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— or turbulent deer industry

By Hugh de lacy A utopian vision to take deer farming through to its 50th anniversary in 2025 has been predicated on something with which the industry has so far seldom been associated: medium-term stability in both the venison and velvet markets.

• Improving on-farm productivity through the integration of research and development, farm management and people into profitable farming systems;

Once notorious for the violence of its swings and roundabouts, the industry has settled into a comfortable equilibrium that allows it to look forward to steady product and market development over the next 14 years, Dear Industry New Zealand (DINZ) chairman Andrew Macfarlane told “Canterbury Farming.”

The venison strategy is accompanied by one for velvet which stresses the hightech end of pharmacology in further developing velvet as a healthy functional food product component.

The term “deer industry utopia” was coined by DINZ product manager and long-time industry stalwart Tony Pearse at a recent technical conference held under the auspices of the deer section of the New Zealand Veterinary Association. But while it’s visionary, the strategy is also pragmatic, Macfarlane said, citing the five linked venison strategies that Pearse’s paper enumerated: • Achieving a demand-led premium positioning of New Zealand venison underpinned by a differentiation strategy;

• Ensuring the industry has freedom to operate.

Providing a firm basis for both strategies is their recent record of stability in both production and returns, Macfarlane said. “Deer numbers are stable at about 750,000 hinds. “The numbers have been falling very slowly but we think they’ve stabilised and are at the bottom now. “The numbers have been falling on the lower country because of changes in land use, but they’re rising in hill and high country because they’re a better fit” with sheep and beef cattle, Macfarlane, who farms in Mid-Canterbury, said.

• Long-term commitment to product and market development;

Venison production in 2011 was almost identical to the 22,000 tonnes from 401,000 slaughtered animals produced last year.

• Encouraging farmers, processors and customers towards long-term supply commitments;

Hinds still comprise about 48% of the kill, up 1% on the previous year but sharply down on the 2004-2008 period when

the hind slaughter averaged 54%. Exports in the 12 months to June this year reached 15,628 tonnes, up 4% on 2010, with frozen product still dominating at 11,758 tonnes (up 2%), but the higher-value chilled product up 11% to 3870 tonnes. “The international market demand is mainly driven by the European hunting season, which has now been supplemented by an all-year-round supermarket supply,” Macfarlane said. New Zealand consumers are benefitting from greater availability of product in local supermarkets, with processors such as Silver Fern Farms, Anzco and Alliance working on developing the high-price niche with the same topquality product that European consumers enjoy. “It’s still a seasonal product to a significant degree, so the drivers that have spiked up the prices of lamb, and pushed up beef as a commodity product, are different to what we’re seeing with venison.” Lamb’s increase has narrowed the gap with venison but, “we’ve got stability with venison and I’m confident we’re getting incremental value gains.” Lamb’s increase, by contrast, is driven by big falls in production in New Zealand, Australia and Europe. At the production end,

there’s still a place for deer as part of integrated farming systems on intensive irrigated low lands where dairying and arable farming otherwise enjoy higher profitability levels. “Per hectare dairy’s way ahead but you’ve got to invest a hell of a lot of capital to get there. “As you move up into the harder class of country deer become more and more the best option. “On summer dry country, for example, velvet stags are a very good fit as they don’t need a lot of feed in the summer.

“There’s some very good work being done by some individual small processors in the American market, but it would also be fair to say that the Asians understand velvet and have a big demand for the product. “We see the development of western markets as being more of a long-term strategy.

“On summer cold, summer wet country, breeding hinds are a particularly good fit for the feed curve,” Macfarlane said.

“The key area of potential development is as a functional food in Asia: velvet as a component of a food product.”

Velvet’s price stability at about $90/kg at the farm gate is based on stable production at around 450 tonnes a year, and is helped by continued slow diversification away from the Korean traditional eastern pharmacy market to wider applications in China and in western markets.

Continued price stability in the short to medium term is underwritten by the low levels of carry-over stock from season to season, and no repeat of the heavy culling of velvet stags in New Zealand, Canada and China that generated a damaging production spike four years ago.

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“Velvet’s driven by Asian demand and it’s been pretty stable for the last three years, but it’s stable as long as we keep our production within that 400-450 tonne bracket,” Macfarlane said.

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O’Connor Comments

With Damien O’Connor, Opposition Spokesman on Agriculture

Time for the real discussion

Fonterra has held meetings throughout the country to discuss issues that are starting to emerge on the proposal to Trade Among Farmers shares in their co-operative. This is the biggest issue in town aside from the rebuild of Christchurch. Any company that produces close to 20% of a country’s export earnings has to be taken seriously and changing it’s capital structure is a huge risk, unless it is failing, which it clearly is not. New Zealand has been the lucky recipient of the strong growth in export dollars from dairying. The formation of Fonterra off the back of an incredibly successful Dairy Board paved the way for further growth and expansion. The smaller co-operatives were left to develop niche value products that would complement the mothership’s operation with the possibility of new companies processing milk for farmers who wanted out of Fonterra. Much has happened over the last 10 years and pressures have built on Fonterra, it’s directors and it’s management to deliver for farmer shareholders. Some of the pressure is a little unfair given the obligation to supply competitors with milk. But the establishment of the country’s largest company did require special legislation and obligations to ensure a supply of affordable milk to domestic consumers and innovative new players. Some of this will be investigated by the Select Committee conducting the milk price inquiry. In the meantime farmers should start asking harder questions about the proposal to trade shares in their co-operative and the risks involved in the new capital structure management and the Board wants. There have been some late but well directed articles and questions emerging in farming publications. It has also been interesting to read comments from Mark Weldon on the announcement of his impending departure from NZX. He rightfully claims credit for assisting the growth of NZX as a company and setting up ‘in the pipeline’ investment opportunities in State Owned Enterprises and the dairy industry. Farmers need to ask if what is good for NZX will be good for farmers. Take a good look at other industries and see where the margins and benefits flow. Primary producers are generally at the end of the line when it comes to market returns. Unless they vertically own the total supply chain, their ability to retain value from the marketplace is severely restricted by retailers, traders and suppliers. That is why most farmers in first world economies need subsidies to keep them on the land. Kiwi farmers are the rare exception to this subsidised survival reality. With global demand for dairy products starting to soften it is a good reminder that any change to the ownership structure of the biggest and most successful company in New Zealand, still owned by Kiwis, should be very, very carefully scrutinised. Every question deserves a clear answer and farmers should keep asking them at every opportunity, for the sake of the whole country. Then the directors have to give farmers the chance to vote on the detailed proposal for Trading Amongst Farmers. I trust Fonterra directors are now realising this is the only responsible way forward, if they are determined to change the capital structure of the company.

An incomparable first term October 2011 I entered Parliament in 2005. If someone had told me then that three years later I would be in a Government that would take charge faced with the country already in recession and a global economic crisis rapidly descending, followed by two horrific earthquakes, the deaths of 29 men in a mining tragedy and New Zealand’s worst ever maritime environmental disaster, I would never have believed them. No one could ever have imagined such a scenario. Yet, here we are. To say this first term has been challenging is certainly an understatement. A quick peak at the books sums up the story pretty well, with the Government needing to run a record $18 billion deficit over the past year — at least half of which is earthquake related. It has been an extraordinary first term, but we have much work to do yet. For us Cantabrians, we have a long road ahead. It has only been a little over a year since Kate Wilkinson, our world was first tossed around and I know for Minister for Food Safety many people there is a feeling of frustration that the recovery process has been slow to get underway. Zoning and insurance issues are also a source of headaches for many people. The Government is absolutely committed to rebuilding Canterbury and I don’t think anyone is under any real illusions about how complex this task is. It’s natural for frustration to boil to the surface when things aren’t moving as quickly as we want, but we do need to get this right. We are moving as quickly as we can to make the right decisions — because they must be the right decisions. In Budget 2011 we committed $5.5 billion over six years for the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Fund to provide certainty for the rebuild. Our region is going to be the construction capital of New Zealand for many years to come yet. This, of course, will provide a boost to our economy and ensure workers come into Canterbury. The latest economic indicators show that the manufacturing and exporting sectors in Canterbury are performing well. Christchurch is getting back on its feet bit by bit, but we are obviously some way yet from restoring the CBD in any shape, and there is plenty of debate around how that should happen. The fear many people had was we would lose tens of thousands of residents and families who might have wished to establish their lives elsewhere. Without a doubt some people have shifted north to Wellington or Auckland, or across the Tasman. But there is also an underlying resilience in our communities that has seen the majority of Cantabrians wish to stay and rebuild the region they love. They want to be involved in that process and I have immense admiration for them.

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From the Minister David Carter, Minister of Agriculture

This month marks a major milestone for primary sector research and innovation in New Zealand — the Primary Growth Partnership now stands at close to half a billion dollars. This is a remarkable achievement for an initiative that was launched just two years ago. The government-industry partnership is now funding $493 million dollars of primary sector R&D, the largest investment in this space ever. This Government is serious about the role of science and innovation in creating more jobs and economic growth in New Zealand. It is why we have made it a key part of our growth strategy. The Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) is concrete proof of this commitment. There are now nine research projects underway within PGP, the latest one announced just recently. A $20 million dollar programme, being led by Ballance Agri-Nutrients and funded 50/50 by government and industry, aims to transform traditional fertiliser use, as well as reduce nitrate run-off on dairy farms. There is a strong focus within the programme on farmers adopting new products and services to improve farm nutrient management, and thereby potentially reducing their farms’ environmental footprint. This programme adds to others already underway across a range of sectors, including dairy, red meat, wool, forestry, aquaculture, wildfish harvesting, manuka honey and timber. I am very proud of the success of PGP, and particularly the solid vote of confidence from industry for the scheme. The total investment from across the sectors now stands at an impressive $266 million, with government funding totaling $227 million. I congratulate the nine proposals that have so far been given the green light because I know the approval process via the PGP Investment Advisory Panel is a tough one. As more business cases come through the process, we are seeing the tangible benefits of a strong commitment to research and innovation. All New Zealanders stand to benefit from investment in primary sector research. Our primary food and forestry industries are pivotal to successfully growing our economy which is the greatest challenge New Zealand faces. We need to continue to build a strong economy to provide better job prospects and higher incomes for New Zealanders. PGP is the key to unlocking more potential from our primary industries and helping the economy grow. There is a wealth of opportunity for New Zealand’s primary industries. We are rich in natural resources and we sit on the doorstep of the world’s fastest growing region. The world needs food. It is common sense that food be produced in the most suitable locations, by the most efficient producers, in the smartest possible way.

Show time again, already It seems as though it was just a few weeks ago that the Christchurch show was on, and here we are building up to this year’s one. The Ellesmere show heralding the start of the spring show season has come and gone and my congratulations to Dennis carter and his team for putting a cracker of a day. For a small [compared to the two and three day shows] it was full of wonderful features and the crowd poured through the gates despite the weather being as suspect as decision by the referee in the Welsh French semi-final. Incidentally did you realise that the referee was half Irish and half French? Not that there would be any bias of course. I think that the A and P shows are coming back into fashion, and that would have to be the effort that people are putting into the exhibits and the entertainment. The Ellesmere team had lots of interesting things happening in the ring in front of the main crowd. Things ranging from Knights doing hand to hand fighting through to mounted draft horses. Well done. The Christchurch show has set the standard for others to follow as far as entertainment is concerned. I understand there’s even a contest being run to find a couple who are prepared to get married on the green in front of hundreds of strangers. I bet they will hold their breathes when the question about anyone having any reason they should not get married is announced! Obviously there is a touch of the fact that the winners will have a huge advantage through the prize including lots of financial help but it will certainly be a day to remember. In the meantime the “normal” show will unfold for the purists as the stock judging takes place and the horse events go through their paces. I may be a traditionalist, but the atmosphere at an A and P show warms my heart. I think it is all that friendliness and happy people that is everywhere. No matter what happens and who wins, the feeling of togetherness simply flows like water. In fact the tea, coffee and scotch that flows is also a major part. The hospitality that is exhibited and the wonderful conversations around the boots of dozens of cars cannot be matched by any other organisation or body of people. Bacon and egg pie never tastes as good as one at a show, and I love the fact that those small cases with four shot glasses and two bottles, one of scotch and one of gin, still exist. Very British and very farming, thank goodness for a chance to revisit the quality of life that has been lost in so many other areas of our lives.

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Lifetime achievement award for Sir William Gallagher e Sir William Gallagher’s contribution to th gnised New Zealand dairy sector has been reco with a Lifetime Achievement Award. by annette-lambly robinson Sir William was presented with the award at the launch of the 2012 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards competitions on September 27 at Gordonton. It is only the second time this award has been presented — retired Massey University professor Colin Holmes was the inaugural recipient in 2009. At 69, Sir William is considered one of New Zealand’s most astute businessmen. He chairs the Gallagher group — a family owned, Hamilton based exporter of animal management, fencing and security systems. He is a natural leader, whose communication skills and business influence is nationally and internationally recognised.

