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by Hugh de Lacy A major blunder has been made by the New Zealand dairy industry in its failure so far to get aboard the A2 milk bandwagon, according to Lincoln University’s Professor Keith Woodford, who wrote the book on the subject. “It’s a tragedy that the national herd is not getting converted [to A2 cows] as fast as we can,” Woodford told Canterbury Farming. “The biggest threat to the New Zealand dairy industry is the A1/A2 issue,” he said, in that New Zealand could be left stranded should it be conclusively proved that A1 milk is a danger to human health. Woodford’s 2007 book ‘Devil in the Milk’ detailed the link between an opioid peptide called BCM7 that occurs in A1 milk — but not A2 — and heart disease, autism, schizophrenia and Type One diabetes, among major other diseases. Most of New Zealand’s milk and about 60% of its five million dairy cows are A1, and it would take seven or eight years to convert to 100% A2 by a combination of genetic testing and using only A2A2 Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) sires. Woodford’s latest call for the national industry to switch from A1 comes as the alternatively listed company marketing A2 fresh milk

globally, A2 Corporation, passes a series of major milestones in its development as a global business. They include: • Expanding profitability: In the second half of last year A2 Corp recorded a net profit of $3.1m, up 247% on the $894,000 in the same period of 2010, on revenue up 55.9% to $30m. • Achieving scale: The company’s market capitalisation has ballooned to around $260m, which puts it in the league of one of the New Zealand Stock Exchange’s few big agribusiness securities, Pyne Gould Wrightson, which has a market cap of just under $300m; two years ago A2’s market cap was $20m. • Expanding market share: During a ferocious 15-monthslong fresh-milk pricing war among the Australian supermarkets which cut the price of house-brand A1 milk to $A1/litre ($NZ1.26), A2 milk’s market share rose to 5% and sales expanded 30% while its price of just under $A2.50/ litre ($NZ3.15) remained unchanged. • Gaining a powerful partner in the United Kingdom market: A2 has teamed up in an exclusive UK and Ireland distribution and marketing deal with German-owned Robt Wiseman and Co, which commands a third of the 6.5

billion litres-a-year UK freshmilk market. • A partner at home: A2 has teamed up with Chinese-owned Canterbury milk processor Synlait to manufacture infant formula for the Chinese market. • A factory of its own: A2 Corp last month opened a $9.5m factory in Sydney which will process 10 million litres of A2 milk a year for the Australian market, which is growing at 40% a year. “All of a sudden [A2 Corp] has got to a scale where [it] cannot be simply ignored as totally speculative,” Woodford said. “Increasingly some of the big players in the dairy industry are recognising that it’s getting time to act.” Whether one of those players is the giant local cooperative Fonterra, Woodford says he doesn’t know. Fonterra has always been sceptical of A2’s claims, especially in the light of reports by both the New Zealand (NZFSA) and the European (EFSA) Food Safety Authorities that did not endorse the A2 claims. The European report, which came out in 2009, appears to have been the reason that Westland Milk Co-operative abandoned earlier-announced plans to have all its suppliers switch to A2 cows.

Woodford said that despite the EFSA saying it could not see how A1’s BCM7 protein could penetrate the gut and access the brain by way of the bloodstream, but “it did confirm that BCM7 is only released from A1 milk, and it did confirm that BCM7 is bioactive.” Since then, Russian research seems to have confirmed that BCM7 does penetrate the gutwalls of infants, and may be one of the causes of acute lifethreatening events (ALTEs) in babies. Woodford said despite the inertia of Fonterra and Westland on the issue, he was aware of many dairy-farmers round the country gradually moving their herds across to A2 simply by selecting on LIC sires listed as A2A2. “There are a couple of bulls around at the moment that are

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carrying another version of the [BCM7] gene called the B Version, which is neither A1 nor A2, but is like A1 and may be even worse. “Keep well clear of that one,” Woodford advised. “If you really want to shift across quickly and get up to 100% A2 in seven or eight years, then you do need to genetically test the cows,” as well as use only A2A2 semen. Owners of large or multiple herds could make the switch immediately, simply by identifying the 40% or so of their cows that were already A2, and running them as a separate herd. “If I was dairy farmer in New Zealand at the moment I would definitely be using only A2 semen, and I’d be doing it as much as anything as a risk management strategy,” Woodford said.


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And talking of marketing, one of the local farmers markets his beef as ‘conservation beef’ – what a great label! He has also merged conservation with tourism by educating visitors, taking them on goat hunting excursions and has a team of ‘eco-warriors’ to help with stoat trapping and predator eradication. Not only does this offer real, back-country experiences it helps reduce the pests that harm our native birds and forests. To cater for the increasing number of visitors who come to enjoy the untouched bush, wetlands and rivers he has built a café and accommodation on his property. And he runs a farm. This really is a win-win for farming, conservation and tourism. I’ve talked about conservation being good for business and business being good for conservation. This project epitomises that. Kia Wharite has deservingly won a prestigious IPANZ public sector award for its joint approach to protecting the natural environment. It is a successful project because of the commitment and shared goals of everyone involved. Protecting our native animals and landscapes for future generations is an important aim in itself. What this project has shown is that the benefits go beyond conservation – benefitting our farmers and helping to create tourism opportunities which can revitalise our rural communities.

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From the Minister David Carter, Minister of Agriculture

When you open this newspaper, there’s a good chance you will read a story on local government. As we all know, matters concerning local authorities are never far from people’s minds.

They will refocus the purpose of local government so that councils provide good quality local infrastructure, public services and regulatory functions at the least possible cost to households and businesses.

Local government is keeping me very busy since I took over the portfolio in mid-March, and I am certainly enjoying the challenge. In many ways, it is a good fit with some of the work I am progressing in the Primary Industries area.

The ‘Better Local Government’ work programme includes eight specific initiatives.

My key priority at present is the ‘Better Local Government’ reform programme which aims to encourage and enable local authorities to focus on doing those things that only they can do. I have spent the last few weeks travelling around the country meeting with mayors, councillors and others involved in local government and I have been pleased with the generally positive response I’ve had to these discussions. The proposed reforms are part of the Government’s broader growth agenda. This Government is firmly focussed on rebuilding and strengthening the economy to get back to surplus by 2014/15. To meet this goal, both central and local government must improve the efficiency of delivering public services.

The first four initiatives will be introduced to Parliament next month. They will be included in legislation which we aim to pass before the end of the year. This will allow the Local Government Commission time to consider any early council reorganisation proposals presented to it before the October 2013 local government elections. The remaining four proposals, which include establishing a local government efficiency taskforce and developing a framework for central/local government regulatory roles, will feed into a second Local Government Reform Bill proposed for 2013. It’s important to point out that these proposed changes don’t necessarily mean an end to council-backed events like local arts festivals and fireworks displays. The reforms are intended to sharpen councils’ focus on what they provide and whether there is significant public good resulting from expenditure.

Ratepayers need to know their local council is spending their money wisely, on services that matter to them.

