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to unified marketing
By Hugh de Lacy
Beef and lamb processor-marketers may still be cutting each others’ throats in overseas markets, but the deer industry is taking a unified approach to looming opportunities in the Chinese market. The top five venison exporters — Silver Fern Farms (SFF), Alliance Meats, Mountain River, Andrew Duncan and First Light Foods — have teamed up with Deer NZ to develop a Chinese strategy to attract development funding from the Government’s Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) scheme. At present only Mountain River, based near Rakaia in Mid-Canterbury, has been accredited to export venison to China, but half a dozen other export plants have made accreditation applications that have yet to be approved. “We’re putting together a business case for a PGP, and there’ll be an angle on productivity, farm profitability and the market,” Deer NZ chief executive Dan Coup told Canterbury Farming. We’re working hard on getting the deer industry better access [to China]. “The beef industry’s got similar issues — the sheep industry is reasonably sorted, but some plants are still waiting for their listing as well,” Coup said.
Once the Chinese approve more venison plants, there will be an opportunity for the industry to take a co-ordinated approach to that vast market, an approach that continues to elude the beef and lamb industry. “Today’s reality is that we have got those (venison exporter) guys on board with the concept thus far, but we haven’t nailed the thing down yet,” Coup said. While China was ‘the obvious growth market’ the PGP business model would not be ignoring the traditional continental European market, which still absorbs most exported venison, and the smaller North American and Australian markets. After putting in an application to the Ministry of Primary Industry (MPI), Deer NZ got the green light to go ahead and develop its PGP plan with the backing of the exporters and the Deer Industry of New Zealand (DINZ). “We need to get broad agreement across all those marketing partners, and we need to get it down to a reasonably
fine level of detail so nobody gets surprised later on.” Coup said a common brand for all exporters into China was “one possibility,” with the Cervena appellation used in the European market offering a basis for discussion. “If we could extend that use of common imagery of the product into other markets, that seems a pretty sensible way to go.” Venison sales to China have increased exponentially since 2010 when 5,500kg worth $100,000 was sent. Last year 222,000kg of frozen meat and 1,300kg of chilled product earned this country about $1.1 million. This has helped stabilise prices in the traditional markets which, during the early years of the industry, fluctuated wildly from year to year. Similar stability has entered the velvet market, with China now absorbing more product than the original South Korean market, which was also prone to yearon-year ﬂuctuations. Coup said the velvet market had contributed to slowing the
contraction in the deer industry caused by the continuing expansion of dairying in response to China’s seemingly insatiable appetite for New Zealand dairy products. Velvet price stability was encouraging more farmers to retain stags for velveting. The value of velvet exports peaked at $31m in 2011 before dropping to $25.5m last year, but is projected to recover to $26.5m this year. “Velvet prices have been comfortable and stable for the last three or four years, and we’re expecting some growth in velvet stag numbers at a time when deer numbers are probably still receding a little,” Coup said. Including Hong Kong, China now takes more than half of New Zealand’s velvet exports with Korea taking much of the
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Bobby calves’ welfare important to NZ Inc by Hon Kate Wilkinson MP Waimakariri
Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy’s recent announcement to the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) to begin consultation on prohibiting the use of blunt force to euthanise bobby calves on farms is very welcome. As a country we need to take a tough stance on animal cruelty. It is simply not acceptable. And the bashing of bobby calves to death with blunt force risks being recklessly cruel, inhumane and unnecessary. That is not to say slaughter of animals is to be banned! There are standards for the treatment and killing
of animals on the farm and these are laid out in codes of welfare. The law clearly states that if an animal has to be put down it must be done humanely. New Zealand does have a great animal welfare system which is one of the best in the world — but it is vital that we do everything we can to
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is acceptable and what is not in relation to euthanasia. I understand industry groups themselves do not recommend the use of blunt force for the euthanasia of calves. Now that is a good start!
Under the Animal Welfare Act it is an offence to kill an animal in such a manner that the animal suffers unreasonable or unnecessary pain or distress. The ‘bobby calves consultation’ will establish in more detail what
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Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries
Meat industry faces challenges and opportunities Recently I spoke to Beef + Lamb NZ’s annual meeting in Feilding where the future shape of the meat industry was a hot topic. This sector has been one of continual change, mostly for the good, driven by innovations, new market demands, and changing environments. For example, we now produce the same amount of sheep meat as we did in the 1980s but with half the ﬂock size. This proves to me how farmers are innovators and pick up new ideas to implement inside the farm gate. Last month I released the updated MPI forecasts for primary sector exports. These figures show that the meat industry is having a pretty good year, with exports projecting $1.2 billion higher than initially forecast. Having said this, I acknowledge the industry does have some serious challenges. Times are tough for some out there and there is some momentum for change. Overall I’m optimistic about the red meat sector’s future, and I want to focus on positive solutions. Innovation will be crucial. This is why the Government and industry are investing $326 million into the sector through the Primary Growth Partnership. The range of projects is vast and exciting, from farm management systems in the Farm IQ programme, to turning traditionally low value offcut products into higher value added
products through the Food Plus programme. We also need to do a better job of collaborating as a sector. I know that commercial realities mean this is not possible all the time, but there is no excuse to not pursue NZ Inc approaches on certain initiatives, particularly in-market. Investing in additional human resources in our key and emerging markets is important. MPI is putting six more staff into China, one each into Jakarta and Dubai, with another four more positions to be announced. I’m encouraging more industry representation in these markets too. We need to hear more pride and passion from everyone involved in the sector. Just from scanning the rural publications I note that Silver Fern Farms are beginning online distribution in Shanghai, New Zealand cricketers are marketing our products in India, and the Silere branded merino meat was a hit at the America’s Cup in San Francisco. Any substantial change to the structure of the sector needs to come with a very clear and broad level of support. I’m not prepared to interfere without widespread sector. The Government doesn’t own the industry — you do. I doubt that anyone really wants the heavy hand of Government dreaming up bureaucratic solutions that don’t have grassroots support. The industry’s future is vital to New Zealand and I’m committed to doing what I can to support the industry’s continued success.