NZDI trust’s chair Barbara Kuriger “We selected Sir William for this award because he took a proud, iconic New Zealand company and succeeded with it internationally. His company’s contribution to New Zealand farming systems has been huge.” “He has created a work environment that encourages personal empowerment and independent thinking. A true entrepreneur, he has a sense of urgency and controlled risk taking, which is supported and managed by the positive team he works with,” Mrs Kuriger said. In presenting the award she said Sir William was a man who placed a strong emphasis on ethics and integrity in both his professional and personal dealings.

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“He is viewed by the trustees as an outstanding New Zealander and a fine example to current and prospective business people.” Married to Judi, the Gallaghers live in Hamilton. They have three adult children and are proud grandparents. Sir William was knighted in this year’s New Year’s honours for services to business. It is the third honour to be bestowed — he received an MBE in 1987 and was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1998. He was also awarded the Queen’s Commemorative Medal for Services to New Zealand in 1990. In 2008 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University of Waikato and in 1996 he was the winner of the prestigious Excellence in Communication Leadership award, the first time since its beginning in 1961 that the award had gone outside North America. Sir William has a strong and active commitment to the environment he lives and works in. He is a major sponsor of the Rescue Helicopter, Waikato Stadium, Mounted Police, Gallagher Family Hospice, Gallagher Hockey Centre and the establishment of the Performing Arts centre at Waikato. Bill Junior — (now Sir William) joined the Gallagher Group’s shop floor fresh out of university in 1962 and he along with his brother John (who left the company in 1997 but is still a shareholding director) have grown the company to what it is today — a multinational, multifaceted $100 million export company employing 1,000 people globally. From fences they have expanded into access control, security fencing and injectionmoulded plastics. Their technology is in 130 countries, keeping prisoners locked up in the United States and elephants corralled in Africa. There is even Gallagher security fencing around Buckingham Palace. The world leading company has factories the world over and 70 percent of their products are exported.


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How it all began… the history behind the Gallagher Group Back in the 1930s it’s doubtful Waikato farmer Bill Gallagher knew what ‘wiring’ his car to stop the family horse Joe from using is as a scratching post would lead to — he was really just looking for a solution to breaking Joe’s annoying habit. For Bill Gallagher Senior setting up an electric circuit to his car was a farmer’s approach to solving the problem. Bill was a bit of an inventor — he built homemade tractors — he fitted his first old car with iron-shod cleated wheels that pulled a roller to flatten scrub that was then burnt — a practical solution to help work his undeveloped farm.

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After reading the Americans were using electrified wire to hold stock in, in 1937 Bill Gallagher made his first electric fence. He originally used mains power to power the fence, but this was deemed illegal by the authorities and was disconnected. Undaunted Bill turned to batteries and Ford coils and continued developing and experimenting on his own farm until he had a pretty good product, albeit one that was only effective in small areas, it was very competitive on the market of the day. In 1938 he formed the Gallagher Company which grew into a ‘10 man business’.

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October 2011

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With Andrew Wyllie

A consequence of homicide For centuries it has been settled law that anybody who kills another person cannot benefit under the victim’s will or on the victim’s intestacy. Until 2007 public policy and a body of law had been established reflecting those principles. In 2007 the Succession (Homicide) Act was passed and it sets out the rules which now apply. A convicted killer is not entitled to any interest in any property which the victim may have left him/her under their will or any interest which would otherwise have arisen under a victim’s intestacy. The victim’s property is distributed in either instance as if the killer had died before the victim. The evidence required for proof of the killing

is a conviction for that killing in New Zealand. If the killer and the victim owned property jointly which would, in normal circumstances pass to the survivor of them, the property is deemed to be owned by each of them as tenants in common in equal shares. A killer has certain rights and remedies under the Property (Relationships) Act, and the law Reform (Testamentary Promises) Act but is limited by the application of the Succession (Homicide) Act. Where a ‘killer’ pleads insanity and is acquitted of the offence on those grounds it is conclusive evidence that the ‘killer’ is not guilty of that homicide. Many years ago

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there was a famous case in Christchurch where a woman was charged with the murder of her mother. Her counsel argued strenuously and provided medical evidence to the effect that the woman was insane at the time of the killing. At the time the rule was that if the woman charged with the murder of her mother was found guilty of that murder she could not inherit under her mother’s estate and her children would have also been disentitled to any benefits their mother would otherwise have been entitled to. In the event the woman was found guilty of murder. The legislation makes it quite clear that the legal maxim that no-one should be able to benefit from the killing of another person is alive and well, as it should be. This article has been prepared by Bessie Paterson, a Partner with Ronald Angland & Son solicitors, who may be contacted on Tel: 03 349-4708 or e-mail bessie@anglands. co.nz

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As I write this month’s column we are through to the business end of the Rugby World Cup and the semi finals with a huge game looming against Australia. We look to be well on track to go all the way providing we don’t lose any more first fives! So what has been happening with markets? Unfortunately ‘groundhog day’ as far as the outlook for global growth goes with another downgrade due to events in Europe. Debt concerns have again been compounded by political indecision. The United States is another region with some significant economic challenges, but where there is yet to be a political consensus on how best to address them. These unresolved situations have continued to affect investment sentiment and equity markets. There is good news however with real global economic growth remaining in positive territory so far, even in the United States, and base case scenarios still do not forecast the global economy to enter another recession, thanks to growth from emerging economies.

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therefore lower over the quarter, as investors reacted strongly to the news flow and factored in lower growth estimates. This has created a situation where equity market fundamentals appear attractive because of low price earnings multiples, relatively stable profits and dividend yields. Increased share buyback initiatives are a further indication that companies believe value exists. Another important positive is that corporate balance sheets are generally solid and better placed to withstand difficult economic conditions than companies were in 2008, while prices are low enough for equities in many cases to be offering higher yields than bonds. Our local New Zealand equity market was one of the better performers, relatively speaking, and has also preserved a reasonable 12-month performance. Currency factors, as always, played an important role in the performance of offshore holdings, in this case lifting returns over the quarter for most foreign markets, Australia excepted. New Zealand fixed interest investments have continued to perform well in a low interest rate environment with very few new corporate issues in recent months. As a result of the lower global growth expectations and low interest rates, we have seen higher market valuations for existing bond holdings. Longer term New Zealand interest rates, reflected in 10-year bond rates, are back around their cycle lows, with the slower growth outlook suggesting we do not have any likelihood for interest rates to lift until offshore issues are resolved. The New Zealand credit downgrade has also proved, so far, to have been a non-event in providing interest rate direction. Anyway that’s all for this month and with show week less than a month away the year is fast coming to an end. Go the All Blacks! If you would like to confidentially meet up to discuss your investment position or would like to find out more about our portfolio services please give me a call. Andrew Wyllie is an Authorised Financial Adviser with Forsyth Barr in Christchurch. He can be contacted on 0800 367 227 or andrew.wyllie@forsythbarr.co.nz. Disclosure Statements are available on request and free of charge. This column is general in nature and should not be regarded as personalised investment advice.

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PMR on the move

PMR Grain Systems have rebranded and moved to their new, central location on State Highway 1 at Hinds, about ten kilometres south of Ashburton, Canterbury. The new, modern building is purpose built and customers are welcome to stop by and view the available products.

Laing Homes and Laing Building Relocators are part of Laing Properties Ltd, a proud, familyowned business that has been building new transportable homes and relocating pre-owned homes in the South Island for over 20 years. Laing Properties philosophy of sustainability and balance are the same principles that have underpinned their business from day one.

Previously, the business traded from their Geraldine site but growth and modernisation instigated the move to a more central location. However, PMR Grain Systems still offer the same unique blend of products and services, which provides the consumer with a complete range of grain storage and seed cleaning equipment.

“A key part of our business is the passion we bring to everything we do,” says managing director, Grant Laing. “Our values and the way we conduct ourselves are very important.

“We specialise in the custom design, supply and installation of all types of grain handling and storage equipment — from grain drying, conveying, elevating, specialist seed cleaning equipment, basically anything you would associate with grain storage and seed cleaning,” says Paul Whitbread, owner of PMR Grain Systems.

“The Canterbury rebuild will get underway when the earthquake frequency and intensity comes back down to a satisfactory level. This will provide the necessary confidence to the insurance market to provide both contract works and residential insurance. We are noticing an emerging trend that people are not adverse to looking at a second-hand refurbished home if it makes economic sense and we have the ability to shift houses to the Canterbury area and beyond.

“Hinds has great State Highway 1 access and is central to our business so we’ve moved and we’re now open for business from Tuesday 25th October 2011. We look forward to supporting new and existing customers now and in the future.”

“Recently we sold a refurbished house to an Ashburton dairy farmer, a brand new transportable home to an existing Hororata client and we’ve just received a repeat order from a Fairlie client for a second brand new transportable home. “We’re a multi-purpose relocation business. With our new Smart house, you can have a brand new, high end transportable apartment building. We’re also refurbishing tidy second-hand homes, building new transportable homes and can relocate clients’ existing buildings. “When the Christchurch rebuild gets underway, we are going to see some good second-hand stock become available for refurbishing and we can help people with building consents and any of those tricky, red-tape questions that can bog people down. “As building and energy costs rise, the rising trend is people looking for smaller, well built, insulated homes and I think transportable housing can play an increasing role in meeting this demand. Laing Properties have been transporting homes for 23 years and are members of the Heavy Haulage Association and Registered Master Builders. The family-based business has worked to build a balanced business that delivers a high quality product to their customers, and provides economic, social and environmental sustainability.

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Mean temperatures for the month were below normal by -0.5 to -1.0deg, with the biggest departures in South Canterbury. Like August, some areas had night times more than -2.0deg colder than usual with significant spring frosts. Rainfall was generally about 50% below normal, but with totals closer to 75% in parts of North Canterbury, and less than 50% in inland South Canterbury. Sunshine hours were above normal by 15-25%. So far in October temperatures have remained cooler than usual, with sunshine hours down on the long term average, and rainfall in most parts of the region near or above normal. However, inland South Canterbury remains dry. In the tropical Pacific the Southern Oscillation is trending slowly towards a mild to moderate La Nina event, with La Nina conditions expected to continue through the next few months at least. So long as the current weak La Nina continues to develop we

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WaterMetrics helps conversion become a ‘grass factory’ Rangitata 280ha Dairy Conversion — Leighton Pye. Light stony soil and limited water resources meant restrictions on water take and effluent application were inevitable when Leighton Pye converted a 220ha (effective) Rangitata property to dairying last year. ECan compliance included water meters on the farm’s four wells, and restrictions on effluent application. Working with WaterMetrics NZ (A strategic member of the Hydrocom Alliance) however means those compliance requirements have become a valuable management tool to help the farm reach its full grass growing potential sooner, and more efficiently. The farm has fully integrated irrigation technology providing real time data from its four wells, soil moisture and temperature data all linked by telemetry technology and delivered via the internet to the farm computer. For farm sharemilker Joe Wyborn and his staff despite only being in their first season with the system, the guess work has been removed from their irrigation decisions. After a few “twitchy” weeks of wanting to check what the neighbours were doing, Joe admits he now feels confident the remote information he gets delivers a far better idea of when to start and stop irrigating. The farm’s light stony soils mean irrigation decisions are made along a fine line between too little too late in hot nor-wester conditions, and too much that flushes through beyond

the plant root zone. Even within the light soils some parts of the farm have an underlying clay pan that creates more moisture retentive environment than the straight stony profile. To help determine best application for these differing profiles Aquaflex, A strategic member of the Hydrocom Alliance installed two Aquaflex soil moisture meters. Information from them has revealed Joe needs to apply Mike adams “a little often” on the straight stony profile, averaging 10mm an application. On the clay pan soil he varies it to around 20mm over four days because it can hold the higher rates better. He can now monitor the impact soil temperature and evapo-transpiration rates can have on the application. “The risk you run is you put on too little, and lose it before it even gets into the soil profile, we can manage that now.” While noreasterlies predominated this summer, real time data means he can adjust for the significant evapo-transpiration rates that nor-westers bring with them, sucking moisture out as fast as 7mm a day.

