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FARMING Lifestyles February 2014 Edition

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This month marks the 10th anniversary of the 2004 floods — the biggest in the region since 1902.

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As more than 250mm of rain fell in the Ruahine Ranges, the Manawatu, Rangitikei, Oroua and Pohangina rivers flooded simultaneously. In the lower Manawatu catchment, rain had fallen for more than 30 hours. Stopbanks were breached and water burst through them in several areas. The devastation was widespread throughout the region. The flood was dubbed a one-in-a-hundredyear event. Entire farms were submerged, homes flooded and livestock swept away by raging floodwaters. Communities were left isolated with road closures, loss of power and telephone connections.

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Over the past decade, Horizons Regional Council has completed several flood protection projects and upgrade work. “After the 2004 flood event, it was said storms of similar intensity will hit the Horizons region again and the storm of that year should be viewed as a catalyst for fundamental change,” said Horizons chief executive Michael McCartney. “Ten years on, it is fair to say those changes have taken place in many forms at Horizons Regional Council, in particular, with the Sustainable Land Use Initiative (SLUI), the river heights and rainfall monitoring system and regionwide capital flood protection upgrades.” Flood protection upgrade works in nine of Horizons region’s river and drainage schemes have cost approximately $72.5 million. To date, around $42 million has been spent on flood protection improvements and all outstanding upgrade work is expected to be completed by June 2018. Horizons has increased the number of physical sites that measure either rain, water or climate levels, from 60 to 167, with 297 sensors feeding information back to staff. Flood action plans have been prepared for the most vulnerable locations in the region to protect communities. The council has also digitally mapped 1,000 square kilometres of flood plain. Information stands about the floods, protection projects and upgrade works will be displayed by Horizons at the Central Districts Field Days in March.

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More than 500 million family farms span the globe by Denise Gunn

The United Nations has designated 2014 as the International Year of the Family Farming (IYFF), and Rural Women New Zealand plan to celebrate. There are more than 500 million family farms around the globe, ranging from smallholders to large scale farmers, traditional communities and indigenous people. The goal of the IYFF is to highlight the role farming families play in producing food, managing natural resources, protecting the environment and sustainability. There are also plans to promote discussions at various levels to raise awareness of the challenges farming families face. Rural Women NZ will be leading several events around the country with a series of roadshows, beginning in Oamaru on March 27. Similar events to follow include Carterton on April 6 and Stratford on April 9. Registrations for roadshows, which will be held at local A&P showgrounds, will start at 9.30am with the programme beginning at 10am. Roadshows will include seminars on succession planning, safety on the farm, investing in your farming future and sustainability. Market stalls, crafts and displays by local businesses will also be on-

site, along with Kiwi performers — The Bitches Box, and Mel Parsons from 4pm. Marlborough drylands farmer, Doug Avery, will co-host the events, giving an inspirational talk on the transformation of his drought-stricken farm into a sustainable venture through visionary changes to his farming system. Mr Avery was the 2013 Landcorp Communicator of the Year and predicts farming families will continue to excel in New Zealand. “There is one reason they will do that, which is because you can’t replace passion in anything, and people that are working for themselves with their own vision have that element that is called passion, which will lead and beat pretty much anything else that corporate structures will throw at us.” Rural Women NZ national president Wendy McGowan said every family needs a farmer, and every farmer needs a community. “Our organisation is focussed on growing dynamic communities, so celebrating the UN International Year of Family Farming is the perfect fit for us.”

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Nicky was raised on a property in the Kaimai Ranges area where her father owned a piggery. The family also had avocado and kiwifruit orchards on the property. With three older brothers, Nicky always wanted to take part in whatever they were doing. This often involved climbing willow trees and building tree huts. On completing her secondary education, Nicky began a Bachelor of Science degree at Waikato University. However, part way through her degree, Nicky noticed an advertisement for an arboriculture course at the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec). “It dawned on me that I didn’t want to work in a laboratory or an office.” Nicky quit her studies, started the course at Wintec and loved it “I was the only woman on my course and the men all took care of me.” She later returned to Waikato University to finish her degree. On completing the arboriculture course, Nicky’s fiancé (now husband)

secured a position at Thomson O’Neil and Co. and the couple moved from Hamilton to central Taranaki. “There were no employers in my region, so I started my own company, Taranaki Tree Services Ltd,” said Nicky. Taranaki Tree Services Ltd is based in Eltham. Nicky enjoys being able to exercise both mind and body with her work as an arborist. “You really need to think hard in a lot of situations to avoid damaging structures around you when doing tree work,” said Nicky. “There is a large bag of tricks that need to be thoroughly learned to be able to cope.” Nicky said she also gets a great workout and stays fit without having to go to the gym.

