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Farming Lifestyles February 2013 Edition

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Welcome to the Northland Field Days, 2013

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Hi, from the Editor . . .

The Northern Farming Lifestyles is published with pride by NorthSouth Multi Media Ltd, a privately owned New Zealand company. Phone: 09 439 6933 or 0800 466 793 • Fax: 09 439 6930 Email: • Postal Address: PO Box 474, Dargaville Physical Address: Lifestyler House, 107 River Road, Dargaville General Manager: Deb Wright ( Editorial: Paul Campbell Sheri O’Neill Rose Rees-Owen Andy Bryenton Cynthia Matthews

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We are proud to be closely associated with this huge event both as an observer as well as a participant.

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Farming is the lifeblood of our region and as a newspaper we strive to provide a channel of communication for the rural community, bringing you stories and viewpoints ‘from behind the farm gate’ and keeping you informed of vital developments affecting the agricultural industry.

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It’s a busy time of the year for town and country with all roads leading to the Northland Field Days here in Dargaville — and not least for the staff of the Northern Farming Lifestyles who have been working to tight deadlines to bring the pages of this Field Days’ special edition to you.

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Welcome to the Northland Field Days, 2013 A very warm welcome to our exhibitors and visitors amid all indications that Northland Field Days this February 21–23 will once again set new figures for participation and attendance It is perhaps timely for us to remember the huge contribution to growing this event, over almost a quarter of a century, was made by our former president, the late Dave Phillips. This is the first Field Days to follow Dave’s passing and I trust it will be a fitting tribute to his decades of hard work, which included leading the drive to purchase our own dedicated property. One again, the Field Days will be a golden opportunity for town and country to come together in an exposition to keep the farming as well as the wider community informed and up to date over a wide spectrum of advances in technology, science, and goods and services. Farmers tend to save up big purchases for the Field Days to take advantage of time and money saving opportunities at this event. An Enterprise Northland economic impact study has shown the majority of

folk specifically visit the Field Days to buy something, with spending also going on food and accommodation, which boosts the wider local economy. There are not so many times in a year when farmers have all the dealers in one place and this is a huge time saving opportunity. To make matters better, most dealers save up some of their best specials for this time. Many businesses see now as the right time to expand their share of the steadily growing agricultural industry. Better scheduling this year between the Northland Field Days and regional events in the Central Districts and the South Island has meant that more businesses can actually make the trip up to Dargaville without missing out on the other two events. It doesn’t matter if you’re a farmer, a lifestyle block owner or if you live in a town, there will be plenty for you

to see and do at the 2013 Northland Field Days. We are especially impressed with the lifestyle tent turnout. We have everything from olive oil, crafts, liqueurs and paintings through to the latest tractors, harvesters, and motor vehicles, with everything in between. The traditional rural pursuits, the dog trials, the tractor pulls, as well as a wide variety of other activities and top class entertainment are also on offer. I look forward to seeing you there.

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Julie Geange A member for five years, Julie is Chairperson for Funding, Chairperson for Sponsorship/ Advertising/ Media. She is also on the Compliance, Events, Employment, and Catering subcommittees.

Anne Pull A member for four years after many as an Associate. Anne is the Minutes Secretary and is the Chairperson of the Events. She is the Programme Editor and is on the Sponsorship/ Advertising/Media sub-committee.

Chrissie Robinson Chrissie was a member from 1988 and Treasurer for eight years from 1992. She became an Associate member and after having a break, has returned and been a member again for three years. She is the Chairperson for Finance and is on the Funding subcommittee.

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Sue Kernot Sue was the Secretary from 1994 for six years and became a member after this. She had a three year break and has been a member again for three years as the Treasurer. She is also on the Employment and Finance subcommittees.

Brian Jackson A member for seven years, Brian is on the Sponsorship/ Advertising/ Media, Catering, Events, and Property subcommittees.

John Phillips A member for three years after many as an Associate. He is Chairperson of the Tractor Pull sub-committee.

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Among the fruit salad of variety in Clive and Debbie Panther’s Te Kopuru, Kaipara, orchard are 400 tamarillo trees and the sensual looking fruit suit the couple who describe each other as “soul mates.” They met in 1975 and three weeks later they were engaged. Debbie was dating Clive’s good friend, Mike and when things didn’t work out, Clive showed up on her door step driving a yellow sports car and announced that he was going to a party. Clive and Debbie Panther, 37 years of marriage and still very much in love

“I told him that if he wanted a partner, I would come,” says Debbie with a hearty laugh and assured that Mike was still a good friend and was even best man at their wedding.

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The couple married within the year and Clive says that the odds were against them but 37 years of marriage later they are still very much in love. “We’re a team — Debbie’s my back up and I’m hers.”

They moved from Auckland in their first year of marriage to a lifestyle block in the sheltered and warm microclimate of Te Kopuru, near Dargaville, and around three years ago they began to grow a bumper crop of tamarillo trees. “We never wanted to have a lot of trees but we wanted to have the very best produce that we could do and I think we’ve done that.”



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They package their fruit to sell at the Auckland markets and have been blown away from the positive feedback they’ve received.“The markets are just so pleased with our product and they said they have people ordering our tamarillos even before they’re on the floor.” The type of tamarillo that they grow is called ‘lairds large’ and each fruit can be around 155g and the couple say it’s not uncommon to have around 30kg of fruit on each tree.

Debbie underneath the tamarillo trees.

“We grade really high too — we’d rather chuck away less desirable fruit than include it.” The pair chose tamarillos because it’s an easy crop to manage as they near retirement. The fruit is packaged into 8kg boxes which are light and easy to lift, and the fruiting season, from March to early September, lets the couple enjoy the outdoors in the summer. “It lets me go fishing, the real important stuff, and then when the fish aren’t biting in the winter months, I can pick — it’s really the ideal crop,” chuckles Clive. Clive adds that aesthetics also added to their decision. “There’s nothing nicer than seeing a tamarillo tree with all this lovely red fruit on it — they look like lanterns, it’s beautiful.” While the couple say that growing tamarillos is “ace” Clive warns that it’s not as easy as planting them.

They had help from their horticulturalist “guru” and friend, John Addison and have tended to the trees with care. Last year they wrapped around 300 tree trunks to protect them against frost, a job which took a good two days. “It’s a bit different than wrapping the children’s lunches for school.” says Debbie. Their four boys, Michael, James, Tim and Daniel have left home with three moving to Australia and their youngest, Daniel getting married to a school teacher in Christchurch in late December with Debbie having the honour of making the wedding cake. Debbie says that while the boys were home they always had a vegetable garden and fresh fruit as well as rearing cows as they wanted to live as sustainably as possible. “We were living the good life in Te Kopuru and we still are. We love growing trees and we actually have to force ourselves off the property — I mean its paradise.”


