The North Island-based Taratahi agricultural training centre has teamed up with the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) to form a new training partnership in the Deep South.
The mega-dairying concept is not likely to take off in New Zealand, says DairyNZ general manager David McCall. Reporter Nicole Sharp caught up with Mr McCall at the South Island Dairy Event last week to talk about his recent trip to the US.
It was a competition that brought out the best swedes, kale and a number of other winter crops from across the Maniototo.
New animal welfare laws for dairy cattle brought in last Friday will mean farmers will no longer be able to kill calves using blunt force to the head.
Southern farmers are ''pleasantly surprised'' with Fonterra's opening milk price of $7 a kg of milksolids for the 2014-15 season.
Staff at AgResearch's Invermay campus learned their fate last week when it was announced that more than half of them were expected to move north as part of the organisation's $100 million restructuring.
Growing up in rural Southland, Kevin Muir always had a passion for the agricultural industry.