“I also like working in the outdoors, and a lot of my clients have really beautiful gardens and trees that I get to enjoy working with.” Nicky’s first regional competition was in 2004 at the Wellington Botanical Gardens. There were no other women in the competition and she finished 10th out of a field of close to 30 men. This placing qualified her to compete at the national championships in Queenstown the following month. “There, I got an absolute hiding from Gisborne’s Chrissy Spence,” said Nicky. Chrissy went onto dominate the world stage, winning three international titles. “But I was lucky to have met her as she has helped me a lot with my climbing.” Aerobic exercise through running, cycling and rowing feature in Nicky’s training routine. Nicky also recreationally climbs and practises foot-locking most days. Four regional competitions are held in New Zealand each year, as well as the nationals. Top-placing New Zealanders also qualify for the Asia-Pacific Tree Climbing Championships and the International Tree Climbing Championships. Each climbing competition consists of five events in the preliminary round — the work climb, aerial rescue, foot-lock, speed climb and throw-line. “From there, the top men and women advance to the Masters Climb and complete what is basically a big work climb.” The first placegetter of the Masters Climb is the overall winner. “Everyone has their own style but the techniques must be approved by the International Society of Arboriculture,” said Nicky. Safety is paramount.

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Donkeys’ delight

BY DENISE GUNN

Andrea Thomson began her equine career 57 years ago showing, hunting and breeding sporthorses in Canterbury. All that changed when she moved to Kiwitea and borrowed a neighbour’s donkey to keep her Thoroughbred gelding company.

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ith a keen interest in showing, Andrea was soon taking the donkey, Hector, to shows where he performed well winning several championships. Andrea’s thoughts then turned to using Hector for breeding and shortly afterwards she bought her first jenny, Holly of Pemberton. When her neighbour called in to show Andrea an advertisement for four jennies in Taumarunui, she and husband David set off with the horse float in tow to view them. “They were really lovely donkeys so we came home with all four,” said Andrea. Hector and those four jennies went on to produce quality stock becoming the foundation of Andrea’s Pemberton Stud.

“What a pleasure those donkeys have given me,” said Andrea. “Two of the original jennies are still happily munching hay and calling out for their bucket each night in their ‘retirement’ paddock, no longer able to cope with the push and shove of the younger donkeys.” Pemberton Stud is situated in Kiwitea on a home block of 50 acres. Half of the property is leased to Andrea’s brother-inlaw who runs stud Romney and Suffolk sheep as well as fattening cattle. Andrea said her focus is on breeding the large Australian Teamster type donkey which is ideal for carriage driving. In 2004 she imported two pure Teamsters from the Blithe Moon Stud

in South Australia with one, Blithe Moon Southern, in foal with a jenny. Along with Hector, also a pure Teamster jack, these donkeys provided Andrea with the nucleus of four pure Teamsters for the stud. “These donkeys are larger than the usual donkey, athletic and particularly suited to harness,” said Andrea. “They are also fast, athletic and more highly strung which makes them harder to handle, but they are great for competition.” Andrea shows her stock at all the A&P shows offering donkey sections throughout the lower North Island. These donkey sections cover classes for conformation, in-hand performance and harness. Carriage driving competitions and trials give Andrea and her donkeys the

opportunity to demonstrate their skills and abilities. “I also compete in driven dressage with the ponies and horses, travelling as far north as Te Awamutu, Taupo and Reporoa.” Andrea particularly enjoys competing in precision obstacle driving events and has competed at the National Carriage Driving Championships in Taupo on six occasions, completing the course each year and winning the donkey class. “They are the greatest fun one can imagine and donkeys are very suited to harness work.” Pemberton donkeys have featured in the winner’s circle taking home some of New Zealand’s top awards, including ‘Donkey of the Year’ at the Horse of the Year show and the Pearl Wilson Trophy. This trophy is awarded by the Donkey

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Andrea competing in a pairs class with her donkeys

and Mule Society of New Zealand for the donkey winning the most showing championships over the year. Pemberton Briar has won this trophy twice, whilst Pemberton Angelotti and Pemberton Violetta have twice been runner-up. “I have been very fortunate and had success in the show-ring with the donkeys I have bred,” said Andrea. “There is a very special thrill winning with stock one has bred oneself. “I like the challenge of improving my stock.” Hector also won the society’s trophy for the jack with the progeny winning the most showing championships seven times. Another of Andrea’s jacks by Hector, Kairangi Victor, has won it twice. Andrea said donkeys have a wonderful temperament. “They are very interactive,

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intelligent and always interested and curious in what is going on.” She has found donkeys bond strongly with their owners but find it traumatic if they are sold on. “Donkeys also need the company of another donkey — it is not kind to have a donkey on its own.” For this reason, Andrea never sells a donkey that would end up living a solitary life. Wheelchair-bound children sometimes visit Pemberton Stud and are able to go amongst the donkeys in safety. “They are very good with children and seem to know when to be calm,” she

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said. “If you go into the paddock, the donkeys will immediately come over to see what you are doing and stay with you and help. “They have strong personalities, are very charming, and in some ways like big dogs.” Currently 24 donkeys, including retired stud jennies and Andrea’s show donkeys, are at Pemberton Stud. “They have given me a lot of fun and pleasure and I see it as my responsibility to look after them in return.” Andrea has bought back donkeys she has bred if they were in danger of being passed on from home to home.