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s d n u o r g e e ff o c m o Good earth fr by Cynthia Matthews

A certified organic soil enhancer and general fertiliser developed in Northland demonstrates the benefits of kiwi ingenuity combined with ‘imported’ expertise. Fodda — Feeding the Earth is a natural earth enricher produced in the Bay of Islands by Dianne Pilcher and business partner Andreas Kurmann, a Swiss born soil scientist now based in Taipa.


odda’s effectiveness is evident at Dianne and Joe Pilcher’s own garden beds at Matauri Bay. Although their new home is close to the beach and bordered by swamp, vegetables, berries and young fruit trees are all flourishing. Made on site compost contributes. Some vegetables are left to go to seed to bring the bees, and plants such as phacelia attract, together assisting fruit tree pollination. A newly made Top Bar beehive awaits arrivals. Dianne’s business idea came about when she returned to Northland after 25 years away. (She was raised in Kaikohe.) She bought a Paihia café, and six years later was thinking about another venture. Someone had mentioned that coffee grounds were very good on plants and Dianne began drying out the grounds on biscuit trays after the day’s baking. “It started as just a big experiment.” The grounds were rich in nitrogen but how to balance it with potassium and phosphate? Dianne contacted soil scientists and their reaction

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was particularly discouraging! However, Andreas saw the potential and analysed the sample and advised on what was needed to make it successful.


Along with the coffee grounds Fodda incorporates phosphate rock, fermented fish and seaweed, charcoal and guano. It’s odourless so it doesn’t attract animals and is good for pot plants. Slugs and snails hate the caffeine and the texture underfoot. “The soil enhancer and general fertiliser don’t start working until they are in the ground and moisture is added. Unlike commercial composts we know the actual ingredients that make up each product,” Dianne explains. “On a larger scale, we can also blend natural, tailor-made fertiliser for lawns, lifestyle blocks and small orchards. Andreas can do a soil test and provide a recommendation.” She adds many of the Mangonui olive groves are using the general fertiliser. A fully grown tree requires about two kilograms. Dianne sources the organic coffee grounds from four Auckland cafes using ‘Kokako’ Organic Fair Trade beans. Kericell Nursery at Kerikeri manages the distribution of the Fodda retail bags. “It’s a system that works very well,” says Dianne. Fodda is sold in nurseries as far as Hawkes Bay now and finds a ready organic market out of the Auckland Huckleberry and Ecostores. Production began three years ago with a concrete mixer and then graduated to a blender working 150kg of mixture at once. Now a bigger blender and premises are needed.

Come and see Docile Devons at our site No. 176 Arthur Beazley 09 405 0690 President Sue Dreadon 09 439 2154 Secretary Dianne is focussed on continuing a good relationship with the retailers and on supplying lifestyle blocks and small orchard blocks to build up capacity. There have been offers to help set up another processing plant in the South Island, something that both she and Andreas hope in the future may lead to supplying larger properties and thereby impacting on non organic compounds entering water ways. “We still must walk before we can run!” says Dianne. The Garden to Table Trust is an associated enterprise close to their hearts. The Trust encourages school children into designing food gardens, tending them, harvesting and cooking. At harvest the seven to ten year old gardeners are joined by a celebrity chef and parents are invited along to eat together. Each year 25kg of product is given to each of the schools involved, another way Fodda is growing around the country.

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Darryl’s company, Bagby Property Services, incorporates West Coast Waste Water Treatment, but he’s the man to call for all kinds of repairs, alterations, minor renovations, painting, wallpapering, fencing, decking and retaining walls. Older homes are a specialty, so if you have an old villa that needs some TLC, Darryl can restore it to its former glory. Darryl even works for The Historic Places Trust. Added to his ‘toolbox’ of experience and skill is an in-depth knowledge of that most vital of household services — wastewater. Darryl knows that installing a top-notch septic system is literally ‘doing the groundwork’ for the future, and when a home is upgraded (with a modern en suite, for example) it’s often a council requirement that the septic system is updated at the same time. That’s a good thing, because modern septic systems are far more efficient than those of yesteryear. Darryl recommends and uses the

Super Treat system, which adds oxygen to the waste water, allowing microbes to do a better, faster job. These little organisms are ‘nature’s janitors’, and they clean up anything nasty the natural way. Super Treat systems use less electricity and are more robust as a result of their unique construction. Darryl is back out there helping his customers after recuperating from recent surgery, and he’d like to thank all of those wonderful locals who have offered their support during his recovery. He’s ready to swing into action for all your summer renovation and repair projects so your home can get a ‘clean bill of health’ too!

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Innovative engineering design and manufacture of both trailers and feed out equipment is the hallmark of Agmech’s business with the company renowned for customer service. A particular advantage to the customer is the powerful blend of practical farming experience combined with exceptionally skilled engineering. “The continued drive for functionality, quality, durability and affordability has catapulted Agmech to the forefront of agricultural technology and innovation” says director, Gary Baker. “With our extensive field experience coupled with the latest computer aided technology, Agmech can reactively offer the highest level of advice, with workable engineering solutions that are efficient and relevant. When it comes to the crunch Agmech is listening, offering our experience and coming up with workable solutions.” He cites the Loadmaster tip trailer — ranging from three to 12 tonnes it’s designed for general farm use. “This range

of well built and very robust trailer has many standard features including a fast tipping 60° body, full RHS chassis with single beam drawbar, bolt on tandem axles as standard, with single axle models on request, removeable hinged sides and tailgate, swivel tow eye and non rust Corten steel deck.” The Site-master range of trailer is designed specifically for the earth-works

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industry. These all have fast tipping bodies, via the multi staged rams that give 60 degrees of tip. “With two choices of body they are for customers that require the flexibility of being able to reduce the trailer to a flatbed for those other jobs,” Gary adds. “Our Linkage feeders are a real simple cost effective solution to either feeding out on very hilly country where traction maybe a problem, or you simply only have a few bales to feed. There are four models to choose from including specialist feeders. “We have an extensive range of Bale feeders

catering for all types of baled materials and all budgets, including top end products that feed large square bales. As bale weights get higher Agmech feeders offer the piece of mind that they can handle the job. There is no need to struggle with gear that isn’t up to it.” The company is also proud of the Jumbo bale feeders — which manage from three bales to a massive six bales at once. “Once you get into a situation of numbers of bales the Agmech Jumbo Tub feeders simply increase the efficiency by 100 to 300 per cent.”