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Cull or Murder The lines have been drawn for another year as duck shooting hits the calendar and the age old arguments get dragged out. Those who think that it’s a case of people wanting to go out and kill innocent wee ducks are up in arms (whoops, sorry about the play on words) while those who go out and enjoy the sport are defiant about the case that a duck being shot is much more humane than dying of starvation because the numbers are so great there’s not enough food to go around. Several points I don’t understand. Getting up before five in the morning to travel miles to get to your pond, then struggle through the darkness on foot usually over fences and through stands of gorse to then sit in freezing cold conditions for dawn isn’t my idea of a romantic notion. Having to buy hundreds of dollars’ worth of equipment to attract the ducks and to avoid being noticed certainly isn’t a great investment when you consider how much meat there is on a duck. Paying nearly 90 dollars for the privilege to get cold, lose massive amounts of sleep and then be told you must use steel ammo which you know doesn’t kill ducks as well as lead seems rather steep to me. That many shooters feed and exercise a dog for 12 months just so they don’t

need to wade out into the pond on two mornings a year seems excessive to me. Then if you do get to shoot any ducks, it is expected that you pluck and draw the things. Anyone who thinks that part of shooting is fun has never done it. So really, the odds are stacked firmly against there being any real enjoyment in this duck shooting business. As far as the ducks are concerned, they have the advantage of being able to fly. They certainly use that advantage and seem to know exactly how high and how fast to ensure they are out of range. They are very happy to have shooters feed them on their favourite ponds and then laugh themselves silly as they head out to sea to drift through their day. So really, those who think it is mass murder out there, forget it. The bangs you hear on opening morning are more than likely over enthusiastic people thinking that their guns have a range of about two kilometres and with blood pumping furiously through their veins they are sure that dinner is as good as on the table. Personally I think the duck shooting is neither cull or murder, it’s a competition between a hunter with generations of instinct within his or her DNA and a duck with more cunning than any hunter could imagine. It really is an unfair contest, as the duck has most of the cards.

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New Zealand’s single biggest threat Bio-security is New Zealand’s single biggest threat. Any major incursion of fruit fly, BSE, or Foot and Mouth would cost this country billions of dollars and must be prevented. At a time when the USA is trying to address a BSE scare and Canada, along with other pork producing countries, is struggling with the PRRS disease, the National government seems determined to increase the risk to our country. The announcement by Minster David Carter that he supports the easing and implementation of a new Import Health Standard for imported pork is just plain stupid. Especially when the science

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May 2012 Scion forestry research and various polytechs. The School of Forestry has been hard at it testing beam timber to enable allwood building contruction of up to seven levels. Possibly higher as research progresses. Processors are now able to manufacture laminated beams up to 40 metres long and in whatever shape is required. Common sense tells us that there is considerably more flexibility in wood construction than in other materials such as steel, brick or even concrete in the event of persistent earthquakes. Although the latter material is still a must for piling and installing floating foundations. Developers may prefer highrises, but there has to be limits on earthquake prone areas.

The great sustainable multi-purpose product — wood, wood and more wood Trees can be treated as a farmed crop. A long term crop. A couple of rotations in a normal person’s lifetime. It just keeps growing. From a small seedling to a big tree. Easily replaced after felling. It sucks in carbon dioxide and forms fibre. Dense resilient fibre. And it beats the heck out of most, if not all, alternative finite resources. New technology has given the lowly conifer and denser hardwoods a major boost. Think of all the products that are processed from wood. Toilet paper to laminated beams. Framing timber to chemicals, to heat energy from sawdust, shavings, slab wood and forest residue. Take the Christchurch earthquake rebuild. All sorts of projects are being discussed, plans and projects promulgated by engineers, designers and architects. But let’s face it — which buildings better withstood the shaking? The good old timber framed, weatherboard houses were said to have survived some of the biggest magnitude events. Considerable research has been undertaken by various bodies, such as the Canterbury University School of Forestry,

With the potential swing in the recognition of climate change, and that recent research into this is gaining public attention, there is now increasing interest in the use of woody biomass to produce energy as a replacement for fossil fuels. Escalating costs in the search, processing and distribution of oil and gas is now making it cost effective to use wood fuels, in the forms of chip, pellet and biofuels such as diesel and ethanol. An analysis of comparative costs prepared for the Dunedin City Council energy hub has indicated that chip fuels used in boilers for water heating is less than half of LPG when measured in kilowatt hours in output. In some cases a third the cost when economy of scale is applied. Lignite coal, depending on proximity, is still the cheaper source. But with potential future legislation regarding the ETS carbon credits, as well as extraction and processing costs, plus innovative research in woody biofuels, it is a safe bet that chip fuel would win out. So what is the picture right now? We currently export 70% of our forest cut in raw logs and lumber overseas. And this is happening due to succesive governments; short term tunnel vision strategy. Any potential downstream processing in value added products is paid scant attention. Sawmills have been closed, or have been mothballed. So-called economists, media commentators and advisors within state departments appear blind to the struggles within the forest industries. After all it only provides some $4 billion dollars to the economy annually. In some ways the industry could also do with a shake up. There are other species that could be profitably grown other than radiata pine. And don’t mention wilding conifer stands of mixed species. Does anyone within the government administration or the industry know that the humble willow is capable of being

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W ith Andrew W yllie What a great Autumn season and hard to believe we are near the end of May with some of the mild days we have had recently. Mind you it won’t be long until the frosts become a daily occurrence with a smattering of snow on the Alps already. So what has been happening in the investment world? If we look back about six months ago, the debt issues in Europe and the lack of a resolution plan marked a low point in equity market sentiment. Since then investor sentiment has improved, helped by longer-term liquidity measures provided to the banking sector in Europe. United States corporate earnings and employment growth have also been positive, albeit below expectations. Meanwhile China continues to contribute to global activity and the gradual shift to domestic consumption is positive for the longer-term rebalancing of the global economy. Europe has continued to be a source of negative news, with public unrest surrounding proposed austerity measures, political instability and election cycles increasing uncertainty in the affected regions. Questions regarding the level of Chinese growth also continue to come in and out of contention. Earlier in the quarter for example, a lower official Chinese growth target raised concerns that growth was slowing. However, China has a history of outperforming

its officially stated targets giving grounds to believe growth should remain within expected ranges. Looking at the markets, equities were strong over the quarter, although returns did ease back from their January highs and again during April. Currency movements were mixed during the period. The New Zealand dollar gained against the Australian dollar as the prospect of interest rate cuts in Australia became more likely. European currencies gained during the period despite difficult economic conditions, while the United States dollar appreciated modestly. In New Zealand dollar terms, United States equities were the best of the offshore markets, while German equities continued to be the stand out in Europe. Asian and emerging markets were also good performers. The local New Zealand equity market has benefitted from the pursuit of high dividend yields with the NZX50 up nearly 8% for the period while Australian equity returns, although up over 4% for the period, lagged as structural weaknesses continued in the domestic economy, reflecting in part the effect of the high Australian dollar. The surprise cut of 0.50% in the Official Cash Rate by the Reserve Bank of Australia earlier this month should kick start the economy to some degree. Looking at the fixed interest markets locally, New Zealand interest rates remain near

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Recently Aaron Allred became a director of the firm. Aaron gained his degree from Canterbury University, after which he worked for Electric Data Systems in Wellington & Dublin. During this time he became a Chartered Accountant and also became a family man with two children, Jackson 11 and Holly 9. After returning to his home town of Methven, Aaron has worked as a manager for another CA firm in Ashburton before joining Falloons in 2009. John Falloon, the other director, has degrees from

Succession – a unique and emotional issue “My father is a farmer

faced by the farmer as will his/her thoughts on protecting the farm from the consequences of marriage/relationship breakdown in the next generation farmer. Who bank rolls the handing down of the farm both in the short and long term is a vital consideration – the farmer in the short term and the bank in the future maybe.