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last award is relatively new, and seeks to foster up-and-coming talent for the future. But the Sharemilker of the Year award has been a hallowed prize in the industry for 25 years, celebrating its quarter century in 2014 with huge support from both entrants and sponsors. In 1989 Kevin and Diane Goble of Taranaki became the first national winners of the Sharemilker of the Year award, which is judged on a wide range of criteria, from pasture management to livestock condition, dairy safety and hygiene through to community involvement, financial planning and future aims and goals. Geoff and Lynn Walker of Oamaru brought the trophy south for the first time in 1993, while the first national winners to hail from the Canterbury region were Leo and Kathryn van den Beuken in 2005. The competition is judged by farmers, who know exactly what it’s like to be on ‘the other end’ — many are past competitors and winners themselves. A two hour
presentation visit to each of the many farms and farming families who enter means that the judging panel take a scenic tour of rural New Zealand on their rounds, taking the pulse of the industry at the same time. This year — the 25th crowning of New Zealand’s Sharemilker of the Year — the threefold competition for the top sharemilker, farm manager and trainee has been a fierce one. Organisers have seen skills at a whole new level, with the clear advancement in farming technology and practices since 1989 made extremely clear at this quarter century milestone. This year the total prize pool for the awards topped $700,000 — a staggering sum. “It’s our biggest prize pool yet,” says national convenor Chris Keeping, “And will mean our national winners take home some great prizes as well as the honour and prestige associated with becoming a dairy industry awards winner.” Equity Farming couple Sara and Kevin O’Neill took out top
honours in the Canterbury and North Otago regional awards, claiming their share of that close to three quarters of a million dollar prize pool, as well as the satisfaction of knowing that their farming efforts are truly world class. The pair, who farm at Waiau in North Canterbury, have only been in the dairy industry full time for two years, making their achievement all the more memorable. Mr O’Neill’s name may be more than passingly familiar to fans of our national game, as well — this is the same Kevin O’Neill who has taken to the field many times with the Crusaders, the Chiefs and the Rebels rugby teams. The big lock even came off the bench and donned the black jersey against the Springboks on one memorable occasion — meaning that national prominence and success are no strangers to the region’s top sharemilker. Despite his sporting fame, farming is in Kevin’s blood. Both he and Sara hold agricultural degrees from
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argument in which he painted a vivid picture of a 100-mile trip through the bush to catch a boat, a trip down the Wairoa River in dense fog, in which they ran aground, and finally a sea voyage to Sydney for the express purpose of buying that particular animal that Mr Hunter White (stating that he was a sporting man himself and admired the trait in others) consented to sell. ‘The price was the only thing not discussed and Mr Smith did not know the bull had cost him 300 guineas until he was back in New Zealand’.
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The article goes on to list a number of champions that have now passed into history, before noting that Mr Smith travelled again to Sydney and bought another champion for 300 guineas, only to find he could not bring it to New Zealand because of a disease called worm nodules.
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Irrigating the farm track isn’t going to get you anywhere.
The weather the last two weeks has put paid to all those ideas or inspiration to write much about irrigating and what to irrigate. But irrigation is still on the minds of most and when should I think (remember think) about it. Just when it seemed like — and we were forecast to have a ‘below average rainfall and/or dry Indian summer’ — along came rainfall. And did it rain? Summer ended on February 28 with some quite decent downpours depending whether you were in north or south Canterbury — as the bar graph of rainfall below shows. Everything from 2mm to nearly 30mm — anything over 20mm should trigger ‘I don’t need to irrigate’. That switch wasn’t ﬂicked for some because they were still irrigating on the day before the extreme event forecast for March 4 and 5. Nothing surprises me anymore!
