Scene + Herd: Podcasts from Beef + Lamb New Zealand
Lessons learnt and Future Opportunities: Richard Green, 2016 New Zealand Grassland Association Levy Oration

Lessons learnt and Future Opportunities: Richard Green, 2016 New Zealand Grassland Association Levy Oration

April 5, 2019

Richard Green gave the 2016 Levy Oration for the New Zealand Grassland Association. Hear his thoughts on the past, present and future of NZ grassland farming. The Levy Oration is one of NZGA’s highest honours, and allows an invited speaker time to speak on the topic of their choosing. in honour of an early pioneer of grassland science Sir Bruce Levy. The text of Richard’s presentation is here: https://www.grassland.org.nz/userfiles/files/Levy%20Oration%20NZGA%202016%20R%20Green.pdf For more information on the New Zealand Grassland Association, visit their website https://www.grassland.org.nz/aboutus.php

Beef Progeny Test: A frank conversation with the men at the coalface

Beef Progeny Test: A frank conversation with the men at the coalface

March 19, 2019

Dr Jason Archer (Abacus Bio) and Max Tweedie (B+LNZ Genetics) chat with the Beef Progeny Test Farm Managers, to discuss what they have found and observed so far, including their thoughts on the value of high genetic worth bulls. The B+LNZ Genetics Beef Progeny Test was launched in 2014 and is generating valuable commercial insights for farmers. The Beef Progeny Test compares bulls under New Zealand commercial farming conditions. The test now involves over 3000 beef and dairy cow matings each year, on five large properties across New Zealand. A mix of both internationally-sourced and New Zealand semen is used. Steers and cull heifers are assessed on their carcase traits, while replacement heifers are tracked for their ongoing maternal characteristics. For more information: https://www.blnzgenetics.com/progeny-tests/beef-progeny-tests

Successful soil and fertiliser management

Successful soil and fertiliser management

March 4, 2019

On this ‘Scene + Herd’ podcast we’re joined by Jeff Morton, who in previous careers worked on soil science for both AgResearch and Ballance. We discuss the keys to making the most from your fertiliser and lime budget, what farmers should focus on and what they shouldn’t stress over. To find copies of the essential resources on fertiliser, lime, forage cropping and trace elements that Jeff mentions, visit the Fertiliser Association website: http://www.fertiliser.org.nz/Site/resources/booklets.aspx

Breakfeed: Farming the Future, the 2019 New Zealand Grassland Association Conference.

Breakfeed: Farming the Future, the 2019 New Zealand Grassland Association Conference.

March 1, 2019

The New Zealand Grassland Association conference is NZ’s premiere pastoral farming science conference. In 2019 it’s in Napier, from Tuesday 5 till Thursday 7 November. Local Organising Committee chair Jeff Morton joins us to discuss the conference programme. A chance to hear the latest grassland research, and discuss it with researchers, industry people and other farmers. Keep an eye on the NZGA website for more detail https://www.grassland.org.nz/

 ‘Break-Feeds’ are short podcasts from Beef + Lamb New Zealand to let you know about interesting things happening.

Heifer mating: Breed ‘em, feed ‘em

Heifer mating: Breed ‘em, feed ‘em

January 28, 2019

Dr Jason Archer of AbacusBio and Max Tweedie, Beef + Lamb New Zealand Genetics’ National Beef Genetics Manager, discuss the keys to successfully calving beef heifers and to getting them back in calf as a 3 year old. For a summary of the key points, check out our Factsheets: Managing Heifers prior to and during mating https://beeflambnz.com/knowledge-hub/PDF/managing-heifers-prior-and-during-mating and
Heifer Mating - how to get there https://www.blnzgenetics.com/files/1539030128_Birth%20to%20first%20pregnancy-%20how%20to%20get%20there.pdf

 

“Protecting your Patch” – the key biosecurity actions for your farm

“Protecting your Patch” – the key biosecurity actions for your farm

January 11, 2019

On this Scene + Herd podcast we’re joined by Will Halliday, Senior Advisor for Biosecurity and Animal Welfare at Beef + Lamb New Zealand. We discuss the 7 key intervention points for each farm and its people to prevent or reduce risk from weeds, pests and diseases.

For more information, check out B+LNZ’s Drystock Biosecurity Guidelines: https://beeflambnz.com/knowledge-hub/PDF/drystock-biosecurity-guidelines and have a look at our online Biosecurity module: https://beeflambnz.com/knowledge-hub/module/farm-biosecurity  

To get started on your Biosecurity Plan, try the Biosecurity 'Warrant of Fitness': https://beeflambnz.com/knowledge-hub/PDF/biosecurity-wof-checklist 

REMEMBER: If you have any concerns about a weed, a pest or a disease on your farm, call MPI on 0800 809966.

Engaging in environmental policy vital for sector resilience

Engaging in environmental policy vital for sector resilience

December 23, 2018

B+LNZ Environmental Policy Manager Corina Jordan outlines the environmental opportunities facing the sector and the work the team is doing to help farmers navigate regional and national policy changes.

Regional Council Environment plans: be heard by decision makers

Regional Council Environment plans: be heard by decision makers

September 3, 2018

Tips and tricks on where you can influence your Regional Council decision makers most. Get involved in three key areas: Pre-plan feedback, writing a submission & presenting at the hearing. Hear from Colin Hurst, a farmer who has successfully been through this process and Andrew Fenemor, a hearing commissioner who explains effective methods for being heard. For more information on this matter read this comprehensive fact sheet from B+LNZ’s Environment Team: https://beeflambnz.com/knowledge-hub/PDF/how-make-council-plans-work-you

Catch Crops: a way to reduce N leaching after winter crops, with Dr Brendon Malcolm, Plant & Food Research

Catch Crops: a way to reduce N leaching after winter crops, with Dr Brendon Malcolm, Plant & Food Research

July 26, 2018

Sowing a short-term crop after a winter fodder crop may reduce N leaching by 40-50%. On this Beef + Lamb New Zealand ‘Scene + Herd’ podcast, Brendon Malcolm of Plant & Food Research discusses how it works, the issues to consider and how to get the best results. Plus, there is a bonus discussion on some of the basics of N leaching. For more information on the research, visit DairyNZ’s Forages for Reduced Nitrogen Leaching webpage https://www.dairynz.co.nz/about-us/research/forages-for-reduced-nitrate-leaching/
This podcast is a sequel to the episode on good management practice for winter grazing.

Hill Country Farming in 2040: panel discussion at B+LNZ’s FarmSmart 2018

Hill Country Farming in 2040: panel discussion at B+LNZ’s FarmSmart 2018

July 11, 2018

What will hill country farming in New Zealand look like in 2040? How will farmers respond to demands placed upon them by consumers, environmental and animal welfare regulations and the general public?
Guy Salmon, Environmentalist and Executive Director of Ecologic; Robyn Dynes, AgResearch Science Impact Leader, Farm Systems and Environment; Chris Chamberlain, Banks Peninsula farmer; and Rich McDowell, principal scientist for AgResearch’s Invermay Environment Group discuss what they see as the challenges and opportunities for this country’s hill country farming systems. Panel Discussion facilitated by Richard Green, agribusiness thought-leader and professional Director.