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28 Our new writer Sam Whitelock Vol 17 No 10, March 12, 2018


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Defection disappoints Annette Scott


DECISION by Alliance not to adopt a nationwide meat industry farm quality assurance programme puts the industry’s integrity at risk, Anzco agriculture general manager Grant Bunting says. Alliance will use its own programme in preference to the red meat industry’s collaborative Farm Assurance Programme (FAP). The FAP, established to enhance customer confidence in the NZ supply chain, is funded by the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) under a Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programme. Introduced last year, FAP was welcomed by farmers who saw the industry-standard as a way to reduce duplication and costs. Alliance, while providing support and input for the development of the national programme, had never said it was fully committed to FAP, chief executive David Surveyor said. “Our customers tell us they value Alliance’s farm assurance programme and the commitment to ensuring our suppliers consistently meet high food safety and animal welfare standards in their farming practices.” The Alliance programme was accredited, certified by a third-party assessment body to maintain integrity and served as a vital part of farm management practices for most of the company’s suppliers. “Alliance Group did provide

support and input to the development of the FAP and believe it meets the minimum base requirements that we have developed in the Alliance programme over the past 20 years,” Surveyor said. But Alliance was focused on the enhancements to its own assurance programme to meet the requirements of its farmers and global customers to create unique value for farmers. As a founding partner of the RMPP, Alliance will continue to support the PGP and work with farmers who supply livestock on the basis of FAP, Surveyor said. Bunting said Anzco is surprised and disappointed a key player in the meat industry is not supporting a national programme that enhances the industry’s integrity. Given the standard was developed through the industrygood programme, it was disappointing to see the Alliance not taking part. “The FAP was introduced to streamline the process for industry and farmers and to ensure everyone is working to the same standards. “Farmer feedback is that we should have done this years ago. “Farmers say they are seeing real benefits from the programme,” Bunting said. The 13 other meat processors implementing the FAP had put aside competitive interests and introduced or were about to introduce it. The new programme, independently audited by AsureQuality, enhanced the already high customer confidence in the NZ supply chain. Bunting said claims by Alliance

BETTER: A new national quality assurance system meets the the minimum requirements in Alliance’s own programme, which the co-op is enhancing, chief executive David Surveyor says.

to shareholder-producers its existing assurance system is easier did nothing to enhance the country’s desire for a world-class standard. “The new FAP standard enhances our ability to prove that red meat produced in this country meets the highest standards of traceability, biosecurity and animal health and welfare. “It is well known that all NZ processors share customers around the world to some degree. “Those shared customers have fully supported the development

of a single farm assurance standard.” Bunting said Alliance’s decision not to take part left the industry questioning its ability to collaborate on major issues facing the sector. “If we can’t implement what is in essence a very simple, yet highly beneficial, non-competitive initiative then surely we have to question. “Alliance may be seeing this as a point of difference. We see it as a pointless difference,” Bunting said.

Silver Fern Farms (SFF) introduced the FAP last July and already has more than 300 farmers accredited. SFF had adopted the industry programme with the aim of removing duplication of standards and of lowering the costs to farmers and processors of having multiple company-specific programmes. “It has been a collaborative initiative to benefit our industry,” a company spokesman said. SFF farmers reported they found it to be a robust process that supported their good onfarm practice. “Having a common standard throughout NZ also enables customers to be confident that the product they purchase originates from a trusted source. “We see it as a pre-requisite for our value-added supply programmes which attract a supply premium,” he said. When the programme was rolled out B+LNZ market development general manager Nick Beeby said FAP is pivotal to developing the NZ red meat story and positioning sheep meat and beef as premium products desired by affluent consumers. Beeby declined to comment on Alliance’s decision. RMPP general manager David Wright said companies actively working with FAP are getting farmer uptake. He understood Alliance hadn’t pulled out — it just hadn’t joined. “Alliance is a supportive partner of RMPP but, yes, they do have their own farm assurance programme,” Wright said. The ultimate goal was that all sheep, beef and deer farmers would be involved in FAP.

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WEATHER OVERVIEW At the time of writing this it was unclear precisely which northern regions would get significant weather from ex-cyclone Hola but as we focus on the two weeks ahead we have a fair bit of dry weather moving in. It’s not totally settled though as Hola departs to New Zealand’s southeast it will leave a windy sou’wester behind for a day or two. By Wednesday or Thursday high pressure builds over the North Island and winds shift lighter westerly in the South Island then nor’west by Friday as an active front moves into NZ. This front might spawn a low while over the Tasman Sea or just after it departs NZ to our southeast. Another high follows into next week.


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Rain After Hola the week ahead looks pretty autumnal with an active cold front moving in from the Tasman Sea, which might bring a burst of heavy rain to the West Coast and some spillover into the east. Showers in the North Island.

Temperature A bit cooler for some areas once Hola passes by due to southwest winds. Later in the week things warm up as west to nor’west winds build. A high next week will keep things average to mild.

Wind As Hola’s remnants pull away from NZ a brisk sou’wester comes in behind it for a couple days before a high settles things down, especially in the North Island. Strong northwesterly winds end of week as a front passes.

Highlights/ Extremes The main threat today and tomorrow is Cyclone Hola. Keep up to date with warnings, especially in the top half of the North Island. Next burst of weather is on Friday and Saturday, mostly South Island, from a developing low.


For further information on the NZX PGI visit Cold changes in the lower half of the South Island see highs down to the low to mid teens. Cooler air and longer nights won’t be positive for rapid growth. High pressure crosses the North Island after Hola and again next week bringing sun and warm days. End of this week and warm wind and rain might push into many regions bringing favourable growing conditions. Following any heavy rain from Hola is high pressure which could spark good growth in the upper North Island.



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Guy: Closing Strait a pipedream Annette Scott A MYCOPLASMA bovis-free North Island is the pipe-dream of a minister clutching at straws and deflecting from the real issues of the cattle disease response, National’s agriculture spokesman Nathan Guy says. The Government is considering declaring the North Island free of the disease but has yet to say if that means closing Cook Strait to cattle movements. Any eradication for M bovis free status must be aimed at the whole of NZ, Guy said. “I would like to think officials are focused on the response – making the whole of NZ Mb-free rather than dreaming up a pipedream for the minister.” Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor said he has asked Primary Industries Ministry officials to explore the feasibility and implications of making the North Island Mycoplasma bovis free on the basis most infected properties were in the South Island. “This sounds an interesting proposal but in reality the minister is clutching at straws,” Guy said. “It sounds quite ludicrous to me and I can’t see how MPI will be able to come up with a practical solution, implement it, let alone enforce it. “Will it mean the end of Strait Shipping” “Will it mean no more movement of semen and embryos between North and South?” Thousands of cattle are moved between the North and South Islands each week with the schedule price being higher in the North a key driver. Cows also cross the Strait for gypsy day and meat companies move stock, especially during drought. “Let’s get real here – it’s a defeatist attitude to think we

LUDICROUS: Former Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says he can’t see how a practical solution can be devised to declare the North Island free of M bovis.

It’s so frustrating, we feel so let down. Mary Potgieter Farm refugee can have North Island free while letting it spread in the South Island.” Guy said not knowing where the disease originated gave no assurance there would not be another outbreak if the response was to proceed with eradication. He had little confidence in the ministry’s yet to be released Pathway Report.

“It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.” The mounting costs of dealing with Mycoplasma bovis are causing a lot of angst among farmers, Federated Farmers dairy chairman Chris Lewis said. Feds strongly argues the cost must not fall on individuals caught with the disease. Government and industry have agreed on a $95 million package to move the response forward. It includes funding of $85m for operational and compensation costs approved by Cabinet and $11.2m committed by industry bodies DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb NZ and the Meat Industry Association. The industry funding is

outside the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) framework. MPI estimates total operational costs of $35m and compensation liabilities of $60m will be required until a decision on whether to eradicate the disease is made, possibly in the next four weeks. “There is no reason now why fair and equitable compensation cannot flow to those affected by this disease,” Lewis said. “There’s no excuses now, it’s get on with it. “We will continue to put pressure on to ensure that money is well spent,” Lewis said. While Feds had not yet formed policy around an M bovis-free North Island, member feedback favoured a temporary NorthSouth movement control.

“From across both dairy and meat and wool, farmers are seeing the big picture and they are telling us they like the idea of temporary movement control, excluding animals to the works,” Lewis said. “Farmers’ rationale is that it has been done successfully in the good old days under Tb management movement control. “Some farmers think it’s feasible, some knock it back. We are still getting feedback and all ideas are going in the mix.” Meanwhile, the wait on compensation is taking its toll. The delay in paying claims is inexcusable, Wilma van Leeuwen said. “Not only are we unable to run our businesses, our people are going broke because their income is gone and compensation is not forthcoming. “How are farmers expected to survive and repopulate their farms when compensation is not happening in a timely manner? “Farming businesses cannot live off thin air,” van Leeuwen said. The self-labelled M bovis founders Mary and Sarel Potgieter fled the country last week. Mentally, the strain had taken its toll. “No longer can we stand up. We have to get out and try and move on,” Mary Potgieter said as the couple waited to board a plane bound for Perth. They had still not received any compensation. “It’s so frustrating, we feel so let down – it’s just not god enough on MPI’s part.” O’Connor said MPI had ramped up the response, provided the money needed to continue the response and is working through and paying compensation claims as fast as possible. That included fast-tracking payments and accepting multiple claims to ease cashflow.





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FARMERS WEEKLY – – March 12, 2018

Summer grass growth shoots away

Idyllic weather in South Island

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Neal Wallace THE summer drought in the south of the South Island appears over, replaced by idyllic autumn conditions providing farmers with the chance to make last minute winter supplements. Southland Federated Farmers drought spokeswoman Bernadette Hunt said grass growth is strong across the province and winter crops are also belatedly shooting away. “I can safely say the drought has finished.” Farmers are hoping for continued warm weather to allow balage and silage stacks to be replenished but the wet, warm weather has created insect issues – especially aphids – with some brassica crops. Farmers are having to spray crops with insecticide. Hunt said with many farmers destocking lambs because of the dry summer there is plenty of spare grass to harvest. There could be a shortage of feed grain as demand grows for supplies to use in autumn. “The current conditions are exactly what we need and we hope to continue getting a long, mild autumn to allow the recovery.” Stock are in reasonable condition but growth rates are still slow. Canterbury farmers are also enjoying an idyllic autumn with Mid Canterbury Federated Farmers president Michael Salvesen saying 400mm of rain had fallen so far this year. The extreme wet and heat was not typical for Canterbury but means crops have been harvested early and winter crops and dryland pasture are bounding away. “Canterbury farms are set up pretty well for autumn and winter,” he said.

FARMERS, contractors and advisers have been left gobsmacked by a summer that has let pastoral farming pluck victory from the jaws of defeat as grass and crop growth rockets. Waikato is recording growth matching spring growth rates and agricultural contractors have been left scrambling to manage staff, machines and clients as unseasonal demand for silage production draws resources typically used for March maize harvesting.

Feed supplies will be nicely boosted for winter. Phil Irvine DairyNZ The burst in growth comes after the region held fears of drought following an unseasonably early summer. Matamata contractor and Rural Contractors NZ board member Helen Slattery said the season proved to be an incredibly interesting one that had her juggling demands of clients who had more grass than they knew what to do with. “The start of the summer season had come off maize crops going in very late on account of the very wet conditions experienced through spring then we had a dry period up to Christmas and they were going into drought mode. “This is through all our area

and quite a large area beyond that. “We would normally have let a couple of our drivers go but we have had to keep staff numbers up as we also hit the maize harvest.” DairyNZ north Waikato regional leader Phil Irvine said growth peaked at 60-70kg of drymatter a hectare a day earlier but was still about 50kg DM/ha/day, putting many farmers well into surplus. “With the ground opening up over the dry period the quality of pastures has suffered somewhat with weed incursion but certainly that quality will come back after harvest. “It will provide a good level of production heading into later autumn while feed supplies will be nicely boosted for winter by this.” Overall he expected the lag in milk production many Waikato farmers suffered before Christmas is going to be reeled in as temperatures cool into mid-late autumn and cows continue to milk consistently as the heat challenge fades. In Northland dry stock farmers were struggling to bring pasture into line and risk losing quality before the cooler autumn months. Total Ag director and farm adviser Aaron Baker said the eastern coastal areas of Northland have had more than 400mm of rain already this year and even the western coast has received about 300mm. Weaner and beef sales have been fuelled by a highoctane grass market and he is cautioning clients about being lured into selling stock only to have to restock at high prices. “It may be that they are better

PLENTY: Contractor Helen Slattery has had an interesting time juggling the demands of clients with more grass than they know what to do with.

to accept the schedule may fall 50c a kilogram in next few weeks but know they have the feed in front of them to put on additional kilograms that will still deliver a return better than what it will cost to restock at high prices.” Long time Bay of Plenty contractor and feed supply manager Bill Webb said this summer has proved to be the most difficult for trying to predict maize crop yields, with results at harvest that often confounded what contractors 

might have expected. “The drymatter levels are all over the place this season. “The rain and the heat have meant the crops are looking very green and in some cases they also have a high level of starch in the kernel, making the yields higher, often in crops we are harvesting a week earlier than we expected.” They were often crops that had also been planted at least 10 days later than normal Continued next page

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Milk price increase now unlikely WORLD dairy prices were mainly steady to slightly weaker in the latest Global Dairy Trade auction, dampening the prospect of Fonterra increasing its farmgate milk price forecast. Fonterra traditionally makes a milk price prediction with the release of its interim results, this year on March 21, and it is more than three months since the payout was last adjusted. It might not move, however, if the adjustment would be only minor. AgriHQ dairy analyst Amy Castleton said her computer model spat out an easing of 5c to $6.26/kg milksolids after the GDT auction and the subsequent futures market reaction, to sit 14c behind Fonterra’s $6.40. Rival co-operative Westland Milk Products trimmed 10c off its payout range, down to $6.10$6.40/kg, citing milk pick-up and processing difficulties on the West Coast from ex-tropical cyclone Fehi. “The costs to Westland were significant, equivalent to some 8-10c/kg on payout. As a result, we were obliged to approve a new payout forecast range of $6.10 to $6.40,” chairman Pete Morrison said.

Continued from previous page because of the ground being too wet even in late spring. But in contrast there have also been some deceivingly lower yields in maize crops caught by a very brief cold snap at cob set in mid-December, pinching drymatter back in a significant number of Bay of Plenty crops by 5-10%. “To be honest it’s been very hard to predict. You could get a difference of 10% in yield even within the same paddock.”

Whole milk powder and butter prices weakened by about 1% in the latest GDT auction, being the two products that have the biggest impact on Westland’s earnings. Butter milk powder fell by 4.3% and anhydrous milk fat by 3.2%.

On the plus side cheddar prices rose 1.7%, casein by 2.2% and skim milk powder by a welcome 5.5% to sit about US$2000/ tonne for the first time since last July.

On the plus side cheddar prices rose 1.7%, casein by 2.2% and skim milk powder by a welcome 5.5% to sit about US$2000/tonne for the first time since last July. That was a result of extraordinary demand for Fonterra UHT specialty SMP in the short term and prices paid in the range of $2900 to $3200, compared with longer term deliveries about $1900. For that distortion alone, Castleton thought the 5.5% lift in the SMP average would be short-lived while the European Union held large stocks of

After anticipating a shortage of maize for feed this season he has moved to a surplus, where farmers who would normally be buying might be making unexpected grass silage onfarm. But in a region that has had eight major weather events in 12 years, Webb cautioned feed supplies could shift very quickly, particularly given how wet ground conditions already are. “We really don’t need any more rain until we have this maize harvested. It shows what a summer it has been when I

ROUGH WEATHER: The costs to Westland from collection and processing disrpution caused by ex-cyclone Fehi were signficant, chairman Pete Morrison says.

intervention SMP. The GDT index fell by 0.6% on top of a 0.5% fall at the previous auction. After some larger falls at the end of 2017 followed by some larger rises in January and February the

index appeared to have resumed a horizontal drift typical of much of last year. As the world’s largest dairy exporter, Fonterra’s market pronouncement would likely be that supply and demand are in

balance and a $6-plus payout will be a good result for its farmers. There will be another GDT auction on the eve of Fonterra’s half-year results but its figures and forecast will be locked and loaded by then.

am saying that in early March.” King Country had experienced some intense, high-heat days recently and while feed levels are good, sheep have struggled in the heat. Total Ag Waikato director Rob Macnab said there is a tail end of ewes opening up and lambs are generally not gaining weight as expected. “But cattle generally seem to be doing okay and I wonder if the sheep are more affected by the heat.” Humid conditions meant

parasite levels are high, including barbers pole, and fly numbers are also problematic. “And there is a lot of willow weed and California thistles through pastures affecting quality now.” Further south the grass supply was like Waikato’s. Baker Ag farm adviser Gary Massicks said areas around Waverley are experiencing growth rates of 70kg/D/day when they would normally expect 30. “But we are still not back up to the level of supplements needed for winter, given hardly anything

was harvested before Christmas. This is very much a catch up stage.” The only exception in terms of growth is around coastal Taranaki, which appears to have missed much of the moisture in past weeks. “And north of Wanganui there is some significant damage done to maize crops there from Cyclone Gita.” Northern Manawatu has grass “blowing in the wind” so managing it the biggest challenge for farmers there.

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More weight for ag emissions tax Neal Wallace ANOTHER unequivocal message has been delivered that agriculture needs to shoulder a greater share of the efforts and costs of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In January Climate Change Minister James Shaw signalled agriculture could be included in the Emissions Trading Scheme and last week the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton said climate change policy cannot ignore agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. New Zealand has committed to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030 but Upton said climate change policies lack bite for fear they would compromise competitiveness. He suggested different targets for methane, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide and added his support for Parliament to pass a Zero Carbon Act and set up an independent climate commission. NZ could take the lead in managing methane and researching emission levels the planet can live with. A short-lived greenhouse gas compared to nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide, methane is reversible as it breaks down in the atmosphere to carbon dioxide, without adding to overall CO2 levels, and water. But that does not mean all gases have to be treated the same and he hopes to produce a report

IN SIGHTS: Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton plans to write a report on agricultural greenhouse gas emissions later this year.

on agricultural gases later in the year. Upton has just released a report on a Zero Carbon Act and said a key goal is to get crossparty support for a zero carbon economy and the establishment of a climate commission, as happened in the United Kingdom where the House of Commons passed similar legislation 463 to three. A commission would recommend legislated greenhouse gas emission targets and provide independent expert analysis and advice to the Government.

The Zero Carbon Act would create a path for NZ to become a net zero emitting economy by 2050. NZ’s agricultural emissions have declined per unit of output and the country is taking a leadership role in researching agricultural emissions. “But this has not to date been reflected in NZ’s ambitions for emissions reductions,” Upton said. NZ’s greenhouse gas emissions are 45% carbon dioxide, 43% methane and 11% nitrous oxide. Levels of all have increased. Nitrous oxide is a warming

agent about 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide. It accumulates in the atmosphere where it can stay for up to 114 years and in doing so destroys the ozone layer. “Because it accumulates, reducing the flow of emissions will not be good enough. “To halt its contribution to warming, either emissions have to be eliminated or negative emissions technologies have to be deployed to negate its impact,” he said. Methane is a more potent warming agent than carbon dioxide but breaks down to carbon dioxide and water in the atmosphere quite quickly. “If the source of the methane is agricultural there is no net injection of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. “Given its shorter lifetime, emitting methane will not have the same irreversible inter-generational warming consequences that carbon dioxide or the release of nitrous oxide have.” But emissions of all three gases have to be reduced. Reducing agricultural emissions requires urgent attention and could mean different targets for different gases. “It could also mean restricting the way in which actions in respect of one gas or sink can be used to offset another gas.” Federated Farmers climate change spokesman Andrew Hoggard supports the thrust of the report but said it can work only if there is cross-party support

Reducing the flow of emissions will not be good enough. Simon Upton Parliament backed by a climate commission using informed science. Hoggard also supports suggestions that targets be set for different greenhouse gase to ensure targets are achievable and fair. He noted carbon dioxide emissions had increased 78% since 1990 whereas methane had increase 5%. “This surely emphasises that while agricultural emissions are part of the problem, there needs to be a pragmatic and balanced approach to tackling how this country manages and reduces all greenhouse gases.” In January Shaw announced an expectation agriculture would be included in the ETS this Parliamentary term and expected it to cover 5% of its emissions at an annual cost of $44m. His view was linked to the expected passing this year of the Zero Carbon Act. The extent of the sector’s final liability or how it would be calculated was not clear but Shaw has said meeting the $44m cost will equate to a $1500 tax for an average dairy farm and $700 for an average sheep and beef farm.

More wool up than down at latest Christchurch sale Alan Williams MORE wools were firmer than weaker in price at Thursday’s Christchurch wool sale. There was a large offering of crossbred wool and 34 to 37 microns gained in price though 38 and 39 micron were lower,

PGG Wrightson South Island sales manager Dave Burridge said. Lambs’ wool finer than 30.5 microns continued to attract strong interest. A limited offering of midmicron wool also attracted steady demand as buyers consolidate forward orders,

pushing prices up by 3% to 5% on the previous sale on February 22. The pass-in rate was 9%. Sale prices: by micron, cents/ kg clean. Full wool (good to average colour): 28 micron, $8.60kg/ clean, up 5c; 29, $7.65, up 6c; 31, $4.52, up 7c; 32, $4.36, down 5c;

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$3.25, up 5c; 2 to 3 inches, $3.05, up 10c; 39, 3 to 5 inches, $3.20, steady; 3 to 4 inches, $3.15, up 7c; 2 to 3 inches, $3.04, up 12c. Crossbred lambs’ wool: 27 micron, $6.86kg/clean, up 42c; 28, $6.30, down 3c; 29, $5.68, up 8c; 30, $5.05, up 5c; 3, $4.02, down 16c; 32, $3.65, down 12c.


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FARMERS WEEKLY – – March 12, 2018

Fonterra investors brace for hit Hugh Stringleman FONTERRA’S shareholders are braced to take another financial hit from the diminished value of their co-operative’s 18.8% shareholding in the Chinese dairy packer and distributor, Beingmate Baby and Child Food. The interim accounts to be released on March 21 are expected to write down or impair the value of the Beingmate shareholding while also booking Fonterra’s share of Beingmate’s $200 million trading loss in 2017. Those entries might diminish Fonterra’s earnings and its interim dividend but not its forecast milk payout to farmers. While the trading loss will hurt, Fonterra does have a degree of flexibility in value impairment.

By its own admission it (Beingmate) has not moved fast enough to adapt from an entrepreneur-run business. John Wilson Fonterra It is not expected by share analysts to write its shareholding, bought at 18 renminbi a share in March 2015, fully down to the 5 RMB prevailing now. The trading loss is about 2c per Fonterra share on top of the 10c hit directors have already taken from Fonterra’s arbitrated compensation to Danone after the whey protein concentrate botulism scare. The co-operative is unlikely to sue for divorce despite Fonterra’s public frustration with Beingmate’s losses and apparent inability to cash in following China’s reorganisation of the infant formula market. The Beingmate distribution network and its e-commerce

channels are important parts of Fonterra’s China strategy, Fonterra chairman John Wilson said. But he warned Beingmate must adapt to the rapidly changing retail landscape in China and the self-confessed challenges to its distribution network. The Chinese regulatory reforms reduced the number of infant formula recipes and brands by 60%. Beingmate secured 51 of the successful ones. “Despite the early registration of these formulas Beingmate has yet to maximise the opportunity created by the disruption to the market. “By its own admission it has not moved fast enough to adapt from an entrepreneur-run business,” Wilson said. Beingmate dropped from number one infant formula company in China with about 10% of market share to number three. It seemed Beingmate founder and major shareholder Sam Xie had moved on to other business interests, including biotechnology, after making a personal fortune floating Beingmate in 2011. Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings has intervened personally and repeatedly with Xie over the past two years of large Beingmate losses but the Chinese company’s difficulties appear to be deep-rooted and systemic. Fonterra’s two directors on the Beingmate board, Greater China managing director Christina Zhou and former senior Fonterra executive Johan Priem, expressed reservations regarding some aspects of Beingmate’s financial management and reporting practices. Commentators and outspoken farming leaders have questioned Fonterra’s due diligence in 2014 when contemplating the $700m-plus Beingmate investment. The Chinese partner announced trading difficulties almost simultaneously with the March 2015 Fonterra announcement and has made repeated losses in 2016 and 2017. As Fonterra should have learned from its Sanlu disaster in 2009,

a minority shareholding would not have much influence on the management of a Chinese company. Beingmate reportedly dragged its feet over distributing Fonterra’s Anmum-branded products. It also failed to take the infant formula volumes forecast for their joint venture blending and packing plant at Darnum, Victoria. The unravelling of the agreement has come from Beingmate’s apparent reluctance to facilitate sales of Fonterra products in competition with its own, despite what Xie and Spierings agreed. Former Fonterra director Leonie Guiney contacted media organisations including Farmers Weekly recently to express her concerns over the Beingmate performance. Fonterra believed she was about to disclose boardroom discussions in breach of a confidentiality agreement. It obtained an interim injunction against her and all media from the High Court. Fonterra’s shareholders now await its half-year results with added interest.