See graph 1. We all waited in anticipation of the ‘extreme event/weather
warning’. The forecast was pretty much as the wise men predicted — the north Canterbury area suffered the worst with much less rainfall south of the Rakaia River than to the north. Just 12 days later another ‘extreme event’ arrived. Potentially Lusi could have been as bad with strong winds and heavy rain. Fortunately Lusi lost some of her punch and winds and rain were less than forecast. Still significant amounts were recorded and enough all over Canterbury to leave the switch in the off position. It is only March however and we can still expect water
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Anticyclones over or near the South Island dominated February’s weather patterns, with airflow more easterly than usual over the North Island. These anticyclones brought periods of light southerly or southeasterly airflow onto Canterbury, with some rainfalls, but long dry periods. For a change, February was near normal in much of Canterbury for most climate parameters. Mean temperatures were close to the long term average, with departures generally under +/-0.5degC. A few warm days with temperatures over 30 degrees were recorded, but also a few cold nights with light ground frosts and minimums under 5 degrees. Sunshine hours were near normal in most parts, with departures of less than +/10%. Rainfall was near normal around Banks Peninsula, but up to 40% drier than normal elsewhere, especially in North Canterbury. The number of days with rain was reduced. Severe thunderstorms on the 23rd of the month generated large hail and tornadoes. In the tropical Pacific no clear trend to either El Nino or La Nina is currently showing, although there are some indicators which are showing an El Nino-like signal,
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The ‘Know to make it Flow’ Andrew Curtis, Irrigation New Zealand CEO
Irrigation support counters Fish&Game findings In January this year, Kiwis voted 71% pro-irrigation in an independent poll commissioned by IrrigationNZ. Public support for irrigation was reinforced this month when results from a survey by Fish&Game showed 67% of New Zealanders support large scale irrigation schemes provided water and nutrients are managed. The survey commissioned by Fish&Game was called ‘Farming and the Environment’ and was conducted independently by Horizon Research Limited. While we agreed with some of Fish&Game’s survey
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The prediction last month that log price settlements in China would reach US$160 per cubic metres for A grade have come to fruition. Indeed we now well exceed the dizzy heights reached for six weeks in 1992 in what has since been referred to as the big spike. In 1992 the US$ exchange rate against the kiwi was in a $0.49–0.55 band and sea freight rates were US$19–22 compared to $0.845 and US$40 as it is now. And just to emphasise this little foray into self ﬂagellation, if I plug in those figures to a CIFUS$160 rate today, I get A grade selling at the wharf gate NZ at $240 per cubic metre … no Allan, don’t go there! Other big differences between 1992 and 2014, are the underpinning strengths in the market. In 1992 we had a massive international reaction to the prospect of major tracts of North American forests being removed from harvest due to the impending demise of the Spotted Owl. I well remember an exhaustive study showed the significant decline in Spotted Owl populations were mostly concentrated along all major arterial roads. This was later to prove only that your average American Spotted Owl spotter didn’t like being more than a half hour walk away from the smoko van! Thus the Spotted Owl has continued to ﬂourish and bask in the glory of being singularly responsible for a thus far never experienced reaction to fundamental foolishness. In 2014 the market fundamentals are much more robust and understood. Chinese demand for 15–20 storey apartment block complexes is one, a YoY 7%+ growth in their economy is another. But adding to the demand for wood fibre is the very evident and consistently declining availability of wood fibre internationally. We keep hearing that other countries will suddenly open up forest harvest as they react to high prices. So far the horizon continues to be dominated by the fumes from the funnels of vessels carrying New Zealand logs and we do not see this changing anytime soon. However, there are some worrying signs on the horizon. China government policy is trying to constrain construction by limiting credit lines to construction companies and consumption levels have not picked up to expected levels post CNY. Inventories of NZ/Aust pine across the eastern seaboard have lifted quickly from 2million cubic metres to 3million. Buyers are starting to stall at the negotiating table and prepared to wait the market out.
