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Although the club’s membership has widened since those early days and is now open to all women, its focus continues to be on women’s wellbeing. Initially, the original clubrooms in Coleman Mall were open six days a week between 10am–10pm. Refreshments were available and social activities were organised for members. Meeting friends for a game of bridge was a popular pastime. From 1931 onwards, more activity groups began to form, meeting the interests of members. These groups included gardening, play-reading and music. Funds raised by the play-reading branch enabled the purchase of books to open a club library. During the second world war, the club’s activities concentrated on war work with sewing and spinning circles sending garments, food and used clothing overseas, and various organisations around New Zealand. Many traditions have remained. The first luncheon circle, held in 1953, has continued to meet monthly. Current interest groups include gardening, card games, bridge, Bolivia, Rummikub, mahjong, literary, crafts, oral history and archives, music, antiques and collectables, art and travel. Groups are run by a convenor and her committee. In addition, the club’s library offers a wide range of books for members to borrow. Each member receives a programme at the beginning of every month with a list of guest speakers booked for groups, along with other details. The club’s birthday party, with a high tea and other traditions, is celebrated each year in November. Giving back to the community continues to be an important focus. The Manawatū County Club supports Camelia House, which works with women and children in need. During the past year, sewing machines, fabric and notions were collected for local refugees. In 1992, members purchased their own clubrooms, refurbishing the former Salvation Army Citadel on the corner of Fitzroy Street and Napier Road. These rooms provide a warm and inviting environment for members and groups to meet and pursue their interests. A management committee is responsible for running the club. Membership enquiries can be made to the club on 06 358 4571. by Denise Gunn

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Long history As one of the region’s longest-running events, the Rongotea Society celebrates its 113th anniversary this year. by Denise Gunn Founded in 1909, the society formed following a discussion about onions between two of the district’s early settlers, John Gloyn and Herbert Hunt. John remarked that he had grown prizewinning onions while living in Levin but had nowhere to exhibit them now he was in Rongotea. A public meeting called by the pair drew a lot of interest, and the society was established. The first show was held for two days in the Coronation Hall in December 1909. Musical items were performed for the public in the evening. Eventually, the format was altered to become two one-day shows, held each year in autumn and spring. Family connections to the society and the shows have remained strong through the generations. Descendants of many of the founding members still continue to enter the show’s various sections. Donated trophies with family names carry the history of past winners. In recognition of the society’s early beginnings, the Gloyn family donated the John Gloyn Memorial trophy for the heaviest onions at the autumn show. From 1999, the new Te Kawau Memorial Recreation Centre became the venue for the two shows. This venue provides more space than the former Coronation Hall, which has since been demolished. Special classes at both the autumn and spring shows marked the society’s centennial in 2009. In October that year, official celebrations were held, and a centennial cake, was cut by life members Hazel Hunt and Rita Pearson. Elsa Stern, also a life member, became involved with the society in 1956 and was heavily involved for many years, holding several committee positions. Her efforts were recognised in 2013 with a Community Honour from the Manawatū DistrictDahliasCouncil.arethe main feature at the autumn show and daffodils at the spring show, attracting exhibitors from around the lower North Island. Sections for other flowers, vegetables, crafts and baking are also available, along with classes for children. A school points prize is up for grabs too. Champion daffodils on display

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Society president Patricia Gloyn said competitors travel from far and wide to attend the show. “We even had one from Christchurch for last year’s spring show. Exhibitors always comment on the lovely atmosphere and how friendly people are.”

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This year’s Rongotea Horticultural Society spring show will be held on Wednesday, September 14. For further information, phone society secretary Lynda Kelly on 06 329 7780 or visit com/rongoteahorticulturalsociety.facebook.

