Nedbank Webinar

Webinar – The financial benefit of a more sustainable approach to dairy production

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Join us for this exciting webinar on the 1st of September 2021.

Effective field management, herbicide usage and cover crops to suppress weeds.

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Weeds are a nuisance but through effective field management, herbicide usage, and cover crops they can be controlled.

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Green lacewings

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What on earth is a green lacewing? This question might have been on many of the Trace & Save farmers’ minds in 2020 with the new biodiversity survey we’ve implemented. This article will answer the questions: what is a green lacewing and why is it relevant to a pasture-based dairy farm? We want to highlight green lacewings for the biocontrol species that they are, and even more importantly what their presence on a farm indicates – a healthy agro-ecosystem.

Water movement in the soil: Important notes for irrigation management

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Irrigation should not be applied uniformly in fields because soil differs in structure and texture. Understanding water movement dynamics for individual fields are very important for irrigation scheduling.

Pasture-based dairy: what is possible?

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I am challenging farmers to think differently about how their farm systems are set up, especially in terms of their reliance on concentrates and fertiliser inputs. There is an alternative approach to the current convention.

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Growing pasture with minimal nitrogen fertiliser

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How low have farmers been able to come with nitrogen fertiliser rates, while still maintaining optimal pasture growth?

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Case study: How to reduce your carbon footprint

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Agriculture is often pointed at as the source of high greenhouse gas emissions. How can dairy farmers reduce their carbon footprint?

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Evidence of the economic advantages of working with Trace & Save

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Farmers do not gain economic advantages because they make use of the Trace & Save tools. Farmers improve because they manage their farms better – the tools help them to do this.

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Case study: Growing cheaper pastures

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The take-away challenge is for farmers to assess whether their fertiliser costs are decreasing per pasture produced. Are you growing cheaper pastures?

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Case study: Improving nitrogen fertiliser efficiency

Reading Time: 8 minutes

I hope this case study encourages farmers who are in the process of adapting their management in order to achieve greater nitrogen fertiliser efficiency.