His heart is in the soil… My father is a farmer

The firm Falloons began in the 1960’s when the then local manager of the Farm Accounting Association, Bruce Leighton purchased the Ashburton Branch. The firm still specialises in providing a full range of accounting services to the rural community with clients now stretching from the Bay of Islands down to South Otago. Most of our team of five have been brought up on farms and so have a deep understanding of the challenges and developments which affect our clients.

That’s all he’ll ever be The values that the land taught him, He handed down to me.” Are words from a poem written by Jasmine Swantz as a tribute to her farmer father. But how does the farmer hand down the land? With the majority of farmland in New Zealand owned by farmers over 60, farm succession isan important topic. A farmer is really only the life tenant of his land. Will it be fair? Can it be equal? As a consultant at Lane Neave with many years’ experience in trusts, wills, rural, urban and commercial conveyancing and estate planning and administration, and coming from a Canterbury farming family myself, I see that early planning is wise. Overriding all decisions will be the viability of the farm now and then in the hands of the next generation. both Lincoln College and Canterbury University. John has been a director/ partner of the firm since 1979. Over 30 years he has given significant time to the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, being a councillor for 10 years, and spending 20 years on the Professional Conduct Committee, five years as

chairman. Currently he is on the board of IHC and chairman of the audit committee. Three of our team members have been with us for a combined total of over 60 years, which gives us a huge depth of knowledge and experience when working with our clients. We pride ourselves on building lasting relationships with our clients.

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On the road to the plan the farmer will consider how he/she will achieve a retirement income while enabling the next generation to ‘buy’ the farm and earn a living too. The farmer who has planned early will have considered off farm investments to assist in achieving his/ her retirement income. How many in the next generation will wish to farm will be a question

There has to be a team approach – the farmer, his farmer child/children, his nonfarming child/children, his accountant and bank manager (considering the business plan and tax implications) and his lawyer (structuring the plan with the protection of trusts and/or companies and ensuring the farmer’s will is relevant). Once implemented the plan must be regularly reviewed as individual personal circumstances change. Legislation is also consistently changing and routine professional advice should be sought. The economy is volatile and so are families who do not keep talking! Please note: the information contained in this article is necessarily in summary form and should not be treated as legal advice. If you require any assistance please do not hesitate to contact the writer: Rosemary Aitken Lane Neave rosemary.aitken@laneneave.co.nz Tel: 03 379 3720 Mobile: 021 223 6327| You can find out more about us at www.laneneave.co.nz

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Falloons welcomes its newest Director, Aaron Allred.

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Mentally damaged by his brutal father, Albert Speer became an admiring acolyte of his surrogate father Adolf Hitler. In post-war interviewing in Spandau prison he recalled his first realisation of Hitler’s megalomania.

That was when Hitler outlined to the young architect his scheme for a giant highway from Germany to Asia, complete with Roman arches and columns. Now consider the Key government’s economic growth agenda (2nd version), which had as a target trebling food and beverage exports from 2009 to 2025 in order to catch up with Australia economically. Of course that would include huge increase in cow numbers. Meeting ground water and stream quality standards in such a scenario would have been impossible, not to mention capacity to feed and water the animals. The dairy industry reckoned that trebling would be impossible; even doubling would be very doubtful and require much capital, presumably mostly borrowed offshore. Economically the

whole idea sounds manic, even if not on the Hitlerian mega scale. Fortunately our government has canned the idea. We can be thankful that they retain a measure of rationality.

Almost all countries around the world are committed to the manic idea that economic growth must continue. New Zealand is one of the few countries that still has what is called an ecological remainder, meaning that our biocapacity exceeds our ecological footprint (the area of land needed to support our economic activity sustainably). This is due to our small population and generous rainfall. Experts from several disciplines - food science, agriculture, energy, etc agree that the largest human population that Earth can sustain in a reasonably prosperous state is between 1 and 2 billion. We have just passed the 7 billion mark, 9 billion is forecast by 2050 and 10 billion by the end of the century. Meanwhile food production

is becoming more and more costly as energy and fertiliser prices increase. With wealthy foreigners having easy access to ownership of our land, the price of it has become too high to make an economic profit from farming. Shanghai Pengxin can use profit from its China-based food processing and supermarket arms to subsidise a New Zealand farm for which it paid an uneconomically high price. This luxury is not available to NZ farmers. I have to conclude that a kind of mania afflicts our government in facilitating this situation.

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Planning for coming season It’s been a great production year. As you’ll be aware Spring and Autumn have been dry, helping to ensure high utilisation of precious feed. In addition, it rained almost every time we needed it during the season

DairyBase as the benchmarking tool. This highlights expense items that are too high and often these areas include wages, animal health, feed, repairs and maintenance, and vehicles. There are significant differences in the costs to run farms depending on the system. Other factors come in to play, including age and type of infrastructure, size, automation, pumping costs, location, and the owner’s goals, etc. If there is any discretionary expenditure in the plan, it can be useful to budget that item for the autumn when there is more certainty as to what the cash situation will be.

Was this bountiful production year a bit of a ‘oncer’ or can we do more next year?

recent statements to farmer shareholders Westland Coop appears to agree with that assessment.

You bet we can. But it comes down to getting the fundamentals right. Everyone does some sort of business plan, but some years need to be a bit more formal and carefully worked than others. Unfortunately next season appears to be one of those years that we’ll need to be more meticulous, and planning of events will need to be detailed and well thought through.

Naturally, the level of detail required for the annual plan is dependant on the individual situation. Plans may vary from a half-page to several pages, but they will all need to address a few of the basics; these include management plans for cows, milk targets, and other key inputs and outputs that matter to you. The plan will be a useful record of what your thinking is, and will serve as a useful guide. From my experience, a well thought out plan will set the agenda, and its outcome

AgriFax has dropped its forecast milk price to $5.75 for next season, and in its

frequently turns out to be close to what actually eventuates. Plan well by first reviewing farm expenditure. Focus on the big costs first: feed, labour, and fertiliser.

Rather than over-budget on expenses and under-budget on income, budget realistically on expenses. Make use of the Fonterra and bank forecast milk prices. My practice is to use a ‘sensitivity analysis’ to look at the effect of changes to production, milk price, interest rates, and feed costs. I’ll assess how each factor might affect my attitude to the risks involved.

Focus on profitability, not production. The key drivers of profitability are amount of pasture eaten and farm operating costs. Focussing on these key resources will drive your level of profitability.

