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April 2014

No BLNZ Money for MIE Board Candidates by Hugh de Lacy

Beef and Lamb NZ (BLNZ) has no intention of funding Meat Industry Excellence (MIE) candidates to contest seats on meat company boards, chairman James Parsons has told Canterbury Farming. BLNZ has tentatively agreed to partly fund meat industry lobby group MIE provided it’s not spent on activities that would clash with BLNZ’s responsibilities under the Commodity Levies Act. The decision to give funding support to MIE was made in response to a remit put to BLNZ’s annual meeting in Feilding in March which received strong endorsement from farmers. “That was a non-binding remit, but obviously we’re not going to ignore farmers’ views on that,” Parsons said. “So what we’ve done is engaged with the MIE and said we’d collaboratively work with them, but we need details of what they want to do with this funding.” The BLNZ funding decision, assuming it comes to fruition, is the second breakthrough step by MIE to restructure the meat industry as ‘a farmer-controlled entity to optimise returns to all stakeholders’, as its website says. It envisages a farmer-owned, vertically integrated industry with size and scale, underpinned

by farmers contracting to supply stock to specification. Last year MIE put up four candidates for the cyclical directors’ elections for the two large farmer-owned meat processing and marketing cooperatives, Silver Fern Farms and Alliance, which between them control about 60% of the industry. It has long been argued that the first step towards a more effective industry structure would be a merger of the two big co-ops, but repeated efforts over the last three decades to get them to cosy up have proved fruitless. The principal problems facing the industry are a chronic excess in processing capacity, and the rapid switch of farmers on better land from meat production to milk. Successive governments have declined to force restructuring on the industry which has been in steady decline, especially over the last decade and a half since the dairy industry amalgamated under the Fonterra brand, giving it the critical mass to take advantage of booming

demand for milk products in China especially. China is now showing increasing interest in New Zealand sheep meat, and it’s MIE’s goal to restructure the meat industry to take advantage of that. Asked if driving a restructuring of the meat industry should have been the responsibility of BLNZ or its predecessor, the Meat Board, Parsons said that whatever the shortcomings of the Meat Board, it was not BLNZ’s role to bring about structural reform. It would be “completely inappropriate for BLNZ to get on its high horse and try and dictate how other people operate their businesses, in the same way that it wouldn’t be acceptable that some meat company tried to tell BLNZ what it should be doing. “There’s definitely room for discussion around the ideal structure for the industry, but that’s something that’s got to be driven by the shareholders and owners of the companies, and BLNZ isn’t one of them,” Parsons said. There was, however, a need “for somebody to step up and do

these things, and that’s why we thought MIE should be funded.” That funding will be subject to close scrutiny by BLNZ, and Parsons specifically excluded its being used to support MIE candidates’ bids for more meat company directors’ seats. “If someone wants to stand for a company board and MIE wants to support them, they’ll have to fund that themselves,” Parsons said. “BLNZ is not going to fund that activity.” In last year’s co-operative board elections, MIE candidate Don Morrison of Gore was elected to the Alliance board, but the same board rejected a shareholders’ resolution

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calling for the appointment of former Fonterra director John Monaghan, on the grounds that as a dairy-farmer he was ineligible. MIE candidates Richard Young of Gore and Dan JexBlake of Gisborne were elected to the Silver Fern Farms board. The presence of MIE candidates sharply raised the level of participation in the two board elections. The Alliance election saw 48.83% of eligible votes returned in the postal ballot, compared to 25% in the previous election in 2012. Silver Fern Farms’ voter turnout rose from 16.7% in 2012 to 26.76% last year.


April 2014

O’Connor Comments with Damien O’Connor Opposition Spokesman on Agriculture

Supporting the scientists We know the rising demand for food from Asia remains our best opportunity to grow our agricultural sector but, at the same time, we face increased competition from a growing group of competitors from South America, Eastern Europe and Asia and we will miss the boat without a more co-ordinated effort from industry and government. The current Government has charged the primary industries with the goal of doubling

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the percentage of primary sector exports from 30 to 40% of GDP. What does this really mean? Double the volume? What about value? Increasing volume doesn’t necessarily mean value. While we are told otherwise, I fear volume over value is the objective of the National Government’s Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) scheme, which is currently under investigation by the AuditorGeneral. The Government says the PGP is expected to generate economic benefits worth approximately $7 billion per year by 2025, although no-one can tell me how that figure was arrived at. Too often, we just focus on maximising production and then selling to anybody who is able to pay. This has seen a ‘produce, process, flog’ mentality. This

is what I fear is also the Government’s mentality with its double volume goal, now that significant chunk of research capability has been removed. We do not want to end up as the producer of cheap, raw material sold to offshore interests who then add value to the commodity with the corresponding financial gains from that. At the same time, we are reading about the funding cuts in biosecurity and food safety research. The Bio-Protection Research Centre, which is a partnership between Lincoln and Massey Universities, AgResearch Ltd, Scion and Plant & Food Research, will no longer be funded as a centre of research excellence (CoRE), a decision that will put New Zealand’s

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April 2014

Country Matters

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Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries

Biosecurity and drought conditions While most farmers have enjoyed a productive summer, I’ve been concerned about some very dry parts of Waikato and Northland. Local authorities in Northland have announced the western parts of their region are in drought, which reflects the tough few months they’ve had as pasture has browned off. The same has now happened in parts of the Waikato. It’s an unusual drought in that it’s so localised. I’ve made several visits and in some places it is looking healthy, but you only have to drive a few minutes to see a vast contrast. I’m keeping a close eye on the conditions. At this stage the criteria hasn’t been met for the government to declare a medium scale adverse event, because most farmers are coping and there hasn’t been any formal request to make such a declaration. At the time of writing I’m excited about a rain forecast for most of the North Island leading into Easter. It’s important to note that a range of support is currently available from Rural Support Trusts, DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb NZ who can provide information about managing dry conditions. IRD can provide tax flexibility on a case by case basis. Banks also play a key role when things get tough on farms, and I’m pleased they are encouraging farmers to contact them and discuss their situation if

facing difficulties. Farmers in these areas don’t want handouts, but they want to know the Government understands the situation they are facing. Meanwhile, the importance of biosecurity has been reinforced over the last two weeks with the discovery of a single male fruit fly in Whangarei. The fly was discovered in a biosecurity trap and shows the system working as it should. This is one of 7500 traps around the country near ports and airports. At the time of writing there has been no further flies detected, however increased surveillance and restrictions on movement of fruit and vegetables are in place. Horticulture is a $4 billion industry and very important to New Zealand, which is why we treat a find like this very seriously. Biosecurity is my number one priority as Minister because it’s so important to protect our primary industries from damaging pests and diseases. Over the last 18 months we have had a big focus on beefing up our border protection, with 125 new frontline MPI quarantine staff and five new dog detector teams. We also have 12 new x-ray machines and work underway on Government Industry Agreements (GIAs), which will allow industry to be directly involved in the planning and response to biosecurity threats.

Cut and carry or grazing It would seem that we are fast approaching the crossroads with respect to dairying in sheds, barns or whatever you want to call them, and whether it is still viable for our dairy farmers to continue grazing as the main method of feeding stock. There are more and more feed pads being put into place and now there’s a sizeable increase in covered sheds with all the cows being snuggly indoors with their constant supply of feed, fresh water, padded beds and back scratchers. Those who have already taken the plunge and are using such facilities are reporting a very sizeable increase in production, contented cows and happy workers. The diet is able to include such things as potatoes and other ‘goodies’ that the cows really enjoy and respond very well too. So the question now is just how far will the swing go and who will be able to afford to climb onto the wave. There are a lot of opportunities for other farmers to become growers of dairying feed, literally becoming a total support system growing a variety of food ranging from lucerne through to beet and everything in between.


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A case of intensive farming without the animals, early morning starts and if it is raining, staying warm inside the tractor cab. With the advent of very sophisticated irrigation units and some very clever cultivars the support industry is there ready and waiting. I am assured that the costs of importing feed onto a dairy unit are well covered by the increase in production. So will it become a case of the majority of new conversations being small holdings with very large sheds, or will the industry stay with the all grass system that many are now suggesting is outdated. Perhaps the hardest point to consider is how much it would cost to convert the current all grass system into a housed unit and whether the present debt loading could be increased to take the second huge step. I suspect that there are many farmers who would love to keep up with the trend and enjoy the advantages of the covered style of farming, but wouldn’t be able to service the extra debt, especially with the interest rates very likely to continue to rise. We certainly do live in interesting times!



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They were the haunt of Moa and other native birds, and stretched from the mountains to the sea in an unbroken carpet of green. Now only a single tiny pocket of this vast forest remains, and oddly enough, it’s nestled in the heart of suburban Riccarton. Riccarton Bush only exists due to the deathbed wish of one of Canterbury’s first farmers — a man who died tragically young but who devoted his years to tireless pioneering development. His widow and their son carried on to establish one of the cornerstones of Canterbury’s farming heritage. But for John Deans and his brother William death came too swiftly, despite Riccarton house — the grand homestead which replaced the Deans family’s humble original cottage



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John and William Deans were of Scots ancestry, growing up in Ayrshire near the town of Riccarton — for which the present-day suburb is named. Both decided to forgo careers as lawyers (their father’s wish) and travel to the colonies, picking New Zealand as a land ripe with opportunity. William was first to arrive in 1840, days before the signing


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April 2014 with John Robert Godley on matters of law. As pre-Company settlers they fought for the right to keep what they had negotiated for with the local Maori people, and eventually an amicable agreement was reached. As part of the deal the Deans brothers made up a comprehensive guide for new settlers, recording the seasons, which crops fared well, which tools were needed, how to ensure the best yield — a ‘how to’ guide which passed on all they had learned. This template, based on their success, would set up many new farmers to prosper.

Jane Deans carried on the legacy of her pioneering husband

of the Treaty of Waitangi. He found that the claims of the New Zealand Company were grossly overstated — there was little clear farmland, local Maori iwi were not inclined to sell their land to settlers, and infrastructure was lacking. Undaunted, William signed on as a surveyor, and was one of the first Europeans to chart areas of the South Island, soon learning Te Reo to converse with the Maori people he met and traded with. He made a big impression, and was even invited to stay and live with them as a titular chief. John, on the other hand, arrived in 1842, with orders for land near Nelson. He found this block to be woefully subpar, and decided instead to throw in with his brother on a new venture. William had seen the potential of the fertile land around what would become Christchurch, before the advent of Wakefield’s company, and this was the place where the pair would make a go of farming. To assist them they enlisted the help of John Gebbie and his family, and the skilled carpenter Samuel Manson, who also had a wife and young family in tow.

