Reporting on HT swedes

APPENDIX & REFERENCES for HT swedes provided by Jodie Bruning: MEDIA REPORTING OF THE HERBICIDE TOLERANT SWEDE & DAIRY COW DEATH STORY. September 14, National Radio – Swede death linked to leaf growths: Reports so far indicate that 200 to 300 dairy cows may have died after grazing on swedes, a common winter feed crop […]

Focus on governance, profit and environment

Changing dairy – more focus on governance, profit and environment New Zealand’s dairy sector is strongly focused on building resilience to commodity price fluctuations, sharpening business practices and taking care of the environment, ANZ’s annual survey of the sector reveals. ANZ’s annual Privately Owned Business Barometer surveyed 368 respondents from across the dairy industry on […]

Rural confidence near-decade low

Dairy challenges take New Zealand rural confidence to near-decade low New Zealand farmer confidence has fallen to its lowest levels in nearly a decade, as dairy farmers across the country struggle with the challenges arising from the slump in global markets, the latest quarterly Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey has shown. While a recovery in global […]

Body condition score to become a breeding trait

  Body condition score (BCS) is to be included as a new trait in Breeding Worth (BW) from February 2016. Breeding Worth provides farmers with an economic measure of genetic merit (profit per five tonne of dry matter) and is calculated for all dairy cattle. During a National Breeding Objective Review in 2012, BCS (particularly […]