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The welfare and long-term care of the donkey is paramount to Andrea. “I am more concerned that the donkey is going to a suitable home than just selling it.” Taking this a step further, Andrea and another donkey enthusiast, Nancy Neal, established the Ikaoroa Rehoming Centre in 2007, rescuing donkeys in the lower half of the North Island and rehabilitating them. Andrea is also busy as a trustee of the Donkey and Mule Protection Trust New Zealand, and is on the executive and show secretary for the Donkey and Mule Society of New Zealand. “There is always a lot to do training for the shows, training of rescues or rehoming donkeys that I might have,” said Andrea. “A lot of my day is spent looking after the donkeys.”

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How competent farmers handle dry weather ‘Why is it that dry spells are no longer a bother?’ It was a rhetorical question, more a case of thinking out loud and an answer wasn’t expected or required. Pastoral farmers have no guarantee of rain on an as and when required basis and they enter the industry knowing that for best results they must work with the weather and develop strategies and skills that enable them to cope with fluctuations in pasture growth that occur every year. The Waikato and Bay of Plenty are areas of intensive pastoral farming because weather conditions and soil type favour the activity. Rainfall of around 1,250mm a year spread evenly throughout the year compared to other regions provides farmers with a relatively low risk occupation. Healthy well-structured soils provide a buffer when growth conditions are unfavourable with humus, which builds rapidly under pastoral farming, providing

moisture for plants to draw on over summer. Because the effect of last summer’s ‘drought’ was confined largely to February and March pasture recovery has been rapid. With winter temperatures higher than normal and little heavy rain during the period cows were behind wires, pasture growth from early April until mid January has been well above usual. On well managed properties there is now more conserved feed than is usually required for winter. For most areas there is also more pasture cover than normal at this time of the year so production is higher and animal condition better than usual. With the first autumn rain likely to arrive by mid-March the period during which pasture growth is less than required to maintain covers is likely to be no longer than 60 days, or two grazings where a genuine 30-day interval between grazings was established by the end of December. For most it is not until the second grazing in February that there is likely to be a genuine requirement for supplement to be fed, and with plant roots capable of extracting moisture from below half a metre growth in excess of 30kg of dry matter per hectare per day can be expected. Pastures changing colour in summer can lead people to believe that the

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For 34 years the Ruahine Kindergarten Association’s mobile kindergarten has travelled thousands of kilometres to deliver educational sessions to children living in isolated areas.

s one of just two such remaining services in New Zealand, the association’s Hunterville Mobile Kindergarten currently covers small communities in the Rangitikei, Hunterville and Kiwitea areas, visiting several venues. Waimate Mobile Kindergarten in Canterbury operates a similar service in the South Island. Staffed by a head teacher and a teacher aide, Hunterville Mobile Kindergarten travels 450 kilometres each week over back country roads. In one particular venue, a second teacher supports the staff. The teaching team is supported by a fundraising committee. Established in 1979 in recognition of the unique needs of young children within rural communities, Hunterville Mobile Kindergarten ran sessions

out of woolsheds in its early days. Ruahine Kindergarten Association’s general manager Alison Rudzki said the kindergarten now delivers eight sessions in six different locations. “Operating out of community halls and schools in Moawhango, Papanui, Hunterville, Mataroa, Rangiwahia and Kiwitea, the mobile kindergarten recognises the unique needs of rural families and often works with other services such as Plunket to ensure a holistic approach to children’s needs are met.” Hunterville Mobile Kindergarten is on the road five days a week and the length of each session varies according to travel times between venues. The busiest sessions are at Kiwitea and Hunterville where up to 12 children attend. Other venues are struggling for

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numbers. Mrs Rudzki said the mobile kindergarten is well-resourced to inspire young minds. Fully equipped with a variety of resources including play dough, paint, collage, books, puzzles, construction equipment, dress-up props, trucks and cars, family play equipment, sand pit toys and climbing structures, the mobile kindergarten’s equipment is updated and interchanged on a regular basis. “Children enjoy playing, exploring and discovering together or individually as they grow into confident, competent learners,” said Mrs Rudzki “Their learning experiences are documented

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Hunterville Mobile Kindergarten is well-resourced