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“He used to take me around his coconut farms and involve me in everything,” said Amit. “My grandparents farmed quite a bit as well, so perhaps it’s in my blood. I love being outdoors, on my feet, getting my hands dirty and being with the animals.” After obtaining a Bachelor in Commerce (Honours) specialising in finance and investment, Amit worked in a cash reconciliation team at a bank in India for a year. He furthered his studies with a Graduate Diploma in Science and Technology and a Master’s in AgriCommerce, from Massey University. “Entering the New Zealand dairy industry was a challenge from the beginning, right from studying for my Master’s. A lot of the subjects related to agriculture were very new to me and required a lot of extra hours to understand concepts, systems and terminology,” he said. “I have always been interested in agriculture in general, but gaining a position on a dairy farm was what you could call a happy accident. Towards the end of my Master’s, while doing an internship, I wanted to do some part-time work and was offered a relief milker’s role.” In 2019, Amit began relief milking in the Manawatū before taking up a full-time farm assistant position on Andrew Hoggard’s 230ha, 550-cow property. He progressed to his current role as farm manager last year. “I really enjoyed the responsibilities handed out to me, being in the outdoors and working with cows, and did not turn back ever since.”

The 28-year-old enjoys his job and the responsibilities that come with it. “Every week, there is exposure to a new problem, and I like understanding its root cause and solving it. I enjoy learning, and every day on-farm is a learning experience. No two days are the same.” Amit is farm manager on Andrew Hoggard’s 230ha, 550-cow property at Kiwitea

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Visiting farms with his uncle during the summer holidays in India led the 2022 Manawatū Dairy Trainee of the Year, Amit Sujit, to follow a career in agriculture.

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Amit said when summer temperatures are high, heat stress in the herd is avoided by ensuring a consistent water supply and allowing the cows time to walk at their own pace to the shed.

Winning the Manawatū Dairy Trainee of the Year award is currently the biggest highlight of Amit’s dairy farming career.

At peak, 550 cows are milked in a splitcalving system on the Kiwitea farm. The herd produced 243,500kgMS this past season.

Amit has also completed courses through Primary ITO and gained a New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Milk Harvesting). “I am currently undergoing a Livestock Health and Biosecurity course. I have also attended a workshop for hoofcare management conducted by the Dairy Hoofcare Institute.”

“Besides that, being trusted with various responsibilities while working for Andrew and being acknowledged for my work has always made me feel valued. Since I’m new to farming, every time I learn something new and am able to implement it effectively on-farm, I see it as an achievement as well. “I like to celebrate the small things. In short, most days have been highlights in my dairy farming career so far.”

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“We grow maize on-farm on about 20ha every year and buy a little bit as well. This year, we’ve also grown oats on six hectares for calves being raised in-farm.”

The farm generally receives an average annual rainfall of around 1,200mm. “We’ve got a handful of paddocks that retain a lot of water, and letting cows on when it’s really wet results in pugging. At the moment, we avoid as much as possible, sending the animals there when it’s really wet.”

One of the main reasons Amit entered the Manawatū Dairy Industry Awards was to interact with other farmers and learn about different systems. “I would like to continue working on dairy farms for a little while longer and continue learning in the process. I’m also keen on helping my wife, Vani, in any way possible to help her finish herAlongPhD.” with working outdoors and with animals, Amit finds the extensive use of technology in the dairy industry exciting. “I love how innovative farmers are, and I believe the success of the New Zealand dairy industry is only because of the tenaciousness of these farmers.”

Along with the growing passion for beekeeping came the demand for honey from friends and family. Hive numbers increased, and Nath joined the local hobby bee club. “We started with two hives and grew to 20 over the first year. This growth continued for the next two years.”

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The couple’s business, Gillard Honey, specialises in export quality, 100% natural, raw New Zealand honey, producing bush, mānuka and rewarewa varieties. Hives are located in several areas in the greater Manawatū region. Environmental sustainability and community involvement are central to the business’s practices. “We now manage our hives to get the best out of them. We also work with other beekeepers,” said Nath. Competing with larger corporate beekeeping businesses has been challenging for the family-owned business. “We have overcome this with strong relationships with our customers, and keeping our family values offering a great product supported by great old-fashioned Kiwi customer service.” Nath said providing honey at a fair price to families and receiving great feedback is a rewarding aspect of the business. Three years ago, the family discussed how they could become more involved in their community. The outcome of this discussion was establishing The Honey Pot Project, providing free honey to several schools across the Manawatū through their breakfast clubs. A family interest in beekeeping led Nath and Amanda Gillard to establish a honey-producing business and develop The Honey Pot Project providing free honey to several Manawatū schools.