Budgets prepared without using financial accounts generally overestimate cash surpluses, so it is best to refer to previous year’s actuals. Inflation can be an issue. Remember to allow for pay increases during the season.

Eliminate discretionary spending, particularly in feed and fertiliser.

Allow for unexpected items that have to be replaced or repaired if they break down.

When preparing the budget, I’ll benchmark expenditure against similar farms, and use

When the annual budget is completed, this is the original budget (ie. not the revised

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Irrigation Issues Dr Tony Daveron

Irrigation – how lucky we are Just when I and most others thought the irrigation season was over, some sunny days in April compelled some to start again. Lucky (as my heading says) they have/had water available for irrigation and land suited to irrigation. These are two of the four natural resource endowments that put NZ at the top of the list for renewable natural capital/person The ‘golden’ weather carried on for the rest of April and early May. However, the alert I gave regarding the base temperature for growth of 10°C came true — a frost or to and a couple of cold days dropped the 9am temperature below 10°C for some of the days since early April. Add to that very low water use demand by crops and irrigation should have been low on the priority list. So it was with some dismay that early this week (7th and 8th May) that irrigators were up and running again. Even more so given the forecast heavy rain for the end of the week — really! For those of you who might have attended the Irrigation New Zealand conference in early April and were awake on the second morning you will have heard the wise and

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Just having abundant natural endowments and ‘renewable’ natural resources won’t in itself make the country rich. But the three key ingredients of temperate climate, plentiful water and fertile soils give us a great start and Canterbury is at the forefront — the most irrigable land, the most water and plenty of fertile soils. I agree with Cameron Bagrie when he stated he ‘doubted New Zealanders valued them in the same way’ as the rest of the world values them. • We think of the soil we live on and live off as ‘dirt”. • We have treated our water with disdain in some cases, as somewhere to dump our waste — and I don’t just mean waste water discharge. I think back a couple of years to the urban waste hauled out of the Avon and Heathcote Rivers in Christchurch.

encouraging words from Cameron Bagrie (ANZ Chief Economist). Personally his address had me ‘fizzing’ and relieved the need for a coffee from the ANZ stand to get me going. Put aside three of the scary and unpalatable options he presented to solve NZ’s economic woes, indebtedness and economic legacy, it is truly exciting to be part of irrigated agriculture. It was clear from Cameron’s address irrigated agriculture is an important if not the most important key to unlocking our economic future (the latter not his explicit comment). He confirmed to us

all what we either knew for fact or knew intuitively that NZ holds rich natural resource endowment — that is, our exclusive economic zone, temperate climate, plentiful water and fertile land eg: a) NZ ranks 8th in the world for a country’s natural endowment or resource base per capita (according to World Bank figures). b) NZ ranks top of the list for ‘renewable’ natural resource per person. c) NZ is ahead of Australia (who are 13th) for natural capital per capita with $52,000/ person c.f. $39,000/person.

— they set us aside from the rest of the world;

temperate climate, fertile soils and plentiful water.

• We must look after our soil (and it is not dirt), in particular ensure we maintain good soil structure (aka organic matter).

So, was the irrigation (that I started this article with) ahead of the heavy rainfall predicted for May 10 and 11 a wise use of the water resource? Would it (the irrigation) have resulted in any downstream effects (nutrient leaching for example)? Did the carbon footprint of that irrigation pass the economic test?

• We must use water more wisely and more efficiently while optimising yield and quality. These caveats will require innovation and recognition that the problems we have today are tomorrow’s opportunities. We need to be clever and futuristic in unlocking the potential of irrigated agriculture’s assets —

Thank you Cameron Bagrie for what I considered a highlight address and confirmed we are all involved in a most exciting industry for the future for Canterbury and New Zealand.

• We take our climate for granted and complain bitterly about the ‘summer that wasn’t’ (2011-12) and forget that while it might have been wetter and cloudier than expected, it was still temperate and great growing weather. These are our assets for the future and need to be treated as treasures. We are in fact, merely temporary guardians of the assets to leave the legacy in better condition for those that follow. They won’t make us rich but they sure as hell give us a great head start. BUT, there are caveats: • We cannot degrade our natural endowments any further

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Forecast — Canterbury Temperature

Rainfall

April was a settled month in Canterbury, with anticyclones being the dominant weather pattern over New Zealand, bringing long periods of clear skies and light winds. Sunshine hours for the month were above normal by 25-30%, with near record totals for the month in some places. Many locations experienced higher sunshine totals in April than in March. Rainfall was near normal in North Canterbury, around 30% below normal in Mid Canterbury, and up to 50% below normal in South Canterbury. There were fewer days with rain than usual. Temperatures were a little cooler than average, with departures hardly significant at up to -0.5deg. Night time temperatures were noticeably colder than usual with several frosts, while day time temperatures were generally a little milder. So far to mid May, sunshine hours have been below normal by 10-20%, and rainfall has also been below normal, by 50% or more. Temperatures have been colder than usual for the time of year by about -1.0deg. We expect the second half of the month to show a similar pattern. In the tropical Pacific the Southern Oscillation Index has returned to neutral values. Other indicators of the recent

La Nina event are also neutral. Near neutral conditions are confidently predicted for the June to August period. There is currently no suggestion in the models of a move to El Nino or La Nina later in the winter or spring, or early summer. Predictability of the computer models tends to be low at this time of year, so we may yet see the models predict a shift away from neutral in the months ahead. As of now, the outlook is uncertain. The June to August post La Nina phase is expected to continue to see anticyclones moving mostly over the South

Island, with periods of easterly quarter airflow affecting the North Island, and occasionally affecting Canterbury too. We confidently expect this winter season to be colder than normal for Canterbury, probably with reduced sunshine hours. The outlook for rainfall is less clear. As anticyclones move across the Tasman Sea onto the South Island regular periods of southerly or southeasterly airflow are expected to wash over Canterbury, and these are likely to bring cold days as air is dragged up from colder than usual sub-Antarctic

waters and onto the South Island. Regular rainfalls are likely, and probably regular snowfalls to reasonably low levels on the hills, but there is no indication of storms which can bring heavy falls. Long term probablilties suggest at least a couple such storms are likely during the winter. As the anticyclones move across some will bring extended cloudy periods, especially about the coast and plains, while some will bring significant frosts. Either way, temperatures will be colder than usual.

