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Spring is here and with that particular season comes growth and opportunity. It’s also when meat exports really kick into gear for another year and this time around things are looking pretty good for deer and lamb, however beef is dragging the chain a bit when it comes to exporter optimism. In this month’s Guardian Farming we talk to some of the industry players to find out what their expectations are for the coming months. Education is also all about opportunities and in this issue not only do we have a three-page feature on the subject (pages 37 to 39), we also have a series of other stories about training and/or upskilling opportunities. One of these is a new dairy apprenticeship programme initiated by Federated Farmers and Primary ITO. It’s great to see two groups identify a gap in what’s available and then work together to ensure it gets plugged. Feds president Katie Milne said at an apprenticeship launch function at Templeton last week it was also about making sure there were more opportunities for young New

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Zealanders to get into the dairy industry. While immigrants were needed to fill many jobs in the industry it was important not to ignore homegrown talent. This time of year also signals the start of the A&P show season and it’s the Ashburton show at the end of the month. Horses from Dayboo stud, home to two-year-old Dawn who is on this month’s cover, will play an important role in the show. Not only will some of them line up in the Clydesdale categories, two of them will drive a vintage threshing machine that is part of a demonstration associated with the show’s theme “Horsepower of Yesteryear”. If you get the chance make sure you head along to the show. It’ll be a great couple of days.


New season met with optimism This month marks the start of the new meat season, and indications from processing companies and other industry insiders are relatively positive, at least for the next few months. Most of that positivity is around sheep meat and deer, with a bit more caution being expressed about beef, although it’s more that the jury is still out there rather than outright pessimism. Rabobank’s latest Beef Quarterly report, which came out late last month, said a strong New Zealand dollar and falling United States imported beef prices saw New Zealand beef prices drop marginally over the last quarter. Further downward pressure on beef prices is expected as the year progresses, it said, with increased Japanese tariffs on frozen beef imports creating additional headwinds for Kiwi exporters. Rabobank animal proteins analyst, Blake Holgate said across the three months to the end of August, New Zealand beef prices fell by 2 per cent

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in both North and South Islands, with reduced domestic beef supply a key factor in preventing a more drastic price drop. The number of export cattle slaughtered in the season to date is down 5.9 per cent on last season and this had helped support slaughter prices, as processors compete to procure what stock is available, he said. “Rabobank is expecting New Zealand’s cattle supply to remain limited until at least November, which should ensure any further priceeasing in the short term is not significant, however, as domestic supply increases later in the year, prices are likely to face further downward pressure.” continued over page

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From P3 Alliance Group general manager sales, Murray Brown, agrees, saying there has been a lot of change in the global beef scene. “The US domestic kill is variable due to weather patterns, higher Brazilian herds, access for (the) US into China and Australian kills,” Brown said. The base manufacturing US prices have generally been very strong but have weakened slightly recently, he said, due to limited offers out of New Zealand and Australia. The Rabobank report noted that one of the key factors affecting New Zealand beef prices was a fall-off in demand for grinding beef from US importers, although Alliance is a little more upbeat about the situation, at least for now. “We have seen, on average, very high prices for grinding beef and as USA beef is a very high fat product, they require a lean New Zealand/ Australian mix to provide a base for burger meat,” Brown said. “We are not seeing any fall off in demand but price points can change at various times of the year, for multiple reasons.” Silver Fern Farms chief

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executive Dean Hamilton is adopting a wait and see approach when it comes to beef exports. “On beef, we are at an interesting point. Store stock markets appear over-heated given where we expect volumes and schedules to end up,” Hamilton said. “Current finished cattle schedules reflect a shortage of supply, which is typical at this time of the year. However, once volumes pick up, and assuming the currency stays at current levels, we believe schedules will retreat to more accurately reflect end-market conditions. “A number of commentators are pointing towards a recovery in beef volumes out of Australia and the US after rebuilding periods, which we will need to be mindful of. China’s demand is increasing, but not at the near-term pace of this competing supply.” “We expect cattle numbers in the coming season to be similar or slightly up on this season, with some of the retentions out of the dairy herd last year expected to boost bull and even heifer numbers.” When it comes to lamb, Hamilton said there was reason to be positive, given

Rabobank animal proteins analyst, Blake Holgate is expecting New Zealand’s cattle supply to be limited until at least PHOTO SUPPLIED November.

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future, given that this month we are heading into the chilled European supply season. “Once through that, we

expect the total return from lamb to decrease given the greater frozen mix. We would normally see a $1/kg rule of thumb difference in value from the Christmas chilled period to the main part of the season – everything else being equal. “We expect lamb numbers to be up this coming season. All the feedback we are receiving is that the North Island in particular has seen good lambing. Volumes may well be up 5–10 per cent and back through 20 million lambs nationally processed next season.” Alliance’s Brown pointed out that the US has had a very strong year in both chilled and frozen lamb. “In China, higher prices for lower type of products have also held well,” he said. “Their high consumption period is through the winter for the hotpot trade.” Alliance is currently involved in a trial of chilled lamb into China, which could open up new possibilities. “These are early days and all five New Zealand companies are participating,” Brown said. “Alliance Group has supplied both air and sea lamb products, providing technical expertise on arrival to support handling, and learning about

