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01 February 2016
Economic Cost of NZ Pasture Weeds Larger Than Thought
NEW ZEALAND - New research shows the true cost of California thistle to be close to $700 million in lost pastoral farm revenue each year and also suggests that previous estimates of the cost of other agricultural weeds has been significantly underestimated....
14 January 2016
Reducing Competition Between Livestock and Humans for Food
ANALYSIS - Reducing the amount of animal feed grown on crop land could have a positive effect on the availability of food and have a positive environmental impact by cutting greenhouse gas emissions....
11 January 2016
El Niño Impacts to Hit NZ Farmers for Months
NEW ZEALAND - Recent rain has been a welcome respite from ongoing dry weather conditions in much of the country, but farmers in drought-affected parts of New Zealand will continue to feel the impacts of El Niño for months, as New Zealand's weather science...
06 January 2016
What's the Biggest Challenge for Sustainable Beef?
ANALYSIS - The biggest challenge for sustainable beef is taking practical applications to the grass-roots level, said Karl Williams, Operations Director at FAI Farms UK....
31 December 2015
Home for the Holidays – A US Family Farm
ANALYSIS – This week my family and I left the suburbs of Chicago to head home for the holidays, and I thought you might like to hear about my family farm. ...
21 December 2015
FAI Farms: Practicing Sustainable Farming for 10+ Years
ANALYSIS - One commercial farming operation in the UK doesn't just think about sustainability as a hot topic that will come and go - it's been working to develop sustainable farming practices for more than 10 years. ...
10 December 2015
NZ Farmers Urged to Help Each Other in Dry El Niño Weather
NEW ZEALAND - Farming organisation Federated Farmers is encouraging drought affected farmers struggling due to the dry El Niño weather pattern to continue destocking as necessary, and to think further afield....
25 November 2015
GRSB: Regional Indicators Will Drive Sustainable Beef Progress
ANALYSIS – The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) recently met in Amsterdam with 75 members from across the food chain representing 28 organisations with the key objective of working groups reporting back and sharing progress to-date....
13 November 2015
Weather: El Niño’s Global Impact, US November Outlook
ANALYSIS - El Niño is expected to peak in December, according to the US' National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)....
05 November 2015
Cattle Producer Says US Has Begun Most Rapid Expansion Ever Seen
ANALYSIS - Sharing expectations for prices moving into 2016, Missouri cattle producer Wayne Vanderwert says cattle prices have been extremely high due to lower cow numbers because of the drought and the cattle cycle. ...
21 October 2015
The Scoop on Poop – Why Manure Matters
ANALYSIS - For years, livestock farmers have used manure as a fertiliser, soil amendment, energy source and even construction material....
12 October 2015
Let Them Eat Grass: Grazing Debate Back on Agenda
GLOBAL - Just how beneficial cows grazing pasture is to farmers, processors and the cows themselves has been a hot topic recently in New Zealand and Europe....
09 October 2015
Cattle Dilemma: To Background or Not to Background?
US - An ever-growing set of online resources is available to beef producers gauging the prospects of running cattle between weaning and the feedlot....
08 October 2015
Radical Dutch Grazing Law Could Outlaw Herd Expansion
THE NETHERLANDS – Radical Dutch politicians hope to push through national grazing laws to limit expansion only to farm offering cows access to grass....
28 September 2015
Wetland Improvements Benefit More than Livestock
SCOTLAND – Soil improvements are allowing Caithness and Strathspey livestock farmers to become much more than simply guardians of their sheep and cattle....
18 September 2015
Scientists Strive to Con Protective Shell off Parasites
NEW ZEALAND – A new foray into parasite control will see New Zealand researchers try to stimulate larvae into shedding their protective skin to then die before becoming ingested....
09 September 2015
Six Point Plan For Sustainable Dairy Development in Asia
ANALYSIS - A six point plan has been put forward for a regional strategy for sustainable dairy development in Asia....
07 September 2015
Ranchers Welcome Overturning of “Unjust” Wild Bird Rule
US – Preservation orders on a wild bird have been lifted by Texan authorities in a move applauded by ranchers. ...
27 August 2015
UAVs Are Not Just for Crop Farmers
US - Brett Haas, co-owner of Crop Copter, said while they started their UAV company with crop farmers in mind, they see a lot of interest and application for livestock farmers. ...
21 August 2015
Supplement Feed Myth Debunked By Senior Scientist
NEW ZEALAND - Supplementing pasture-based diets does not boost milk production to the level many New Zealanders expect, according to an expert dispelling the 100g milksolids to kilo dry matter “myth”....
20 August 2015
US Ranchers Blame Government for Catastrophic Wildfires
US - A spate of wildfires engulfing hundreds of thousands of rangeland acres is the government's fault, says the US cattle industry's leading body....
19 August 2015
Drought and Weak Dollar Double Australian Cattle Cash
AUSTRALIA – Weather and economics have seen Australian cattle farm incomes double over the last twelve months as farmers have sold more cattle for more money....
06 August 2015
Diverse Ways to Slow Wormer Resistance
UK - There are two ways cattle producers can slow the rate of resistance to wormers, according to researchers surveying farmers to gauge perceptions to the risk of anthelmintic resistance....
04 August 2015
US Beef Herd Expansion Could Be Cut Short
US – The current phase of US beef herd expansion is not expected to last as long as the last rebuild period in 1990-1995....
30 July 2015
70 Per Cent of Irish Fields Need Liming
UK - More than two thirds of Ireland’s cattle pastures are below pH targets, says the country’s agricultural levy board....
28 July 2015
Georgia Soils Improved By Intensive Grazing
US – Heavy grazing can improve the performance and organic matter content of soil, concludes a study looking at dairy cows on converted arable land. ...
27 July 2015
Don’t Be the Last Cow Out of the Parlour
AUSTRALIA - Cows last into pasture from the milking parlour could be regularly eating “markedly” lower quality grass, says Australian research....
23 July 2015
Breakthrough Means Mexicans Can Inject Against Deadly Parasite
MEXICO – Mexican livestock producers concerned about liver fluke now have a water soluble injectable drug at their disposal....
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