FRUITLESS: Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings has repeatedly intervened personally with Beingmate founder Sam Xie but to no effect.

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Strategy focus on farmer returns Annette Scott ENVIRONMENTAL pressures and consequent farm management will underpin the theme of Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s annual meeting. The development of the Red Meat Story will be a key feature to address macro-consumer trends, opportunities and threats, look at the value of an origin brand and the steps planned for its activation. After the unexpected geopolitical twists and turns of 2016, 2017 was a year of challenge, change and positive new directions for the red meat sector, outgoing B+LNZ chairman James Parsons said. On top of an unsettled globe, particularly trade-wise, farmers had endured one of the wettest years on record, widespread dry conditions into summer, intensive public scrutiny of water quality, a new Government and the emergence of synthetic proteins. “Meanwhile, our board and senior management were developing a new strategy, reprioritising activities and

DON’T STOP: No food producer, manufacturer or indeed retailer can afford to rest on their laurels, B+LNZ chief executive Sam McIvor says.

sharpening our focus on what matters most for farmers.” The new strategy prioritises things that will make a real difference for farmers. “Access to markets, positioning our industry and products well, protecting and enhancing our environment, which will be backed by a comprehensive new environment strategy, and

combining these with farming excellence to have enduringly profitable farms. “Through focusing our efforts, B+LNZ is now poised to deliver even more strongly by providing valuable insights to the NZ public, Government, consumers, industry and, most importantly, farmers and stakeholders. “Being insights-driven is one of

three key criteria we have assessed our activities against along with protecting or growing farmer profitability and contributing to building thriving rural communities.” Unless activities meet all three criteria, they are not the role of B+LNZ. “This has led to some great debates and discussion around the board table as we have reassessed everything we do. “With a new management structure in place B+LNZ is entering an exciting period where it can deliver with greater impact. “While we are acutely aware of the headwinds ahead for our sector, globally we are incredibly well placed to adapt and thrive. “No other red meat sector in the world is better placed to pioneer new ways of tackling global food and environmental problems. “We led the world following the economic reforms of the mid 80s. “Now, as the world’s most unsubsidised farming sector and one of the most progressive and educated, we can lead again,” Parsons said. B+LNZ chief executive Sam McIvor said there is no certainty and no room for complacency. Farmers worldwide face unprecedented change and challenge as the forces of environmental pressure, consumer awareness and technology combine to create what is a global food revolution. “In the last year we’ve seen this state of revolution accelerate with the proliferation of new food technologies and products not only on the supermarket shelves but available to consumers through multiple channels. “No food producer, manufacturer or indeed retailer can afford to rest on their laurels,” McIvor said. The NZ red meat sector was strongly positioned to take advantage with its premium, natural, pastoral farming systems. “And telling the red meat story is central to not only harnessing this opportunity but a core platform of B+LNZ’s newly refreshed strategy for supporting farmers over the next five years. “Our vision is profitable farmers, thriving rural communities valued by all New Zealanders. “In fact, it’s our farmers’ vision, developed after talking extensively with farmers and industry

stakeholders to ensure we’re working on issues that matter.” McIvor said four priorities would deliver to that vision – unlocking market potential, supporting farming excellence, enhancing environmental reputation and Government and public engagement. Over the past year B+LNZ had been setting up to deliver on that strategy and show leadership.

No other red meat sector in the world is better placed to pioneer new ways of tackling global food and environmental problems. James Parsons B+LNZ “The red meat story is in its final stages. “We’ve put in place the NZ Farm Assurance Programme via the Red Meat Profit Partnership, letting consumers know where the product is from, how it was raised and that it’s safe to eat,” McIvor said. Consumer insight work focused on understanding how consumers experience food and make decisions related to red meat. “This has helped us shape our story. “We’ve tested what we learnt in the United States, China, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, India and here at home. “It resonates. “We’re also developing a new environment strategy, ensuring that our farmers will be recognised for their commitment to the environment whilst maintaining the productive capacity of the land.” More on B+LNZ’s new five year strategy will be presented at the annual meeting in Gisborne on March 22 and in the organisation’s annual report. The day-long programme includes a field trip to Tangihanga Station while the evening dinner will host a presentation by farmer and author Doug Avery.


IMPORTANT: B+LNZ chairman James Parsons says the new strategy prioritises things that will make a real difference to farmers.


FARMERS WEEKLY – – March 12, 2018


Early shine to apple season Alan Williams AN EARLIER start to the Hawke’s Bay apple harvest is more a return to normal after two late seasons, Scales Corporation managing director Andy Borland says. Picking on the group’s Mr Apple orchards was seven to 10 days ahead of last year when delays were caused by a poor growing season and ahead of the 2016 season, which had perfect conditions. This year’s crop has come through a wet season well — helped by a white cloth cover designed to maximise the sun’s ripening impact. The crop looks solid, Borland said. “We’re happy with the fruit size and the colour is improving all the time.” Royal Gala, the first variety to be picked, is the highest-volume fruit for Mr Apple and a key earner. It is a traditional variety but also has a redder premium variety and is Borland’s favourite apple. NZ Queen is the core premium

apple, especially popular in China. Mr Apple packed 406,000 trays for export last season, up from 343,000 trays the year before. Volumes are likely to be up again this year as the variety’s planted area reaches full maturity in the orchards.

We’re happy with the fruit size and the colour is improving all the time. Andy Borland Scales Corp Pink Lady, Diva and highcolour Fuji are also important premium apples and the group has high hopes for the new Dazzle variety. Volumes of Dazzle are still enough only for sample orders but it will reach full export scale in the next three years. Two more new varieties — red fruit for the Asian and Middle East markets — are likely to be launched this year. Mr Apple exported 1.61 million

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NZ Queen

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trays of its own premium apples in the December year, down from 1.65m a year earlier. Total Mr Apple-grown exports were steady at 3.54m trays, with traditional varieties making up 1.94m. Another 1.25m trays were exported for other growers. New Mr Apple plantings are more and more premium varieties and the traditional apple likely to lose out could be the well-known braeburn. “It’s been a stellar performer for us for many years but it is competing with the new varieties now.” It will still be produced in good quantities for the traditional European and United Kingdom markets plus some into the United States but it is not a seller in the Asian and Middle East markets that now buy about 54% of the group’s exports. Gross apple production this season is expected to be consistent with five-year average volumes and Borland hopes that depending on pack-out success (80% last year), export volumes will be slightly ahead of last year. Horticulture (Mr Apple) is the biggest of the three Scales divisions, making up $228m of the total sales of $399m last year and $39m of the group’s operating earnings (Ebitda) of $62m. Directors are guiding the market to Ebitda in the $58m to $65m range this year. They have also refreshed the group strategy to put a greater focus on pure-agribusiness, playing to its strengths of operating fully vertically integrated businesses, export-led and adding value to its Chinese relationships. Businesses not well aligned with those strengths could be sold, they said.

Synlait opens research centre SYNLAIT’S Palmerston North research and development centre was opened recently by Massey University’s vicechancellor Jan Thomas and Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith. “We’re very excited to be opening Synlait Palmerston North, which is home to our new research and development centre,” Synlait managing director and chief executive John Penno said. “We have some major opportunities in front of us. “With the strong team and partnerships we’ve got in place to lead liquid innovation within our business, we won’t miss a beat,” he said. Thomas opened the facility and highlighted the important new relationship between Synlait and the university.

“Strategic partnerships like these are vital if we are to start and grow new industries, create new jobs and to remain competitive in the global marketplace.” Smith thanked Synlait for choosing Food HQ and Palmerston North City for their investment. “It’s fantastic to now see commercial companies such as Synlait organically using the value of Food HQ and Massey University. “Assisting companies with reasearch and development and commercialising their products is one of Food HQ’s key roles.” Synlait Palmerston North is a partnership with Massey University and FoodPilot, one of the New Zealand Food Innovation Network’s four hubs.

The Palmerston North team will primarily concentrate on innovative dairy liquid product development, as well as supporting processes and technology. It will also play an important role in developing innovative, export-oriented cream products that leverage Synlait’s upcoming $125 million advanced liquid dairy packaging facility at Synlait Dunsandel. Synlait plans to double its investment over the next two years, having committed about $7 million to research and category development in this financial year. Synlait has about 35 staff working in research and development but that will continue to grow as Synlait Palmerston North ramps-up its operations.

WANING: New red apple varieties grown for Asian and Middle Eastern customers are likley to push down volumes of the once stellar performer braeburn, Scales managing director Andy Borland says.


12 FARMERS WEEKLY – – March 12, 2018

Suicide shearathon is reprised in south Annette Scott

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Herlihy well knows his is just one story of hundreds of families whose lives have been affected by suicide. His family joined forces with their community to make a stand so their and other families’ experiences would be shared. “We are choosing to embrace the word prevention as we are wanting to help people before they lose any sense of hope for their future.” Ironically, Michael, just 20 at the time, was due to line up with his brothers to attempt an all-brother, six-stand, eight-hour shearing record. Two years on Herlihy is lining up to help raise mental health awareness and prevent suicide. On March 23 at 10am a group of North Canterbury farmers, shearers and agribusiness representatives will line up on the shearing board. “Our main goals is let people know it’s okay to reach out for help no matter who you are or what you do.” It will be the second time for Herlihy in such an event. Two years ago in his home town of Taranaki a similar event raised more than $20,000. “While we hope to raise some dollars to support mental health organisations the main objective is to raise awareness. “It’s not about trying to beat anything. It’s about preventing suicide,” Herlihy said. Having lived and worked in North Canterbury for the past five years he had identified a need for such an event in the region. “Canterbury was hit really hard with suicide last year. It affects so many people, so many families and friends – it is something really close to me.” The 24-hour shearathon to be held at the White Rock woolshed on Quarry Road, near Rangiora, will run to 10am on March 24. The plan is to shear 4500 sheep with blade shearing also a part of the event. “We could have up to 12 shearers in action at any one time. We may have to pace ourselves to make the sheep last round the clock.” The big call out is for people to turn up to watch and learn. “We want as many people as possible to come along. They can help, they can watch and they can learn. “You don’t need to know anything about shearing, we’d just love to get a good crowd.” There will be an auction at the end and there will be guest speakers on the Saturday, including NZ Young Farmers mental health advocate Sam Robinson from Methven. Robinson made an impact on the mental health and wellbeing landscape for rural youth when he shared his own near-fatal battle with depression. The young over-achiever and former Mt Hutt College head boy was a smart high school student driven by his future career prospects until he stumbled on his own pathway of expectation. The once confident young man, Robinson, now 27, began to experience depression in 2008. He hit rock bottom in 2016. His story is a gutsy one that solicited huge support nationwide. Using his own experience Robinson, a Lincoln University student, set in motion a positive chain of events that led to young people speaking up and NZ Young Farmers taking a leading role in highlighting mental health awareness. “We are very excited to have Sam coming to speak – he will be a highlight.” Four main key recipients have been tagged to benefit from the funds raised – Lifeline, Through the Other Side Trust, Taranaki Retreat and He Waka Tapu.



HELPING HAND: Mark Herlihy will be lining up later this month in a 24-hour shear-athon aimed at preventing suicide – a cause very close to his heart.

IN JANUARY 2016 Mark Herlihy lost his brother and shearing buddy Michael to suicide. There were no signs, no-one saw it coming. “This is something I have trouble understanding. “There are so many questions but the biggest one is why didn’t he reach out for help,” Herlihy said. Michael’s suicide propelled his family into the mental health discussion.

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Little farmer reaction to LIC plan Alan Williams OWNERS of LIC’s co-operative shares are being urged to read the information on the directors’ plans for a share restructure to see what the impact on them will be. The call from Southland Federated Farmers president Allan Baird applies especially to dairy farmers who own only the co-op shares and not the NZAX-listed investment shares. “I still have genuine concerns whether the plan is fair to those shareholders over their voting power in the co-operative and there’s a short-term risk for those who might leave dairying in the next five years or so over the value of the new shares when they are redeemed because of the market pricing.” Any restructuring has to recognise the value of the co-operative shareholders as they are the owners. LIC is holding a special meeting in Hamilton on Wednesday for shareholders to vote on the plan to disband the existing co-op and investment shares and replace them with new ordinary shares listed on NZAX. Shareholders can also vote online. LIC has held several meetings round the country to discuss the plan but indications are that farmer turnout has been low. There was a “reasonably low attendance’’ at the meeting in Winton in Southland that Baird went to. He also thought there was a low level of understanding about what was involved. “What I gathered was that there is either a lack of awareness about LIC’s plans or shareholders are happy with what the directors are doing and are happy to leave it to them. “I’m a little concerned that there’s still some farmer apathy.” An independent report commissioned by LIC described the share restructure process as complicated and said there would be a significant transfer of voting power from co-op shareholders to investment holders. Overall, the report writer, Northington Partners, concluded the benefits of the proposal outweigh the potential negative impacts. LIC directors say the existing set-up, which has the dairy genetics group’s farmer-customers having to own co-op shares but then having the choice on whether to own investment shares, contains potential conflicts between the two groups. The co-op shareholders have the voting power but not the full economic interest in the business while the investment shareholders do not have any voting power but have the greater economic interest in dividends and future growth. Over time that could cause issues for the ongoing management and governance of LIC, the directors say.

Chairman Murray King said there is no plan B for the co-operative if the plan is voted down by shareholders. “I want to address one piece of feedback that we have been hearing from some farmers, that this proposal is simply our first go and that a no vote will result in us going away, tweaking what is on offer and coming back for a second vote on a revised deal that is somehow more favourable. “This is completely wrong.” The board had spent two years considering the issues and it was clear this proposal is the “fairest, balanced and most transparent way of resolving them”. If the plan is voted down directors will put their focus “on making the best out of carrying

on with the existing share structure”. For the share scheme to proceed it must be supported by at least 75% of the votes cast separately by both co-op shareholders and investment shareholders. Most of the 10,200 LIC co-op shareholders own fewer than 2000 shares and 36% of those shareholders do not own any investment shares. Baird, who owns co-op shares but not investment shares, said his concern is that many of those farmers will not engage in the process and thus not vote. Voter turnout in the past for LIC has been light. “Those with investment shares have a foot in both camps and are more likely to gain from the change, so are more likely to vote.”

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Penny-pinching is hurting wool Alan Williams

VALUE: Federated Farmers meat and wool chairman Simon McAtamney.

FARMERS can’t complain about being shortchanged by the market for top-quality wool unless they’re making sure that’s what they’re delivering, Otago wool sector leader Simon McAtamney says. Those farmers cutting back on shed handling costs at shearing time are likely to be doing more harm than good to their prospects. “If you’re cutting down on the number of shed hands to save money I’d say you’re not saving money and you’re probably doing damage for the future by driving away skills the industry needs. “Farmers are disgruntled about the falling

value of their clip but this sort of action is just reactionary,” he said. They might save 10c to 15c/kg (depending on volumes) on the costs of an extra shed hand but if they worked hard at getting their full-fleece sorted in very good order and good colour they could get an extra 50c/kg at sale time. McAtamney, chairman of Otago Federated Farmers meat and wool and part of the national wool group, says there should be one shed hand for each shearer. He’s hearing of three-man shearing teams being asked by farmers to go with just two helpers or even one for the preparation and getting fleece into the woolsack. And he’s heard the practice is more common in

the North Island but his own shearing contractor in south Otago told him farmers down that way are also looking to save costs. When they miss out on work some shed hands end up going to Australia or further afield and not coming back. “The question should not be can you afford to have fewer shed staff but can you afford not to have them in full numbers,” McAtamney said. Shearing is also about wool management and animal health. Crossbred wool prices “are still riding along the bottom” with recent price increases adding only marginal value. High lamb and mutton schedules this season meant most farmers would be in a good financial position despite very dry conditions so they could afford the cost of doing the shearing properly. “Saying that might annoy some people but it’s true. “We’ve been hammered by the dry here in south Otago but financially we’re still doing well.” Plenty of recent rain means the impact of the dry spell should not be felt beyond the current season. A lot of farmers stored big volumes of wool last year rather than sell on a weak market but McAtamney took the approach of selling his wool straight away. “The price wasn’t going anywhere and if you sold the wool fresh you didn’t risk deterioration in storage and getting paid less if it was more yellow than white.” More farmers now appear to be taking the pragmatic approach of putting their wool into the market and meeting the prices being paid, he said.

Wool might go digital Neal Wallace

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RESEARCHERS appear convinced the future of crossbred wool lies in breaking it into its basic components for use in products such as keratin for cosmetics and textiles. Wool Research Organisation of New Zealand (WRONZ) chairman Derrick Millton said in the company’s 2016-17 annual report it is still working with traditional manufacturing industries to develop new technical textiles. “The majority of the research investment seeks new ways to utilise wool as a source of high-value keratin, for example, for use in cosmetics and high-value textile fibres.” A year into the latest project and Millton said researchers are still on the discovery phase to determine the properties and functionality of deconstructed fibres and reconstituted materials. The research is handled by Wool Industry Research and in the year under review it received $1.2 million from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, $1.8m from WRONZ and $100,000 from the industry. Of that, $600,000 went into industry-good research and $2.4m into finding new uses. Other research centres on developing environmental credentials, working with apparel, textile and outdoor industries and developing a country of origin test for wool fibre. Millton said new uses being explored include using crossbred wool fibres to replace glass as the reinforcement in circuit boards, relevant where weight is an issue. Initial work shows the fibres perform dielectrically better than glass at some frequencies, recording energy loss comparable to silica. “These two factors are key criteria in preventing the loss of data and improving the speed of data transfer for circuit board materials,” he said. Researchers from WRONZ, AgResearch, Canterbury University and Lincoln Agritech are working on the project, potentially tapping into a $71 billion industry.


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Kiwi products need protection Richard Rennie THE recent furore over Australian honey producers trying to use the word manuka for their premium honey sparked another transTasman spat over ownership rights. It’s the sort of row that has almost become a tradition with Phar Lap, pavlova and Crowded House all suffering similar proprietorial claims over the years. But it also highlighted a level of vulnerability New Zealand food producers must deal with as they push harder into high-value, niche food products that claim provenance and a story behind their existence. Ian Fletcher is an ex-diplomat and trade negotiator who has worked on World Trade Organisation rules and ran the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office. He is now working on behalf of the UMF Honey

Association as an adviser on trademarking and policy. Fletcher said the time is rapidly approaching when NZ has to consider introducing Geographical Indications (GI)s for its growing range of unique foods, including manuka honey. GI are a protection on a product’s brand integrity, proving to consumers it has a specific geographical origin and possesses qualities with a clear link to that place. The protection is extensively used by European food producers to guard their food culture and heritage from “me too” type products. “While we did recently get UK Trademark Office approval to apply to register manuka honey on behalf of all NZ producers (something the Australians might appeal at the next stage), GI protection is another level. It is like the Rolls Royce of

geographical protection and the word itself conveys a clear recognition of the product’s value and integrity.” The ultimate GI-protected brand is Champagne, with the descriptor, the region and the product all captured in one word. “And with that comes all the connotations of the Champagne experience that make it such a marketable product – the social cachet, the sophistication, the occasion — that is all embodied within what is essentially a glass of bubbles.” While restaurant diners in New York are not quite yet asking for a Marlborough when ordering a sauvignon blanc, the wines and spirits industry is the only one in NZ benefitting from GI protection. That is afforded under the Geographical Indications (wine and spirits) Registration Amendment Act, 2016. It ensures all the key wine-

OURS: The time is rapidly approaching when New Zealand has to use Geographical Indications to protect its unique foods, UMF Honey Association adviser Ian Fletcher says. Photo: Mark Coote

producing regions of NZ are specifically protected from copy-cat offerings, similar to the way wine makers in Champagne sharply guard their region’s rights to that title. “Interestingly we had such protection over other products before that amendment but it was withdrawn and it is high time we look to bring it back in.” Having the protection effectively closes the gate on imposter or imitation products, including Australian manuka. Fletcher said that then creates a marketer’s dream, the self-defined category where despite fierce competition between producers of the genuine product, they operate in their own playing field knowing alternative products cannot compete in the same space. Auckland University senior marketing lecturere Mike Lee sees the potential for manuka honey to create a Champagne-like category for itself, with consumers picking and choosing based on the merits and subtleties of the different manuka honeys offered, just as they would over different Champagne house offerings. Champagne style wine makers have been at the sharp end of such regulations, with bubbly style wines having to be named methode traditionelle, with a strict oversight body ensuring genuine Champagne is protected.

Lee cautions, however, that in setting GI labels there might be a need to consider Treaty of Waitangi implications for the use of Maori words such as manuka for those products. “In a region that has some traditional indigenous names then who has the right to that name and the premium it commands?” Interestingly, manuka honey’s success has included a strong contingent of Maori producers throughout the country tapping into the tribal story behind the land it comes from in addition to its health-giving properties. Fletcher can see the potential for GIs broadening to include such items as Tasman Bay scallops, Bluff oysters and other monofloral honeys like rewarewa. With manuka honey alone valued at $300m a year he believes it will be only a few years before the total value of GI-protected foods could be as high as $2 billion. “If you were to take a few more monofloral honeys, the seafood and some other products you get to $1b pretty fast.” Lee said the red meat sector could not claim a GI over such descriptors as grass fed but there is certainly an opportunity for specific branded red meat from specific areas such as Catlins Coast Premium Lamb or Wakanui Beef.

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THE issue of Geographic Indications is a highly sensitive part of forthcoming free-trade negotiations with Europe, New Zealand’s special agricultural trade envoy Mike Petersen says. “The issue has already been covered in the early prenegotiation discussions and, yes, some issues and differences exist between us and the Europeans on how GIs should be viewed.” One area of contention is European efforts to protect cheese types like edam, parmesan, feta and gouda, thus limiting the use of those descriptors to producers in defined regions. Despite not having place names, like Champagne, the European Union argues cheeses like feta are so closely connected to Greece

they are to be defined as an inherently Greek product. Petersen said NZ believes that is pushing descriptors too far and there has to be freedom for NZ producers to make those style cheeses, even if it involves calling it NZ feta. So, Petersen is wary about what NZ should wish for when it comes to having GI protection, given what might have to be sacrificed to satisfy the Europeans. “It is ironic too. “NZ developed the French rack of lamb so should we be claiming protection over something that has a European country’s name in it?” UMF Honey Association adviser 

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Lessons for NZ in UK experience WITH its island nation status and long history of localised food types the United Kingdom’s experience with Geographic Indications protection provides some insights to the opportunities and pitfalls for New Zealand producers in trying to protect a food item’s provenance. Under European law for GI there are three definitions ranging from being produced, processed or prepared in a traditional geographical area, to having every stage of its creation taking place in the area and being made using distinct local knowledge. A specific example is Cornish clotted cream. Under EU law producers agree on a specification to help define the product, for example a Melton Mowbray pork pie has to have at least 30% pork meat produced in a defined region and local food authority approval. However, UK producers are uncertain about the future of their protected products should EU law be withdrawn under Brexit. Food producers there are considering a UK system that might provide some options for New Zealand producers considering the same sort of protection. UK Secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove has proposed a British protected food name status option. It might also allow for protection of international products previously lacking protection in the EU, such as Darjeeling tea. Negotiation in free-trade agreements post-Brexit could also include wider international protection for EU registered products. A UK certification mark accepted by the EU is one option, setting a quality standard indication a product originates from a particular location, such as Stilton, even though it must come from Leicestershire, Derbyshire or Nottingham but not Stilton which is in Cambridgeshire, or have the official cheesemakers’ association logo on it Continued from previous page Ian Fletcher believes given NZ’s smaller status in the free-trade negotiations there might have to be some sacrifices made to get NZ products over the line should GI protection come in to play here. “But it is also a case of what is good for the goose is good for the gander. We may as well come up with our own GIs.” It remains to be seen how far the EU will push its GI claims. “But it may be that if we want to trade with the EU then we will have to pay that price,” Fletcher said.

with industry associations acting as certifiers and monitors of the mark. There is little doubt about the value GI in some certified shape or form offers producers in Europe. Law firm Mills and Reeve reported in February food and beverages sold under the European regulations earnt 1.55 times the price of unprotected products. However, that premium also becomes a necessity to cover the higher cost of administering a scheme that ensures integrity of product source. British producers would hope a home-based system of protection could cut back on the time involved getting approval, such as the 10 years it took for Melton Mowbray pork pies. Italy claims the most items protected under current EU regulations with 294, compared to 245


from France and only 69 from the UK. However, the UK has eight protected fresh meat products generating 40% of GI protected EU fresh meat sales. Meantime, Scotch whisky remains the highest profile protected product, earning an estimated £5 billion a year for the UK economy, similar to long-protected Champagne’s €4.7 billion. GUARDED: Stilton cheese is famously associated with the village of Stilton and even though it cannot be made there the Geographic Indication is protected.