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Data on water use from each of the farms four wells is also collected, and it is “just a push of a button” to calculate how far through their consented take they are. “It becomes critical to know that exactly at this time of year (February) — any water we can save now can be used later in the season, and it could be we have a dry autumn and really need it then.” He says there is no doubt the data removes the tendency to over water, and over spend on electricity — by Joe’s estimate if he can save 40 irrigation days in a season the technology has paid for itself. Meanwhile effluent application decisions can be made knowing there is no risk of consents being breached, with soil moisture levels easily accessed and up to date before applying. The ability to check the data off the internet is not only convenient, but appeals to Joe’s younger staff who have grown up with computer technology — he has encouraged them to understand and use it. “It’s great to be able to check moisture from anywhere on the internet.” In the early stages of the conversion the information has meant the young grass has not been stressed at any stage, receiving optimal moisture through establishment. Longer term, Joe and his staff are building up a history of what combination of temperature and moisture the conversion grows the most grass. For coming seasons he can utilise that history to keep grass as the main driver of increased production, with grain supplement stabilised at approximately 500kg/cow/year. Like any project, starting with a blank slate in the conversion has been ideal, but Joe says the skill and knowledge WaterMetrics, Aquaflex and Boraman Consulting , (The Hydrocom team,) bought to the project has been unparalleled. “Andrew has been a man of his word, and we have a system that will probably pay for itself in a year, that will last for at least 10-20 — it’s a no brainer to have really.” Where: Rangitata — Orari Bridge Highway. Farm Type: Dairy conversion. Area: 280ha. Owner: Leighton Pye. Issues: Strict compliance around take and water application. Effluent application restricted to compliant soil moisture levels. WaterMetrics solution: Telemetry data feeds from 4 farm wells, 2 * Aquaflex soil moisture/temperature strips. Outcome: Developing farm history of optimum growth conditions, clean non compliance record, optimum application rates minimising electricity usage and maximising grass growth.

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My father takes on the devil Young Farmers to grow mo’s for Movember by lorne Kuehn Whatever else my father was, he was a proud Godfearing man. To him, the Bible was correct in its many facets on all subjects and the only decent guide to living a good life. He tried his best to do this all his days. The Bible makes it clear that God hands out gifts and abilities to his most devout worshippers. My father desired some of these: particularly that of speaking in tongues (known as glossalia). This language is a heavenly language of the Holy Spirit but capable of being interpreted by other believers that hear it. The sight of a person in full flight of glossalia is marvellous. Barrages of incomprehensible words are vented, and the other gifted interpreters decode the message that is assumed to have come from God. My father desired this gift very much and many preachers prayed over him, over the years, asking God to grant his wish. My father would then stick his tongue out, waiting for the Holy Spirit to speak through him but nothing ever eventuated. Likewise, he was never granted the gifts of interpretation or the power of laying-on of hands. At last he figured out that he was given instead the gift of discernment. A person with this gift can tell if someone is genuine in speech or actions, sort of being like a lie-detector. My father

was shrewd and suspicious in character, so this gift suited him well. It was about this time, almost sixty years ago, that a magician came to our primary school during a public event and put on a magic show for the children’s entertainment. My father was of the opinion that magicians were charlatans and able to fool only children with sleights-of-hand. There was no way that an adult, and certainly one with the gift of discernment, could be fooled. So my father sat up close to the stage, the better to catch the magician out. The tricks were not all that astounding. Basically, the magician called children up from the audience and pulled coins and small objects out of their hair. Try as he could, my father could not fathom out how these tricks were done. He was most perplexed. Then, a horrible realisation came over him. He was seized of the idea that these were not just tricks but rather manifestations of the Devil, the arch-enemy of God, right there in the school auditorium. He rose to his feet and shouted out, “This is the Devil’s work. The Devil is amongst us!” The show stopped dead in its tracks. Here was a senior adult of the community making a terrible fuss over simple tricks for children. The magician tried to calm

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my father down but he was not having any of it. It did not help when the magician pulled an egg out of my father’s nose in front of the whole (now alarmed) audience. The school principal, a man, tried to quieten the hubbub but my father was now in full stride, describing and castigating the powers of the Devil. The magician was squirming away, trying to get off the stage and away from a public relations disaster. Eventually my father had to be removed and the entire public event collapsed. Many people, and not only children, were alarmed. Given my father’s reputation as a God-fearing man, some adults thought that maybe the Devil had actually somehow inserted himself into the proceedings, since they too could not figure out how the tricks were done.

In 2011 the NZYF Regions will battle it out to see who can produce the biggest ‘face fleece,’ the dirtiest slugs and the bushiest mo’s in Movember. Clubs will register to be a part of the Challenge and at the end of the month each club will have a shave off and — wait for it — combine their face fleece yield with the rest of their region’s in the hopes of gaining bragging rights as the hairiest region for 2011. NZYF CEO Richard Fitzgerald says ”this is a good cause because men’s health is seldom talked about in farming circles and Young Farmers are keen to raise awareness of this issue. I issue a challenge to all Young Farmers, girls too if it works for you, to go feral for a month and show us your best ginger look, patchy mo’ or even your bum-fluff; whatever you grow, park your razor and support Movember.”

No charges were laid with the police over the commotion that my father had caused. He maintained steadfastly that he had been correct in exercising his gift of discernment, although my mother was not so sure. Things in the community gradually quietened down although there were murmurings for several months pro and con as to whether the Devil had actually got into the school proceedings. One thing was sure however. There were never any more magic shows on that school’s premises. They were just too controversial.

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Forestry Market Report Allan Laurie MNZIF Laurie Forestry Ltd

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Some pessimistic forecasts relating to international commodity markets appear to have impacted on log trade with some pretty sobering news coming out of the market in the last few days. Indeed the words ‘pear shaped’ have crept in to comments although for the moment at least the prices being paid at NZ wharf gates have been holding up at reasonable levels. In the case of the Pacific Rim softwood trade, we have our cousins, now far removed it would seem in the Pacific North West to blame for softening pressure on CIF prices in China. Last month the US and Canada pumped a staggering 1.5mil cubic metres of log equivalents in to a market which has been consuming 800,000 to 1 mil cubic metres per month. At time of writing there are 20 log vessels parked off China ports waiting discharge. The potential impacts on this brutal supply demand imbalance are obvious. For the first time in quite a while, commentators are suggesting CIF prices for

late October and November settlements could slip anywhere between US$8 and $20 per cubic metre. This has the market indicator A-grade log sitting at between USCIF$132 and $120 per cubic metre. At the upper end, external factors should help soften the blow at the NZ wharf gate. At the lower end we are talking a lot more than a nasty cut above the eye. At the NZ wharf gate end of the business a combination of a softening FOREX rate is having a positive impact. Shipping costs are also starting to come under pressure tracking the total commodity demand cycle downward. To determine how these factors might impact is a bit like trying to predict who will play the AB’s in the final — unpredictable in terms of quantum but predictable with a degree of certainty in terms of content! Notwithstanding the current situation, we are continuing to see growth in the China market — last year about 35%. For the most part this growth is fuelled by domestic consumption as building demand in the

major cities continues. Korea and India have continued to chug along in this melee of uncertainty. Volumes have been consistent and prices have remained stable providing slightly better bottom lines for NZ suppliers. Some volume growth is expected in the India market over the next 12 months. Erstwhile our reliable domestic mills are chugging along continuing to provide Canterbury forest owners with the best prices grade on grade. Their favoured diet of S-grade logs has been consistent and balanced for the most part proving once again the forest grower needs a good mix of both markets to maintain a reasonable bottom line. The talk of a significant upward swing in demand in lumber consequent on the earthquake rebuild appears unlikely to occur. North Island mills are literally pumping lumber in to the city at significant discounts to move stock and keep their cash flow bean counters happy.

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Fertigation = the 3 E’s Most farmers are becoming more aware of Fertigation due to adverts, field day displays and companies promoting products that can be applied through this method of application.

Fertigation will enable them to save 80% of this each and every year. Farmer’s will still need to apply granular nutrients over the growing season to have a balanced nutrient programme.

Regardless of who is promoting it, there are three main reasons why farmers and growers are investing in fertigation systems to increase their profitability.

Cropping farmers can apply nutrients in a timely manner in line with what the plants need rather than what fits in with other work on the farm.

They are Efficiencies, Environmental and Education or “The 3 E’s”.

Production: Fertigation allows nutrients to be applied to paddocks in a timely and precise manner, “little and often” which has been proven to improve pasture & crop production and quality.

Over the next three issues I will discuss each of these reasons to ensure that all farmers and growers understand the wider benefits of including fertigation on their “Must Do” list before this irrigation season is upon. Efficiency Investment: Farmers have invested thousands of dollars in their irrigation systems and fertigation gives them another use for this capital investment. On a dairy farm in Canterbury the average spreading cost is $70 per hectare per annum or $21,000 for a 300 hectare farm.

For example, it allows pasture growth to be more consistent over the month rather than the traditional peaks and troughs. For cropping it helps the plants retain the flag leaf for longer therefore allow the grain head to reach its potential. Profitability: Farmers love spending less money on; freight, spreading, fuel and vehicle repairs and maintenance. How many vehicles have been damaged by driving over pivot ruts or getting stuck in them?

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Farmers who have used fertigation over their greenfeed crops have commented that they haven’t had to spray for Aphids and White butterfly, money saved, & the cows love the crops, which increases feed utilisation. Personal: Staff don’t have to drive tractors or trucks to spread urea every 20 — 30 days. All they have to do is check that there is enough fertiliser in the tank to last for another few days and if they need more, text or call the supplier who will deliver it in a timely manner. They can get on with a more important work like measuring grass covers or checking on the cows — these jobs make more money not driving vehicles! So no matter how you look at fertigation, it will make your farm more efficient. It is definitely well worth the time to look and talk with one of our specialists on how fertigation can improve your bottom line & profitability on your farm. Call us now on 0800 FERT 40 to arrange an on farm appointment while you have the time.

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‘Canterbury Farming’ writer scores top journalism prize “Canterbury Farming” lead story writer Hugh de Lacy has won agriculture’s most prestigious journalism prize, the Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators’ Rongo Award. Named after the Maori god of Agriculture, the award acknowledges outstanding performance in the field of agricultural journalism. De Lacy won the 2011 award for two cover stories published by the Christchurch-based MG Business, the country’s oldest magazine, previously known as the “Mercantile Gazette.” One story backgrounded the on-going battle for the late Alan Hubbard’s stake in Wool Services International, and the other focussed on de Lacy’s visit to the World Expo in Shanghai, China, last year, to which his trip was funded by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

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Both subjects were also covered in front page stories in “Canterbury Farming.”

series with former All Black Grant Fox and three-times world lawn bowls champion Peter Belliss.

De Lacy is a freelance journalist based near Rangiora and, besides agriculture, specialises in business, energy and mining. He has also written books, including “Death-Rap”, the story of the loss by the Berryman family of their King Country farm in the wake of a bridge collapse that killed a visiting beekeeper. His other books include a sports psychology best-seller with Steve Williams, Tiger Woods’ former caddy, and others in the same

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A former shearer and shearing contractor, de Lacy also contributed the historical analysis of the industry published in “Shear History,” the 50th anniversary publication put out by Masterton’s Golden Shears Society. It was the second time de Lacy has won the coveted Rongo Award which was announced by the guild at its annual meeting in Wellington on October 14.

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October 2011

Good Korea moves Captiva and Korando Korean car makers have made enormous strides over the past decade to now sit in the top 10 manufacturers in the world. New Zealand car buyers have not been slow to recognise the value and quality now available from the Korean brands. Best known for Hyundai and Kia there are in fact two other brands on the market. General Motors owns and markets the Daewoo under Holden badges and Ssangyong has made a reappearance after a two-year hiatus owned in New Zealand by a Taupo based company. Our test vehicles are midsized AWD’s with good ground clearance

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Holden’s Captiva 5 is so named to differentiate it from the 7 which denotes the seating capacity. The loss off two seats liberates even more carrying capacity to the already capacious Captiva. Slightly bigger overall than the Korando the Holden SUV represents GM’s only SUV in its Holden line up while Ssangyong has two other bigger siblings. Ssangyong at a recent press drive day indicated a smaller and radical new SUV would appear possibly with both diesel and petrol power. For now though the Captiva 5 AWD and the Korando are diesels with the Holden’s 2.2 litre turbo diesel developing 135kw and 400 torques while the slightly lighter Ssangyong’s 2 litre diesel turbo at a stonking 129kw and 360 torques eclipses all other Japanese and Korean 2 litre power plants. OK so on paper they are closely matched. What I was keen to find out was how they compared in the real world of everyday motoring.

Holden Captiva 5 The Captiva 1 has been a good vehicle and well thought of in the marketplace providing value for money motoring for those that need an occasional does of extra traction. Changing from the Isuzu sourced Fronterra and Monterray (in Japan known as the Wizard and the awkwardly named Big Horn) to the Daewoo for its SUV Holden has capitalised on the rise of the Koreans in the world market. The second edition of the Captiva has addressed the shortcoming of the earlier model with a more chiselled purposeful front and rear design and adding to both safety and creature comforts and has produced a very easy to live with vehicle that adapts readily to the lifestyles of both city and rural markets. Personally I like the 5 as it does away with some of the bling that the 7 in LX guise adds such as the Sat Nav’s permantly finger marked multifunction touch screen. I like the benefits Sat Nav brings and the big screens that centrally mounted are multi-functional for DVD players and info screens for the computer. I would like to see though a universal adoption of the easy reach one-touch control pads by the gear selectors as standard, which we see on European vehicles. They are cleaner clearer and easier to use. Holden does market the system on the Commodore so maybe that will migrate to the Captiva. The 5 only comes with the Diesel in AWD form though a petrol 2.4 litre, 123kw is available in 2WD versions. As such the turbo diesel fits into the very civilised Captiva and is both much quieter than its predecessor it’s also one of the quietest diesels even at idle. On the Road – Holden knows how to produce a fine driving road car and the Captiva 2 is a fine example of tweaking an already good product. We drove some 967km in the week we had this model and realised the 2.2 litre diesel with the active AWD maximising torque distribution through all four wheels varying it as road conditions and traction require.


