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FARMING Lifestyles

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Earlier this year, Horizons Regional Council biosecurity staff confirmed findings of velvetleaf in fodder crops in the Whanganui, Ruapehu and Horowhenua districts. Staff worked closely with MPI to assist in containing the spread of the weed. Response incident controller David Yard said there are hundreds of properties around New Zealand that have velvetleaf on them. “MPI has banned the importation of any of the affected lines, but we believe there are likely to be farmers out there who bought contaminated seed lines last year and could have left-over seed in their sheds.” “Our advice is quite simply — don’t plant it this year,” said Mr Yard. Under the Biosecurity Act 1993, it is an offence to knowingly plant and grow velvetleaf. Individual velvetleaf plants produce up to 17,000 seeds. Undetected plants that grew last season could result in a major infestation. “If left unmanaged, those plants will be a significant farm and biosecurity issue.”


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“I stood up alongside some of the best auctioneers in the country.” By 1980 vineyards started to appear in the Marlborough region and farm clearance sales became a regular occurrence as the land was sold for viticulture. Kevin and Lynette moved their family to Waverley where Kevin took up work as a livestock manager for Farmers Cooperative Organisation Society (FCOS). In 1983 he formed the deer division and was appointed company manager. When Australian company Elders came to New Zealand in 1986, Kevin was approached to be an area manager and start a branch in Taranaki. “I got five or six agents together and started Elders in Hawera.” In 1989, John Buxton, the CEO of Huttons, offered Kevin a position as the North Island livestock manager. Kevin took up the offer, working for the Huttons plant in Eltham. Huttons later became Riverlands and Kevin worked for the company for 20 years, the last nine of those as executive. He retired in 2008 but continued in an advisory role for Riverlands and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). “I saw a lot of changes in the meat industry over the years, with companies closing down and takeovers,” he said. Kevin said one of his career highlights was involvement with stud sheep and selecting animals for live shipments to New Guinea, South America and Australia. He was also involved in procurement of live heifers to Korea and Angus cattle to Japan. Kevin and Lynette’s



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Auditing stock crucial The recent theft of 500 dairy cows has been another harsh wake up call for the industry as farmers consider if they are taking the right precautions in protecting their second largest asset. Michael Lee, an agribusiness audit specialist at Crowe Horwath advises how the introduction of simple systems can mitigate potential theft. The Federated Farmers’ dairy industry chairperson, Andrew Hoggard points out if a bank was robbed there would be uproar, but police don’t tend to see stock as cold, hard cash. Mr Lee agrees saying, “Stock theft is extremely important for farmers as not only do they lose their capital when stock is stolen, which for a dairy cow can be up to $2,000, they also suffer the loss of revenue from that stock. “With the introduction of electronic identification tags individual stock can be scanned and identified.” He says this is one way to mitigate stock losses. “EID can be used to reconcile back to the farm’s records. Keeping track of the records regularly also means high death rates are identified in a timely manner. On top of that he suggests farmers scan their animals four times a year. “Incorporating a basic schedule of scanning allows for reconciliation of numbers to ensure there are no irregularities in stock numbers.” Mr Lee suggests a possible stock reconciliation schedule for farmers could look like the following: March — to establish the opening number for the

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Mixed fortunes for wool growers An unfortunate combination of reduced Chinese buyer interest and a reluctance by a number of wool growers to meet the market means that recent wool auctions suffered rather high passin rates. With a significant reliance on China as a major export destination for New Zealand wool, the lack of competition from that country in recent months has impacted heavily on the market, lowering returns in comparison to last year’s price levels for many growers of fine crossbred and medium to strong mid-micron wool types. The two September wool auctions conducted in Christchurch drew widespread support from growers across the South Island and bale numbers catalogued exceeded the “roster” in both cases, with approximately 23,000 bales catalogued in total comprised of a good mix of all wool types. Apart from the well-reported and well-known dry conditions affecting several areas within Canterbury, weather patterns over the past couple of months have assisted shearers to get the job done with very few, if any, interruptions to the wool harvesting programme.