the cold chain to market. We are also about to send our first consignment of beef. “The longer-term options are positive but will be determined on New Zealand continuing to get access post November.” Heading into the European chilled supply season Alliance is currently seeing very strong procurement prices, Brown said. “The peak chilled periods are Christmas and Easter which should see similar volumes to market. There remains caution about overall prices as they are at historically high levels. However, lower inventories in New Zealand and in the market are currently assisting these.” After Brexit there was some concern that it could have a negative impact on UK lamb exports but Brown said that was not the worry it might have been. “There have been limited issues around Brexit but we continue to keep an eye on proceedings. The UK has suffered more around inflation and lower disposable income of consumers. Other markets have absorbed lower volumes, sometimes at better levels.” Of all the New Zealand meat exports, it’s venison that


Silver Fern Farms chief executive Dean Hamilton is optimistic PHOTO SUPPLIED about lamb exports in the near future.

is currently riding the top of the wave, and heading into the new European chilled season, expectations are that will continue.

Deer Industry New Zealand chief executive Dan Coup said exporters have told the industry good organisation that demand for venison in the

traditional European game season is strong, and alongside reduced supply to Europe, that is resulting in good prices for most cuts. However, there have been reports of unsatisfied demand for spring chilled venison, with room for more volume, something that Coup acknowledged. “The growth and development of less-seasonal markets for venison has meant that there is less product available for the European game market than there has been in the past - this has meant some of the traditional venison customers have had access to less product than they would like,” Coup said. One of the bright spots for deer farmers is a strengthening in other markets, including the US and, through recent initiatives from companies such as Rakaia-based Mountain River Venison, China, reducing the reliance on Europe and its very seasonal demand. “Demand for venison from North America is growing quite strongly, as a result of market development investment from our venison marketing companies, and also some helpful trends such as for gourmet burgers and other

specialty meat products,” Coup said. “North American demand is much less seasonal than in Europe, which reduces deer farmers’ reliance on a brief period of high prices in our spring.” The upswing behind venison is something not lost on SFF boss Hamilton, who pointed out that the current lower supply coming out of New Zealand has helped. “Venison markets remain very strong given the lower supply out of New Zealand,” Hamilton said. “Market prices in Europe and the US remain up on last year, and new premium trim markets in the US are adding to the overall value being realised. We see a continuation of these current market conditions. “We expect venison numbers processed to be similar to the current season at around 280,000-300,000 as the national herd continues to slowly rebuild.” So overall, there is cause for optimism for New Zealand farmers supplying the meat export market as we move into another season, although as always, that’s dependent on a lot of market factors out of their control.

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Dairy apprenticeship scheme launched Federated Farmers president Katie Milne, and dairy industry group chairman Chris Lewis, were among those at the New Zealand Young Farmers headquarters last week for the Christchurch launch of a new dairy apprenticeship programme. Federated Farmers and Primary ITO have teamed up for the initiative, which is designed to produce more capable people for the dairy industry. The apprenticeship programme is designed to spread the word throughout the dairy industry and beyond so many prospective apprentices and employers will hear about the scheme, which aims to have about 200 new apprentices onfarm across the country over coming months. The apprenticeship will be made up of formal training and qualifications, and upskilling through on-the-job training that aligns with farmers’ requirements and regional needs. It will last three years. Federated Farmers dairy industry group chairperson Chris Lewis said both

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Caption: Federated Farmers North Canterbury dairy industry group chairman Chris Lewis, Primary ITO general manager of business and industry partnerships Anne Haira and Federated Farmers national president Katie Milne and attended the attended the launch of the new PHOTO COLIN WILLISCROFT 041017-CW-175 apprenticeship in Templeton last week.

the apprentices and arrange the formal training towards the NZQA-recognised qualifications. They will also support the apprenticeship through regular farm visits to ensure everything is on-track, providing extra assistance as needed. Primary ITO chief executive Linda Sissons said the apprenticeship scheme was a way of recruiting bright and motivated New Zealanders

into careers on dairy farms. “Our apprentices will have the opportunity to work and learn in an exciting and innovative environment, with an increasing focus on technology, as well as to be a part of their local farming community.” Career development is also a focus of the apprenticeship, Sissons said. “We want our apprentices to

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Job exchange offer sure to appeal Up to 100 young dairy farm workers could be experiencing St Patrick’s Day in Ireland as they begin filling shortterm employment gaps on the Emerald Isle. New Zealand Dairy Careers consultant Matt Jones of Mid Canterbury, has hammered out a deal with Irish farming organisations and dairy companies to create opportunities for worker exchanges between Ireland and New Zealand to correspond with each country’s off-season. The main purpose of the exchange is to address the current labour shortage that each country has been experiencing, particularly in the area of dairy farming, while giving successful candidates the opportunity to live, learn and earn in dynamic new surroundings. With herd numbers consistently rising in New Zealand and Ireland, farm owners now find themselves in a position where they need more employees, which are increasingly difficult to find locally.