COunTry MOTOrinG The ESP works so effortlessly that even some spirited driving including a silly speed off seal onto a metal road right angled corner finds the Captiva balanced and settled without massive slides I’ve had here in other ESP equipped vehicles. I use this corner as it has very wide flat grass verges on both sides and a long straight ahead with great visibility. Over a particularly hilly sector the quiet Captiva is deceptive in line with many 4WDs making better pace than it feels compared to a lower riding sedan. The huge torque from the free spinning diesel negates the need for playing with the tip tronic to maximise acceleration. In fact in most cases the Captiva was best left to its own devices. Better to concentrate on the music the excellent sound system produces. Doing so probably accounted for our excellent fuel economy of just 7.1 l/100km. Rated to tow a conservative 1700kg braked the Holden has ample power for more. Off the Road – I tried the Captiva over our usual track on the farm just after the big snow in August and was caught out twice by some really boggy patches from partially melted snow. No real problem as backing off and using more welly solved it though the intrusion of traction control probably helped too. If you’ve yet to use Downhill Assist (which working on the brakes holds speed down to a walking pace without driver intervention) you should try it out as even on the rain and snow soaked hills that I couldn’t get the ABS brakes to hold allowed easy progress. It should be standard on all AWD’s Interior – The Captiva designed for seven seats liberates huge boot space by deleting them. In fact I feel the 5 is the best model in the line-up unless you must have 7 seats. It easily swallowed three hay bales in the rear. Well specked with ABS, EBD, ESP, TC, Bluetooth and airbags for all and a 5-star ANCAP rating, the 5 has been well thought out for its market. I liked the well-shaped front seats with lumbar support much more than the slightly flat and harder rear seats. Not that

they’re bad, the front seats are that much better. Who drives from the rear anyway!! The stereo with AM, FM and USB iPod connectivity controlled from the steering wheel along with cruise and cruise computer are easy to see and operate thanks to a large centre dash screen that further up the food chain becomes a Sat Nav and a rear camera monitor. Sadly you can’t have rear camera on this which is a disappointing deletion as a safety feature. The Captiva will find friends in the rural sector thanks to sharp pricing – $44,990 for the diesel AWD and $38,490 manual, $39.990 auto for the 2WD. Thanks also to the quiet unruffled nature of the vehicle and the huge interior.

Ssangyong Korando The last time Ssangyong used the Korando name it was on an oddly styled two-door 4WD. Now it graces the 2 and AWD 5 door recently released SUV model. Ssangyong claim it to be the most powerful in its class and if our experience was anything to go by even with an unladen weight of 1750kg it dispatches the 0-100km/h in just shy of 10 seconds. Ssangyong has unshackled itself from its links to Mercedes power plants and now produces all engines in house, though development work on this engine was done by German company Steyr. While the Merc influence is still evident and therefore European look and feel are there that’s no bad thing as Hyundai and Kia who have enjoyed phenomenal growth and success also seek out their designs from the same continent. So we were keen to find out how well they’ve done and how the new Korando performs. On the Road – Let’s face it the majority of the miles that pass under the monocoque chassis will be on sealed or well formed roads. So the designer’s brief was to make a competent capable highway cruiser. Did they succeed? We drove our usual 189km route that includes city highway hills and a 20+km section of mixed surface metal roads. I loved the six-speed automatic only transmission with its individualised and easy to use

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thumb operated tip tronic gear selector. While most cars opt for a movement up or down to be done with the selector itself Ssangyong have a small thumb toggle switch that while gently resting your left hand on the selector requires the smallest and most imperceptible of movements to change cogs. They also incorporate a paddle selector on the steering wheel, but frankly I preferred the easy change toggle. I averaged 9.0litres / 100km fuel consumption which is higher than the claimed 7.9, which I feel is probably easily achievable in normal everyday use. Little body roll is evident in the well sorted chassis though off cambre corners can find the tail twitchy till the electronic wizardry of the ESP cuts in. The engine is unobtrusive at cruising speeds though not as quiet as the Captiva is well dampened. Wind and tyre noise are only in evidence at much higher than legal speeds as a trip around a Taupo racetrack showed earlier in the year. Most importantly the Korando is rated to tow 2000kg braked, which will endear it to the rural sector. Off the Road – As can be seen in the photo, fertiliser was being put on the farm over the time we had the Korando so it

meant a drive over some of the steepest wheeled access areas. For fun I also drove through the deepest parts of the stream that bisects the property dropping a front wheel in a hole that had developed over the winter. While the bonnet was awash with water the Korando took it in its stride as the rear also scrambled through without protest. In fact nothing we attempted fazed the vehicle with it’s ample torque available from 1400rpm and even conquered our axle twisting ditch crossing showing off good wheel articulation. Interior – All the electric and safety goodies are there

ESP, ABS, EBD, and masses of air bags, cruise control, and cruise computer with a USB entertainment system with steering wheel controls. A wealth of storage pockets and bins adorn the interior with a top-of-dash lid that could easily store a Sat Nav away from prying eyes. Fold flat 60/40 split rear seats give huge cargo room or with them up still will take two standard hay bales. Seating is well shaped for all five occupants with heated leather, and a sunroof available on the top model SPR priced at $47,990. I liked the Sports AWD version for $42,990 (2WD

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Improving Soil Structure

by Dr Tim Jenkins

Soil structure is crucial for providing roots with plentiful air to breathe and yet ample water to take up. The ideal is to have a soil of aggregates or crumbs. A crumbly soil means the roots get the best of both worlds. Between the crumbs, water can drain more freely leaving an aerated soil. Within the crumbs, there is more chanced of the soil holding on the resource of water when dry conditions hit. Root hairs can access moisture from within the crumb and also get access to the minerals and nitrogen that are stored within the crumb. Plant nutrients are also made more available in a well

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structured soil because the structure also assists good soil biology which enhances the speed with which nutrients are made available. Some soils have a good natural structure which certainly helps. But soil structure can also change for better or worse according to how we treat it. Soil should not be worked when too wet or the water will make the crumbs slide apart and lose their structure. When cultivating a soil that is too dry, crumbs can turn to dust, so it’s important to restrict cultivation to times when the soil has drained off excess water but hasn’t become dry. As well as soil biology improving with better soil structure, good soil biology can lead to good soil structure. Many types of bacteria are useful in producing a gum that helps hold soil crumbs together. Fungi of many species form threads that can also physically bind soil particles into crumbs. And the masters of soil structure improvement are the earthworms with their active burrowing and the leaving behind of casts with a mix of organic matter and soil plus their skin mucus which helps soil crumbs hold together. Chemistry in the soil also

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affects soil structure. The main element required for good soil structure is ample calcium (partly for its boosting effect on earthworms and other soil biology but also for its flocculating ability. In the case of the earthworm pictured, the soil is been constricted partly because of its coastal sodium content. While the double positive charged calcium ion helps hold soil particles like clay and organic matter together in crumbs and thus leaves nice gaps between crumbs (this is flocculation), sodium with its single charge does not favour crumbs and when present in excess can leave a soil without

the gaps that provide aeration and drainage (and make life a bit more difficult for an earthworm trying to move). Saline soils are a special case of poor soil structure where an assessment needs to be made of whether the area can be adequately drained to then allow gypsum to provide readily available calcium to improve the structure and sulphate to leach out the excess sodium. In the meantime earthworms will still assist in making the best of the situation. Lifting soil organic matter should also be an aim. In pastures this largely relates to improving pasture growth,

not grazing pasture too hard and allowing pasture to fully recover before grazing again. In cropping soils, for long term sustainability, there is best to be a pasture resting phase (with or without grazing animals) and where feasible, compost addition for a direct boost to organic matter levels. Cover crops (green manures) don’t generally add to long term organic matter levels but they are an important strategy for protecting and improving soil structure and the inclusion of lupins and or cereals is good for providing fibrous root structure so beneficial for soil biology and structure.


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Soil Matters — with Peter Burton

Growing summer pasture Human nature being what it is, a degree of nervousness about the amount of growth over the coming summer is to be expected, however past growth records combined with the digging of a few holes will help with feed budgeting. Here in the Rotorua district the December growth figures since 1989 we have give a mean of 60kgDM/ha/day, with a range of 40–88kgDM/ha/day. Figures from Edgecumbe district over the last 7 years show growth ranging from 47–86kgDM/ha/day with a mean of 66kgDM/ha/day. There are long term pasture growth figures for all districts. Based on this information growth in December is quite reliable and the examination of physical soil structures and rooting depth will further help predictions. Soil is a living breathing organism and therefore able to respond, often quite rapidly, to changing climatic conditions. After a prolonged dry period a crust may form on the soil surface, possibly in an attempt to limit moisture loss as it soon disappears after a small amount of rain. Pasture plants have the ability to send roots to a depth of 0.8m enabling them to access moisture and nutrient from areas usually little affected by our typical short term dry spells over summer. Recent digging on clients’ properties has shown strong root depth to spade depth (25cm). The bulk of the root is white indicating that it has formed during winter and early spring prior to the rapid growth phase which starts with soil temperatures reaching a daily minimum of 10°C. There has been little evidence of roots matted in the top 7.5– 10.0cm of the soil. Matting of root usually only occurs if there is hard layer at about 10.0cm. In some instances if water soluble fertiliser has been regularly applied plant roots may congregate close to the soil surface and this is often accompanied with a hard layer just below.

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THE WAY WE SEE IT

John Barnes, Managing Director of Fertilizer NZ.

Last month I wrote that we should leave the soil until later and concentrate on the pasture. Well, this certainly got some comments. In my view September is not the time to start thinking about soil structure. This time of the year is about getting pasture in front of the stock. October onwards is a good time to take stock of how your soils have fared over the winter and start to repair any damage. The following article was written a few years ago and bears repeating. Before we tackle a problem, it’s often best to step back and look at the bigger picture. If we can understand the whole issue — its symptoms, causes and possible solutions — we’re usually better placed than if we concentrate solely on the problem. Agriculture works with things of nature — with natural systems, with living biological species of plants and animals, with the natural environment. Nature, of course, is incredibly complex — even a tiny cell is more complex than any man-made machine. The study of the way in which natural organisms (plants and animals) and their environment inter-relate is known as ecology. Like the gears and levers of a machine, each ‘part’ of nature has its own tasks and functions. Together, the ‘parts’ form a larger entity — ‘ecosystem’, to use the terminology of ecology. An ecosystem works under certain natural laws, and a further problem or penalty follows if you break any of these. The better we understand ecosystems and how they operate, the more chance we can cope with problems or, even better, avoid them. In terms of agriculture, the most important natural system is the general food chain. The basic food cycle is very simple, and

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most of us are subconsciously aware of it. Let’s start with the organisms we are most familiar with — our domesticated animals, and ourselves. We consume mostly plant and animal material. Domestic animals eat plants, almost entirely. Plants, however, make their own food through the photosynthesis process. They do this within their leaves, using carbon dioxide, water, mineral nutrients and light energy. However, the food chain could not operate if that’s all there was to it. Animals produce what we commonly call waste, mostly manure and urine. Most crop plants also produce unused roots, stalks and leaves, manure and plant residues we call organic matter. This is returned to the soil where it decomposes into humus, forming natural food for plants, and providing them with nutrients they need to survive. This cycle runs on energy just as a man-made machine does. Energy stored by the plant moves through each step of the system. It works under definite rules, and a flaw in any part of the system creates a problem at the next step. In other words, the ‘balance of nature’ can be upset — and we can do this easily. The science of ecology is based on the view that everything is connected to everything else — a view reflected in the way natural systems are organised, function and continually interact. To find out what is happening in your soil, dig a hole and check the soil structure and the root systems. Remember everything starts with a healthy soil. Until next month, happy farming. •  John Barnes is the Managing Director of Fertilizer New Zealand. More information: 0800 337 869.

