Field day, Spotlight on the System, Hukerenui, Northland, 3rd February

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Our hosts, Evan and Sherleen Smeath, and their son and daughter-in-law, Clinton and Pam, milk approx. 280 Jersey cows on 95 ha. At this event we will find out about their system and look into solving and preventing lameness, and filling the feed gap in summer with diverse pastures and crops.



Lameness – stopping the hop

Lameness is a complex problem with many contributing factors. Neil Chesterton, veterinarian and lameness guru, will explain how to tackle lameness by identifying and managing the risks, which include infrastructure and stock management aspects. His lively presentation will look at the issue from multiple angles, and even if you have years of farming experience you will gain new ideas that are simple to action on your own farm.

Filling the summer gap – diverse pasture and crops

Trying to meet summer feed requirements with traditional pasture mixes is a real headache. We will look at how the Smeaths’ diverse pasture, which includes chicory, fescue, lucerne and cocksfoot, and summer crops, including fodder beet, are holding up this summer. Also, Allister Moorhead, Agricom, will talk about the viable options for Northland, their pros and cons, and how to determine if they will fit your system.

Free event, all welcome

Meet up: 10.15 am

Main program: 10.30 am – 1 pm (followed by lunch)

Covid and taking care of each other

We want everyone to stay safe while they enjoy this event. If you are attending you will need a vaccination certificate, please wear a mask, and when you arrive sign in using the QR code and our attendance sheet. If you are feeling unwell please stay home.

Event Details

Date: February 03, 2022

Start time: 10:15 a.m.

End time: 01:00 p.m.

Venue: Evan and Sherleen Smeath, 15 White Rd, Hukerenui, S/N 12301

Email: [email protected]

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