Dairy Focus NOVEMBER, 2014
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Chanelle O’Sullivan Face to Face – talks about the importance of paternity leave when a new baby joins the family.
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t’s been a fantastic spring in Mid Canterbury and there are some great looking calves out there. With calving done and dusted, farmers are already turning their attention to getting silage and hay off the paddocks. There has been a lot of conjecture about whether we are heading into a drought in Canterbury and it is certainly dry, despite some useful rain. Many of the farmers I have been speaking to recently are sagely predicting a drought, saying the last big dry sucked the moisture out of the countryside in 1998-99. Albeit, there have been dry spells in the interim period, but nothing severe. With this in mind Federated Farmers grain and seed spokesperson discusses the implications for the cereal grain harvest, now that the slug of carryover grain which has sat in silos for the past two years has gone. Also in this edition we meet Carl and Dorothy Shannon – Staveley
dairy farmers who left their homes in Northern Ireland to make their home in New Zealand more than 40 years ago, and have a rollicking good tale to tell. We profile DairyNZ’s Craig McBeth, in our continuing series on industry leaders and get behind the scenes on a South Canterbury dairy farm, where an environmental project is helping to save the giant kopopu – an interesting neighbour many of us won’t even know we have. We are always keen to hear any story ideas our readers might have, just use the contact details below to get in touch.
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hen Carl Shannon set sail from his native Ulster destined for Mid Canterbury in 1967, it was a different place to the district he lives in today. His fare was paid by the New Zealand Government of the day, under the assisted immigration scheme. Between 1947 and 1975, about 77,000 women, children and men arrived from Great Britain this way, in an initiative to populate the colony. His decision to leave the 56acre family farm in Northern Ireland was in part influenced by a desire to visit the country his mother was born in. “My mother was a Kiwi,” he said. She had left Ashburton prior to World War Two and later fled London for Belfast to escape the troubles of the warravaged city.
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from page 3 Ironically, Carl stayed on Belt Road, where his mother grew up, when he first arrived in New Zealand with a family who had sponsored him. However, it was a short-lived experience; although he had no work lined up he soon found himself gainfully employed. “I came to Ashburton, I arrived on a Thursday, and by Monday I was working on a sheep farm in Te Pirita.” Two years later his wifeto-be Dorothy arrived, she had remained in Northern Ireland to complete her teacher training. During this time Carl also worked in the high country, with stints as a musterer on Double Hill in the Rakaia Gorge and Lake Coleridge Station, saving as much of his wages as possible. When Dorothy arrived Methven arable farmers Natalie and Tom Currie, who were friends of Carl’s mother, offered her a place to stay and a job for Carl. “They took me under their wing,” Dorothy said. Less than three months later the couple wed, celebrating the occasion in a “small marquee” on the Curries’ lawn. The newlyweds headed back to Te Pirita for five years, all
the while they scrimped and saved with the intention of purchasing their own property. They returned to Methven to work on Jack Mangin’s cropping farm. “That’s where we got our break for farming, we were trying to save money as best we could but inflation at that time was beating us.” In the 1970s and early 80s interest rates climbed above 20 per cent. “We had friends who had 90 acres and 60 cows for sale and the boss I was working for (Mr Mangin) lent us quite a lot of money,” he said. “The banks weren’t interested in us,” Dorothy said. “Anyone we worked for helped us out – we can’t speak highly enough of them, they were just so good to us.” The Shannons have continued to pay that kindness forward. “We’ve tried to help anybody who showed a bit of initiative,” Carl said. When the young couple embarked on their dairying career at Halfpenny Farm in Staveley they both worked off the farm. Carl worked for neighbours and they both picked spuds. “People just got on with what they had, it was just what you did, worked day and night,”
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cowshed to replace the old walk-through shed. It was relatively new technology in the 1970s. “We did it ourselves with the help of friends, who helped pour the concrete,” Carl said. “Bits of ground started coming up for sale – we bought the next-door neighbour’s farm, where my mum used to stay as a girl, but we never knew that until she came to visit. “The whole thing just kept growing, we had pigs as well, and beef cattle.” With the same do-it-yourself determination applied to building the new shed, in
1987 the couple turned their attention to building a new house. “We had a builder friend who was out of work in a time of downturn, and he helped us. It took us six months, and we had to pull the old house down,” Dorothy said. “We went on to once a day milking in February while we were doing it.” Initially the Shannons supplied the Ashburton-based Midland Dairy Company, which had just two tankers on the road. For a while they sent milk to Alpine Dairy, before Fonterra took over the Clandeboye plant.