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There are those who would say that the Rugby World Cup is the best thing that has ever happened to the upcoming election because it has totally swamped it. The only real presence is a few billboards around the streets, and a few interviews on TV where the politicians twist the conversation around to get a point across. Even the tragedy of the Rena hitting the reef and causing a major environmental drama wasn’t cashed in by the parties, and thank goodness for that! The only off hand line I can come up with is the fact that Astrolabe winery had a container on board the Rena which is a strange twist, but that certainly doesn’t lessen the tragedy. Anyway I suppose we can expect a huge volume of politics to hit us as now that the cup is over It is sort of like a motor race where the field was strung out around the track and with two laps to go the pace car comes out and bunches them all up resulting in a one-lap sprint. But dear reader, we should be grateful and relaxed that we haven’t had to suffer through weeks and weeks of arguments and attention grabbing by those who are there to govern. An interesting thing is that a few days ago CTV News ran a straw poll about when the election date was, and one out of about a dozen got it right. So what of the issues? Well personally I think that the

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majority of voters are intelligent and they will be able to make their minds up after assessing the issues once or twice rather than having to suffer the same things being thumped into them over and over again. Those who aren’t intelligent enough to understand probably won’t vote anyway. What does worry me a bit is the lack of young people who have registered. But again that is more a case of they are far too busy spending their disposable incomes to worry about where it will be coming from. Their trend of staying at home and getting free board and lodging has prompted the term ‘KIPPERS’ or translated ‘Kids In Parents’ Pockets Eating Retirement Savings’. However that’s another story for another day. Obviously whom you vote for is your business, and why you have chosen that person and the party that you want to have in power is certainly your business, but it will be interesting what comes out of the referendum about whether we should relook at the present MMP system and vote for our method of picking our Government. Again I ask just how well versed people are about the referendum and whether the majority will understand why it is being voted on, so we can expect a barrage about that as well. Seriously though, wouldn’t it be wonderful and calming if we had an event such as the Rugby World Cup leading up to every election!

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Testing service bulls for bovine TB The TBfree Canterbury Committee is reminding dairy herdowners to have their service bulls tested for bovine tuberculosis (TB) before moving them onto the farm this mating season. Testing for bulls aged over 12 months is undertaken at no extra cost to the herd owner and could end up saving them time, money and heartache. Chairman of the TBfree Canterbury Committee, Malcolm Gilbert, is urging farmers and sharemilkers leasing or buying service bulls this season to remain vigilant to protect their herd from TB. All stock being moved must be accompanied by a correctly completed Animal Status Declaration form. Those with doubts or questions over stock coming onto their property should check the disease status of the animals by calling the Animal Health Board on 0800 482 4636.

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Livestock movement restrictions have contributed significantly to the success of New Zealand’s world-leading TB control programme. At the end of June 2011, there were 81 infected cattle and deer herds in the country, compared with 1700 in the mid-1990s. “This is a real achievement for the programme, considering there are just six infected cattle herds with TB in Canterbury” said Mr Gilbert. “But we are still mindful that there are two infected dairy herds in the region.” The Animal Health Board is investigating where the strain of TB responsible for these dairy herd breakdowns may have originated. “It is vital that all herdowners remember to TB test livestock being brought onto their property, particularly service bulls at this time of year,” said Mr Gilbert.

Two secrets to healthy hooves We all know that having a healthy herd is paramount to good business. There is also the feel good factor knowing that you are looking after your animals. A key part of herd health is the hoof. We all know that a cow with a damaged hoof can spell disaster. So how do we combat this? The answer is to take a holistic approach to healthy hooves. Below are two important points that help avoid lameness. Firstly, nutrition is a key element in the equation. We have all heard the saying ‘you are what you eh’. Well this is not quite the same with dairy cows, but you could say that the better the food (or nutrition) the healthier the dairy cow will be. This in turn means the cow’s hooves

are also going to be healthier. There is a common perception that hoof damage is caused by rough tracks and constant walking to and from the milking sheds. However, we now know that this is incorrect. Hoof damage starts from the inside out — not from the outside in. This is where nutrition comes into play. If the dairy cow is in optimal condition then its hooves will be strong and healthy and be able to resist the normal wear and tear of every day walking. This is not to say that having good, well maintained tracks and sheds doesn’t aid in the prevention of lameness. Research shows that tracks with a higher crown through

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because eventually the higher claw will start to buckle and falter under the extra weight. This is lameness. This is where hoof maintenance comes into play. We call it preventative trimming. Hoof trimming ensures that both claws on each hoof are even and in the best shape for evenly carrying the weight. Without correct trimming lameness can be rampant amongst dairy herds, leading to lots of lost production. In summary it is important to remember that correct nutrition to one, keep the cow in optimum health and two, in such a way to avoid rumen upset is very important. This coupled with preventative hoof trimming will significantly reduce the amount of lameness in your herd. For more help with dairy cow lameness, feel free to call me on 0800 833 463

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Dairy

October 2011

New! ADR 500 Effluent Screening Plant

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Notes from the shed with Mark McKewen New season, new challenges… Well that’s the dairy industry. Welcome to spring. One of the challenges farmers seem to face a lot is staff.

Pluck’s can adapt our ADR 500 and twin pond effluent system to work with your current effluent set ups, keeping your upgrade costs down.

� All plant and pumps very low kW � Self cleaning screen � Self cleaning ponds � Effluent is clean enough to be pumped into a pivot system if required � Screens out everything bigger than 1 mm

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For a variety of reasons they can be difficult to get and to keep, leaving the farm owner to keep the farm running for sometimes many months. The result is stress, and fatigue which can lead to accidents and worse.

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In the milking parlour you could put in automated plant and vat washers so you don’t have to wait for the wash to finish, automatic drafting gates that uses EID tags to draft the herd or heat detection using Milfos activity collars to make mating management a breeze. Maybe auto teat spraying either in race or on bail (rotaries), these can be retro fitted to any brand of platform. In herringbones swingarms in the pit will keep the pit clear and easier to move around and help with cluster alignment.

The new irrigator is still backed up by our very tough and well proven drive system, no blockage mast, booms and nozzles.

Take your Effluent Pond from crusty to aerobic to this …

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What has been noticed is that in the absence of reliable staff, there is a trend toward upgrading the automation of dairy and herd management functions to reduce dependency on staff, reducing ongoing labour costs and more importantly increasing the efficiency of the overall system.

using one of these:

Milfos cup removers can save time by eliminating over milking and the related problems. There are many options from flow controlled to milk metering, to networked with herd management recording. N.b There is a special limited offer on iCR intelligent cluster remover with 0% interest, contact your local Milfos dealer for details or visit www.milfos.com. Not enough? How about composite mastitis detection on bail along with milk yield, fat, protein and lactose or an accurate, on bail full somatic cell test every milking.

Your pond will stay clean, crust free, sludge free and look outstanding for good!

This pond took only eight weeks to go from crusty and stagnant to aerobic and biologically active. All the bearings are above the water line and are fitted with auto greasers that grease for 12 months unattended. www.plucks.co.nz Call us now to find a distributor and installer in your area enquiries@plucks.co.nz Main South Road, Rakaia 7710 0 8 0 0 7 5 8 2 5 7 Mid Canterbury

The EPS Stirrers come in a number of different Hp sizes and all of them are very low kW/Hr, starting at .75kW.

While I have only listed a few, there are a lot of ways that Milfos can help to make your job a little easier, maybe reduce some stress and give some time back for the things you want to do. If you need some advice on how to improve your dairy, please don’t hesitate to contact your local Milfos dealer or visit www.milfos.com to find out who to talk to.

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has a unique dual mode of action firstly clearing a pathway without harming beneficial bacteria, then, signal molecules stimulate the naturally occurring beneficial (good) bacteria or fungi to rapidly reproduce. Signal Molecule Technology is the power behind BioStart’s technology delivering rapid results. Signal molecules are complex molecules which can be used to selectively activate beneficial bacteria and fungi. The signal molecules set off a sequence of biochemical reactions within the targeted organism effectively telling it to awaken from dormancy, reproduce or elicit defence mechanisms. This whole process can take place in as little time as a millisecond or as long as a few seconds. In many signal molecule processes a small stimulus elicits a large response In the case of silage, secondary metabolites and bacteriocins team up to halt the natural decomposition process that happens when pasture is cut to clear a pathway for ensiling bacteria then the enzymes and

signal molecules combine to activate the beneficial lactic acid producing bacteria for a quick and efficient ferment. White Heron Stockfeed has become more involved with hay and silage contractors around the north of the South Island supplying Silage King inoculants and Hay King conditioner for application on balers, choppers or rakes. Andrew from White Heron says “Contractors and farmers are reporting a visible difference to the end product and palatability to stock. Hay King rapidly inhibits mould growth and contractors report they have an increased baling window and that they have produced quality bales even at 26% moisture.” Andrew from White Heron Stockfeed goes on to say “Biostart products help natures microbes perform at their best. We have full confidence in Biostart products with many positive farmer and contractor reports including calf rearers who have been stimulating rumen with BioStart’s Calf product.

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White Heron Stockfeed also has available Lacto Plus, specifically formulated for dairy cows. Lacto Plus works with digestive bacteria to enhance digestion and feed conversion. It is an aid for digestive disorders and helping cows utilise every mouthful of feed for the most energy and nutrition. It has been developed as an alternative to the rumen modifiers available and has a user friendly weekly dose. Another effective Biostart product, the Effluent pond activator, is impressive at reducing odour in minutes, visibly increasing bubble action and keeps a clean pond surface. Andrew says that often the initial dose is enough to maintain the balance but when used as a fix more doses may be required. “Importantly it arrests the spread of pathogens when spreading effluent on pasture and makes it more grass friendly and palatable. “The soil products from BioStart are continually evolving and we are following these with interest. One of these is Mycorccin. Use Mycorrcin to stimulate the Mycorrhizal fungi which have been shown to stimulate plant immune system and new root activity increasing water and nutrient reserves and ultimately help grow more grass and crops.” White Heron Stockfeed on 0800 789 874 for more information anytime on these interesting ground breaking products.

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Deer

October 2011

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Recently a very successful workshop, Lucerne for Deer, was held at the Deer Industry Focus Farm of the Zino Brothers in Hawarden. Thirtyone, workshop participants came from as far afield as Nelson, Marlborough and South Canterbury. Presenters included Dr Derrick Moot of Lincoln University, David Stevens of Agresearch and Lyndon Matthews of Puketira Deer. David Stevens of Agresearch Invermay

encouraged participants to think about the following aspects of Lucerne. Putting Lucerne into a farm system. The use of Lucerne raises both opportunities and conflicts. Therefore it is important to identify what the role of Lucerne is, how much is required and how we can offset any negatives. The scale of the decision to use Lucerne has a big impact on the process of adapting the farm

system. If a single paddock is required for some additional hay then the decision requires less analysis than if the decision is about the whole grazing system. The changes that are required to the farm system are also much smaller. If we are changing the grazing system then we need to consider the implications in some depth. What gap am I filling when I use Lucerne? Identify the problem in the current system that Lucerne may help solve.

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Often the problem is one of summer dry conditions. Using Lucerne provides the opportunity to access more water from the soil, therefore providing a greater period of growth into a dry summer. Remember that the amount of soil water is still limited by the annual recharge and the depth of the soil. These factors will provide the upper limit on what the potential of Lucerne really is. This means that choosing the paddocks sown in Lucerne is important to the overall impact of Lucerne on the problem that is targeted. Compare current pasture growth estimates with some estimates of how much Lucerne may grow. See the next section for some guidelines. Feed quality is a second, though usually less important factor. In spring feed quality differences between Lucerne and pastures are small. They become significant in summer and autumn. How big is the gap and how well will Lucerne fill it? Calculating the impact of Lucerne on the gap can be done using climatic and soil information. We need to know how much water the soil can hold, and how deep the water table is. These provide an estimate of how much water is available for Lucerne growth. Often the current pasture growth is known or can be approximated. The growth of

the Lucerne that replaces it can also be calculated and then the two can be compared. Rules of thumb to help calculate the productivity of Lucerne include a conversion rate of 25 kg DM/mm of soil moisture used, and 5 kg DM/ growing degree day (above a base of 4oC mean daily temperature) (3 kg DM above 5oC from February onward) when water is available. With these values you can predict how Lucerne may help in different seasons under different soil moisture and rainfall conditions. These will be potential yields and act as a guideline. How do I need to adjust my management to make the most of Lucerne? We need to remember the basic requirements for the growth of lucerne to ensure that our grazing managements are adjusted to ensure high production and longevity. If we can’t provide the appropriate spell to ensure the rebuilding of root reserves in the summer autumn, then we have to consider how we reconfigure our system to suit. What gaps do we open up when using lucerne? Lucerne does not grow below 5oC in the autumn or 4oC in the spring (though this is not unusual for all of our pasture plants). However, the feed we have on offer is eaten readily and provides no

effective residual in the winter. Therefore the Lucerne is not a place to park stock during the early spring, though autumn grown feed can be used into June as long as frost doesn’t burn it off. The most significant gap is always in early spring. This is because we can’t park stock on Lucerne and expect it to grow to fill the gaps that we are aiming at. How much extra feed do we need during the time we can’t use Lucerne and what system can we use to fill this gap? A simple feed budget will provide most of this information. Often if we factor in using Lucerne in the early winter then the gap becomes smaller. Once we assess the use of the feed we can also often reconfigure the system by changing stocking rate or expected performance levels to meet the difference. For more information go to the Deer Industry’s web site Deernz.org and click onto On the Farm. Select 2011 Active Focus Farms — North Canterbury. Don’t miss the next Focus Farm Field day to be held on Thursday 17 November at the Zino Brothers’ property, Lake Sumner Rd, Hawarden. Topics include lactation management, yearling mating management and setting up for success in 2012.