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“One of my best mates, Niamh Barnett, whom I’m travelling to the Netherlands with, had been selected for the Young Breeders team for the World Hereford Conference in 2020.

The former Feilding High School student is in her second year studying towards a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Lincoln University. “Wageningen University is ranked as the number one agriculture university in the world for 2021 and number two for environment and ecology,” said Georgia. Growing up on her family’s 20-acre lifestyle block in Kiwitea, the 19-year-old has always held a love for animals and the outdoors. “Mum is the Hereford NZ breed manager. Her father, Captain Ben Coutts, farmed in Scotland and was secretary for the Aberdeen Angus Society from 19711980. Although I didn’t grow up on a farm, I guess you could say it’s in my blood.”

Georgia’s interest in farming developed further through high school. “Enrolling for the agriculture course as a Year 9 got me hooked. Kain Nixon was my teacher, and I think he helped my passion for agriculture. I ended up taking the course all through high school and am now studying for a degree in agriculture science.” She also joined TeenAg while in high school. In 2017, Georgia was introduced to Future Beef NZ through Hereford breeders, the Langtry family. “Future Beef is an industry-focussed development programme for youth interested in the beef industry. Doing that with the Langtry family was one of my main drivers to increasing my involvement in agriculture.“Thiscompetition allowed me to meet lifelong friends and grew my interest and passion for cattle, especially Herefords.” Spending summer holidays docking and doing yardwork also provided experience and an opportunity to learn what happens behind the paddock gate. After a few years of competing in Future Beef NZ, Georgia became a member of NZ Hereford Youth.

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Alongside Georgia’s interest in cattle, she is a keen competitor in showjumping and eventing, riding at regional and national level. On several occasions, she has represented the Manawatū-West Coast Pony Club region and won the young rider championship at Arran Station in 2018.“Ihave always brought on and produced my own horses with the help and guidance of my coach Andrew Scott.” Upon completing her degree, Georgia would ideally like to gain a graduate role in the red meat industry. “I am passionate about genetics, the environment and efficiency in production, so I am looking to eventually find a job within the industry, which allows me to make a difference in this space.”

Five years ago, Georgia became involved with Future Beef NZGeorgia enjoys stock judging “To prepare, the team was travelling to compete in the Australian Youth Hereford Heifer Expo in Parkes, New South Wales. I tagged along as a NZ Hereford Youth member and had a blast, learning invaluable became a more active member in NZ Hereford Youth, leading for Kane Farms at the World Hereford Conference and in Wanaka in 2020. She attended the NZ Hereford Youth Development Forum 2022 and the leadership forum. “I think my involvement with Hereford Youth and Future Beef have all led to a growing interest in cattle stud stock and commercial farming practices. “I have a wee hobby breeding programme at home which is more for fun than anything else. I’m super lucky to have had some donated semen from NZ Hereford members in the past.” Georgia hopes to make the next NZ Hereford Youth Young Breeders team and attend the World Hereford Conference. During her first year at university, Georgia joined Lincoln Young Farmers and held the position of first-year representative. This year she was reelected as junior vice-chair and is also the publicity and social media officer for the Tasman Region Executive. “My leadership roles aren’t my only connection with Young Farmers. I also love to get involved with the competitions and opportunities provided. This year I attended the Norwood National Tournament finals in Whangārei as the Tasman representative for stock judging and debating competitions. It was a great experience with awesome competition.”