An estimated 3000 skilled dairy workers will be needed over the next decade in Ireland and NZ Dairy Careers are currently inviting New Zealand dairy workers to apply for the exchange. Placements for New Zealanders in Ireland will run during the New Zealand off season – from January-June 2018. NZ Dairy Careers assist with all of the paperwork to ensure a smooth transition and will work with candidates every step of the way. Upon arrival in Ireland, workers will be met and looked after by dairy farming partners based over there. A wage of between €10 to €12 an hour is expected to be paid to New Zealand workers, with farm managers commanding more. “This is perfect for young people wanting an overseas experience. It’s not just about a job though, it’s also about having an experience in Ireland with three to twelvemonth placements. If you’ve got a season’s work under your belt, you’re good to go.”

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More women active in decisions A course designed to lift farm profitability by helping farming women become more active partners in their farming businesses is achieving some outstanding results, according to new research. The Understanding Your Farming Business (UYFB) course funded by the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Primary Growth Partnership Programme and run by the Agri-Women’s Development Trust has so far built up the skills, knowledge and confidence of more than 650 farming women since 2014. Independent research by UMR shows that, six months after graduating, 90 per cent of the women were now confident in talking with their partners about the business side of their farming operations. Three-quarters said they were now confident in understanding their farm accounts while 78 per cent were now doing financial budgeting with their partner. Diane Falconer, RMPP’s

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Future farm to trial systems Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) is to establish a “future farm” to trial new technologies and farm systems as part of its strategy to support farming excellence and lift farm productivity and profitability. The future farm, which will be a hill country sheep and beef property with around 6000 stock units, will operate as a fully commercial livestock farming enterprise and feature state-of-the-art monitoring, measuring and communications technologies. Richard Wakelin, B+LNZ general manager innovation, said B+LNZ does not want the farm’s location to be a barrier to farmers picking up information, so the technology put in place will ensure it can be captured and then rapidly disseminated to the wider industry. The likely model would be a lease property or a partnership with an existing farmer who’s at an age or stage where they’d like to be involved in such an industry endeavour. “We’re open minded. We’re not looking to be in the

market to purchase, but we welcome ideas people have on how we could structure an arrangement. The key is the right farm with the right people around it.” The future farm will aim to exceed existing highperformance standards in a range of areas including economics, people, animals, environmental and forages, he said. “However, we also want to test new farming systems and technologies that might be unproven or to high a risk for most farmers. The aim is for farmers to be able to observe, learn and assess the feasibility of how these might be applied in their own situation.” While a number of farming organisations are successfully operating similar models in New Zealand and Australia, this will be the first for the New Zealand sheep and beef sector.  Australia’s University of New England’s successful smartfarm is one example.  In New Zealand, Lincoln University and the dairy sector have developed the Lincoln Dairy Unit,

which has been a valuable resource for dairy farmers to witness first-hand the commercial application of new technologies and systems. One similarity with Lincoln’s dairy farm will be testing farm systems and understanding the key relationship of financial and environmental performance.    “We’ll be measuring everything to ensure we can answer the key questions that farmers and others have,” Wakelin said. B+LNZ is working with agribusiness company AbacusBio to establish the project and get it up and running.

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Equidays to stage SI show Equidays will be hitting the road to bring some of the best bits to Canterbury Agricultural Park from October 21-22. The show’s South Island Edition will take place the week following the main Equidays event, which is held at Mystery Creek in Hamilton from October 13-15. The South Island show will include clinics, night shows and a number of elite equine shopping opportunities.This is the first time organisers have taken the event elsewhere, giving South Island equestrians a taste of all things fans of the original show love. Event manager Ammie Hardie said the founding objective of Equidays is around education and advancing the equine industry. “From day one we’ve been really focused on providing New Zealand’s equine industry with access to worldclass coaches and clinicians, and up until this point we’ve only been able to do that in the North Island. “With such a huge equine

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Vaccinations important for herd health By Mark Ross Vaccination is the most effective method of protecting against life-threatening diseases such as distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and leptospirosis, which affect New Zealand animals. New Zealand has one of the highest rates of leptospirosis in the world, according to the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA). The zoonotic disease is shared between rats, dogs, pigs, cattle and people. It puts farmers, particularly dairy farmers, at risk as it can spread from infected urine in dairy sheds.  It is also an occupational risk for meat workers, who can contract the disease in the same way. According to the NZVA, anyone in contact with cattle could be at risk. Cases of leptospirosis fell sharply after herd vaccinations were introduced in 1981. However, Radio New Zealand recently reported that 91 people had contracted the disease in the first half of 2017 and that more than

