Twenty eight members of the New Zealand Association of Ruminant Nutritionists (NZARN) met at Massey University for their August meeting. They were joined by six guests from the industry.
The Association heard from a range of speakers on topics including "Using alternative herbages to improve performance in sheep and cattle" (Paul Kenyon, Massey University), "Forages for Reduced Nitrate Leaching: a cost-effective way to achieve nitrogen limits" (Ina Pinxterhuis and Dawn Dalley, DairyNZ) and "Reality of Production, Cost & Profit" (Chris Lewis, BakerAg).
On the following day, field trips were organised to visit Dairy no. 4, Massey Univeristy where Mike Hedley, Dave Horn and their team introduced members to the P21 housing/pasture comparison project. There was also a visit to a farm in Apiti, Manawatu which is winter milking through extended lactations , with a high level of inputs in winter when there is little pasture.
There was a huge amount of positive feedback around both the meeting and farm visits. Members are now looking foward to their next meeting planned for 1 December in the Auckland region.