Next generation dairy farms

Pastoral 21 – a collaborative venture between DairyNZ, Fonterra, the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand, Beef and Lamb New Zealand, and the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, which is managed by AgResearch – was established in 2007 to boost farm productivity and lessen environmental impacts. The programme aims to provide proven, profitable, simple adoption-ready systems that lift production and reduce nutrient loss.

The programme has projects in four areas across New Zealand – Waikato, Manawatu, South Otago and Canterbury. Research at the Lincoln University Dairy Farm and Lincoln University’s Ashley Dene Farm is investigating approaches which will increase productivity while lowering the environmental footprint of the milking platform. The research includes winter feeding of dairy cows to achieve high production over the winter period and stocking strategies to improve efficiency and benefits to the environment.