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Learn from best dairy farmers Alan Williams NEW Zealand’s best dairy farmers are achieving results well above average levels and other farmers are being urged to learn from them. Their pasture and animal health management put them well ahead in milk produced per cow liveweight and in lower rates of cow losses. Research overseas and in NZ showed leading farmers are ahead of the consultants, institutions and available information in the work they’re doing, veterinary surgeon and farm systems analyst Brian McKay told a Federated Farmers dairy group presentation in Christchurch. He’s part of a two-year Ministry for Primary Industries programme, Farm System Change, designed to provide essential information based on the work of the best farmers. Seventeen farmers were hand-picked for the project and their case studies now appear on the MPI website. The researchers studied the farm records over five years to get a cycle of financial and climate conditions. A key finding was the top farmer group averaged an 89% to 93% level of milksolids to cow liveweight. The national average was about 72%, that is 381kg/MS on a liveweight of 528kg. Land use economist Ray McLeod said the case study group achieved an average 1.6% cow loss a year compared to 2.2% nationally, effectively a 30% lower loss level. A lot of empty cows were also being replaced every year on NZ farms. “They’re getting the same amount of milk with 80 cows and 16 replacements as farms on the national average of 100 cows and 22 replacements. There’s less money invested per kilogram of milksolids produced.” The top farmers are making the best use of every kilogram of drymatter in converting it to production at a rate about 25% above the national average. That

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There’s less money invested per kilogram of milksolids produced. Ray McLeod Farm System Change resulted in better breeding, a longer milking season, a longer lactation and lower break-even financial figures and returns on farm assets. McKay said that is due partly to the nature of supplementary feed on top of the core pasture diet, it

is more complementary feed for a specific purpose rather than just supplementary. The research group is trying to work out the optimum amount of grass and feed a cow can eat but it is problematic to get an exact picture rather than a best guestimate in the right amount of feed. McLeod and McKay are contracted to the research programme. Katrinka Good, one of the MPI staffers in the project, said environmental management is a key aspect of the work. “We’ve found that they are all working hard on that and treating the regulatory environment as the

absolute minimum of what they’re doing.” The farmers are achieving more effluent capture and recycling, McLeod said. The 17 farmers are from Northland to Southland with four from Waikato and were selected because they are known to be high achievers, Good said. They have a range of ownership structures and herd numbers range from 250 to 2900 cows. Five of the farmers, in Northland, Bay of Plenty, Otago and Southland, chose not to be identified in the MPI case study presentation. The others are: Corin and Wendy Schick (Moo’s ‘R’ Us) in Northland; Zach

T&G Jazzes up latest result Alan Williams T&G Global’s Jazz apple variety achieved its highest market price in the latest year, 16 years after being launched on the world premium market. Jazz and the group’s other premier variety, Envy, are both among the top 10 sellers in most of their markets, covering the United States, Asia, Europe, and Britain. Its apples are grown in many regions including the Americas and Europe as well as New Zealand, where it owns the exENZA business. T&G reported an after-tax profit of $22.6 million in the year-ended December 31, down

30% on a year earlier. The result included gains on new international investments but they were offset by asset writedowns, chief financial officer Wolfgang Loose said. The 2017 year was challenging overall with poor weather conditions negatively affecting fruit quality and harvest volumes in NZ and overseas. The international produce division was also affected with grapes and high-value cherries suffering most. The NZ produce division, based on tomatoes, citrus fruit, berries and kiwifruit, performed well. Loose said T&G continues to invest in its NZ infrastructure.

Mounsey (Rustic Dairies), John Hayward and Susan O’Regan (Judge Valley Dairies), Rex and Sharon Butterworth and Marc and Maria Gascoigne in Waikato; Matt Barr (Te Tiringa Farms) in Bay of Plenty; Dairy Holdings (Peeble Siding), Mark and Devon Slee (Melrose Dairy), and Rakaia Maori Incorporation (Tahu a Tao Farm) in Canterbury; John and Ruby Foley (Glenmoa Farm) in Otago; and Blair Murdoch and Rebecca Jamieson in Southland. Good said MPI began the project as part of the industry response to changing environmental attitudes and was based on what the ministry could do to accelerate the rate of change.








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Rural, urban folk share their views PUBLIC support for pastoral industries is slipping but has grown for horticulture, according to a new survey. The Ministry for Primary Industries-commissioned survey by UMR was bad news for fisheries, with just 40% of respondents having a positive opinion of the sector while views on forestry were mixed. The survey revealed the public was less positive about pastoral farming than in 2008 though that survey did not differentiate between dairy, sheep and beef. The 2017 survey found 63% of rural and 59% of urban respondents had a positive view of sheep and beef farmers and 50% of rural and 47% of urban respondents had a positive view of dairy farming. In 2008, 83% of rural and 78% of urban respondents had a positive view of farming. The opinion of horticulture increased from 2008 to 2017. In the latest survey 69% of rural and 66% of urban respondents were positive about horticulture, up from 58% and 60% respectively. UMR researchers said respondents believed horticulture is booming and they like it because it is “not hard on the environment”. Positive perceptions of sheep, beef and dairy farming are that they are positive for the economy, produce quality products and are the backbone of the economy. Negative perceptions are the perceived self-interest, driven by profit seeking, bad environmental record and a dislike of the industry.

Dairy was also seen as offering opportunities but conversely was viewed as a drain on resources, specifically water. Just 39% of urban and 40% of rural had positive view of fisheries while forestry faired a little better at 42% of urban and 52% of rural viewing it positively compared to 52% and 47% in 2008 respectively. While forestry was seen as good for the economy, offering employment and being positive for climate change, conversely there were concerns about environmental management, poor health and safety for workers and foreign ownership.

Both urban and rural respondents were still more likely to hold a positive view of all primary industries than a negative one. UMR Unsurprisingly, the greatest environmental issue respondents identified facing the primary sector was water pollution, quality and use. The level of concern increased from 2008 by urban, 23% to 47% and rural 26% to 53%. Those surveyed felt the dairy industry was the main source of pollution and degraded water was the biggest problem in Canterbury. Respondents were concerned at the perception of corporatisation of primary production, a term researchers described as

foreign ownership linked to intensification and negative environmental impacts. Fewer people felt climate change was an important environmental issue with 19% of urban and 18% of rural rating it important, down from 27% and 21% in 2008 respectively. However, the vast majority agreed responding to climate change was the responsibility of all New Zealanders. Those agreeing that farm animals were well treated remained “strongly positive” but less so than the 2008 survey. Among rural respondents 73% agreed farm animals were well treated (82% in 2008) and among urban it was 68% (71%). That was a lot better than the results from a new question about how urban people looked after animals with just over 50% agreeing urban animals were well treated. Concerns about rural animals focused on caged and corporate farming and in urban settings the mistreatment of dogs. The UMR researchers looked at media coverage and concluded that while it depicted an urbanrural divide the survey did not, with few differences in attitudes and views across the population. Media coverage directed blame at farmers for degrading water quality putting farmers under stress. They were frustrated their stewardship of the land was not being recognised. But UMR said the research suggested that view was held by a minority. “While these findings indicate there is definitely concern about farmer impacts on the environment and, in particular,

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Kiwi pigs can fly to Australia Annette Scott

associated with pork and pork products produced from pigs born and raised in NZ.” That was backed by the industry’s trust mark, PigCare, independently managed animal welfare assurance programme and the sector’s world-leading, high health status. While it will provide opportunity for farmers and the industry, it is early days, Carter said. “How it plays out in the commercial environment we are not clear yet in terms of volumes and productive opportunity. “There is still a lot to do in that space to meet requirements but it’s normal stuff and is achievable,” Carter said. With Australia being such a big country there is plenty of opportunity but Carter said it will not necessarily turn into a driver for greater NZ production. “But it is another straw on the back for more options and an important step in five years of work to get here. “I commend MPI for their efforts to get this protocol in place, that’s great.” Carter also noted the opportunity was largely due to NZ’s highly respected farming status.

NEW Zealand pork will soon be winging its way across the Tasman Sea to be served on dining tables in Australia. Access and certification for pork exports to Australia have been agreed by the Primary Industries Ministry and Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. The access is for uncooked pork meat and products containing pork but uncooked meat will require further processing on arrival. While pork exports can start immediately there are processes yet to be worked through. NZ Pork chairman Ian Carter said while Australia is a big importer of pork meat from the northern hemisphere, in particular from North America and Europe, NZ has never been on the radar. “We have never existed in their marketplace but we have been working on it for almost five years now so this is finally a good outcome. “We see the granting of access to Australia as an important formative step to explore export markets that value the qualities

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“We are a small pork producing nation so this is significant in that this is another, and a first, opportunity for the export of NZ meat outside the red meat sector.” The development of NZ Pork’s trust mark is the topic of address for Carter who has been invited as a guest speaker to Australia’s annual pork industry conference next month. “That was confirmed

the evening before this announcement so while it gives weight to what they have invited me to address, being our trust mark, it could be more interesting now,” Carter said. MPI’s policy and trade deputy director-general Jarred Mair said NZ has a very strong meat regulatory system that is held in high regard by trading partners. “These have helped towards

enabling access to Australia for our pork and pork products. “We appreciate and would like to acknowledge the support of the NZ pork industry in reaching this milestone,” Mair said. NZ’s pork exports are limited to a small number of markets such as the Pacific Islands and Singapore. In the year to June 30, 2017, NZ exported 173 tonnes of pork valued at $1 million.


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FACT-FINDING: British farmers want to learn how Kiwi farmers coped with the removal of subsidies and how exporters develop new markets, National Farmers Union delegate Charles Sercombe says.

A HIGH-PROFILE party of British farm sector leaders and government officials will arrive in New Zealand this week for a fact-finding tour of the country. They hope it will also serve as a bridgebuilding exercise in preparation for Brexit. The visit, run by the British High Commission in NZ and supported by the NZ Government, will include about 20 farming, processing and meat promotion representatives, plus British government officials.

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They plan to meet all the leading players in the NZ farming scene. “One of our objectives is to learn from NZ’s experience of coping with the removal of farming subsidies, especially how producers adjusted and developed following that change,” United Kingdom delegate and livestock committee chairman of the National Farmers Union of England and Wales Charles Sercombe said. “We want to look at the technical side of NZ’s processing sector while also focusing on the country’s regulations and how they compare to what we currently have in the UK. “This will include studying production standards, health and welfare requirements and so on. “There will also be quite a strong emphasis on exploring how our two countries can co-operate better in the future, particularly in relation to farm trade and what we can learn from NZ’s expertise in developing overseas markets.

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“In the UK we have obviously always had a market on our doorstep and we might now (post-Brexit) have to look at how to develop new markets. “Finally, towards the end of the week we have a series of workshops planned to discuss how we might better exchange knowledge, expertise, understanding and development.” Although talk of future free-trade agreements is not a scheduled part of the programme Sercombe said he would be surprised if issues such as market access after Brexit are not raised. “NZ farmers are obviously very keen to protect their market share in both the UK and the EU so I’m sure we will touch on these points, especially how they will apply in the brave new world after Brexit,” he said. UK National Sheep Association (NSA) regional vice chairman Thomas Carrick was to be part of the British delegation before winter storms made life simply too demanding for him to leave his Cumbrian farm. He was still happy to outline his objectives for the visit, however, which will now be taken by an NSA staff representative. “We want to get some good dialogue going with farm leaders in NZ as we have a lot of shared interest in accessing markets around the world,” he said. “We are also competitors, of course, in the domestic UK market where it would be good to have a better or certainly improved relationship when it comes to issues surrounding NZ access into the UK. “The visit from our perspective will be a factfinding and relation-building opportunity. “Going forward, of course, we don’t know yet what our government is going to do. “We therefore need to arm ourselves with as much information as we can get. “We also need as many friends as possible. “I’m sure the same is true for farmers in NZ.”

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Customers like green meat taste Mike and Sharon Barton, beef farmers on the western shore of Lake Taupo, have pioneered a new way of farming under a nitrogen cap that limits their carrying capacity. They ask consumers to pay a premium for meat to protect the water quality of a lake most of them will never visit, Hugh Stringleman writes.


USTOMERS of the small Japanese supermarket chain San-Yone have quickly taken to Taupo Beef and Lamb, helping to build brand premiums for conservation reasons. In a few weeks the New Zealand premium beef captured about half of the supermarket’s beef sales, apparently taking market share from domestic Wagyu. Lamb sales were not as rapid, given the Japanese unfamiliarity with sheep meat. Taupo Beef and Lamb principal Mike Barton said the company’s first export shipment went on sale in late January in five highend supermarkets in the Aichi prefecture west of Tokyo. The chilled container-load was 75% full set beef and 25% lamb, cut according to Japanese retail requirements. Two more containers are on their way to Japan and the commitment is for one a month to get the aging and shelf lives right, he said. Supplied from four farming business around the lake catchment, the animals were killed by Taylor Preston, near Wellington, cold boned and the chilled and vacuum-packed products exported by Neat Meat of Auckland. Neat Meat also distributes Taupo-sourced products with its Harmony label in North Island supermarkets, meat retailers and restaurants. Barton said 40% of the beef and lamb output of the Taupo farmers will be exported in future and they won’t be looking for any more overseas markets in the meantime. “We have already demonstrated that the quality of our meat samples in the middle of winter

met the customers’ standards and now we have to commit to the volumes required. “That would seem like all we can supply on a monthly basis throughout the year.” The Bartons on Glen Emmreth Farm at Tihoi have been joined by James Trubridge and Sue Yerex at Te Hapua Farm, Turangi, Kelvin and Denise Martin, Kinloch View Farm, and the Waihi Pukawa Trust at Turangi, managed by Colin Gates. The Bartons spent a week in Japan in February, giving instore cooking demonstrations, considerably helped by Sharon’s fluency in Japanese gained through tertiary studies here and two periods of residence. The point-of-sale materials explain the Lake Taupo environmental story, the necessary farming restrictions, the grass-fed, all-seasons outdoor farming story and give profiles of the farmers, including various awards won. “The Japanese supermarket owner and his heads of department have been keen to understand our farms as closed systems, no need for livestock housing in the winter and all the nutrients in meat coming from the soil and the herbage. “That was a level of information that I hadn’t thought they would be interested in. “The owner is very concerned about the health aspects of the foods available in Japan and the unhealthy trends in consumption. “He wanted grass-fed beef rather than grain-fed, which in Japan has very high saturated fat levels. “Whereas in European and North American markets they tend to go for audit schemes by non-government organisations, in Japan the Waikato Regional

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TASTY: Taupo Beef and Lamb partner Sharon Barton gave customers in Japanese supermarkets a taste of the meat being sold on its environmental credentials.

Customers and consumers can read our genuine, verified story and that we are not just flapping our marketing arms. Mike Barton Taupo Beef and Lamb Council environmental tick has been welcomed. “Consumers don’t necessarily want to know all about the lake and its water quality but they appear to accept the governmental assurance.

“Customers and consumers can read our genuine, verified story and that we are not just flapping our marketing arms,” Barton said. The Taupo Beef and Lamb brand would continue to evolve. “We are getting a premium over other NZ beef sold in Japan and that is a way of sharing some of the costs of protecting Lake Taupo. “It is not all of our costs and foregone farming opportunities but it certainly helps.” Barton said farmers are going to have to engage consumers on the environmental costs of all meat production. Not all of those costs can be recouped from the start but the conversation must start so the

mechanisms become established. NZ meat producers cannot rely just on premiums paid in the domestic market. They have to find a way of doing similar in export sales, in the way San-Yone has embraced. “We are going to have to supply on contract, when the customer wants it, rather than selling animals when we run out of grass. “We cannot continue to occupy the commodity space. “Instead we must establish brand values that pay the costs of environmental, biodiversity and greenhouse gas limits.” It will take a generation to fully convert the consumers, especially older ones who grew up with cheap meat and no environmental consequences, he believes.

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Growing fuel a double benefit New Zealand faces some tough targets under its Paris Accord climate change obligations and while agriculture is under pressure to reduce its portion of greenhouse emissions there is also room for the transport sector to reduce its 23% portion of national emissions. Modelling by Crown research institute Scion has provided some insights on how NZ could grow its way to lower carbon emissions using biofuels, which also provides some welcome cropping opportunities for the pastoral sector. Richard Rennie spoke to Scion’s lead researcher for clean technologies Paul Bennett about growing biofuels.


HE prospect of New Zealand growing feedstock crops could bring a double-headed benefit for greenhouse gas reduction. Not only would it offer a crop alternative over gas-emitting livestock, it would also lower the country’s greenhouse gas emissions from the transport fuel sector. Scion clean techology lead researcher Paul Bennett said the study aims to generate some robust fact-based debate about the ability to move to large-scale production and use of biofuels in NZ, backed up with robust data to contribute to the country’s aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. At the heart of the work is the modification Scion researchers made to a computer model developed specifically by the United Kingdom’s Energy Technologies Institute. It models scenarios of what crops and processing facilities could be required to produce varying quantities of a transport fuel sustainably. “But for NZ considerable time was spent modifying it to reflect the country’s landscape and crop types. It breaks the country broken into 50km by 50km areas. “It’s a complex model that includes calculations for locating infrastructure to process the crops.” Researchers covered a range of fuel substitutions from conventional to biofuel from 5% to 50%.

Bennett said the debate about biofuels has progressed in the past decade when food crops like beets and corn were competing for arable land space. “If you take that growing resistance for using land to grow food for biofuels then you tend to start looking at woody matter for biofuel feedstock, including trees.” The report set out to be agnostic about crop type and researchers allowed a range of crop types including miscanthus, canola, forestry and forestry waste to be used.

As you move to higher biofuel substitution then you have to have a dedicated feed stock source. Dr Paul Bennett Scion

“But as you move to higher biofuel substitution then you have to have a dedicated feed stock source.” Pine trees are an obvious but not necessarily sole option for bulk fuel source. The challenge for NZ in using a crop source is timing, with even short rotation forestry needing between seven and 15 years to be mature enough to harvest for fuel. With the Government pushing for another 50,000ha of trees

a year to be planted, starting planning now means those trees would have another use at harvest while sequestrating carbon during their growth phase. “And biofuels bring emission reductions of over 80% over fossil fuels because taking the lifecycle approach the crop has absorbed carbon.” But even sourcing 30% of the country’s liquid fuel from home grown plants on non-arable land would slice GHGs by 5m tonnes a year, the equivalent to taking half the country’s car fleet off the road. Heavy transport, marine and air industries are particularly hard to decarbonise and use two-thirds of NZ’s fuel. But Bennett sees a good opportunity to progress technology beyond the intermediate bio-sourced fuel known as pyrolysis oil, used for heating in the United States. “This is where the model results suggests one of our research focuses needs to be from here.” To put some scale around the plantings required to make a difference, the report estimates a forest of 7000 square kilometres, the size of Taranaki, would sustainably make 2.3 billion litres of liquid fuel a year, more than enough to meet South Island liquid fuel demand. Bennett believes the mood of the Government and the world has shifted from a decade ago when there was a flurry of work around bio-diesel when the excise tax on it was removed. “We have some huge tasks ahead to meet our Paris Accord

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commitments and biofuel has a role to play there. “We also import about $5 billion a year (2015 figures) in crude oil which is a major demand on our earnings as a country, with exposure to geopolitical shifts.” At a trade level there is also the spectre of trade partners demanding greater transparency around carbon footprints for products NZ exports thousands of miles from their origin. “The same applies to the tourism sector. People come here expecting to find a clean, green sustainable country and biofuels will help achieve that.”

He also sees the value hitting closer to home in terms of regional revitalisation. Areas like Northland, East Cost and the central North Island stand to benefit the most from forest sourced biofuels development, with processing plants usually near to the feedstock crop. They are also the same areas targeted by the Government’s $1 billion regional development scheme. The biofuels report was backed by some heavy hitters in the fuel and transport industry, including Air New Zealand, Kiwi Rail and Z Energy.


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Sam will help your welfare


HIS week we begin a series of stories from All Black Sam Whitelock who’s an ambassador for Farmstrong, the organisation that focuses on the mental and physical well-being of rural people. He’s learned a lot in his time as a professional athlete. He’s faced a fair few obstacles and overcome many of them. But like all people he’s struggled with injury and with the mental challenges of playing in a pressure cooker environment. Sam has some tips that have helped him get through the tough times. He’s developed strategies to change his habits and make sure he’s getting the rest, recovery and relaxation he needs to perform at the top level. Farming throws up its own challenges and they can often seem as immense as a Springbok forward pack to those facing them. As I write yet another cyclone appears to be making its way to New Zealand, the third this summer. Rain and wind have already had a pretty good crack at parts of Hawke’s Bay and the King Country with farmers there facing a big clean-up. It’s often the case that we look at the challenge ahead and it can seem insurmountable, all encompassing. But if you break a challenge down into parts and tackle one of those parts at a time, pretty soon you realise you’ve knocked it off. Of course, rugby’s a team game and having a bunch of mates with you when the going gets tough helps a great deal. Farming needn’t be any different. While it can be isolating out on the farm sometimes, it’s good to remember your own team. There’s your family, your staff, your mates and everyone else who can help out with good information and opinion. Lean on them when you need to. They can bring wisdom, advice and a new perspective to things that might seem impossible. And, when you can, take some time off to smell the clover. We live in a beautiful country and farmers are in the best spot to enjoy that so make sure you take the time to do just that.

Bryan Gibson


Is Fonterra failing farmers? I HAVE been fascinated at the lack of discussion at the grassroots about Fonterra’s failure in China and the reduction in the Fonterra dividend as a result. This I put down to a few key points. 1. We have a strong milk price this year in fact the fourth highest of all time. We would hear a lot more noise on a $3 or $4 payout. 2. The timing of the better late than never A2 partnership announcement around the same time as the loss in China spun a lot of media and farmer interest away from yet another China disaster. We were all focused on the A2 share price. Hats off to the spin doctors. 3. The reluctance or inability of several former board members and others to give us opposing views and

real insight into our company, oops I mean co-operative. 4. It is also quite lucky for those in charge at Fonterra that the disconnect from a 180-cow farmer in Waikato or Taranaki has never been wider. For too long the small shareholder has felt unimportant, not heard, disillusioned and quite likely is moving on to their next pathway of life — retirement. This generational change many farmers are going through or approaching marks a serious crossroads for Fonterra. Many families will be having a conversation around the return on capital tied up in Fonterra shares. Could this capital be better used to repay debt or assist in a farm succession, a decision made easier by

the continued growth of competing processors and an inability of Fonterra to pay significantly more than the market. Watch this space. Grant Hall Cambridge

Damage control MALCOLM Bailey’s opinion Farmers must get consumer trust (FW 5.3.18) suggests consumers do not trust New Zealand farmers. If trust is to be established it would be a triumph of damage control. The curious international consumer of baby milk formula or wine could use Google as I have done below. The results demonstrate the enormity of the damage control requirement.

