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OverseerFM – What is new, and the path ahead Alastair Taylor, Overseer Ltd.

OverseerFM is an online software that connects farmers to science to support sustainable farm businesses that protect the environment. OverseerFM is built on 30 years of science. The OverseerFM model has been updated to make nutrient budgeting more user friendly, and puts the farmer and the farm at the centre of the discussion. Overseer predicts

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Nitrogen and Feeds – David Pacheco, AgResearch

Farmers use Nitrogen (N) to increase forage yields and increase profitability, however, there has been increasing requirements to minimise environmental impact and for this reason N use on farms is under scrutiny. N that is not used in an animal must be excreted as, unlike with energy, there is no capacity to store N. The

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Enteric Methane and Feeds – Arjan Jonker, AgResearch

Methane (CH4) is mainly formed in the rumen (87-92%) by methanogens which utilise microbially hydrogen produced in the rumen during fermentation of ingested feed. CH4 from animals is measured via gas exchange using flux methods like respiration chambers and marker methods in research trials and is expressed as production per time, per unit of intake (yield)

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Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions from NZ pasture-based livestock farm systems – Sinead Leahy, NZ Agricultural GHG Research Centre

NZ has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). This is due to NZ’s commitment to the Paris agreement. The target is a reduction in GHG by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. Companies such as Danone, are moving more quickly than governments with more aggressive targets to reduce GHG reductions. NZ is unique

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In vitro Fermentation Lab

As an adjunct to the August meeting, 10 participants spent the morning visiting Alltech’s in vitro fermentation lab in Henderson and discussing how nutritionists and farmers could use the data that this lab provides. The analysis is based on gas production, by rumen fluid incubated samples, over time giving data on the rate of digestion

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August 2019 Members Meeting Minutes

Our August meeting was very well attended with 38 members present! Trish even needed to adjust the room booking so we would have space for everyone. It is fantastic to see our organisation grow in such a positive way! Members are invited to read a copy of the August 2019 Members Meeting Minutes here.

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