Hunterville Mobile Kindergarten can range from three or four and up to 12. Head teacher, Jodi Currie was recently placed runner-up in the New Zealand Most Inspiring Teachers awards, promoted through Warehouse Stationery. A parent in the community nominated Jodi and other families showed their support through online voting. The mobile kindergarten not only provides an educational service but is also often the only link children of some isolated farming families have to mix with other children. Mrs Rudzki said the quality Early Childhood Education (ECE) experiences provided ensure that children’s transition into school is seamless. Originally nine mobile kindergartens operated around New Zealand. However, over time kindergarten associations have found they were further subsidising the cost of these services. For many areas this meant the mobile kindergarten service was no longer viable. The Waimate and Hunterville mobile kindergartens are similar as they both operate out of community halls or from school buildings. “In reviewing these venues against the Ministry of Education (MOE) 2008 ECE regulations, under which the mobiles operate, it is challenging for us to comply with some criteria because we are working in spaces not specifically designed to be kindergartens,” said Mrs Rudzki. “As a result, we incur additional expenditure in our ongoing attempts to comply with these regulations.” The Ruahine Kindergarten Association is working with New Zealand Kindergartens and the Ministry of Education for a change in the licencing criteria that could potentially reduce some compliance costs, and is also in discussions regarding the funding of mobile services. As part of this process, the Association will be consulting with the community on the existing mobile service. “A survey will be distributed during term one of 2014, to ascertain the needs of our community in regard to mobile ECE education,” said Mrs Rudzki. “If we can secure sufficient guaranteed enrolments, the association aims to embark on a fundraising drive to secure significant long-term financial support for the mobile kindergarten service.”

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Central Districts Field Days 13–15 March Manfeild Park, Feilding

Countdown to Central Districts Field Days by Denise Gunn

The list of exhibitors and events is growing daily with the countdown on to the Central Districts Field Days. Recognised as one of the largest regional agricultural field days in New Zealand, the event’s central location at Manfeild Park makes it an ideal location to cater for the lower North Island. This year marks the field days’ 21st anniversary and there are plenty of special events planned to entertain the crowd. “We have a fantastic line-up of regulars returning along with some new attractions which are certain to provide plenty of entertainment to ensure this is the best day off the farm all year,” said Central Districts Field Days event manager Cheryl Riddell. Aviation enthusiasts will be in for a treat as the Royal New Zealand Air Force performs an aerial display over the field days’ venue on Saturday afternoon.

Also onsite will be Griffin Ag-Air Ltd with what is thought to be New Zealand’s original aerial topdressing loader. The 1924 Hupmobile car, converted to a truck, was used in 1949 to load the first Tiger Moth used for topdressing. Regular features set to the return to the field days include chainsaw carving, the National Excavator Operator competition, tractor-pulling and the Central Districts Double Power Fencing competition. The Taste of Central Districts marquee, introduced a couple of years ago, will also return showcasing a variety of food and beverages to tempt the taste buds. Ms Riddell said there are a number of exhibitors who have attended Central Districts Field Days since the first year the event was held.

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Long-standing association with the field days As an independently owned farm merchandise store, Turton Farm Supplies has had a long association with the rural community. And the team pride themselves on providing superior quality products combined with personal, knowledgeable, friendly service. Dick Tur ton established the business 25 years ago. Formerly a fencing contractor, he was becoming increasingly frustrated at the poor quality of round wood that was available so began to source his own supply. Farmers then suggested that gates, wire and hardware should be added to the range. From Turton Farm Supplies main operation base in Dannevirke, the business has continued to expand with branches now in Waipukurau and Masterton. Turton Farm Supplies also service Hawke’s Bay and the lower North Island. “We have grown through the loyalty of our many valued clients,” said Ross Turton. Turton Farm Supplies focusses on supplying a diverse array of farm

merchandise and materials to a wide range of farming clients, at the best price possible. “We now stock an extensive range of product for farmers, lifestylers and DIYers, including farm buildings, woolsheds, and covered yards.” “And we are able to offer a design and build service,” said Ross. A fleet of vehicles enables deliveries to be made to client’s requirements. Turton Farm Supplies has had a trade stand at the Central Districts Field Days since the event originally began and will be there again this year with plenty of show specials. Ross said the field days offer an opportunity for staff to talk with their valued clients, meet new people, discuss their requirements and enjoy the relaxed rural atmosphere.

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Gearing up for field days Established amongst the vast cropping and farmland of the Canterbury Plains in 1989, Robertson Manufacturing initially began building silage wagons and silage grabs as well as performing general engineering work. “We grew to the stage where the repairs and local sales were moved across the road to Robertson Farm Equipment, so Robertson Manufacturing could concentrate all its efforts on manufacturing a strong and reliable range of agricultural equipment,” said managing director Don Robertson.

Robertson Manufacturing then expanded into designing and building the Comby range of feed-out equipment capable of handling all types of feed including maize, round and square bales of hay and silage, as well as pit silage. Rober tson Transpread trailed spreaders, available in both agricultural

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and horticultural models, and built with stainless steel bins, have proved to be a very popular Robertson Manufacturing product. The business also constructs a full range of side and centre feed wagons of differing sizes in both tandem and single axle. Using the latest technology to design their machinery, Robertson Manufacturing then utilise the skills of an experienced engineering team in the construction of its products.

