintering facility to future proof their farm

Added 17 Dec 2015
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Future Safe With Barn

Craig Copeland needed to resolve his wintering issues and di so by building a new Dairy Housing facility

Added 17 Dec 2015
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Dairy Systems Help Build Soil

Its been known for years by many farmers around the world and in NZ by farmers having converted from dry land to dairy or those with Dairy Housing that trough dairy cows ( or rather their by product in the form of organic waste top soil levels and fertility increases.
Now confirmed by initial research it may see the proper use of on farm available nutrients adopted in our future farm models.

If we collect all dairy created organic fertiliser and re distribute this in small volumes and evenly over pasture or crop land we will see an increase in top soils levels, fertility and a reduction of imported chemical fertiliser.

This must result in more durable and thus sustainable farm systems, higher levels of top soil and related organic matter will create better nutrient buffers ( reduced N leaching) and better use of soil moisture.

Overseer is not yet reflecting these type of farm models accurately but is hoped that in time the research will be incorporated and reflect the reality better.

Harmen Heesen
Dairy Housing and High Performance Dairy farm system consultant

Added 08 Dec 2015
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Nz Ag Exports To Reach 20 Billion In 20 Years

Article by KPMG Ian Proudfoot on the growth of Export towards 2025.

Added 07 Dec 2015
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The Water Flows

It took some time but water brings a sustainable future to many area's of land previously "unproductive"

Added 11 Nov 2015
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Cowhouse Helps Keep It Simple

Fundamental issues of feeding cows well and producing high MS drive cost down
Efficiency is critical

Added 11 Nov 2015
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Keith Woodford On Year Round Milk Supply

A view of the future for NZ value added products and farm systems to support these

Added 26 Oct 2015
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Taranaki Diaryhouse First In The Country

A Dairyhouse was build for Grant Allen in Taranaki , this is the first of a new design utilising best economic design for best cow needs. Dairy House is ideal for herds under 400 cows and in warmer regions of NZ

Added 21 Oct 2015
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Robot Milking The Way Of The Future

Carolyne Rose in Golden bay knew from the day she red about milking robots that it was the way of the future

Added 25 Sep 2015
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True Cost Of Growing Maize

Ian Williams on the cost of maize and its benefits

Added 25 Sep 2015
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Protect Crucial Soils

What to look for to ensure you have healthy soils

Added 25 Sep 2015
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Eades Family Pleased With Cowhouse

Article about Eades family in West Otago
Bruce and Ken build their Cowhouse in 20011
Fitted out by TechniPharm
Design support Cowhouse ltd consulting

Added 25 Sep 2015
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Milking The Mootel

Tony Alcock build a basic cowbird for his cows

Added 25 Sep 2015
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China Has Many Countries

Article by Keith Woodford on China. Keith is a regular long term traveler to China and seen the changes

Added 11 Sep 2015
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Making The Right Choices For Long Term Result

As ususal Keith Woodford with a great article about the on farm and wider views

Added 11 Sep 2015
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Nitrogen The Nuts And Bolts

Understanding N utilisation is not all the complicated, N in N out... what can you see what can you not see... where does it go?
Pasture, Crop, water table or Air...

Added 10 Sep 2015
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Separation Of Effluent Demands Special Manage

N retention on separated effluent demands a greater consideration in respect of N losses to the atmosphere (green house gasses)
Closed storage is one solution which helps to reduce these gasses and increase N utilisation. (to grow grass or crops)

Added 10 Sep 2015
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Cowhouse Dannevirke

Article on farming career and development to dairy housing

Added 04 Sep 2015
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A Meal Takes Water And Fuel

Added 04 Sep 2015
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Cows Are Smarter Then You Think

Can cows choose to follow a sound? if so a whole new area of possibilities opens up

Added 04 Sep 2015
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Robots In Agriculture

Added 04 Sep 2015
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Robots In Agriculture

Robots will be an essential if we are to feed us all, succession and labour issues are significant considerations to engage Robots. Good labour is short in supply and many youth are attracted to the urban lifestyle. Something needs to happen

Added 25 Aug 2015
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Robots In The Agri Food Sector

Dutch article ( and translated transcript) on where the future is heading for in order to produce enough food for the billions of humans

Added 19 Aug 2015
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Bruce Eade Awarded

Bruce Eade awarded by his peers for contributions to the Ayrshire breed.

The Eade family have a cowhouse.

Added 11 Aug 2015
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Keeping Positive

SIDE event speaker Steve Booker on "what to do" ? Change, adapt, innovate!

Added 11 Aug 2015
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Challenges For (crop) Farmers

Leading Agronomist from the UK Mike Carver outlines the challenges we face

Added 11 Aug 2015
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Effective Pasture Use Per Ha In Nz

Dairy NZ article on estimates eaten/ ha of pasture.

