Farmers and Rural Professionals
Providing knowledge to farmers and rural professionals is a key strategic outcome at Owl Farm. Owl Farm publishes weekly farm walk notes after our Tuesday farm walk, which is open to all farmers and rural professionals at 10am on Tuesdays (pays to text ahead so we know to expect you on the day).
With over 4300 social media followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and 198 farmers subscribed to our weekly update emails, Owl Farm reaches out to many farming families and businesses, not just in the Waikato but across New Zealand and internationally.
We provide four Focus Days throughout the year in March, May, September and November which provide seasonally relevant information along with topics presented by our many expert partners and industry personnel. Our next Farm Focus Day is Thursday 23rd March 2023.
Farmers and rural professionals that would like to arrange a visit to Owl Farm can contact Demonstration Manager Jo Sheridan firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a visit.
During the month of September 2021 Tom and Jo, along with Owl Farm’s industry partners, provided weekly Wednesday catch-up sessions which offered insights into the decision-making resulting from the farm walk, and a topic of interest requested from followers.
Event recordings on YouTube
Previous Focus Day presentations can be found on our You Tube channel.
Owl Farm Focus Day 17 November 2022
Owl Farm Focus Day 17 March 2022 – Why soil matters
Owl Farm Focus Day 16 December 2021
Wednesday weekly catchup – 8th September 2021 – mating plan
Wednesday weekly catchup – 29th September 2021 – journey to reduce lameness
Owl Farm Focus Day 15 September 2021
Owl Farm Focus Day 18 March 2021
Owl Farm Focus Day 24 June 2020
Owl Farm Focus Day 18 March 2020
Focus Days handouts
November 17 2023: Topics include; How technology changes what we do with our time; Getting our head around on-farm inflation; Udder health and milk quality.
Focus Day Handout 17 Nov 2022 final
May 5 2022: Topics include Capital, Conflict, Covid and Carbon – Nathan Penny Westpac economist. Replacement calf strategies at Owl Farm involving calf milk replacer, chicory and sexed semen heifer synchrony.
March 17 2022: Topics included criteria for investing in technology and why soil matters for climate change.
Focus Day Handout 17 March 2022 FINAL
December 16 2021: Topics included N use paddock mapping, rising cost of increasing industry standards.
Focus Day Handout 16 and 17 Dec 2021
September 15 2021: Topics include results of 20-21 season wagon wheel KPIs
0.0 Intro 15 September 2021 Owl Farm Focus Day
1.0 Farm Performance 15 September 2021 Owl Farm Focus Day
2.0 Animal Well-being 15 September 2021 Owl Farm Focus Day
3.0 Environment 15 September 2021 Owl Farm Focus Day
4.0 Business Health 15 September 2021 Owl Farm Focus Day
5.0 Quality Workplace 15 September 2021 Owl Farm Focus Day
6.0 Community 15 September 2021 Owl Farm Focus Day
March 18 2021: Topics included summer crop review, calves on chicory, mating review and using My Pasture Planner to reduce N use.
Focus Day Handout 18 March 2021 FINAL
November 25 2020: Topics included planning for plantain and clover success, and managing heat stress.
Focus Day Handout November 25 2020 final
September 23 2020: Topics included review of sexed semen/Wagyu calving and wetland performance.
Focus Day Handout September 23 2020 final
June 24 2020: Topics included season review
Focus Day Handout June 24 2020
March 18 2020: Topics included mating review, crop performance, drought recovery and using SurePhos.
November 27 2019: Topics included best practice crop management and time and task analysis.