Today they milk 700 purebred English friesians through a 50-bale rotary. Some years ago the couple purchased a 200ha run-off block “close to the pub” in nearby Mt Somers for £700 an acre. “We bought Mt Somers instead of a life insurance policy,” Carl said. “We rear all the calves – the bulls go to the North Island at about 100kg. “Anything that is born alive is raised, we do that to utilise the place at Mt Somers. “We also fatten all the cull cows, before they go to the works – it’s sad really, they’ve looked after you so well and they go off to the works.” It takes just two-and-a-half hours to walk the cows to the run-off block and it’s a route they know well. Once, when a gate was left open on the milking platform, they made a stealthy getaway in the darkness. A shocked farmworker discovered the herd missing in the morning – but it was soon discovered the older cows had led the way back to Mt Somers. In years gone by Carl drove the herd to the run-off on his own, assisted by his dog. New regulations mean signs, highvis vests and people in front and behind the herd.
These days Carl is not as hands on with the stock. He and Dorothy are in the process of handing over to the next generation, daughter Heather and son-in-law Allan Broomhall, who are lower order sharemilking. “Hopefully they will move up the ladder next year,” Carl said. Another daughter Rebecca owns the iconic Staveley Store, just up the road, having given up a journalistic career in Wellington. “We were quite surprised – Heather was in Australia, and this night there was a knock on the door and the two of them said they were home to the farm.” Halfpenny Farm and the runoff block enable the Shannons to be relatively self-sufficient, wintering all their own stock on fodderbeet and kale. The operation also produces 20003000 bales of silage annually, and a rape crop follows the barley harvest. “It helps if you get a wee tight spot, in a year like this one – when milk prices are down and grain prices are high, we don’t feed palm kernel. There has been huge growth in the industry in recent years, which has altered the landscape and the economy. Stand-out points for the
Shannons include the number of tankers on the road and the regulatory requirements. “We used to know our drivers, now we don’t – they come at night now,” Carl said. “ECan – everything has to go through ECan – when I first started nothing like that existed,” Carl said. “Everything has changed – even the quality of the pasture, we work with agronomists, which we had never heard of when we started – grass was grass. “You have to use experts because everything is on a bigger scale and because of the new regulations, and the need to manage nitrogen leaching.” Five years ago the Shannons put in an effluent sorter system with three days’ storage in line with the regulatory requirements, however the bar has lifted and they have had to replace it with a system capable of at least 30 days’ storage. Originally the property was irrigated with a gun, which has long been replaced by centre pivots, fed from a private scheme linked to a storage pond, water from the Rangitata Diversion Race scheme and the Barrhill Chertsey scheme, supplemented by some water from Lake Coleridge. continued over page
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from page 5 The seven-hectare storage pond went in about five years ago, and creates a picturesque scene, dominated by Mt Somers, so much so the Shannons have a professional photo hanging on the dining room wall. It has also become a spot for recreation. “The kids use it to boat and waterski on in the summer time,” Carl said. Improvements in herd genetics and the emergence of the internet are also on the list of developments the Shannons have seen in the industry. While last year’s milk price was unprecedented in Carl and Dorothy’s experience, they are not fazed by this season’s dip. “All my life I’ve seen farming prices come and go. It just means Dorothy won’t have as much money to spend,” Carl said with a wink. “We will just tighten up the reins, but it will hurt some people, the people who started in the past couple of years. “A lot will depend on whether the price moves up or goes down, it’s sitting on the
border at the moment.” “The trouble starts when the prices are good and people keep building more sheds, and buying more cows, that means more debt.” After 37 years Dorothy and Carl are looking forward to spending less time on the farm. “We would like to wind back but still seem to be pretty busy,” Carl said. “We’ve just bought a house in Akaroa – and we’re hoping to spend some time there.” “But, I just paid for the insurance, and I might have to work harder so I can rest longer.” The Shannons have made regular trips back to Ireland over the years, but have never had an inclination to return to their native home permanently. “We are used to the space out here now,” Dorothy said. “Initially is was hard, for the first few months, and the first few times we went back it was hard leaving, but we wouldn’t go back permanently. “It’s just so much easier to live out here.”