Travelling first by sailing ship, then by rowboat and finally by waka, they arrived at the place known locally as Putaringamotu. Staking a claim, they changed the name to Riccarton, establishing their base in lee of a stand of podocarps. By 1844 they had built a homestead, and even chartered a ship from Australia bearing horses, sheep and cattle. With Samuel Manson’s carpentry skill and the hard work of the Gebbie, Manson and Deans families, bridges were built, land cleared, crops sown and fences constructed — initially all from wood, as the valuable chest of nails they had packed was accidentally left behind! One of those bridges crossed a stream which, in nostalgic British colonial fashion, they re-named the Avon, after the river in England. With no support from other Europeans — who they could go for months without seeing or speaking to — the settlers made their own clothes, food, bricks, and even a milking shed for the cattle and a cheese press. By late 1844 they were

John Deans — one of the founding fathers of Canterbury farming

milking 20 cows — a huge herd for those days. It’s even noted that their cheese was exported to Australia, where it was highly commended for its flavour. The Gebbie and Manson families went their own way in 1845, setting up new farms of their

own and trading extensively with the Deans brothers, who leased them cattle to get them started. Bureaucratic trouble reared its head when the Deans brothers attempted to negotiate freehold title of their land, butting heads

Despite their immense success, both brothers met untimely fates. William was drowned in a shipwreck, returning from Australia with new livestock. His death was a national tragedy, for by this time he was known across the colony for his literally groundbreaking work. His brother John sailed to Scotland to marry Jane Macilraith (a lady with whom he had shared much longdistance correspondence) soon after. Returning via Panama he caught an illness which lingered for the rest of his life. Despite

becoming a father in 1853, he died before the next year was out. On his deathbed, John Deans expressed his wish that Riccarton Bush should stand in perpetuity. His widow Jane — whose own determination in raising a young child alone in the 1800s is worth its own story — made sure this wish was granted. In 1914 the old Deans homestead was gifted to the people of Canterbury, and it still stands to this day. The last vestige of an ancient forest and the first thriving farmstead of European Settlers stand side by side, providing a unique glimpse into New Zealand’s pastoral and natural histories. What once was an isolated farm now stands across the road from Christchurch Boys High School and within sight of a vast shopping mall. But within the shade of the trees there is a sense of what the Deans brothers must have felt over 150 years ago, standing alone in a new land. For this, and the sense of being in these farming pioneers’ footsteps, Riccarton Bush is well worth a visit.

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New lending rules Over recent decades successive governments have tried to provide a satisfactory regulatory system for companies, banks, lending institutions and loan sharks. Many borrowers find out too late the onerous obligations set by some lenders. There is a new Bill before Parliament which the current Parliament will consider and hopefully pass into law over the next year or so. The Credit Contracts and Financial Services Law Reform Bill, if it is passed into law, will provide a number of new rules to protect consumers. It is intended that the new law will introduce a responsible lending code which would apply to all businesses which make loans available to the public. Lenders will also have to disclose all of the details of their loans so borrowers will know exactly what they are

letting themselves in before they sign up for a loan. The Bill also provides that increased fines could be levied on any lender who is found to be in breach of the code, the requirements for warnings to consumers about making minimum payments only, the licensing of repossession agents and a lot more. There are a number of issues with loans which are not addressed in the Bill and it would be good to see amendments incorporating some of those omissions as the Bill proceeds through the House. Under the current lending regime many borrowers do not find out until it is too late what some of their obligations

are under their loan. However borrowers also need to be responsible with their finances. One case I vividly recall happened some years ago. A family went on holiday and while they were away their car broke down. None of the mechanics in the area would repair the car as the family had no money to pay for repairs so the car was abandoned. They went to a loan shark and obtained a loan, bought another car and travelled home. It was suggested to them that they could have travelled home by bus. That was not an option for them as they had no money to pay bus fares and in any event they had to get the dog home.

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For investment markets the outlook for 2014 global growth remains positive, although various events resulted in slower economic growth over this first quarter. In the United States, manufacturing activity was hurt by severe weather conditions in eastern states but employment growth continues to provide confidence that the United States recovery is on track. On the negative side, growth in Europe is still weak, with geo-political tensions and the potential financial consequences of the stand-off between Russia and the West over the Crimea providing another risk to Europe’s financial system.

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Autumn is well and truly upon us with daylight saving kicking in and temperatures starting to cool. It was great to see the Crusaders hit their straps over in South Africa after a relatively slow start to the season. Still a long way to go in the competition, but we’re starting to shape up quite well.

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market (even in local currency terms), however we note that market leadership (the number of shares outperforming the benchmark index) continues to reduce, suggesting momentum is losing strength. Earnings growth expectations over the next few years however are still positive and should continue to provide underlying support. For fixed interest investors the Reserve Bank of New Zealand move to commence its monetary policy tightening cycle contributed to an increase in shorter-term interest rates. The forward guidance was again for an aggressive tightening of policy and for short-term rates to rise to 4.0% by December 2014. However weak global economic data and low inflation has allowed longer-term interest rates to decline. This was even after the US Federal Reserve again signalled lower bond purchases. A recent new retail bond issue from ASB has received good support and we expect further opportunities from other issuers in the coming weeks, which should also be well received. If you are interested in these opportunities please contact me to discuss your investment requirements in confidence. Andrew Wyllie is an Authorised Financial Adviser with Forsyth Barr in Christchurch. He can be contacted regarding portfolio management, fixed interest, or share investments on 0800 367 227 or andrew.wyllie@ To find out more about Forsyth Barr visit www. This column is general in nature and should not be regarded as personalised investment advice.


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Global growth has been reliant on emerging economies. In China, economic growth rates are now being questioned as policymakers seek to reignin domestic lending practices. However other Chinese stimulus packages intended to maintain economic growth indicate that policymakers are committed to ensuring growth levels remain within target bands. Elsewhere, other central banks are also mindful of the potential impacts of policy mistakes, as was evident with the US Federal Reserve withdrawing the use of unemployment data as a leading indicator for monetary policy tightening. Looking at equity markets, despite investment risks increasing over the quarter, markets remained robust. For New Zealand investors, currency movements largely offset the gains made by international shares, after the Reserve Bank of New Zealand tightened monetary policy. This coupled with strong dairy prices and volumes meant the New Zealand dollar appreciated significantly during the quarter and is again back to its recent highs. Australia was the best performing market outside New Zealand with financial shares providing most of the uplift. The smaller information technology sector managed the largest gains after positive results were reported by a number of companies with global franchises, while resource stocks declined on Chinese growth concerns. United States and European equities managed small gains in local currencies but these were overwhelmed by the stronger New Zealand dollar. New Zealand was the strongest equity

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Employment Talk by Matt Jones

Some say it’s the silent killer. Stress is no stranger to the farming industry. Perhaps you believe the word is overused — however the symptoms are very real and can impact your farming operation dramatically. The signs of stress aren’t necessarily overt, they can be quite insidious, accumulate over time and hit you when you least expect it. We all know a strung out employer or employee can change the whole dynamic of the workplace. When it becomes a chronic issue — health, productivity and concentration can also suffer. Not only could day-to-day tasks on your farm be compromised but the problem may run deeper with the possibility of more accidents and injuries happening in the workplace. It will come as no surprise that stress is already considered a workplace hazard under our existing laws. In a recent international survey, twenty thousand

strong, six out of 10 Kiwi respondents have noticed more stress induced illnesses in the workplace than ever before. Long hours combined with often intensive work tasks could make farmers and their staff more likely to suffer stress related ailments. As vigilant employers we need to take some responsibility for this, especially with looming health and safety changes in the pipeline. What do we look out for? Sleep and mood changes, headaches, fatigue, panic attacks and increased susceptibility to illnesses are some common signs of excessive tension and a tendency towards burnout. Due to the nature of stress though, it can be difficult to identify. Be also aware of poor work productivity and low staff morale, behavioural issues, mistreatment of livestock, increased accident rates, a boost in staff turnover and sick leave, even declining profitability can

raise some red flags. Deal with workplace stress now before it becomes an actual hazard. What are our obligations as employers? The new health and safety bill being processed through Parliament and due for release in a year may see that stronger penalties for employers eventuate. WorkSafe New Zealand will be more active about investigating stressed personnel and potentially unsafe workplaces. It’s important for you to know that employees are legally obliged to report workplace stress and you are expected to notice and act on these issues. Are you contributing towards staff stress levels? High expectations, a demanding workload, personality clashes, low pay, uncertainty of work, high staff turnover and long working hours are all triggers and can be

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AT THE MODERN EDGE OF a time-honoured profession


Since the earliest days of civilized horsemanship, back in far antiquity, there have always been farriers. The oldest horseshoes found date from before the rise of classical Greece — they were found as grave goods in an Etruscan tomb dating back more than 400 years BC. Originally designed for military purposes, the horseshoe is one of the key inventions of human history, arguably as important to the rise of nations as the plough or the sailing ship. With the advent of the automobile age, many people think that the role of the farrier is a lost one — a profession consigned to history along with the miller and the armourer. Even the word seems old and antique to those who haven’t seen the modern farrier at work,



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public trainer. He credits many folks in the racing scene with helping him hone his art. “I learnt a wealth of knowledge watching, assisting and working under Dave Smith and later with Steve Butler,” he says. “Around this time I went to Australia and furthered my shoeing knowledge by learning from world renowned Farrier Karl O’Dyer” And there is certainly more to learn in the work of a farrier than simply a calm manner around horses and a steady hand with a hammer! The nuances of corrective shoeing can make or break the chances of a horse in the top-flight strata of racing. Adam says that the biggest satisfaction in his line of work comes from taking a horse which is underperforming or even functionally lame and making it able to run again, to reach its full potential. This is achieved with a combined strategy of training and exercise combined with advanced shoeing techniques designed to correct anomalies in the hoof — many issues lead on from there, and can be stopped there too. Adam agrees that a good analogy comes from the world of motorsport. The most powerful, high-tech racecar is only as good as the tyres it sits on. Formula One teams debate endlessly about which tyre compounds to use on any given race day, accounting for the temperature, track surface and the sharpness of the corners. So it is too with shoeing a top level racehorse — though in fact it’s even more complex, as a horse is a living thing. The science involved in being a farrier at this level blends materials science with biology, veterinary medicine with biomechanics.

