Dairy Hub opens for farmers

Southern Dairy Hub business manager Guy Michaels speaking at a field day held in November last year.

Southland's 394ha state-of-the-art dairy hub at Makarewa, officially opened in July last year to deliver innovative, industry-led agricultural research and education opportunities for the district, will host a field day next week.

Southern farmers are invited to hear updates on the farm, and science projects, along with presentation by scientists from DairyNZ and AgResearch.

Guest speakers will include Southern Dairy Hub business manager Guy Michaels who will provide a farm update and how they have been managing biosecurity on the farm.

DairyNZ senior scientist Dr Dawn Dalley will discuss farming for the future, touching on testing paddock-based solutions to reduce farm Nitrogen loss by 30% and improve profitability. She will also speak on the decision between Kale versus Fodder Beet for wintering and what more has been learnt from the 2017 winter season. The Southern Dairy Hub features four even cow herds run off set farmlets with various feed systems. 

AgResearch senior scientist Dr Ross Monaghan will discuss the Environmental Planning Progress, give a stream monitoring programme update and talk about the variable width riparian plan.

VetSouth managing director Mark Bryan will discuss anti-microbial resistance, and veterinarian Sally Taylor will give an Aureus update and dry cow plan.

The field day is being held on Thursday, March 15 from 10.30am till 1pm. Parking is available at Gate B on 225 Branxholme Makarewa Road, opposite the Alliance Group Plant. For further information visit www.dairynz.co.nz


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