Robertson Manufacturing has steadily built up a strong dealer network around New Zealand. Robertson machines are also sold into Australia, South Africa and Chile. For the past 15 years Robertson Manufacturing has made the journey north to have a stand at the Central Districts Field Days. “We feel it is a very well run field days and very beneficial to our products,” said Mr Robertson.

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Who watches your property when you are out? A criminal???? According to statistics released for the Central Districts on the police.govt.nz website, crime should be of concern to us. Record 2012/2013: Robbery 101 Unlawful entry 4,365 Theft 8,460 Country folk have long had a trusting attitude. This peaceful frame of mind has too often been shattered by thieves and intruders. The police will often ask questions that are near impossible to answer. What did you see? Was your shed locked? Can you positively identify your stuff? Is there anything else missing? This you will only know six months later when you need it. To lock everything drastically changes our life style!

Many people now have peace of mind by installing a good quality security camera that captures excellent pictures. The I-SPY automatic ‘High Resolution’ stand alone cameras have been used in successful police prosecutions due to the clarity and details of the photos. High resolution and number plate capture is important because the pictures need to stand up in a court of law. Detail such as face and number plate recognition is now possible with I-Spy cameras. Date and times are also recorded. Install a camera before you are a victim. I-Spy cameras will be exhibited at Central Districts Field Days by Andytek Enterprises at site V39.

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Returning to this year’s Central Districts Field Days From its small beginnings in 1980 with an organic fish liquid fertiliser, Plasma Biotec Solutions has grown rapidly.

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Managing director Kath Burdett said farmers achieved good results with this fertiliser and were soon asking for various minerals to be added to correct deficiencies. “With ongoing improvements, and upgraded processing, the product was soon transformed into the range of highly concentrated, high analysis products that we have available today.” The Auckland-based company has since added several more products to its range to enhance the choice for rural business people. “This means the Plasma Biotec product range provides options for farmers with pastures growing a wide range of animals and includes a soil conditioner,” said Kath. “The range includes products that are also very useful for horticulture and are used effectively on a wide range of crops.” A range of animal nutrition supplements (Megimmune), which can

be used as either a drench, added to water troughs or to calf milk, are also available. A Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) audited registered Risk Management Programme (RMP) is in place which ensures Plasma Biotec Solutions products have full traceability and consistent manufacturing standards. “This is unique in our industry,” said Kath. For the past 19 years, Plasma Biotec has attended the Central Districts Field Days and will return to this year’s event at site D28, opposite the deer farmers’ venison burgers stand. “The most enjoyable thing for us is to be able to have customers visit us at our site and offer them a place to relax. “We see many of them over a couple of days.” Plasma Biotec Solutions have recently updated their website. Visit http://www.plasmabiotec.co.nz for further information. TM

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Strong demand for Taratahi graduates continues by Denise Gunn

Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre is widely recognised for its long-standing reputation in agricultural learning. Programmes offered are carefully researched and developed to ensure that graduates have the skills necessary to meet the changing needs of the agricultural industry. The centre was initially established in 1919 in the central Wairarapa as a training farm for men returning from World War One. Following the Second World War, the centre was again made available to returned servicemen. Eighty men passed through the farm under the Rehabilitation Department’s scheme between 1944 and 1950, prior to settling onto their own farms. In 1951, trustees carried out extensive improvements and enlarged the activities of the farm, then known as the Wairarapa Cadet Training Farm, to provide training for young people between the ages of 16–20 years. It was renamed Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre in the early 1980s. Today Taratahi has campuses in Manawatu, Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Rodney and Northland. More than 2500 students are trained through Taratahi in a range of programmes each year. Taratahi’s vision is to be New Zealand’s first choice for vocational learning from foundation to sub-degree level and their philosophy is ‘real training on real farms’. Taratahi’s own assets, or assets they manage on behalf of others, now equate to over $100m. Taratahi has 50,000 stock units of sheep, beef and deer, and milk 3250 cows per year. For the past 20 years Taratahi has had a stand at the Central Districts Field Days, sharing information about

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programmes available in New Zealand. Marketing and Communications manager Yvonne Way said Taratahi staff enjoy attending the field days as it gives them the opportunity to catch up with graduates and to listen to some of the wonderful stories about what they are doing throughout New Zealand and internationally. “Staff are also able to encourage potential students to get involved with the exciting and diverse industry that is agriculture.” For enquiries about Taratahi’s extensive agricultural training programme call 0800 TARATAHI.