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Shoeing a horse may be an old skill, but new techniques lead to better outcomes for modern horses.

Shoes made from plastics and even carbon are now used alongside traditional steel, and an in-depth knowledge of how horses move and run is enhanced with computer modelling and slow-motion video capture, both of which are now available to trainers as learning tools. It’s not just about performance, either. A huge range of illnesses of the hoof can be remedied by a competent farrier’s attention, such as

The anvil and hammer are still key tools of the farrier, even after all these centuries. Adam carries his in a portable unit.

splitting, cankers, abscesses and corns. Left unchecked, problems in the hoof can effectively cripple a horse, and have knock-on effects in its gait and temperament. A good farrier can help heal and correct these issues at the source, improving the horse’s quality of life immensely. To date, Adam says that the high point of his career has been travelling through Australia with champion horse Monkey King, winner of numerous

top-tier trophies including the fabled Miracle Mile. Like a key member of any sporting entourage, he was there for the victories and the setbacks, but watching it all come together into a world-beating performance was something truly special. Far from being a young stablehand, Adam now shoes for many of the top stables in Canterbury. His knowledge is sought out by all manner of riders, trainers and owners, and

it’s this precious legacy of hardwon skill which he would love to pass on to future generations. Many farriers working today aren’t young anymore, and it’s vitally important to keep the trade vigorous and alive with young folks passionate to learn. It’s an exciting time to engage with this time-honoured trade as well, with technology and improvements in technique making the art of the farrier a decidedly 21st century discipline.

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on Heretaunga Plains — mostly because we have been measuring soil moisture there since 1988–89. I thoroughly enjoyed the conference and it was what a conference should be, which according to various definitions • “a formal meeting of people with a shared interest, typically one that takes place over several days”. • And even if it had been “a dessert pear of a firmfleshed variety” it would have still been enjoyed I am sure. Google also suggests a conference to be a gathering of “all the men around the baize table for a conference” — only in this case the baize table (which refers to a soft, usually green, woolen or cotton fabric resembling felt, used chiefly for the tops of billiard tables) was not as defined, but the bar leaner at the Irish Bar or other such establishment at some ungodly hour of the morning (not me I can honestly hand on heart confirm). INZ Napier was indeed a formal and informal meeting of people with a shared interest (nay passion) in irrigation and all that is associated with irrigation. Extremely well organised and a nice mix of keynote addresses and breakout sessions. Probably my only real criticism (and I do not mean it harshly) is that for many we have heard it all over time about the Australian irrigation market and the Murray-Darling Basin schemes. It was refreshing to have the IA (Irrigation America) association/conference/expo perspective — to the point and unashamedly “they represent/ advocate/work for the industry”.

Listening to presentations, both technical and less technical, I find myself admonishing the speakers for a common malapropism (at least I think that is what it is); i.e. The ludicrous misuse of a word, particularly by confusion with one of similar sound. I am referring to the common interchange of mls and mm when referring to parameters such as Profile Available Water, water holding capacity of soils, rainfall, irrigation and evapotranspiration. I hear myself saying: • It is mm not mls. It is a sign of madness I understand to talk to oneself. It is not only the quite eminent speakers who interchange these terms — even the most celebrated Jim Hickey of TV1 weather does it. Rainfall, irrigation and those other parameters are depths — mm or inches or points (1/100th of an inch). It always has been and always will be. Referring to rainfall or irrigation or whatever

in mls is not only technically incorrect, it is meaningless. • Take for example a “50ml” (as might be commonly and unfortunately quoted) rainfall or irrigation — over the farm it is an infinitesimal (0.000005mm/ ha) depth and is not measurable. • On the other hand that 50mm rainfall is a significant event — over the farm is not an infinitesimal and not measurable amount of water. It is the equivalent of 500 cubic metres/ha of water or 500,000,000 mls/ ha. • and that difference is HUGE, ENORMOUS. I know, we all know what everyone means. But heh that

35–40ml (aka 35–40mm) of rain over the course of the INZ conference in Napier was much more valuable as mm than mls. Close to drought conditions, on delegate commented to me during coffee it was worth 20,000kg milk solids to one of his clients: • At $8/kg milk solids that 40mm was worth $4000/ mm; but • At $8/kg milk solids that 40mls was worthless. A little memory jogger for those who might feel the urge to irrigate because:



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a) The sun has shone for two or more day; and/or b) The wind has come from the north-west. Forget it. There is no need and there has been no need since the beginning of March. The soil moisture record below shows there has been no need for any irrigation since the rainfall at the beginning of March, despite the itch some had. Everything that has been needed has been free and mostly effective. So what with conferencing, rainfall malapropisms and the end of the irrigation season, all in all a great week.


According to “legend” at the conference it has rained at the last two (or three?) INZ conferences. It would seem then INZ has an innate ability to take conferences that are two years in the planning to venues where rainfall is desperately needed. They (INZ) are something special in that case. Let’s start with conferences and rainfall. Legend (or maybe it is rumour) has it that it has rained at the last two or three INZ Conferences; i.e. • 26–28 April 2010 in Christchurch; • 2–4 April 2012 in Timaru; and • 7–9 April 2014 in Napier. According to the NIWA CliFlo database the following occurred: • 26–28 April 2010 zero rainfall on the conference days, but 12.8mm on 25th April; • 2–4 April 2012 there was no rainfall between 1st and 6th April; and • 7–9 April 2014 there was 12mm on 7th, 25.5mm on 8th and a couple on 9th. So legend it is it seems with just one conference seemingly washed out!! It does however remind us of the importance of not relying on memory to, in this case praise, the reputation and foresightedness of such a pre-eminent organization. Huh, always record your measurements and never rely on memory unless it is plugged into the wall. Conferencing. Clearly I have been at the INZ conference, not for its entirety, but for the best part. I skipped the field excursions on Monday 7th — familiar with the proposed Ruataniwha storage scheme and the irrigated agriculture

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Weather Watch by Tony Trewinnard

Like February, anticyclones over or near the South Island dominated March’s weather patterns, with airflow more easterly than usual over the North Island, and sometimes over Canterbury. These anticyclones often brought periods of southerly or southeasterly airflow onto Canterbury, with plenty of cloud, rain, and cool days throughout the month. Temperatures were noticeably colder than usual across the region, with both colder days and colder nights. Departures of −0.5 to −1.0deg were widespread, with some

areas between −1.0 and 1.5deg. Sunshine hours were below normal by 10% in most areas, but by up top 20% near Banks Peninsula. Rainfall was well above normal, with most of the Plains and foothills experiencing 150–200% of normal, but some areas near and on Banks Peninsula nearer 300%. A few stations recorded record March totals, and record

March one-day totals with a major rain event in the middle of the month. In the tropical Pacific many indicators are now pointing towards developing El Nino conditions, with the Southern Oscillation Index well negative, and regions of warmer than usual water surfacing near the equator. However, some of the usual trends we expect to see in a typical El Nino event are not occurring, or are occurring in an unusual way. This leads us to believe that the coming El

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maximum value from water and nutrients is good business. Wasted water and wasted nutrients equal lost profit opportunities.” Says Hoban. The FieldMAP Online tool has been developed by Precision Irrigation (a Lindsay Company) through feedback from farmers, regulators and industry professionals. Stu Bradbury, General Manager of Precision Irrigation, says the company are constantly working to develop innovative irrigation solutions, and that the new online tool further advances the Precision VRI system which is already a success worldwide. More information about FieldNET™ and FieldMAP Online is available by contacting any Zimmatic Dealer. Or demos of the online tools can be found at www. and www.


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We are constantly amazed at the diversity of possible uses for this product from health supplement to growth stimulant and plant health promotant, frost protection and antimicrobial use. Being very rich in iodine, only small amounts are required compared with other kelp/ seaweed varieties. NZ Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) is an animal supplement. It is very high in a variety of micronutrients making it an excellent source of many minerals — minerals that many animals are deficient in. As a health supplement kelp supports the thyroid gland. A normal functioning thyroid gland is required for all other organs to work properly.

NUTRIENT RICH Just a tiny amount of our dried Kelp product goes a long way, as the nutrient content is so high. Giant Kelp (Macrocystis Pyrifera) contains 29 trace elements. SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT Giant Kelp is now within the NZ quota management system, with 40% of that quota held by NZ Kelp. KELP POWDER Kelp powder can be used through irrigation or as a foliar spray. Kelp is a natural source of growth hormones, auxins, cytokinins and gibberellins, and these ingredients, in conjunction with the comprehensive range of trace elements, complex carbohydrates, amino acids and chelating agents found in kelp, provide many benefits.

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1kg of kelp kibble per 50 cattle per week 1kg of kelp kibble per 100 cattle per week 1kg of kelp kibble per 1,000 sheep per week. Sheep and cattle generally self regulate their intake of kelp. Refill your feed container once a week, or as the kelp is consumed. 5g/1tsp kelp kibble per 250kg of animal weight per week 1g kibble per 50kg of animal weight per week

OCEAN HARVESTING Zelp Kelp is hand gathered straight from the ocean. Only the water is removed through air drying and gentle dehumidification. We don’t de-nature by fast drying. TRACEABILITY The life of every piece of NZ kelp can be traced back to the area it was harvested from. There are no withholding periods following the use of kelp, you can put it on your crops or vegetable garden and eat it straight away! Giant Kelp is also high in growth promotants and hormones, so when it’s used on the land it transfers these properties and makes things grow.