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UK farmers are all a’twitter It indicated that a farming background can be an advantage for entry into farming, but can make people inflexible — anyone who is passionate and works hard can be a successful farmer and can add other skills and perspective.

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However the industry also needs to be more open to entrants from non-farm backgrounds. Skill sets and attributes conducive to farming were cited as a strong work ethic, a willingness to learn, a real passion, core business, maths and English skills, and to be multi-skilled in the office and field.

The applications of computer technology to the modern agriculture industry are myriad — from top dressing, to stock monitoring, to seeding, information data-basing — this list is endless. But does the more recent social networking application, Twitter, have much to offer? It seems it does and has been employed in Britain as a weekly discussion forum for farmers and anyone involved in agriculture.

Farmers need to talk more about the positives of farming with rewards other than the financial side needing to be emphasised. Low pay and bad conditions can put people off and so more needs to be done to advise young people about the diversity of careers in agriculture. Recruitment needs to be stepped up and made more professional, and the importance of agriculture for the future needs to be promoted more. Some of the answers to what young people knew about farming were rather enlightening.

Called AgriChatUK, It is being used to air pressing rural issues, debate hot topics and connect with people in the industry who may not otherwise be easily accessible, in a weekly twohour discussion session. A website has also been developed which has basic ‘how-to’ guides to taking part in the discussions and how-to tweet in general, in addition to an archive of all the topics that have been discussed to date. A straw-poll of Northland farmers excited some Kiwi interest in the idea, with a Matakohe farmer planning to get ‘something similar underway. Just let me have a look at this first’. Just before the New Year, the UK discussion centred on ‘How can agriculture attract the brightest minds?’ and attracted views from farmers, agrifood businesses, rural advisors, land agents, lawyers, journalists, academics and the general public. The results of these discussions would appear to be universal — as applicable to New Zealand as to the other side of the world. Over there, it seems there is an underlying confusion about farming amongst children, with a gap between urban and countryside youngsters. Putting role models in place and giving children the opportunity to learn about farming through visits and growing food ‘should be part of the education curriculum’.

 ‘When I went to college a 16 year old was asked ‘where do you get sweetcorn from’ he replied mainly Morrison’s, sometime Tesco’s’ (supermarkets).  ‘Too much negative press about farming and farmers’ struggles surely puts off young people’.  Farming background helps, but education is key, theory and application is what makes successful farmers. There are loads of people with no farming background making a success of their agriculture career’.  ‘A lot has been said here about money. The lifestyle, responsibility and satisfaction is what needs promoting’.  ‘The general public need to be educated on the fact that there is much more to do in the agriculture industry than just working on a farm’.  And, finally: ‘Getting a foot on the ladder in the UK is hard, hence we are moving to Australia’.

A community focus School fundraising is never easy, and always an ongoing task. One national bulk fuel supplier, Northfuels has come up with a novel way in which to help many New Zealand schools raise those much needed extra funds through their Fuel for Schools programme. The Fuel for Schools programme has grown rapidly over the past two years since being launched in 2010, and donations from the company have exceeded $150,000 to date, which has been shared by over 350 predominantly rural schools throughout New Zealand. The programme works like this; every time a customer receives a delivery of bulk fuel, Northfuels then donate a percentage of your delivery to your nominated school. The donations accumulate and once your school’s donation exceeds $50 in

a quarter a payment is made to your nominated school. It is that easy. “Fuel for Schools was designed to enable Northfuels to channel support back to the children in rural communities that we are involved in. Schools have been overwhelmed by the local support, with many regularly updating us on how they are using the funds, which include purchasing additional sports equipment and library books, Ipads for the class rooms and even help supplement schools camps” says Sales and Marketing Manager Greg Cassidy. If you would like to find out more about Northfuels Fuel for Schools programme come meet the Northfuels team at the Northland Field Days, being held in Daragville from February 21–23, or alternatively call Northfuels on 0800 99 99 86.

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Common Muscle Problems The two most common chronic muscle problems are Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) and Fibromyalgia (FM). Both FM and PMR are autoimmune diseases and result in muscle pain but that is about where the similarities stop. PMR mostly affects those over 60 and common symptoms are stiffness and pain commonly around the neck and shoulders especially in the mornings. Around 20% of people with PMR also develop Temporal Arteritis. This is caused by inflammation of the major arteries which pass through the temple causing vision problems and even blindness. The major medical therapy is the steroid prednisone which blocks the production of inflammatory cytokines usually with a rapid reduction in symptoms. Many recover in a year or so but others have this for an extended period or find that it recurs after a period of remission. People on statin medicines need to be aware that these can exacerbate PMR symptoms which is why I invariably add CoQ10 to those with PMR who take statins. Nutritional therapy complements the effects of prednisone by reducing immune system production of inflammatory chemicals. We add a wide range of antioxidant and antiinflammatory compounds to assist energy production and to lower inflammation. Serious fatigue is a feature of

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PMR and increases in energy is often the first benefit people feel from nutritional therapy. FM is a lot more complex. These are often referred to as FM syndromes as they involve other problems especially Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. There are relatively few medical treatment options but the most common are tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline taken in single evening doses to treat both pain and insomnia. FM is more difficult to treat with nutritional therapy as it is not a simple inflammatory problem. It appears that muscle mitochondria are damaged by free radicals which impair muscle fibre function which reduces energy and causes pain (M. Cordero et al, 2010). I have found people get real benefits from intensive multiantioxidant therapy including CoQ10, OPC, resveratrol and many others. I always add broad spectrum vitamin and minerals and often high dose MSM before bed to help with muscle oxygenation. Curiously, as with PMR people with FM often notice an improvement in energy before any reduction in pain. Give me a call if you need help.

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Ken Vincent

Poultry judge and mentor by Cynthia Matthews

Grandson Sean and Ken with Sean’s Ancona hen


he Vincent household is Ken, wife Ruth, daughter Rachel who works in Kaitaia, her children Sean and Renee as well as Polo the Maltese. (The Vincents run a small pedigree dog kennel of the breed.)

