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.
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.