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that by giving staff equipment to do the job properly will reduce the cost of lameness. “Good equipment encourages staff to look at hooves. Lameness can be reduced by examining a hoof at the first sign of lameness rather than leaving her in the hope she will come right”. The Wrangler has winches and a backleg support which holds the leg

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Established in 2003 by directors Murray and Julie Shaw, the Taurangabased company has continued to grow both in New Zealand and internationally. Prolan’s unique, versatile products are exported around the world and used in some of the toughest and coldest environments, protecting machinery, vehicles and even wind turbines. “Prolan products are replacing traditional petro-chemical lubricants in Europe and one company alone has replaced 15 products with ours,” said Julie. In New Zealand, corrosion inhibitors sprayed on the underside of quad bikes have proven to slow down deterioration. “Bikes used on dairy farms probably need an application every nine to 12 months but for those on sheep and beef farms, one application can last up to two years.” The Prolan team are committed to understanding the needs of their customers and are willing to help solve corrosion, lubrication and anti-seize problems.At this year’s field days, the new Prolan Enduro range — a corrosion inhibitor — will be available. “This product dries off to a less tacky finish, attracting less dust and sand, stays on for a long period of time, resists cold water blasting, and maintains machinery, tools etc in excellent condition.” Also the new Prolan Degreaser — developed in conjunction with Ag Research Christchurch will be available. This excellent degreaser will remove all existing lanolin coatings bringing machinery back to its original condition and improving resale value. Julie said the field days provide an

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HFS has developed Herbal AB for animals and people to help and strengthen the immune system, MA Udder Spray to enhance udder health, Herbal Digestive Drench to balance the natural worm life within the digestive system and a Natural Teat Conditioner. Also available are Homeopathic books for cows, horses and people, kit sets, laminated reference sheets and calendars for the cowshed. Feedback received from a south Taranaki farmer regarding the Natural Teat Conditioner. “After much anticipation we were very pleased to get our hands onto

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the newly released Natural Teat Conditioner. We premix it in a 20 litre container and fill a Cambrian sprayer at the end of each milking. The system and product work very well. After about a week all the cows’ teats had softened dramatically. We have also received this recommendation for one of our Homeopathic Books. “The ‘Homoeopathic Handbook for Dairy Farming’ is worth its weight in gold. Regularly referred to, it is our most used farming related text. We have notes from our experiences and successes recorded throughout as we are continually learning and extending our remedy repertoire and knowledge base — that’s the exciting part. We are ultimately in control and not reliant on others! And most importantly, it works.”

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South Island wool dearer Immediate realisation of the limited supply of wool in the South Island was evidenced by the cancellation of the first scheduled January 9, South Island sale and the rather small offering of less than 8,000 bales catalogued for the second scheduled sale on January 16. Whilst competitors vie for business at the farm gate, the open cry auction platform continues to be regarded as the most reliable market setting mechanism, on a week to week basis however, with restricted availability, consistency of price and meaningful market signalling can become somewhat distorted. The market for the 2014 calendar year opened in Napier on January 9 on a slightly firmer note compared to the close there on December 19. A large variety of types were offered including a quantity of hogget wools and new season’s lamb’s wool. The first

Christchurch auction, held on January 16, also contained a variety of types from throughout the South Island with a good quantity of crossbred fleece wool shorn in December on offer. The majority of the fleece wool was of good washing colour and although many were showing a weakness in tensile strength, most were reasonably sound and free grown. Buyers bid eagerly for the better wools however poorer washing colour fleece lines displaying considerable yellowness were discounted severely with around a 100 cents per clean kilogram

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difference from the best to the worst fleece types. A good quantity of crossbred hogget wool types were offered with again a queue of buyers bidding vigorously for those. The crossbred market was quoted as being between 2% and 4% dearer than the previous auction held on December 19 last. The relatively small quantities of lamb’s wool offered also drew good support with the most competition aimed towards softer crossbred types measuring finer than around 30 microns. A few coarser lines of lamb’s wool however also sold extremely well. A handful of Corriedale and Halfbred wools were on offer and most sold well with good competition evident. Prices in the main were on a par to those ruling in December. A small quantity of Corriedale lamb’s wool was keenly sought. Australian auctions resumed on January 7 and after a cautious market opening gradually strengthened (to date of writing) although much depended on style and micron. All centres reported extra-fine and tender merino wool types as being more difficult to place than sound, well prepared, fine to medium types. The over-supply of extra-fine wools appears to be an on-going problem for the time being. From this early point of the year it is difficult to predict what turns the

wool market will make before the end of the season on June 30 but it is certain that quantities will continue to be limited. Weather will always play a part in controlling shearing to an extent but the number of sheep to be shorn is perhaps nowadays more easily managed than it was in the past, however the beginning to 2014 in southern areas of the South Island has to date been rather frustrating with a very much stop, start approach to shearing due to warm wet conditions. Expected wool quality from hereon will definitely be poorer than desired with yellowness and cotts more than likely dominating over the next few weeks. With 2014 being the Chinese ‘Year of the Horse’ let’s hope the wool market can ‘gallop’ ahead and ‘hurdle’ any obstacles, whilst growers enjoy the ‘ride’ as wool exporters take the ‘bit’ between their teeth and processors continue their ‘hunt’ for the best wools in the world. That’s my view.