The now established home with its orchard and poultry houses was bought

Ken Vincent has judged poultry in shows all over the country. At his home near Kaitaia he raises a comprehensive range of breeds. “It keeps the breeds going and it keeps me going.” Now 77, Ken is handing on the mantle to grandson Sean, who shares the enthusiasm. almost twenty years ago as 17 acres of reverted gorse and blackberry. The family lived happily in the sound and solid cowshed until the house was ready. Made of mountain kahikatea, the 1935 cowshed is still going strong. Sean, (12) is already making himself a very able ‘apprentice’ in poultry

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think there’s plenty we can learn from ducks,” says this bird and animal lover. His 14-year -old champion Swedish Blue drake has never been beaten at a show. Ken dairy farmed in the Hokianga before moving further north. His Ayrshire dairy stud ‘Scotland’ has now been handed down to Sean, who already has two Ayrshire yearlings.

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“They’re quiet, easy to handle and their milk is the closest to goat milk and the easiest to digest,” Ken explains. His cow ‘Quincy’ lived until she was 34 years old, equalling a Guinness record! By sharing his poultry interests and cattle raising abilities Ken is helping ensure that these rare breeds of poultry continue, along with the productive Ayrshires of the ‘Scotland’ stud. Sean and Renee, Ruth and Ken Vincent with Polo

raising. His Anconas, in their pen in the orchard, “lay like fury,” says Ken. The eight-year-old hen still lays well. “Old fashioned breeds live longer,” Ken explains. Sean’s birds represent a new second bloodline, preferable in breeding on any scale. Sean’s Anconas belong to the Mediterranean breeds of poultry which are light breeds with large combs. The Brown Leghorns in the main poultry house also belong to this group, while the White Leghorn pullets have averaged 300 eggs over 12 months. The Minorcas, another light breed, are one of the quietest. The New Hampshire birds beside them began with a rooster and two hens and in the first year hatched 12 pullets — good beginnings. The Black Rosecombs, a bantam type, is yet another breed Ken raises. He also has a rare white Rosecomb. In the next house are the Silver Campines, the first registered breed in the world. They were reportedly seen alongside the River Nile in biblical days. Known as a Belgian breed, it is a smaller bird, good for eating and an excellent layer. Ken raises the golden Campine too. “I can never rear enough for customers,” he says. The Barred Rocks with their rippled grey and white plumage remain popular and Ken describes them as the most placid. “Of all the heavy breeds I think they lay the best.”

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Ledbury Farm, just out of Paparoa in the Kaipara, and once part of a sprawling Albertland pioneer estate, is today home to a rural family that pursues a lifestyle dream fast becoming reality. Caryn ‘Missy’ and Les Tilby and their six children — five boys and one girl ranging in age from one to 15, come together to manage the farm that was once part of the original Hames property which Caryn believes covered most of Paparoa and the surrounding area. “I guess only family call me Caryn — I have been ‘Missy’ to most people all my life,” she says, as she explains her name in an occupation

she has undertaken as a consquence to her former life as a teacher. “But to adds Missy.


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“My family moved to Paparoa when I was 10 years old and we lived on the small dry stock farm that my husband Les and I now manage. Les works full time for a contractor so the daily farm chores are usually left to me, but the farming side of things is relatively easy. Our stock are all pretty quiet and will come to the call so I

take the dog out for ‘motivation’ rather than necessity. “We are quite old fashioned I think. We don’t have a television and in the summer especially, we try to encourage our kids to enjoy being outdoors as much as possible. At the moment the younger ones are learning to swim and the older boys are learning to surf. They have motorbikes which they ride for fun too. They also play touch rugby and are training in kempo, karate. They

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earn pocket money by mowing lawns, pulling out ragwort on the farm or grubbing thistles. “We try to produce as much of our own food as possible. We grow our own beef, lamb, pork, meat chickens, ducks and laying hens. We have a well established orchard and grow four apple varieties, two pears,two peaches, nine different plums as well as feijoas,

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cherry, nectarine, plumcot, loquat, mandarins, oranges, lemon, macadamia nuts, lemonade, tangelos, grapes and berries. Our garden provides enough vegetables to keep us going too. We bottle and pickle any excess.

“My ‘love affair’ with body art started when I was working with young children and came across some pots of face paint sitting idle in a back cupboard. I was hooked after seeing the reaction from the children when they saw their freshly painted faces. There’s nothing better than seeing your canvas smile.


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With all that activity, Missy is the founder and principle artist at Mystics face painting and body art. She has made a name for herself for being able to create stunning works of art — classic face painting for children’s parties to dramatic make up design for women, plus much more.

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A bit of research into design possibilities yielded more than was bargained for and opened her eyes to an art form she never knew existed.

With pet sheep, named Mrs Sheep, is the whole family. From rear left, Tamatea, Awatea, Tawhiti, Les Tilby, Rakai, Kaipo and in front Missy, holding Keita.

Picking the corn with Missy are Tawhiti and Awatea.

“From here it was a case of honing my skills and expanding to include henna and the application of glitter tattoos, eventually leading to creating ‘body shine’ — a technique incorporating custom glitter tattoo designs.”

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ALWAYS ROOM For One More Soul by Rose Rees-Owen

Evan and Ada Davis have a special affinity for rural living. Situated in picturesque Parua Bay, 20 minutes from Whangarei, they combine an animal welfare haven, with a sheep stud and a farmstay, quiet enough to hear the sheep grazing. Evan and Ada met 13 years ago. Both widowed, they were simply good friends initially. “We didn’t see each other as potential partners so we were nice and relaxed around each other. One day the blinkers came off — of course, we were the last to realise we had something special — our friends had known long before us,” laughs Ada. Evan didn’t waste any time, taking Ada out for dinner on a Tuesday and proposing on Friday.

Evan and Ada Davis tending stock at their Parua Bay haven

A couple of years later, they made the decision to move to the countryside — It was a long search but they eventually found their haven at Parua Bay. “The minute we set foot on the property, we loved it and we’ve never looked back.” Within months they had sold their home in Auckland leaving the urban life behind. A city girl, Ada said it took a while to get used to country living and she would think up excuses to ‘go into town’. “There’s something frenetic about a city’s energy — it

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from a flock of 40 ewes with an average of 80 lambs per season. “They are farmed on very hard land, they learn to live on hard kikuyu so when they arrive at another farm, they flourish. We have repeat customers every two or three years.” The New Zealand breed was first recognised in 1938, a cross between Southdown and Suffolk, combining the carcass of the Suffolk with the finer textured meat of the Southdown. “The breed is increasingly used as a terminal sire for prime lamb production and the wool is used for fine apparels and hand knitting yarns.” With fond memories of his nan’s farm, Evan always had in mind to create a farm stay but with a benevolent twist. He saw his opportunity when