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airy farmers need to take action now to avoid going backwards once the current forecast pay-out begins to take effect next year, Crowe Horwath agribusiness principal Justin Geddes says. 2014 was a record pay-out season and dairy farmers have just banked the last of the retrospective payments, but this season’s advance is more than $2 per kgMS below last year’s. “While accounts might
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plantings are tall enough to take their place. “It’s no problem,” Mr O’Kane said of his conservation work. “Cattle could have got stuck in the swamp areas and it’s satisfying seeing these places improve.” Inspiration also came from sharemilkers Andy Palmer and Sharon Collett, who farm nearby. The couple fenced a stream in the Orari catchment, built crossings for cows before this was required by either Fonterra or the proposed Land & Water Regional Plan,
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“There are nine people in our Canterbury team and they are a very busy group led by our regional leader Virginia Serra. “Their job is to work with the local dairy farmers in a region, running discussion groups and events to help them farm competitively and responsibly. They are also there to really boost support during adverse events like droughts and storms. “DairyNZ knows how important it is to have people on the ground in regions supporting farmers, and understanding the local issues and challenges of farming in Canterbury,” he says. Craig has a job title that sometimes requires a bit of explanation to his non-farming friends. “I’m general manager of extension for DairyNZ. I often get asked ‘so what are you extending?’ ” he says.
“The answer is farmers’ knowledge and understanding, particularly of the research and development that goes on at DairyNZ. Our job is to help take DairyNZ’s work out to farmers in the regions in a way that is helpful and relevant to farmers. That way farmers keep up with the latest developments and advice. It’s about extending the reach of our science and research and help farmers improve their practices. “It’s a two-way dialogue. We also need to feed back to DairyNZ’s head office in the Waikato what is important to farmers in the regions and ensure DairyNZ understands what farmers need,” he says. “We focus on giving farmers advice that is free from commercial interests too because as an industry body we are independent and unbiased, but dedicated to dairying.
“A prime example is the coordination role we are taking in getting to the bottom of the issue with swedes as a forage crop for cows in Southland at present. Some cows have died and a number have become ill after feeding on the crops this winter so we are researching and supporting farmers with advice.” Craig says DairyNZ knows that farmers are the ones who need the science. “Scientists do the work – and then development and extension specialists turn that science into tools, resources and information that farmers can use in a practical way on their farms.” Farmer-to-farmer support and advice is vital and his team spends a lot of time facilitating those kinds of exchanges through workshops, events and regular discussions groups.
“A lot of innovation and applied research also takes place on farms through our focus farms and demonstration and research farms. New Zealand farmers have a long history of using, adopting and applying scientific research to their farming systems. “We’ve got a lot of early adopters in our industry that just lap up information that they can use to improve their bottom line and their environmental performance. We just have to be proactive about more farmers doing that.” Craig joined the senior management team at DairyNZ this year when he moved up the ladder from a manager to a general manager. “I now sit on the senior leadership team at DairyNZ and that’s great. It’s also a sign of how important DairyNZ sees the role of
supporting farmers with knowledge and expertise. We aren’t doing science for science sake – we’re doing it for our farmers. They pay for this work to take place – and so they want to see the results – and see value in it and use that knowledge.” Craig says that farmers see value in the work that DairyNZ does. “That’s clear from the support we received in May this year when farmers voted on whether to continue the levy on their milksolids production that funds DairyNZ’s work. “We got over 80 per cent support from farmers for keeping the levy. I felt that was a real endorsement of how much effort we put in to listen to farmers as well as support them to be the world’s most competitive and responsible farmers.”