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Forestry

May 2012

Forestry Market Report Allan Laurie MNZIF Laurie Forestry Ltd

Stability in the market So far 2012 has tracked pretty much according to forecast with prices generally remaining stable in both domestic and export log segments. We have seen some minor price loss in the export scene but recovery back up to Q1 pricing has been the order of the day for May sales with minor continuing recovery anticipated for late Q2. Across the domestic front, the Christchurch rebuild is finally starting to reflect in some glimmers of demand across most lumber segments but certainly not to levels that would see the bottle of Bubbly being cracked open… yet. House framing lumber demand is good with all S grade (small branched) logs being produced throughout the greater Canterbury region going in to local mills in a relative demand and supply balance. Some enquiry across more unique species lumber end uses is also suggesting some

finishing work is starting to gain momentum. Interestingly, timber weatherboard particularly is in good demand. In the lumber export segment a return to some semblance of good pricing in standard international softwood industrial cut of log grade is good news. This also suggests a reasonable demand profile although containerised cargo costs out of NZ are also firming, taking some fun out of the FOB (loaded on vessel ready to sail in US$) price. In the export log sector sales are being hampered by port space issues in Lyttelton otherwise all appears to be running at levels of normality and stability. However current pricing id such that once you get out past the 100km from port mark there is little fun to be had with bottom lines. Inventory levels in China have settled back to about the 3 million + cubic metre mark which as long as current usage

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levels continue, should see some small CIF price increase for June sales. For the first time in a long time we have seen pruned logs increase more markedly than the market indicator A grade. Evidence suggests China end users are starting to find higher value options for clearwood. The downside is the lower value KI and KIS have also increased in margin against A grade… the other way. Hopefully by the time Canterbury Farming goes to print the US Dollar exchange rate has continued to fall or remain at the sub 80c mark. If so we could see small increases at the wharf gate in June, as always shipping costs will ultimately determine this. Shipping costs have continued to firm with US$3 — 4 increases being the order of the day for May sailings. Forecasts suggest further small rises for June vessels. The Handy Class segment within the Baltic Index has continued to firm as shipping owners continue to bemoan profitability and put price pressure on particularly for generally one way loaded Southern Hemisphere charterers. Slow steaming has also continued as some ship owners get their Captains to throttle back and save on bunker (ship fuel) costs in the face of soft demand. For the balance of 2012 we can expect more of the same unless Canada and the US really start to button off on supply into Asia and Europe. Given some significant issues developing in the Canadian bark beetle harvest programme and a recent lift in new house starts in the US, you never know… Thus it is 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… please!

Wilding Pine Seminar- Twizel Last month DoC held a seminar to look at the wilding pine problem and ways of curbing this infestation. The meeting was basically divided in half, with the first part belonging to the land owners who are experiencing this problem. While the latter half involved the contractors whose job it was to control and/or eliminate these pines. Two type of applications were discussed; aerial as well as ground base. The former dealt with larger denser stands while the latter tackled the smaller more sparse stockings usually dealing with the start of the seedling spread from the mother trees. There was also quite a vigorous discussion on how aerial applications should be carried out. Generally there was discussion on two types of formulations nick-named Lucifer and Pinox. As the former name suggests this brew was formulated to lay waste to all plant life using systemic, residual herbicides while the latter was designed to control pines only without affecting other trees such as D.fir nor natives or grasses. This formulation concentrated more on contact herbicides and adjuvants designed to give better coverage with no residual effect in the soil. As the enclosed photo depicts the method of application is also critical in getting a good result with the contact formulation. As the discussion progressed it was felt that both formulations had a place in the control of wilding pines but there was debate on

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how these two formulations were best implemented. Some advocated that 100% kill of the pines should be undertaken, but given limited budget others argued it was more important to contain the spread by desiccating the periphery of the larger stands, and as more money is allocated only then concentrate on the inner trees. Regardless of which argument is correct, what is critical is that funding for these operations should not only continue but be increased so that eventually the spread of these pines are curtailed, otherwise in ten years time it will not be financially manageable. Procrastination would be disastrous! The enclosed photo shows John Oaks’s Bell Jet Ranger Spraying ‘Pinox’ over wilding Pines at Irishman’s creek. Excellent deposition with droplets > 750 microns. Joke Time: An American lady was a churchgoer who generously to the every Sunday. On

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Four generations cultivating excellence The fertile Canterbury plains are the cornucopia of New Zealand — the source of a large proportion of our fresh produce. But careful management of this bountiful resource is what keeps those crops growing strong season after season, and a vital part of this is the cultivation and aeration of the soil For many farmers in Canterbury it’s more cost effective and time efficient to turn over this vital task to an outside contractor — especially nowadays, when the best equipment for getting the job done has become very specialised. Many of them turn to Yeatman Brothers to fulfil this role, relying on Nick Yeatman and this old established family buisness to literally ‘do the groundwork’ for their next crops. Yeatman Brothers are serious about cultivation and contracting — their business is now into the fourth generation bearing the family name, and Nick’s great-grandfather was the very first agricultural contractor in New Zealand. They take on cultivation

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The Quivogne cultivator was most definitely the right choice — its ability to stay level across varied terrain has boosted productivity for Yeatman Brothers, and Nick attests that while some previous models of disc cultivator have tended to ‘ride out’ with use, the AP28 is rock solid. It’s even tough enough to use for breaking up wet

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If I can’t pronounce it I am not going to eat it The lovely line from a movie about a collection of British people in Spain for a holiday and the things they get involved with. The interesting thing as far as I am concerned is that there’s a very strong message in that line. Many excellent dishes using local produce, brilliant wine varieties and even trees in nurseries are ignored because people are embarrassed to pronounce it wrongly. Imagine a young man dating a gorgeous young woman and desperately wanting to impress her with his worldliness and looking at the wine list to discover that he has never seen, let alone learnt to pronounce, most of the varieties of wine, let alone the wineries’ names. It is not cool to point and say ‘I want that one’ as that suggests he is either ignorant, or buying by the price and either option won’t impress.

The same has to be said about food and I am amazed that restaurants serving dishes based on other cultures insist upon using language and names from that region rather than localising them. McDonalds have got it right, a Big Mac is a Big Mac anywhere in the world, but with their ability to show you what it will look like they have you in their pocket right from the start. I am not even going to start a conversation about why smart nursery people insist on showing you their ability to quote Latin by calling a pine tree some 15 syllable fancy series of words that have no relevance to the person who is about to shell out a pocketful of cash for a tree. I am sure most people are like me and buy a tree or shrub because we like the shape, colour or it is flowering and we like the flowers.

Can you explain to me why we have to spend millions of dollars teaching people that a fruit with ENZA on it is actually an apple, and that some fancy name starting with Z is actually a Kiwifruit, or that we can’t sell venison as venison and have to come up with a name that those we are selling it to, have to be taught what it is. New Zealand has, and you will back me on this one, the best produce in the world, so let’s make it as easy as we can for people to recognise it and enjoy it. With our sports people taking the silver fern everywhere, that has become our symbol. Use it rather than a fancy name. Silver Fern farms have picked up on that and are selling lamb into France using the fern to point out it’s from here. Everyone can be an expert if they know what they are talking about.

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CoUNtry MotorING

May 2012

Two new SUV’s making waves This month we drive and compare the very similar latest Subaru XV and the Ford Kuga.

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to the burgeoning growth in the small SUV sector that has seen most manufacturers release a vehicle to contest it with and they have chosen the premium end of the market, to pitch it at, in Titanium trim. The Kuga has been seen in New Zealand with private imports of the 2 litre diesel since 2010. I drove the six speed auto 110kw Turbo Diesel last year in Ghia trim and was impressed. Handling ride and the chassis from the award winning Focus made for a compelling vehicle, though the price was a tad high at over $60,000.