In the last few days some better reports on consumption are emerging but nervousness continues to be the order of the day. For the moment we expect the current settlements are the top of the bull run. Erstwhile we sit and watch helplessly as the US/KIWI$ exchange rate erodes massive returns of the Kiwi forest grower. Shipping companies have also spied the main chance and recent lifts of $US2–4 per cubic metre for freight costs have been the order of the day. Thus any increase in wharf gate returns to New Zealand have been effectively eroded this month by external factors. Meanwhile in sunny Christchurch — well maybe more overcast — the market continues at pace with sawmills having to run day to day. Some blue-stained logs are starting to appear out of wind damaged forests but everyone seems to agree, not to the levels we had expected. Prices are generally firm to stable and sawmills are maintaining a pretty stoic stance on price. The announcement of the closure of the Southern Cross operation involving five sawmills and a processing plant mostly in South Otago has sent major shock waves around industry. There will be wide ranging factors that led to this point but the high exchange rate has certainly been cited The loss of 400 plus jobs in the area will be felt for some time as we wait out the liquidator’s ability to maintain and sell the operation as a going concern. Most I have spoken to have suggested we should all continue to draw breath in the meantime. Outside of this major calamity for South Otago and Thames it looks like 2014 will continue to offer up a good bottom line for the forest grower. 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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Wind damage Like me, I bet many of you are noticing the wind damage which occurred last September on many of the woodlots adjacent to the road. Being a strong advocate of the benefits of hydroboracite (boron) I wonder if any of the toppled trees had boron applied. We have long known that boron will increase the root biomass by an average of 410% otherwise, in many case the tree just produces a ‘club’ root like the one in the enclosed photo. Not very much of an anchor at all is it? I am certainly not saying it is a magic bullet, as in some cases the trees would have tipped over anyway. All I am saying is that you can improve the odds! Joke time: The golden years you can look forward to A couple of weeks ago an elderly lady left a meeting with her friends and headed to the car park. While walking to get her car she frantically searched for her car keys. Her husband had recently scolded her for leaving the keys in the ignition. Her theory was it was the best place to leave them because you will always know where they were. His theory was simply that the car could be easily stolen. When she reached the car park, and found the car park was empty she knew her husband’s theory was indeed correct. In a cold sweat she phoned the police to report her car had been stolen. Before she could get up the courage to ring her husband’s cell phone she had to find a coffee shop and have a quick smoke to calm her nerves. “Hello my love” she stammered, “I left the keys in the car and the car has been
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Syndicates prove successful by John Robinson
Almost two years have passed since a unique concept of racehorse ownership was first launched in New Zealand. May will mark the second anniversary of when Noel Kennard’s dream became a reality for 500 owners, because this time back in 2012 is when their horse Franco Harrison first made it to the racetrack. Collectively known as the In It For Fun Syndicate, they’re a large group of enthusiasts who all got together with two common goals in mind… to race a horse as cheaply as possible, and have a ball while they’re doing it! Both have been achieved, because each person’s $360 outlay covers them for the entire two years that the syndicate will operate — and Franco Harrison has won a couple of his 19 raceday appearances in the interim as well. Unfortunately there’s been a fair amount of bad luck along the way, because ‘Harry’ as he’s affectionately known has been plagued by foot soreness which
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The next Labour Government will give the forestry and wood products industries the policies they need as part of Labour’s plan for an economic upgrade. Forestry and wood processing are critical industries for the economic upgrade New Zealand desperately needs, especially in the regions. This current National Government is just cruising along, with no clear plan for our economy while wages stagnate and the cost of living continues to increase. A key part of Labour’s strategy is to encourage investment in the processing component of the industry to move the focus from logs to higher-value products. This will also include working with industry and BRANZ to develop building standards for wood construction to accommodate advanced wood construction technologies. This is an urgent priority, because every day millions of dollars in lost value leaves our ports in the form of raw logs. Right now New Zealand is not on a path to achieve that vision. Our economy today is driven by land banking and speculation, not by innovation and productivity. We have poorly-structured investment
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It seems that variability in dormancy and stimulation requirements contribute to black nightshade having several ﬂushed in each year and often avoiding control mechanisms based on a single
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In the next fifty years the bison were almost all exterminated so that crop planting could take place without disruption, just as is now being done in African savannahs and veldts with
One such place was a jump on the edge of Buffalo Lake, near Stettler, Alberta. The jump landed the animals in a large shallow lake where they were easily killed in the water and pulled to the shore for carcass processing.
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At a nearby gravel pit, I located bones from even earlier bison, some of which turned out to be the oldest bison bones ever
found at the time, some 40,000 years of age. This discovery led to my spending weeks with a paleoanthropology survey crew and for a while I considered becoming an archaeologist instead of a physicist.The point to be made in this article is that our present-day environment can be much different to that
There were, however, some places in Alberta where many bison skeletons could still be found in great abundance. These were at the sites of high buffalo jumps where the plains Indians would drive frightened herds over steep cliffs so that they broke their bones and would be easily killed to make the energy-rich pemmican needed for survival of the Indian tribes in the winter.
I took many of the better examples home much to the annoyance of my parents who were left with the problem of disposal when I headed off to university.
When white settlers first came into the land two centuries ago, they cleaned up the prairies by gathering all the bones and skeletons of the many thousands of dead bison, selling them to fertiliser companies. These sales were the first economic returns that the settlers were able to get off their land.
All that remained of the bison, when I was a boy and now, were the thousands of large wallowing holes on the high plains where the great beasts got some protection from the hot summers and annoying insects. These were sloughs where my friends and I would skinny-dip on a hot day, just like the bison of old, and where the many waterfowl of the prairies breed.
bones and huge skulls in the shallow lake water. Some of these animals were the wood bison that had been much larger than the smaller plains bison. These skulls were almost a metre across from horn tip to horn tip. The animals had stood over two metres high at the shoulder.
This is also true for the farmland in which I grew up some sixty years ago in central Alberta. Despite the mixedfarming agricultural state of the land, there were little or no reminders of the incredible herds of bison that had once wandered the prairies. Millions of these large mammals used to migrate up and down the high plains on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains.
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Yet only a few hundred years ago, before the arrival of humans, it would have been mature forest and scrubby bush with thousands of large moa wandering around, now all gone.
