One of the key objectives of the Dairy Futures:Living Lab is to provide a platform for research and industry engagement to work together to solve the challenges facing agriculture. As a university farm we aim to encourage, engage and enable under graduate and post graduate students in various aspects of research.
Some of the research will be short term component studies within the wider Dairy Futures:Living Lab farmlets while other projects will run in parallel to the farmlet. The Living Lab initiative will support research in under graduate courses (for example PLSC321 and ANSC 312), Honours projects, Masters and PhD's.
2021 - 2023 Research projects
Regulation of N fertiliser use to 190 kg N/ha will have a considerable impact on feed supply for many farmers. The market place promotes a number of additives which are stated to improve pasture response to N fertiliser. In this study we will compare a range of additives and fertiliser products on pasture production in a small plot trial which will commence in April 2021 and collect data over 12 months.
There is growing evidence from overseas research showing that calves with high pre-weaning growth rates have improved milk yield compared with calves of lower pre-weaning growth rate. This research, which is sponsored by Fonterra, will compare the effect of feeding calves at 10% (control, artificially reared), 20% (high allowance, artificially reared) or ad lib (suckling, natural rearing) on pre and post weaning growth rate and subsequent milk yield.
Publications and reports
Dairy Exporter. 2022. Staying with Mum. https://nzfarmlife.co.nz/staying-with-mum/ September
Moonsan et al. 2022. Impact of maternal diet during late gestation and pre-weaning milk allowance on heifer growth and first lactation milk yield
Kok et al 2022. Can low input dairy systems be economically and environmentally sustainable? Results from a farmlet study.
Miller et al. 2022. Tactical use of gibberellic acid and nitrogen fertiliser to improve production of perennial ryegrass and while clover swards.
Brown et al. 2022. Does silage containing plantain affect the urination behaviour and urinary nitrogen of dry cows grazing diverse or conventional pasture?
Bryant et al. 2021. Effect of farm system and milk urea phenotype on milk yield and milk composition of dairy cows in Canterbury
Smalling et al. 2021. BRIEF COMMUNICATION: Assessing the behaviour of pastoral poultry in an integrated system on a commercial dairy farm
Mangwe and Bryant 2021. Partial replacement of ryegrass and clover herbage with chicory to alter urination behaviour and soil nitrogen loading of grazing dairy cows
Mangwe et al. 2021 Effect of vernalisation on the diurnal changes in fatty acid profile and nutrient composition of chicory in response to defoliation frequency