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Fight against Septoria resistance Timely launch leads Septoria-resistance fight back. Frequently in cropping, achieving optimum yields is a matter of the right products and advice, being in exactly the right place, at exactly the right moment. And, with very wet and humid early-season conditions this year for Mid Canterbury cereal growers, crop protection company Adama seems to have achieved exactly that with its innovative cereal fungicides. Their 2016 and 2017 launches of Phoenix® and Bolide® respectively to combat the increasingly fungicideresistant Septoria come, in the eyes of many growers, just in the nick of time. Septoria tritici (speckled leaf blotch) is acknowledged to be the number one yieldrobbing threat in wheat. Both here and in the UK. Daren Mabey, Commercial Manager of Adama New Zealand, says there is demonstrably high Septoria pressure in the field at the present time. But, fortunately, there is also still a narrow window of opportunity to act. “Applying Phoenix and Bolide at T1 is optimal. That’s because an infected leaf 3 can easily infect leaf 2 and the flag leaf. So, keeping leaf 3 clean is essential for maintaining full yield potential as the crop reaches maturity.” “T2 is OK, but you really want to have a protectant layer on by this stage.” An early, protectant approach is, as Daren explains, infinitely preferable to curative. “With Septoria, it’s not enough just to monitor the crop. You need to assume it’s already there.” A relatively long latent period means crops will be infected well before any signs of infection are visible. It’s a matter of forewarned being forearmed. Adama New Zealand CEO, David MacGibbon, acknowledges that even a handful of years ago, the urgent requirement for Phoenix and Bolide would hardly have existed in this country. “Thanks to overseas understanding and trials and data that was about a decade ahead of us, we saw the need for multi-site chemicals while they were still a blip on the horizon in terms of the New Zealand experience on the ground here.” “At Adama, we were working on it really early on. And, we had strong products ready to go that we knew

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for certain could make a real difference based on what happened in the UK and Ireland.” Phoenix (Phthalimide – Group M4) with its active ingredient folpet, works against Septoria at multiple sites, making it a low risk for resistance development. Currently there is no known resistance to folpet anywhere in the world. Phoenix does not interfere with DMI uptake, and in some situations, it even enhances their efficacy. Adama recommends the early season application of Phoenix with DMIs such as the recently released Bolide. Bolide, a new all-rounder Group 3 DMI fungicide (epoxiconazole and prochloraz), provides broader spectrum control of key cereal diseases and excellent performance against Septoria, with two actives giving better control than standard triazole products. Increasing grower awareness of sensitivity issues and the timely Adama response was put into

context by the visit to Mid Canterbury, earlier this year, by a UK specialist on Septoria resistance in cereal crops. Andy Bailey, Technical Specialist at Adama UK for fungicides and guest of Adama New Zealand, was here to share his experience and research findings on Septoria resistance management in the UK and Ireland. Andy, who has over 20 years’ experience in fungicide development and resistance management, spoke to meetings of agronomists, reps and industry influencers during his week-long stay. Like Daren, he was wary of reliance on the curative activity of fungicides. As Andy explained: “In the UK, pre 2003, azoles [DMIs] worked really well in curative situations. I mean, they were giving 80–90% control.” Now he says some estimates are that action is as little as 3040% at best. “We’ve seen a dramatic 50% reduction in the effect of these compounds over that time, and because we relied on them so much for curative activity that is a huge problem for us.”

Nor is wheat the only crop in the firing line when it comes to fungicide resistance. And again, multisite chemicals could hold the solution, at least according to early research results. Andy reported that fungicide-resistant ramularia had cut a swathe through barley crops in the UK and Ireland last season, surely another early warning for New Zealand. “Historically, this has been a pathogen which has been confined to Ireland and the north of England and Scotland but this year (2016/17) it’s been seen throughout England. Now we have ramularia resistance to all key chemical groups. So, we’re in a situation now where we’re struggling to control ramularia in barley in the UK and Ireland.” Fortunately, multi-site chemistry could be effective. And Andy says, early trial work show Phoenix provides good protectant control of ramularia in the UK, when applied at the correct timing before the outbreak in the


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Trust’s work protects native bush Two significant conservation milestones were recently celebrated at Staveley: the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust (QEII) reached its 40th birthday and the Staveley Camp was granted a covenant over its wonderful patch of native bush. The QEII National Trust is a conservation organisation dedicated to protecting native vegetation and cultural features on private land. The trust began in 1977 when conservation outside national parks or other publicly owned, usually forested areas, was an anomaly. Those were the days of subsidies for land development and a lot of land throughout New Zealand was cleared and native vegetation lost. However, several visionaries, like the well-known farmer and conservationist Gordon Stephenson, could see that many farmers would like to protect remnants of native vegetation on their land without losing ownership. Forty years later, there are more than 4200 open-space covenants throughout New

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Zealand that protect over 182,000ha of land. Most are small remnants and the average is 40ha. The Staveley Camp covenant protects 9ha of beech forest and is the 17th covenant to be granted in the Ashburton District. There are also several others in the pipeline. The first area of native vegetation in the Ashburton District to be protected with a trust covenant was Alan Totty’s beech forest at Staveley in 1983. Since then, more than 100ha have been protected with covenants in this district. These local covenants include patches of coastal swamp containing flax and cabbage trees, dryland sites of kanuka,

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or other costs. The Ashburton District Council’s biodiversity fund has also contributed to weed control at the Staveley Camp bush. The beech forest protected by the Staveley Camp covenant is a very good example of the once-extensive Mid Canterbury plains forest. And although there are weed issues – sycamores, cotoneaster, old man’s beard and Darwin’s barberry – Alice Shanks, the Mid Canterbury regional representative of the trust, said covenants along the foothills are very important. “These protected patches of native bush and wetlands along the foothills are strategic connections – they provide a corridor for birds and insects and link the higher altitude land protected by the Department of Conservation with the plains,” Shanks said. “There are many more remnants to protect and we’re busy processing applications for covenants. We are always keen to hear from farmers and landholders who would like advice on protecting their land with a covenant.”