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“So that darn kingmaker gonna briten up the ‘lections campaign agin this yeer,’ seda Boss, as we wotcht ta news ona widescreen Tv ina woolshed. Boss had bin wotchin the crikit reelly, but then it rained ona pitch. Still, we wun tha game ‘ganist them Indian fellas. Sekind time ina row too, an’ Sharlene, tha Boss’ gerlfrend an muther of young Sophy, their dorter, sed ‘them Blak Kaps finally dun something; right’. But back ter Boss. He tole me it’s a lection yeer, and its gunna be rill intristing. “Ya see Dog, we got that Kim Dotkomic formin’ a new party. ‘Party!’. I prickt up me ears cos wen Boss has a party, I gets sum bloody good leftovers froma barbecue. “Nah Dog. It’s a political party, wot trys to get people to vote it inta the guvmint,” Boss sed. “That Jon Ki not doing to well, and he’s tellin’ that Winstin Peeters that he mite hava cuppa tee an discus them getting’ a bit cosier. An’ all this wen a cupla yeers ago, he didn’t wanta no ole Winstin. Hah! An I tell yer wot Dog, ole Winnie wood want a case o’ skotch, not a cuppa tee if he wuz gonna get friendly wiv Jon. “So it gonna be a reel intristing yeer comin up. That new Laba leeder, David Cunningliffe is goin’ up an’ down like a yoyo. Wun minite he’s gunna knock of gee es tea frum froot

and vegies, then he says nah. Then he sed Laba wood cut taxis on tha first bit of munny people earn, an’ then sez nah. Bit like that Vikar of Dribley ona TV, were the old bloke sez Yep, yep yep, then Nah, nah, nah. But I dunno about this Dotkomic party. He has this Intanet thing goin;, wear everyone can get in tuch wiv eech other ona computas. Sum ofa blokes ina pub reckin that’s gunna result ina rilly weerd lection result. Ya see Dog, ther’s millyns of people out there wot spends alla time ona computa. They got things corled Twitta, probly cos its for twits, an’ facebook, wear they tells there secrits ta tha werld. “Well, I asks yer. Wot sorta ‘lection candidate they gonna come up with? Sumthink like Sharlene’s Mum?. She spinds alla time ona computa getting’ her fortune told by sum Indian cheef in Merica eh! We might git her ina guvmint if ole Dotkomic gets lucky. “Nah, come ta think of it, I hopes Jon Ki sends ole Winnie a cupla or three cases of skotch.” Hopes yer rite Boss. I’d hate Mum ter go ter Wullingtin. She tops up me tucka bole win yer not lookin! See ya readas. Billy

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HD sees the bigger picture by Andy Bryenton

The new Ranger 570 HD carries all the tried and true features of the Ranger 500 which it replaces and more. With major improvements in power, handling, styling and durability developed right here in New Zealand, it’s a true evolution of the brand. Recently top engineers and management from the US based manufacturer came to see just how rugged our countryside can be. They witnessed first hand the kind of day’s work Kiwi farmers expect from a UTV or quad, and after taking on board some vital tips and pointers from our men of the land, they set to work making the already popular ranger even beefier — cattle pun intended. The recipe begins with a new ProStar 567cc, 40hp EFI engine with 25%

more power. Add in a 1.5cm longer wheelbase for an even smoother ride (small changes, as Lotus boss Colin Chapman would tell you, providing big results). Then mix in some fresh new HD features — this doesn’t stand for High Definition, it means Heavy Duty. Boy, they’re not kidding, either. A look at the size and reinforcement of the Ranger’s new sway bar, upgraded rear driveshaft and grease fittings is enough to tell you that Polaris mean business. The impression here is that mere rocks, ruts and mud won’t make any significant impact. “The visit by senior Polaris managers and engineers shows

not only their commitment to understanding our market, but also to delivering products that are specifically designed for our quite unique conditions, climate and usage,”says Polaris Industries Australia and New Zealand Country Manager, Brad Wolstenholme. Combine these smooth riding, Kiwifocussed features with best-in-class power, 567kg of towing capacity and 226kg box capacity, no matter the task the Ranger 570 HD will work hard for you.

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Phone Joe, Dave or Bruce

Ph 06 754 9006 or 0800 878 251 Email t_t_d@xtra.co.nz Fax 06 754 8966 www.taranakitruckdismantlers.co.nz

Kivi-PeKKa We are looking for work Book now for this season – Buyers Welcome Call Now Dean 027 550 7986 Office 06 329 3900 A/h 06 323 1279 Email info@countrymachinery.co.nz

MANAWATU FARMING CLASSIFIEDS Phone 0800 466 793

STOLEN QUAD-BIKES? You won’t find any listed here, but you can pre-empt this kind of thing happening and protect your fuel too. Visit www.parabeam.co.nz or call 0508 727 223 for more information. WE DON’T stock fur-lined underpants — but we do have everything else a Manawatu Farmer could need! Ask us about our “Bandals” — Red Band Jandals. Amey & Co, Rongotea. Phone 06 324 8859.

