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Future Farming Systems Trial – starting 1 June

  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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Supplement Trial Update 11 Feb 21

This project compares three farms with different supplement use on production, profit and environmental impact. Each farm is 28 ha. The three farm systems are: Pasture Only Farm – No imported supplement – 2.7 cows/ha PKE Only Farm – PKE used to fill feed gaps within milk FEI limits – […]

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Supplement Trial Update 27 January 21

This project compares three farms with different supplement use on production, profit and environmental impact. Each farm is 28 ha. The three farm systems are: Pasture Only Farm – No imported supplement – 2.7 cows/ha PKE Only Farm – PKE used to fill feed gaps within milk FEI limits – […]

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Supplement Trial Decision Rules

Click below to see the full set of decision rules we use to manage supplement feeding in our Dairying in a Variable Climate Trial   NDDT Supplement Trial protocol and Decision Rules  

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Supplement Trial Full 2019/20 Results Video Presentation

Video presentation of 2019/20 results by Trust Coordinator Kim Robinson        

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Supplement Trial 2019/20 Financial Results Available Now

Supplement Use in a Variable Climate Trial results are in for the 2019/20 season. The effect of the drought is clear with all farms dropping in profit by $600 to $1200/ha. The PKE Plus farm was the most profitable for the first time in this trial, but needed the high […]

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Kikuyu Management Guide

Download the farmer guide to managing kikuyu. This general guide has been developed by NDDT and DairyNZ. Farmers should note that optimal management techniques may vary between farms.

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