Are we there yet? That seemed to be the cry as we struggled through a long and seemingly endless electioneering period leading up to voting day on September 23. I suppose we should be grateful that once every three years political parties try to convince us that we actually matter, but we were certainly tempted by all parties with bribes, obfuscation and promises. Suddenly everyone seemed to have an opinion as to what would happen and by and large the pollsters got it right. Although many commentators have declared the country voted for change, in actual fact I don’t believe the country did. After nine years in office and leading us through a global financial crisis, that rocked the economy in many countries-particularly in Europe-two earthquakes in Christchurch and one in Kaikoura, we have emerged in a far more sound condition than most countries around the world. A credit to those in office. Never underestimate the common-sense of the

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ordinary man in the street. A victory for substance over sound-bite socialism. Now the election is over the cry is “why should one man be the kingmaker?” As Rob Hosking wrote in this week’s NBR, “New Zealand First is essentially a mix of old Labour and Old National and as such it is increasingly out of step with both the National Party and the Labour/Green bloc.” On election night the TV showed us that all parties had supporters of all races, colours and creeds, so the old view of National and Labour is no longer true. So yet again we get that same grumpy old man trying to dictate what should happen and the headless chooks

of the media spending hours trying to second guess him and calling it news. So we wait and we wait and we wait and some people get very worried about what may happen but eventually we will get there. New Zealand is basically a middle-of-the-road conservative country. If it was up to me I would have a grand coalition between the Green Party, National and Act. Now this, I am sure, would be sacrilege to many

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It’s time to get creative Who do you know with a creative flair? Encourage them to get creating and enter as a family or as a group in the Upcycled Fashion and Wearable Waste Competition at this year’s Ashburton A & P Show. There will be two classes to allow for those who love op-shopping and revamping to enter their upcycled fashion, as well as those with an artistic flare to wildly create a WOW outfit to parade on show day in front of the judges. Both classes will feature an open section and a junior section for under 15-year-olds. Entries need to be lodged with the Ashburton show organisers by October 18. The parade of entrants at the show promises to be a stunning event and a must-see on the Saturday of the show, October 28. However, the competition is more than just a fun event, as it highlights the growing need for sustainable fashion. We need to ask ourselves how can clothing be so cheap when it also takes water, electricity and a wide range of

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Something for everyone at the Ashburton show It’s that time of the year again, when country comes to town and the Mid Canterbury community comes together for a couple of days of fun, entertainment and competition. This year the show begins on Friday, October 27, with the dog trialists the earliest starters, getting under way at 7.30am. The dog trials, which can be found at the East Street end of the showgrounds, by Drummond and Etheridge, are a great place to see firsthand just how working dogs, under the command of their masters, herd sheep. The competition runs for both days of the show. The equestrian events, which also run over both days of the show, begin at 8am, while the trade, market and food sites are all operating by 9am. Following judging in the morning, the Home Industries Pavilion opens in the afternoon. Saturday marks the arrival of the animal entries at the show. The animals, which include sheep, goats, cattle, poultry and alpacas, can be found on the northern and eastern sides of the showgrounds. Saturday morning also marks the start of the highland dancing


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PrEsIDENT’s aDDrEss Welcome to the 140th running of the Ashburton A&P Show. The theme for this year’s show is Horsepower of Yesteryear and I hope you enjoy seeing how the way we now do things has advanced so much since days gone by. This year sees the change in the layout of the show. Please look for the yellow direction signs so you don’t miss out on seeing your favourite attraction(s) at the show. I would like to acknowledge and thank the committee members and

volunteers for the hours of work that they put in to prepare for and run the annual show. On behalf of the A&P association I would like to thank our numerous sponsors for their continued generous support. Without them we wouldn’t be able to put on the show. Good luck to all the exhibitors and competitors who have come to the show and I hope you all have a successful show. Thank you for coming and please enjoy your day. Chris Watson





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Queen of country to headline show Jody Direen is the headline entertainment act at this year’s Ashburton A&P Show. Dubbed the Queen of New Zealand Country, Direen, who is based out of Wanaka, is an award-winning performer who has consistently wowed audiences on both sides of the Tasman. After a solid five years travelling between New Zealand, Australia and the US touring, writing and recording, Direen’s first big break was signing with major record label, ABC Music. Since then she has had numerous top 10 and number 1 singles, in both Australia and New Zealand. In 2015 Direen was named Country Music Awards New Zealand Female Artist of the Year, as well as ‘Benny’ Award winner for Best Vocalist of the Year by the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand. Direen has worked under the management of US talent management company Bear Grylls Ventures and performed a guest spot on the Global Artist Showcase at the CMA Festival in Nashville,