Pasture eaten is not pasture grown

Writers comment from back calculations on feasibility work , the figures appear high ( pasture eaten ) and are more in line with pasture grown than pasture eaten

All that said what is measured can be managed... how much measuring is really going on?

Added 11 Aug 2015
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Hybrid System Works Well

Article about a long standing hybrid system in Southland
maximising efficiencies and resources

a lost son to honour and remember

Added 11 Aug 2015
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Nutrition In Times Of Low Payout

Article from NZ Association of Ruminant Nutritionists


the basics and cause and affect you need to consider

Added 10 Aug 2015
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Governance On The Farm

Governance of a farm business is as important if not more important than a "commercial business in town" Farms are very complex business and many farms now comprise of many "units" and various goals and objectives may conflict.

Understanding more about governance can help a great deal in growing the business or simply secure its future for the next generation.

Added 03 Aug 2015
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New Farm Rules Set National Limits ?

Further article on GMP

Added 28 Jul 2015
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Water Quality

Article on issues related to water quality

Being aware and understanding the issues

Added 28 Jul 2015
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Dairy Stats 2014

Statistics 2014 for Dairy

Added 28 Jul 2015
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World Dairy Trade Expanding Long Term

Added 28 Jul 2015
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Cost Of Compliance

Thomas is a NZ Nat Fieldays Scholar and done various studies on Nutrient matters

Added 28 Jul 2015
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The Sun Will Shine Again

Good balanced article by Keith Woodford on the industry and China

Added 28 Jul 2015
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The Gmp For Canterbury " A Matrix For A

Matrix for Good Management the guide to all resource consents in Canterbury

Added 20 Jul 2015
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Tools For Reducing N Losses

back ground information on how to reduce N losses.

Added 20 Jul 2015
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Lincoln University In Bottom Rung Of Top Dair

Interesting read..

comments... there are other ways to keep N leaching down and production up!

Added 17 Jul 2015
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Eco Efficient Farm Systems

A very well written back ground paper by Ina Pinxterhuis on efficient farm systems in respect of nutrient utilisation and feed production. A must read for all farmers

Added 14 Jul 2015
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Ayrshires All The Way For Ken

Ken and son Bruce Eade have had a cowhouse for several years now.
Fitted out by TechniPharm, Cowhouse Ltd Consulting provided design parameters and guidance during the project. These high performing cows are a pleasure to watch. The Cowhouse is always clean and spot on. A great example with very dedicated owners.

Added 09 Jul 2015
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Can Grass Alone Still Cut It?

article by James Haque about feed cost and feed efficiency

Added 07 Jul 2015
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Fodder Beet Potential

Comment Fodder beet can be great feed and has been used in EU farm systems for many hundreds of years. With new Technology and information the product has huge potential on NZ farms. Not for the fainthearted !

Added 04 Jul 2015
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5 Key N Factors

Evaluate your farm system and see where the holes are !

some obvious ones

Cows on Pasture... (urine flushes trough root zone)

Effluent in open pond systems (N evaporates)

Wintering big mobs on small land holdings (large nutrient deposits and no uptake by plants or soil)

Talk to us about how to find new farm systems and methods which will avoid you losing nutrients

Added 04 Jul 2015
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New Thinking Need

by Marv Pangborn

Added 04 Jul 2015
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Farmers Face Big Nature Bills

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To be truly sustainable we have to get out of the commodities market this will make the application of sound technology and farm environmentally productive systems stand up under most (weather and financial ) conditions and create robust farm systems, a well educated work force and investment/innovations market

Added 04 Jul 2015
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Off Paddock Systems

back ground information for general reading

Added 04 Jul 2015
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Wintering Barm Widens Choices

Added 04 Jul 2015
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Reducing Nutrient Loss A Critical Farm Challe

Article by Prof Mike Hedley Massey # 4 Dairy

Cowhouse project design Cowhouse Ltd consulting
Fit out TechniPharm Int Ltd
Construction Cowhouse Construction Timaru

Added 04 Jul 2015
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Succession

WE need more young people on farm, farming is no longer "putting up a fence" or "cups on" its about managing complex production systems with reliable and affordable technology

Added 04 Jul 2015
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Dairy Man Disputes Barn Findings

High performance, high efficiency run farms can not help but tick the boxes...

If the benchmark in NZ is 385 Kg Ms per cow and in The Netherlands it is 660Kg Ms per cow what does that tell you?

Added 04 Jul 2015
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Loss Of N To Air Is Inefficient Farming

N evaporated to air is a greenhouse gas. sooner or later this will be an issue for NZ farmers
Open pond storage is a main source of N loss to air
Stirring ponds with Air increases N losses

Fact is we can not always use effluent straight from the source, most area's in NZ need 45-90 day storage, some longer...

