Farm beefs up heifer fo­cus

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

A Waikato heifer-rear­ing fo­cus farm is be­ing es­tab­lished along with four oth­ers around the coun­try as part of a DairyNZ-led ini­tia­tive to pro­vide gra­ziers with the tools, knowl­edge and re­sources to grow dairy heifers more ef­fec­tively.

An open day will be held at the Waikato fo­cus farm near Te Kuiti, owned by gra­ziers Mur­ray and Janet Eas­ton, on De­cem­ber 9 from 11am till 3pm.

Both gra­ziers and dairy farm­ers are en­cour­aged to at­tend, with key top­ics in­clud­ing tar­get weights and feed plan- ning, an­i­mal health is­sues, man­ag­ing the gra­zier­dairy farmer re­la­tion­ship and set­ting calves up for the run-off.

DairyNZ pro­duc­tiv­ity team leader Rob Brazen­dale said that while DairyNZ has done a lot of work to help dairy farm­ers im­prove herd re­pro­duc­tion, work­ing with gra­ziers on grow­ing heifers was a gap that needed to be ad­dressed.

The fo­cus farms will showcase good prac­tice and be in­volved in the de­vel­op­ment of knowl­edge, tools and re­sources for both gra­ziers and dairy farm­ers.

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