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CBD Painters and Home Solutions will travel further from the Manawatu area of service if accommodation is provided. It has been a productive year for the team, having painted two schools and travelling to Bulls, Levin and Te Apiti. Call the team on 0800 222 249, visit the website cbdhomesolutions. co.nz or Facebook at CBDpaintersmanawatu.facebook.com/

12 August 2022 MANAWATU FARMINg LIFEstYLEs LANDSCAPING&HOME Armstrong Palmerston North Phone: (06) 355 3333 www.armstrong.co.nz If you have a security concern or simply want a FREE independent security review of your property, call us: 06 355 3333 0800 506 111 SECURE YOUR RURAL BUILDINGS, SHEDS & SHELTERS Address: 589H Tremaine Ave • CCTV • ALARMS • LOCKS • KEYS • SAFES • ACCESS CONTROL LEADERS IN QUALITY PAINT FINISHES • Painting and Wallpapering • 2 pack Lacquer Finishes for Kitchen and Furniture • On Site Respraying of Existing Kitchens FOR ALL YOUR DECORATING REQUIREMENTS, CALL US ON 06 357 9162 Ph: 06 367 0557 www.levinglassworks.co.nzlevinglass@xtra.co.nz154OxfordSt,Levin. “Windows and Windscreen Repair Specialists” The all in one service by Amy Fi ta ADVERTORIAL CBD Painters and Home Solutions offer customers an across the board services from painting to property maintenance. Providing the region with a range of services, director Brendon Dorn’s father started the family-owned and operated business 12 years ago as a painting service. Since then, the company has expanded its services available to its clients. “We pride ourselves on a quality job rather than a fast job. We come with a smile, and we are happy and polite. We leave a place better than how we found it,” says director Brendon Dorn. As the business grew, the multitalented team expanded from painting to handyman services, decorating, insulating and property maintenance. “We are a six-man team doing anything from plastering, decking, fencing, landscaping and much more. We’ve ipped a few houses for our clients, but 80% of the work is painting.” The company is focussed on customer satisfaction and providing an affordable service. They will travel throughout the Manawatu and surrounding areas to work on your home. “We nd what the customer wants and price the job to that need. We are a versatile and friendly team of great guys and girls who work hard and perform well. “We started in 2010, and I was working with my father. He started it, and I’ve taken over in the last ve years, but my dad still works with the team. “There is not much we can’t do. If we can’t — we’ll bring someone else who can. Our youngest team member is 20 years, and our oldest is 76 years old.”

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Need to convince the rest of the family to get behind that barbecue, pool or outdoor entertainment project? Try these handy excuses by Andy Bryenton

Fish pond water feature — It’s meditative and relaxing, and if reports of exotic foreign day spas are correct, the fish will nibble at your toes in a pleasing manner. As an added bonus, should society collapse due to another round of petrol price hikes, you don’t have far to go with a rod and reel. Swimming pool — With climate change making every year hotter, eventually, we will need a pool, so why not beat the rush? Modern robot vacuums and filters make it easier than ever to avoid the pool becoming a green pit of primordial ooze, from which new life may one day arise. It’s possible to stretch the truth to insist that swimming, the ultimate low-impact sport, may even help turn a dad bod into the image of a heroic lifeguard.

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Four years ago, we moved over to Wairarapa, where we have been busy developing our property solely for breeding alpacas and Gypsy CobThehorses.mostimportant factor in breeding top-quality alpacas is the selection of the stud males we use in our breeding programme. Our stud males are responsible for multiple births each year. It is very important to use only the very best males available, so that the cria (babies) born, each year are of a higher quality than their dams (mothers).

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Thirty-seven years of service dedicated to protecting communities and responding to flood events came to a close recently with the retirement of Ian McMahon from Horizons Regional Council. Ian joined the Catchment Board, which later amalgamated to become Horizons Regional Council, as an engineering assistant in 1985. Horizons group manager catchment operation Dr Jon Roygard said Ian predominantly worked on the Lower Manawatū Scheme during his time withThisHorizons.scheme offers flood protection to approximately 320km² of land from Ashhurst to the sea. “It included two stints as area engineer, which saw him oversee key upgrades for the scheme and gain a team of staff who he mentored. While he eventually decided to take a step back from the formal management side of things, Ian continued to be an extremely valuable source of guidance for our river management staff.”