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GROWTH PROMOTANT GUIDELINES We can recommend the following, whether you are using this product as a growth stimulant, plant health promotant, frost protection or for anti mocrobial use. Being very rich in iodine, only small amounts are required compared with other seaweed/kelp varieties. Have a look at our experiment results for radish, carrot and potato at Kelp helps feed the soil biology, which in turn feeds the plant. Dry Kelp Powder When applying kelp powder in dry form we recommend 1–2Kg/Ha and use lime or similar as a carrier for application. Liquid Foliar Feed MULTIPLE SPRAYING: Mix 500:1 (0.2%) = 200g of kelp powder to 100 litres of water SINGLE SPRAYING: Mix 200:1 (0.5%) = 500g of kelp powder to 100 litres of water

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It is very high in a variety of micronutrients making it an excellent source of many minerals – minerals that many animals are deficient in. As a health supplement kelp supports the thyroid gland. A normal functioning thyroid gland is required for all other organs to work properly.

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Feed key to the rise of agriculture

It’s very likely that our ancestors, as far back as the last ice age — were nomads, moving with their herds of cattle in the same way some African tribes people do today. But for civilisation to flourish — as it did on the banks of the Nile in Egypt, or the Euphrates in Babylon — there was a need to put down roots and establish farms. It’s no coincidence that all the earliest human cities were based on farming livestock and crops. And it’s no coincidence either that all these civilizations possessed grain silos. The ability to feed livestock from a store of grain during hard times was the difference

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for many early cultures between having to move with the herds and being able to stay put, build homes and walls, and occupy strategic positions. Without the means to keep valuable cattle, sheep, goats and horses fed, no matter what the weather or the season, these ancient cultures couldn’t guarantee milk, meat, cheese, woollen clothing or transportation. And the early grain silo (the word comes from the Greek for ‘a sealed pit’)

was no simple construction. Layers of ceramic and terracotta were baked underground into large cisterns, some almost as voluminous as the metal silos of today. They were built this way to deter the biggest scourge of ancient food stocks — rodents and insects. The earliest evidence of supplementary feeding out from silos comes from roughly 5000 BC, in Tell Tsaf, Israel. Others exist in Iraq, Greece, Turkey

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and Egypt. It’s well recorded in Egyptian hieroglyphs that not all of the Pharaoh’s granaries were for his servants and citizens — many were to feed the cattle sacred to the goddess Hathor. It’s certain that this ability to sustain livestock for the army’s chariots and for food was part of the rise of the Egyptian kingdoms. The modern grain silo, often coupled with a grain elevator, was invented in the 1870s by Fred Hatch, an American farm machinery developer who lived in the ‘corn belt’ of Illinois. Hatch wanted to turn the simple granary into something befitting the larger, more ambitious farming practices of the time. He succeeded beyond his expectations with a design which is largely unchanged to this day — except, of course, for the improvements in technology which have made filling and monitoring silos a safer and more accurate business. Without the idea of supplementary feed, we would almost certainly not have the pyramids — and we might not even have civilization as we know it at all! It’s satisfying to know that the practice of feeding out stock in the colder or drier months is not just a vital farming task — it’s also a tradition which dates back to before the age of kings and empires.

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Supplement feeding currently a national need The drought may be all but over after the recent rains but there is still pressure on feed in many parts of the country, and the lesson on supplementary stock feeding is universal.

Farmers and particularly small block holders who may have less experience of farming under the postdrought pressure need to think hard about how many animals they can feed over the next eight weeks, particularly as the animals will require substantially more feeding close to lambing and calving. If small block holders have not already got sufficient supplementary feed reserves

on hand, they should act now as they may struggle to get supplies of hay and baleage etc, later in the winter. Animal health issues are compounded when stock are being underfed and losing weight. They will be much more susceptible to internal and external parasites, mineral deficiencies and diseases, which can finally kill them if left untreated. Death can occur very quickly in some circumstances


Ewes and cows are a lot more susceptible to metabolic diseases in late pregnancy to mid-lactation, basically due to inadequate nutrients and minerals. So it will be critical that these stock can be given more feed over this period and that you keep a lookout for any metabolic problems occurring. If in doubt about the health of animals, it is best to seek advice from a veterinarian.

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Stock feed demand has been greater than pasture growth, unless farmers have significantly reduced their stock numbers. Research carried out by Hawke’s Bay Regional Drought Committee applies to farmers and small block holders all across the country. This demonstrates that stock have generally been losing weight over the last few

months and that pasture covers will not improve to a level that is required to fully feed stock until September/October unless major decisions have been taken. These decisions include reducing the feed demand on the pasture by selling stock, feeding out supplements such as hay, baleage, nuts, grain, etc and applying nitrogen to stimulate

pasture growth when soil temperatures are adequate. It may be better to farm a smaller number of animals well rather than trying to keep up stock levels and face bigger losses down the track. Selling some stock to protect the remaining ones is often the best strategy to implement in a drought. Of course, that is seldom an option where dairying is concerned.

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power on Power outages following this month’s gale-force wind storm were primarily due to trees and branches coming into contact with overhead lines and poles. As trees on private land are the responsibility of the land owner, we need your help to reduce the impact of future storms on our electricity network and on you and your neighbours.

How can you help? If you have a tree that could impact power lines, please think about your local community’s health and wellbeing. A power outage caused by a tree may not just affect you – it may impact many people, including those with health issues. Consider replacing tall trees near power lines with a lower growing species. If tree removal isn’t possible, as a minimum, make sure branches are kept well away from overhead lines and poles. If planting, think carefully about the type of tree you put near overhead lines – a little shrub can become a giant in a few years’ time. Call Orion for advice on suitable trees. Be safe If you need to remove, or prune, a tree or branch near overhead lines, please contact us. We will refer you to contractors experienced in tree trimming around power lines. For more information see our website or call us on 0800 363 9898.

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Reduce the risk of power cuts • CUT DOWN – consider removing tall trees that could fall through power lines. • TRIM EARLY – if you can’t cut down the tree, keep branches at least 2.5m away from low voltage lines or at least 4m from high voltage lines. Ideally further. • BE SAFE – please call Orion on 0800 363 9898 for a list of qualified contractors. • PLANT WISELY – ask us about safe planting distances and power line friendly trees and shrubs.


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Trees & Other Stuff

Forestry Market Report Allan Laurie MNZIF Laurie Forestry Ltd

The China market has become a focus over the last few weeks as worrying signs start to appear. It is looking like we have hit the high point in terms of price after a wonderful ‘bull run’ over the last year. Following Chinese New Year the general expectation was factories would kick into gear, construction projects would get under way, and overall activity would increase in anticipation of spring. However there has been much less spring in the market than expected — indeed more of a solid thump. The Chinese Government have continued to adopt economy cooling measures as they try to stem the tide of rapid inflation. The construction sector tends to be the target with constrained credit lines hampering new project starts. Consumption levels have been low since CNY whilst New Zealand and Australia particularly, have continued to pump the logs in. As a consequence log inventory levels have lifted rapidly, hitting an all time high approaching five million cubic metres, more that four months’ supply. At these levels buyers have closed up shop, LC’s are becoming harder to confirm and all in all it has become a little ugly. As one might expect, prices are very much under downward pressure but not nearly to a level the inventory suggests they should be. As reported last month the market indicator A grade hit a high of US$160 per cubic metre. April settlements have been in the order of US$155– $158. General sentiment is suggesting US$150 might be

reached in May. At present this level appears to be the market bottom line with most commentary suggesting a US$10 reduction will be enough to bring balance. Importantly also buyers in China cannot afford to let the price go too low or they will be left holding high cost stock and eroded margins. In fact negative margins and reduced sales together a very squirmy bank manager would be the order of the day. Importantly also it was only five months ago when we reached US$150 on the way up and we thought all our Christmases had come at once. So, you can leave the gun in the cupboard, it is certainly not time to be contemplating ending it all now! Shipping costs have been ramping uncomfortably so but again we appear to have reached the peak for the moment. As soon as shipping companies see prices dropping this will also be a catalyst for change or at least some more fervent negotiations. For the moment we are securing charters in the US$38–$40 per cubic metre bracket although we have heard some have had to settle at up to US$42. A FOREX rate against the US of $0.86+ is reaching in to the realms of the ridiculous and is certainly eroding wharf gate prices in NZ. Every cent erodes about $1.55 per cubic metre off the wharf gate price at the current sales levels. All


indicators are for a continuance of this most unhealthy situation for exporters. The Christchurch market is certainly chugging along now. The big issue for sawmills is supply with forest harvest focussing on wind damage recovery and that does not always mean logs suitable for the domestic sawmills focussed on house framing. Indeed the combined effect of generally younger age classes being recovered and therefore smaller trees, together with a lot of logs now being sap stained, mills are really struggling for supply. There is certainly a lot of price pressure out there but sawmills are also struggling with any lumber price increases. Large volumes of Northern South Island and North Island lumber are flooding in to Christchurch. This leaves the market well sated for supply with little appetite for price lifts. More recent news out of the Nelson and Rotorua areas is suggesting some constrained log supply also, I suspect, as forest owners chase the more lucrative export log market. Perhaps some domestic ‘correction’ is not in the too distant future. All in all a more subdued and negative tone this month, but on the back of some very good times in the market indeed. Thus, it has never been more timely to remember the only way forward for climate, country and the planet is to get out there and plant more trees!


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Should Canterbury look at more wind resistant species Recently the redwood guru, Jim Rydelius came to visit from California to look over what we have planted over the last couple of decades. He was very pleased indeed with what he saw especially with the resilience of the coastal redwoods after our September/October gales. The enclosed photo shows Jim and Matt Brown checking our Matt’s 2005 redwood plantings. As can be seen growth rates are comparable to P.radiata. Matt’s home block which is adjacent to Ashley forest had most, if not all of his P.radiata flattened in the recent gales. But he was quick to point out not one of his coastal redwoods were

damaged. With a species which is wind resistant with five times the valve of a similar aged pine block, the future is assured of this species in Canterbury.

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Garin College and Hostel, Nelson

Affordable excellence Nelson College for Girls offers high quality education for young women in a very supportive environment.