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Less is more for new Grizzly by Andy Bryenton
Auto reviewers often equate power with performance, and for many a road-going machine, this simple correlation is true enough. But what about a situation where fuel economy, traction, ride comfort and load-bearing capability are more important than a blistering quarter mile dash? Then the equation becomes a little more like algebra, and the decision as to what constitutes the perfect machine for the job becomes less a simple podium finish and more of a bar-room ‘discussion’. Take quad bikes for example. Hard working, dependable, rugged — these are all words which farmers would love to use when talking about their four wheeled ‘best mate’. A 0–60 time in the low 3s is nowhere near as important as the ability to run a load of fence battens and wire up to the far paddock in a winter squall and four inches of quality Kiwi mud. That’s why Yamaha have developed their latest Grizzly, the 550 EPS, to have less power than their range topping 700, but incorporate a host of features designed to make the rural rider’s day easier.
In road cars, big advancements have been made in driver safety and comfort by letting computers and engineering take over certain functions. Stability control, traction control, multi-clutch auto gearboxes — these work well for the likes of Aston and Porsche. Yamaha have incorporated user friendly, variable resistance power steering to take the strain off farmers’ arms, and a smoothly integrated auto transmission to remove the need for levers and manual clutches. Riders can choose 2WD, 4WD, or fully locked diffs with the push of a button. None of these features, in and of themselves, are new. But their integration into the Grizzly 550 package is seamless, and complements the electronically injected four valve engine perfectly.
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Versatility is very much the key to farming success these days, and while many farmers are expanding into new fields of endeavour, their old one-purpose tractors are finding it hard to keep up. Contractors too, demand more use from their investment, and hate to see a machine worth tens of thousands (or even hundreds of thousands) of dollars left sitting idle in the shed while other tools pick up the slack. Case IH, the well-known agricultural brand with the big red presence on Kiwi farms, have been trying to crack this puzzle for decades, with more than fair success. Now they’ve released a new refinement to their ‘swiss army knife’ Puma series of tractors, sharpening it up for even better performance in a variety of rural roles. “The 2014 Tier 4 B Puma model tractors now offer more power than ever before, in addition to an enhanced cab that was first introduced in late-model Tier 4A Puma tractors. These new Puma tractors can be equipped with advanced end-of-row controls
and new rear remote control on the MultiFunction handle,” says Dave Bogan, Case IH Marketing Manager for Puma and Maxxum tractors. “These tractors were designed to increase operator efficiency and provide intuitive use in a comfortable cab environment.” This means in practical terms that the same machine can be fitted out for both cropping (where it’s an established leader in the rowcrop field) across to livestock farming. And even more — there are innumerable addons and extra tools able to be fitted to the powerful little Puma which make it great for specialised tasks. Available in up to a 6.7 litre, 240 horse engine size, the Puma range is also engineered to use less fuel, by way of Case IH’s innovative selective catalytic reduction system and smart engine ECU mapping.
Added to this multi-role capability is another key component — because if you can use the Puma tractor all day, you’ll want it to be a comfortable place to work. Case promotional materials refer to the Puma’s cab as a farmer’s boardroom office in the field, and every effort has been made to make a day behind the Puma’s wheel a comfortable and airconditioned cool one.
Heightened visibility and ease of operation were also red-ﬂagged by Case IH engineers as points of supreme importance, and so the cab ﬂoats above the wheels and chassis with acres of glass, commanding a position from which the driver can contemplate which of many tasks he’s going to tackle next with this sharp and competent machine.
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towing power may make the Ute a potent combination for farm owners looking to gear up their sharemilkers as well. Polaris dealer Drummond and Etheridge, with branches in Ashburton and Rolleston, are excited to have the new Ute at the dealership for customers to trial. “We are really impressed by the attention given to the details in the design of the new UTE.”
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The battle lines are clearly apparent — in one camp, the trusty and timehonoured ATV quad bike, and in the other, the rising force of the side-by-side UTV. Both have their unique points. Both are designed to tackle tough off-road terrain, and pack in a load of men, machinery and tools for all kinds of jobs around the farm. It’s an engineering argument which Polaris have been listening to closely. Their Sportsman quad bikes and Ranger UTVs both sell well here, and recent visits by Polaris designers to these shores have given rise to the Ranger 570 HD — a tougher side-by-side for agricultural
use. But the boys in the Polaris backroom haven’t stopped there. They have developed new machines to bridge the gap, starting with the single-seater, fully roll caged Ace, and now following this up with the first quad bike designed from the ground up for New Zealand and Australian demands. Like our other unique antipodean auto it’s called the Ute. But this is no big ﬂat decked truck. The Polaris Ute begins with the template of a Sportsman ATV quad, then beefs it up to handle the hard knocks of farming life. Independent suspension all round improves handling, while a wide, balanced stance keeps the centre of
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More than 5300 herds across some 1.7 million hectares of New Zealand farmland will benefit from reductions in both Movement Control Areas and cattle and deer bovine tuberculosis tests. From March 1, herds throughout parts of the central and southern North Island and northern South Island will no longer require pre-movement TB testing, but will continue to be tested annually. Farmer and Wellington TBfree Committee chair Peter Gaskin no longer has to premovement test his cattle and says the progress made by the TB control programme through movement restrictions and wild animal control has been particularly satisfying. “It’s been very pleasing for farmers to be able to enjoy another on-farm benefit, resulting from the sustained pressure applied by TBfree New Zealand, as it implements
the national TB control plan,” he said. That plan is to eradicate TB from at least 2.5 million hectares by 2026. As progress is made, farmers will benefit from reductions in TB testing requirements and the relaxation of movement restrictions. However, bovine TB is still a threat and farmers need to fulfill their obligations in helping to manage the disease. Dairy farmers, such as Michael Sargent of Tihoi, have significantly invested in the success of TBfree New Zealand through DairyNZ, the largest industry funder of the TB control programme.