Tennessee (the largest country music festival in the world). Late last year, Direen completed her first major Australian tour with The Wolfe Brothers, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Christie Lamb, Troy Kemp and Canadian star Gord Bamford. She has opened for Kenny Rogers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and most recently LeAnn Rimes and Scotty McCreery. Direen continues to tour New Zealand and Australia, performing major festivals as well as smaller venues. She has just returned from playing a range of dates in Australia, and is due to play the Ellesmere A&P Show this weekend (October 14), along with the Methven Rodeo after party on October 22. Her current album Shake Up won the Tui Award for Best Country Album at this year’s New Zealand Country Music Awards. Direen will be performing live at the Ashburton show on the Saturday from noon, before returning after the grand parade to play from 2pm to 4pm.

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Working dogs on show Dog trials are a favourite event at any A&P show and Ashburton is no exception. The trials at the Ashburton show are part of the Tux New Zealand Yarding Challenge dog trials, which encompass events throughout the North and South islands, island finals and then a national final. Here in Ashburton the trials will run over both the Friday and Saturday and are a great way to see working dogs in action. Competitors use a series of whistles and commands to instruct their dogs to drive three sheep through a series of obstacles around a set course, contained within a square with 45-metre sides, before the competitor goes to the yard, opens the gate and stays there while commanding his or her dog to yard the sheep. The run is completed when the gate is shut on the sheep, all to the judge’s satisfaction and within a time limit. Each competitor starts with a perfect score and then points are deducted by judges

on the way through for what they view as things that could have been done better. In Ashburton there are competitions for open class, maiden class, novice class and district class. To be eligible for the maiden class, dogs cannot have won a standard

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Skills on display The Home Industries Pavilion is always a popular place to visit during the show, showcasing as it does a large and interesting range of artistic and homecraft skills. The pavilion has sections catering for everyone starting from preschool and beyond, with entries divided into adult, student and preschool sections. Floral art, cut flowers, wine, eggs and preserves, cooking including Young Farmers club entries, trays, needlework and sewing, craft including woodwork and teddy bears, creative fibre, knitting, photography and art attract our adult entrants. For the students there is cooking, craft, sewing, technology, student group entries, Lego, junk-to-funk, art, flowers and grain and seeds. The preschool section attracts lots of entries from local youngsters whose family members love to come and view the young talent on display.


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Demonstrating real horse power Giving show visitors a taste of yesteryear on the farm will be the clydesdale horses from Ashburton’s Dayboo Stud. Ten-year-old Anja and seven-year-old Sam will be attached to a vintage chaff threshing machine, to show people how things were done before the days of tractors. The horses have been getting a bit of practice in on the machine over the past couple of weekends and the stud’s Gaye Day said they have now got the hang of it. “It’s quite hard to do and the horses have only just learnt the trick to it,” she said. “They’ve clicked into work mode. But they didn’t have a clue initially.” To drive the machine the horses have to walk in constant circles, which is not something they are used to, Day said. The owner of the vintage piece of machinery, Staveley’s Richard Bruce, said it was known as a “horseworks”. In a nutshell, it’s a gearing system that involves getting horses,



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praise for Day and John Booth, also of Dayboo Stud, for their work in training the horses to do the work. “I’ve been very impressed,” he said. Horseworks units can be classed in the same category as windmills and waterwheels, Bruce said, and at one time they were the only way to get rotary motion on farms. Even when steam engines came along, due to their size and the cost involved with them, it was rare to find a farm that had its own one. Instead they were moved around from farm to farm. It wasn’t until well after the turn of the century that internal combustion engines became commonly found on farms, he said. Bruce is looking forward to attending the show so he can see his piece of machinery in use. At this stage there are two demonstrations planned, both occurring on the Saturday of the show, one at noon and the other at 3pm.

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Bringing different decades of Case IH Playing an integral part in the theme of this year’s show Horsepower of Yesteryear is well-known Canterbury farm machinery specialist Cochranes. It’s a special year for the company, as not only is it celebrating its 65th anniversary, it’s also 175 years since the establishment of Case IH, which it holds a number of South Island dealerships for. Given Case IH’s history of agricultural innovation over many years, it’s certainly apt that Cochranes is involved in this year’s show theme. In addition to founding what is now Case IH Agriculture back in 1842, former Wisconsin senator Jerome Case was a passionate supporter of the agriculture industry. Case produced the first steam engine tractor back in 1869. It was wheel-mounted, but still drawn by horses and used only to power other machines. The old No.1 is now housed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.

In 1876, Case built the first self-propelled traction steam engine and, 10 years later, Case was the world’s largest producer of steam engines. Then in 1902, five companies, including Case, merged to form the International Harvester Company in Chicago, with the

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The company looks forward to the next 175 years of bringing innovative agricultural products, solutions and services to its customers around the world. Throughout much of the central South Island, it’s trusted farm machinery specialist Cochranes that brings the Case brand to farmers. Cochranes was started by Herb Cochrane in Leeston 65 years ago this year. Branches have been added since then and today the company can also be found in Ashburton, Amberley and Timaru. Herb’s legacy was continued by his sons Bruce and Warren, and today the company is under the guidance of Warren’s son James, daughter Sarah and son-in-law Chris West. To help celebrate the Horsepower of Yesteryear theme Cochranes will have about 10 tractors from different eras on display at the show, giving people a chance to see how the machinery has developed over the years.


