Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Anne Boswell

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Anne Boswell has worked as a journalist for the last 16 years, having wanted to be a writer since she was a child. She spent the first few years of her career in community and regional newspapers before moving into rural journalism in 2011, specialising in dairy farming. She was the editor of The Dairyman from 2012-2014 and then worked for NZFarmer before starting her own freelance communications business. Today, she works as the communications manager for Holstein Friesian NZ and writes articles for Dairy Farmer, Stuff and other agricultural businesses.

A climate change journey

Curiosity about extreme weather events has put reducing methane and nitrous oxide emissions at the forefront of a Whakatāne dairy farm’s ethos.

A well-oiled machine

A Bay of Plenty duo dug deep into their business to enter the 2021 Share Farmer of the Year competition and left it to the last minute, but it was well worth it.
Gavin Hayes

Better off compliant

A warning from the regional council to sort out his effluent system led a Raglan farmer to expedite the work required to become compliant.

Community comes first for DWN award winner

A Northland sharemilker knew from a young age that dairy farming was the career for her and since embarking on her farming journey, has embraced all the opportunities presented to her. When Northland dairy farmer Donna Griggs was announced as the Dairy Women’s Network (DWN) Regional Leader of the Year, her childhood school friends reminisced that they could never beat her in an arm wrestle.

Guide for winter grazing

With winter right on their doorstep, farmers preparing to graze livestock on fodder crops this winter are encouraged to take advantage of DairyNZ’s Wintering Checklist to help spot any improvements they can make before winter arrives.

The checklist, alongside a new Winter Grazing Plan that includes a paddock plan and farmer tips, are designed to help farmers make practical, written plans for winter. With the farming sector more focused than ever on improving winter grazing, and eliminating practices that impact negatively on the environment and animal welfare, there is little room for error.


More drought support for farmers

Farmers heading into winter with feed shortages will welcome the announcement of a $900,000 funding boost that will ensure feed support services and extra wellbeing assistance continue to be available to farmers affected by drought.

Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor announced in April that the Government will expand its drought support to include new areas Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury and Otago in its large-scale adverse event classification for drought, while continuing to support farmers in areas facing long-term dry conditions.