Running the farm
This section of the website holds articles on everything you need to know about running your lifestyle farm. Choose from the menu on the left to browse our articles.
Endophytes - what are they and what can you do about them?
Learn what endophytes are, why they are important and what you can do about them.
Nitrogen acts as a growth promoter in plants. It’s the easiest and usually the cheapest way to grow more feed.
Look after your clover
Clover is in the legume family along with plants like lucerne, Lotus species, lupins and gorse.
Pasture management - the 3-leaf principle
Ryegrass plants are a collection of ‘tillers’ or new shoots that grow from the ‘growth point’ in their base.
Managing pasture properly
Most farmers think they know how to manage pastures by moving stock around the paddocks, but there’s more to it than that.
Managing pastures properly #2 - Some Pasture Basics
Pasture is a living community - intertwining plants of grass, clovers, herbs, weeds and bare ground.
Pasture Feed Problems
The farm is constantly covered in tall grass, and weeds, especially docks and thistles, are always rampant.
More Pasture Problems
What to do with a feed surplus: Make hay, silage or “baleage” with pasture during the spring flush.
Managing pasture properly #6 - More pasture pointers
Keep pastures at the green leafy stage as long as possible - this is when plants provide the highest quality feed.
Pasture renovation - preparation
This is the second in a series of four articles on pasture renovation by Dr Deric Charlton.
Pasture renovation - sowing
This is the third in a series of four articles on pasture renovation by Dr Deric Charlton.
Feed budgets are needed to make sure there is enough feed on the farm to meet the needs of the stock.
Buy silage with care
The horror of drought iives in the memory of anyone who had to buy silage - when prices quadruple without any question about feed quality.
Try some fodder crops
If you farm livestock then you now have a range of forage plants to grow for feed as well as good pastures.
Willows work for me
Willows are already well known for supplying timber that makes excellent cricket bats, and as a source of aspirin (along with poplars), but they are also very useful on the land.
How to keep your hay contractor happy
A guest contribution and pearls of wisdom from Lois Mundell after a lifetime in the business.
Hay - key points to ponder
Hay is the oldest form of conserved feed. But you need to be careful before you part with your money, especially if you are buying when there is a shortage.
Fodder cereals for grazing and silage
In recent years there has been a marked increase in the use of cereals for supplementary grazing and silage for dairying.
Balage - silage in the bag
Don’t assume that you'll get through the year without any supplementary feed.
Poplars on the farm
When you plant poplar trees on a farm in New Zealand you add beauty, feed, shelter and possibly timber.
Growing tree lucerne (tagasaste)
Tagasaste or tree lucerne is a perennial forage shrub or small tree that grows well in mild, temperate climates.
Herbs for great stockfeed
Chicory as forage is moderately persistent and has a strong deep taproot and a rosette of broad succulent leaves.
Power from Ponds
Producing electricity from the biogas that comes off farm ponds is almost a piece of cake.