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Happily we now have the same spec vehicle this time powered by a 147kw Turbo Petrol five cylinder motor also from the performance end of the Focus range as the motive power for the one model Titanium Kuga. The Titanium moniker replaced the Ghia name and can also be seen on the Mondeo and Territory

The super smooth and very responsive 2532cc motor allied to the intelligent all wheel drive system and five speed automatic only transmission makes the four pawed Kuga remarkably competent and a very stable platform. Ride and lack of roll, hoist it above much of the competition and the standard of interior fit out completes the equation. While in my care many comments were made that it looks like Ford’s other SUV, the much larger Territory.

It would be easy to snigger and suggest the intended market for the ‘Kuga’ might be that of women of a certain age and disposition towards younger men, but that’s been said, the

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such as an iPod or in my case the phone. Add in cruise control and they’re all accessed from the steering wheel. It continues with very effective rear park sensors shown through a diagram on the dash mounted screen, though no camera. Strangely the very small push button start is mounted high on the central dash and takes some finding.

The details: Towing is rated at 1400kg braked. 0-100km comes up in 10.5 manual or 10.7 sec auto while it sips fuel at a surprising 7.3 l/100km man

Ford scored a five star Euro NCAP safety rating with the inclusion of Dynamic Stability Control [ESP] ABS EBD TC and a plethora of airbags covering front side and curtain. I took the Kuga off road to try out the AWD prowess and found the relatively short wheelbase and tight lock accentuated the Kuga agility that reinforces its namesake.

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shares the 2 litre boxer petrol engine with the just released Impreza. It turns out 110kw’s and a healthy 196 torques. Allied to a 220 mm ground clearance, a low centre of gravity and either a six speed manual or the Lineartronic CVT transmission with asymmetrical AWD it will take the svelte Subie well off the beaten track. In fact in the time I had it, the only time it hesitated was when I dived the well protected nose and valance into a ditch. Backing out I took it on an angle, with at some point each of the wheels leaving the ground, in a see saw effect though forward momentum was maintained. I suspect as with most Subaru’s their owners would not explore the limits off road. That’s a pity as with the Subaru Forester the XV could easily tackle seriously challenging terrain even for a full sized twin ratio 4WD. Wet roads muddy tracks or just straight up the steep long grass slopes on the farm were readily dispatched. The paddle shift gear selection is lightning fast and makes for easy and correct gear selection while keeping hands on the wheel.

The abundance of power off idle coupled with the turbo coming on song below 2000rpm allowed it to launch up steep slippery surfaces and claw its way over rocky creek beds. The 205mm ground clearance and short overhangs front and rear are an obvious benefit as well as the ramp over angle and traction control to maintain momentum and protect its sculpture sides.

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Be my Guest Farmers demand control of Fonterra Parliament’s primary production select committee met recently to hear submissions on the proposed Dairy Industry Restructuring Act While the government describes the Dairy Industry Restructuring Amendment Bill as being enabling and Fonterra will make the final decision, many dairy farmers voiced major concerns overtrading amongst farmers and the Commerce Commission having oversight of the Fonterra price setting mechanism. Many see this as being the introduction of draconian intervention whereby the government could intervene in public interest initiatives to control Fonterra’s milk price. The future of New Zealand’s economy is closely tied to the performance of agriculture. Government intervention in the economy should be kept to a minimum. This includes any legislation pertaining to the structure and operation of the Fonterra Dairy Co-operative and the company’s shareholders must retain the final say on any legislative changes.

New Zealand dairy farmers today, understand and are fiercely loyal to the principles of cooperation as a means of working together to sell their products. It is clear from comments made by Prime Minister Jon Key that he would like to see external investors involved to maximise Fonterra’s profit. This rings alarm bells with a substantial number of farmers who are suspicious of the government’s intentions. Farmers of New Zealand pointed out to the primary production committee that in 2001, during the Select Committee process hearing, there was one submitter who is now a Fonterra board member who then openly advocated incorporation of the Fonterra

While the detractors have argued Fonterra sets the domestic milk price in New Zealand, the reality is that supermarkets stock a range of milk products, not only processed by Fonterra but also other New Zealand proprietary milk processors. Other milk products such as cheese are manufactured by a number of independent processors and the prices for these products vary in range. The New Zealand housewife has a large selection to choose from, simply on price and supermarket mark-ups vary considerably. If the government and the Commerce Commission were seen to be getting into the role of price setters this would be counter to free market policy.

company. In addition he voiced support for differential payments to farmers based on transport costs and the need to be flexible in payments where Fonterra faced competition for milk supply. The one thing about New Zealand dairy farmers is they have very long memories, and so they should have. Some shareholders remain suspicious that the proposed stages are simply the first stages in the process of incorporation. They fear a loss of control and a risk to their long term profitability. Fonterra is holding a special meeting of shareholders on 25 June to discuss the detail of the trading among farmers. Sir Henry van der Heyden, in a letter to shareholders said that while the majority of shareholders

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are urging the Fonterra board to get on with it, a small group of shareholders had concerns and were vocal in New Zealand media causing the issue to split the shareholder base and it was not in the best interests of the co-op’s future. He was critical that instead of the shareholders resolving the matter in the family, debate was now spilling into international media and damaging Fonterra’s reputation.

Farmers of New Zealand are disappointed that Sir Henry had admonished the farmers that have continued to voice their concern and that they should have kept it quiet within the family.

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important to keep these things in mind — it may be beneficial to use silage as the main part of the diet to help you with this transition. It would be a good idea to consult your nutritionist about the best ways to manage these issues.

A number of farmers will have cows on winter crops. It is important to introduce cows onto, and wean off, these crops gradually with an ideal transition period of at least two weeks. The time when the cows are coming off the crop is particularly important because they are close to calving and calving induces laminitis, as does a quick change of diet, so there is a bigger risk factor at that time of year.

The end of the season is also a good time to do some maintenance hoof trimming.

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Soil Matters — with Peter Burton

Surviving winter to enjoy spring The following information will provide farmers with the ability to grow more feed in spring. For those who don’t enjoy winter, there’s the added benefit of getting to spring in a better frame of mind. Our first few years of pastoral farming were spent close to the coast where grass usually grew strongly until mid-May with signs of spring growth as early the first week in September. And among those one hundred days there were periods of warmth when grass showed encouraging signs of wanting to grow. We then spent a number of years inland at 1,000ft, and height alone meant temperatures were 3°C lower. Along with being exposed to the south winters became a period to endure, rather than the relatively short time spent recharging the batteries before the bustle of spring we had enjoyed previously. What we didn’t know at that time is that areas that are colder in winter grow more feed in spring than regions that enjoy warmer winters. It just comes a little later so when calving and lambing are adjusted accordingly, feed

pressure can be lessened and total production is maintained or even increased. Spring growth in cold regions arrives as though a switch has been flicked, suddenly there’s feed everywhere, while in the warmer regions it just creeps up, with no great excitement. The reasons for the difference are largely about what’s taking place in the soil, although the amount of sunlight does play a part. At temperatures less than 10°C the speed at which nutrient cycles slows rapidly, and so too does grass growth. The upside is that earthworms are busiest over winter as their ideal operating temperature is around 10°C. Worms are the soils macro digesters, processing all the big stuff, old roots, along with dead grass and dung left on the surface during the season. There are plenty of other beneficial soil workers, with their combined weight being at least the same as the weight of stock carried above. If you want to increase the carrying capacity of your property long term, first increase the number of earthworms.