Google search term: nz dairy cows gmo feed. Resuls: GM-horrifying-foodfor-thought. Google search term: NZ dairy cows glysophate. Result: Tests show milk clear of Roundup used for silage. Google search term: NZ wine glyphosate. Result: Overuse of glyphosate herbicide destroys clean green image. Consumer perception, aka the consumer is always right, is the only rule that applies. The googling consumer has just found out that NZ dairy cows are exposed to glyphosate and genetically modified feeds and grapes are exposed to glyphosate. Damage control that. Steve Clark Wainui

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From subsistence to sustainability Ric Foxley


AST September I reported on my visit to Amlaku’s village in Ethiopia. I mentioned the rapidly growing crop of improved seed on fertilised soil. The harvest they achieved in November was remarkable – double anything they had ever seen before. Today every family has a bank account, something quite new to them. From the proceeds of the sale of surplus produce they will buy their own improved seed this year, sufficient for all of their land, not just the portion that we were able to fund last year. Many families have now built sturdy new homes from the sale of the vegetables they now grow around their houses. Early last month, 12 people from the local Agricultural Department arrived unexpectedly in the village to see what was going on. Fortunately, Amlaku was there at the time. They spent several hours looking around then had lunch, along with some serious conversation, with the villagers. Amlaku wrote “Yesterday was another finest day of my life. “Their reaction to all the changes they saw was enormous for them. “At the end of our time, they told me I will be selected as a model for the region. “This is their first time to make an official visit to us, as our work and the progress we scored is become influencing to wider areas.” Recently, Amlaku visited the school. Not only is the solar panel powering the laptops he took back with him last year but also providing electric light for the classrooms. During the evening the whole place was buzzing as children who



lived near to the school gathered to do their homework — brilliant. Our challenge for the next two years is to provide sufficient fertiliser for them to apply to all of their land. If we can do this and given reasonable growing seasons climatically, they should have the resources to move forward without further assistance from us and we can then step back from supporting them. Averaged out, fertiliser for each farmer will cost $450 a year. They have also asked for a solar panel for each house. These will be of huge assistance, especially for the children doing their homework. When we put one in Amlaku’s Dad’s house three years ago it cost $1750. Today they cost $200. We are going to have a stand at the Central Districts Field Days in Feilding from March 15-17. If you are going to be there look for us in The Market Place on Stand MP14 near the Bayleys Rural Lifestyle Pavilion. Baregota Village is now well on its way in its journey from subsistence to sustainability. Driven by Amlaku’s vision and supported by people here, what is happening there is quite literally

PLENTY: Ethiopian villagers in Baregota have reaped a bumper harvest thanks to help from New Zealand.


life-transforming. When Amlaku was at university one of his lecturers said to me “This boy has the potential to transform a region”. It feels to me that, with the visit of the Agricultural Department people we are seeing something of that prophecy starting to be fulfilled. Time will tell. If you can make a contribution towards either fertiliser or solar panels I would hugely appreciate it.

Nicola M Shadbolt Professor in farm agribusiness management Massey University Being a contributor to Amluku’s journey has been an absolute privilege; I cannot think of a better example of how the power of learning and a passion to make a difference can result in the empowerment of so many people. An example to us all.


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Ian McKelvie MP for Rangitikei I had the privilege of meeting Amlaku when he was in New Zealand last year and was impressed by his enthusiasm for the Subsistence to Sustainability project in the Ethiopian village of Baregota. The energy he and his supporters have committed to providing a sustainable future for the people of the village is truly admirable and I have great pleasure in endorsing their fundraising efforts.

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MANAGEABLE: Sam Whitelock might be a mighty All Black but he breaks things down into small, realistic targets when he wants to make changes.

Create new habits to improve Sam Whitelock Farmstrong ambassador FARMSTRONG’S all about the things you can do to keep well, even when you’re under the pump on the farm. Knowing how to create a new habit is one of the things that will help with this. Sometimes we set goals – whether it’s to get fitter, lose weight or learn something new – only to discover a few months down the track we haven’t made the progress we hoped. So here’s what I have learnt from professional rugby that has helped me create a new habit so it stays locked in?

Small steps One of the keys for me is to take small, achievable steps. For example, say you want to get fitter and be in better condition to work on the farm. A small achievable step could be choosing one time each day when you walk to do some of the work instead of taking the bike or staying in the vehicle.

locked in as a new habit, you can then move on to the next level of challenge.

Use a trigger It could be that you park further away from the shed, house or gate so you get in a bit of a walk or you walk some of the way to bring in the stock. It doesn’t sound like a big commitment but if you start with small, realistic goals like that you’ll soon be racking up lot of extra movement every week, which is good for both mind and body. Over time that will become something that you just do each day. The most important thing is that you choose a habit you can stick to regularly for at least a couple of months. It helps if your targets are small initially. Keeping your habit changes small will make your brain think the new habit is easier to do. This helps conserve energy because planning big changes to routines can sap a lot of energy. Once you have the small change

One of the habits I’ve changed over the last year is how I do my injury rehab. I used to find this a tricky thing to schedule and remember to do. So now I do it at least twice a day while I’m brushing my teeth. It might sound funny but these days I brush my teeth standing on one leg so I can do my ankle and knee rehab at the same time.

Share your goal The other thing I find that really helps me establish a new habit is to tell someone else. If I want to change something in my life or training routine I write it out at the start of each year on some paper and put it up on the wall so other people can see it. Once other people know about your goal they can provide the sort of encouragement and support that will motivate you to stick at it. When you reach your goal tell others and celebrate the achievement.

Diary time off

I just do it when I clean my teeth.

I realise that I’d really struggled before with rehab because I’d never made a specific time during the day to do it. But now it’s easy to do because I don’t have to think about it. I just do it when I clean my teeth.

One habit that is definitely worth developing is regular breaks and time off. Whether you’re playing rugby or working in the rural world taking time off is massive. It helps you stay fresh so you can perform at your best. So in your work diary or daily schedule put in when you will be having shorter breaks and longer days away and try to stick to them. Having it in the diary means you can plan your other work around

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it. Regular small breaks like stopping for a cuppa and longer breaks away from your work are both important. Over summer I make a real effort to connect with my friends and family outside rugby and recharge my batteries. Connecting with mates freshens me up and gets me talking about things apart from my job. Time away definitely energises you and can give you a new perspective on things when you are back. There’s a tonne of videos, stories and ideas on our website www. that farmers have shared about things that have helped them to become a better farmer. So check these out and lock in the things that will work for you in 2018. is the official media partner of Farmstrong

This is the first in a series of articles by Sam Whitelock about what farmers, farm staff and their families can do to stay Farmstrong when they are under the pump.


FARMERS WEEKLY – – March 12, 2018

On common ground with city mates From the Ridge

Steve Wyn-Harris

I READ with interest Neal Wallace’s editorial in last week’s Farmers Weekly, which is followed up this week with his in-depth look at the Primary Industries Ministry’s survey of the New Zealand public’s views of the primary sector. The survey itself came out towards the end of last year but hasn’t garnered much attention. My interest was piqued by Wallace’s pieces so I’ve also had a look at the survey. I was interested to know why the survey was done in the first place, which is to see how opinions have changed since the benchmark

survey in 2008. It says its objectives are about gaining an in-depth understanding of the beliefs and values held across both urban and rural New Zealanders regarding the primary sector including agriculture, horticulture, food, fishing, aquaculture and forestry. And it explores and identifies paths in the development of those beliefs and values. Not surprisingly, that is through the filter of mainstream media. I now remember writing a piece on that earlier survey and probably being slightly industry self-congratulatory as both rural and urban respondents were very positive towards pastoral farming industries at a time when we in the rural sector had formed the view our city mates didn’t think much of us. Back then 83% of rural respondents and 78% of urban dwellers had a positive view of farming. Our sectors weren’t broken down in that original


REALISATION: A hot summer has made Aucklands aware not all pollution comes from dairy farms.

survey but now 63% of rural and 59% of urban respondents have a positive view towards sheep and beef farming and 50% of rural and 47% of urban hold a positive view of dairying. That’s a big drop over the decade but not unexpected as we farmers have not been feeling the love as we watch the debate about our sector through the lens of the mainstream media. We have been frustrated in recent years where the media’s sole focus has been on rural waterways when we have known that urban ones are as bad if not worse. That has changed this hot summer, particularly with reporting around Auckland’s waterways delivering contaminants into the sea where they swim and onto their beaches where they frolic. These streams don’t come from

a dairy area but are fed by the stormwater system that sluices through Auckland. Perhaps now there is a growing understanding by all Kiwis that water quality is an issue we all affect and that it is something we all need to do something about instead of just finger-pointing. The survey shows only 40% of both rural and urban have a positive view of the fishing industry but, interestingly, horticulture has seen the urban positive view increase from 60% to 66% over the decade. The reasons given that weren’t in 2008 were because the industry is booming and is not hard on the environment. Surprising, given much of the horticultural land surrounds large urban environments but the city folk appear unaware of the water use from aquifers and chemicals

applied on their doorstep. A good finding of the survey was that the vast majority of New Zealanders are concerned about the threat of pests and diseases. Both urban and rural respondents put a high level of responsibility on all parts of society for helping to protect NZ from the entry or spread of pests and diseases. It suggests all New Zealanders believe prevention is better than dealing with an incursion and that most are willing to participate in passive surveillance. So, we have some strong common ground on that one with our city mates.

Your View Steve Wyn-Harris is a Central Hawke’s Bay sheep and beef farmer.

Teaming up for farming’s future Guy Salmon

ALAN Emerson is entitled to take a sceptical view of Landcorp’s efforts to reshape its business by marrying environmental and animal welfare excellence with a new export brand, Pamu (NZFW, 26 February). Over the years, farmers have seen a lot of talk and not much delivery. Back in 1995 Project 98 set out to produce a verifiable eco-label to support brand marketing of New Zealand’s agri-food exports. Project 98 was led by top organisations of its day – including the Dairy Board, Meat and Wool, Heinz-Watties, Fruitgrowers Federation and Federated Farmers. But it was ahead of its time. Only the tourism industry eventually ran with the marketing vision of clean, green NZ. And tourism was really marketing the conservation estate. There, it faces much less of a credibility challenge than farming does and visitor satisfaction is high. For farmers, NZ’s backstory as a clean, green country has yet to be converted into marketing success at scale. Renewed impetus is coming from Beef + Lamb, Synlait, KPMG

Agribusiness and Landcorp. Each recognises we must meet the marketing promise environmentally, just as with taste, quality and traceability. New Zealanders are seeking better environmental performance from farming, especially on freshwater and climate change. Many observers would agree this feeling, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s embrace of it, contributed to the change of government. As we have seen, a polarised antagonism between town and country can easily develop. This situation, were it to continue, might not end well for farmers. In democracies, majorities rule. In 2004-08, with a colleague at the University of Helsinki, I led a research team that compared environmental decision processes in NZ, Finland, Sweden and Denmark, with a primary sector focus. By getting producers, environmentalists and other parties together around the table and creating a unified sense of the nation’s best interests, the Nordic countries achieved superior performance, both economic and environmental. Their collaborative change was gradual, not sudden. But over decades performance steadily moved ahead, with everyone engaged in a shared vision. In 2008-09, working with others, I persuaded the incoming National government to follow the Nordic example by setting up the Land

and Water Forum. The forum comprises representatives of the primary sector, the energy sector, iwi and environmental interests. After eight years of successful, consensus-based recommendations to the previous government, the new government has given the Forum a renewed mandate. It is this context of collaborative change through which we can view Landcorp and its Environmental Reference Group (ERG). ERG has five members. One is Dave Maslen, an international expert in environmental marketing who works for NZ Merino. Another is Matamata-based innovator and entrepreneur Angus Robson. A third is Dr Mike Joy, a water quality scientist from Massey University. Fourth is Dr Tanira Kingi, one of only two experts in how NZ farming systems can respond to climate change challenges. Kingi also has strong practical knowledge of farming as chairman of several Maori farming organisations. As ERG chairman I bring broad experience in environmental problem-solving gained in policy, research and consulting roles across agri-business, forestry, fisheries, waste management, a supermarket chain and government agencies, plus an invaluable eight years’ experience of coming to grips with farming leaders’ concerns through the Land and Water Forum. ERG meetings include senior Landcorp managers, farming innovation and environmental specialists from within the

at Wairakei are durable steps business and farm managers. forward. Onfarm discussions are an It’s easy for a company to essential part of our work. manufacture a green halo but It’s easy to say a steep, grassed quite another to take hard face should be put into trees. decisions that create lasting It’s something else to explain to an experienced farm manager how change. Landcorp needs time to make a you could harvest the trees off it fist of this challenge. without doing a lot of damage. Emerson should welcome its In joining ERG each of us, collaboration with ERG and the even outspoken environmental expertise it has around the table. advocates like Joy, have made a He should come back for a commitment: we are willing to closer look in two years’ time. work within a business framework to find solutions that are actually workable on farms. I believe that’s a fine example to set. It’s also a tribute to the leadership of Landcorp’s chief executive Steven Carden. I’ve worked Agribusiness (4) with many great Assistant Manager (1) Block Manager (1) business leaders. Contract Milker (2) I feel particularly Cropping Manager (1) passionate about Dairy (5) Farm Assistant (1) Farm Manager (10) my work with Fencer General (1) General Hand (3) Landcorp for General Maintenance (1) three reasons: the Knife Hands (1) Livestock Representative (1) issues Landcorp Manager (1) faces are central Other (1) to NZ’s future; Shepherd (4) Shepherd General (1) the company Stock Manager (2) Stockperson (1) has a good understanding Employers: Advertise your vacancy in the of the size of the employment section of the Farmers Weekly task; and it is and as added value it will be uploaded to genuine. for one month or close of application. Phasing out palm kernel Contact Debbie Brown 06 323 0765 and reducing or email dairy intensity




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• Ranfurly • 800 cows • Well set up operation The business name says it all: Loves Cows Ltd. is a progressive sharemilking business where the business owners have a clear focus that has successfully led to them owning this sharemilking business in their early 30’s – and their plans are much bigger. They are now looking for a committed farming professional to come on board as Farm Manager for the 2018/19 season, and progress into Contract Milking the following season. This is a progressive business where land ownership is a realistic goal and the opportunity is absolutely there for the right person to grow with the business. But this is Ranfurly, a little isolated and where the seasonal changes are extreme. The normal weather range is from 30 degrees in the summer to -5 in the winter. To mitigate, the Farm Manager’s home is a well insulated modern open plan home with a wood burner fire. There is also a good double garage.

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Theland Farm Group is at the sharp end of a manufacturing process that sees New Zealand fresh milk and consumer product delivered to China from farms in the central North Island and Canterbury. With 26,000 cows this is a substantial business and HR team champion the people, safety and communications strategy across the team of 180 people. Theland Farm Group is positioned for growth and change; this means they now have two exciting new opportunities for experienced HR Coordinators. With one based in Canterbury and the other in Waikato, these challenging roles will see you successfully engaging with managers and leaders in a dynamic environment, where your ability to quickly build solid and credible working relationships will be critical. To be successful in these positions you will be a proactive individual who can self motivate, work with ambiguity and take initiative. The team is extremely busy so you will need to be able to think on your feet and you will be able to demonstrate: • a successful track record working as an HR specialist within a complex operational environment • ability to build and maintain positive working relationships across a broad range of stakeholders • ability to prioritise a busy workload ensuring • a tertiary qualification in HR, Psychology, Business or related field • knowledge of Health and Safety requirements in the workplace. These are excellent opportunities, with loads of variety, for experienced coordinators or those wanting to take the next step in their career to gain exposure across multiple HR disciplines. You will join a supportive team, where forward thinking is encouraged and success is recognised. The roles are extremely versatile with the potential to develop further within the wider HR function. To find out more about these two roles, and to apply, go to (Ref#8HR986).

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Shepherd General Based in the Waikato, we require a self-motivated individual who has enthusiasm, good work ethic and a desire to grow. We operate an intensive 8000su sheep and beef breeding and finishing operation based 12km from Matamata. We farm 3000 Romney breeding ewes, 150 Angus cows and all replacements. Incorporated in that is a fully recorded flock of 600 ewes, selling rams and fattening all surplus stock.

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Glenaray Station, 70,000ha sheep, beef and deer property carrying 70,000 stock units in Northern Southland has a vacancy for a permanent shepherd. Skills required: • 2 to 3 years experience • 4 trained dogs minimum • horse experience preferred, own saddlery required • current drivers licence

To do this job well you’ll have experience and advanced capability in dairy farm systems related technology such as MINDA, Farm IQ, Farmax, Udder, Pasture Coach or similar. You’ll already know the principles that contribute to profitable dairy farming and have experience in leveraging and modeling these principles for maximum effect.

This is an industry where there are opportunities for transformational change and this is a business that’s aiming to be in front of these. Your CEO is completely committed to a people and performance culture and your seat on the Senior Leadership Team demonstrates this commitment. You’ll be challenged to be in front of the safety, culture and talent curves in a business where being the role model for the dairy industry is already in play.

It goes without saying you’ll be a numbers person, adept around financial management software and excel. You’ll be familiar with budgets, the budgeting process and cashflow management. As important, you’ll be interested in dairy farm innovation and how you can contribute to changing the face of on-farm performance for an international business.

Needless to say you’ll be adept across a range of people and communications functions including talent management, change management and health and safety. You’ll be across people legislation and will be the budget holder across all people related activities. You’ll likely have corporate experience, will be a member of HRINZ and so much the better if you have an understanding of, or background in, the NZ dairy sector.

Good quality single accommodation and all food provided. Cooked evening meals Monday to Friday. Cooked winter lunches. Sky TV and internet provided. Competitive remuneration to suit experience.

This role will require on-farm time as well as in office analysis. It is a role that will equip you for further ‘sharp end’ performance management responsibilities in a corporate farming or agribusiness career.

Applications close Friday 6th April 2018.

For context, Theland Farm Group has a total of 25 dairy farms across New Zealand and is already an industry innovator across the supply chain. If a career in management, performance and influence is what you are looking for, then this is the job that will help you get there. LK0091864©

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Reporting to the National Head of Farm Operations this role has input directly into the decision-makers in the business and there’ll be pressure to provide timely information – the upside is seeing your work contributing to real change and success in the business.

Theland is at the sharp end of a manufacturing process that sees New Zealand fresh milk and consumer product delivered to China from farms in the central North Island and Canterbury. With 26,000 cows this is a substantial business and this role leads the people, safety and communications strategy across the team of 180 people.

You’ll be leading a geographically dispersed team of three along with external service providers so will know what it takes to lead and inspire from a distance whilst also planning, prioritising and focusing on the performance that is needed.

Applications close Friday 25 March 2018

Based in our Cambridge office and supporting our 13 North Island dairy farms, the focus on the role is to monitor, analyse, benchmark and provide informed recommendations for change to the operational management team. We know there’s scope in these farming businesses and you can be part of helping us achieve optimum outcomes.

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Sound like you? More details about this exciting role are available on our website at, Ref#8HR985. Applications close 14 March 2018. | ph: 07-870-4901

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Key attributes required are: • A strong work ethic • Excellent stock handling skills • Excellent communication, sense of humour, honest and reliable • To work independently, or as part of a team • A desire to take up challenges and extend themselves You will work closely with the farm owner to organise the day-to-day running and be able to show initiative and take on responsibility when opportunities arise.

Theland Farm Group is positioned for growth and change, and this role is about helping ensure we make informed decisions around the best way to achieve this.

Leading the talent management, health and safety and communications functions it’s also a role with scope, variety and a never-ending to do list.

Return this form either by fax to 06 323 7101 attention Debbie Brown Post to NZX Agri Classifieds, PO Box 529, Feilding 4740 - by 12pm Wednesday or Freephone 0800 85 25 80

Free accommodation

• Contribute to business strategy • Support excellent business decision making • Work closely with your operational team

This role with Theland Farm Group is a dream job for a skilled and qualified HR professional whose heart is in helping the business achieve operational excellence and whose skills sit across the spectrum from strategy to ‘getting in amongst it’ with the operational team.


Sharing accommodation in a 4-bedroom house; two bathrooms. Will have own room.


Take whole of business responsibility Sit at the ‘senior leadership table’ Lead a professional team Manage the ‘people’ budget


Northern Waikato

1000 hectare drystock farm. Part time work tractor driving and some general house maintenance. Further duties required but will advise when contacted.


Are you looking for a clear pathway into Contract Milking?

If you’re motivated by a challenge, passionate about the dairy industry, and looking for a fast-track progression path into Contract Milking, apply today!

Retired Farmer Required




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Please apply in writing or email CV to: Mike O’Donoghue Manager Glenaray Station, 1623 Piano Flat Road, RD 1, Waikaia, Southland 9778 Ph: 03 202 7720 evenings Email:


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Foxley Station is a 1400ha, 11500su medium to steep hill country breeding/finishing property running Romney ewes and Angus cows.

Our clients are a large family owned business which operates three dairy farms and support land at Rangitata in South Canterbury.

The farm is situated 30 minutes north of Taumarunui and 45 minutes south of Te Kuiti in the Matiere area.

The business farms approximately 2,500ha, much of it irrigated, milking approximately 4,000 cows and rearing large numbers of calves. It operates virtually self-contained, owning much of the machinery to operate the business.

The role is predominately stock work so will require a good team of dogs.

The business seeks to recruit skilled and motivated managers to fill the roles for: • Dairy 1: 650 cows • Dairy 2: 1,850 cows • Dairy 3: 1,450 cows

We require someone who takes pride in their work, who is honest, self motivated and enthusiastic.

These roles will work closely with the Farm Operations Manager to take the farms to the next level of physical and financial performance.


Please send a copy of your CV with at least two references Daniel Macaulay Foxley Station RD, ONGARUE 3997 Phone Daniel 07 8966104 or 027 8657010

Experienced Herd Manager / 2IC

The position start date is 1 June 2018, or earlier by negotiation. Remuneration includes a competitive salary package and accommodation. This is a great opportunity for highly motivated people in a large-scale family orientated business. Applications in the form of a CV to: Dairy Farm Management Services Ltd., referenced “MDL1 Farm Manager” Email: (Word or PDF format). Applications close 19th March 2018. For further information contact DFMS Consultants John Donkers 027 439 7108 or Peter McLeod 027 275 2695 or Operations Manager Mark Frear 027 485 3727

950 cows – 1st June start Located 10 minutes from Hinds

To make this farm really hum, we are looking for an experienced 2IC or Assistant Herd Manager who is passionate about the industry and is looking to step up, has a keen eye for detail, strong pasture management, animal health and staff management skills with the ability to manage the whole farm operation when the contract milker is off-farm. This is a high performing farm which has set very high standards. The farm is part of the Lincoln University Dairy Farm Benchmark group. This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic dairy farming professional who is looking for an opportunity to learn and develop them self, with scope to take on additional responsibility and really set themselves up for a future in management.

ASSISTANT FARM MANAGER Piopio – 850-900 cows

Applicants must be currently residing in NZ and have Residency or appropriate VISA. To apply please email a current CV and cover letter

Great Career Step Our clients are a family owned business who sharemilk on two properties right on the Piopio town boundary. Each farm is run independently of the other with one family member sharemilking on one and another Sharemilking on the other.

Farm Manager – Central North Island

We are seeking two good Assistant Farm Managers, one for each farm, to help with decision making and be able to step up to the plate to take the reins for short periods as required.

Tuatahi Farming Partnership is recruiting an experienced Farm Manager to take responsibility for the management of an intensive 14,000su finishing property near Turangi. Tuatahi Farming Partnership runs a total of 68,000 sheep, beef and deer SU on three blocks between Turangi and Taumarunui.

As such you will need to be able to show that you have all the skills necessary for the successful day-to-day running of a large farm including:

Key attributes required in our Farm Managers: • Honest/trust worthy • Team player • Respectful • Willingness to learn • Leadership • Communicator • Adaptable • Resilient

Both farms are extremely well set up, with top notch infrastructure, modern machinery, one with a 60 bail rotary with Protrack Vantage (900 cows) and a covered feed pad and the other a 54 bail rotary with Protract Drafter and soon to be installed in shed feeding (850 cows).

