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    Making pasture variables work for you

    15 February 2021

    Getting the best out of our pastures has been and still is New Zealand farmers’ competitive advantage. Throughout the previous editions of this magazine we have updated you on our work to transform farmers’ capability in this area with our Primary Growth Partnership Programme (PGP) – Pioneering to Precision. Before we tell you what the programme has achieved to date, we should first revisit the PGP's basic premise.

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    Environment: Shifting goal posts

    15 February 2021

    Federated Farmers' environmental spokesperson and Ravensdown shareholder Chris Allen shares his views on the new environmental rules being implemented.

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    Getting the best response from N

    15 February 2021

    Between 2013 and 2018, around 25% of dairy farms used more than an average 190kg N/ha with even greater proportions of dairy farmers in Canterbury and Southland exceeding this amount. Dr Ants Roberts discusses some options for getting the best responses out of nitrogen (N) fertiliser ahead of the 190kg N/ha ‘N-Cap’ due to come into effect on 1 July 2021.

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    Reducing N fertiliser without losing performance

    15 February 2021

    Ravensdown has been involved in a DairyNZ project in Canterbury, looking into ways farmers can reduce N-loss and N inputs without sacrificing on-farm performance. Ravensdown Environmental Principal Consultant Arron Hutton and DairyNZ Farm Systems Developer Phillipa Hedley discuss some of their observations from the project.

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