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Running the Farm : Farming diary

Note: South Island farms will be about one month behind North Island farms

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February farming diaryThe rain saved the day in some parts, but was too late to bring about total pasture recovery to save dairy farms from drying off, feeding out winter supplements and culling stock.

January farming diaryJanuary can be a crazy month and is supposed to be a time to holiday and get rid of the past year’s stress. 

december farming diaryAnother year gone and maybe time to review how things are going on the block. Questions like was all the hard worth and money spent worth it?

November farming diaryGrass and clover should be bursting out of the ground in most parts, certainly where regular fertiliser applications have been applied.


October farming diaryWith the excess rain in late winter, and worse in places the expected spring growth has been slow to arrive, and much of it has been pugged into the ground.


September farming diaryAfter what seems to have been a long wet winter, it’s not been easy to build up a feed surplus before calving and lambing as soil temperatures were slow to rise into the teens

August farming diaryThere should be signs of spring in the North Island with saved pastures starting to freshen up.

July farming diaryThe shortest day is gone but don’t think it’s spring. Seeing early newborn calves and lambs can fool you but they could have been unplanned matings!

June farming diaryWinter is upon us and with a vengeance in many places, especially where folk are waiting for a bit of sun to dry out their paddocks.

May farming diaryMay is time for winter feed planning – and it’s always a concern at what may lie ahead in terms of rainfall.

April farming diaryAutumn and all its challenges is here, and the we have to face what winter brings. The rains from the tropical north were a mixed blessing - so welcome in some areas and cursed in others.

March farming diaryView March as the start of a new season with breeding activity starting for sheep and goats, and for cows timed for autumn calving. In ‘normal’ seasons, (whatever they used to be), an ‘autumn flush’ of ryegrass and clover would appear as the rains came, so there was a good chance of keeping stock in good body condition during the mating season. But don’t rely on this ‘flush’ this year.

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