Competencies required: • Proven skills and experience in intensive finishing of sheep and beef with deer experience an advantage • Strong staff and relationship management capabilities • Proven ability to plan and meet objectives • Excellent written and oral communication skills with high level of computer literacy • Financial management and planning • Ability and desire to continually improve their farming operation


Both jobs have good warm brick and tile housing, are in easy access of schooling right through to secondary with a thriving rural community right on the door step.

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We offer: • A competitive remuneration package • Staff training and development • Excellent farming systems and structure • A comfortable recently redecorated 3 bedroom house on the outskirts of Turangi • A safe working environment Written applications with cover letter and CV to Barry Pope, RD 1, Turangi 3381 Ph 07 386 5752 – Mobile 021 501 377 Email:

Applications close on 23 March 2018.


You will be willing to continue your learning ideally already having some formal training, either degree qualified or Primary ITO level 4, with a minimum of three years in a similar level role in a New Zealand farming environment. You might be on a smaller farm ready to step up into a larger working environment or you might already be on a large farm ready to step into a larger role. You will need to be a New Zealand Citizen or hold New Zealand Residency status.

If this sounds like you, and you are wanting to progress your dairying career please apply: Email your CV and Cover Letter to or call 07 823 0117.


This position reports directly to the General Manager. This is a rare opportunity to gain skills and experience working within an expanding and progressive farming business which has a clearly defined strategic and business plan and independent governance.

• managing or supervising • pasture andand feedfeed • pasture people management management • thriving in a team environment• animal • animal welfare welfare andand environment husbandry skills • leading by example husbandry skill •a leading example • machinery handling • strong by work ethic • machinery handling • a strong work ethic • record keeping • excellent communication skills • excellent cmmunication skills • record keeping You will be well supported by the sharemilker, a farm consultant and great farm staff.

Phone Debbie Brown 0800 85 25 80 or email *Available for one month or until close of application


A comfortable 3-bedroom home and very competitive salary package will be offered to the successful applicant.

The successful candidates for the roles will have the following attributes: • A thorough understanding of dairy farming systems • A strong focus on cows, people and grass • Have strong leadership skills • Have a collaborative working style and be committed to working in a team environment • A focus on workplace health and safety • Enjoy working in a drug free work environment • Be well organised


Support with further training and development can be provided.

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CRAIGCO SHEEP JETTERS. Sensor Jet. Deal to fly and Lice now. Guaranteed performance. Unbeatable pricing. Phone 06 835 6863.

ANIMAL HEALTH farmer owned, very competitive prices. Phone 0800 4 DRENCH (437 362).

ANIMAL SUPPLEMENTS APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, GARLIC & HONEY. 200L - $450 or 1000L - $2000 excl. with FREE DELIVERY from Black Type Minerals Ltd www.blacktypeminerals.

ATTENTION FARMERS GROWTH PROMOTANT $5.85 per hectare + GST delivered Brian Mace 0274 389 822 07 571 0336 MANUKA SITES REQUIRED in the North Island. Top dollar paid to land owners. Proven performers with sound experience in the industry. Interested in building long term relationships. Contact 027 826 6278 or email:

CONTRACTORS AUCKLAND-BASED E A R T H M O V I N G contractor. Rural earthworks. Subdivisions and house cuts. Roading and civil. Retaining walls. 1.5 - 24 tonne Diggers. Bobcats. Trucks. Call Keegan on 022 614 5313 or email to keegan@ GORSE SPRAYING SCRUB CUTTING. 30 years experience. Blowers, gun and hose. No job too big. Camp out teams. Travel anywhere if job big enough. Phone Dave 06 375 8032.

DOGS WANTED HEADING, HUNTAWAY, handy, backing dogs or bitches, 2-6 years. Top money paid. Phone Ginger Timms 03 202 5590 or 027 289 7615. 12 MONTHS TO 5½-yearold Heading dogs and Huntaways wanted. Phone 022 698 8195. NORTH ISLAND BUYING trip 24/3/18. No one buys or pays more! Buying Over 300 dogs annually! All levels and abilities. Paying $100 more than anyone! 07 315 5553. Mike Hughes.

FERTILISER DOLOMITE, NZ’s finest Magnesium fertiliser. Bio-Gro certified, bulk or bagged. 0800 436 566.


NATIVE FOREST FOR MILLING also Macrocarpa and Red Gum, New Zealand wide. We can arrange permits and plans. Also after milled timber to purchase. NEW ZEALAND NATIVE TIMBER SUPPLIERS (WGTN) LIMITED 04 293 2097 Richard.

GOATS WANTED GOATS WANTED. All weights. All breeds. Prompt service. Payment on pick up. My on farm prices will not be beaten. Phone David Hutchings 07 895 8845 or 0274 519 249. Feral goats mustered on a 50/50 share basis.

HIGH PRESSURE WATER PUMPS, suitable on high headlifts. Low energy usage for single/3-phase motors, waterwheel and turbine drives. Low maintenance costs and easy to service. Enquiries phone 04 526 4415, email

GRAZING AVAILABLE DAIRY GRAZING available 440 acres in Taumarunui flat to rolling. Contact, phone 022 398 9705.

GRAZING WANTED LAMB AND CATTLE grazing. Autumn and winter grazing wanted for lambs and cattle on live weight gain. Please contact Mark Grace 021 222 8470

LIVESTOCK FOR SALE RAMS. HILL COUNTRY Perendales. Easy care with good size and quality wool. $250-$500. Phone 06 376 4751 or 021 133 7533. RAMS. SOUTHDOWNS AND Suffolk/ Southdown X for heavy fast growing lambs. Suitable for Hogget mating. $250- $500. Phone 06 357 7727 or 021 133 7533.

PERSONAL ALONE NO MORE!!! There is no need to be alone when there are so many other genuine singles also seeking love and companionship. Ask the Countrywide personal matchmakers who is waiting in your area. You don’t need a computer and your privacy is assured. Ph 0800 424 318. All ages – seniors welcome. Matchmaker since 1989. *Real People not computers*

PROPERTY WANTED HOUSE FOR REMOVAL wanted. North Island. Phone 021 0274 5654.

Andy Carlson 0274 529 697

East Frsn ram lambs

MOISTURE METERS Hay, Silage dry matter, grain. 0800 213 343. FOR ONLY $2.10 + gst per word you can book a word only ad in The NZ Farmers Weekly Classifieds section. Phone Debbie on 0800 85 25 80 to book in or email


TYRES TYRES TYRES WE’LL DELIVER FREE anywhere in NZ when you order four tyres or more. We can supply and deliver good quality tractor, truck, bike or vehicle tyres to you. To discuss which tyres suit you call direct or text Charity 021 052 6365. Waiheke WOF Centre.

WANTED TO BUY CHEVROLET BELAIR 1957. Wanted for restoration. Any condition considered. Top money paid. Phone Dave 021 083 90948.

E X P E R I E N C E D SHEPHERD GENERAL. Hard working and reliable with four good dogs. Phone 027 514 4662. YOUNG MALE WANTING junior shepherd or shepherd/general position on sheep/beef farm. References available. 027 800 6769.


Sloane Livestock Broadwood Weaner Heifer Sale head AB Charolais x heifers Charolais x heifers Angus & Whiteface heifers Hereford x heifers Simmental x heifers Friesian x heifers


Thursday 15th March 2018 1700 15 1150 370 70 75 20

15 MTH HEIFERS 300-380kgs 340-380kgs 15 MTH



Ross Dyer 0274 333 381

A Financing For Your Farm BW 143/50 PW 161/67 RASolution 100% Northland Herds E (in 1020/7All Breeds for NZ ) 156 Frsn BW64 PW65top RA84% DTC Off steep farm with long walks. $1575 BRLL have a good selection 175 Xbred BW85 PW116 RA92% DTC 20/7 • Tidy Many cows contracted to LIC for 2011 matings Frsn herd priced to sell. $1600 of herds sale • Due to calve from 16-7-12, 6.5 for weeks

Paul Kane 027 286 9279 (North Waikato/ Northland)

Jersey herd, 200 cows, established 60 years, BW 124,

AB Jersey and Kiwi cross PW 135, RA 100%. Majority young cows, very little 400kg ms, 1700kg ms/ha. Due from • Estimated be 420supplements, cows after non Waikato BOP Herds to 20/7/18 to LIC AB and tailed Jersey bulls out 5/1/18. In 330 Jerseys BW136 PW134 RA100% DTC 20/7 calf heifers, BW 156 also available. pregnant, culls, older cows & 5% rejection Enquiries to Matt Satherley Ph 027 869 7805 or Brian Big capacious well uddered AND in great condition • Production last season 347kgs ms/cow, Robinson Ph 027 241 0051 owned 38 yrs, 9 contract mated cows $1900 1000kgs ms/ha, on Jersey rolling to BW 75, steeper herd, 100 cows, PW 79, RA 93%, 350kg 280 Frsn Herd BW67 PW60 RA94%, DTC 28/7 ms, 1100kg ms/ha, no inputs, cell count 55,000 one of Good type, 600ms/cow. Mated to LIC Premier Sires, contoured farm, no meal,lowest palm kernel or maize for Fonterra, due from 20/7/18 to nominated AB, Herd tested, rotary shed. $2100 tailed Jersey bulls out 28/12/18. Asking $1575 plus GST. fed. In calf heifers and calves also available. BOP In-Calf Heifers • Waikato Young replacement stock also available Ph Matt Satherley 027 869 7805 National Dairy & Live Export Coordinator

88 High BW PW Frsn BW119 PW122 RA100% F12-F16 Blacks DTC 24/7 to Jsy bulls $1600

Jersey herd, 235 (2-8 years), Semex bred, good framed, good udders, big strong cows, great temperament, due from 20/7/18, 3 weeks Jersey AB, tailed MG bull out 26/12/17, 330kg ms no inputs, very wet flood prone farm. Vendors wanting to sell. Young stock also available. Ph Matt Satherley 027 869 7805

Outstanding genetics & potential to be one of the leading suppliers of Genetics to DTC 24/7countries F12-F16 I/C Jsy bulls, $1650 Philip Webb: 027 801 8057 the dairy industry for years to come. Full details Central & Southern NI Dairy Coordinator available. Empty recorded in milk Ayrshire cows, 40 for immediate Southland In-Calf Heifers


Ph Brian Robinson Ph 027 241 0051 Enquiries to the sole marketing agents:

240 Frsn/FrsnX BW129 PW131 DTC 30/7

RA100% complete capital line, well grown $1900 Richard Van Wynbergen 027 4456056

Brian Robinson BRLL South Island Dairy Coordinator PH:listings 0272 or 07 For extensive for all410051 types of dairy stock visit: 8583132

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Gary Falkner Jersey Marketing Service PH: 027 482 8771 or 07 846 4491

We currently seek interested parties, farmers, partners and investors. • New and exciting venture in growth industry • Large scale farming operation

For further details contact Nick 0274 763 658 Email:



570 Frsn Heifers with A2 A2 Sires RA100%




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Managed by ex-dairy farmers, weighed and drenched regularly with weight reports provided.

Well bred and records available

GRAZING AVAILABLE Central North Island

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Cheviot 1 Shr rams and ram lambs



Grazing available for Heifers from 1 May 2018. Large areas available



A man takes his Rottweiler to the vet. “My dog’s cross-eyed. Is there anything you can do for him?” “Well,” says the vet, “let’s have a look at him.” So he picks the dog up and examines his eyes, then checks his teeth. Finally, he says “I’m going to have to put him down.” “What? Because he’s cross-eyed?” “No, because he’s really heavy…”


BUYING A DOG has never been easier! View Huntaways, Heading, Handys online. Delivering to South and North Island 24/3/18, guaranteed to work. Trial. Trade ins welcome. 07 315 5553. Mike Hughes. FOUR HEADING pups, 8 weeks. Good breeding. $400 each. Phone 027 514 4662. 3-YEAR-OLD Huntaway broken-in dog. Very good and trust worthy all rounder, good noise. $3700. 8-MONTH-OLD well bred Huntaway dog. Blank canvas. Very keen with good noise. $800. Phone 06 342 7655 or 027 321 2767.



FLY OR LICE problem? Electrodip - The magic eye sheepjetter since 1989 with unique self adjusting sides. Incredible chemical and time savings with proven effectiveness. Phone 07 573 8512 w w w. e l e c t r o d i p . c o m

GRASS SEED TAMA GRASS SEEDS for sale. Excellent test. Buy direct from grower at $1.50 per kg plus GST. Phone 027 721 0838.










Dairy Stock For Sale

FOR SALE 128 Angus Angus x Hereford R2yr steers 426kg – $1400

225 2-8 Yr Old Jsy Jsy/X Cows

50 x A2 Spring-calving Holstein cows. One of Canterbury’s nicest herds for conformation and production. Hayden McCarthy 027 757 4727

100 frsn Wnr Bulls 170-180kg $4.30/kg

This capacious herd is of outstanding conformation with excellent temperament, udders, type and feet. Milked on a system 1.5 doing 335 MS/Cow, farmed at the base of the Kaimai Ranges.

39 x R3 & R4 A2 Fr/FrX cows from a minimal input farm. Your chance to secure some much sought after A2 cows. Matt Sanson 027 556 9928

IC to Jsy, DTC 25/7 4 Weeks AB, BO 26/12/17. Tailed with MG Bull. View Listing # WAI56680 Contact Don Allison 0274 515 318

66 x Xbred rising 2nd calvers BW111 PW130. Calving 1/8/18. Plus 2 other similar lines available. James Perkins 027 232 8052

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Numbers of frsn 18mth bulls 400-500kg $2.85-$3 Wanted Quotes on 18mth hfrs 300-360kg can handle large numbers Angus Angus x Hereford steers and hfr calves 180-220kg Chris Hay 027 602 4454

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200 x hard working Holstein Friesian cows from a breeding enthusiast. If you’re looking for volume, look no further. Matt Sanson 027 556 9928

Autumn Ram Sale

111 x PTIC Fr/FrX heifers. Top line of heifers for immediate delivery. BW110 PW115. Harry Stanway 027 556 9948


400 x non LIC-bred Friesian cows capable of producing 500+ solids. 700 sound, empty 2yo-5yo in-milk cows. Good money paid for right article. Delivery prior to April 1. All dairy breeds considered. Phone Harry Stanway 027 556 9948

Morrinsville Dairy Complex Thursday 15th March 11.30am start On A/c Client 78 Frs/FrsX/Xbd Cows BW 73 (up to 137) PW 95 (up to 224) In-calf to Hfd, DTC 20/3 for 9 weeks, 45 3 Yr old, 27 4 Yr Old. In excellent order, these young cows are ready to milk. All cows blanket dry cow treated. This is a golden opportunity to take advantage of the present grass growth. View MyLivestock Listing #WAI55550 A/c Client 40 Jsy Aut Calving Recorded CO Cows. DTC from 26/3 to Hfd Bull. Records and Catalogue Available on sale day Contact Gareth Price 0274 777 310 *Normal Dairy Empty sale to follow* Contact Glenn Tasker 0274 777 345

Account Nokomai Station Nokomai Valley Athol Southland Wednesday 18th April, 1pm 6500 Half Bred Wether Lambs 2300 Half Bred Ewe Lambs 1000 Half Bred Texel x MS Lambs Full Details will be advertised at a later date. Further Enquiries: Barry McAlister 0274 416 432 James Hore, Nokomai Station 021 301 797

– Next to the Rugby club on ringside sharing our tent with Beltex NZ

2nd Annual Angus Female In-Calf Sale – May 2nd Approx. – 80 fully recorded Stud Females R2, R3, R4, and Annual Draft Cows – 50 R2 Commercial heifers Meadowslea Bred

Contact: David Giddings 03 685 8027 Auctioneers: PGGW Keith Willson 027 412 5766 Carrfields Callum Dunnett 027 587 0131 PWA Hamish Zuppicich 027 403 3025 RL Anthony Cox 027 208 3071

To advertise Phone Nigel 0800 85 25 80 or email

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A/C AgResearch – Aorangi Research Station

Wednesday 14 March, 11am

Wednesday 14th March, 11.30am

In conjunction with Carrfields Livestock Three O’Clock Run, Middlemarch (signposted from Middlemarch, allow approx. 15 mins travel)

2400 Wnr Cattle Comprising 1400 Wnr Steers 800 Wnr Hfrs 200 Wnr Bulls

Approx: 400 Hereford Friesian & Beef X Friesian R2 Steers & Heifers 50 Angus R2 Steers & Heifers 800 Hereford Friesian & Beef X Friesian Steer & Heifer Calves (will be sexed and drafted into lines)

Annual Entries Glenbrae P/Ship 160 Sim / Angus x Wnr Bulls Onetai (Bill Morrison) 125 Wnr Sim x Cattle Homunculus Trust 180 Wnr Angus Cattle Mathewson Farms Ltd 90 Angus Wnr Steers

Further Enquiries: Ryan Dowling (PGGW) 027 434 7239 Hamish Mcaslan (Carrfields) 027 281 0377

Steve Wilkinson, PGG Wrightson 027 594 5110

We will be offering 8 Quad Bikes Friday 16th March, 1.30pm On-site at the PGG Wrightson Feilding Store carpark Viewing time 8.30am onwards Terms are strictly cash unless you have a PGW account, Eftpos available on the day. Motor bikes must be up lifted on the day. For full details including photos see Further Enquiries: Paul Jefferies 0275 918 632


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Beef Cattle For Sale 120 x Hereford Friesian heifers approx 340kg. LW $3.10/kg. Various lines of in-calf heifers for sale. Call Matt and Hayden

March 16th – 1pm on-farm SH 8, Fairlie 150 2th Rams – 7 Breeds including selection for hogget mating

Ryan Shannon 0275 650 979

29 Euro Red Yearling Hinds Surplus Capital Stock. Foveran Bloodlines.

To be followed by at approx. 2pm: Styx Station, Paerau (about an hour travel from Middlemarch) Approx: 400 Hereford Friesian & Beef X R2 Steers & Heifers 250 Friesian Bull Calves 350 Hereford Friesian Steer & Heifer Calves

Really nice hinds. $700.00 plus GST

All cattle will be drafted into lines based on weight and type, short term grazing available for transport purposes.

Further Enquiries:

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Kelvin Wilson 0274 786 190

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Chris McBride, Carrfields 027 565 1145

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DAIRY HERDS & INCALF HEIFERS FOR SALE PGG Wrightson Dairy representatives are specialists at marketing and selling dairy herds.

268 MA Xbred Cows BW 82

PW 113

225 M/A Jersey Cows


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590 M/A Friesian Cows BW 57

PW 57


RA86% A nice X/Bred herd, medium frame, good type cows that need to be sold due to change in farming practice. Richard Todd – 0274 942 544

RA98% Jersey Herd in Top 5% BW, Good Capacious and Typey Cows being faithfully Farmed. Peter Schnuriger – 0272 431 836

RA82% A Very Attractive Predominately Friesian Herd, Very Good Udders. Sole agent. Jason Roberts – 0272 431 429

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Sharemarket Briefing THE rollercoaster ride continued for investors last week as trade becomes a key topic of conversation. Geopolitical uncertainty remains front of mind for investors while the end of the local reporting season means there has been little to drive markets closer to home. United States President Donald Trump’s proposed trade tariffs on steel and aluminium imports to the US sent markets into a spin. Investors feared that could be the start of a trade war or the first of other protectionist policy announcements. Adding to the cautionary stance was the resignation of the US chief economic adviser Gary Cohn. It is rumoured Cohn resigned over the proposed trade policies as he is a free-trade advocate and disagrees with Trump’s moves to implement protectionist policy. Cohn has been a strong supporter of the business-friendly initiative implemented so far during Trump’s tenure and was a key driver of the tax changes, thus his departure is seen as a blow to big business in the US. Political uncertainty in Europe continues but to a lesser extent now Germany has been able to form a government, six months after its election. Market commentary provided by Craigs Investment Partners




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A LOWER United States This Prior Last NZD vs dollar might be needed week week year to attract all the bond USD 0.7255 0.7222 0.6901 money the country needs EUR 0.5892 0.5919 0.6511 to finance twin deficits AUD 0.9327 0.9351 0.9191 and spending plans, with implications for the kiwi GBP 0.5253 0.5259 0.5661 dollar exchange rate. Correct as of 9am last Friday That US$ fall would be against other major currencies but the risk is the New Zealand dollar could also push higher, BNZ currency strategist Jason Wong said. The BNZ’s official forecast is for a US$0.70 year-end rate but 0.72 to 0.73 is possible even though US interest rates are very likely to be rising. There are opposing forces at play, making forecasting tricky, Wong said. The US need for foreign bond investment is one while the other is a sense in the market that the world economy could be in an “as good as it gets’’ state and could start to turn down from here. “The NZ dollar is sensitive to that so it’s hard to pick. You’ve got opposing forces and it could be a question of timing between them.” The ECB removed its official monetary easing bias but that was almost academic because the Eurozone economy is going “gangbusters” and the QE programme should be over by yearend, despite the slow-moving nature of the ECB. Wong expects the kiwi at E0.55/0.54 by year-end on the way to €0.50 in a couple of years. A similar path lower against the Japan yen is also forecast. Alan Williams


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HILE weaner fairs were all the rage in the North Island last week, the focus down south was the aptly named Southern Man Cattle Sale – a two day flagship event held at the Lorneville sale yards that showcases top quality 18-month cattle. Nearly 2400 head were sold and beef steers exceeded expectations, while dairy-beef and Friesian steers, plus heifers made solid returns.

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NORTHLAND NORTHLAND Northland is well into weaner fair action and all eyes were on WELLSFORD last Monday. Throughput almost doubled on last year and the steers came forward in good order and heavier weights. Weaners sold on a grass market compared to last year’s dry. Prices improved $35-$100. Autumn-born Simmental-cross, 360-421kg, returned $1210-$1400 compared to $1085$1205 in 2017. They topped the sale and most other autumn-born lines traded at $1100-$1250. Lighter Angus, 206-220kg, sold at $800-$890, though 225-253kg lifted by up to $110 to $900-$1045. Lighter Angus, 150-200kg, traded for $750-$850. Demand was strong for Angus and Angus-Hereford with prices consistently up by $35$85. Few lines weighed below 180kg and 180-220kg sold at $800-$900, with most falling in a $4.26-$4.38/kg range, while 243-280kg sold to $940-$1085, $3.81-$3.90/kg. Hereford, 220-250kg, fetched $870-$1025 for varying $/kg. Exotic cattle were very popular and Charolais-cross, 214-263kg, fetched $895-$1110, $4.18-$4.25/kg. The top line of Hereford-Friesian, 303kg, sold for a $50 premium at $1150. Auctioneers enjoyed selling quality cattle at the KAURI (Whangarei) weaner steer fair last Tuesday. The yarding of 1050 steers featured mainly Angus, Angus-cross and Charolais with most calves in much heavier condition than last year. The heavier weight coupled with a lifting market meant vendors pocketed up

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to $130-$140 a head more than last year’s results, PGG Wrightson agent Ian Munro reported. The top earlyborn calves sold to $1200, with top spring lines $1150. The market was particularly strong for medium weight calves and they traded at $950-$1050, with lighter sorts making $800-$900.

selling at $150-$173. Good-medium lambs earned $120-$140 and lighter primes in forward order $105-$115. Good store lambs traded at $95-$108, medium $75-$82, and light $65-$70. The best of the prime ewes made $110-$128. Medium ewes fetched $85$100 and lighter types $65-$75.