Speakers: Tony Pearse (DINZ), David Stevens (Ag Research) Hosts: Sam and Mark Zino Facilitator: Wayne Allan (Agricultural Consultant)

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October 2011

OCT/NOV 2011 Highlights DNA TECHNOLOGY — CHANGING THE FACE OF NEW ZEALAND SHEEP FARMING Tuesday October 25 at 9.00PM A fascinating local documentary on the new DNA testing technology available to New Zealand Sheep Farmers. Consultant Vet Dr Trevor Cook from Feilding gives a historical perspective on the growing problem of parasite drench resistance, and how new DNA testing technology gives farmers sustainable new tools to identify sheep with preferred breeding traits. Sue and Graeme Maxwell, Sheep Stud farmers from Hawke’s Bay are an example of early adaptors of the new technology and they talk about their experiences of using Pfizer’s Wormstar and Sheep 50K DNA testing products in their breeding and parasite management programmes. (Repeat screenings available)

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ALONG FOR THE RIDE New Series Premiere - Tuesday November 8 at 9.30pm Along for the Ride follows expert show-jumpers across Canada as they battle to win the prestigious Kubota Cup. Starting with the first Grand Prix Qualifier for Kubota Cup Canadian Show Jumping Series which begins the odyssey across the nation and culminating in the exciting National Finals which are set amidst the glamour and clamor of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. It’s not only Grand Prix riders who overcome career changing injury and ALONG FOR THE RIDE also shares the story of two horses who overcome visual impairment while maintaining successful show jumping careers. Hear stories straight from the horses mouth and go behind the scenes with the riders, their horses and learn what it really means to be a competitive rider in Canada. (Repeat Schedule Available)

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October 2011

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Friday 28 Oct

06:00 Landline 07:00 NTPA Championship Pulling 07:30 Country 99 TV News & Weather 08:00 TOWER Sector Report 08:30 Country 99 TV News & Weather 09:00 Cheese Slices 10:00 The Cowboys’ Kitchen 10:30 5 Ingredient Fix 11:00 Surfing the Menu 11:30 The Fresh Life 12:00 Country 99 TV News & Weather 12:30 TOWER Sector Report 13:00 Straight Talk 13:30 Country 99 TV News & Weather 14:00 TOWER Sector Report 14:30 TUX North Island & NZ Dog Trial Championships 15:00 America’s Heartland 15:30 Along For The Ride 16:00 Cheese Slices 17:00 The Fresh Life 17:30 The Cowboys’ Kitchen 18:00 Along For The Ride 18:30 Landline 19:30 Hell On Hooves 20:00 Country 99 TV News & Weather 20:30 America’s Heartland 21:00 DNA Technology 21:30 Horse Tales 22:00 Landline 23:00 NTPA Championship Pulling 23:30 Cheese Slices 00:30 The Cowboys’ Kitchen 01:00 NTPA Championship Pulling 01:30 Country 99 TV News & Weather 02:00 Landline 03:00 NTPA Championship Pulling 03:30 Cheese Slices 04:30 FEI Nations Cup 2011 05:30 NTPA Championship Pulling

06:00 Landline 07:00 Hell On Hooves 07:30 Country 99 TV News & Weather 08:00 Straight Talk 08:30 Country 99 TV News & Weather 09:00 Along For The Ride 09:30 FEI Equestrian World 2010 10:00 Race Country 10:30 HSBC FEI Classics 11:30 NTPA Championship Pulling 12:00 Country 99 TV News & Weather 12:30 Straight Talk 13:00 TOWER Sector Report 13:30 Country 99 TV News & Weather 14:00 Ag PhD 14:30 Farming Sunday 15:00 The Cowboys’ Kitchen 15:30 Spruce Meadows 2011 16:30 Animal S.O.S. 17:00 Garden Rambles 18:00 Backstage Pass With Monty Roberts 18:30 Landline 19:30 NTPA Championship Pulling 20:00 Country 99 TV News & Weather 20:30 Money Talks 21:00 Ag PhD 21:30 TUX North Island & NZ Dog Trial Championships 22:00 Landline 23:00 NTPA Championship Pulling 23:30 Garden Rambles 00:30 Best Of America By Horseback 01:00 NTPA Championship Pulling 01:30 Country 99 TV News & Weather 02:00 Landline 03:00 NTPA Championship Pulling 03:30 Your Beautiful Garden 04:00 Garden Rambles 05:00 Race Country 05:30 NTPA Championship Pulling

06:00 Landline 07:00 NTPA Championship Pulling 07:30 Country 99 TV News & Weather 08:00 Money Talks 08:30 Country 99 TV News & Weather 09:00 Gardening Australia 09:30 Cheese Slices 10:30 The Cowboys’ Kitchen 11:00 The Fresh Life 11:30 NTPA Championship Pulling 12:00 Country 99 TV News & Weather 12:30 Money Talks 13:00 TUX North Island & NZ Dog Trial Championships 13:30 Country 99 TV News & Weather 14:00 Landline 15:00 Barbecue University 15:30 FEI Equestrian World 2011 16:00 Gardening Australia 16:30 Cheese Slices 17:30 The Fresh Life 18:00 FEI Equestrian World 2011 18:30 Landline 19:30 NTPA Championship Pulling 20:00 Country 99 TV News & Weather 20:30 Landline 21:30 Classic Tractor Fever 22:00 Landline 23:00 Classic Tractor Fever 23:30 Gardening Australia 00:00 Cheese Slices 01:00 NTPA Championship Pulling 01:30 Country 99 TV News & Weather 02:00 Landline 03:00 NTPA Championship Pulling 03:30 Gardening Australia 04:00 Cheese Slices 05:00 FEI Equestrian World 2011 05:30 NTPA Championship Pulling

06:00 Landline 07:00 NTPA Championship Pulling 07:30 Country 99 TV News & Weather 08:00 Ag PhD 08:30 Country 99 TV News & Weather 09:00 FEI Nations Cup 2011 10:00 Pro Bull 2010 11:00 Landline 12:00 Country 99 TV News & Weather 12:30 Ag PhD 13:00 Money Talks 13:30 Country 99 TV News & Weather 14:00 America’s Heartland 14:30 Hell On Hooves 15:00 FEI Nations Cup 2011 16:00 Garden Rambles 17:00 Landline 18:00 Classic Tractor Fever 18:30 Landline 19:30 NTPA Championship Pulling 20:00 Country 99 TV News & Weather 20:30 Straight Talk 21:00 Under The Spell Of Horses 22:00 Landline 23:00 NTPA Championship Pulling 23:30 Classic Tractor Fever 00:00 Best Of America By Horseback 00:30 Ag PhD 01:00 NTPA Championship Pulling 01:30 Country 99 TV News & Weather 02:00 Landline 03:00 NTPA Championship Pulling 03:30 Landline 04:30 Ag PhD 05:00 Farming Sunday 05:30 NTPA Championship Pulling

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Along For The Ride Under The Spell Of Horses Race Country Country 99 TV News & Weather TOWER Sector Report Money Talks Ag PhD Straight Talk TUX North Island & NZ Dog Trial Championships Outdoors With Geoff Thomas Race Country Along For The Ride Under The Spell Of Horses Spruce Meadows 2011 TOWER Sector Report DNA Technology Ag PhD Straight Talk Outdoors With Geoff Thomas Outdoors With Geoff Thomas TUX North Island & NZ Dog Trial Championships The Week In Agri-Business Inside Music Row TruCountry Marty Stuart Show Cumberland Highlanders Best Of America By Horseback Under The Spell Of Horses Along For The Ride Pro Bull 2010 FEI Nations Cup 2011 Spruce Meadows 2011 FEI Equestrian World 2011 Along For The Ride TOWER Sector Report Money Talks Ag PhD Straight Talk

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Farming Sunday Straight Talk Money Talks TOWER Sector Report The Week In Agri-Business TUX North Island & NZ Dog Trial Championships Spruce Meadows 2011 HSBC FEI Classics Race Country Along For The Ride Under The Spell Of Horses DNA Technology Straight Talk Farming Sunday TOWER Sector Report Pro Bull 2011 The Week In Agri-Business Farming Sunday Classic Tractor Fever Marty Stuart Show Inside Music Row TruCountry FEI Equestrian World 2011 Along For The Ride Under The Spell Of Horses Pro Bull 2011 Along For The Ride Race Country FEI Equestrian World 2011 Along For The Ride FEI Nations Cup 2011 Money Talks Straight Talk TOWER Sector Report Ag PhD

MOnday 31 Oct 06:00 Landline 07:00 NTPA Championship Pulling 07:30 The Week In Agri-Business 08:00 Farming Sunday 08:30 The Week In Agri-Business 09:00 Your Beautiful Garden 09:30 Gardening Australia 10:00 Smart Gardening 10:30 Garden Rambles 11:30 NTPA Championship Pulling

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The Week In Agri-Business Farming Sunday Money Talks The Week In Agri-Business Straight Talk Ag PhD Farming Sunday Under The Spell Of Horses Gardening Australia Smart Gardening FEI Nations Cup 2011 Landline America’s Heartland Country 99 TV News & Weather TOWER Sector Report TUX North Island & NZ Dog Trial Championships Hell On Hooves Landline NTPA Championship Pulling Your Beautiful Garden Gardening Australia Smart Gardening NTPA Championship Pulling Country 99 TV News & Weather Landline NTPA Championship Pulling Your Beautiful Garden Gardening Australia Smart Gardening NTPA Championship Pulling

Tuesday 1 nov 06:00 Landline 07:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 07:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 08:00 Tower Sector Report 08:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 09:00 Cheese Slices 09:30 Barbecue University 10:00 NZ on a Plate 10:30 5 Ingredient Fix 11:00 Surfing the Menu 11:30 The Cowboys’ Kitchen

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PROGRAMME SCHEDULE Tues 1 Nov - Mon 7 Nov 12:00 Country99 TV News & Weather 12:30 Tower Sector Report 13:00 Straight Talk 13:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 14:00 Tower Sector Report 14:30 TUX North Island & NZ Dog Trial Championship 15:00 America’s Heartland 15:30 NZ Dressage Championships 2011 16:30 NZ Dressage Championships 2011 17:30 NZ National Agricultural Fieldays Exhibitors 18:00 NZ National Agricultual Fieldays Event Highlights 18:30 Landline 19:30 Hell On Hooves 20:00 Country99 TV News & Weather 20:30 America’s Heartland 21:00 ASB Rural Innovation Week 21:30 Horse Tales and Other Stories 22:00 Landline 23:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 23:30 Cheese Slices 00:00 Barbecue University 00:30 The Cowboys’ Kitchen 01:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 01:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 02:00 Landline 03:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 03:30 Cheese Slices 04:00 Barbecue University 04:30 FEI Nations Cup 2011 05:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship

Wednesday 2 nov 06:00 Landline 07:00 Hell On Hooves

07:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 08:00 Straight Talk 08:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 09:00 ASB Rural Innovation Week 09:30 FEI Equestrian World 2011 10:00 Race Country 10:30 HSBC FEI Classics 2011 11:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship 12:00 Country99 TV News & Weather 12:30 Straight Talk 13:00 ASB Rural Innovation Week 13:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 14:00 Ag PhD 14:30 Farming Sunday 15:00 The Cowboys’ Kitchen 15:30 Spruce Meadows 2011 16:30 The Beef & Lamb Glammies 17:30 NZ National Agricultural Fieldays Exhibitors 18:00 NZ National Agricultual Fieldays Event Highlights 18:30 Landline 19:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship 20:00 Country99 TV News & Weather 20:30 Money Talks 21:00 ASB Rural Innovation Week 21:30 TUX North Island & NZ Dog Trial Championship 22:00 Landline 23:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 23:30 Garden Rambles 00:30 America’s Heartland 01:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 01:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 02:00 Landline 03:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship

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Thursday 3 nov 06:00 Landline 07:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 07:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 08:00 Money Talks 08:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 09:00 ASB Rural Innovation Week 09:30 Golden Shears 11:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship 12:00 Country99 TV News & Weather 12:30 Money Talks 13:00 ASB Rural Innovation Week 13:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 14:00 Landline 15:00 Barbecue University 15:30 FEI Equestrian World 2011 16:00 DNA Technology Changing The Face Of NZ Sheep Farming 16:30 Pro Bull 2010 17:30 NZ National Agricultural Fieldays Exhibitors 18:00 NZ National Agricultual Fieldays Event Highlights 18:30 Landline 19:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship 20:00 Country99 TV News & Weather 20:30 Tower Sector Report 21:00 ASB Rural Innovation Week 21:30 Classic Tractor Fever 22:00 Landline 23:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 23:30 Gardening Australia 00:00 Cheese Slices 00:30 Your Beautiful Garden 01:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship

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PROGRAMME SCHEDULE Tues 8 Nov - Tues 15 Nov Tuesday 8 nov 06:00 Landline 07:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 07:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 08:00 TOWER Sector Report 08:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 09:00 Cheese Slices 09:30 Barbecue University 10:00 NZ on a Plate 10:30 5 Ingredient Fix 11:00 Surfing the Menu 11:30 The Cowboys’ Kitchen 12:00 Country99 TV News & Weather 12:30 TOWER Sector Report 13:00 Straight Talk 13:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 14:00 TOWER Sector Report 14:30 TUX North Island & NZ Dog Trial Championships 15:00 America’s Heartland 15:30 FEI Equestrian World 2011 16:00 Cheese Slices 16:30 Barbecue University 17:00 NZ on a Plate 17:30 The Cowboys’ Kitchen 18:00 Team Fredericks - In Control 18:30 Landline 19:30 Hell On Hooves 20:00 Country99 TV News & Weather 20:30 America’s Heartland 21:00 Straight Talk 21:30 Along For The Ride 22:00 Landline 23:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 23:30 Cheese Slices 00:00 Barbecue University 00:30 The Cowboys’ Kitchen 01:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 01:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 02:00 Landline 03:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 03:30 Cheese Slices

04:00 Barbecue University 04:30 Under The Spell Of Horses 05:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship

Wednesday 9 nov 06:00 07:00 07:30 08:00 08:30 09:00 09:30 10:00 10:30 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:00 15:30 16:30 17:00 18:00 18:30 19:30 20:00 20:30 21:00 21:30 22:00 23:00 23:30 00:30 01:00 01:30 02:00 03:00

Landline Hell On Hooves Country99 TV News & Weather Straight Talk Country99 TV News & Weather Along For The Ride FEI Equestrian World 2011 Race Country HSBC FEI Classics 2011 National Tractor Pulling Championship Country99 TV News & Weather Straight Talk TOWER Sector Report Country99 TV News & Weather Ag PhD Farming Sunday The Cowboys’ Kitchen Spruce Meadows 2011 Animal S.O.S. Garden Rambles Backstage Pass With Monty Roberts Landline National Tractor Pulling Championship Country99 TV News & Weather Money Talks Ag PhD TUX North Island & NZ Dog Trial Championships Landline National Tractor Pulling Championship Garden Rambles America’s Heartland National Tractor Pulling Championship Country99 TV News & Weather Landline National Tractor Pulling Championship

03:30 Your Beautiful Garden 04:00 Garden Rambles 05:00 Race Country 05:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship

Thursday 10 nov 06:00 Landline 07:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 07:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 08:00 Money Talks 08:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 09:00 Gardening Australia 09:30 Cheese Slices 10:00 Your Beautiful Garden 10:30 The Cowboys’ Kitchen 11:00 Garden Rambles 12:00 Country99 TV News & Weather 12:30 Money Talks 13:00 TUX North Island & NZ Dog Trial Championships 13:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 14:00 Landline 15:00 Barbecue University 15:30 FEI Equestrian World 2011 16:00 Gardening Australia 16:30 NZ on a Plate 17:00 Your Beautiful Garden 17:30 The Fresh Life 18:00 FEI Equestrian World 2011 18:30 Landline 19:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship 20:00 Country99 TV News & Weather 20:30 Landline 21:30 Classic Tractor Fever 22:00 Landline 23:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 23:30 Gardening Australia 00:00 Cheese Slices 00:30 Your Beautiful Garden 01:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 01:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 02:00 Landline

03:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 03:30 Gardening Australia 04:00 Cheese Slices 04:30 Your Beautiful Garden 05:00 FEI Equestrian World 2011 05:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship

Friday 11 nov 06:00 Landline 07:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 07:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 08:00 Ag PhD 08:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 09:00 Gucci Masters 2010 10:00 Pro Bull 2010 11:00 Landline 12:00 Country99 TV News & Weather 12:30 Ag PhD 13:00 Money Talks 13:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 14:00 America’s Heartland 14:30 Hell On Hooves 15:00 Audi Masters 2010 16:00 Garden Rambles 17:00 Landline 18:00 Classic Tractor Fever 18:30 Landline 19:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship 20:00 Country99 TV News & Weather 20:30 Straight Talk 21:00 Under The Spell Of Horses 22:00 Landline 23:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 23:30 Classic Tractor Fever 00:00 America’s Heartland 00:30 Ag PhD 01:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 01:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 02:00 Landline 03:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 03:30 Landline

04:30 Ag PhD 05:00 Farming Sunday 05:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship

saTurday 12 nov 06:00 07:00 07:30 08:00 09:00 09:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00 15:00 17:00 17:30 18:00 18:30 19:00 19:30 20:00 20:30 21:00 21:30 22:00 22:30 23:30 00:00 01:00 02:00 03:00 03:30 04:00 04:30 05:00 05:30

Pro Bull 2010 FEI Equestrian World 2011 Along For The Ride Under The Spell Of Horses At Home With Carl Hester Country99 TV News & Weather TOWER Sector Report Money Talks Ag PhD Straight Talk TUX North Island & NZ Dog Trial Championships Outdoors With Geoff Thomas FEI Equestrian World 2011 Along For The Ride Under The Spell Of Horses Spruce Meadows 2011 - BMO Nations Cup Ag PhD Straight Talk Outdoors With Geoff Thomas Outdoors With Geoff Thomas TUX North Island & NZ Dog Trial Championships The Week In Agri-Business Inside Music Row TruCountry The Marty Stuart Show Cumberland Highlanders America’s Heartland Under The Spell Of Horses Along For The Ride Pro Bull 2010 Under The Spell Of Horses Spruce Meadows 2011 FEI Equestrian World 2011 Along For The Ride TOWER Sector Report Money Talks Ag PhD Straight Talk

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Pro Bull 2011 Under The Spell Of Horses FEI Equestrian World 2011 Along For The Ride Farming Sunday Straight Talk Money Talks TOWER Sector Report The Week In Agri-Business TUX North Island & NZ Dog Trial Championships Spruce Meadows 2011 FEI Equestrian World 2011 Along For The Ride Under The Spell Of Horses America’s Heartland Straight Talk Farming Sunday TOWER Sector Report Pro Bull 2011 The Week In Agri-Business Farming Sunday Classic Tractor Fever The Marty Stuart Show Inside Music Row TruCountry FEI Equestrian World 2011 Along For The Ride Under The Spell Of Horses Pro Bull 2011 Along For The Ride At Home With Carl Hester FEI Equestrian World 2011 Along For The Ride Under The Spell Of Horses Money Talks Straight Talk TOWER Sector Report Ag PhD

MOnday 14 nov 06:00 Landline 07:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 07:30 The Week In Agri-Business 08:00 Farming Sunday 08:30 The Week In Agri-Business

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Your Beautiful Garden Gardening Australia Smart Gardening Garden Rambles National Tractor Pulling Championship The Week In Agri-Business Farming Sunday Money Talks The Week In Agri-Business Straight Talk Ag PhD Farming Sunday Under The Spell Of Horses Gardening Australia Smart Gardening HSBC FEI Classics 2011 Landline America’s Heartland Country99 TV News & Weather TOWER Sector Report TUX North Island & NZ Dog Trial Championships Hell On Hooves Landline National Tractor Pulling Championship Your Beautiful Garden Gardening Australia Smart Gardening National Tractor Pulling Championship Country99 TV News & Weather Landline National Tractor Pulling Championship Your Beautiful Garden Gardening Australia Smart Gardening Along For The Ride National Tractor Pulling Championship

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PROGRAMME SCHEDULE Tues 15 Nov - Mon 21 Nov 08:00 08:30 09:00 09:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:00 15:30 16:00 16:30 17:00 17:30 18:00 18:30 19:30 20:00 20:30 21:00 21:30 22:00 23:00 23:30 00:00 00:30 01:00 01:30 02:00 03:00 03:30 04:00 04:30 05:30

TOWER Sector Report Country99 TV News & Weather Cowboy Flavor Barbecue University NZ on a Plate 5 Ingredient Fix Surfing the Menu The Cowboys’ Kitchen Country99 TV News & Weather TOWER Sector Report Straight Talk Country99 TV News & Weather TOWER Sector Report TUX North Island & NZ Dog Trial Championships America’s Heartland Along For The Ride Cowboy Flavor Barbecue University NZ on a Plate The Cowboys’ Kitchen Team Fredericks - In Control Landline Hell On Hooves Country99 TV News & Weather America’s Heartland Straight Talk Along For The Ride Landline National Tractor Pulling Championship NZ on a Plate Barbecue University The Cowboys’ Kitchen National Tractor Pulling Championship Country99 TV News & Weather Landline National Tractor Pulling Championship NZ on a Plate Barbecue University Under The Spell Of Horses National Tractor Pulling Championship

Wednesday 16 nov 06:00 07:00 07:30 08:00 08:30 09:00 09:30 10:00 10:30 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:00 15:30 17:30 18:00 18:30 19:30 20:00 20:30 21:00 21:30 22:00 23:00 23:30 00:30 01:00 01:30 02:00 03:00 03:30 04:00 05:00

Landline Hell On Hooves Country99 TV News & Weather Straight Talk Country99 TV News & Weather Along For The Ride FEI Equestrian World 2011 Race Country HSBC FEI Classics 2011 National Tractor Pulling Championship Country99 TV News & Weather Straight Talk TOWER Sector Report Country99 TV News & Weather Ag PhD Farming Sunday The Cowboys’ Kitchen Spruce Meadows 2011 Smart Gardening Team Fredericks - In Control Landline National Tractor Pulling Championship Country99 TV News & Weather Money Talks Ag PhD TUX North Island & NZ Dog Trial Championships Landline National Tractor Pulling Championship Garden Rambles America’s Heartland National Tractor Pulling Championship Country99 TV News & Weather Landline National Tractor Pulling Championship Your Beautiful Garden Garden Rambles Race Country

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Thursday 17 nov 06:00 Landline 07:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 07:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 08:00 Money Talks 08:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 09:00 Gardening Australia 09:30 Cowboy Flavor 10:00 Your Beautiful Garden 10:30 The Cowboys’ Kitchen 11:00 Garden Rambles 12:00 Country99 TV News & Weather 12:30 Money Talks 13:00 TUX North Island & NZ Dog Trial Championships 13:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 14:00 Landline 15:00 Barbecue University 15:30 FEI Equestrian World 2011 16:00 Gardening Australia 16:30 NZ on a Plate 17:00 Your Beautiful Garden 17:30 The Fresh Life 18:00 FEI Equestrian World 2011 18:30 Landline 19:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship 20:00 Country99 TV News & Weather 20:30 Landline 21:30 Classic Tractor Fever 22:00 Landline 23:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 23:30 Gardening Australia 00:00 NZ on a Plate 00:30 Your Beautiful Garden 01:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 01:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 02:00 Landline 03:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 03:30 Gardening Australia 04:00 NZ on a Plate

04:30 Your Beautiful Garden 05:00 FEI Equestrian World 2011 05:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship

Friday 18 nov 06:00 Landline 07:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 07:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 08:00 Ag PhD 08:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 09:00 Bayleys Tauranga Showjumping Champions 10:00 Pro Bull 2010 11:00 Landline 12:00 Country99 TV News & Weather 12:30 Ag PhD 13:00 Money Talks 13:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 14:00 America’s Heartland 14:30 Hell On Hooves 15:00 Bayleys Tauranga Showjumping Champions 16:00 Garden Rambles 17:00 Landline 18:00 Classic Tractor Fever 18:30 Landline 19:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship 20:00 Country99 TV News & Weather 20:30 Straight Talk 21:00 Under The Spell Of Horses 22:00 Landline 23:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 23:30 Classic Tractor Fever 00:00 America’s Heartland 00:30 Ag PhD 01:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 01:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 02:00 Landline 03:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 03:30 Landline 04:30 Ag PhD 05:00 Farming Sunday

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saTurday 19 nov 06:00 07:00 07:30 08:00 09:00 09:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00 15:00 17:00 17:30 18:00 18:30 19:00 19:30 20:00 20:30 21:00 21:30 22:00 22:30 23:30 00:00 01:00 02:00 03:00 03:30 04:00 04:30 05:00 05:30