Garin is now firmly established as a school of choice in the ‘Top of the South’ with a roll of 500 students. The two school boarding hostels house 56 of those students What makes the school different? Garin College is named after a pioneer Catholic priest from the nineteenth century who started schools and orphanages — a man who reached out to all people with the goal of helping them become the very special and individual people they had been created to become. That is the legacy of Garin College. The school takes pride in excellent academic results — but they makes sure their students have opportunities to explore their gifts and talents in a wide range of areas. Garin students have had phenomenal success in both sports and arts activities. As an integrated Catholic school,

Garin holds to traditional values, and the sense of community, support, and family are evident from the time visitors arrive. One aspect of the education and sense of community is the small classes. The year 9 classes this year are just 21 — and teachers find they are much better able meet the individual needs of each student. Despite being known for its values, Garin College is also forward thinking. It is still the only school in the region that insists on students using laptops as their main exploring and recording tool in class. Junior students have won and been placed in the world-wide Stock Market games several

times in recent years, and senior students have a record of success in Young Enterprise regionally, nationally — and have two featured on the podium in world events. Head Teacher John Boyce credits the school’s ability to be innovative and cutting edge with the school’s size: ‘with only 500 students we are quick on our feet’ and ‘as a new school we have a school culture of innovation, review and development!’ Garin College: truly a small school with a big heart. Interested? Check out the website and then call head teacher, John Boyce or the hostel manager, Robert Booth, for more information.

Garin College Small School, Big Heart Garin College is a co-educational Catholic College with boarding facilities for boys and girls based in Richmond, Nelson. Our modern facilities and extensive grounds back onto Saxton Field, Tasman’s premier sporting grounds. We have a number of places for non-Catholic students.

Why choose Garin College • Small community based Catholic College • Modern facilities in beautiful grounds • A safe and caring environment • Family style hostel • Fantastic results for all students, NCEA, Rock Quest, Stage Challenge, Sports, Outdoor adventure and more Our off-site boarding hostels provide a welcoming family environment for students away from home and our boarders achieve well above the national average at all levels of NCEA. To find out more about boarding contact Robert Booth on 0276 544835, e-mail robertbooth@cloud. or visit our website.

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Our boarding students are part of a very large family, proactively supported by our senior students through a wide variety of student led activities.

Nelson College for Girls has a strong house system and all of our boarders are passionate participants in all house activities in the school.

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Our boarders enjoy academic success, make lifelong friendships and enjoy strong connections within the school and its community. Nelson College for Girls has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence. This is demonstrated strongly by our NCEA and Scholarship results for 2013. An example in NCEA is at Level 1, where over 30% of our year 11 students gained a Level 1 Certificate endorsed with Excellence. At the end of 2013 in the Scholarship examinations, a total of 25 Nelson College for Girls’ students were awarded Scholarships. Enrolments are now being accepted for 2015.For more information contact Susan Friedlander on 03 548 1332 Email: boarding@ or visit our website nz/boarding

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Welcome to Waitaki Girls’ High School Girls at Waitaki Girls’ High School are very proud of our school. The school’s values (respect for self, others and environment) are enshrined in our daily life. Our small boarding hostel provides a ‘home away from home’ for girls who need it and is a pleasant and well maintained facility. The senior wing was recently refurbished and Year 13 girls have the opportunity for more independent living preparing them for the transition to the wider world after school. Research backs up that girls learn better in a girls’ school. Girls take on all the leadership roles and support and mentor younger students. We have over fifty clubs including many varieties of sport, cultural activities and service groups. Nestled in the heart of beautiful and historic Oamaru, we have strong links with our community. We offer a strong curriculum programme that promotes excellence and striving to reach one’s

Deputy and Head Girl 2014

potential. This is evidenced in our very good NCEA results. We are interested in the whole person — excellence of character as well as academic ability and this is mirrored in the many Student Wellbeing programmes we offer at all year levels. A Waitaki Girls’ learner is equipped to take her place

in the world after school. We welcome your consideration of Waitaki Girls’ High School as a learning community that will allow your daughter to thrive. Please visit our website nz and contact us for further information or visit. Tracy Walker, Principal

Success comes from being well prepared and having the right attitude We are an International Baccalaureate School. Our programme pulls on best practice for teaching from around the world. Take the opportunity to set your daughter up to be the best that she can be. If your daughter is entering the critically important pre-teen intermediate Years 6, 7 or 8, when work habits, attitudes and character are formed, then come and see how our students thrive in a stimulating environment and visit our specialist boarding house. Selwyn House School offers a ‘junior’ boarding school that has distinct advantages for students from Years 5—8. What is a junior boarding school? It is a school that focusses exclusively on the boarding experience before secondary school. Accelerated learning Probably the most compelling reason to send your daughter to a junior boarding school is to

jump-start her secondary school academics. Having really strong, experienced, credentialed teachers in middle school is important for impressionable preadolescents. Once the girls understand how to learn and are committed to learning, they can then choose the secondary school that will best cater for their strengths. Around the clock supervision and guidance Young girls need guidance, mentoring and supervision to make the transition from child to pre-adolescence and adolescence. Junior boarding schools offer the ‘around the clock’ supervision every girl needs and deserves. Our boarding school has trained, experienced staff on hand to gently guide students to become independent, confident young adults. Younger girls aren’t in the

environment of older and seemingly more sophisticated girls, so we specifically cater for our girls and their agerelated behaviours. Small family environment Our boarding school is small. Character building is an integral part of the mentoring and guidance our school family encourages. Young people have a chance to work the kinks out by discussing concerns, fears, dreams and plans in an ongoing discussion with their peers and adults. We can provide the guidance and support to help young people work through pre-adolescence. Sometimes girls love to experiment and begin to push all kinds of limits at this age, but they are under the watchful experienced eyes of professionals who know what to expect and what to look for.

Waitaki Girls' High School Learning the Waitaki Way! We offer a rich and varied curriculum with passionate, hardworking teachers and an ethos in which we educate young women to be well-equipped for the world. We have a small and caring attached hostel which provides a family atmosphere and home away from home. Girls get to enjoy all the benefits of school as well as great hostel facilities and a 'big sister; little sister' mentoring programme which is run in both school and hostel.

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Exceptional character

Timaru Girls’ High School has a proud 134-year history of educating South Canterbury’s young women. Today, the school combines traditional values, modern facilities and effective teaching methods that empower young women to pursue a positive and productive future. Our motto, Scientia Potestas Est (knowledge is power) is as true today as it was when the first Girls’ High girl walked through the school gates in 1880. We work with young women to build their knowledge and selfesteem so that they can become lifelong learners who are prepared to face the challenges of the 21st century.

Students have room to learn and grow in our excellent classroom facilities and spacious park-like grounds. Up-todate technology, including a fast fibre network, allows students quick access to the information and ideas that are so important to today’s educational curriculum. This curriculum is facilitated by a skilled and enthusiastic staff that works with students

to ensure that they have every opportunity to excel academically, athletically, and culturally. Due to our long history and strong values, Timaru Girls’ High School has an exceptional culture. Students interact, compete, and make lifelong friends within the school’s house groups. Students are encouraged to challenge themselves by participating in co-


curricular activities ranging from netball to Stage Challenge. Our strong ties to schools throughout the South Canterbury region, and to sister schools in Christchurch, Oamaru, and Japan, add to our

competitive, social and cultural traditions. The school’s boarding establishment, known as ‘The House’, provides a safe and comfortable environment for students from around New Zealand and the world. The House


fosters good habits and enables boarders to become self-motivated and responsible learners who have respect for themselves and for others. Of course, boarders also have the opportunity to relax, have fun, and form lifelong friendships. We welcome you to come and visit Timaru Girls’ High School.

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Have you considered boarding as an option for your son? Enrolments Now Open for 2016. Prospective students wishing to enrol at Thomas House will need to make a formal application before the 31st March 2015 as vacancies are limited.

For further information contact: The Administration Secretary, Timaru Boys’ High School Private Bag 903 – Timaru. Phone: 03 687 7560 Ext 703 – Email: Website:

Nelson College welcomes all interested parties to our Boarding Open Day. The day includes tours of the Boarding Houses and College facilities and presentations by key staff Headmaster, Director of Boarding and Curriculum Manager. Boarding at Nelson College opens up many options for boys. • A quality education with high academic outcomes 2013 academic results for Nelson College Boarders 90% achieved Level 1 91% achieved Level 2 78% achieved Level 3 75% achieved University Entrance • NCEA & Cambridge Qualifications • Trades Courses Registrations close Tuesday 13 May 2014 To request a copy of the Boarding Prospectus or to register your interest to attend the open day please contact the Boarding Secretary at: / 03 5483099 /

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Unlocking full potential You may have heard that Medbury is an excellent school for boys — and it is. At Medbury they certainly know what it takes to make the boys happy and how to unlock their full potential. Headmaster Peter Kay takes an individual interest in every boy and his progress — an approach shared by all members of staff. Medbury’s personalised learning programmes, worldclass delivery of the curriculum and their traditional Christian values mean that the school is recognised by parents and educators as a leading preparatory school for boys in Years 1—8. Boarding at Medbury provides an entry into an exciting and welcoming ‘extended family’. The boarding house provides a welcoming ‘home away from home’ and the dedicated team ensures that every boy receives the attention and support he needs to flourish.

A ‘big brother’ system provides boys new to the boarding house with friendly guidance and advice. Many boarders return home for the weekend after Saturday sport, though those who ‘stay in’ are well catered for with a diverse and engaging weekend programme.

environment. Medbury is leading the way with 1:1 laptop classes, with all boys in Years 5—8 having their own laptops. Peter Kay firmly believes that when a Medbury boy leaves for secondary school, he does so with an education equipping him for life in the 21st century.

A boys-only learning environment enables the development of good work ethics, providing a broad and balanced education in a stimulating and caring

For more information please contact Tanya Moore (headmaster’s PA) on 03 351 6169, email office@medbury. or visit www.