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Dr Roygard said Ian was considering retiring a few years ago. “We worked hard to convince him to stay in the role to continue his work and train our“Theteam.wealth of knowledge Ian holds for the lower Manawatū area is extensive, and his commitment to doing the best for our communities is admirable. An example of this is when he spent five months after the February 2004 floods working over 12-hour days, seven days a week, to ensure that all emergency repairs were made to protect people andIanproperty.”saidthe highlights of his career include being one of only five people who have had the opportunity to manage the Lower Manawatū Scheme in its 65year“I’mexistence.proudto have been part of the team responsible for the upgrades that provide 500-year protection for Palmerston North and 100-year protection for the rural community. My working career has been very interesting, and our work is generally really appreciated by the community. “Horizons has been so supportive of me throughout the years, and I’ve found it to have a great culture overall.” Dr Roygard said while Ian will be missed, he leaves behind a legacy in the staff he has trained and work completed. “On behalf of Horizons and the communities that he has served so faithfully, I’d like to thank Ian for his dedication to the region and wish him all the best for his retirement.”

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Ian’s retirement plans include completing some projects on his property, travelling in his campervan and continuing his hobby of restoring old cars. Ian McMahon at the Makino floodgates near Feilding sales@sheds4u.co.nz

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Various volunteer positions registered with Volunteer Central cover one-day events to ongoing opportunities. “There is everything available from gardening to governance, emergency to every day.” When a volunteer signs up, a conversation with a member of the Whatunga Tūao Volunteer Central team is held as part of their registration. “This conversation identifies the volunteer’s passion, skills, what they want to achieve, and their availability,” said Kate. “As a result of this conversation, they will be sent roles that they may be interested in that meet their goals. When the volunteer by Denise Gunn selects a role that they are interested in, Whatunga Tūao Volunteer Central sends their details to the organisation hosting that role for a further discussion to occur, and voila, a connection is made. “Organisations can become member organisations of Whatunga Tūao Volunteer Central, and as a member, they let us know what they want to achieve and what support they need to achieve this.”

Kate said the response from organisations has been very positive. Volunteers have expressed a range of feedback through roles they have taken on, particularly commenting on the sense of connection and benefits of contributing to the community. “It gives them a greater sense of wellbeing and purpose through using their skills, knowledge and time to give back to the community,” said Kate. “It’s also an opportunity for job seekers to try different opportunities to Janetta Mandeno explains volunteering and opportunities at one of Volunteer Central’s regular Cuppa and Chats in the region identify where their passion lies and for gaining skills, networks and references to improve their chances of gaining paidJanettaemployment.”Mandeno volunteers in the Whatunga Tūao Volunteer Central office once a week. She also delivers essential supplies to people in quarantine due to Covid-19, and takes her dog to a rest home for pet therapy once a week.

“It can be quite dangerous sitting in the office doing admin because every five minutes, I’m ‘ooh, I’d love to do that’,” sheVolunteersaid. roles are available to view on volunteercentral.nz. “If they see something that is of interest to them, they can let us know, and we will make the connection for them,” Kate said.

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The non-profit organisation, formerly known as Volunteer Resource Centre — Manawatū and Districts, has matched volunteers with positions in the wider region since 2010. Volunteer Central manager Kate Aplin said the organisation aims to build a connected future. “The inspiration was to provide a central place for people wanting to volunteer and match them with appropriate volunteering roles in the community. Volunteering provides a sense of connection and purpose, as well as supporting not-forprofit organisations with their capacity and capability to achieve their mahi.”

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BrianAssociation.Cox,executive officer of the Bioenergy Association said that “the use of renewable biomass to replace coal to produce heat arises because of the increased use of forest residues, instead of leaving the residues in the forest to rot. In this investment by Fonterra the supply of biomass from residues as fuel has been facilitated with the entry of Wood Energy New Zealand, as an accredited wood fuel supplier, into the North Island to supply the fuel to Fonterra. Mr Cox said that “With Fonterra making this fourth transition from fossil to biomass fuel for producing heat at its milk processing facilities, they are providing significant leadership and demonstration on how easy it is to move from coal to biomass fuels. Such investments however need to be well planned and undertaken in partnership with their wood fuel suppliers. The transitions can’t be done overnight which demonstrates that reduction in our greenhouse gas emissions will take time.”

