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Sam Searle

What China's 200 million pig cull means for New Zealand

Posted by Sam Searle on May 17, 2019 3:59:14 PM

Those that have been keeping a close eye on the news recently may have noticed over 200 million pigs have either been or are expected to be slaughtered in China as a result of the African Swine Fever outbreak (ASF).

That number is 633 times the amount of Pigs in New Zealand!

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Topics: Pest & Disease Control

How to prevent & repair winter pugging damage in pastures

Posted by Sam Searle on Apr 24, 2019 10:05:00 AM

Pugging and compaction damage is somewhat inevitable on a lot of farms throughout winter as muddy, water logged paddocks are trafficked by machinery and high concentrations of stock, often reducing a pastures production and in worse cases, churning the field into a waterlogged mud hole.

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Topics: Tips, Hacks & How To's, Pasture & Crop Management, Soil Aeration & Drainage

How to preserve silage feed quality at feedout

Posted by Sam Searle on Apr 8, 2019 4:42:34 PM

As we head into autumn and pasture growth begins to slow, many farmers will be turning to their stores of silage feed for supplementary protein. That makes this a good time to consider how to handle silage at feedout to prevent losses and retain quality.

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Learning from Australian farmers for long-term storage of silage

Posted by Sam Searle on Mar 14, 2019 9:43:00 AM


Did you hear about the Australian beef farmer who dug into a 26-year-old silage pit last year, at the height of the NSW drought?

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Topics: Silage & Winter Feed Handling, Silage Making Tips