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    Northland, South Auckland, Coastal BOP, Gisborne, Northern Hawke's Bay
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    North & Central Waikato & King Country
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    South Waikato, Coastal Taranaki, Manawatu, Rangitikei, Southern Wairarapa, Central Hawke's Bay
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    Central Taranaki, Rotorua, Taupo, Southern Hawke's Bay, Northern Wairarapa, Horowhenua
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    Nelson, Marlborough, North & Mid Canterbury
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    South Canterbury, North Otago , West Coast

3. South Waikato, Coastal Taranaki, Manawatu, Rangitikei, Southern Wairarapa, Central Hawke's Bay

Maize offers Mark flexibility and diversity

Mark Bernhard, Puketatua, Bay of Plenty, 2015/16 season

Mark Bernard is the kind of farmer who likes certainty in his life. When he engages in his favourite hobby of fishing he sets off from his farm near Puketatua and goes straight to the mussel farms off the coast of the Bay of Plenty. There he does what he calls “gathering in the snapper”, pretty much always coming home with a good feed. It is this same desire for a top result that drives him to use farming systems with proven outcomes.

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Maize uses effluent, produces low cost feed

Karl & Rachel Picard, Okaiawa, Taranaki, 2014/15 season

On-farm maize growing allows Taranaki couple Karl and Rachel Picard to produce a high quality, low cost supplement while at the same time reducing the build-up of excessive soil nutrients.

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Simple diet delivers high per-cow production

Alastair Geary, Manutahi, Taranaki, 2013/14 season

A combination of irrigation, maize silage and split calving have helped south Taranaki farmer Alastair Geary increase production on his summer-dry south Taranaki farm. The 180 ha property located at Manutahi, midway between Hawera and Patea is managed by Alistair with assistance from variable order sharemilkers Nick and Anna Tretheway. In the 2012-13 season the 460 cow Friesian and Friesian-cross herd produced 218,000 kgMS (473 kgMS/cow and 1,211 kgMS/ha).

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Taranaki farm generates high production + profit

Steve and Maria Poole, Hawera, 2013/14 season

A desire to always feed their cows well has led Taranaki farmers Steve and Maria Poole to develop a highly profitable pasture-based dairy system which is underpinned by 800 kgDM/ cow of Pioneer® brand maize silage.

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Maize silage stabilises production

Gerard & Denise Wolvers, Te Awamutu, Waikato, 2010/11 season

Maize silage has helped Gerard and Denise Wolvers stabilise milk production, delivering profit and peace-of-mind even when the grass isn't growing.

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Cow condition key to dairy farm profitability

Kevin and Katrina Knowles, Tariki, 2009/10 season

Maize silage is an integral part of autumn management, putting condition on cows and helping Taranaki farmers Kevin and Katrina Knowles set up their farms for the winter.

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Maize silage provides carbohydrate & energy

Graeme Stuart, Masterton, 2008/09 season

Maize silage is an integral part of a very productive farming system for Wairarapa farmer Graeme Stuart.Graeme and children Joanne (23) and Jamie (14) milk 600 cows on 137 ha (eff.) at Rangitumau, 6 km north of Masterton.

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Maize allows Taranaki farmers to make the most of run-off

John and Linda Le Fleming, Manaia, 2008/09 season

The maize silage was inoculated with Pioneer® brand 1174 and fed in the paddock along fence lines using an 11 m3 side-delivery feed-out wagon.

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Maize used to increase cow condition & pasture cover levels

Kevin and Helen Adin, Feilding, 2008/09 season

An excellent farming partnership has allowed Manawatu sharemilkers Mark and Tania Stratford to increase their herd size from 200 to 600 cows in the past eight seasons.

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Maize silage - the key to achieving more days in milk

Richard, Jenni and William Brewer, Hawera, 2007/08 season

Richard Brewer believes that the key to a good maize crop is optimum fertiliser, a good seedbed, timely planting together with the right maize hybrid.

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Capitalising genetic potential to achieve higher milk production

Ross and Linda Gordon, Palmerston North, 2006/07 season

Ross and Linda Gordon and their children Callum (16), Oliver (13) and Elsa (11) milk 230 cows on a 65 hectare (eff.) joint-venture farm inside the Palmerston North city boundary. Last year their Friesian, Jersey and crossbred herd produced 99,400 kgMS (1,529 kgMS/ha and 370 kgMS/cow).

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Using run-off to achieve farming goals

Ross and Jan Dunlop, Hawera, 2006/07 season

Maize silage is part of a successful management package for Taranaki farmers Ross and Jan Dunlop. The Dunlops, with help from sharemilkers Norm and Rachel Burgoyne, farm a 150 hectare milking platform that extends over hilly contour to the sea at Ohawe Beach near Hawera. In the 05/06 season their 500 cow split calving herd (320 spring: 180 autumn) produced 1,168 kgMS/ha (350 kgMS/cow). They are on target to achieve the same production this year, despite a very slow and cold spring.

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Maize silage and high per cow production deliver results

Grant and Bridget Gibson, Napier, 2005/06 season

Grant and Bridget Gibson along with twin sons Alex and Taylor (9), and daughter Grace (7) run Oakdale Holstein Stud on 26 hectares on the outskirts of Napier.

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Inoculant delivers the results

Massey University, Palmerston North, 2004/05 season

"The challenge for the Massey University farms is to provide teaching and research extension opportunities while at the same time generating a profit," says Gareth Evans, Deputy Director of Agriculture for Massey University. The university owns and manages three separate dairy units. No 1 Dairy consists of a total of 117 hectares and runs a 280 cow split autumn and spring calving herd. No 4 Dairy runs 500 Friesian and Friesian cross spring calving cows on 187 hectares. The Dairy Cattle Research Unit milks 96 cows as part of an Organic-Conventional Dairy Systems Comparison Trial.

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On-farm maize growing stacks up

John and Peter Malcolm, Haweram, 2004/05 season

Feeding maize silage and growing it on-farm have proven to be sound decisions for Hawera farmers John and Peter Malcolm. The Malcolms farm Jerseys on a 65 hectare milking platform north of Hawera. The main farm is supported by a 20 hectare run-off which is used for young stock and as a grass silage block.

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Maize silage delivers better cow condition and improved empty rates

Gary and Wendy Knight, Rangiotu, 2003/04 season

Empty cows were costing Manawatu dairy farmer and ex-All Black Gary Knight lost sleep, profitability and replacements. Poorer cow condition pre-calving meant lost production over spring and poor conception rates at mating. It was a persistent problem. With an empty rate of over 10% Gary needed to look at better supplements.

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Maximising production with maize

Martin and Christine Powell, Hawera, 2003/04 season

Pushing up the productivity of high cost dairy land has not only improved production, but produced a healthy bottom line for Taranaki sharemilkers Martin and Christine Powell. Maize silage is central to achieving their target of 460 kilograms of milksolids per cow this season. A long lactation from calving in early July to drying off in early June is now the norm for them.

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