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The Southern North Island Wood Council provides a collective voice for the forestry sector in Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu, Wairarapa, Tararua and Wellington. Members have a common interest in ensuring the long-term success of the sector. Membership is open to any company or individual with an interest in the local wood industry. Erica Kinder, SNI Wood Council CEO, can be contacted for more information. 290 498 sniwoodcouncil.co.nz/ southern north island wood scholarshipcouncilof$8000isnowacceptingapplications. can apply. forestry study Planning on enrolling 2023? employee within the industry who aspires to further training; to improve their skills, knowledge and value to the employer information visit https://growmeforestry.co.nz/#scholarships Erica Kinder, sniwoodcouncil@gmail.com, Ph. 027 329 0498 october 2022

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Residues2Revenues 2022 Conference in Rotorua saw an amazing turnout of well over 350 delegates. This was a record attendance and reflects the growing recognition amongst forest owners and those involved in log harvesting and transport that the demand for alternatives to fossil fuels has the potential to transform the forestry sector. Biofuels, bioenergy and a range of renewable bioproducts increasingly are being added to the industry’s more traditional wood products. The economics of betterutilising forest residues, bin wood, offcuts left on landings, short length or malformed logs that won’t meet MDF, pulp-mill or chip export log specifications and sawmill residues are finally starting to stack up. Low emissions energy to replace fossil fuels with electricity or solid biofuels is top of the Government’s agenda. Large industrial-scale heat and energy users throughout the country are firmly following the Government’s lead. The move to transition from fossil fuels is already well underway. Significant conversions have been made across the country with major announcements on new investments being made now almost every This changingmonth. landscape means that forest owners, those involved in logging operations and those with surplus waste from sawmilling and wood manufacturing operations are looking at satisfying this current and projected future demand. Is the forestry sector in a position to supply?

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Mr Cox said that “at the Residues2Revenues 2022 event last week it was outlined that we have the potential for adequate biomass to be available for transitioning from fossil fuels, but heat users and biomass fuel suppliers need to talk together so that each has good information on the demand and supply of bioenergy. The partnership between Fonterra and their fuel supplier, Wood Energy New Zealand, is a good example of that in action.”

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The changes made to maize to make it fit for agricultural feed purposes pale in comparison to the huge changes achieved during centuries by indigenous peoples to turn a marginally productive forage grass from the dry southwest into a staple foodstuff. Maize silage took off as a supplement in New Zealand from the 1990s onward, swiftly achieving harvests of more than 200,000 tonnes per annum. By 2010, maize covered more than 100,000 hectares each season, and that figure has only grown into the present day.

As powerful harvesters cut a swathe through the maize fields this growing season, it’s interesting to reflect that, 9,000 years ago, this valuable resource began with a nomadic Central American tribesperson taking note of an unusually ripe-seeded sprig of grass.

A statue of Xilonen, Aztec maize goddess — maize was developed over 9,000 years from wild grass in what is now Mexico, leading to both sweetcorn and the vital cattle feed of the modern era and number on each cob. This process was to continue right up until the ‘discovery’ of maize by Europeans; an event still commemorated in the United States during Thanksgiving. Those pilgrim settlers owed their survival to the strain of maize cultivated by the Wampanoag nation. Still, it was one of hundreds of cultivars across North America, all stemming from modern-day Mexico.

The amazing thing about all of this is not that maize can deliver the goods as an agricultural feed or even that modern agricultural scientists can make leaps of progress through understanding the genetics of maize. What’s most astounding is that the majority of the work required to turn the ancient, hard-kernelled wild grass called teosinte into maize was done long ago, before European peoples even invented the plough. One of the clues, which trace this 9,000year history of selective planting and crossbreeding of strains, comes from a corn cob thrown away in a cave in Tehuacan, Mexico, at about the time the pyramids were being built. “Based on archaeological evidence and modern DNA evidence, we already know that maize was domesticated in Mexico some time between about 10,000 and 6,000 years ago,” says Nathan Wales of the Natural History Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen.“Whatwedid not know, using modern DNA or other information, is really how this process gets going and the timing of different events in the past.” The little corn cob is only a couple of centimetres long and carries just eight rows of kernels. Someone harvested and ate this plant 5,300 years ago. However, even then, it was closer to modern maize, of the kind we have developed in recent times into both cattle feed and commercial sweetcorn, than it was to its wild ancestors. By this point, more than 3,500 years of selective planting had already made the Tehuacan specimen develop unshelled, soft kernels and had increased the size by Andy Bryenton