COUNTIES COUNTIES More than 1000 store cattle were yarded at TUAKAU last Thursday, Kane Needham of PGG Wrightson reported. The steer section included 500kg Angus-Friesian, which traded at $3.02/kg. Hereford-Friesian, 420kg, earned $3.18/kg, with other whiteface steers at 375kg making $3.25/kg, and 402kg Angus-Hereford, $3.00/kg. R1 Hereford-Friesian steers, 220kg, made $900 and 130kg Hereford-Friesian weaners $680. Beef-cross bulls, 373kg, sold at $2.73/kg and 260kg Angus bulls earned $830. The heifer section included some very heavy HerefordFriesian, 569kg, which made $2.86/kg. Most heifers, 380-440kg, sold at $2.78$2.87/kg, with good Hereford-cross, 313kg, fetching $3.07/kg, $960. Angus weaner heifers, 168kg, made $600 and Hereford-Friesian, 153kg, $700. Other good Hereford-Friesian heifers at 128131kg earned $600-$680. About 500 cattle were on offer at Wednesday’s prime sale. Heavy prime steers traded at $2.95-$3.00/kg, with medium types making $2.90-$2.95/ kg and lighter steers $2.83-$2.88/kg. The best of the prime heifers earned $2.83-$2.87/kg. Medium beef heifers fetched $2.78-$2.82/kg and lighter beef types $2.70-$2.75/kg. Heavy beef cows sold at $2.20-$2.35/kg, and medium $2.10-$2.20/kg. An entry of in-calf autumn-calving Friesian in heavy condition made $2.49-$2.58/kg, with well-conditioned empty Friesian earning $1.90-$2.05/kg, and medium cows $1.78-$1.85/kg. Lighter boners sold for $1.60-$1.70/kg. Good beef bulls made $2.90-$2.99/kg, and heavy Jersey $2.70-$2.76/kg. Monday’s sheep market was strong with the best of the prime lambs

WAIKATO A yarding that was close to double the size of last year’s weaner fair greeted a good size bench of buyers at FRANKTON last Monday. Angus, 170-242kg, lifted to $750-$985, as did South-Devon, 255-306kg, up to $1110-$1300. Bulls and heifers dominated the yarding and Hereford filled a majority of the pens for both. Angus and Angus-Hereford, 177kg and 199kg, lifted $40-$50 on last year, making $680 and $740. Hereford lines lifted $20 and 200-201kg sold to $740-$750, while 170-198kg earned $675-$750. Simmental-cross were strong with 208-255kg making $752$860. Hereford bulls, 132kg, lifted $30 to $730, as did 180-188kg up to $1060-$1110 and 206-219kg improved $20-$30 to $1100-$1140. There was something of a mixed bag yarded last Wednesday. R3 steers were steady with 462-496kg making $2.80-$2.91/kg. Hereford-cross R2 steers, 385-427kg, were also steady at $2.87-$2.95/kg, while HerefordFriesian, 374kg, eased 10c/kg to $3.09/ kg, and 366-373kg to $2.95-$2.99/kg. Angus-cross R2 heifers, 364-437kg, were solid returning $2.77-$2.78/kg, as were Hereford-Friesian, 337-374kg, at $2.79-$2.85/kg. A feature in the heifers was a quality line of five South Devon, 351kg, which made $3.03/kg. Friesian bulls were consistent as 405511kg realized $2.68-$2.74/kg, while 363kg improved to $3.11/kg. Beef-bred weaner steers, 181-217kg, made $800, with dairy-beef lines, 165182kg, $650-$780. Heifers, 214-238kg earned $690-$750. Autumn-born Hereford-Friesian weaner heifers, 287-307kg, $865-$930, $3.01-$3.03/kg. 

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North Island beef farmers poised for buoyant few weeks of weaner sales PGG Wrightson North Island Livestock Manager Tom Mowat says North Island beef farmers are set for a positive few weeks of weaner sales through the first half of the autumn. “Last year’s weaner sales achieved record prices, with encouraging volumes of cattle going through the yards. This year, we have plenty of grass on the paddocks, and farmer confidence at high levels. With prices paid by processing companies and demand from overseas markets stable, farmers are likely to read those signals and invest in weaners this autumn with assurance that they will be able to make the most of abundant feed and firm market demand. That makes for an excellent combination for anyone selling stock, and quality animals are likely to remain at least as highly sought after as they were at the weaner sales 12 months ago. “Weaner sales start early in March, in Northland, and progress down the country from there over the following six to eight weeks, finishing in Gisborne and Manawatu in mid-April. Sales will be held in around 20 individual saleyards. Recent trends have shown a good mix of local and external buyers at all these North Island weaner sales. Many farmers are prepared to travel, which increases competition for stock,” he said. Last year record prices were set at the Masterton weaner sale. Tom Mowat reckons that makes this year’s Masterton sale the one to watch. “That sale will take place on Wednesday 14 March, commencing at 11.30am with the steers, followed by the bulls then the heifers. Stock quality and purchaser enthusiasm came together well in Masterton last year. How this year’s sales compare to that will be a useful marker on values for sales in the coming weeks,” he said. Tom Mowat says black cattle are always sought after at the sales, with the trend towards them growing ever stronger. “Angus always sell well, though so do good cattle in any breed. This year, prices for dairy cross cattle should also hold up. We expect Hereford-Friesian weaners to be in strong demand, and the Taupo sale, in particular, will set the scene for that part of the market,” he said.

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Two lines of vetted-in-calf R2 Hereford heifers, 475-487kg, sold well at $1423$1515. Beef-bred prime steers, 480-664kg, $2.81-$2.90/kg, and Hereford-Friesian, 497-625kg, made $2.81-$2.88/kg. Beefbred heifers, 447-527kg achieved $2.82$2.89/kg. Friesian boner cows, 368-572kg, managed $1.81-$2.17/kg. BAY OF PLENTY BAY OF PLENTY The RANGIURU sale on Tuesday offered up a bit of everything for buyers, accumulating a good sized yarding of nearly 970 cattle. Prime steers sold on a firm market, with most HerefordFriesian at $2.91-$2.98/kg, while a small line of Angus-Friesian, 697kg, managed $3.08/kg. Heifer prices eased and again Hereford-Friesian dominated as 392527kg sold for $2.67-$2.77/kg, with three South Devon, 740kg, reaching $3.04/kg. Boner cows firmed, and Friesian, 473515kg, returned $1.74-$1.77/kg. A Waikato buyer dominated the R2 store steer section, taking most offered, though Angus, 376-425kg, stayed local at $2.81-$2.97/kg. Hereford-Friesian, 246-443kg, sold for $2.87-$2.95/kg, and Friesian, 358-430kg, $2.83-$2.89/ kg. Angus RD2 heifers, 341-381kg, sold for $2.70-$2.76/kg, while HerefordFriesian, 330-345kg, firmed to $2.79/ kg. Friesian bulls sold at $2.76-$2.81/kg for 360-417kg. Most weaner cattle were dairy-beef. Heifers sold at $450-$545, while Angus and Angus-Hereford bulls, 243-257kg, fetched $800-$810. KING COUNTRY TAUPO At TAUPO on Monday, weaner steers and heifers sold on a lifting market. A quality line-up of Angus cattle got bids going with 37 heifers, 226kg, bettering the first cut at $930, $4.12/kg. Angus steers lifted and 205-274kg sold for $850-$1175, $4.05-$4.30/kg. Beef-cross, 173-175kg, returned $740. Top price went to Charolais-cross, 287kg, $1210. Better lines of steers surpassed $4/kg. The top end of the beef and exotic heifers sold to $900-$950, and Charolais-cross, 250kg, took out top honors. Much of the action for the heifers though was in the dairybeef pens and prices were up $75-$115. Most Angus-Friesian were 210-236kg and traded at $780-$865, while 154-201kg made $560-$670. A big line of 111 head sold exceptionally well at $540, $4.45/kg, which was also matched by a lighter line of 53 at 110kg. Hereford-Friesian steers, 186-234kg, traded at $715-$915, $3.82$3.92/kg, but as the weight dropped the price climbed over $4/kg, with 154-155kg up to $4.37-$4.45/kg, and lighter lines pushing even higher. On Tuesday nearly 1100 bulls fronted. Top Friesian bulls, 215-264kg, were $850$935. Lighter lines sold at $4/kg or more and 185-195kg, made $730-$760, $3.99$4.02/kg. Those 130-150kg returned $612-$675, making $4.52-$4.65/kg. Prices for lighter lines, 121-122kg, $570-$585, $4.73-$4.81/kg. TARANAKI TARANAKI The first run weaner fair at TARANAKI last Thursday exceeded expectations, NZ Farmers Livestock agent Stephen Sutton reported. Wednesday’s regular sale was helped by rain, though buyers were selective on the 1160 head. The first section of cattle was a bit of a mix of prime and R3 steers and prices were softer than expected. The best of the Hereford-Friesian prime steers, 511713kg, sold for $2.83-$2.94/kg, with a line of 12 pushing to $3.06/kg though was the only one to do so. Store types, 450-496kg, made similar values at $2.93-$3.02/kg. The R2 steer section was huge, with nearly 580 cattle penned. Quality lines were chased, and Angus, 367-455kg, firmed to $3.04-$3.12/kg. Heavier lines of beef-Friesian, 404-489kg, eased to $2.86$2.97/kg, but with buyers working to per

head budgets as the weight fell away the $/kg came up. Those around the 370390kg mark started to climb over $3.00/ kg at $2.95-$3.04/kg, while 362-365kg Hereford-Friesian pushed to $3.12-$3.14/ kg. A small entry of Belgium Blue-cross proved popular and at 361-371kg sold to $3.27-$3.30/kg. The heifer market was very positive, with a firm tone for most types. Buyers were hard pressed to find many lines of quality cattle under $900, and Hereford-Friesian, 317-385kg, lifted to $2.84-$2.92/kg. Lighter lines of that breed sold to $2.97-$3.03/kg, while Hereford-Jersey, 291-399kg sold over a tight range of $2.71-$2.84/kg. The advertised yarding of 865 weaners dropped to just over 600 last Thursday as high rivers meant some calves could not make the journey. The market was phenomenal across both the steer and heifer pens, up $25-$50 generally and $100 for exotics on last year. Angus and Angus-Hereford steers, 195-197kg, sold for $840-$850, $4.31/kg, while heifers, 168-181kg, returned $700-$780, $4.17$4.31/kg. Buyers needed at least $1000 for 230kg plus Charolais-cross and Simmental-cross calves. These traded at $1000-$1145 with all Charolais-cross in excess of $4/kg and up to $4.35/kg for the lighter end of the weight range. Simmental-cross, 190-252kg, sold to $830-$1075 with $4.23-$4.42/kg the range, while a line of 174kg Charolaiscross pushed to $5.23/kg when they sold for $910. In the heifer pens and Charolais-cross, 226-264kg, sold for $870$890 with most making $3.85-$3.91/ kg. Most heifers traded at $750-$900, though top honors went to a line of seven Simmental, which at 292kg made $1010. POVERTY BAY POVERTY BAY With a shift in focus to weaners the March cattle fair at MATAWHERO on Tuesday was typically quieter. R3 steer were still chased and Angus, 450-495kg, headed to Manawatu and King Country for $3.39-$3.44/kg. All R3 steers traded over a tight range of $3.33-$3.48/kg. Heavier Angus R2 steers traded at a 25-30c/kg discount. Most Angus, 355-455kg, traded at $3.13-$3.21/kg, with a few exceptional lines achieving $3.35-$3.38/kg. Exotic steers, 310-370kg, returned $2.84-$2.92/kg. A special entry of capital stock heifers, Angus-Hereford, 455kg, made $1415, $3.11/kg, with 410kg earning $3.23/kg. Angus prices were variable, with the best being 10 350kg at $3/kg, though a line of 32, 375kg, dropped to $2.80/kg. Most beef bulls sold at $3.04-$3.10/kg, with one quality line of Angus-Hereford, 350kg, reaching $3.29/ kg. Two weaner Friesian bull lines,150165kg, returned $665-$690. Angus, 230kg, sold for $865, while Angus-cross heifers, 160-215kg, made $530-$770. Some heavy mixed sex lambs were the talking point at $122-$125 but other prices were much more ordinary. Medium-good lines were mainly $85-$96, though a single pen of mixed sex lambs hit $110. Light-medium lambs made $71-$85. An entry of Coopdale 2-4 tooth ewes made $144.50 while medium mixed age ewes were $94 and a better cut made $130. The top cut of prime ewes made $140.50-$150, with the rest at $115-$132. HAWKE’S BAY HAWKE’S BAY At the prime sale at STORTFORD LODGE on Monday though cattle numbers were limited last Monday Angus & Angus-Hereford heifers, 520-625kg, made solid returns at $2.72-$2.82/kg. Cows of the same breeding, 462-880kg, earned $2.06-$2.17/kg, and four Anguscross, 605kg, made $2.12/kg. Angus & Angus-Hereford steers, 583-660kg, realised $2.92-$2.98/kg. A reduced sheep section lifted. Heavier male lambs made $138-$146. Mixed sex lifted $4-$10 and heavy lines lifted

to $150-$160.50, as did good types at $127-$140. Lighter lines were strong at $96-$133.50. A line of very heavy mixedage ewes lifted to $171.50. Other heavy lines $142.50-$155, good $131.50-$136.50, medium-good $125.50-$126, medium $109-$115, and lighter $98.50-$109. Just on 1000 traditional weaner steers sold on Tuesday. Most breeds sold at a $5-$55 premium on 2017. Traditional lines, 220-285kg traded at $900-$1150, $4.20-$4.45/kg. Straight Angus, 230285kg traded at $1000-$1225, with 180-225kg, returning $810-$970. Angus & Angus-Hereford, 216-234kg, returned $945-$1005, while a small Hereford-cross offering, 231-287kg, fetched $1010-$1185. Top price was Angus & Angus-Hereford, 315kg, $1300. On Wednesday prices lifted for s500 teers with 180 bull returns also solid. A special entry of purebred South Devon bulls, 256-291kg made $1260-$1350, with the lighter line up to $4.92/kg, and heavier $4.64/kg. Friesian, 246-251kg, sold on a steady market at $895-$900, $3.57-$3.66/kg. In the steer pens Charolais made $1085-$1145 for 278-292kg, lighter Charolais, heifers, 227kg sold for $1010, $4.45/kg, with their slightly heavier brothers, 242kg, also selling up to $4.40/ kg. Simmental-cross lifted $110 as 192-269kg fetched $810-$1090, with the heavier end making $4.05-$4.11/kg, and lighter, $4.22-$4.26/kg. A special entry of Gelbvieh steers, 295kg, earned $1250, $4.24/kg, and the second cut 248kg, $1060 for $4.27/kg. Heavy cryptorchid sheep made $98$105, mixed sex $107-$109. Good ewe lambs made $93-$95.70, lighter ram lambs $95. MANAWATU MANAWATU Autumn may now be upon us but the temperature still felt very summer-like at FEILDING last Monday, and drying conditions is keeping a consistent flow of stock to the sale. Prime lamb prices were solid, though slightly reduced on the previous week. Top male lambs sold to $147-$150, and mixed sex, $147-$160, with the remainder of both trading at $121-$145. A small entry of ewe lambs were heavy types which sold for $132-$138. High prices continue to draw good tallies of ewes to auction and once again a big buying bench kept the market very competitive. Heavy ewes returned $147$157, though most of the yarding was split into better types at $120-$145, and light and medium lines at $80-$109.50. Feeder calf numbers grew ever so slightly to 51 head and returns were solid as buyers from Wairarapa, Manawatu and Taranaki competed. Good Friesian bulls sold up to $285-$310, and medium $170-$240. The top Hereford-Friesian bulls made $280-$345, and medium $170$205. In the heifer pens Hereford-Friesian sold to $290, with medium types making $170-$220. Prime cattle were once again noted for their absence and the only true beef cattle were found in the bull pens. Good yielding Angus and Hereford traded at $3.00-$3.21/kg, with second cuts earning $2.78-$2.89/kg, but there really were few numbers to speak of. A line of Anguscross cows, 614kg, sold well at $2.29/kg, while a huge Hereford, 1000kg, made very good returns at $2.46/kg. The sale really was all about the cull dairy cattle though and despite the return of a buyer from Taranaki prices came back across all Friesian cow weights. Heavy types, 527-610kg, eased to $1.86$1.91/kg, while most other lines were 437-526kg, and traded at $1.66-$1.83/kg. Friesian and Friesian-cross heifers, 395415kg, eased to $2.25-$2.27/kg. At Feilding on Friday R3 straight beef steers, 505-575kg, were bought at $2.98-


$3.06/kg, while 525-650kg beefFriesian types were at $2.73-$2.84/ kg. Traditional R3 heifers, 435560kg, made $2.87/kg flat, easing to $2.75-$2.78/kg for 395-495kg beef-Friesian’s. The R3 bulls were all 485-580kg Friesians and these eased to $2.82-$2.87/kg. There were plenty of 335-485kg Angus R2 steers available, nearly all selling at $3.25-$3.40/kg, though the odd line was either side of this range. Buyers were selective through the beef-Friesian’s, meaning that while quite a few 375-435kg lines made $2.90-$3.10/kg, a number of others sold below $2.80/kg. Traditional R2 heifers, 340-440kg, were also varied at $2.95-$3.15/kg, whereas the 360-415kg HerefordFriesian’s were usually $2.90$2.95/kg. Three decent sized lines of 470-500kg R2 Friesian bulls were $2.75-$2.80/kg. Store lambs lift $8/hd. The heaviest were $115-$119 though some border-line prime lambs climbed to $125.50-$126. Decent male lambs were $106.50-$117, while mixed sex were $102.50$110 and ewe lambs $101-$112. The cut below of straight medium types were at $110-$111.50 for the males and mixed sex, and $92.50$101.50 for the ewe lambs. Even light lambs sold very well at $82$95. Barely anything went below $80. Good quality 5-year and older ewes made $126-$143, mediums $106-$121. CANTERBURY CANTERBURY The beginning of March seemed to be an offload point for a number of vendors at CANTERBURY PARK last Tuesday, with a significantly larger store lamb offering and cattle numbers also swelling to over 1000 head. Just over 3400 store lambs sold to a big buying bench as more rain draws buyers in. A light line of 100 male lambs sold to $90, but most of the action was in the mixed sex pens where results were variable. Good types sold on a steady to firm market at $100-$111, while medium returned $88-$110. Light lines lost the ground gained the previous week to finish at $70-$84. One line of specially advertised 4-year Corriedale ewes were subjected to keen bidding,

FARMERS WEEKLY – – March 12, 2018 eventually going under the hammer for $194. Prime lambs, $100-$159. A large number sold for $110-$129. Light-medium ewes $90-$135, with medium-good lines making $137-$178. A good number of heavy ewes sold to $190-$255. Top heifers 518-640kg, returned $2.81-$2.94/kg, with second cuts at $2.74-$2.80/kg and local trade, $2.66-$2.76/kg. Cow prices were very strong with a number of heavy beef reaching $2.17$2.24/kg, while medium beefFriesian traded at $1.94-$2.14/ kg. Quality R3 Angus steers, 472-488kg, returned $3.18-$3.20/ kg, followed by strong demand for their R2 brothers which at 393-444kg pushed to $3.23-$3.37/ kg on a lifting market. Very few lines traded below $3.00/kg, with Murray Grey-cross, 354-400kg, a standout at $3.13-$3.21/kg. Heifers sold in a similar vein with a number of lines over $3/kg, and the cheapest available at $2.71$2.87/kg. SOUTH CANTERBURY SOUTH CANTERBURY Both store lambs and prime ewes were chased at TEMUKA last Monday, while there was also plenty of positive vibes coming from the rostrum, with the boner cow market in particular firming. Better male store lambs made $108-$116, and lighter types, $94-$103. Good mixed sex traded at $107-$109, and light-medium, $81-$103. Ewe lambs came forward in mainly small lines though all sold in a $94-$113.50 range. The prime lamb market was subdued in comparison and most lines consistently made $110$149, with a small top end earning $150-$162, and lighter types, $90-$109. Very heavy ewes made $192$256, though the bulk of the trading happened at $110-$178, with lighter ewes returning $70$109. In the rostrum prime steers made consistent returns with all lines trading at $2.74-$2.86/kg regardless of breed. Similarly the prime heifer market was extremely consistent as the above was repeated at a slightly lower level of $2.60-$2.75/kg, with just two small

lines selling outside that range. The top bulls made steer values as Hereford, 533-685kg, hit $2.75$2.84/kg, while very heavy Angus, 935-985kg, realised $2.64-$2.69/ kg. A small Friesian offering sold for $2.54-$2.75/kg. The prime section finished off with a strong cow market, and better yielding types sold to $2.15$2.27/kg, with most other lines trading at $2.00-$2.14/kg. Boner prices firmed as competition increased and schedules hold. Better Friesian lines sold for $2-$2.10/kg, with medium types making $1.85-$1.99/kg, and third cuts, $1.75-$1.83/kg. Store cattle numbers were high in all sections and HerefordFriesian dominated the R2 steer pens. Prices lifted, by up to 2030c/kg in some cases, as most lines 324-452kg sold for $2.96$3.03/kg, but there were a number of top quality pens in that range that exceeded those levels, with 375-401kg making $3.17-$3.25/ kg. One line of Angus, 356kg, sold exceptionally well at $3.60/kg. Angus also made a small but solid appearance in the heifer pens where 314-327kg sold for $2.98-$3.00/kg. Hereford-Friesian, 375-406kg, earned $2.59-$2.69/ kg, but the section really was all about dairy heifers. Those with weight and condition sold well, and better lines, 360-436kg, made $2.27-$2.37/kg for Friesian and Friesian-cross, though lighter lines tended to ease to $1.92-$1.98/kg for Friesian and $1.54-$1.79/kg for Friesian-cross. Jersey-cross, 267353kg, made $1.50-$1.58/kg. Good values were paid for true to type Friesian bulls, and 304kg managed $2.96-$2.99/kg though heavier Friesian-cross eased to $2.47-$2.48/kg. Hereford-Friesian, 366-408kg, sold on a steady market at $2.62-$2.76/kg. A large number of crossbred calves were also penned and the mix in quality was reflected in the prices. A consignment of Murray Grey-Friesian were a standout and steers, 130-149kg, sold for $540-$610, while the heifers, 115-162kg, made $470-$595. Hereford-Friesian heifers sold over a tight range of $450-$510 for a wide weight bracket of 104-143kg.

Friesian bulls stayed local and better types, 150-187kg, sold well at $540-$630, though 112-145kg were easier shopping at $400-$440, with one line selling up to $510. OTAGO OTAGO Both volume and quality dropped off in the store lamb pens at BALCLUTHA last Wednesday, which was reflected in a lower price bracket across all types. The prime market was solid, with steady demand for both lambs and ewes, PGG Wrightson agent Russell Moloney reported. The top price for store lambs this week was $105, with $95-$105 the range for heavy pens, while medium lines sold for $80-$90 and light, $60-$70. The prime lamb market had a firm tone and heavy lines finished at $140-$150 and medium, $125-$135, with just lighter types dropping the ball slightly to $100-$110. A similar result in the ewe pens had heavy and medium lines firm at $150-$160 and $130$145, but lesser sorts eased to $100-$115. Lower condition ewes matched the previous week’s level at $70, and rams sold for $100$130. SOUTHLAND SOUTHLAND The LORNEVILLE sale yards were quieter last Tuesday, as preparations were underway for the Southern Man 18-month cattle sales. No store cattle were offered and just limited numbers of other stock came forward. The store lamb market held the previous week’s improvement for medium to top lambs at $80-$92 and $95-$105. Lighter lambs played catch up and firmed to $70$78, with tail-end lines earning $45-$55. Prime lambs enjoyed a firming tone to the market, and heavy lines made $136-$155, medium $119-$134 and lighter, $100-$117. Heavy ewes were slightly off the pace of the previous week at $138$147, but medium and light lines firmed to $116-$129 and $72-$96 respectively. Lower condition ewes sold for $30-$50, two-tooth’s $52$96, and rams, $30-$90. Just primes featured in the cattle pens and prices were solid for

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steers and heifers, though cows eased slightly. Good steers, 500600kg, returned $2.60-$2.70/kg, and heifers, 400-470kg, firmed to $2.50-$2.60/kg. Dairy heifers, 320380kg, made $1.75-$1.90/kg. Cow prices softened though quality was the main culprit, and those 500kg plus made $1.87-$2.05/kg, while 400-480kg returned $1.75-$1.85/ kg. Lighter types, sold to $1.50$1.70/kg. Both the store lamb and prime ewe market had a firm tone at CHARLTON last Thursday, with prime lambs holding ground. Store lambs firmed $5-$10 as the top lines sold for $100-$109, medium $90-$97 and lighter, $85$88. Results were similar for prime ewes, with heavy types making $150-$160, and medium $120$140, though lighter types eased slightly to $90-$110. Prime lambs held ground as $130-$140 was paid for the tops, and medium $118$128, with lighter lines trading at $100-$115. Two-tooths returned $100-$135 and rams $80-$100. The flagship Southern Man Cattle Sale at LORNEVILLE, with 18-month beef steers sold on Wednesday, and dairy-beef and Friesian steers, plus all breeds heifers on Thursday, PGG Wrightson agent Andrew Martin reported. Around 1200 beef steers went under the hammer on Wednesday, of which 80% were traditional lines of Angus and Angus-Hereford and the balance exotic. By sale end 430-500kg lines made $3.20-$3.35/ kg, 370-400kg $3.50-$3.70/kg and 320-360kg, $3.70-$3.85/kg. Later born types, 280-300kg, pushed to $3.85-$4.00/kg to tidy up the first day. Most dairy-beef steers were Hereford-Friesian or Angus-Friesian and 350-450kg sold for $2.65-$2.85/kg - slightly off targeted levels. Friesian, 380450kg, traded at $2.40-$2.48/kg. Heifer returns were pleasing without being over the top, and beef heifers, 370-420kg, made $2.95-$3.05/kg, and 340-360kg, $2.85-$2.95/kg. Dairy-beef heifer prices were very consistent as 380-430kg fetched $2.70-$2.80/kg, with 320-370kg at similar levels of $2.65-$2.85/kg.