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Show season getting into swing The Ashburton A&P Show on October 27 and 28 is the middle event in a busy month for A&P shows in the surrounding area. This Saturday, October 14, is the Ellesmere A&P Show at the showgrounds in Leeston, while from November 15 to 17, it’s the big one, the Canterbury A&P Show, the largest show event of its kind in the country. The Ellesmere show is described as Selwyn’s best day. Along with some of the old favourites, including the farmyard tent, pony rides, needle in the haystack and sideshow alley, this year’s Ellesmere event also includes Selwyn’s Got Talent, Canterbury Sport Top Teams Sport Challenge, the Muster Chef Cook off, and a multicultural food court. The Canterbury show really is the highlight of many people’s social calendars, attracting about 100,000 people, 7000 livestock and about 600 trade exhibitors to the Canterbury Agricultural Park every year. This year’s Canterbury Show has a real Mid Canterbury flavour, as the president of the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association is Ashburton farmer Peter Gilbert. Gilbert has a long association with the Canterbury A&P Show, having served on the association’s committee since 2002. He has also been chairman

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Come and see us at the Ashburton A&P Show For first aid training, medical alarms, ambulance volunteering, health shuttle bookings, St John supporter scheme and Youth programme


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Boarding life The biggest sleepover your son will ever have! Medbury is an independent boys’ school in Christchurch, offering an education for both dayboys and boarders from Years 1 to 8. With traditional values and a strong emphasis on manners and respect, Medbury’s vision is to provide an education which prepares boys for life in the 21st Century. At Medbury the focus is on the ‘whole boy’, and small class sizes enable teachers to deliver a personalised learning programme. Boarding offers boys unique life opportunities, enabling them to develop independence, make good friendships and discover inner strengths. The Medbury Boarding House really is a welcoming ‘home away from home’ for up to 43 boys, ranging from age seven to thirteen. Facilities include two dormitories, a commonroom, and a quiet room, where boys can enjoy their own space. Outside of school hours, the boarders have use of the school’s extensive facilities, including the swimming pool, library, astro turf, climbing wall and sports field. The dedicated and experienced boarding team, which includes the Headmaster, the Director of Boarding, two Matrons, two Gap Year Tutors

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and Medbury teachers, on rotation, ensures that every boy receives the attention and support he needs to flourish. A ‘big brother’ system provides boys new to the Boarding House with friendly guidance and advice. Many boarders return home for the weekend after Saturday sport, though those who ‘stay in’ are well catered for with a diverse and engaging weekend programme including ‘Boarders’ Weekends’, regular outings, and barbecues in the summer. Meals are served in the dining room, and the menus are designed to be balanced, nutritious and appetising, while satisfying busy, active boys. For those who are not quite ready to board full-time, or want the flexibility of boarding short-term, Medbury also offers casual boarding. You only have to spend a short time in the Boarding House to see that it offers an inclusive and welcoming environment. The organisational skills and self-discipline Medbury establishes, will serve the boys throughout their school life and beyond. For more information please contact Tanya Moore (Headmaster’s PA) on 03 351 6169, email or visit

Making that all-important decision around schooling is one no parent takes lightly. Come and chat with us at the Ashburton A & P Show to discover how St Margaret’s College offers a unique education for girls from Years 1 through to 13, with boarding from Year 7, with a strong emphasis on well-being and pastoral care. Programmes are customised to the specific learning needs of girls at every age and stage ensuring each girl reaches her potential. Our girls are given every opportunity to flourish and to be prepared for success in an everchanging world. Most importantly, our pastoral care and spirituality based programmes

build resilient young people who relate well, and who have the confidence and empathy to build meaningful and lasting relationships. With over 90 years of boarding history, St Margaret’s College is a home from home for its 150 girls who are part of the St Margaret’s boarding family. The boarding community is at the heart of the college and the culture is closely aligned with the school’s vision of a holistic education, embracing the spiritual and emotional wellbeing of the girls, as well as their academic growth and their development in sport and the arts. For further information visit

Thinking Boarding, Think Medbury You are invited to attend the

MEDBURY SCHOOL OPEN DAY Monday 30 October ~ 9.00am - 11.00am

The Acting Headmaster will speak at 10.15am 03 351 6169


Visit us on Stand 8 at the Ashburton A&P Show and book your tour today E: • T: 03 353 2563 12 Winchester Street, Christchurch



Medbury School 109 Clyde Road Fendalton, Christchurch




Selwyn House

Zero fees scheme

A Selwyn House School education is one of the greatest gifts you can give your daughter. We focus on putting the foundations in place to ensure all our girls receive a remarkable education that will prepare them for the global society they will live and lead in. Proudly, authorised to deliver the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, we are committed to providing a continuum of international education to our girls. The focus from Year 1 to Year 8 is on the total growth of the developing girl, encompassing intellectual, social, physical, emotional and cultural needs. Parents want the best for their daughters and, together with you, our teachers work to ensure we inspire all our girls to love and to be committed to learning as they develop their unique way of being remarkable. We inspire girls to be strong leaders, passionate about science and

