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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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    The importance of having legume in your permanent pasture

    15 February 2021

    New Zealand research in the 1970s and 1980s found that even wellmanaged ryegrass/white-clover pastures in New Zealand were nitrogen (N) deficient.

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    Don’t run fast to stand still

    15 February 2021

    Dairy farmer, Ravensdown shareholder and Fonterra board member Leonie Guiney and her husband Kieran are passionate believers in New Zealand’s pasture-based farming system, envied by many overseas. Leonie shares with us how we need to utilise this system in times of rapid change.

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