Evan Davis making friends with the locals

was about six months before our tension levels dropped and our eyes began to focus on the layers in the bush, a kind of ‘tuning in’ you could say.” Ridgelands is a 100-acre farm with 40 acres of regenerating bush and home to a family of personalities. “We don’t farm animals, we farm characters,” says Ada. As a result Ridgeland Farm is inhabited by Mr Biggles the blind sheep, Eloise White-Toes, the farm’s own ‘mother of the nation’, Mr Perkins the ram who suffered paralysis as a baby, Dingle the one-eyed gobbler among others. “We try our best not to let anything die, even if it means nursing throughout the night. All our animals are so well


the adjacent property came up for sale. “The heart of the project was to make Arches Lodge a retreat for people who are giving all the time, such as ministers. We only ask a donation or a bit of gardening, whatever they can afford.” At the same time, Ada says, they ‘needed to be commercially viable’, so the lodge is hired out to tourists and locals who utilise either the apartments or the whole lodge. The retreat attracts many guests from the city looking for a quiet retreat as well as locals after a change of scenery. “We wanted to provide real comfort, the best beds and linens — but with a family-orientation.” “There’s always room to house one more soul,” says Ada. “The more the merrier.”

“We don’t farm animals, we farm characters,” says Ada.

loved — we would know if one was feeling miserable.”

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Families on the land preserve history by Paul Campbell

The now world-renowned Kauri Museum at Matakohe in the Kaipara grew out of the efforts of a few local farming families, concerned that their roots would be lost after the community hall and library burnt down.

Top left: Matakohe Paparoa Centennial, January 1962 Top right: The old settlers arrive: Joy Aicken, Clarice Smith, Nellie Whitehead, Allister and Geoffrey Gergusson, Jo Sterling, Patricia Smith, and Mavis Smith

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“The Matakohe Hall and library had burnt to the ground with the old tinder-dry kauri going up like a torch. Along with the hall went a wonderful collection of old books, many leather-bound first editions, some of them donated to the library by my grandfather. I remember with absolute horror the cracking of exploding glass while the flames lit up the night sky and smoke roiled upward.” In the ensuing few years, the local farming community formed a trust and secured the title to the district cattle pound paddock. The next step was the building of a barn to house a burgeoning collection of machinery and artifacts flowing in from the district and further afield. For a free brochure call

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It is a little known fact that faced with the huge collection, negotiations and meetings went to municipal, indeed government level, and it was decided to move the Matakohe exhibits to Western Springs in Auckland. This has since evolved into the Museum of Transport and Technology.

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But a large collection of kauri memorabilia remained behind and the idea for The Kauri Museum was born — not only because fire had swept the hall and local homesteads, but in part because of the Matakohe centennial celebrations were planned for 1962. Local people soon agreed that a pioneer museum should be built. Preliminary fund-raising was carried out with a ‘bring and buy sale’ and in July 1961, the museum site on the local pound was measured and building lines were laid. “My cousin, Mervyn Sterling, felt the building area looked a bit small,” recalled Mavis

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“He was told that was all he would get for the money available. When further work began, it was discovered Mervyn had snuck out in the night and enlarged the prospective museum by moving the builder’s lines.”


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The coffers were also boosted when enterprising local people saw the opportunity for a small farm produce stall and a brisk trade developed in local vegetables and preserves. Edible souvenirs that were a welcome boost to the takings — eight shillings on one day!

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Matakohe Paparoa Centennial. Murray Smith, Lyn Metcalfe, Joy Aicken, Margaret Husband, Clarice Smith, Joe Sterling. Boys: Allister and Geoffrey Fergusson in front.

“The Kauri Museum has been remarkably fortunate in have pioneering families, who wanted to preserve their history and were connected with the land, says museum CEO, Bet Nelley. “They had the knowledge of felling the timber, the knowledge of farming and were practical, inventive and resourceful. They were handy at building and preparing exhibits and maintaining the buildings, grounds and displays. “There is not a day goes by that I do not look at the displays that have made this place famous. There were no designers, consultants or such in the days when a lot of the favourite

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“There are three of us, but only two true sisters” by Sheri O’Neill

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technical training but are largely selftaught. “We like to be around horses as much as possible, so it’s natural for us to want to photograph them.

the rodeo circuit each year between October and April, and business is generated by the competitors ordering photographs taken on the day.

Because we’ve been around horses all our lives we seem to have the knack of getting good pictures. If you understand horses you can anticipate the shots — if you get the angle right you can always make a horse look pretty! And how we like to see a horse is usually what people who are into horses are looking for as well.”

Kathy says the rodeo circuit is still going strong, with entrants coming long distances to chase the titles.

Because 3 Sisters is the accredited photographer for the New Zealand Rodeo Association, it entails following

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ive years ago Angela did a photography course on animals and then got a job taking the photos for a miniature horse show. She didn’t want to go by herself so she took me and our older sister Sue along with her, and the business arose from there,” says Kathy. Although Sue is no longer involved, with the addition of Di to cover the South Island end of the business the name has endured. Kathy tends to the day to day administration and she and Angela usually do the photography as a team. Kathy says the sisters have some

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riding and barrel races generate lots of orders.” The Petch family moved from Otara to Tuakau when Kathy was eight and Angela ten, and later to Kaitaia. “When Dad first arrived in New Zealand in 1949 as an English townie he got a job as a shepherd on a Napier sheep run. Had to ride a horse! And he must’ve liked it, because when we moved to the countryside, our parents encouraged us with pony club.

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with pony club. Even when we lived in town they took us pony riding at Eastern Beach. So it was always horses from early on”

Even when we lived in town they took us pony riding at Eastern Beach. So it was always horses from early on,” Kathy says. “But neither of us do the eventing anymore. I’ve had problems with my hip, so I’ve not been riding much lately

as I can only really manage a nice quiet ride.” Angela is still quite active, trekking and riding for pleasure, and says the photography business never seems like work. “I just love it. I’ve always been around horses and animals, and Kathy and I have always done things together,” she says. The pair recently found themselves covering an event where they had to ride and take pictures at the same time. “Last spring we were invited down to Glenorchy at Lake Wakatipu to photograph the Birchwood Hunt Club’s annual fundraising trek, which ran over three days way up into the high country,” says Kathy. “We had to ride the first day as there

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was no vehicle access in. So that was nine hours in the saddle, climbing straight up a 5000 foot mountain, carrying all our gear. Basically that meant just tuck the camera under your arm and hold on!” Alongside the rodeo, show jumping and gymkhana events, 3 Sisters Photography also covers weddings and other un-horsey occasions, and a special interest for Angela is taking surfing photographs. “No horseback weddings as yet, though!” she says. “Or horses on surfboards!”


