Current Trials

Future Farm Systems Update 17 Nov 2022

    This project compares the productivity, profitability and impact on people and the environment on three farms, being: Current Farm – Kikuyu & ryegrass based pastures with up to 190 kg N/ha/annum, 3.1 cows/ha Alternative Pastures Farm – Fescue & cocksfoot based pastures, up to 190 kg N/ha, 3.1 […]

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Future Farm Systems Financial Results Yr 1

  Full results of the first year of our trial are now available Current Farm and Alternative Pastures farm have similar production and profit, but both take a large hit on the Low Emissions farm. Future Farm Systems Yr 1 Results June22

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Pasture Regrassing Plan 2022

Future Farming Systems Project Introduction of Alternative Pastures at NARF – 2022 Sowing Plan Updated 15th March 2022   Background The establishment of fescue/cocksfoot pastures that were sown in 2021 was disappointing on the Alternative Pastures farm, with most of these paddocks showing low sown grass presence. Competition from poa […]

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2022 Online Conference Presentations

The following presenters were all asked how the global climate and economic situation is impacting our markets and what this means for NZ farmers going forward. Click on the three excellent presentations below to hear their different perspectives   Fonterra Chairman Peter McBride and Director Andy MacFarlane (23rd Feb)  […]

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Future Farming Systems All Fortnightly Updates

    This page contains the fortnightly information updates for each farm, including management decisions made by the farm committee every two weeks. Visitors are welcome to the management meetings every second Thursday. Email info@nddt.nz for more details      

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Future Farming Systems Trial Outline

  This is an exciting new 4 year farm systems trial starting 1 June 2021, comparing three farm systems that adapt to or mitigate climate change effects. Farmers are frustrated at poor performance of ryegrass in warm dry conditions and are increasingly looking at pasture species that may be more […]

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