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Shelter for calves is in cattle DNA stoical creatures, seemingly built to weather nature’s changing seasons without complaint. However, there’s a why shelter a priority at calving time. Ten thousand years ago, in the north of what is now India, one of the most domestication events of the post-ice-age era happened. The aurochs, by Andy Bryenton

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Attempts are being made to bring back the aurochs, the ancestor of modern cattle — these forest-loving beasts are a reason calves need shelter today ancestor of all beef and dairy cattle, was domesticated after what scientists believe was a long period of co-existence next to nomadic human populations. A similar thing happened in northern Europe, where the aurochs sub-breed was even bigger. These were not today’s cattle, which any farmer can tell you are not always docile and tractable. They were bigger, meaner, and taller, with large horns. A bull aurochs was built to take on the apex predators of ancient Europe, like the wolf and the bear. Brave indeed were those early humans who domesticated them. However, the important factor in our current story is this; the aurochs was not a beast of the open plains. That role was taken by the steppe bison. Instead, the aurochs lived in the forests which spanned the continent. It meant that calving season saw them retreat into the shelter of the trees, allowing for easy defence against predators and respite from the Fast-forwardelements.and the aurochs are long gone, replaced with several breeds of cattle shaped by the human need for more meat, more milk, and less homicidal rage. What remains is a necessity for good shelter for calves and calving cattle, harking back to thousands of years of evolution. Researchers have found (and farmers with on-the-ground experience can confirm) that cattle have a fairly narrow ‘thermo-neutral’ band, the temperature where they are happiest. “Conditions outside the thermoneutral zone of certain cattle types, possibly leading to cold or heat stress and impairment of production if persistent, occasionally occur even in temperate climates,” says a research team led by Eva Van Laer in Belgium. “Such thermal stress is likely to become more common in the future, due to global warming and cattle’s decreased capacity for thermoregulation caused by selection for high productivity.” Farmers will already know that warm, happy calves have better colostrum uptake and put on condition faster. Shelter technology now provides a variety of options, from durable portable shelters to custom-made barns with soft rubberised flooring. In all cases, however, whether the surface underneath is dirt, bark chip, artificial or natural, what is being replicated is the shelter of those old-growth deciduous forests where the aurochs used to roam.

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Just like such a natural environment, the shelter checklist contains the following: good ventilation, protection from harsh winter weather such as cold winds and driving rain, the ability of a calf to sit, lie and stand naturally without constriction, and cleanliness, including methods to keep out pests and birds whose droppings may carry bacteria andShelterillness.options can be tailored to your own farm, your own circumstances and your future intent with regard to herd size and replacement management. Talk to the experts in the field to ensure good coverage and give nature a helping hand.

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“Heavy transport emissions are notoriously hard to offset, as electric battery vehicle alternatives can’t offer companies the same productivity,” says Hyundai New Zealand’s Andy Sinclair.

Tractors by Andy Bryenton Hydrogen fuel is now being created in New Zealand, breaking the need to import it for heavy transport applications. A facility near Mōkai in the Taupō region is now online and manufactured for the privateKnownmarket.as Halcyon, the hydrogen venture is a joint one, split half and half between the Tūaropaki Trust and the Obayashi Corporation of Japan. It was opened in December last year and is now turning renewable electricity into transport-fuel grade hydrogen. Meanwhile, the option to fuel up with the most abundant element in the universe is on track in rural New Zealand, too. Waitomo Fuels has plans to expand its hydrogen network, racing ahead of other foreign-owned competitors and breaking ground on a hydrogen fuelling station last May.