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/kg $4.00-$4.20/kg high $3.50-$3.70 Medium beef and exotic beef steers, lights 18-month steers, 250-280kg, at 370-400kg, at the Southern Man Sale

Weaner steers set records Hugh Stringleman


ORTHLAND weaner steers set new price records last week because of higher average weights, better breeding, widespread demand and extraordinarily favourable farming conditions. Farmers and agents hope the second year of record prices for weaners will inject confidence into traditional beef farming based on Angus and Hereford cow herds. Carrfields Northland livestock manager Robert McLean said the prices for weaners demonstrate the viability of cow-calf farming in the north. He expects the heifer and bull calves will continue to set very good values in the fairs to come in the rest of March. PGG Wrightson Northland livestock manager Bernie McGahan said it will be hard to get good yardings later in autumn after the excitement of the weaner fairs. “We continue to get emails and texts from farmers throughout the North island wanting big lines of calves out of Northland but our farmers want to hang on to them because the grass growth here has been phenomenal.” McGahan said the best of the weaner steers are keenly contested by overflowing benches of buyers from as far as Hawke’s Bay, Rangitikei and Gisborne. Northland vendors and

BIGGER AND BETTER: Some lines of weaner steers were up to 40kg heavier this year and prices got up to $4.50/kg.

agents put on five consecutive weaner steer fairs, starting in Wellsford on Monday and ending at Broadwood on Friday. Records were set at all of them with per head prices up to $1300 and weight prices up to $4.50/kg. “Last year was good, with record values, so we didn’t think we could better those but we did,” McGahan said. The higher values were helped by heavier weights for the same lines from the same vendors – McGahan thought plus 20kg/head was common. McLean said some lines came through at 30-40kg

heavier this year. At the Kaikohe fair the 300kg steers sold in the range $1000 to $1200 or $3.50 to $4/ kg. Lighter steers, mainly Angus, sold in the range $4 to $4.40/kg. McLean and McGahan said the exotic crosses were sought after and buyers from outside of Northland travelled up especially for the Charolais, Simmental, South Devon, Limousin, Maine Anjou and Santa Gertrudis crosses. “Farmers who produce these lines of exotic steers are doing a better job, the bulls are continually improving and

our cow herds are rebuilding,” McGahan said. “There is a general shortage of good beef animals and we want to see calves coming forward like they did back in the 1980s and 90s,” McLean added. At the Peria fair on Thursday pens of weaner bulls weighed up to 330kg and sold up to $1300, which was a pointer to the later weaner bull fairs. This week heifers will be penned at 200kg to 250kg and sell at $3.50 to $3.60/kg and buyers will be targeting the local trade, McGahan predicted.

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Kaikohe Weaner Steer Fair

Weaned calves make music WEANER calf buyers have been waiting for this week with much anticipation as the central and upper North Island got stuck into weaner fairs from Monday right through to Friday. The sound Suz Bremner of freshly weaned calves at sale AgriHQ Analyst yards from Kaikohe through to Hawke’s Bay and Taranaki was music to buyers’ ears, as with such good growth this season in most areas quality store cattle numbers have not exactly flowed freely. Not only did the favorable summer help the market, it also put more weight on calves though that was limited on those from areas that were very dry earlier on. As a farmer myself I understand that what we all really want to know is how much we are going to have to pay for weaners or, if selling, how much we are going to get in the pocket. So, in a nutshell, from results posted this week the market for traditional steers and heifers has been consistently firm on 2017 levels across all yards while exotic steers have taken a lift – reflecting the good returns for killed cattle and, therefore, bigger budgets. The bull market has been steady though a growing number of young beef bulls are bought for breeding in dairy herds, which skews prices as they make a premium over those bought to finish. Due to variables between areas it is impossible to throw a blanket over all yards and say this is where the market is at but in general traditional steers, 250kg plus, sold for $995-$1200, while 200-240kg have been very consistent at $850-$1000. Exotic steers of similar weight ranges earned $1050-$1145 and $900$1050 respectively. Heifer numbers will grow in the coming weeks but to date prices have been up $20-$50 at most sales. Hereford heifers at Frankton, 160-200kg, sold for $630-$750. So it’s fair to say the weaner fairs have got off to a great start and I’d expect that as we move through that level will hold.


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M bovis affects sales, transfers


Alan Williams

HE speed of Mycoplasma bovis disease spread could put some dairy farm sales at risk even where contracts are already unconditional, a Christchurch commercial lawyer says. M bovis might never have been contemplated, even in contracts that contain livestock condition clauses, but it might now be an issue in deals due to settle around June 1, Duncan Cotterill associate Emma Tomblin said. “We are not aware of unconditional contracts which haven’t settled on the due date but we are concerned this could be coming through.” If buyers are in that position they should see their lawyer as soon as possible rather than leave it as a last-minute issue, she said.

The disease spread had stopped some conditional sales, where buyers had not confirmed due diligence and had cancelled contracts. The testing and clearance process takes a lot of time and has been an issue for conditional contracts, Tomblin said. There has been pressure on timeframes, affecting buyers’ ability to commit. Property Brokers Real Estate in Ashburton has had a couple of sales, one including a herd transfer, subject to clauses relating to M bovis, which had taken time to receive animal health clearances but they had eventually been obtained, rural manager Mark Lemon said. The May/June period is important for dairy farm sales because it covers the changeover of dairy seasons and existing transactions will be in their later stages. Farms going on to the market from now on will probably have

settlement dates out into the next year so the M bovis issue can be covered, he said.

We are not aware of unconditional contracts which haven’t settled on the due date but we are concerned this could be coming through. Emma Tomblin Duncan Cotterill Tomblin, whose work includes the agri-sector, said farmers intending to sell their farms need to take early action to minimise possible impacts. That involves complying with Ministry for Primary Industries guidelines, avoiding herd contact

with other livestock and ensuring equipment is thoroughly cleaned and animal health and stock movement records are up to date. Prospective buyers will want to be more vigilant in their due diligence, getting all the information they can on milk test results, all other animal health issues and herd movements on and off the property. There is also a major issue for sharemilkers changing farms between seasons and the same issues apply. Milk testing is being done in a national surveillance programme but testing laboratories are under pressure and it takes time to get results. Tomblin said M bovis might change the way livestock are included as part of farm sales, from the situation now when contracts typically allow for animal health requirements to be considered during stock valuation just before settlement. The animal health issue comes

at a time when there is little activity in dairy farm sales in the region, for a number of reasons. PGG Wrightson general manager of real estate Peter Newbold said M bovis will be influencing farmers’ decisions whether to list a farm for sale and on other people’s appetite to buy. Issues around bank lending, weather, the rules on overseas investment and environmental regulation are also contributing to the lighter sales activity. Banks are still prepared to lend but are placing stronger criteria on a buyer’s balance sheet strength and cashflows. The industry is also waiting on Overseas Investment Office decisions on a lot of applications involving overseas buyers and for any legislative changes and that is slowing down that part of the market. There is good demand for sheep and beef farms, at good values, but not a lot of activity because there are not a lot of farms for sale.



…FROM THIS SEASON’S BEST The Autumn 2018 edition of Country is out now, with a fresh line-up of the finest farm, horticulture and lifestyle properties for sale in New Zealand today. We also check the barometer for changing weather patterns and what it means for farmers and growers; we find out why forestry is back in favour and speak to the new minister of agriculture, Damien O’Connor. Plus we go shopping at the country’s most proactive farmers’ markets where lifestyle block owners are making their mark. A complimentary copy of Bayleys Country handbook has been included with your Farmers Weekly. For a copy of the full Country magazine, including the latest insights and editorial content on key topics of interest to the rural property sector, call 0800 BAYLEYS or view online.

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The property has views of Sullivan’s Bay and Te Muri Regional Park with Coromandel Peninsula beyond.


ALMOST READY TO HARVEST! This single age class forest totalling 68.7 hectares of 20-year-old Pinus Radiata offers the perfect opportunity to secure a quality forest of near mature pruned crop. Well located on the Kapiti Coast with multiple domestic processors nearby and Wellington Centreport only 51kms away for Export markets means this is one not to be missed. The underlying freehold land is also available for sale by negotiation.

+ 68.7 hectares of NSA + Pruned and Thinned + 51km to Centreport + Planted 1997

FOR SALE BY NEGOTIATION $1,375,000 (plus GST) - Forestry Right only JEREMY KEATING M: 021 461 210 E: CBRE (Agency) Limited, Licensed Real Estate Agent (REAA 2008)

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The farm winters 50 steers and 60 breeding ewes.

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The accommodation has a country feel.

Retreat to immaculate trophy farm MATURE kauri, fantastic views and an immaculate park-like farm create Kauri Downs, an 88ha property perched on the edge of Mahurangi West Peninsula. The lifestyle grazing farm with its two titles enjoys spectacular 360-degree coastal and rural views that take in Sullivan’s Bay and Te Muri Regional Park with the Coromandel Peninsula beyond. John Barnett, Bayleys country property specialist, says the property will be a relaxing weekend retreat or a trophy coastal farm with its 17 wellfenced paddocks and extensive metalled track system.

About 20ha of mature kauri, nikau palms and puriri adorn the farm, which has been conservatively farmed wintering 50 steers and 60 breeding ewes, which achieve a lambing percentage about 149%. “You would struggle to find a property that big and that spectacular this close to Auckland,” Barnett said. “The owners have owned the property for the last 20 years. The commute time from Auckland’s CBD is a mere 40 minutes so they regularly pop up to move stock or just to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.”

He says the property’s close proximity to Auckland, Puhoi, Warkworth, Matakana and the local beaches means they are never short of friends calling for an unexpected dinner party or a barbecue. The stylish barn-type accommodation provides a place for people to stay while working or playing on the farm. It also poses a luxury bed and breakfast opportunity or somewhere to live while building a dream home on one of its multiple sites. The home has polished concrete floors and open-plan

living which makes the most of its rural and coastal views. A pine wood finish gives the insulated home a country feel. “Everything on the property is in mint condition and they’ve had local contractors regularly put more metal on the driveways and clean out drains. “In the last 20 years they have put in over 12km of fences so they’re all in pristine condition.” Both titles are accessed with legal metal roads and the second title has the same amazing views. He says the property has been set up to enjoy the present as well as maximise its future potential,

including power capacity at the transformer for up to 10 houses. For its farming operation, the property has a large set of cattle yards, a woolshed, hayshed and the extensive metalled track plus a plus a Kawasaki Mule and farm equipment to get new owners started. Tenders for the farm close on March 29.


To view the video of the farm visit and for further information contact John Barnett on 0800 country or 021 790 393.



PIOPIO, 406 Aria Road

Business time of the season, Vendor wants action! Our motivated vendor is willing to meet the market and has priced this large, 233 hectare property accordingly. Milking 620 cows with a proven production history exceeding 220,000kg/ms, this outstanding dairy unit offers true value for money. • Total land area 233.1706 hectares • 204 hectare milking platform • Modern 50 bail Rotary cowshed with all the bells and whistles • Two modern homes • Good balance of contours Situated just 5 minutes from the Piopio Village, Wairere Dairies offers a sizable land holding amongst a close and friendly community. Come see for yourself at our next open day what this farm has to offer or phone Kerry today to find out more.

REDUCED - NOW $6,500,000 Plus GST (if any) Open: Wednesdays 15th, 22nd and 29th of March 11:00am to 1:00pm sharp. Please bring own ATV (helmet essential) Kerry Harty P 07 873 8700 M 027 294 6215 E

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This farm has an affordable production system. This farm is on 142ha with more profit still in the system.

Growth in the system SET in an idyllic location near Mangawhai is a profitable 142ha Northland farm that still has more profit in the system as well as three titles. Operating with an absentee owner, the farm has been conservatively run to achieve its three-year average of 73,351kg milksolids from 230 cows. No heavy doses of nitrogen, introduced feeds or expensive external grazing bills have made it very affordable production and the farm is not over-capitalised for buyers. About 120ha makes up the milking platform with the balance in native bush and the effective pasture is made up of rye, clover and kikuyu.

In the past nine years there’s been a solid regrassing programme using One50 and the farm has been consistently fertilised based on soil test recommendations. Undulating contour on the farm flows over naturally fertile limestone soil, with a limestone rock quarry used to maintain the base of the extensive central lane system. It connects the 65 paddocks with the 22-bail rotary dairy, a newly-built five-bay implement shed that is used for calf rearing, a disused dairy and more sheds. Catherine Stewart from Bayleys says additional infrastructure could be added to the farm for a new owner who wants to lift

production or it could be business as usual on the farm for someone wanting conservative, affordable production. Within an easy drive to the surf at Mangawhai Heads is the fourbedroom homestead, which is a renovated house surrounded by a large deck. The area is made up of dairy, beef and lifestyle properties, which gives the farm, 9.8km from Mangawhai, potential for development as well. Stewart says the vendors have explored the possibility of subdivision potential in the future and a draft scheme plan is available. “It’s affordable production in such a great location — only 4km

The farm has 65 paddocks and a 22-bail rotary dairy.

from Kaiwaka — and with great potential for subdivision as it has its three titles.” The farm will be auctioned on March 29.


To view the property visit www.bayleys. or check out the video on For further information contact Catherine Stewart on 027 356 5031.

Winter dairy heifers in the north AN OUTSTANDING location near Northland’s Mangonui Harbour and Coopers Beach sets the tone for a 138ha beef unit that is for sale by tender. Just 12km away is the bustling Mangonui village and its famous fish n chip shop on the water plus bars, restaurants and boutique shops. Kilometres of unspoiled coastline run in both directions with an abundance of white, sandy beaches as well as rugged, rocky coves. It’s a region Claude Shepherd

from Barfoot and Thompson says is well known for its safe swimming as well as bountiful fishing grounds. On an estimated 129 effective hectares, the farm has been carrying about 1700 stock units at the peak of summer and normally winters between 250 and 300 dairy heifers. As a former dairy farm, it boasts a good array of farm buildings from implement and hay sheds to calf-rearing sheds, disused dairy and a couple of sets of cattle yards.

The four-bedroom home is set in attractive grounds.

A woolshed has also been used for calf rearing and it has the shearing plant as well. The farm even has a walk-in fish and bacon smoker plus a walk-in chiller unit. Added to that, about 40% of the farm is serviced by well-formed metal lanes, with the balance accessed via good-quality clay tracks. They lead to the 40 paddocks, which are fenced with mainly two to three-wire electrics and most paddocks are further divided into cells or strip grazing, providing

about 120 paddocks using tapes. A reliable gravity-fed water supply is troughed to all of the paddocks. Just minutes from the farm is a lime quarry that supplies the 100 tonnes that have usually been applied to the paddocks as part of the annual fertiliser programme, which also includes six to 10 tonnes of 15% potassium super and sulphur. The entire farm can be fertilised via ground spreading as 75% is easy rolling country and the

balance is medium to steeper hill. Set in attractive, mature grounds is the comfortable fourbedroom home with a detached sleepout, providing the base for both farming and the enviable Northland lifestyle. Tenders for the farm close on March 29.


Viewed the farm at www.barfoot. and for further information contact Claude Shepherd of Barfoot and Thompson on 0274 410 436.

Three quarters of the farm is easy rolling country and the balance is medium to steeper hill.




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AUCTION: Tuesday 27th27th March 20182018 at 11.00am, LJ Hooker, AUCTION: Tuesday March at 11.00am, 11.00am, LJ Hooker, Hooker, AUCTION: Tuesday 27th March 2018 at LJ 11 James St, Whangarei (unless sold prior) 11 James James St, St, Whangarei Whangarei (unless (unlesssold soldprior) prior) 11 VIEW: Thursday 15th15th & 22nd March, 10-12pm VIEW: Thursday & 22nd 22nd March, 10-12pm VIEW: Thursday 15th & March, 10-12pm WEB:WEB: or or WEB: or

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The cow barn measures 30m by 50m.

The farm carries 160 cows in a high-input system.

This farm has a 24-aside herringbone and cow barn nearby.

Rolling farmland and appealing base ROLLING farmland with scattered bush and harbour views makes an appealing base for an 80ha dairy farm that is within commuting distance of Auckland. Wharehine lies west of Wellsford at the base of the Tapora Peninsula, which sits between two arms of the Kaipara Harbour, offering an idyllic lifestyle just 85km from the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Historically, it has been a strong dairy and beef farming area while today numerous lifestyle blocks are a result of the commuting distance to the city. “It’s a factor that will attract

investors as well as city families who have members keen on pursuing careers in farming,” Nicky Reid from Connections Real Estate says. “It would suit a first-farm buyer as well as someone with an eye to the future who wants to secure land in a prime location.” The farm sits in a north-facing basin with several patches of beautiful mature native bush, including more than 2ha with a QE11 covenant. Just 2km away is a boat ramp to access the Kaipara Harbour, which is renowned for its fishing.

On the farm itself about 74ha is effective grazing, which is split into 52 paddocks predominantly covered in kikuyu. Last year the sharemilker put 7ha into oats and the previous season grew 7ha of chicory. The basin has its own catchment and this is collected in two dams that supply water for the farm while water is also collected off the roof of the herd home. He has been running a highinput system, milking 160 cows in a split-calving regime and last season produced 53,274kg milksolids.

Cows are fed 600kg of bought-in feed a year, which is made up of dried distillers grain and maize mixed with silage and spread from a wagon. A large cow barn measuring 30m by 50m provides a platform for a high-input production system and sits close to the 24-aside herringbone dairy, which has a children’s room built onto it so the family can keep an eye on the little ones playing while milking the cows. After milking its back to the three-bedroom home with its modernised kitchen and surrounded by an established

garden that includes a magnificent oak tree for the kids to play under while nearby are stands of native bush to enjoy. “The farm can also be sold as a going concern with the herd and machinery and it’s available for a walk-in and walk-out settlement through the season.” The property has a rateable valuation of $1.375 million and has a deadline sale of April 5.


To view the property visit www. ID CRE0002 and for further information contact Nicky Reid on 021 103 6277.


483ha Nelson Creek

300ha Kowhitirangi Valley

Approximately 30 minutes to Greymouth River silts and glacial loams Currently approx. 280ha eff including 70ha winter crops annually Further approx. 80ha cut-over bush with majority logs removed Major re-developments under current ownership last four years New central laneway, fencing and cattle yards

I don’t believe you will find one better. $3.5M L & B + GST (if any) Web Ref GDR3269210

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Approximately 210ha M/P and 60ha support Production to 232,718kgs milksolids 3 x 3 bedroom quality homes plus s/c sleepout 40-aside cow shed, Reid plant and meal feeders All stock wintered on, approximately 10ha maize Top performer, quality improvements, productive location

Available Going Concern $6.750M L & B plus Stock and plant at valuation Web Ref GDR3269434



111ha River Silts


5-year average 66,002kgs milksolids 20-aside cow shed, 2 x 4 bay sheds 1 x 3-bedroom house and 2 x 2 bedroom cottages 61ha run-off available to purchase

Real opportunity for keen energetic purchaser. Hard to find at this price with this potential. Available Going Concern $1.620M L & B + GST (if any) Web Ref GDR3269503

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Approximately 1 hour Greymouth, 2¾ hours Christchurch Approximately 420ha effective all flat river silts Has been utilised as dairy support Approximately 80ha winter crops grown annually This season all back into grass 4-bedroom character home and 3-bedroom cottage Some deer fencing, supplement made on

Unique opportunity to purchase an iconic West Coast property $3.750M L & B + GST (if any) Web Ref GDR3224212


Greg Daly 0274 783 594 or 03 762 6463 A/H

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Raydon carries 80 breeding cows.

Room for more THE Brothers Range brings good rainfall to the 534ha sheep and beef farm, Raydon, near Timaru which has been well developed in the past two decades and has scope to lift production. Just 21km from Pleasant Point places Raydon in a handy location for its farming operation which has been running about 2500 breeding ewes and 80 breeding cows. Male lambs are finished and steer calves are sold to a repeat buyer while all their own replacements are kept. Jon McAuliffe from Bayleys says Raydon is a well-balanced property that benefits from increased rainfall on the Brothers Range and it has potential for

a new owner to lift production further. “It’s a very well presented property. “The vendors are good farmers who have farmed it for 23 years and in that time have developed the infrastructure to a high level, with a lot of the tracks shingled and ongoing pasture renewal.” Part of the owner’s long-term policy is developing new land where possible and it now has about 39ha of winter feed or new grass drilled. Raydon’s four-bedroom homestead has been tastefully renovated and the farm has a two-bedroom cottage which has been ideal for extra family or visitors.

The farm has a four-bedroom homestead and a two-bedroom cottage.

Among the farm’s infrastructure is a three-stand, raised-board woolshed with covered yards for 700 ewes, plus a full set of sheep yards attached to it. A lane system developed for ease of management leads to sheep and cattle yards on the hill country. The farm also has a five-bay implement shed plus a workshop, granary, four-bay shed and an airstrip. Raydon is for sale via deadline private treaty.


To view the farm visit www.bayleys. and for further information contact Jon McAuliffe on 0274 327 769.

Raydon has a three-stand woolshed and covered yards for 700 ewes.


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Hunterville sheep and beef - 148 ha


HUNTERVILLE 582 Ongo Road Located only 6km from town this well-appointed sheep and beef breeding farm offers 148 ha of rolling to medium contoured hills, with a small area of flat country by the road. The property offers improvements that would complement a property significantly larger and include a 4 stand woolshed, sheep yards, cattle-yards and a 3 bay implement shed with an enclosed workshop attached at one end. My clients have run a regular maintenance programme on the farm, it features good access through well maintained tracks.

Aesthetically the farm is very appealing, featuring a 4 ha area of bush and dams are scattered through all the paddocks.


VIEW By Appointment AUCTION 11.00am, Fri 20th Apr, 2018, Hunterville Rugby Club Rooms, Paraekaretu Street, Hunterville

The five bedroom home has undergone extensive renovations including the kitchen and living area, bathroom and four of the bedrooms. This is a very comfortable, warm home and features a large deck for bbq and entertaining. The farm has a water allocation for the local water scheme and the local primary school bus picks up at the gate.

Richard White

Mobile 027 442 6171 Office 06 327 0070

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WEB ID PR59766

PAHIATUA 498 Ridge Road North Exceptionally well located 6km west of Pahiatua, this iconic property is a 'turn-key' operation and is ready for the new owners to capitalise on its superior ability to both breed and finish livestock. Of the 400 ha effective area, over 180 ha is easy to rolling contour suitable for cultivation, including 27 ha of fertile river flats. Combined with an excellent water system, strategic shelter belts and a recently refurbished villa set in mature grounds, this property allows you to get on and farm.

The farm has excellent access utilising Ridge Road North that virtually bisects the property with the added benefit of centrally located infrastructure including woolshed, covered yards, cattle-yards and dwelling adding to its ease of management and appeal. Inspections by appointment, call John, Jared or Phil today.

$5,100,000 + GST (IF ANY)

VIEW By Appointment John Arends

Mobile 027 444 7380 Office 06 376 4364

Jared Brock

Mobile 027 449 5496 Office 06 376 4823


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The Lamberts have planted about 20,000 trees on the farm.