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Broadbeans a growing market by Dr tim Jenkins Broadbeans are one of the earliest vegetables cultivated with traces of them found in Middle Eastern settlements dated around 6500 years ago. They are a familiar vegetable in many home gardens providing green vegetables in the spring and early summer when not so much variety is around. For commercial growers there is a growing market developing for selling broadbeans. This follows the improved recipes that are around nowadays for making the most of the crop. One example is to slip the beans out of their seed coat to give a softer texture and more buttery taste. Another reason for large scale growers and home gardeners alike to get into planting broadbeans in autumn and early winter (as well as the common early spring sowings) is to provide a cover crop, protecting the soil from the elements and from weed establishment over the winter. The photograph shows a

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New rolleston branch about to open Anderson & Rooney Engineering Co Ltd was formed in 1973 by Bill Anderson & Tom Rooney, both now retired. The company is now owned by the Scott Family, with Tim Scott as Managing Director. The company is rebranding itself as AgRural, Complete Dairy Solutions, starting with a new Rolleston branch at 809 Jones Road which opens late June Rolleston will be managed by David Ogilvie, with Steve Forrester as Technician, Henning Visser running the DeLaval InService preventative maintenance program, Keith Johnston running the Dairy Shopping Centre while 2 others have yet to be appointed. Phone number for Rolleston is

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The right tools to help herds Across Canterbury, thousands of cows are milked daily. And whether it is added to coffee, gulped down in milkshakes or turned into butter, cheese or milk powder, New Zealand’s economy is heavily reliant on dairy sales and exports. The right equipment is needed to keep the industry booming. Temukabased Anderson & Rooney Engineering is at the centre of reducing on-farm costs and improving operating efficiencies in the South Island. Started 39 years ago, Anderson & Rooney has become one of Canterbury and North Otago’s largest and most reputable provider of equipment and technology to the dairy industry. The over 50 staff members work as sales and structural engineers, milking machine technicians, fitter turners, fitter welders and stainless steel welders. Anderson & Rooney managing director Tim Scott says the company is the Canterbury and North Otago supplier of DeLaval products.

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Big bay school

by Lorne Kuehn

My farm property contains the remnants of an old farmstead at the very base of the Banks Peninsula Hills. It is one of the earliest on the Peninsula. It was farmed by the earliest Parkinson in the area and built about 1850 or so. The major farmhouse is gone now and only the flat outline of the house remains, complete with rotting floor boards. It was a two-storey house and fairly large for its time. The farm house site is still surrounded by huge specimen trees, mainly radiata pine and macrocarpa. By knowing the year that some of these have been cut down and counting the number of rings, I make it out that these giant trees were planted about 1854. As such, their companions are some of the oldest exotic trees still standing in the South Island. About the turn of the century, ie 1900, the house was no longer used by the Parkinson family and it was set aside as Big Bay School, named for the large marshy bay ingressing from Lake Ellesmere (now part of my farm paddocks). It served as this school for several decades and was finally torn down in 1950. Many of the farm children, perhaps several dozen in number at most, would have walked or ridden horses to attend the school. There would have been a teacher in residence, most likely male, and the students would have been taught all in a group, with the teacher grading the work and instruction to each student based on age and ability. At breaks or recess, the children would have been directed outside, depending on the weather, to run off their excess energy in the adjacent paddock with the farm horses and other grazing livestock. I know all these things because I was educated in just such a fashion in a farm school some sixty years ago in Canada, so I have a fair bit of empathy for the old school ruins on my property. Since coming here as an immigrant

some twenty years ago, I have met and befriended several retired farm school teachers who have told me of their trials and tribulations in working with small classes of Kiwi farm children over the years. The children usually ranged in age from six to sixteen. Almost all were from farming families, either farm owners or farming labourers, and most remained on the farms after leaving school. The teachers have told me that these students were usually easy to teach, being willing to see school as a great diversion from their farming chores. They were robustly healthy and quite capable of hi-jinks and tomfoolery at times. It seems that a more innocent time existed back then. One story of note, indicating this, was the account of an old retired male teacher who had set several young girls with the task of making tea for the teacher(s) during the recess or the lunch hour. The little girls became quite adept and proficient at this task.

On giving it back to the girl, he told her to be more careful in the future. She piped up and said, ‘Yes, I will, sir. I’ve managed to get it back all the other times that it fell in, but this time it was more difficult’. Thereafter, the teachers reverted to making their own tea.

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Common Muscle Problems The two most common chronic muscle problems are Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) and Fibromyalgia (FM). Both FM and PMR are autoimmune diseases and result in muscle pain but that is about where the similarities stop. PMR mostly affects those over 60 and common symptoms are stiffness and pain commonly around the neck and shoulders especially in the mornings. Around 20% of people with PMR also develop Temporal Arteritis. This is caused inflammation of the major arteries which pass through the temple causing vision problems and even blindness. The major medical therapy is the steroid prednisone which blocks the production of inflammatory cytokines usually with a rapid reduction in symptoms. Many recover in a year or so but others have this for an extended period or find that it recurs after a period of remission. People on statin medicines need to be aware that these can exacerbate PMR symptoms which is why I invariably add CoQ10 to those with PMR who take statins. Nutritional therapy complements the effects of prednisone by reducing immune system production of inflammatory chemicals. We add a wide range of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds to assist energy production and to lower inflammation. Serious fatigue is a feature of PMR and increases in energy is often the first benefit people feel from nutritional therapy. FM is a lot more complex. These are often referred to as FM syndromes as they involve other problems especially Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. There are relatively few medical treatment options but the most common are tri-cyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline taken in single evening doses to treat both pain and insomnia. FM is more difficult to treat with nutritional therapy as it is not a simple inflammatory problem. It appears that muscle mitochondria are damaged by free radicals which impair muscle fibre function which reduces energy and causes pain (M. Cordero et al, 2010). I have found people get real benefits from intensive multi-antioxidant therapy including CoQ10, OPC, resveratrol and many others. I always add broad spectrum vitamin and minerals and often high dose MSM before bed to help with muscle oxygenation. Curiously, as with PMR people with FM often notice an improvement in energy before any reduction in pain. Give me a call if you need help. John Arts is the founder of Abundant Health Ltd. You can contact John on 0800 423559 or email john@johnarts.co.nz. You can join his weekly newsletter at www.johnarts.co.nz. For product information visit www. abundant.co.nz

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Winter is on its way, bringing with it the unforgiving weather we’d all like to avoid. But it’s not all bad news — there are few luxuries greater than sitting warm and snug by the fire while a storm rages outside. So that it’s possible to enjoy the winter with a weathertight home between yourself and the elements (and with all those chores out of the way), we’ve assembled an a-team of local professionals to help get your maintenance sorted. And while Canterbury feels the cold a little more than the North Island, it’s good to know that there are many local businesses ready to help you tackle the challenges of the season with good practical advice, innovative products and some great pre-winter deals. Continuous Spouting proudly claim that ‘when it pours, we reign’ — they’re the ones to see for an attractive and hard-wearing spouting solution to channel that rainwater off your roof and away to somewhere more productive. With a proven track record and a range of products to suit any style of home they remain Canterbury’s top choice for Master Builders and discerning architects.