“It feels great to not have to pre-movement test stock anymore, as it means a lot less work and it will allow us greater ﬂexibility when selling stock,” he said. North Canterbury deer and beef farmer Dugald Rutherford is finally moving out of the Movement Control Area. “It’s a bit of a bugbear having to get the TB testers in before moving stock, but the way I’ve looked at it, everybody has to play by the rules, as the past has shown that when you think the disease is under control and take your foot off the pedal, it gets out of control again.” He has been under movement control restrictions for eight years and has been farming the property for four decades. Then in 1989, a neighbouring property became infected with the disease due to contact with TB ferrets. “It’s challenging to have TB in your herd. As a farmer, you’re trying to do the best for your stock and, of course, your family, too.” But times have changed. Dugald is now in three-way partnership on the farm with his wife and son Andrew, 30, and he’s got sheep dogs on the farm that “have never spotted a possum before. I’m looking forward to the day when the property is on an even lower testing schedule. Then, once TB has been eradicated from wild animals and herds, it will be a day to celebrate.”
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Amy Adams the Environment Minister rejected the criticism and said the commissioner seemed to be deliberately forgetting that every council will be required at a minimum to maintain water quality. Bryce Johnson of Fish and Game said the commissioner’s comments were timely and that the current government’s enthusiasm for irrigation with very little attention to the serious consequences scares the hell out of them. Willy Leferink of Federated Farmers says farmers aren’t dumb, and are regulated by rules as well as economic sense and with every kilogram of nitrogen costing $2 farmers want to mitigate the loss of nitrates.
farm developments currently applying for irrigation rights claiming Nitrate N leaching losses will be mitigated by ‘yet to be developed technology’ highlights a real issue. It takes ten years for sufficient information to be gained to know whether a new product or process will actually provide the desired results, and even if the ‘yet to be developed technology’ was available tomorrow ten years is too long to wait. The only valid argument for the continued use of fertiliser nitrogen is that much less pasture would be grown without its use. Not one of the scientists
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MAF pasture measurements from the late 70s early 80s recorded annual pasture growth in excess of 18 tonne of dry matter annually without the use of nitrogen fertiliser. Annual pasture growth from permanent pasture now is significantly less.
There is much in each statement that is factual and relevant, and most importantly little by little the discussion is getting to the heart of the matter — the annual application of more than 500,000 tonnes of urea to our 15,000 dairy farms at an average of 150kgN/ha. Thirty years ago very little urea was applied, and one of the consequences of applying nitrogen, now around 230 million kilograms annually is becoming apparent. In a number of areas the amount of Nitrate N in groundwater is rapidly approaching the level where health warnings will have to be issued.
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DairyNZ’s research head set to semi-retire DairyNZ’s chief scientist Dr Eric Hillerton has decided to semi-retire later this year. Dr Hillerton’s early research career was spent at the University of Reading and the National Institute for Research in Dairying in the United Kingdom. He took on the chief scientist position with
Dexcel (now DairyNZ) in 2006 after five years working as the principal scientist at the Institute for Animal Health. He said one of the most rewarding parts of being a scientist with DairyNZ is the
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direct involvement with dairy farmers, understanding the real problems on farms and helping develop solutions and new technologies. “Much of the value of that science lies in taking research and knowledge
directly to farmers, and testing how to apply and transfer innovative technologies and solutions.” Dr Hillerton said there have been many highlights during his time with DairyNZ.
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“I am especially proud of the quality of the scientific research at DairyNZ, which has become outstanding. We now have top scientists here who are truly world-leading. An example is our work identifying genetics involved in feed conversion efficiency by dairy cows.” That work was recognised recently with a gold status awarded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and a Kudos award (Hamilton Science Excellence Awards). DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle said Dr Hillerton has made a great contribution to the New Zealand dairy industry over the past seven years. “Eric has driven a significant improvement in science quality and output, and his relentless focus has had real benefits for farmers.” Following his plans to semi-retire in July, Dr Hillerton will continue to contribute to New Zealand dairy farming through various projects.
