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Genetics Focus Improves Dairy Herd

Tuesday, 26 July 2022, 3:19 pm | Real Communications

A strong focus on genetics and DNA has paid dividends for Fernside dairy farmer Julie Bradshaw with four of her cows being selected for Livestock Improvement Corporation’s (LIC’s) breeding programme. A passion for genetics has paid off for Fernside farmer ... More >>

Testing Establishes Exact Fertiliser Needs

Friday, 22 July 2022, 5:02 pm | Real Communications

Investing in a handheld nitrogen tester and using variable rate nitrogen fertiliser has enabled Cust farmer Roscoe Taggart to significantly reduce the amount of fertiliser he applies to his family’s 730-hectare arable and sheep operation which has resulted ... More >>

Baseline Set For Subsurface Irrigation Trial

Monday, 18 July 2022, 12:15 pm | Real Communications

While Cust dairy grazers Gary and Penny Robinson are disappointed not to have collected the data they were hoping for from their subsurface drip irrigation trial due to a wet summer, the couple have established a baseline for the next irrigation season ... More >>

Sharing Knowledge Enables Better Farming Decisions

Monday, 4 July 2022, 5:26 pm | Real Communications

Fernside dairy farmer Julie Bradshaw says sharing scientific data in a way that was easily understandable and useful for farmers helped create close bonds between landowners and NIWA scientists during a five-year joint co-innovation study. Julie ... More >>

Subsurface Irrigation Benefits Clear Despite Wet Season

Monday, 27 June 2022, 10:21 am | Real Communications

A wetter than usual irrigation season has hindered data collection efforts for Cust dairy grazers Gary and Penny Robinson. They had planned to collect data over the season from their subsurface irrigation system and compare this with traditional ... More >>

Precision Technology Delivers Diverse Benefits

Monday, 20 June 2022, 9:57 am | Real Communications

Investing in precision agriculture has provided Cust farmer Roscoe Taggart with environmental, social, and financial benefits that help to continuously improve his family’s 730-hectare arable and sheep operation. Cust farmer Roscoe Taggart examines ... More >>

Science And Genetics Boost Fernside Farm

Thursday, 16 June 2022, 3:59 pm | Real Communications

Fernside dairy farmer Julie Bradshaw has applied learnings from a five-year National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) irrigation study to make science-based decisions while also using genetics to improve her herd with the overall goal of ... More >>

Embracing Technology And Adapting To Market Demand

Thursday, 10 February 2022, 8:58 pm | Real Communications

Cust farmer Roscoe Taggart is a keen adopter of technology and will be trialling the use of variable rate base fertiliser over the coming months to assess improvements in efficiency. He will also evaluate his test crop of vegetable seeds as they reach ... More >>

Proving The Benefits Of Subsurface Drip Irrigation

Thursday, 10 February 2022, 8:54 pm | Real Communications

After trialling a subsurface irrigation system last summer, Cust dairy grazers Gary and Penny Robinson are keen to collect data and compare this with traditional irrigation systems to back up their observations with evidence-based results. The couple are ... More >>

Swannanoa Students Help Restore Burgess Stream

Thursday, 10 February 2022, 8:51 pm | Real Communications

A biodiversity project at Burgess Stream near Eyreton received a helping hand from around 20 Swannanoa School students who planted 394 native seedlings during a planting day late last year.  Once planting is completed the site will contain 4500 ... More >>

New App Sparks Family Conversations

Thursday, 10 February 2022, 8:48 pm | Real Communications

A new estate management app which removes the stress from organising and cataloguing household possessions is designed to function as a conversation starter among family members. Sought director Lisa Dooling has spent the last nine months developing the ... More >>

Wool Weed Mats Reduce Environmental Footprint

Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 2:44 pm | Real Communications

A new weed and mulch mat made from natural New Zealand wool is providing a completely organic and biodegradable option for weed control while helping gardeners reduce their environmental impact and support the agriculture industry. Wool Life director ... More >>

Thousands Of Plants Improve Burgess Stream

Monday, 27 September 2021, 3:19 pm | Real Communications

Over half of the 4500 native plants for a biodiversity project at Burgess Stream near Eyreton are in the ground with planting expected to be completed by November. The initiative is a joint project between Waimakariri Irrigation Limited (WIL), Environment ... More >>

Soil Conservation Project Benefits Environment And Community

Monday, 27 September 2021, 3:01 pm | Real Communications

Reduced amounts of sediment and phosphorus are entering Hurunui and Kaikōura waterways while closer community connections are being created thanks to a four-year, $4.1 million Soil Conservation and Revegetation (SCAR) project funded by Environment Canterbury, ... More >>

Perfect blend for property and design business

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 12:46 pm | Real Communications

Combining her love for interior design and real estate into a successful business model has enabled Kaiapoi-based Karen Bailey to focus on providing a complete service for her clients Kaiapoi-based real estate agent and interior designer Karen Bailey ... More >>

Celebrating A Decade Of Biodiversity Improvements

Tuesday, 31 August 2021, 3:55 pm | Real Communications

Members of the Hurunui Waiau Uwha Zone Committee (HWUZC) view biodiversity gains made at Smothering Gully a decade after the environmental improvement project began. The Hurunui Waiau Uwha Zone Committee (HWUZC) recently visited a landmark restoration ... More >>

Freshwater Catchment Group Brings The Community Together

Tuesday, 31 August 2021, 3:54 pm | Real Communications

Sefton Saltwater Creek Catchment Group members learned about environmental regulations for plantation forests during a recent visit to Ashley Forest hosted by Rayonier Matariki Forests. Establishing a collective voice and providing an opportunity for ... More >>

Constructed Wetlands Could Reduce Nitrate Levels

Monday, 16 August 2021, 6:48 pm | Real Communications

Green Cay Nature Centre and Wetland in Boyton Beach, Florida is a 100-acre integrated constructed wetland created on former farmland in 1999 Wetland scientist Michelle McKeown hopes to create a pilot project in Waimakariri to test the benefits of integrated ... More >>

Biodiversity Projects Gain Traction

Tuesday, 3 August 2021, 5:26 am | Real Communications

A series of biodiversity projects has improved awareness of the special values of streams and rivers throughout WIL’s catchment area. Biodiversity project lead Dan Cameron says knowledge and understanding of the land and water contained within WIL’s ... More >>

Collaboration Key For Environmental Change

Monday, 2 August 2021, 8:04 pm | Real Communications

Former Waimakariri Water Zone Committee chair Dave Ashby and former deputy chair Cam Henderson consider teamwork and community participation as vital for improving local waterways . Reflecting on over decade of joint service to the Waimakariri Water ... More >>