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Osburn, Logaire and Firenzo have every style, taste, shape and home catered for, so you can enjoy a warmer winter. To enjoy the comforts of a warm dry home, stop by Stewart and Holland, your local 100% appliances store. Not only can they source and install top-name heat pumps for the winter, they’re also the right choice for all your whiteware, and they’ve got the big (huge) screen you need to catch all the rugby action this season! With all the water coming your way from out of the sky, it’s also a timely reminder to take care of irrigation around the farm. The hot dry summer will roll around again as surely as night follows day, and top quality irrigation is the key to productivity in many parts of Canterbury. Take the time to call Irrigation Logistics and plan for routine maintenance of your irrigation

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Wool Perspective From Rob Cochrane GM, Procurement, PGG Wrightson Wool

Wool market improves well prepared wools, assisted by a weakening New Zealand currency.

Following a period of price stability covering several months, wool growers were sent reeling again as prices tumbled in the wake of falling demand driven by global economic uncertainty, as wool auction sales conducted in both the North and South Islands throughout April resulted in extremely high passing rates (as a percentage of the number of bales offered but unsold) and many growers opted to hold their wool rather than accept the lesser prices offered compared to better prices achieved at earlier sales. However, the first May auction held in Christchurch witnessed a rallying of sorts as buyers bid strongly for finer micron crossbred types and showed good enthusiasm for

After two previous wool auctions held in both Christchurch and Napier resulted in substantial price drops as exporters easily filled their limited order books amid the relatively large volumes of wool on offer, the Christchurch auction held on May 10 displayed a little more courage and prices rallied. With a wide range of wool types catalogued and continued uncertainty in the market place due to ongoing European economic issues, exporters continued to operate strictly within their funding limits, but a better tone was evident in the wake

of a small but significant swell of interest from processors and manufacturers during the previous few days. After the market had taken a solid beating in mid April, prices improved for several of the good crossbred fleece and second-shear lines, with many recovering to levels of a fortnight earlier, and by the end of the day a number of slightly poorer types had also clawed their way back to levels ruling a fortnight earlier. Lambs’ fleece enjoyed widespread competition, provided staple length was a minimum of approximately 75mm, and prices generally improved. Whilst growers are currently asking questions in regard to why the market fell so rapidly given that less than a year ago the wool market was celebrating a twenty-year high, and the outlook was being painted as extremely positive by both exporters and marketers,

the latest rally (albeit gentle) may signal that things are on the improve. During 2010 and 2011, most observers of the market were quoting wool prices as having turned the corner and the New Zealand wool specific marketing campaigns, which had been conducted off-shore over several years as well as the more recent global wool generic campaigns, were beginning to reap benefit. No doubt growers and others’ questions will continue to be raised and

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At home, at school Boarding, says Selwyn House School Principal Jane Lapthorn, offers wonderful opportunities.

A caring family atmosphere Garin College in Richmond, Nelson, has a strong focus on creating a caring family environment.

It is amazing to observe the changes in our boarders as they take up the opportunities available to them. Virtually, without exception all the boarders profit immensely from their time with us. Just this week, our PE teacher commented to me how much she had enjoyed taking one of our Year 8 boarders to a sporting competition. She noted how mature and focussed the girl had become and remarked on the difference from when she first came into the boarding house.

— old girl are vastly different from a 14-yearold girl and we are very mindful of that.

An authorised International Baccalaureate World School, Selwyn House attracts girls from around the world and the ethnic differences enrich our boarding community. The global opportunities for talented, techsavvy, continuous learners will only continue to grow and our international curriculum, along with our philosophy, prepares the girls for life.

“Everyone knows everyone at Selwyn House — students, teachers, administration, and the support staff, and everyone works together to make the boarding school successful. We are essentially an extended family. Parents are an integral part of our boarding community and we communicate with them both formally and informally.

Selwyn House, which offers boarding to girls in Years 5–8, focusses on creating a small family environment, catering for the unique demands of each boarder and for this particular age group. The needs of an 11-year

“Together, our boarders and staff create a unique boarding experience that promotes bonding and personal growth — a community within the caring community that is Selwyn House.”

Head teacher John Boyce says the small, co-educational Catholic school offers also a quality education and the results of this are academic results, as well as solid cultural and sporting achievements. In the past year, Garin pupils have won the New Zealand Business Enterprise competition and were first in the Stock Market Game for the second year in a row and third in the world, and one student gained four outstanding scholarships to place him in New Zealand’s top ten scholars for 2012. The college is also developing a reputation for success in the performing arts, namely in Stage Challenge and Rockquest, with the band The Peasants winning the national final in Hamilton. The College is a decile 8 school catering to year 9 to 13 pupils, and achieves at the top end of the decile 8 in NCEA results. Mr Boyce says its staff are dedicated and

innovative, and this is shown in its inclusive nature with children with challenging physical and intellectual needs being mainstreamed into the school community. Class sizes are generally kept to maximum of 24 and classes are not streamed so that all children have equal access to the quality education offered. As well as catering for day pupils, Garin provides hostel accommodation with two houses, each catering for up to 28 boys and girls. Mr Boyce says the modern hostels offer the same “family atmosphere” found in the school, for young people living away from home for their schooling.

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Our modern facilities and extensive grounds back onto Saxtons Field, Tasman’s premier sporting grounds, providing the backdrop for quality education. Our off-site boarding hostels provide a welcoming and family environment for students away from home. We have a number of places for non-Catholic students. To find out more about Boarding contact Robert Booth on 0276 544835, e-mail robertbooth@garincollege.ac.nz or visit our website.

Why choose Garin College • Small community based • A safe and caring environment Catholic School • Family style hostel • Class sizes of 24 • F antastic results for all students, • Modern facilities in beautiful grounds NCEA, Rock Quest, Stage Challenge, Sports, Outdoor adventure and more


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$124,500+GST

Agrotron M620

• Deutz 6 cyl DCR. 24x24 Trans, 4 speed PS, 40Kph ECO • Hyd 120L c/w 4 spool valves. Hydraulic 6200kg lift capacity • Tyres: 16.9R28 - 20.8-R38. High quality Loader available

ERS! LIMITED NUMB ED ORDER DUE TO CANC0 ELL AT M615 PRICING AGROTRON M62

CONDITIONS: All offers end 30th June on current NZ stock. All pricing + GST. Freight & PD costs may apply. Finance from 4.95% (normal lending criteria & conditions apply) Full Factory Warranty backed up by Power Farming New Zealand nationwide parts and service support.

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*Normal lending criteria and conditions apply. ** Some photos may show optional extras.

POWER FARMING CANTERBURY 51 Waterloo Road, Hornby, Christchurch 03 349 5975 Ben Hart 027 704 5407

www.powerfarming.co.nz

Canterbury Farming, May 2012  

28,500 copies distributed monthly – to every rural mailbox in Canterbury and the West Coast.

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