Family ends 90-year development IN 1928 Eric and Mabel Lambert shifted from Wellington to Putauaki, beneath Mt Edgecumbe, a journey of over 500 kilometres. Eric was an accountant for a local timber merchant though he also supplied town milk. Dairy took them north. “When they arrived the whole farm was in manuka and swamp,” grandson Eddie Lambert says. “They brought 10 cows with them. “On one side the neighbour’s development was a bit further ahead though the fences weren’t and the neighbour’s cows would walk in to

graze happily on our farm. “Mabel was a city girl from Wellington and the story goes that grandad came up first, then grandma followed, coming on the train most of the way then the last stretch by horse and cart. “With the land being just swamp the cart fell into a mud hole and Mabel’s best china broke before she even arrived then they dumped all her possessions on the lawn of the little cottage. It was a very challenging time for her.” Clearing the land was a huge hurdle and is still not finished. “In those days it was all done with a

horse and cart, and dray. “We still have some native logs under the surface where the stumps weren’t taken out once it was drained. My grandparents had to carry on dynamiting the stumps out of the ground. As a boy I remember finding detonators in the workshop and about the farm. It was a thrill to find them, of course as children weren’t supposed to have them.” Eddie’s parents Roy and Nan married in 1948 and when Eric died in 1962 they took over the farm. “Dad was 10 when his parents came up here. Although he went to school for a couple of years after that he had to wake

up early to milk the cows then he was strapped for being late to school because of the milking and after school he was kicked up the backside for being late home after having to do detention so he left school and started working on the farm full time at age 12.” Roy and Nan raised seven children on the farm, the youngest being Eddie. “It was very physical for them and as they were brought up through the Depression they were always conservative as farmers. Farming had to be profitable. You could never borrow money. “Only once you made a profit could you

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The farm produced 209,000kg MS from 450 cows through the 24-aside herringbone in 2014-15. buy a new tractor. They were not reliant on debt. “They strictly believed in keeping a nice, neat, tidy farm. Weed control on the hill was one of our weekend jobs. There was never any ragwort or thistles. Running an aesthetically pleasing farm was always a major focus,” Eddie says. Along with his brother Ken, Eddie went to boarding school in Feilding in the late 1970s. “They had huge oak trees there and in his last year at school Ken brought home a bag of acorns and planted them. Now we have 50 large oak trees in the corners of paddocks and gateways, which was the start of our tree planting regime,” he says. With their wives Kath and Debbie, Eddie and Ken took over the farm from their parents in the early 1980s. Eddie and Kath bought out Ken and Debbie about 10 years

later. They reckon they have planted about 20,000 trees on the farm since, including pines, lusitanica, liquid amber, ash and elder. “Kath went to Field Days 23 years ago and visited the New Zealand Forestry Association site. She entered a draw and won 200 poplar seedlings, which we planted all over the farm for shelter and shade,” Eddie says. They have also developed three wetland areas totalling 10ha, including one under a QEII Trust covenant. “We had help from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. They provided the material, including the trees, posts and fencing and giving us a planting plan. We had to do all the work including planting the trees. “One time a truck turned up with 1700 seedlings three weeks before calving. We

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While Eddie Lambert might describe himself as a tree-hugging greenie he is also a born and bred farmer who has spent the last 20 years working on the genetics in animals bred from two exceptional Friesian cows. thought ‘How the hell are we going to do this?’ We managed to bring in some friends and neighbours and made a working bee of it though it was a huge amount of work.” They planted pittosporum, kanuka, manuka, smaller natives around the wetlands and grasses on the edge. “I’m a bit of a tree hugging greenie. “I love to be able to go up the hill and look down on the wetland. “Because they gave us the right trees and a good planting plan it looks really beautiful. “We have plenty of ducks and pheasants on the farm and a big increase in wetland birds. It has been hard work and even though it was swampy so not ideal for pasture, we did have to lock up part of the farm. However, all that has been more than worth the effort,” Eddie says. Re-creating the farm’s wetlands has been a love that the couple has shared while another has been improving the genetics of their much-admired Friesian herd, which has won them acclaim and contracts from LIC and CRV. “Good cows are always our goal and we had one really good cow, born in 1998. We were using the BI system then and when we had the herd tested we were told ‘You need to come and look at this cow’. Her sister turned out just as well so we went on to breed from those two cows, flushing the cows out, collecting the embryos and breeding from their daughters and progeny. “In 20 years we reckon we have bred well over 100, maybe as many as 150 direct descendants of those two cows,” Eddie says. After 90 years in the Lambert family, Eddie and Kath have reluctantly decided to sell. With two daughters and two sons, they reckon it would be impossible to pass

Roy and Brian Lambert on the farm in 1948.

on the farm in a way that helps one without disadvantaging the other three. Succession planning has taken awhile. “We’ve been talking about it for around eight years. Our children have supported us. They are the ones that are saying ‘You can’t keep going working as hard as you have. You need to enjoy life’,” Eddie says. They have engaged Phil Goldsmith of PGG Wrightson Real Estate, Whakatane to market the property, which has 140ha freehold, with 80ha of transferable leases. A 24-a-side herringbone dairy shed milking up to 450 cows produced 209,000 kilograms of milksolids in 2014-15, supplying Open Country. “After three generations of the Lambert family farming this property with heartfelt care the evidence of their expert husbandry and proud attention to detail is readily apparent,” Goldsmith said. “Both the reclaimed wetland areas and the trees they have planted add immense environmental appeal and aesthetic value to a farm that has demonstrated excellent production out of a herd that also shows the meticulously high standards Eddie and Kath adhere to.” As an added feature, the Lambert farm is almost adjacent to the planned multispecies geothermal milk processing plant under development by the Poutama Dairy Group, an enterprise comprising six Maori entities from eastern Bay of Plenty. Eddie and Kath Lambert’s farm is for sale by tender, with offers closing on March 29.


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This farm has moderate breeding hills with nearly 300ha of finishing country on one plateau.

The expansive flats have silt loam soils.

The farm is divided into 76 paddocks with about 100ha of deer fences.

Hills and flats are in perfect balance Chester’s real point of difference.” The 637ha property includes the 469ha Chester block plus the 168ha Agnew block, with a central lane running through the flats to connect the two woolsheds and their covered yards. On the combined blocks the owners have been running a flexible breeding and finishing system that last year included 4000 breeding ewes and 1200 bought-in lambs and hoggets for finishing, 120 mixed-age Angus cows, 40 R2 heifers and 150 calves. Lambing kicks off from the end of July, which allows lambs to be weaned from mid November with the aim of sending a high

proportion to slaughter before Christmas at 18kg CW, as well as most ewes. Typically, about 5000 lambs are then bought in from mid December and are stocked at 30 lambs/ha on lucerne for finishing. The system enables four rotations from mid November to May. On the cattle side of the operation, male cattle are slaughtered before their second winter and an extra 200 cattle are bought in to finish. Barnett says the owners have had a strong focus on pasture renewal and most of its pastures are less than six years old. In the past few years the mix


built in the 1930s sits on an elevated site, well off the road, where it enjoys a north-easterly outlook over the property. A second home is located near one of the woolsheds. Chester lies on the edge of the Hunterville township, which is a busy centre for the local community and hosts the annual Huntaway Festival. Tenders close on April 11.


To view the property visit www. or the drone video com/watch?v=yDzwILw09Cs. For further information contact Peter Barnett on 027 482 6835.


• Situated south of Whanganui is this 175 ha farming opportunity. • Features a 20 aside herringbone dairy and 300 cow yard with adjacent feed pad. • The herd is split calving and milked all year round supplying Open Country. • Exceptional bore water supplies water to stock troughs, dairy and houses. • Large machinery shed, large silage bunker • There are two three bedroom family homes set in their own treed surrounds. • Your chance to buy this farm with a flexible takeover date and take advantages of the coming season, current RV $3 mil • Call Les to inspect, asking $2,995,000.

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has been AR37 perennial ryegrass, Mainstay white clover and Tribute red clover on the flats and the hill country has been sown as many as four times with perennial pastures. The property is divided into 76 main paddocks, including about 100ha deer fenced. Troughs supply water to the bulk of those paddocks while five on the hill country have dams and creeks. The lane running between the two woolsheds is gravelled in the high-traffic areas and the hill country is well tracked with good access to the finishing country and road. A four-bedroom homestead

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• Well laid out 185 acre dairy farm situated in the heart of the Manawatu. • There is a lovely art deco homestead with great views over the property. • Modern 18 aside herringbone dairy with in bale feed system. Very nice feed pad along with good calf and milking sheds. • Effluent and water systems have been upgraded and are consented for intensive agriculture. • Our Vendors have been in retirement mode for the last few seasons and currently milk up to 160 cows and carry all replacements on farm. • Your chance to own this self contained unit. • Priced to sell at $2,200,000 plus GST • Call Les to inspect.

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THE perfect balance of moderate breeding hills encircling a large expanse of flats with silt loam soils provides the base to make Chester one of Hunterville’s premier properties. Peter Barnett from NZR says those versatile Kiwitea soils have few peers when it comes to livestock finishing and are equally suited to a wide range of crops that have been growing on the flats including lucerne, maize, cereals and potatoes. “People love the balance but the thing they say that really stands out for them is the big chunk of nearly 300ha of Kiwitea silt loam finishing country in one contiguous plateau — that’s

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This property comes with all the gear necessary for the next kiwifruit harvest.


The three-bedroom house is in established grounds.

Home and income A SMALL kiwifruit orchard near Marton is an opportunity to add an extra income stream from a handy location. The owners of the 3.3ha orchard were able to manage the kiwifruit during their weekends when they worked elsewhere then continued to manage it for extra income when they retired. Doug Glasgow from PGG Wrightson Real Estate says the orchard has been a workable size for part-time income and last season produced more than 20,000 trays of green kiwifruit from 2ha. As the property is for sale as a going concern, the necessities for the 2018 harvest are included in the sale such as the tractor, sprayer, mulcher, spreader, rideon mower and an assortment of pruning gear. A three-bay shed with one bay lockable

provides facilities and storage for the operation. The orchard sits just 10km from Marton on desirable Kiwitea loam soils and usually experiences a safe climate with up to 1200mm of rain a year. Water is supplied by a dam on the neighbour’s property and covered by an easement while domestic water is stored in a 24,000l tank. A welcoming, well presented and quality three-bedroom home is set in established grounds with decking on two sides to provide ample space for outdoor living. Tenders for the property close on April 11.


To view the property visit ID WAN27738 and for further information contact Doug Glasgow on 027 204 8640.

This orchard produced 20,000 trays of green kiwifruit last season.

MUST BE SOLD, COMMITTED ELSEWHERE 848 State Highway 1, Bulls Ignore previous price guidance, our owners need to sell this season. Located 7km north of Bulls, the 121ha dairy platform includes a 30ASHB, herd home plus a modern effluent system along with a modern 3 bedroom home plus a cottage on a separate title. Previously a high input system this has been dialed back with one of the owners now overseas. The main residence, not previously for sale, is now offered as an option on an adjoining 8ha title. This superior residence enjoys spectacular views and is finished to a high standard. Seriously for sale by realistic vendors who understand the market.

121 ha + home on 8ha Deadline Private Treaty Deadline Treaty (if not sold prior) Closes 3pm, Wed 4 Apr 2018, NZR, 20 Kimbolton Rd, Feilding Peter Barnett AREINZ 027 482 6835 | 06 323 4434 NZR Limited | Licensed REAA 2008

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Rising up from the edge of Hunterville on State Highway 1, Chester is one of the regions premier properties due to its virtual perfect balance of moderate breeding hills, encircling one of the largest contiguous areas of flat to easy Kiwitea silt loam soils in the region. These prodigious, versatile soils are friable and free draining and have few peers for livestock finishing and are equally well suited to the wide range of crops that have been grown here including lucerne, maize, cereals and potatoes. Young pastures through-out include the hills which have been heli-cropped and re-grassed in recent years, all exhibiting strong fertility test results. Excellent all weather access is enhanced with a central lane running through the flats connecting the two woolsheds, both with covered yards, with around 100 hectares deer fenced. Trough water is gravity reticulated to virtually the whole property from the district water scheme. The solid and very tidy homestead enjoys an elevated outlook from the center of the farm, with a cottage situated near the road. The bus to the popular local primary school passes the gate with a high school bus from Hunterville. The quality and scale of property that comes up rarely in any location, the sale of Chester represents a unique opportunity to purchase an outstanding property.

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IRRIGATED CROPPING AND FINISHING UNIT - ONE OF THE BEST! 247 Mahaki Road, Martinborough, South Wairarapa This extremely tidy property is located just a five minute drive south of the renown Martinborough wine village offering quality business assets in a great lifestyle location. The farm is blessed with very deep silt loam soils that are suitable for a large number of intensive farming operations giving the astute farmer the flexibility to move with the markets. Coupled with the 40l/s irrigation right with no ’low flow’ restrictions and you have the mix well balanced to deliver on your goals. The infrastructure is hard to fault, leading the list is a large five bedroom modern replica Villa with double garage, stunning swimming pool and attractive grounds. The huge ’as new’ American barn styled shed has equine facilities attached to tie in with the sand based arena. There are three more three bay implement sheds with seed drying facilities and three phase power. The three stand woolshed is centrally located with cattle and sheep yards as well as the irrigation bore and control room. There is an option for the vendor to retain the homestead and implement sheds if a bare land option is desired. Units like this are highly sought after and our vendor will not accept any prior offers allowing you the time and confidence to do your due diligence. We have a comprehensive property report and there is an enlightening drone video on our website. This property is one of the best we have marketed and deserves your attention - do not delay - call Blair today!

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The farm carries about 450 dairy heifers.

The scale to diversify providing FARMERS today want diversity in their business to provide various income streams and self-contained units to have control of their stock but it takes scale to achieve that — scale such as the 326ha Scotswood in Mid Canterbury provides. The former sheep and cropping farm near Hororata has been grazing dairy cattle for the past few years, carrying about 450 dairy heifers and a similar number of calves in addition to 46 Angus cows and 150 sheep.

Last year irrigation was added to the farm to cover about 109ha with three centre pivots now guaranteeing feed supply and adding further versatility to an already productive farm. Ben Turner from Bayleys says Scotswood has the potential to finish lamb and beef, provide dairy support or even convert to dairying and be a self-contained unit. “It could be a diverse dairy operation with other enterprises because of its scale.

“To have some diversity within the one operation on one large-scale farm is a real opportunity in that location. “You’ve got control and the farm is completely surrounded by road frontage for a good buffer from other farms as well as providing good access.” The recently-added irrigation has been gained through 1608 ordinary shares and 100 construction shares in Central Plains Water, with rights to stored water. This gives

the property the potential to irrigate 130ha. Each year, the farm usually makes 450 bales of balage and grows a range of winter feed that is typically 50ha of kale, 25ha of fodder beet and 45ha of giant rape. Numerous farm support buildings cover implements, storage, hay and a three-stand raised-board woolshed with covered yards for 800 woolly ewes. A sound set of cattle yards is capable of handling 200 adult cattle, with crush and

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Price: It sits neatly within a gentle curve in the road and forms a Plus GST (if any) warm north-facing basin with a central catchment and over two hectares of beautiful mature native bush. A large Also available: covered feedpad has been built in a central location near the Stock & Machinery cowshed and this provides a platform for a high input production system. The 24-aside cowshed has been improved and extended. The herd and machinery are available with options to suit the purchaser. Call now to secure yourself a productive farm in a prime location.

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Well Located Dairy Farm This 80-hectare, 160 cow dairy farm is only 16km west of Wellsford on the tar seal, easy commuting distance from Auckland Harbour Bridge and only about 2km from the nearest boat ramp.

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It's easy to fall in love with this farm. There are 154 hectares, Deadline Sale a very tidy 30-aside cowshed, a good comfortable home and Closing: 2.00pm Tuesday 20 March 2018 a cottage. A 60 hectare lease block is available right next door. Price: A sheltered east-facing aspect and higher rainfall (1600mm) plus GST if any help to keep the farm greener for longer than most. The soil type is a fertile red volcanic ash. Currently understocked, it is milking 220 cows on a self-contained low input system. The three-bedroom home is well-presented with an open plan living area and a new deck around three sides. It has insulation floor and ceiling and wood burner with wet-back. This farm would be ideal for a first farm buyer or provide an addition to a larger farming enterprise. RV: $1,850,000

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Scotswood grows winter feed including 50ha of kale, 25ha of fodder beet and 45ha of giant rape.

various incomes weigh bars, while feed can be stored in four silos ranging from 12 to 80 tonnes. A well-presented four-bedroom brick home has had substantial renovations recently and is set in a well-established garden setting with a great outlook over the farm to the hills beyond. A comfortable cottage on the farm is rented to a reliable tenant. It’s always about location and Turner says Scotswood has the benefit of being within

an easy commute to Christchurch while just a “hop, skip and a jump” from skifields, lakes and rivers. Plus it has plenty of school options around it. Offers on Scotswood close on March 22.


To view the property visit www.bayleys. and for further information contact Ben Turner on 027 530 1400 or Mike Adamson on 027 221 1909.

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We bring to the market an opportunity to purchase 41.0931 hectares (3 titles) of prime land, approximately 1.5km from Greytown on SH2 South. The property features a 5+ bedroom spacious family home. The farm is well subdivided with its own water scheme. (The house is on tank water). There is a private airstrip including a Hangar also. 2 stand woolshed, cattle and sheep yards plus 1 implement shed. This property is set well back from the road, is private with exceptional views over the farm and towards the Tararua Ranges. The lucky purchaser of this property will enjoy the living experience while having an exceptional investment opportunity. R.V. $2,465,000. Supporting the Child Cancer Foundation for over 20 years.

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This high quality honey producer based in the Central Waikato is showing impressive returns. The primary focus is on local honey production and manuka harvesting from sites in Northland, East Cape, Central and the West Coast of the North Island. Our Vendors have very strong relationships with the owners of the sites they use and have maintained access despite intense competition. Their work practices are bee and environmentally friendly, believing that this is positively reflected in the quality of their product. For more detailed information please contact Scott or Martin.

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Parawera TENDER (Unless Sold By Private Treaty) Closes 12.00pm, Thursday, 12 April

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Well Located with Options • 201.6ha (STS) 28km from Havelock North with cropping options, breeding sheep and cattle, trading and finishing • 4x4 access over farm tracks, approx. 17 paddocks with mainly conventional fencing • A permanent limestone stream flows through the property supplemented by springs and dams • Improvements include four-stand woolshed, good shedding plus sheep and cattle yards • The Horiana Downs contour of approximately 5% flat, 70% rolling, 13% medium with 12% steep offers various farming options for the new owner


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Great Entry Farm - Great Community 639 Waitara Road, Te Pohue • `Pukenui'- 234 hectares (553.5 acres) 49km from Bay View township • In excess of 40ha of flats, the balance of land being medium to steeper hill • Woolshed, deer shed, cattle and sheep yards, haybarn, fertiliser bin and strip • Three bedroom dwelling with open plan living/dining and kitchen • Cattle, deer, sheep or dairy grazing. All bases are covered

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Desirable Historic Finishing Block 159.156ha of flat to rolling contour, impressive sea and Whangarei Heads views. Impressive yards, reliable water and raced for access and excellent fencing throughout. Offered to the market for the first time in over 160 years is this highly recognisable finishing block located near the popular historic village of Waipu. This magnificent north facing property is renowned for finishing large well-bred livestock year after year. The century old four bedroom villa has been well maintained and renovated with attractive mature gardens. Properties like this are often sort, but rarely found!


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South Auckland Dairy Farm 107 Aka Aka Church Road

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After 49 years of ownership, this family has now decided to move into retirement and sell their dairy farm. This 100ha subject to boundary re-alignment is located on the Aka Aka, which is a well-known dairying area in Franklin. It is a mere 7km from the historic township of Waiuku and 15km from the bustling town of Pukekohe. A 24km commute is all it takes to get you to Auckland's Southern Motorway. The contour of the land is 100% flat and is supported by two homes, a 28 ASHB dairy shed plus auxiliary buildings.


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• 140ha freehold with 80Ha transferable leases • Sound 24 ASHB dairy, milking 450 cows at peak with split calving • Best production 209,000kgMS 2014/2015, supplying Open Country Dairy • Pod irrigation over 80ha, plus 30ha on lease land, from deep well bore on farm • Four homes, two hay barns, implement shed/workshop and silage bunker • Reluctantly our vendors have decided to retire and are motivated sellers


Plus GST (if any) (Unless Sold By Private Treaty) Closes 4.00pm, Thursday 29 March VIEW 11.00-1.00pm, Thursday 15 & 22 March

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82.49 Hectare Dairy Farm 82 Mclean Road Here is a very good dairy farm located centrally on the Rangitaiki Plains, about halfway between Edgecumbe and Whakatane. • Central races to 35 paddocks • Production up to 1400 kgMS per hectare • 22 ASHB dairy shed with yards holding up to 340 cows • Buildings include a three-bay lockup shed, five-bay implement shed and a large hay barn




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The Best Dressed Rail On Farm

A Staple That Lasts And Holds Firm

30mm x 3.15mm x 5kg

3497 $9997





Protect your plants & help them grow! W 2.0m x H 2.0m x L 2.4m - Kitset The ecoliving® eco:house® provides an ideal climate to grow plants and vegetables all year round. The eco:house® is a great addition to any outdoor garden. 9 Strong, durable structure lined with Alsynite® Sunline polycarbonate roofing (10 year limited warranty) 9 Fully enclosed with a plywood back and front wall with Alsynite® Sunline clad door 9 Treated timber suitable for outdoor use 9 Ventilation provided by corrogated openings in roof 9 Comes in easy to assemble kitset form




Planter Bed


1600 x 550mm - Stackable

• Designed to fit into the ecoliving® eco:house®

While Stocks Last!


2 Planter Beds 2 Planter Stacked Beds Stacked

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50mm x 4.0mm x 20kg








All prices, both RRP and promotional, are exclusive of GST and are for 1-29 March 2018 only and whilst stocks last. Photographs are for illustrative purposes only.


MUST END Thursday

29th MARCH!

ecoliving® 1.8m Shed



W 1.8m x H 1.8m x D 1.8m - Kitset OPEN

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Comes in easy to assemble kitset form Relocatable H4 treated timber base for longer life Weatherboard cladding





77 $ EA+GST





Euroflo Culvert Pipe • Easy to handle • Smooth bore = faster flow, less silt build up • Maintenance & rust free • Resists chemically aggressive soil conditions • 16 diameters available from 160mm to 2150mm

A convenient general purpose shovel suitable for a wide variety of work.






Crow Bar

A heavy duty rake suitable for raking soil, stones and leaves or to spread material.

This universal tool has a big 4 inch wide grubber at one end and an axehead at the other.

Great for loosening the ground, lever rocks and shape the hole.







MUST END Thursday 29th MARCH!







Utility Rake





A superb all purpose shovel for shifting, spreading and loading heavy to light materials.


500mm x 5.5m


Perfect for shifting, spreading and loading heavy to light materials quickly.

Long Handle Round Mouth Shovel




Long Handle Square Mouth Shovel



315mm x 5.5m

D Handle Square Mouth Shovel

Give us a call on 0800 2 GOLDPINE

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We could build our Stongbuilt® Sheds lighter, but we don’t and won’t. That’s why Strongbuilt® Sheds are...

Incl. PA


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2 Bay Lean-to

Bays: Depth: Height:

2 x 3.6m 6.0m (2 x 3.0m) 3.0 – 2.4m

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1 Bay Gable



3 Bay Lean-to

Bays: Depth: Height:

Bays: Depth: Height:

1 x 4.0m 6.0m (1 x 6.0m) 3.5 – 2.8m

3 x 3.6m m 6.0m (2 x 3.0 ) 3.6 – 3.0m

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Bays: Depth: Height:

3 x 3.6m 6.0m (2 x 3.0m) 3.0 – 2.4m

4 Bay Lean-to

Bays: Depth: Height:

4 x 4.5m 6.0m (2 x 3.0m) 3.6 – 3.0m


Jersey Lifestyle Barn

Bays: Depth: Height:

Check in store for fantastic deals on Goldpine Farm Buildings! Give us a call on 0800 2 GOLDPINE

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3 x 4.5m 9.0m (2 x 4.5m) 5.2 – 3.7m

Farmers Weekly NZ March 12 2018  
Farmers Weekly NZ March 12 2018  

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