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Irrigate effluent further at lower cost When irrigating effluent, consistent pressure and volume over greater distances are crucial — a case for progressing cavity (PC) pumps, says noted pump maker Mono Pumps New Zealand.
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Mulching is something generally associated with smaller scale gardening. Mulching large scale depends on the availability of materials and practicality of spreading it. A smart solution is to grow the mulch on site. In the case of orchards and vineyards this can be readily achieved by growing an interrow sward and once or twice during the year mowing the clippings on to the crop row itself when the crop is still yet to establish so far as to get its roots out into the interrow area. The clippings bring nutrients available over time to the crop also feed organic matter (to the benefit of soil structure and biology) in the row area that may in many cases be kept otherwise bare of vegetative cover. The amount of mulching benefit in terms of moisture retention and reducing soil temperature ﬂuctuations will usually be limited since there is not a great bulk of clippings that
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Wrightson at the final February auction in Christchurch with prices realised in line with most recent sales in Australia. All buyers were represented at the Christchurch auction with some extremely spirited bidding taking place and although a few lines were passed in for failing to meet grower reserves (with a few successful sales negotiated post auction), the general clearance was very good indeed. Ultra-fine wools continued to be, however, rather difficult to place, following the season’s trend to date. In light of the ever decreasing sheep population due to the seemingly never ending change in land use towards dairy related pursuits, it would appear to me that the auction system should be the most favoured wool selling mechanism by wool growers to ensure they receive full value for their product. It never ceases to amaze me the number of wool growers who discount the auction as being ‘archaic’, or ‘too expensive’, or ‘too slow in delivering funds’
when in fact the auction is still regarded by the buying trade as the price setting mechanism for New Zealand wool, buyers pay and growers are paid on prompt date (without there ever having been a default), whilst allowing all buyers to assess a representative sample drawn from each line of wool catalogued and to compete in an open-cry auction arena where both growers and buyers can witness the transparency of the entire operation. Full test results accompany each individual lot
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With the Co-operative elections behind us, a message has been sent out to our meat companies that the status quo is not desired and that change is head of the agenda. Given that the percentage of venison processed by the two co-operatives is in excess of 80%, this is very important to deer farmers with potentially large implications for the industry. Hypothetically, if the two companies were to merge we would see a total percentage of processing volume held by one company that many sheep and beef farmers (I include myself in this) would find very enviable. MIE have had success in the recent elections with having former members elected to the boards based on that strategy. This has been done largely on the platform of sheep and cattle, but venison is still a red meat and the industry players are largely the same with the same problems. The current venison schedule is making it very hard work for deer farmers to ignore competing land uses. That same
venison schedule has been over $10/kilo in the past and that we were being paid the equivalent of $12.30 (inﬂation adjusted) thirty years ago, it is no surprise that deer farmers are giving thought to change, especially where there are other land use options. And of course in the meantime the on-farm costs have been heading in the other direction to further erode profitability with only on-farm production keeping us farming. When and how are we going to get back to $10? With current profitability it is very easy to be inward looking. I admit most of the time I fall into this trap. I look at my own farming system to see where I can make improvements. Any farming business should be constantly striving to improve what they do. But is this where all my energy should be? It is easy to get frustrated and lose
faith in my processor when I am constantly becoming a more efficient producer with the price heading me off. If we were to act collectively with our sales decisions would we be more effective at changing our profitability than if we changed our farming system? Would a higher price per kilo be better than a couple of kilos carcase weight or a higher fawning percentage? What has the better pay off? What if we were to take ownership for our product from the farm gate right through to the consumer? These are all questions I ask myself and the answer seems to lead back to a collective form of marketing. Clearly it will take significant investment. If I am prepared to invest $100,000 in a new irrigator to increase production, am I then prepared to invest a similar amount in a marketing company owned by farmers that will deliver
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For and against gas and oil exploration — is there a choice Given the choice of filling up your vehicle from service station (a) offering a product from local sustainable resources and one (b) from fossil fuels at similar prices, and on the same side of the street, which one would you choose to fill up? A good question for those with environmental concerns. It is on the bounds of possibility that a local distributor could offer a way out for green activists to fuel up their vehicles to protest offshore drilling for oil/gas, and not be hauled over the coals for using fossil fuel products. There could be choice if some innovative research
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labelled a bunch of hypocrites and nimbys. This is currently the big debate raging in Dunedin with Oil Free Otago having to put up with name calling by proponents for fossil fuels. Known as the Stump to Pump programme the initiative was given accolades by Steven Joyce, Minister for science and innovation. The programme has three stakeholders, the MPI through its Primary Growth Programme, Norske Skog and Z Energy, who between them have funded $13.5m to pave the way for generating more value from forestry waste by converting it to liquid biofuels. Half the total funding was matched by PGP. Facilities have been set up at the Noske Skog mill in Kawarau to study the feasibility, including the cost effectiveness, of producing biofuel from forestry waste into sustainable transport fuel. Much of the material currently comes from processing waste in the form of sawdust, bark and harvest residue. This material has virtually no value. However in the wider context both David Quinn of Norske and Jonathan Hill of Z were enthusiastic that the available biomass from the nation’s exotic forest harvests could provide a sizeable percentage of New Zealand’s transport fuel supplies. If the pilot project stacks up, many of the South Island forest resources could be in an ideal position to
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alternative fuels will, in the long term, come up with the answers. AND ANOTHER THING. I read where the Ministry of Immigration believes we should double the number of immigrants into this country to achieve a total population of around 10 million within a given number of years. Just what the heck are they dreaming about. Apparently it is all about ‘growth’ — more consumers buying more ‘things’. For heavens sake we are basically a food and fibre exporting country. And this takes up productive land. So where are all these immigrants as well as our own progeny going to live? What are the costs of upgrading infrastructure? Roading, water and waste water schemes for starters? My bet is most will want to stick with the big cities. Auckland is already gridlocked. Christchurch is on shaky ground, and having big difficulties housing its current population. Apart from massive highrise development, more extensive suburbs will be needed — taking over many high producing hectares. The big question has to be asked: When does this mantra of so called ‘growth’ reach its zenith? When no more is needed? And what really is the ideal population for this country? And the world? Just a few thoughts beyond the square for our leaders to figure out .