The Zero Fees Scheme allows locals to Train for a Trade. The Christchurch Campus of the Southern Institute of Technology is in the business of providing training for people who want to become trades qualified. At SIT, the home of the Zero Fees scheme, your tuition fees are covered, so all you have to pay for are the direct material costs for your course. SIT is committed to training people towards employment in industry, without incurring debt for tuition fees. Under the Zero Fees Scheme, the Christchurch Campus in Hornby offers programmes of the highest quality, which are widely recognised within related industries and lead to real job opportunities. There is a wide range of courses offered at SIT, including: hairdressing, Automotive engineering, collision repair, refrigeration and air conditioning, electrical engineering and construction.

technology, competitive on the sports field, confident performers and more. We believe in the promise of the future and the power of education to equip our girls to face our continually changing world with confidence and enthusiasm. Our girls stand out among their peers, even in international competition. They are confident, articulate and determined young women who have the values, skills, and knowledge needed to not only achieve their goals but to make a difference in their communities. Selwyn House’s nurturing environment, boarding options, small class sizes and comprehensive approach to learning not only enhances the capabilities of each year group but provides a smooth transition to secondary school. For more information about Selwyn House please contact 03 355 7299.

Along with the trades courses, SIT offers training in project management, mental health support work, personal training and group fitness. All courses are NZQA approved and students maybe eligible for student loans and allowance through studylink. SIT has a proven record of students moving into employment or apprenticeships. Pre-trade courses are structured around apprenticeship requirements and students leave with a significant headstart to their careers. Courses for 2018 are filling fast; demand for affordable trades training is high. Come along to the open evening on Tuesday, October 17 from 5pm-7pm, at 60 Waterloo Road, Hornby and meet the friendly SIT team and tour the facilities. To find out more call 0800 TO STUDY (0800 867 883) or go to


DISCOVER SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL Selwyn House School is a leading girls’ school for Years 1–8 with boarding available for Years 5–8. Selwyn House School offers an exceptional opportunity for girls to grow and learn in a stimulating and nurturing environment. Our focus is on developing globally minded learners and leaders. Small class sizes Strength-based personalised curriculum The only South Island girls’ primary school offering the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme Specialist teaching and a future-focused Mechatronics programme For information regarding enrolment phone: 03 355 7299 or email: Be our guest – schedule your personal tour today. 122 Merivale Lane, Christchurch Phone: 03 355 7299 SELWYNHOUSE.SCHOOL.NZ




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On-job training support Reducing N leaching The Primary Industry Training Organisation has come out in support of an open letter signed by more than 100 New Zealand businesses saying tertiary qualifications are not necessarily required for some skilled roles in their workplaces. Primary ITO chief executive Linda Sissons said as the industry training organisation for the primary industries, it is dedicated to facilitating on-job training where people can “earn while they learn” and develop their skills, experience and careers. “We are pleased to support the NZ Talent letter in which over 100 employers have agreed to recognise on-job learning and skills gained through a variety of pathways and experiences when making hiring decisions for skill-based roles,” Sissons said. “While we agree there will always be a place for traditional tertiary education, we are continuously working with our industry partners to expand our offerings to include new, flexible ways for people to learn. We are investing heavily in ways to make learning fit around work, especially micro-credentials and recognition of prior learning. “We also support many other ways for people to learn and grow – sponsorship of industry competitions

Fertigation is the practice of applying fertiliser in a liquid form to a crop via the irrigation system. Using the irrigation system to apply fertiliser reduces the need to use mechanical operations. More and more we are seeing greater percentages of annual crop fertiliser requirements being applied via fertigation, to the point where some cropping systems receive 90100 per cent by this method. When combined with an efficient irrigation system both nutrients and water can be manipulated and managed to obtain the maximum possible yield of

marketable production from a given quantity of these inputs. Fertigation is typically used to address fertiliser deficiency which inhibits plant growth, labour and operational efficiencies. Fertigation has many advantages for Canterbury and Otago agriculture. Nutrients are applied “little and often” as the plants require them, there is no leaching of fertilisers. Plus, the pasture has a better NPK balance, so less urease is produced by the cows. This is a BIG advantage as 70 per cent of N leaching occurs around urine deposits.

Primary ITO chief executive Linda PHOTO SUPPLIED Sissons.

like the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards is just one example. New Zealand needs its primary industries to grow so New Zealand can grow, Sissons said. “That starts here and now, growing smart, tech-savvy, ambitious and innovative people. To do this we need to work together to offer innovative, flexible and responsive learning pathways and to ensure these are recognised by employers as just as valuable as traditional tertiary education.”

Above left - Poor pastures and urine patches. Above right - Or do you want pastures like this – 50 per cent clover fixing free PHOTOS SUPPLIED Nitrogen from the air. 

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