An environment where boarders flourish “Our boarding community is at the heart of the college and the culture is closely aligned with the holistic philosophy and vision of the school,” says Director of Boarding, Sue Newton. The school’s three boarding houses are arranged in year groups, allowing a tailored structure in each house to the specific needs of each developmental stage. Middle school girls are in Julius House, and are provided a structured and nurturing environment for the transition into boarding. The Senior boarders are in Kilburn House and Cranmer House. Kilburn House (Year 11–12) encourages the girls to begin personally integrating personal organisation and selfmanagement skills. Cranmer House (Year 13) allows for a transition year to the selfresponsibility that the tertiary environment requires, while in a monitored and supported setting. Newton believes that boarding

helps girls to develop good personal organisation, selfresponsibility, tolerance, and the support of others. ‘Our Boarders’ programme encourages a range of independent skill development, personal growth and leadership opportunities,“ says Newton. Belonging and leadership training days along with coeducational cooking classes and barista training are part of the boarding experience at St Margaret’s College. Positive boarding relationships between the year groups are fostered through tutor groups, big sister buddy groups, house competitions and the evening meal that is shared together. The traditional ‘Boarders Big Day In’ is held at the beginning of the year to

help integrate our newest members and ignite the competitive spirit of the house competition. Each house has a House Manager (and her family) in residence that oversees the day to day running of the house. The Assistant House Manager and Weekday and Weekend Supervisors work alongside the House Manager to help create a warm, supportive and structured environment to help the girls make the most of their experience of living at school. This wrap around care is further complemented by the registered nurses, available both during school hours in the College Health Centre and after hours in the Boarding House.

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A boy’s education for life

For over one hundred years boys have enjoyed a remarkable education here in the heart of beautiful South Canterbury. The boys of today are no different — living, growing and learning in our very special school. The sign over the gate claims that Waihi is ‘A Boy’s Education for Life’, and it is indeed the big picture that we look at when designing an experience that will help the Waihi Boy to grow and develop. The formative years of your son’s education

are extremely important. The experiences, values and challenges presented to him at this stage are fundamental in helping to shape and determine his views, attitudes, dispositions and ultimate success for his future years.

Why should I choose Cannington School? • Classes are smaller • Learning is individualised • Multi level and cooperative learning • Children are not isolated or overlooked and everybody’s participation is needed in and out of the classroom • Children have sense of belonging and personal value • Parents and teachers are allies with easier communication • High standards are expected of the students and the staff

In a world where traditional values are being constantly challenged and eroded, we believe that an education rooted in a solid Christian values system is as relevant now as it ever has been. The week starts with Chapel setting the tone for our week ahead, placing emphasis on good manners, courtesy, considerate behaviour, graciousness and respect. Waihi has high expectations of the boys in terms of academic achievement. Small class sizes, together with high quality, committed staff, many of whom are residential, ensure that we know our boys extremely well and they receive close attention and care.

The great outdoors is the best classroom for learning confidence and skills — and here in Canterbury the natural environment is among the most unspoiled and scenic in the world

Whilst achievement in the classroom is crucial, the education the boys receive is broad, balanced and we seek to find exactly what presses the buttons of every boy, allowing them to discover their talents and fulfil their potential.

We introduce boys to a wide range of opportunities. In particular, there is a strong emphasis on sports, music, drama, and technology. The rule is that every boy tries everything be it swimming, learning French, singing or giving a speech!

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Big fun, small footprint

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Remember the small SUV? The fun little Suzuki Escudo, the diminutive RAV 4 — heck, even the venerable MacGuyver had his Jeep Wrangler. Light, sure-footed and with tons of pep, these small firecrackers were a big hit in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Then most successive models started piling on the bulk, until many were as large as the family sports utilities they replaced. Now Ford have reinvented this segment of small, go-anywhere fun machine with the new EcoSport, carrying on the winning formula of their world-beating Fiesta hatchback. The recipe — more power from less displacement, and more enjoyment from less size. The EcoSport tips the scales as a lightweight, with the Trend model we tested packing only 1.5 litres under the hood. But, like the surprising little 1 litre Ecoboost Fiesta, this new machine is a revelation. First — the looks. Imposing and unique from the front, with a snub-nosed, pugnacious grille and a hood swept up into the windscreen pillars, the EcoSport has the image of a pared-down Ford Kuga from the side, and boasts a nice surprise at the back — a rear mounted spare wheel mounted Land-Rover fashion. This isn’t just to display the little sport utility’s off-road intentions — it’s also a way to cleverly add room inside, where the comfort and cuttingedge layout of the Fiesta have been nicely tweaked to fit the new mould. Microsoft’s smart Sync system rounds out a very comprehensive infotainment suite. On the road, the EcoSport is stable, and corners with minimal roll, tracking smooth and precise — a neat trick for any SUV. The 1.5 we tested came mated to a double-clutch six speed auto, which shifts seamlessly through the gears, getting the most out of the 92 kilowatts on offer. Once again, Ford have managed to squeeze a lot of power out of a small unit, and the good news keeps coming, because the EcoSport will indeed also be available with the stunning 1 litre turbo mill from that spicy hot Fiesta. When it does, expect a petrol-sipping 5.7 litres per 100 kilometres.

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Some sports have a steep learning curve. Take fencing, for example, or competitive cliff diving. One mistake as a newbie, and it’s all over. But now one of the most challenging — and rewarding — sporting pastimes of all is a little bit easier to get into. Trailriders, meet the new Polaris Ace, a 400cc stick of dynamite which blows apart the conceptions of sports ATV riding. The Ace, at first look, is a hyper off-road go-kart of a thing — modelled on the chassis of an ATV quad (think Polaris’ new Sportsman 570, for example) but with a rollcage and styling reminiscent of the bigger, brasher RZR 900. Sitting low and snug in the bucket seat, and with a steering wheel to grip instead of handlebars, the first thing you notice about the Ace is that if you can drive a car, you know where all the controls are situated. The second thing you notice is the power. Pop the throttle and the little 400cc mill fires up with a crackle and a roar, issuing a challenge to any mud pits, slopes and gullies in earshot. Kids who once piloted go-karts

The verdict is a simple one in this case. Competition in this segment of the market is set to heat up, with Holden bringing out the new Trax and Nissan’s quirky Juke already selling well. But with the EcoSport Ford have set the bar dauntingly high. It’s spacious enough for the family, handles well, possesses enough power to surprise (if not to thrill v8 hungry petrolheads), and ticks the biggest box of all, coming in at less than $30,000. That’s a competent and cool package, especially when you consider the unique look of the little Ford — it will stand out in the crowd for all the right reasons. While most sports utilities have become school run barges or armoured cars, the EcoSport goes back to the roots, with that ineffable ‘smile on your face’ factor to the fore. Think of it as the Fiesta’s big brother — with a lifetime gym membership and muscles to match.



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across their dad’s paddocks will know exactly the feeling — and they’ll find that the grown-up torque and responsiveness of the Ace match their bigger stature as well. The new ProStar engine is a willing participant in all this noise and speed, mated to a smooth automatic and true on-demand all wheel drive which get those 32 horses to where they’re needed. The full rollcage of the Ace is there for the sake of safety, and that inspires confidence right away. Add in the way in which the Polaris design team have balanced the chassis and suspension, and suddenly it looks like no big deal to power and scramble up dusty defiles and bounce over boulderfields. With big UTVs the future of offroad trail riding, and many trails too narrow and winding for the large machines, the Ace hits a sweet spot in the market — and opens up new possibilities for new riders and drivers to get amongst the action.

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The 2014 Hilux is well and truly here, and many fans of the evergreen utility favourite may be wondering where the bells, whistles, smoke and mirrors are going to pop out from. Toyota aren’t here to reinvent the wheel this year, however — the Hilux for today is a fettled and sharpened version of the

Hilux of ’13, not the game changer which Toyota’s skunk-works engineers are currently still working on for two years down the

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how far ahead of the curve the Toyota was when it was an all-new model. Jump behind the wheel today and you’ll find it comfortable and competent, a proper contender with the pricier VW Amarok and the aforementioned Ranger. There’s plenty of power from that three litre turbo diesel, even if it isn’t a new unit, and a level of ride and refinement which should satisfy the modern demand for a vehicle that carts fence posts Monday to Friday and can take the family to church on Sunday. There’s even the welcome return of Toyota’s 6-cylinder petrol 4-litre to the lineup, the perfect mate

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anything which the Kiwi farmer may throw at it, and a new swingarm and rear axle setup more evenly distributes the weight across the quad, allowing for more precise manoeuvring and safer control on uneven surfaces. Honda’s 420cc mill is legendary, and time has simply allowed the Honda engineers to make it more reliable and

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bulletproof. Coupled to a state of the art auto transmission, the single overhead cam donk delivers ample torque with a squeeze of the throttle — no mammoth amount of race-level speed, but then again, that’s not what the 420 is built for. Instead it’s composed, capable and torquey as heck, ready to haul ‘you name it’ just about anywhere.

Built tough The UTV side-by-side is definitely here to stay — in a swing-shift on Kiwi farms has seen the bigger, safer and more versatile machines supplant the venerable quad bike in several rural roles. But now that the market for UTVs has grown, it’s up to farmers to choose the wisest investment for their dollar, weighing up price and practicality with another very important factor — is the machine they select going to be tough enough to handle all that farming in New Zealand can throw at it? That’s a question which has been answered by a New Zealand-new series of UTVS, made in the United

Hondas next generation 420cc quad offers dramatically improved handling

It’s known by many names worldwide — the Foreman and the Rancher are just a couple — but farmers and outdoorsmen in New Zealand will know Honda’s iconic 420cc quad bike by sight rather than by name. Now change is afoot in the Honda ATV world, with big engineering and design paradigm shifts making the 2014 Honda 420 a more nimble, agile and comfortable proposition. Two things remain

the same — Honda have not pitched in to a sheer battle of empty horsepower with this latest offering, and they have kept it red. Under that rugged, squaredoff new skin, there’s a whole lot of difference though. The new 420 (code-named the Rancher in the US) has benefited from a ground-up chassis and suspension system redesign. This ‘double cradle’ frame is built super tough to handle

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April 2014

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echoing of possible further dry summers in the future. Diggers are out in force reinforcing and revitalising dams which have seen some big ups and downs over the last few seasons, and those same machines are also being turned to the maintenance of races and roadways across the north. Another concern, especially in the dry season, has been the reticulation and supply of water from dams, wells, bores and creeks to where it is needed. When water seems worth its weight in gold, a trickle or a drip can weigh heavy on the farmer’s mind, and a lot of time and effort has been spent this summer making systems watertight and more efficient. As the rains refill parched dams and catchments, keeping this reticulation structure in top nick will be the key to good drainage and a good ‘harvest’ of rain to carry over into summer of 2015. It’s not just water for livestock which is an issue, either. Many a farmer and sharemilker (and indeed, all