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next Saturday saw me down at the Dargaville Aero Club going for a trial flight in the club’s Microlight plane and over the next three years, as time allowed, I

gradually got my hours up and passed the necessary exams.” As the club’s popularity rose and their two recreational carbon fibre planes, the Texan and the Fly Synthesis Storch, were constantly in use, Peter brought his own plane and constructed a hangar and a 300 metre runway on his farm. At age 83, Bill Lambeth holds the title of being the oldest ‘flying

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farmer’ in the club and owns a farm in Tangiteroria breeding Herefords and pure-bred Romney ewes. He joined the New Zealand Air Force in 1948 and after a 55 year hiatus of being in the cockpit he became a member of the Dargaville Aero Club in 2009. “I love flying — the views, and just being up there.” The club also includes a husband and wife duo, dairy farmers Joanne and Graeme Hales who share their workload and their love of flying. They

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both have their private pilot licences and Joanne says, “it’s not just about the planes, it’s about the people.” Every Saturday the Dargaville Areo Club hosts a lunch, inviting all their 130 members along and sometimes guests from all over New Zealand show up for a chinwag about their latest adventures. “Flying is a passion; it is something you can put in as little or as much as you please and I continue due to the people we meet from all over New Zealand,” says Graeme. Members work to maintain the aero club and farmers, Peter Randall, Leo Johns and Graeme Hales were using their tractors and diggers to work on the taxi area of the runway when I visited. “I enjoy flying because it’s a space where I forget everything else and I just focus on the task at hand. I leave all my worries on the ground,” says Leo. The three men met at the club and they all say they have forged unforgettable friendships through it. The flying farmers are mainly

upwards of 50 and most want to gain their recreational licences allowing them to fly solo or with one other person. “The younger ones go for their private pilot licences because they want to do it as a career but the farmers are generally older and now that they’ve got some time on their hands, they can achieve goals that they couldn’t before,” says Murray. Now retired, he volunteers at the aero club full time and he has been instructing for the past 40 years. He teaches for free and those eager to fly only pay a fee to maintain the aeroplanes, with student’s tuition supported by leasing out 60 acres of land to a cattle farmer. Last year Murray was recognised by the Royal New Zealand Aero Club for his service to aviation and he is renowned for his patience and his sense of humour, once joking to a student that he couldn’t tell the difference between the iconic river in Dargaville and the runway.

Flying farmers, Peter Randall, Leo Johns and Graeme Hales volunteering on the runway at the Dargaville Aero Club.

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“You matter because you are you. You matter to the last moment of your life. And we will do all we can; not only to help you die peacefully, but live until you die,” said founder of the modern Hospice movement, Dame Cicely Saunders.


id-Northland farmers and volunteers, Bill King and Terry Nicolle believe in this mantra and are the engine behind a fundraiser, Farming for Hospice. For a man in his 80s, Bill is an active beef farmer and he and his wife Doris have been on the same farm for the past 47 years. He says at this stage in his life he wants to give back to his community.

“I admire the work done by Hospice and know that it touches people’s lives.” Terry, originally from Zimbabwe, breeds Angus Friesian cross and Angus bulls as well as leasing out 200 acres of land. He has been involved with the Lions club and Rotary for years and feels that Hopice is one of the most valuable organisations. “It’s an essential and exceptional service in New Zealand and they do

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“The 50 percent figure does not include the enormous number of hours and generosity of our volunteers which number 185, translating into 15,740 hours donated in 2011.” Hospice mid-Northland covers from Towai in the south to Taupo Bay in the north and Amanda adds that covering an extensive geography is challenging. “Our nursing staff travel on average 6,000km around 60 families, on an on-going basis each month.” But no matter the challenges she says it is all worthwhile. “We walk the final journey with our patients providing specialist nursing care, medical loan equipment, bereavement care and counselling, spiritual support and respite care.” Lauren Demblon (General Manager Hospice Mid Northland) Bill King, Amanda Bretton (Fundraising and Awareness Manager) Terry Nicolle.

land reforms which began in 1979 and continue today. Needing a ratio of 30 acres to one animal, as the grass quality is poor compared to New Zealand, he struggled and decided to immigrate to New Zealand, gaining residency in 1999. “My father is the last surviving Nicolle still on his farm in Zimbabwe and even then his 36,000 acre farm got reduced to 3000.” He got into the initiative through the general manager for mid-Northland Hospice, Lauren Demblon, who is also an ex Zimbabwean farmer. “Between Bill and Terry they do an outstanding job,” says fundraising and awareness manager, Amanda Breton. The District Health Board funds 50 percent of the operational costs of Hospice mid-Northland and the other half is generosity of the community.

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Mower safety a growing concern With recent quad bike and ATV accidents taking centre stage in the national media, it’s timely to consider an even bigger sector of New Zealand’s four-wheeled fleet — ride on mowers. While many lack the horsepower of their quad bike cousins, the kind of machines required to tackle Kiwi lifestyle blocks and tame our hilly, difficult lawns is a far cry from the sedate ‘bowling green tractors’ favoured in the UK and USA. The trouble often starts when the wrong machine

is bought for the job, says Daniel of Warkworth’s Chainsaw and Mower Services. Too often he’s talked to customers who have purchased a small lawn care mower, only to find that it’s not up to the task of tackling steep banks, tight corners and tough weeds.

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Not only can this prove a hassle — it’s downright dangerous. Rolling a quad bike is bad enough, but imagine the same accident affecting you or your loved ones when the machine involved is equipped with sharp whirling blades! It’s almost too awful to contemplate, but Daniel has set out to do something about it, along with Michael Candy and Grillo mowers, a top Italian brand of power equipment. Michael was so impressed by the Grillo brand when he was searching for a strong, safe mower that he began importing the machines to Australasia. The market was crying out for a machine with the Grillo’s unique abilities, and the brand has gone from strength to strength. Grillo put safety first, with crash bars, extra-grip tyres, four wheel brakes with locking diffs and the ability to ‘climb’ steep slopes safely. Other mowers may slip, tip or roll on slopes up to 30 degrees of inclination, but the Grillo Climber series 700 and 900 traverse them with ease. Daniel stands behind the Grillo range, citing a five-year warranty and a swag of glowing testimonials from customers who enjoy the low centre of gravity, rugged performance and practicality of the machines. He’ll be bringing the whole range to Field Days this month to demonstrate a complete paradigm shift in ride-on technology — one which aims to make taming the back yard both safer and more efficient, and open it up to mum and the kids as well as dad! To see some customer feedback on the Grillo Climber, go to and click on ‘customer stories’.

