Environment

Episode 9 – Integrated farm plans – compliance or positioning your farm for potential opportunities?

Rebecca Greaves, Country-Wide Editor, along with her co-host Sarah Perriam-Lampp discuss how to navigate tough times in sheep & beef farming with top tips from experts Ed Harrison, Dr Todd White and Frazer Weir.

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Down the drain – wool wins

Research has confirmed wool’s biodegradability, Joanna Grigg writes.

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Chilean needle grass poses potential billion-dollar threat

The “sleeper weed” Chilean needle grass, if nothing was done to stop it, could spread through most of New Zealand and eventually cost the country over a billion dollars, according to newly published research.

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What the farmers say

Integrated Farm Planning can seem a daunting task but there are plenty of resources and programmes available to support farmers to take the first step. Rebecca Greaves spoke to three farmers who have created their own farm plan through attending a BakerAg programme – something that can be achievable for all farmers, with a little help.

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A dynamic approach

Integrated farm planning and farm assurance - everyone’s talking about it. But what does it mean, and how do we get a plan that works for our farming business?

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Smart tactics help make every nutrient count 

With on-farm cost pressures looking to continue for at least the foreseeable future, it’s expected that the squeeze on all farm inputs, including fertiliser, will endure through 2024. Words by Dr Ants Roberts

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For the love of soil

A shared passion for soil health – and how we can harness that and turn it into our next value opportunity for New Zealand sheep and beef farmers – was the focus of a two-day workshop held at Canterbury’s Craigmore Station in November 2023. Sarah Perriam-Lampp went along. Photos by Camilla Rutherford.

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The day the lake returned

Despite six years of native planting on their farm being destroyed by Cyclone Gabrielle, the McBains have been busy replanting. By Rebecca Greaves. PHOTOS BY TUKITUKI LAND CARE

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Natives nurture community spirit

In a tiny pocket of rural Wairarapa, a native tree nursery is flourishing and all the proceeds are going back to the community thanks to the dedication of a band of volunteers, led by local farmer Kelsey Shannon. Rebecca Greaves reports.

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Defying the status quo

Millions of young native plants have benefitted from the protection of EmGuard, a cardboard tree guard, predominantly made of recycled pulp. Annabelle Latz reports.

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