Managing in winter – Brian Frost

The new run off Well, Frostie finally got his dream run off for the farm. We have been looking for a support block since we moved back to the North Island in 1999 as Brian loves to be able to have control of all the stock. We have had some success with grazing stock out, but also […]

Rain, floods and drying off – Brian Frost

Since the last time we wrote, we have had a massive flood yet again on the farm! Unfortunately it’s the new grass paddocks so we have had to re-sow these paddocks and wait again for the growth – grrrrr.  We have had many many, many, meetings with the council; both with the community and as […]

New endeavours – Brian Frost

New run off After many, many, many years of looking and putting offers in and signing contracts only to have them fall over (not from our side) we have secured a run-off and we paid the deposit on Monday. Mrs. Frostie can now get rid of all those newspapers lying around, and all those real estate […]

Stick to the plan – Brian Frost

We have been sticking to the plan to survive the dry weather and this has involved: Extending the grazing round in January (when the turnips started) to get onto a 40ish day round (l.5ha/day). Introducing grass silage to fill the gap of grass DM and going from 30 to 40 day round. Feeding turnips at 4m2/cow/day. The current situation […]

Frosties fescue farm – Brian Frost

Many things have changed for us over this past year, which has bought about many changes in the way we are running our farm. One of the first major changes was our worker, Rex, got an infection in his leg and sadly on 12th March, after many complications, he passed away. He is very sadly […]

Our farm system – Brian Frost

Our Journey We farm 74 effective hectares of consolidated peat at Tauhei, north of Hamilton, Waikato. We started with an all Friesian herd and have progressively moved to a crossbred herd since then. Over the years we have tried many different farming practices, from TAD milking and achieving great results, then venturing into OAD milking […]