For Muscle Function – A Natural Approach

Use fast acting CRAMP-STOP at any time – during the night, during or after sport.

New Zealand’s Best Rock Picker NZ Importer and Operator

For Sale

Email: elaine.gordon@xtra.co.nz www.gordys-flytrap-fitting.com

CRAMP–STOP • Fast acting • Easy to use • Good safety profile

ROCK PICKING

LAWN MOWING & GARDEN CARE • STOCK CARE & DRENCHING • ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION • FERTILISER ADVICE/APPLICATION • GENERAL MAINTENANCE & REPAIRS • WEED SPRAYING • WATER MAINTENANCE •

WILSON BUILDERS

Energy Efficient DO YOU LIVE IN A WINDY SPOT? 3 phase wind turbines starting at $2,200 includes 450 watt turbine, 6m pole, charge controller and inverter, Batteries not included. Ring Colin at Windpower Waikato Phone 0274  831  041 A/H 07  843  7983 Email colin@windpowerwaikato.co.nz

FARM BRIDGES

Phone Pat now 0800 222 189 Visit www.bridgeitnz.co.nz

BRIDGE IT NZ LTD • Alterations • Additions • Residential • Labour Only • Light Commercial • Maintenance • Farm Buildings Mobile : 027 498 6023 • Ph/Fax: 06 329 9859 Email: getwilsons@clear.net.nz www.wilsonbuilders.co.nz

QUALITY WORK ASSURED

Rural Services SINCE 1919 we have served Manawatu Farmers in the time honoured traditions that remain today. From Red Band Jandals (Bandals) to Fencing Materials, Water Troughs, Stockfeed, and General Hardware we do it all. Amey & Co Rongotea. Phone 06 324 8859.


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February 2014  MANAWATU FARMING LIFESTYLES

FREE DELIVERY ORDERS OVER $1500

Retailer of Rural Piping and Farm Supplies

0800 RURAL DIRECT

FEBRUARY 2014

MAXI culvert Twinwall Culvert Pipe

SIZE NOMINAL ID

6M PRICE

3M PRICE

225mm

$159.00

$ 95.00

300mm

$275.00

$165.00

375mm

$349.00

$209.00

450mm

$499.00

$299.00

600mm

$749.00

$449.00

ALL PRICES INCLUDE GST

NEW SIZE

499.00

$

Incorporating the strength of corrugated outer shell with the smooth inner wall to optimise hydraulics.

Contractors Ring for a Quote

Smaller coils also available

450mm x 6m

MAXI drain

Punched & Unpunched Drain Coil

299.00 $299.00 $

110mm OD x 100m 160mm OD x 45m

MEGA ROLLS AVAILABLE

110mm x 425m & 160mm x 190m Drainage Contractors call for a quote Manufactured from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

MDPE pressure pipe 9 Bar Rural Pressure Pipe

Outside diameter

25mm 32mm 40mm 50mm 63mm

$ per 100m

$ per 200m

$127.00 $159.00 $216.00 $325.00 $495.00

$248.00 $310.00 $421.00 $634.00 $965.00

Other pressure ratings also available Suits compression and electrofusion fittings

DRAG hose

LDPE water pipe ID nominal bore

Pressure rating (PSI)

$ per 100m

15mm

130

$ 76.00

20mm

116

$141.00

25mm

94

$182.00

32mm

72

$223.00

40mm

65

$264.00

50mm

50

$346.00

$141.00

Anka & Hansen fittings available

LDPE IRRIGATOR DRAG HOSE

EFFLUENT pipe 8 BAR RATED - SUITS CAMLOCKS

Hard-wearing LDPE suits AG camlocks

75mm

63mm x 50m

90mm

199

$

20mm x 100m 116PSI

.00

63mm x 100m

389.00

$

TARANAKI BRANCH 83 Wallcourt Place, Normanby Phone (06) 272 8187 Fax (06) 272 8188 Trevor 027 323 2976 taranaki@ruraldirect.net.nz Depot Hours: 8am - 12noon Monday to Friday

110mm

$6.87 per metre $8.55 per metre $11.68 per metre

Suitable for above ground use.

90mm

$8.55 per metre

MANAWATU BRANCH 77728 State Highway 2, Dannevirke Phone 06 374 8971 Sam 021 500 107 manawatu@ruraldirect.net.nz Depot Hours: 8am - 12noon Monday to Friday

All items in this advertisement are while stocks last. Phone Rural Direct for conditions of delivery. ALL PRICES INCLUDE GST.


Manawatu Farming Lifestyles, February 2014