Check out Ecobag fully contained storage

Added 04 Jul 2015
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Fertiliser Cost

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Efficient use of fertiliser is a matter of essence no matter at what level of payout
Leaching 50 plus Kg N /ha means you not efficient
Did you know a herd of 500 dairy cows produces 50 Ton of N per year and if that is captured you have no fertiliser bill ! Or that an open pond system looses up to 60% of N to air.. evaporated profits!
Efficient farming starts with understanding the current in efficiencies and then modelling an adjusted farm system to create efficiencies... this will make farmers business sustainable and robust, no matter what the payout maybe .

Added 04 Jul 2015
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N Limits To Test Farmers

back ground information on N limits

Comment Many of our dairy housed clients have significantly reduced their N leaching, want to know how? contact hj@cowhouse.co.nz

Added 04 Jul 2015
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Nutrition Key

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Cow nutrition should always be the highlight in cow performance
Cows can not produce milk from air or bad feed

Added 04 Jul 2015
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Investing Off Paddock Facilities

Article by Kim Mashlan

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Investment of off paddock systems need to deliver a commercial return and create a better sustainable farm system.
This can all be achieved, but there is more to it then just building a shed.

Added 04 Jul 2015
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Weather Affect On Animals

The mitigation of weather impacts can significantly add to the bottom line
5 Freedoms of animals state shelter being a key element for good practise well being standards

Added 04 Jul 2015
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Dairyhouse First In Nz

The first DairyHouse in the country will be ready for occupation in July 2015. Just under 400 high performing cows will take "residence"
The facility is designed for an almost infinite options of use, this may initially be a Hybrid use, "inside when you have to and outside when you can" but ultimately the facility may have Robot milkers.
Cows on this property are on track to produce twice the National Average in milk solids.

Added 30 Jun 2015
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Effects Handling Cattle On Ph And Eating Qual

Great article on Beef quality and what causes high PH.
Australian Meat Standards
Applicable to all farmers whom send beef or cull cows to the works

Added 23 Jun 2015
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Cow Housing Reduces N Leach, Increases Profit

A Waikato study paper by Tom MacDonald has concluded that cow housing was the only scenario of the four modeled systems to show a reduction in N leaching above 10% of baseline, while lifting financial performance. Across each of the farm systems the average reduction in N leaching was 18%. The average increase in operating profit was 10.9%

ref Thomas O.R MacDonald, Jacqueline S. Rowarth & Frank G. Scrimgeour 2015

Added 08 Jun 2015
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Change Should Drive Production

Article about efficiencies and change of farm systems (or land use) a Challenge on conventional thinking

Added 05 Jun 2015
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Southland Performance

Louis and Angela English Cowhouse
(provider Cowhouse construction and Cowhouse Ltd Consulting)
(fitted out TechniPharm Fit Out)

Added 01 Jun 2015
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Modern Farming

View of the world from historical perspective in relation to modern farming

Added 29 May 2015
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Mycotoxins

Good article explaining Mycotoxins and Mycotoxin danger levels.

Added 18 May 2015
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Cow Shelter Helps Return On Capital In Low Pa

Article on benefits of cow shelters

Added 11 May 2015
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Brace For N Losses

N losses on Irrigated farms may be more than previously thought

Added 11 May 2015
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Visionary Farmers Go With Robots

Article about Cowhouse and Robots.

Added 11 May 2015
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Key Trends For Next 25 Years

Trends predicted for next 25 years

Added 28 Apr 2015
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N Volatilisation

Article on N losses through volatilisation.

See also resolve via ECOBAG which avoids this from occurring.

Added 28 Apr 2015
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Nzipim Seminars

A seminar series brought to you by NZIPIM on Dairy Housing farm systems.

There are at this stage 7 seminars:

April 21 Hamilton
May 14 Invergargill
May 26 Palmerston North
June 25 Dunedin
July 9 Asburton
July 12 Stratford
July23 Northland

For details see www.nzipim.co.nz

Added 30 Mar 2015
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Cowhouse Designed For Cows, Not Humans

Article supported by Aztech about Cowhouses

Added 19 Mar 2015
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Focus On Boosting Prosperity

Inspiring article about where we should/could be with NZ Ag Inc

Added 19 Mar 2015
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Cowhouse The Way Ahead

Great article and vision on the possibilities of the Dairy Industry

Added 27 Feb 2015
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High Cost Of Cheap Grazing

Article underlining the need to stay focussed to growing young stock to best productive ability

Added 20 Feb 2015
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Maize Growing

Maize is energy, and allows a balanced diet which enhances production.
Growing Maize is an "art", and best yields drive cost per kg DM down.

Added 13 Feb 2015
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