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36 minutes | Jan 10, 2022
Ep 18. Improving your herd fertility (Part 1)
Does selecting bulls that have a high Fertility Breeding Value really improve your herd’s fertility? In this episode, DairyNZ senior scientist Susanne Meier talks about what we learned from studying a unique herd of heifers with high and low Fertility BV, during rearing and their first and second lactations. We also explore what prompted Dairy Holdings Limited to prioritise the fertility trait in their breeding programme, and what kind of results they’ve seen since.
22 minutes | Dec 20, 2021
Ep 17. Heat stress strategies with Owl Farm
How does heat stress affect cows, what are some warning signs, and what can you do on farm to make life more comfortable for your cows? In this episode, Tom Buckley, farm manager for Owl Farm in Cambridge, goes into detail about the strategies they’re using to combat heat stress. Meanwhile, DairyNZ’s Jac McGowan talks about the science behind heat stress: how it affects cows, the warning signs, and what current research is underway.Notes: Owl Farm’s heat stress strategies: owlfarm.nz/owl-farm-kpis/animal-wellbeing/heat-stress-thi-humidity-temperatureDairyNZ’s heat stress info: dairynz.co.nz/heat-stress
32 minutes | Dec 6, 2021
Ep 16. Protecting profit in a high payout
How do you hold onto more of your profit when the milk price is up? We’re chatting with DairyNZ business specialist Paul Bird and Waikato farm owner Stephanie Gudgeon about the spending habits of high-profit farmers. Paul covers DairyNZ’s analysis of about 500 farm businesses, while Steph shares how she and husband Andy make their business work to achieve what’s important to them as a family. Notes:Mark and Measure course: dairynz.co.nz/mark-and-measureChooseFI podcast: choosefi.comOn Purpose podcast: jayshetty.me/podcastElevate Your Life podcast: evelynkelly.co.nz/podcastCooking The Books podcast: newstalkzb.co.nz/cooking-the-booksThe Fed and Fearless podcast: lauraschoenfeldrd.com/podcast/The Barefoot Investor: barefootinvestor.comRich Dad Poor Dad: richdad.comAtomic Habits: jamesclear.com/atomic-habitsThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: franklincovey.com/the-7-habitsThe 5 Love Languages: 5lovelanguages.comBudget Case Studies: dairynz.co.nz/budget-case-studies‘Hold onto your profit’ in dairynz.co.nz/publications/inside-dairy/inside-dairy-dec-2021-jan-2022
32 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Ep 15. What are the two emissions pricing options?
Two agriculture emissions pricing options, alternative to the NZ ETS, have just been released by He Waka Eke Noa. How do the options work and how much will farmers end up paying for their on-farm greenhouse gas emissions? To help you get your head around the options and have your say, we put some questions to agriculture industry leaders Bruce Thorrold (DairyNZ strategy and investment leader) and Dave Harrison (Beef + Lamb New Zealand general manager policy).
32 minutes | Oct 31, 2021
Ep 14. Breeding the cow of the future
When it comes to breeding decisions, which animal traits matter the most to Kiwi dairy farmers? Should environmental traits should be part of the Breeding Worth index? Farmers were recently asked what they want to see in the cow of the future. Here to explain the findings is Dr Peter Amer from AbacusBio, with valuable insights and questions from Canterbury dairy farmer and genetics-enthusiast Tania Riddington.
28 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Ep 13. He Waka Eke Noa: Is agriculture coming into the Emissions Trading Scheme?
Is agriculture going to be brought into the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)? And what role does the He Waka Eke Noa partnership have to play in reducing agricultural emissions? In this episode, Waikato dairy farmer Sophia Hunt joins the podcast to ask DairyNZ principal policy advisor Roger Lincoln some questions on this topic.
18 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
Ep 12. Strategies for reducing nitrogen use
Looking for some fresh ideas to reduce your nitrogen fertiliser use? On this episode, we chat with Waikato sharemilker Chris Numan, who with wife Rachel has made a bunch of changes to reduce both their N fertiliser use and N losses. Find out what motivated them (not regulations), what strategies they’re using, and the results they’re seeing. Plus, on an interesting tangent, we hear about Rachel’s new-found fame as a published author.
26 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Ep 11. Better workplaces through flexible milking
Could reducing the number of milkings in a week help the dairy sector attract new staff and improve work-life balance? One farmer who’s gone to a flexible milking schedule is John Totty in Canterbury, currently starting his second full season milking 10 times in 7 days. What were his reasons for changing his milking schedule, and what kind of outcomes is he seeing?
28 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Ep 10. What's next for wintering?
How did we arrive at our current wintering practices? What’s next for wintering animals on crop? And what kind of changes can you make on farm now? Find out in this episode with DairyNZ senior scientist Dr Dawn Dalley and Southland dairy farmer Rob Dingle.
20 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Ep 9. Transitioning off the farm
Stepping back from the day to day running of the farm is an exciting stage in life, but one that can be complex. What are the big things to consider? What are the common pitfalls and how can you avoid them? And for farmers looking to step back next season, what are the three key things you can do now to be in the best position? Find out in this episode with James Allen, agribusiness consultant and managing director of AgFirst Waikato.
41 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Ep 8. Weather forecasting with NIWA’s Chris Brandolino
Good weather forecasting helps farmers to make better decisions. But how exactly do meteorologists come up with their predictions? Will forecasting become more accurate? And what kind of weather can farmers expect for the weeks and months ahead? Let’s find out from Chris Brandolino, NIWA’s Principal Scientist of Forecasting and Media.
28 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Ep 7. Colostrum: getting your calves off to the best start
Are your calves getting the colostrum they need? How are you supposed to know and what can you change to make sure they do? And what are some of the common myths about colostrum? Find out in this episode of Talking Dairy, featuring veterinarian and researcher Emma Cuttance.
23 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Ep 6. An inside look at transporting stock
Once cull cows are on the truck for transport, they can be a bit out of sight, out of mind. But our responsibility for their welfare doesn’t end at the gate. In this episode, DairyNZ animal care specialist Jac McGowan joins a local truck driver for a day to see first-hand the ins and outs of transporting stock, and what challenges you’re preparing them for.
30 minutes | May 31, 2021
Ep 5. Climate change: straight from the Minister’s mouth
Where do dairy farmers fit in the climate change discussion? Can farmers have confidence that emissions targets won’t keep shifting? And what support can farmers expect from the government? Climate Change Minister James Shaw sits down with us to talk it through.
39 minutes | May 17, 2021
Ep 4. National MP Todd Muller’s mental health journey
Taking over the National Party leadership was meant to be Todd Muller’s dream job, but instead, it thrust him into a season of intense anxiety and crippling panic attacks. In this episode, he candidly shares his mental health story, including everything he’s learned about recognising the symptoms and staying well.
25 minutes | May 3, 2021
Ep 3. Farm staff shortages and tips for recruiting and retaining staff
Staff shortages can cause big headaches for dairy farmers. In this episode, we discuss what you can do to attract and retain staff, and we look at the results of a recent dairy farm employee survey, with DairyNZ's lead advisor – people, Jane Muir.
20 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Ep 2. Making sense of the Climate Change Commission's carbon budgets proposal
What's in the Climate Change Commission’s carbon budgets proposal and what does it mean for dairy farmers? Do you need to do anything yet? Let’s find out from DairyNZ’s principal policy advisor Roger Lincoln.
22 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Ep 1. Contract milking and variable order sharemilking: tips for making it work
What's the difference between contract milking and variable order sharemilking? Are they still a viable progression pathway? And how do you make it work in your first season? We put those questions and more to DairyNZ senior business specialist Sarah Brown.
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