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for period longer than the standard pay period. The other distinguishing feature of a service tenancy is the required notice period for termination. A fixed term residential tenancy cannot be ended by notice during the term of the tenancy. A periodic residential tenancy can only be terminated by providing 90 days’ (ie three months) written notice to terminate. Less notice may be given if the property is subject to an unconditional sale and purchase agreement or the owner requires the property for them or any member of their family, in which case 42 days’ (ie six weeks) notice is required. With a service tenancy, however, either party must give at least 14 days’ written notice to terminate a service tenancy if the employment relationship has been terminated or if either party has given notice to terminate
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come from the fluxmeter to the soil surface, and samples are collected throughout the season after drainage events. Diana says installing the fluxmeters is hard work. “Because we want the data to represent the cropping system, the fluxmeters must be installed with minimal disturbance of the soil in the rootzone. A hole is augered out and the soil horizons are preserved so they can be
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an you let one of your farm workers go if they’re on ACC, and if it’s from a self-inflicted alcoholfuelled injury no less? Dismissing your farm employee for medical incapacity due to injury is fraught with difficulty so make sure you do your due diligence. You need to replace this staff member - but can you do it legally? Despite the misconceptions, this can be done on most occasions providing you can justifiably terminate employment on the basis of medical incapacity. You need to take matters on a case-by-case basis and at all times follow a fair process.
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Here’s a not too uncommon predicament, no doubt inflicted on many an unsuspecting dairy farm owner or manager: Recently a local dairy farm worker was injured in a car accident and ACC have had him referred to an Occupational Therapist (OT) who has said he can return to work on light duties. He has damage to an ankle and his elbow, both of which he states are too painful for him to work on a dairy farm. The light duties are quite prescriptive in what he can and can’t do and have come from an OT who it has to be assumed, is a “townie”, and most likely has no idea what happens on a dairy farm. The OT has visited the farm but will still not relent on what he can and can’t do. We’ve hit a bit of an impasse here with ACC saying that while this worker is on ACC he is a “bonus” for the farmer as he wouldn’t have had him for the roster anyway due to his injury. The worker has been
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he Paeroa saleyard is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of Beijing where Peter Moore spent a significant amount of time in the seven years prior to joining PGG Wrightson (PGGW) to head its Livestock division in August this year. But it’s a transition he is clearly revelling in, saying he could not resist the opportunity to return to an industry he understands. “I grew up on a sheep and beef farm in the Waikato,” he said. “While having farming in my blood I did take a diversion in becoming qualified in risk management but always returned to farming firstly with AgResearch, running their research farms and abattoir, and then with Fonterra in Asia and South America where I led the development and operation of their global farming business in China and Brazil.” The opportunity to return to New Zealand to work with PGG Wrightson, one of the country’s heritage farming organisations, was hard to
Peter Moore, newly appointed general manager PGG Wrightson Livestock.
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fundamentals the same resist. “PGG Wrightson is a really good business; it is grass roots and close to farmers by virtue of the personal nature of the business and the fact that it is represented in every region of the country.” Three months into the role Mr Moore said the fundamentals of the livestock business haven’t changed to what they were 140 years ago. “The livestock business is about relationships – about building trust on farm and following that through with superior service at every point of contact. “But the way we work with farmers is changing, thanks to technology, and the old notion of ‘one size fits all’ no longer applies.” Technology is enabling an evolutionary change in the way the livestock business transacts, Moore says. “A significant number of our farmers are happy to continue with the status quo, selling or buying stock in the paddock with one of our agents or at the saleyards, but a growing number also want to be able to do business via the internet.