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I rang an old chap I hadn’t seen for years this week He’d dropped into the funeral office in Ashburton that I work with and pointed out he wasn’t ready for the services we offer, but wanted to catch up with me. I am very pleased I did.
plates at once and help with dayto-day chores around the house.
He is one of God’s gentlemen — a man anyone would be very proud to call a friend and a total pleasure to spend time with.
The interesting thing is that his misfortune has sparked new life into me with respect to contacting other old folk.
The catch up over the phone divulged the fact that he had a nasty accident on the farm that resulted in his losing half his hand and basically crippling him, so he and his wife moved into town.
While I have very regular contact with my parents, aged 97 in my mother’s case and 90 in my father’s case, I find it very easy to be busy when it comes to others.
The fact that he was a talented musician makes the accident and the result even more sad. How can you even start to imagine what it must have been like for a man to lose the ability to play music when it has been a lifetime passion. Plus he now feels inadequate as he is unable do all those other things that we do naturally — like carry several
what is happening around the world and in my life. To many of us the day-to-day things that happen are just that — things that happen, but to an old person without much contact with the outside world what we do is fresh and interesting.
Old age comes with boredom, ill health, constant pain and raft of other things that I would not handle well if they were on my day-today schedule of things to put up with.
I found myself wondering how I would feel if I wasn’t able to walk out of the house and go somewhere, meet up with friends for a drink or a meal, have a raft of people to talk with either face-to-face or on the phone every day, or in fact get out of my chair with ease and do something I thought needed to be done.
In the case of my parents, there’s a wee light bulb that switches on every time my mother sees my car pull up. It breaks the boredom and she is very grateful for a chat about
At 64 it will be another 30 or so years before I am classed as old, but in the meantime I intend to brighten the day of those I know who are already there.
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Welcome to 2014 Welcome to the second edition of Abundant Living in 2014. Over the past 10 years I have written over 400 columns covering many topics. Most of these are related in some way to the role of nutrients in protecting and reclaiming our health. In the process I have spoken by phone to thousands of readers and offered personalised advice where appropriate. I trust you will benefit from the comments and advice. I also write a longer weekly email column. To subscribe to this column just follow the instructions below. By way of introduction to new readers, I am the founder of my company Abundant Health, established in 1998. I work with various international experts to formulate what I think are a very special group of nutritional supplements. I also practise as a nutritional medicine practitioner providing personalised advice in a structured way. This column brings together my thoughts as a both a nutritional therapist and supplement formulator and researcher. The next few months will be a very special time for me as we introduce a product I am sure will have a profoundly positive affect on cardiovascular health. This is a completely natural product that research shows is the most effective natural cholesterol support product available. Many people have genetically high cholesterol
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which causes an imbalance in the series of liver enzymes responsible for new cholesterol production. This US patented product will help balance these enzymes. This will be excellent for people who cannot tolerate cholesterol medicines or for those who prefer not to take them. People on cholesterol medication will also be able to take it safely as it will have many heart health benefits not just cholesterol balance. I will be writing a new series on heart health which will focus on the types of diet and supplements that can offer significant benefits for those concerned about their heart and circulatory health. We will be looking at most aspects of cardiovascular health with everything from cholesterol to the actual processes which cause arteries to block. We will look at hypertension and in particular the types of diet proven to help lower blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health. In the meantime feel free to call me for personalised advice. 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 423 559 or email email@example.com. Join his weekly newsletter at www.johnarts.co.nz. For product information visit www. abundant.co.nz.
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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 oriongroup.co.nz or call us on 0800 363 9898.
Orion New Zealand Limited owns and operates the electricity distribution network in central Canterbury between the Waimakariri and Rakaia rivers. oriongroup.co.nz
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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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