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or receive their daily sustenance on feedpads, making sure that these areas are ready for some heavy, hoofed foot traffic is also high up the list. Those races and roadways mentioned earlier will need to be resurfaced to keep up with the winter weather, but the same holds true of the bedding which makes livestock’s winter residence that bit more comfortable. After the big dry, it’s also a good idea to take a look at septic tank systems. The delicately balanced environment inside these underground tanks is easy to disturb, with smelly and potentially health threatening

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If you irrigate or are thinking about irrigating, you need to know about SMART Irrigation ( Launched earlier this month at Irrigation New Zealand’s national conference in Napier, SMART Irrigation is a new framework to ensure future irrigation in New Zealand is implemented and managed sustainably. It is a first for New Zealand and will help irrigators respond to public concerns about the use of public water resources by proving SMART Irrigators are effective water managers. The SMART (Sustainably Managed, Accountable, Responsible and Trusted) Irrigation framework provides three simple steps for irrigators to better manage their environmental footprint. (1) Design future irrigation systems to industry standards and codes of practice (2) Annually check the irrigation system is performing as it should (3) Justify the reason for applying irrigation Central to all of the above is record keeping — providing evidence that these three simple steps are being achieved. The SMART Irrigation framework

is supported by ever-evolving education and training resources and accreditation programmes all provided by Irrigation New Zealand. The 350-strong audience at the SMART Irrigation launch gave the framework the big thumbs-up and our mission now is to spread the word across the rest of the industry. We need to build momentum and get more SMART Irrigators onboard so the wider public can see that SMART Irrigators are the norm. The SMART Irrigation website (www.smartirrigation. complements the SMART Irrigation framework. It provides information to the public about how irrigation in New Zealand works: why, how and where irrigation takes place; why it is beneficial; what regulations and policies oversee it; more details on the SMART framework and examples of SMART Irrigators that we intend to add to monthly. Nationwide polling over summer showed us that the majority of New Zealanders (71%) support sustainable

irrigation and that the public needs more information about irrigation. The SMART Irrigation website and framework responds to this. Have a look at our website and be inspired by irrigators like Mark Ericksen, an-award winning orchardist in Hawkes Bay who uses precision irrigation and soil mapping to minimise water use and Mark Slee, a Mid Canterbury dairy farmer and recent Canterbury Ballance Farm Environment Award winner, who relies on GPS and soil moisture monitoring for efficiencies. You’ll also read the stories of innovative irrigation schemes like the North Otago Irrigation Company (NOIC) who led the way in introducing onfarm environment plans and actively supports other schemes to improve environmental outcomes. Over time the SMART framework will help irrigators meet the public’s expectations around environmental responsibility, and will provide the necessary assurances that






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by 31%. Many people have been prescribed cholesterol lowering medications called statins. These are very effective at reducing cholesterol as they inhibit the liver enzyme needed to create cholesterol. However this same enzyme is needed for critically important co enzyme Q10. By reducing CoQ10, statins can cause many side effects such as fatigue and muscle pain. I recommend most people on statins take CoQ10 as CoQsol® but please call me to see if this is right for you. There is a large group of people who cannot tolerate statins and another group who would prefer to use non-drug solutions to improve heart health. The compounds in the above trial are now available to the public Give me call if you would like more information. John Arts (B.Soc.Sci, Dip Tch, Adv.Dip.Nut.Med) is a nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health Ltd. Contact John on 0800 423559 or email john@ Join his full weekly newsletter at

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Cancerous Growth A talkback host said that Christchurch should grow to over a million population ‘stretching from the coast to the Southern Alps’. Overwhelmingly, callers’ responses to this were supportive of the idea. No consideration of the loss of export earnings resulting from loss of farmland sacrificed for housing! How would all these extra people be employed? Low wage manufacturing attempting to match Asian competitors? What about quality of life? A similar proposal for Auckland envisaged the city expanding to Helensville. Jim Childerstone’s March article in ‘Canterbury Farming’ mentions the Ministry of Immigration’s plan to boost our population to 10 million. The distinguished Chilean ecological economist Manfred Max-Neef developed the ‘threshold hypothesis’ that when an economic system grows beyond a certain size, the attendant costs exceed the benefits. Already Auckland firms, recognising the principle, have started relocating to Hamilton. Some farmers understand the principle as it applies to their land. I doubt that Fonterra recognises it. ‘Biocapacity’ equals the area of land and water available

per human/city/country/planet to supply useful biological material to humans and absorb wastes sustainably. ‘Ecological footprint’ means the area of productive land and water needed to sustain a human/city/ country/planet at their current consumption level. Subtract ecological footprint from biocapacity. A positive answer means the country is an ‘ecological creditor’. A negative answer means an ‘ecological debtor’. New Zealand is one of the few ecological creditor countries (ecological credit 5.88 ha per person). But this is not because of low per capita ecological footprint. Our consumption of fossil fuels is very high, mainly because of our transport. Were it not for our small population, we would be an ecological debtor country. All ecological creditor countries have small populations for their areas. The worst ecological debtor ‘country’ I have spotted in research statistics is United Arab

Emirates with an ecological deficit of 9.83 ha per person. Clearly this is because of the low biocapacity of the desert and the high consumption of oil. Earth as a whole has an ecological deficit of 0.9 ha per person. Present human activity is unsustainable. What are New Zealand’s choices for our future economy? We could continue to supply ecological debtor countries with ‘virtual land’ in the form of food and timber, preferably adding value to these products by processing them here. We could also develop and sell our skills in science, engineering, information technology, etc. In return we would import materials unavailable to us, and cheap manufactures. Or we could fill up our land with people who would consume most of the food we produce. To balance our international accounts we would have to lower wages in manufacturing and tourism and destroy our environment.


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I am up on the North Island at the moment teaching hoof care. During the workshops we talk about what causes lameness. When I ask the different groups what they think the main cause of lameness is ‘stone bruises, sole penetration and white line separation from twisting on concrete’ are the most common reasons given. The trainees are usually quite adamant about these causes, but when I ask them to give me some solid evidence to back up

their claims, they usually goes quiet. There are some attempts with answers like ‘we find the stones in the hoof’ and — ‘if I walk over stones on bare feet, I get sore feet’. This however is not conclusive evidence. I get stones stuck in the bottom of my gumboot but that doesn’t mean that those stones created

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Soil pH is usually the first item on a soil test and for good reason. Whether a soil is too acid (low pH) or too alkaline (high pH) will affect the growth of crops, the prevalence of some weeds, the availability of essential nutrients, the risk of undesirable elements and the biology in that soil. The measurement scale goes from 1 (extremely acid) to 14 (extremely alkaline) with neutral (pH 7) in the middle. New Zealand soils are mostly naturally acidic to weakly acidic (pH 4 to 6.5) although some semi arid, or sandy soils can be around neutral, related to the salt levels. The Kakanui soils south of Oamaru can be around 8.2 and still grow plants well. A soil test pH is an indication of average pH at the time of sampling. Average soil pH can easily vary by 0.4 of a pH unit at various times of year and soil conditions of moisture and plant growth. Within a paddock, pH will also vary widely from spot to spot, and on an even smaller scale, pH can is lower around the roots of plants and decomposing organic matter. Despite the micro-variation in soil pH, the soil test average is still very useful. Recommendations for optimum soil pH for most plants are usually weakly acid within a range of around 5.8 to 6.6 largely determined by good availability of major and trace plant mineral elements. Some soil types should really have adjusted desired pH ranges. True peat soils can have an optimum pH range of around 5.4 to 5.8 and true sandy soils at 6.2 to 7.0. This is due to the differences in chemistry and how the availability of desirable elements is affected. The desired pH is really a compromise of competing factors. A high enough pH (at least 5.5 or higher is often required to avoid both aluminium lock up of phosphate and aluminium toxicity to roots. At low pH and high soil moisture conditions, manganese toxicity could be an issue. Many essential minerals are poorly available if the soil pH is too low but some become less available

dry conditions that often prevail and reduce competition from other plants. Some plants such as azaleas, rhododendrons, hollies and some camellias do prefer acid conditions. This is often due to the higher availability of iron both in the soil and in the plant tissue (under acid conditions, nitrogen is largely in the ammonium form rather than nitrate form and so has a low pH effect in the plant tissue

Dock is favoured by low pH conditions due to less pasture competition

if the soil pH is too high. Many beneficial fungi and some bacteria are favoured by lower pH levels, while many bacteria and some fungi are favoured by higher pH levels. The desired pH range sits in the middle with a balance of availability of the full range of essential elements and favourable conditions for a range of soil organisms. The most effective earthworms for soil fertility would generally thrive better in even higher pH conditions but at their optimum pH (around 7.0), availability of the metal trace elements could

be limiting for crop growth. Some of the essential minerals most strongly affected are the trace minerals. Most metal trace elements such as copper, zinc, iron, manganese and to some extent cobalt can be less available if the soil pH is higher than the desired range. Molybdenum, essential for legume nitrogen fixation and important for brassicas and other crops becomes more available with a high pH but is poorly available at low pH. Most pasture, crop and garden plants are favoured by


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Wool prices held on well during the past month or so despite a skyrocketing Kiwi dollar driven mainly by a steadily weakening greenback, as well as limited demand from Chinese buying interests. Auction sale catalogues were certainly not fully subscribed as some growers opted to accept farm gate prices amid the uncertainty of exchange rate influences. However the majority of all auction catalogues were cleared at better than anticipated prices. Reasonably solid offerings of lamb’s wool were displayed throughout March with a fair number of the crossbreds testing a little coarser than the previous year. This was mainly due to being shorn later than normal plus having had a very good start to life as the ewes were generally in very good condition and milked particularly well with good grass growth throughout the weaning period. Staple length was also comparatively longer than

normal as a result of the good feeding conditions experienced in general. Prices for crossbred lambs’ wool ranged from around 535 cents per kilogram clean to around 495 cents per kilogram clean, but much depended upon micron and length. A few crossbred earlyshorn hoggets (long lambs) measuring around the 32 to 33 micron range sold at levels around the 535 cent mark on a clean price basis. Mid-micron lambs’ wool types were mostly well sought and, once again depending on micron and length, fetched around 825 cents per kilogram clean for the finer edge down to around 560 for the much coarser types. Crossbred fleece prices remained fairly steady. However some of the more inferior types were erratic for

price towards the end of March but gained significant ground during early April and, in some instances, sold at levels not too far shy of the better style wools. Second-shear wool types probably enjoyed the best of the market provided they displayed good colour and character, and staple length was around the 75mm or better mark. Oddment types again sold well with the better washing colour bulky oddments receiving good support from the exporting trade. From the beginning of April the South Island returned to a fortnightly auction schedule, after a rather hectic weekly roster between January and March, through until late June. This reflected the diminished quantities of wool available during the autumn and winter

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months. When the pre-lamb shearers do begin in June it will be interesting to note just how much impact the continual change in land use has had since a similar time last year, when there was certainly less wool available compared to the previous season. It’s anticipated there will be less wool available again this season. The demand versus supply equation still remains relevant however, with seemingly more wool being sold outside of the auction system, on a percentage basis, direct to export and/or first stage processors, it can become more difficult to gauge exactly what the demand is and from whom, and what level ‘market’ prices should be at, on a typefor-type basis. Most ‘serious wool growers’ should have the ability to compare their wool type to a current market level in order to establish where their wools fit in the broader picture, and how fluctuations could affect their income stream. If growers lose that ability, due to increased direct sales and a perhaps less transparent (than auction) selling mechanism, maximum return could be compromised. This might see an even lesser (than present) emphasis placed on wool importance within the over-all sheep industry into the future. We at PGG Wrightson place significant emphasis on wool quality and preparation standards due to the demand from our manufacturing customers around the world, many of whom buy their wool via our year round forward contracts available to grower suppliers. That’s my view.