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Stepping stone to the country Many a Northland hill and valley boasts a Rod Douglas wooden building. The Whangarei-based company provides wood frames for barns, sheds and houses which are then built on site. It also offers kitset industrial and agricultural storage sheds, and will undertake building repairs. Rod Douglas Construction began in 1964, starting out with kitset half round barns. The mid 1980s demonstrated marked growth of the company, while the Marsden Point Refinery expansion and the supplying of Refinery warehousing saw further significant development. For the past thirty-two years Whangarei has been the hub of the operation. Managing director Ivan Tomason explains that the main demand is for lifestyle buildings and storage sheds. “For many people making the sheds into houses can be a stepping stone for those moving into the country.” Locally sourced pine is used and steel is also supplied. The present construction designs are quite adaptive, having been modified and expanded over the years. Ivan describes barns and buildings of American design as popular at

Board takes action against TB by Denise Gunn

The recent outbreak of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in a Northland dairy herd has highlighted the important role of the Animal Health Board (AHB) in managing and controlling the disease. It is also a timely reminder for farmers of the importance of registering and testing their herds. Northern North Island regional co-ordinator Frank Pavitt said the AHB conducted an investigation with the owners of the farm to try and identify the possible source of the infection.

Ivan Tomason, managing director of Rod Douglas Construction

present. “We provide something a little bit different and can design and build according to what people want. If necessary we can help with the site preparation and then come out with the pre-made kitset and erect it on site.” Many of the company’s customers are repeat custom, extending or supplementing their existing buildings and the new workshop in Otaika, jointly used by Ivan’s son and his roofing business, is being used to all its spacious capacity.

“The farm has had a A possum with mandibular tuberculosis node lesion ‘Restricted Place Notice’ applied The AHB will be present in that effectively controls all movements Rural Pavilion One, sites 604-606, of stock off the property.” A regular test programme for the herd alongside NAIT at the Northland Field has also been implemented to remove Days, and available to answer  all queries, concerns and provide advice within herd infection. on TB management in Northland “All immediate neighbours will be and to explain what staff are doing tested and all herds within a 10km to return the region to its previous radius of the property will have their test TBfree status. frequency reduced from three yearly to annual to reduce risk to those herds,” All cattle and deer herd owners in said Mr Pavitt. Northland can reduce their TB risk by He said the AHB has designed ensuring they register their herd, meet a soon-to-be implemented wildlife their testing requirements and update survey in the area to determine if the their contact details if they move disease may have become established properties. Contact the TB information in the wildlife (possums and wild pigs) line on 0800 482 4636 or visit populations present in the area.

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Heritage sheep flourish in by Cynthia Matthews

Grant and Inger Keymer are dedicated breeders of heritage sheep and poultry and Dexter cattle. Their farm in its outstanding setting near Russell fronts the Waikare Inlet. Previous owners bred German Shepherds and ran cattle on the 135 acre property. Over the last ten years Grant and Inger have made new tracks, upgraded others and fenced off water catchments and paddocks. There has been plenty of work for the Keymers’ 1954 Massey Fergusson tractor! 95 acres are in bush cover, containing kiwi, while a further 20 are leased next door.

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The lower paddocks flank wetlands and host bitterns, herons, and weka. The Pilgrim geese announce visitors arrival. Gotland and Wiltshire sheep are grazing in the house paddocks. Luckily Gotlands are hornless since they are exceptionally friendly, especially when after sheep nuts! Charmaine, the ‘grand old lady’ of the flock is not averse to a head scratch. Her legs and head

are black with a silver/grey variation through the fleece, and as with other feral sheep breeds she is short tailed. The breed originated in the islands off

Wiltshire sheep in high summer

the Swedish coast. Inger describes them as intelligent, easy lambers and excellent mothers. The polled Wiltshire sheep in the adjoining paddock are also ‘good doers’. They have already shed most of their fleece, something the breed is known for and justifiably making Wiltshires favourable to those wanting sheep requiring little shearing and no crutching. Inger recommends them as consistently twinning with lambs which gain weight quickly, even on indifferent pasture. This heritage English sheep breed is hardy and they keep sound feet even through a wet winter. Out from the house the dun Dexter bull grazes the bush margin. (The three Dexter bulls are run with different

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groups of cows around the farm). These compact, smaller cattle, with shorter legs can break in rough pasture, being good foragers. “Their smaller weight makes them easier on country that’s erosion prone,” Grant explains. The Dexters were used for meat and milk by Irish crofters. Inger describes

animal “Successful breeding takes time. You need to keep with it and be patient

Above and top Right: Dexter cows and calf on the farm

broods of chickens coming on. She is a Committee Member of the Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand and regularly shows her poultry. She raises Dorking and New Hampshire chickens and Appleyard ducks, selling fertile eggs to breeders all over the country.

Good Health and Safety is good business Injuries on the farm cost you time and money When there is real work to be done, worrying about health and safety can seem an unproductive use of your time. But it is worth remembering that good health and safety practices can bring real benefits to your business, and even improve the bottom line. For a start, being safety conscious can help you avoid costly damage to plant and machinery.

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Inger feeding the Pilgrim geese

Dexters as a good choice for the family larder. “We obtained 110 kg meat from the last cow. It’s an easy weight to handle for the freezer with very little waste.” Dexters are usually black, sometimes red and also dun coloured. “Successful animal breeding takes time. You need to keep with it and be patient,” she advises.

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Amongst the bush on the hills there are glow worm caves and old shafts from manganese explorations in the 1870s. Clear water from the creek is pumped to the tanks at the top of the farm, powered by solar. Heifers and ewe lambs graze the hilltop with its spectacular view of the Bay of islands.