Wool broker stores have been likened to a bee-hive with trucks laden with wool bales lined up each day waiting to be unloaded before returning to farm wool sheds to be re-loaded and the trip repeated. Crossbred full-length fleece types although cheaper than earlier in the season remained in reasonable demand throughout September with buyers focused on well grown, good character wools containing low vegetable matter contamination. Second-shear types were examined critically by exporters and once again the shorter wools took the brunt of the downturn. Longer secondshear types were in a slightly better space with a few more competitors bidding on those. With the crossbred hogget wool season upon us all eyes normally turn to China to buy crossbred hoggets in the approximately 29 to 34 micron ranges. However with few buyers representing

China appearing interested, prices for those types were at similar levels to coarser short wools with no premiums evident. Some magnificent Halfbred and Corriedale wools were on offer during September but buyers were very selective according to style and micron and many of the medium and coarse types returned disappointing levels to growers who were hoping for levels similar to last year. The finer edge however drew good support with many fleece types around 25 microns reaching well in excess of 1,000 cents per clean kilogram, and 24 micron from 1,100 to 1,200 clean. Once again a very good standard of wool preparation was evident from the wool samples displayed prior to sale. With the Merino wool season in fullswing the quantity of those types offered

during September increased significantly on August. The Christchurch auction enjoyed a renewed rally of grower support compared to recent years and a large number of clips contained in the PGG Wrightson catalogue were of an exceptional standard. If there was any negative comment at all from buyers it was that a few wools were slightly over-long for their processor customers. Key focus from exporters was towards wools which were very sound for fibre strength, measuring better 38nkt or better, well skirted and even for length, but not over-classed. With the lower levels for crossbred wools likely to continue into the near future growers are urged to ensure their wools are prepared well. Growers must maximize their returns by skirting well and keeping similar lengths and strengths together. A reminder that readers should visit the Campaign for Wool website and in particular encourage children and grandchildren to visit to appreciate why we should all specify wool! That’s my view.


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Rivers plan leads to change The passing of the Waikato Healthy Rivers Plan will instil new impetus for farmers across the country to change the way they manage their farms in the future. Farmers of course, will be angry that the bureaucracy of regional councils will soon lead to another round of reasons to whip the living daylights out of them, as if they haven’t endured enough already. Federated Farmers will continue to do its political best to soften the blow and the public perception of farmers may drop a notch or two. This has caused me to climb to the top of the hill and look out at the big picture. Several pivotal questions come to light over this dilemma. • Do we really have a problem with our streams, rivers and lakes? Yes, we do. • Is there an excess of phosphates and nitrates leaching through our soils and into our waterways? Yes, there is. • Is it fair and just to blame the farmer for this mess? No, I do not believe that we should blame the farmer entirely. There are two factors contributing to the pollution of our waterways;

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MAXI culvert Hot Deal .00 $

Twinwall Culvert Pipe


300mm ID x 6m 345mm OD


e in New Zeal and

LDPE water pipe

MDPE pressure pipe

ID nominal bore

Outside diameter

9 Bar Rural Pressure Pipe

Rural Nominal Bore Pipe Pressure rating (PSI)

$ per 100m

25mm 32mm 40mm 50mm 63mm

15mm 130 $ 76 20mm x 100m 20mm 116 $130 116PSI 25mm 94 $182 $ .00 32mm 72 $223 40mm 65 $264 50mm 50 $346 Anka & Hansen fittings available Available 200m coils


$ per 100m

$ per 200m

$127 $159 $216 $325 $495

$248 $310 $421 $634 $965

r the r u s F unt o c s Di r ove 0m 100

Other pressure ratings also available Suits compression and electrofusion fittings s


STEEL Y POSTS 1.65m 7 Hole










PVC Pipe 100mm DWV X 6m

600mm High Round Iron Grate Gate


With ballcocks


200L $128.00 $158.00

150mm Stormwater X 6m

600L $205.00 $235.00


400L $155.00 $185.00

Black only

Made in New Zealand


83 Wallscourt Place Normandy Normanby Phone (06) 272 8187 Email

800mm High Grate Round Iron Gate

600mm High Square Iron Gate Grate

HANSEN SUPERflo Piston Trough Valve 20mm 2 and 25mm



77728 State Highway 2 Dannervirke Phone (06) 374 8971 Email

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

Manawatu Farming Lifestyles, October 2016  

12,965 copies DELIVERED FREE to rural delivery address in Manawatu

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