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Assessment of Global Water Security predicts that by 2030 humanity’s ‘annual global water requirements’ will exceed ‘current sustainable water supplies’ by forty percent, and says that without intervention water insecurity will generate widespread social and political insecurity and could contribute to state failure in regions important to US national security. In China with 1.26 billion, the water table is dropping one metre per year due to overpumping and the Chinese admit that 300 cities are running short of water. They are diverting water from agriculture and farmers causing them to go out of business. Some rivers are so polluted with heavy metals they can’t be used for agriculture. It is predicted that as farmers go out of business China will have to import more food. In India, with 1 billion people, key aquifers are being over-pumped, and while Israel has invented many technologies such as desalination plants to convert sea water to fresh water,

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The past is still important While we look at the new farming technology that is happening faster than the sacking of the Warriors coach, it is important to revisit the past and the quality it still presents to us. The 150th celebrations held recently at Leeston attracted huge crowds as people looked in awe at old tractors, machinery, photos of things, vintage cars and trucks, and marvelled at the solid way they were built and enjoyed the antics of those who are the proud owners of such things. The fact that about 70 Lanz Bulldogs were assembled at the event is mind blowing, especially when you start asking questions about the value of such tractors. As I wandered around the event the thing that struck me the most was the atmosphere. Everyone was smiling and enjoying themselves. A couple of weeks later and the steam enthusiasts had their big weekend at McLeans Island. Again a huge collection of machines and people.

When you realise that there are four steam waggons — they are waggons not trucks — in New Zealand, and there were three of them at the event, you have some idea of the line up. I think the presentation of the traction engines, steam trucks and stationery steam machines was probably better than when they were new, and definitely better than when they earned their keep as a daily source of power. I feel sorry for the new generations of people who have never been exposed to the historic aspects of farming in this country. I consider it special that I can recount stories of sewing sacks on a tractor drawn header as a young boy, and marvelling at the introduction of bulk bins in the corner of the paddock and people bagging the grain well

away from the cloud of dust the header was in. Another story was stacking heavy Lucerne hay on a sledge behind a baler and irrigating border dykes using canvas sheets that were very heavy for a lad to lift the corner up to allow the next sheet to block the flow and let the water spill out over the paddock. It is now dog trial season again, and again for me it is a delightful link with the past and the ‘way of life’ that farmers enjoyed. Actually on reflection even the townies have their own nostalgia areas. It is very obvious that more people will go to a classic race car meeting than will pay to watch the new computer set up race cars. Let’s hold onto the past as that is where our values are.

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The French have landed in the South Island — and this time, we don’t mean at the picturesque little settlement of Akaroa. This new European arrival is all about better tillage, soil aeration and field prep, and it comes from a new generation of Quivogne cultivators. The Quivogne company is an acknowledged leader in their field (pun intended), and since just after World War Two they have been busy developing gamechanging harrowing and cultivating tools for the serious farmer. From their first ever disc harrow in the 1960s up to the present day, the company, founded by brothers Louis and Gaston Quivogne, has been at the cutting edge, especially when that edge is cutting soil. Now Murray Implements have brought a new Quivogne concept to the fields of Canterbury — the Jupiter series of cultivators. These disc-free machines

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offset discs, good metal ����������������������������WAS $23,450 NOW $20,000C Duncan 720 Arable Drill,  19 run , twin boxes (stainless fert), new points, ��������������WAS�$19,995…�NOW $16,995C Sulky Reguline SPI Drill,  3m airseeder, 25 run, 5 ¼ inch ���������������������������������������������������������������������NOW $14,995C Giltrap Wagon SUPER M90-80X,  tandem axle, side feed, hydraulic, new elevator bars, new belt ��������������$13,950W Stocks AG Air Seeder,  unit to fit roller, cultivator etc , demo use only �����������������������������������������������������������$10,000C Lemken Terradisc,  4m wide tine cultivator ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������$9,995C Feedout Wagon Uni, 10cu m, tandem axle, side feed, hydraulic, 3 floor chains �����������������������������������������������$9,500W Giltrap Wagon, MSX160 Super Sila,  16m³, sold as traded, needs some tidy up work done �������������������������$6,500W Tandem Hyd Wheel,  A-Line, hydraulic wheel control, sold as traded ��������������������������������������������������������������$6,500W



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MACHINERY PRE-OWNED MACHINERY CONT… PRICE Can-am, quad bike Can-am outlander, very tidy ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� $5,995M Gallagnani G3200 Rotocut,  done approximately 10,000 bales, very good farmers machine, sold as traded $5,950W Disco 260 Mower  �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Being prepared $5,795W UFO 3400,  trailing mower, reconditioned last year, strong reliable drum mower ����������������������������������������������$5,350C Berti Mulcher,  2m wide, heavy duty, tidy ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� $4,995M Cropland 3pt linkage sprayer,  600L, 6m boom, hose reel, etc �����������������������������������������������������������������������$4,995C John Deere Ride on Mower, catcher, very tidy, X300 model�����������������������������������������������������������������������������$4,995C Haybob 300,  tidy tedder rake, approx� 3 seasons use ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������$4,500C Hustler Bale Handler SL-350,  three POI, Hustler SL350 linkage heavy duty chain feeder, self loading forks, very easy to use �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������$3,950W 2009 VBC Leaf PRU ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ $3,500M Stevens Bale Feeder,  trailed, good working order ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ $2,995M UFO Mower 2070,  new belt, new blades ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������$2,950W Trimax,  warlord, 2�1m with twin rollers������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ $2,500M Hustler Bale Handler Mega Soft Hands C,   the heavy duty model, equalizer, handles round & square bales, MX hitch ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������$2,490W Under vine sweeper,  single row sweeper ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ $2,200M Brend rotary slasher,  heavy duty 1�8m ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� $1,800M Feeder Leader TRA  ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������$1,995W Howard Estate Mower,  1�8m finishing mower ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ $1,200M James,  3pt linkage bale tipper ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������$1,100C Post driver, older machine, buy as traded ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� $850W 13 Tine Cultivator, repainted, very tidy���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� $750M Transport tray,  3pt linkage with cage ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� $500M Claas 260 Mower ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Being Prepared W Horsch Pronto DC6,  airseeder drill, 1 owner from new, very tidy �����������������������������������������������������������������Arriving C Vaderstad CR650 Carrier,  trailed disc cultivator ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Arriving C Vaderstad Carrier 500s,  2006, Bio-Drill �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Arriving W COMBINES / FORAGE New Holland FX58,  355W grassfront, serviced and ready to go ��������������������������������WAS $135,000 NOW $99,995C PZ Rake Pz300 Tedder,  popular for smaller operator �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������$1,500W BALERS Case LBX432 Rotorcut,  4 x 3 baler, tidy and well serviced, year 2007, 82,000 bales������������������������������������$69,995C Case LBX 431,  another tidy one with only 52,000 bale count, 4x3 bale ���������������������������������������������������������$49,995C Case LBX 333,  year 2010, 1 owner with approx� 42,000 bales, Rotorcut, 3x3 bale size�������������������������������$109,995C Massey Ferguson 185 Series 1,  money spent, 74,200 bales ��������������������������������������WAS�$36,995 NOW $23,000C Welger RP420,  only 1,900 bales by 1 owner ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������$43,995C SPREADERS L2 Plus 2008, precision spread, large capacity, accuracy, in cab computer �����������������������������������������������������$6,500W SAM,  4�75 ton, tandem axle, needs tidy up, sold as traded ������������������������������������������������������������������������������$5,950W Endurotech 7000,  tandem axle, proven brand on the West Coast, holds half tonne bag of urea, simple drive engagement, lid included, well below new price �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������$3,690W Endurotech 7000 S/A,  proven brand on the West Coast, holds half tonne bag of urea, simple drive engagement, lid included, well below new price ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������$2,500W SAM,  needs tidy up, sold as traded �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������$2,150W Endurotech 4000  proven brand Causemag spreader, lid ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������$1,120W ATV Spreader CDIT 300,  side discharge shute������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ $1,100M SPRAYERS Silvan G3 Sprayer,  2 row, 2,000L�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������$12,000M Silvan G2 Grape Sprayer,  2 row, 2,000L ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� $6,000M C-Dax 600L,  linkage sprayer, near new Hustler 6m heavy duty DuroBoom �����������������������������������������������������$2,950W Silvan 800L,  linkage sprayer, 6m galvanised boom, hose real and gun�����������������������������������������������������������$2,750W Sprayrite Weed Sprayer,  3pt linkage, vineyard sprayer ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� $2,295M Silvan Sprayer,  600L, 3pt linkage, under vine�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� $2,100M 12v trailed Sprayer,  300L, 3m boom, suit behind ride on ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� $495M MISC WHEELS/TYRES 20.8 duals �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Arriving W



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