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Legumes for hard hill country

Legumes for hard hill country

Over 60% of New Zealand hill country is in low fertility and wetter regions. Legumes still provide a significant opportunity in these environments, but systems to establish and manage those legumes to capture their benefits are lacking. A national series of workshops with farmers in 2016/17 identified a clear need to provide information and farm systems based around legumes which can perform in...

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Lucerne for Lambs

Lucerne for Lambs

The Lucerne for Lambs project has provided a demonstration of different ways to use lucerne in sheep grazing systems. This project has been based in Central Otago and developed from the original Marlborough work at Bonvaree. The question raised was how do we make this work in Central Otago? How do we get better use of lucerne in this environment, and how big an impact if you change the whole...

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Lamb Alive

Lamb Alive

The objectives of this project were to understand the risks associated with a changing climate to sheep farming in the lower South Island and, in particular, focussing on lambing and lamb survival. The project was stimulated after some severe weather events that occurred in the midst of lambing and severely impacted on farm productivity. The effect of lower lambing percentage in any year flows...

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Grazing lucerne at Bonavaree

Grazing lucerne at Bonavaree

Lucerne (Medicago sativa) has traditionally been grown for provision of supplements in winter. However the benefits of direct fed lucerne over traditional grass based pastures have been highlighted in two Sustainable Farming Fund projects. The first of these was in Marlborough and arose out of desperation after 6 years of below average rainfall in the 1990’s. On the Avery property,...

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Winter feeding ewes

Winter feeding ewes

Can we make a difference to the incidence of vaginal prolapse in ewes (‘bearings’) by altering the early pregnancy management of the ewe to maintain their body condition ie early pregnancy nutrition? Since 2005 groups of farmers in the lower South Island have been looking in to the relationship between pregnancy management of ewes and the occurrence of bearings.   Over time this...

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