“We want to provide a level of service which keeps pace with the latest technologies and innovations but which is tailored to the individual needs of each farmer. “This will see all PGG Wrightson stock agents provided with tablets so they can ultimately do-away with docket books and record every
and improved transparency and consistency will win the entire team around and, just as importantly, our farmer clients will see the benefits.” The tablets will, according to Mr Moore, complement PGG Wrightson’s online selling service, Agonline, and the online Livestock Quotes which are starting to prove popular
The potential is limitless for New Zealand farmers and the organisations which support them. It’s great to be part of that future
step in the sale or purchase of stock as it happens.” Mr Moore says the first roll-out of the tablets will occur before Christmas to around one-third of PGG Wrightson’s agents with the rest of the team in early 2015. “As with any change, there will be agents who love it and others who will need to see the benefits before they fully commit, but I’m confident the ease of use
with a growing number of farmers. “We work hard to understand and meet the requirements of all our farmers – whether that be transacting on the farm, at the saleyards or even helping them bypass the yards and sell direct to the works. It all comes down to understanding their needs and providing the best way to deliver a great outcome.”
The stock and station industry has appeal as a career option for young people, says Mr Moore, with PGG Wrightson regularly fielding enquiries from a range of people including university graduates and school leavers, and even some farmers wanting to enter the industry. “We offer a training course which is accredited to the Primary ITO and also have a course for auctioneers but there is only so much training you can do in the classroom; in this business you need to understand farming and farmers and we’re fortunate to have agents who have been with us for 30+ years. Their experience and insight is invaluable in guiding the next generation who will represent PGG Wrightson. “The strength of PGG Wrightson’s livestock business is the 260 people driving up farmers’ driveways every day nationwide. There are around 500 to 600 stock agents, excluding meat company buyers, in New Zealand and around half of them work for PGG Wrightson so we are out
there, on a lot of farms talking with farmers, every day of the week.” At the end of the day Mr Moore says the livestock business is the food business. “New Zealand is in the business of food and when you consider that total food/ farm production in 2050 will only feed 44 million people out of the world’s estimated population of nine billion you realise what a fantastic opportunity exists for New Zealand agriculture. I’m committed to ensuring the PGG Wrightson’s Livestock division plays a leading role in delivering that objective. “When I first went to China seven years ago there weren’t too many steak restaurants in Beijing – now there are a lot and they’re full of Chinese people, not westerners - this is just one example of how eating habits are changing and how and where the demand will come from. “The potential is limitless for New Zealand farmers and the organisations which support them. It’s great to be part of that future.”
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Heartland confirms successful strategy Grant Davies
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eartland, New Zealand’s only NZXlisted bank, had their annual meeting at the end of October. Investors obviously liked what they saw, with the share price having risen to all-time highs of $1.07 in the weeks after the meeting. The AGM presentation did not contain any major surprises, but did serve to reiterate Heartland’s strategy of taking up niche positions in less competitive parts of the banking sector. Along with confirmation of their current successful strategy, investors would have been buoyed by the confirmation of Heartland’s full year net profit after tax (NPAT) forecast of $42-45 million. The company also noted an unaudited NPAT
of $11m for the first quarter of the financial year, which, given the earnings growth Heartland are currently showing, raises the possibility of Heartland beating those full-year forecasts. Chairman, Bruce Irvine, noted that Heartland expects organic growth from its current business units, but investors could also expect growth from “bolt on and other acquisitions”. Recent acquisitions in line with this
strategy include a 10 per cent stake in peer to peer lender Harmoney, and the purchase of reverse mortgage company Sentinel. Heartland’s niche markets are considered to be at the riskier end of the lending spectrum, although this also means there is less competition from the larger trading banks, and means that Heartland can maintain higher margins. Heartland still has some non-core property assets to
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s most farmers are now aware, new milk cooling regulations are proposed to take effect for the 2016/17 season, the specifics of which we will cover in a future column. As with any perceived large-scale opportunity, many new parties are producing and marketing â€œnew technologiesâ€? to snap-chill milk, promoting energy efficiency and future compliance to aggressively sell product. Typically these companies come and go with the opportunity and as their money is only made in the sale of a new product, they usually disappear again later. I suggest asking the following question: Do I need to upgrade to an expensive hi-tech system to cool milk to storage temperature outside of the milk silo? The answer is no, as the new cooling regulations are only allowing for a quicker cooling time and most farms with new equipment installed over the last few years will already comply with the new
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