Pro Bull 2010 FEI Equestrian World 2011 Along For The Ride Under The Spell Of Horses At Home With Carl Hester Country99 TV News & Weather TOWER Sector Report Money Talks Ag PhD Straight Talk TUX North Island & NZ Dog Trial Championships Outdoors With Geoff Thomas FEI Equestrian World 2011 Along For The Ride Under The Spell Of Horses Spruce Meadows 2011 Ag PhD Straight Talk Outdoors With Geoff Thomas Outdoors With Geoff Thomas TUX North Island & NZ Dog Trial Championships The Week In Agri-Business Inside Music Row TruCountry The Marty Stuart Show Cumberland Highlanders America’s Heartland Under The Spell Of Horses Along For The Ride Pro Bull 2010 Under The Spell Of Horses Spruce Meadows 2011 FEI Equestrian World 2011 Along For The Ride TOWER Sector Report Money Talks Ag PhD Straight Talk

sunday 20 nov 06:00 Pro Bull 2011

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Under The Spell Of Horses FEI Equestrian World 2011 Along For The Ride Farming Sunday Straight Talk Money Talks TOWER Sector Report The Week In Agri-Business TUX North Island & NZ Dog Trial Championships Spruce Meadows 2011 FEI Equestrian World 2011 Along For The Ride Under The Spell Of Horses America’s Heartland Straight Talk Farming Sunday TOWER Sector Report Pro Bull 2011 The Week In Agri-Business Farming Sunday Classic Tractor Fever The Week In Agri-Business 2011 General Election The Rural Issues TOWER Sector Report Money Talks Straight Talk Under The Spell Of Horses Pro Bull 2011 Along For The Ride At Home With Carl Hester FEI Equestrian World 2011 Along For The Ride Under The Spell Of Horses Money Talks Straight Talk TOWER Sector Report Ag PhD

MOnday 21 nov 06:00 Landline 07:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 07:30 The Week In Agri-Business

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Farming Sunday The Week In Agri-Business Your Beautiful Garden Gardening Australia Smart Gardening Garden Rambles National Tractor Pulling Championship The Week In Agri-Business Farming Sunday Money Talks The Week In Agri-Business Straight Talk Ag PhD Farming Sunday Under The Spell Of Horses Gardening Australia Smart Gardening HSBC FEI Classics 2011 Landline America’s Heartland Country99 TV News & Weather TOWER Sector Report 2011 General Election The Rural Issues Hell On Hooves Landline National Tractor Pulling Championship Your Beautiful Garden Gardening Australia Smart Gardening National Tractor Pulling Championship Country99 TV News & Weather Landline National Tractor Pulling Championship Your Beautiful Garden Gardening Australia Smart Gardening Along For The Ride National Tractor Pulling Championship

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wool

October 2011

Price of wool reflects demand When I first began working with wool, the ‘old guys’ used to say that the wool industry was driven by fashion and construction and I guessed what that meant was, when there were plenty of new buildings being built there was demand for flooring and, in relation to carpet and rugs, what colours were fashionable at the time. Obviously the other part of the fashion equation was apparel, women’s fashion, men’s suits etcetera. From an apparel perspective, nothing has changed except

for fashion and, of course, manufacturing machinery, automation, and techniques. The construction industry, although extremely important, does not have the same influence of say fifty years ago, because of the vast range of flooring products which are now available, plus the introduction of climate control allowing stable temperatures within buildings for work and home environments. Many of the ‘hard’ flooring products even have significant noise reduction enhancement allowing them to compete more easily with many of the ‘soft’ flooring products including woolen carpets.

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However regardless of the end uses, demand versus supply remain key in determining wool price and demand nowadays is influenced by a variety of other things such as naturalness, sustainability and the ‘feel-good’ factor. Quite different from years gone by, although personal preference for specific design and colour never changes.

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Demand for crossbred wool at present seems to be outweighing supply and prices have been directly reflecting that at recent auction sales. When compared to prices even at this time last year, when the market had begun to improve, the market could confidently be quoted as between fifty and sixty percent stronger at present. Despite the Eurozone’s financial concerns as a result of the Greece situation, wool prices in general have remained buoyant over the past few weeks and clearances at auctions both in the South and North islands have been in the high eighty percent regions if not even better. Prices for both fleece and second-shear wools of good washing colour and style have reached well into the six hundred cents per kilogramme clean range with some of the best fleece types exceeding seven hundred cents quite regularly.

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TO DISCUSS YOUR REQUIREMENTS, ON FARM - IN YOUR SHED: Rakaia River North - Don Kars 0274 500 769 Rakaia River South - Gavin Crump 0274 316 555 Email: kaiapoi@hdfarmdirect.co.nz Website: www.hdfarmdirect.co.nz

It would appear that sheep farming is again an attractive proposition when the values of lamb, mutton and wool are all bundled into the equation. Sheep farmers once again are smiling and in Canterbury at time of writing, a very good shower of rain ensured their smiles were even wider. It would also seem that the lambing season has been a decent one with good survival rates so, after a year full of events which many Cantabrians would rather forget; farming communities throughout the province will be better positioned compared to some earlier seasons this century to date, which is great to see! That’s my view.


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Clean up with amazing KingQuad savings! If your farm bike has taken a pounding over the winter months, now’s the time to climb aboard a brand new KingQuad, especially at these super hot Spring Clean prices.

KingQuad 400 4x4 • 400cc electric start oil cooled 4-stroke • Solid enclosed rear axle supported by two shock absorbers • 5 forward gears with Hi/Lo ratios (man) • Torque sensing front differential • Lever action 2WD/4WD select • Easy select reverse lever

• Cutting mowing time since 1987 • Models from 30” to 72”

• Grass catcher with blower that works • Dealers nationwide

TWO ONLY IN STOCK Keep safe in the cab, Heater, Axle Lock, Radio, Cigarette Lighter, Mud grip tyres Keep warm this winter on the farm 2000 Suzuki Carry Truck, Hi Low Ratio, 17,000km Off road only $11,995.00 2002 Suzuki Carry Truck, Hi Low Ratio, 28,000km Road reg $13,995.00

SAVE $1,000

LT-F400F MAN

LT-A400F AUTO

$10,778 +GST $11,648 +GST ARTHUR BURKE LTD

0800

Phone 03 314 8121

www.dixonmowers.co.nz enquiries@dixonmowers.co.nz

North Canterbury Suzuki Dealer Markham Street, Amberley

743366 RIDEON

! NEW L L A

Tackle that Spring Grass Growth!

2012 TRX500 MANUAL

“EVERYTHING NEW FROM BULLBAR TO TOWBAR” Y NOW ONL +GST

$

,905$14,755

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FPM

Buy your mowers direct from the importer at less than wholesale. We have a full range of the tractor mounted mowers that you will need to tackle that new spring growth.

Finish mowers from $1,650 Topper mowers from $1,695 Rotary slashers from $1,675

• Power Steer (optional) • Fuel Injected • Adjustable suspension • 10% more power

Lifestyle Tractors & Machinery Ltd Tel. 03 347 4956 Email. tractors@lifestyletractors.co.nz Web. www.lifestyletractors.co.nz

• 6% more torque • Improved fuel economy • Water cooled • New seat ergonomics

Rangiora Motorcycles

10 Albert St Ph 03 313 4593 Kevin a/h 027 4361 974 www.rangioramotorcycles.co.nz

Muck Spreader

Electric FARM 4X4

For Hire

Demo from Demo from authorised authorised dealers dealers

MORE AC MOTOR MOTOR MORERANGE RANGE NEW AC  50km Range up to 70km  Top speed 50kmh ■ Range ■ Top speed 50kmh ■ Hi/low ratio  Hi/low ratio  Quiet motion ■ Quiet motion ■ Plug-in recharge  Plug-in recharge  Low maintenance costs

0800 080038 3844 44 50 50

Multi-Terrain Vehicle Multi-Terrain Vehicle

Bunnings 10 Tonne Spreader Vertical Rotars and Slurry Door 2.3 metre Muck Rake with Euro Hitch

We’rre up and running in the CBD Team Hutchinson Ford

St Asaph St | CHRISTCHURCH | 379 3440 | teamhutchinsonford.com

Available for Dry Hire or Full Service Ideal for Pig or Chicken Manure, COMPOST, Greenwaste Calfshed and Dairyshed Cleanouts IDEATION-THF0163

MADE IN USA

Ph 03 312 9440


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October 2011

New products released by Ironman 4x4 rocks, mud and debris. These kits are made from 3mm pressed steel, have easy bolt on installation with no drilling or welding required, allow oil changes without removal and are powder coated for long life. Kits are available for most late model 4wd vehicles.

A range of new products are set to be released at the Canterbury A&P Show by Terraquip, the NZ distributor for Ironman 4x4. New products will include a full range of recovery gear from snatch straps and highlift jacks to full recovery kits containing everything required to get you out of trouble. A new compressor (Flo-Max Pro) is also available which delivers up to 160 litre/min and other products include fridges, roof racks, under body protection kits, diff locks and a range of camping accessories.

Camping Accessories A comprehensive range of camping accessories are now available from Ironman 4x4. To go with the existing roof top tents and awnings, Ironman 4x4 have produced folding camp chairs, quick fold camping tables, picnic sets, solar panels, camping lights and camping swags. To keep things cool, 3 new fridge/freezers have been developed from 30–50 litre which can operate from -18 to 5 degrees and 12, 24 and 240 volt.

Diff Locks Ironman 4x4 has developed a state of the art diff lock “The Harrop/Eaton E-Locker” The Ironman Diff Locker is manufactured in Australia in conjunction with Eaton Corporation and Harrop Engineering and it is a new age electro magnetic design which is maintenance free. The initial range of Ironman Diff Lockers covers the range of Toyota Landcruiser, Prado’s, Hilux’s and Nissan Patrols. They have been engineered to capture 100% of the available torque sending it equally to both ends of the axle.

Ironman diff lockers feature: • Heavy duty 4 pinion design • Push button operation (no air system or plumbing required) • Maintenance free

The ironman locker is built with precision-forged gears by Eaton that are designed to mesh perfectly providing strength and durability over a standard gear cut.

To see and purchase the whole range of new products and talk to the experts who helped develop them, come see us at the Canterbury A&P Show from the 9–11th November at site G9 or phone toll free on 0508 IRONMAN. www.ironman4x4.co.nz

Major advantages over air lockers include: no air lines required – this means no compressors needed, no damage to airlines, no chance of oil pumping up the air lines, no delay in engagement due to oil in air lines, no leaking diff seals due to having a pressurized diff, no solenoids, no air tank and no pressure switch required and units are maintenance free – no servicing required, no seals to perish, no wearing seals on metal parts and no double lip seals that can break down.

Underbody Protection

• Driver controlled to provide full axle locking

With new age 4wd vehicles there is considerable risk of damage to vital components when using them off road. Ironman 4x4 as a result have developed a range of underbody protection kits which give enhanced protection from

• 3 year warranty • 12 volt activation with patented electric locking • Front and back activate individually

THE POWER TO GO ANYWHERE! Ironman Winch / Airbag Compatible Bull Bars

SEE US AT THE SHOW SITE

G9

Recovery Kits

Black Commercial

• Australian designed & Engineered • Competition style solenoid • Wireless Remote • 3 year warranty • FREE Damper Blanket

9500lb

$1350 Deluxe Commercial

$999

12,000lb

$1099

Protector

SMALL KIT includes • 9m x 8000kg snatch strap • 2 x 4.7t bow shackles • 4.7t recovery point • Leather gloves & kit bag

Hand Winch • 1600kgs & 2500kg pull • Corrosion free body • Heavy duty carry bags

$1580

LARGE KIT includes • 9m x 8000kg snatch strap • 20m x 4500kg winch extension • 3m x 12000kg tree trunk protector • 5m x 8mm drag chain • 2 x 4.7T bow shackles • Snatch block • Leather gloves & kit bag

$699

Tyre Repair Kit • • • •

Repairs without tyre removal Emergency puncture repairs Digital Tyre Gauge included Easy to use

$335

$245 Snatch Straps (Includes bag)

$1750

FORD JEEP LANDROVER MITSUBIISHI

Suspension Kits From

$990

• • • •

8000kg

$147

11000kg

$68 $108

MAXI Exhaust Jack

$75

• • • •

igher air intake for safe water crossings H Increased airflow for improved performance High quality polyethlene (LLPDE) UV resistant for long life

$350

4.2t lifting capacity 750mm lifting height Essential recovery item Includes carry bags

$299

Suspension Lift Kits TOYOTA HOLDEN NISSAN SUZUKI MAZDA

• 72L per minute • 150PSI max pressure pressure • Thermal overload protection • 3-year warranty

High Lift Jack • • • •

48” High Lift jack 1050 lifting capacity Includes Carry bag Complies to ASNZ2693:2003

$199

Prices exclude GST, Fitting and Freight. Prices are subject to change without notice TERRAQUIP NZ LTD 176 Waterloo Road, Hornby, Christchurch 8042 Telephone: (03) 349 0037

Mobile: 027 296 2346 Email: vince@terraquip.co.nz

Stewart Farming & Recreation 225-229 Hilton Highway Washdyke, Timaru Telephone: 03 684 7967

TOLL FREE - 0508 IRONMAN (0508 4766626)

www.ironman4x4.co.nz

Canterbury Farming, October 2011  

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

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