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“What a way to cement in the transition to a fourthfuellow-emissionsfutureforthegeneration.”

This expansion of the supply and production network for hydrogen is important for rural contractors because hydrogen is being touted as the replacement for diesel, just as electricity is put forward as the future fuel for passenger cars. Hydrogen tractors have already been built overseas, with New Holland leading the charge. Hydrogen buses are already on Auckland routes. When production is ramped up, the fuel will provide a zero-emission alternative to diesel, not just in the ploughed field but on the road between jobs. The first hydrogen-powered trucks have landed on Kiwi shores, in the form of Hyundai’s XCIENT range, already in operation with NZ Post. Heavy haulage is a big part of rural contracting, from lime and fertiliser to gravel and big agricultural machinery. Hydrogen power will undoubtedly be a game-changer, reducing emissions and fuel bills in years to come.

Hyundai’s XCIENT truck debut, Waitomo’s move to establish hydrogen stations, and Halcyon’s hydrogen production plant point the way to a diesel-free future in rural New Zealand

and trucks fuelled up with Kiwi-made hydrogen from local filling stations? This scenario is no longer the stuff of science fiction.

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“Larger trucks are driven all day, every day, over long distances. Taking multiple hours to recharge a battery regularly is time the truck can’t be on the road.”

“Seeing this vision come to life is particularly poignant for me as the thirdgeneration owner of Waitomo, given Waitomo celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. What a way to cement in the transition to a low-emissions fuel future for the fourth generation,” said Waitomo Group managing director Jimmy Ormsby at the opening of the Palmerston North site.

End of an era for surplus calves by Andy Bryenton New rules for the treatment and welfare of male calves mean that it’s becoming more logical to turn these animals into a positive; now, new factors are falling in line to make this a possibility. The era of the unwanted bobby calf may be drawing slowly to a close, with various factors reducing the number of male calves deemed surplus to requirements. A combination of new genetics selecting dairy beef cattle for more saleable traits, the rise of sexed semen for artificial insemination of dairy herds, and a potential new market for veal may combine to make the concept of unwanted cattle an anachronism. The USA is already well advanced with experiments in selecting the right beef sires for breeding with non-replacement dairy“Bycattle.choosing beef sires that improve upon the weaknesses of dairy steers, using beef on dairy can improve feed efficiency, rate of gain and reduce days on feed,” said Ryan Sterry and Amanda Cauffman from the University of Wisconsin. “Wisely incorporating beef genetics can also improve carcass characteristics over straight-bred dairy by increasing ribeye size and changing the ribeye shape, increasing muscling, and moderating frame size while maintaining the marbling ability of dairy animals.”

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New Zealand has also forged ahead with programmes to identify good genetics for better red sector gains. Last March, the Meat Board committed to investing $1 million a year in the Informing New Zealand Beef (INZB) genetics programme. This programme aims to boost red sector profits by $460 million in the next quarter century; the implications for dairy beef crossover are Meanwhile,positive.theuse of sexed semen, which delivers more female calves via AI application, is cutting back on the number of unwanted male calves in general. Last season more than 200,000 straws of this more expensive but results-orientated product were sold to dairy farmers, with even higher uptake expected in years to come.Thefinal piece of the puzzle, alongside the possibility of raising dairy-beef hybrid animals for the table and cutting back on unwanted male calves numerically, is the potential to utilise these calves for an industry long ignored by the Kiwi palate — veal. Not only is veal becoming a more widely known ingredient in cooking, but it’s also a favourite in Europe, where new trade deals have been struck. Could Kiwi veal become a staple on British and continental plates? While some red sector producers applaud a recent post-Brexit deal but lament what they see as a missed opportunity for free trade with Europe, agriculture minister Damien O’Connor was more buoyant. “We’ve fought hard for our dairy and beef exporters and the deal could deliver up to $600 million in additional export revenue if access is used, and once the agreement is fully in effect,” said Mr O’Connor. “We’ve secured an eight-fold increase in the volume of beef we can export into the EU.”

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