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P — Pacific Motor Group 129,131, 133 Pam and Stan Torkington 713 Penguin Sea and Surf Ltd 308 Performance Products Ltd 153 PGG Wrightson 199 Phiten Performance 882 Pieroth Wines NZ Ltd 913 Pink Solution 889 Plant Pro Limited 709 Plasma Biotec Solutions 282a Plumbing & Heating Centre Limited 261 Plunket Car Seat Rentals TBA Plus 2WP Ltd 927 Poland Motors 268 Polaris New Zealand 256, 258 Porter Group 19 Power Farming Northland 89 Power Farming Wholesale Ltd 91, 93, 144, 146 PPP Industries Ltd 270 Pristine Air (HRV Northland) 885 Progressive Red Devon 657 Prolan NZ 282b Prosol Ltd 618 PS Marketing 652, 653 Public Trust 926

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Newman Engineering (2004) Ltd 90 Ngahiwi Farms Ltd 134a NKV Coastguard 179a Noel Remnant Filtration 602 Normanby Fibreglass Ltd 68 North Country Grains 277a Northable Disabilities Services 207a Northern Honda 117 Northern Wairoa Hire Centre & Outdoor Power Equip. 63 Northern Wairoa Voice for Life 876 Northern Young Farmers 154b Northfuels Ltd 102 Northland Autos 172 Northland Boating Centre 222 Northland Continuous Spouting 305a


Northland Devon Cattle Breeders Club 176 Northland Farm Services Ltd 88 Northland Farm Water Solutions Ltd 252 Northland Kia Ltd 156 Northland Regional Council (NRC) 251 Northland Spa & Pool 171 Northland Toyota 83 Northpower Ltd 218 Norwood Farm Machinery Centre 71, 73, 124, 126 Number46 LTD 075a Nutritional Services Ltd 623 Nuttz Gourmet 914 NZ Fudge Farm Partnership 861 NZ Historic Places Trust 644, 645 NZ Natural Clothing 613, 614

R —Rabobank 188 Ravensdown Fertiliser 217, 219 RD1 237, 239, 276, 278 RDS Systems Ltd 239 Real Good Co. 619 Recharge Battery Revitalizer 155a Redline Farm Machinery 95, 97, 99 Reporoa Engineering Limited 187c Ria’s Natural Health Soap 880 Ringrose Stockfoods 287 RMA Consultants 264a Robertson Engineering 254 Roper & Jones First National 151 Rosemary Parcell 729 Rotowiper Ltd 103 Royd Pawson — Wooden Toys 888 Rumble Electrical & Solar 313 Rural Direct 111 Rural Research Ltd — Nitrosol 277b Rural Women New Zealand 928 RuralCo Ltd 611 RuralTec 625 S — Scooterworks Semex NZ Ltd Shaved Ice Shaw Diesels Ltd Shed Boss Shelter Station Northland Shuzi NZ Ltd Skin and Vein Clinic Smart Farm Systems



Solo NZ Ltd


Southern Cross Promotions Ltd


Spark C/ – Vodafone NZ

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Speedy Corporation Ltd


Steel Shed Systems


Stronghold Trading Limited


Stump Chipping Services Suzuki New Zealand Ltd

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Sweepa NZ Ltd


T — Taege Engineering


Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre/Northtec


Taupo Native Plant Nursery Limited


TBfree New Zealand

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Te Roroa Learning Assistance


Technico Energy Solutions Ltd


TechniPharm New Zealand Ltd




The Better Back Company


The Feeder Leader Company


The Hat Company The Whitebait People

720 Food Court 2

The Wrangler Ltd


Tiaho Trust


Tokoroa Engineering Ltd


Total Span Northland/Gunadoo Ltd


Tree Wise Northland


Trueform Products LTD


Tru-Test Group Tuk Tuk Coffee Limited

237 Food Court 1

Tulloch Farm Machines


Turiwiri Produce LTD


Tyres 4 You


U — Uber Group Ltd


Urban Adventure


V — Veronica’s Delights


Versatile Homes and Buildings


Viafos Importing Ltd


Villa Italia Ltd Vitality Sales Tupperware

869 929, 931

Vortex Spas NZ


W — Wade Concrete Products Ltd


Walker Mowers Warren Hay Marine

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Westpac New Zealand


Whangarei Mobile Locksmiths


Whites Handcrafts


Winter Gardenz Ltd


Woodcraft By Design


WoodZgood-Sushi King


Wrack Auto Electrical


Y — Yamaha Motor NZ Ltd Your Health Naturally NZ Ltd

312 918, 920

Yovich Hayward Pevats Johnston Ltd


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Boots which are built to last The name Lastrite footwear may be familiar to readers in the agricultural and forestry trades — they are the trusted brand ‘underfoot’ for some of the hardest working people in the North. But the name itself hides a clue as to the old-fashioned values of this successful Whangarei business. A ‘last’ is the specialist piece of equipment used by bootmakers and cobblers to ensure the perfect shape and the perfect fit for their customers. And a perfect fit is what Lastrite are all about.

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When colonial British resident and famed historical figure James Busby (known to every New Zealand student as a key participant in the Treaty of Waitangi) chose a hardy, docile and productive breed of cattle for the Bay of Islands in 1835, the breed he selected was the Red Devon.

enthusiast, and Dr Clive Dalton, who helped standardise the characteristics of the breed. Mr Gilberd founded the first Devon Breed society in New Zealand, and continued to popularise the Red Devon as a highly productive beef cattle breed, gaining support from farmers nationwide.

Not just for their calm demeanor and their succulent meat, either — Busby envisioned the 20 heifers and a bull he ordered from England as a workforce for settlers, breaking in land and hauling Kauri from the primeval forests.

Today the Red Devon is a cattle beast with a bright future, and an increasingly investigated past. Conjecture and evidence collude to suggest that these cattle were the muscle-power for Caesar’s invasion of Britain, and may have descended from the red cattle brought to English shores by ancient Phonecian traders in the time of the Pharaohs.

In this capacity the Red Devon excelled, until the advent of the motor vehicle saw their number dwindle. For most of the 20th century the Red Devon population was small and scattered, held by dedicated breeders and farmers who could see the potential for this unique, ruby-red breed of cattle. Very different from the South Devon (with which the Red Devon is sometimes still confused), the Red Devon began to make a comeback in the 1970s, thanks to the help of Darcy Gilberd, a Whangarei

At this year’s field days the Northland Red Devon Cattle Breeders Club will showcase the mild manners and outstanding characteristics of the modern breed. With a marked resilience to heat and cold, trouble free calving and excellent condition, there’s more than one reason that today’s cattle farmers are showing a huge interest in this ancient breed!

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While Lastrite are far too busy (their boots are in demand for all kinds of projects, from hiking trips to construction sites to motion pictures) to make each pair in the style of medieval leathersmiths, their attention to detail and bespoke craftsmanship shine through from the second you lace up their creations. Customers of Lastrite are assured of a well-made set of footwear which fits snug and comfortable — unlike taking a gamble and buying boots off the shelf. Inside the workshop the highly skilled Lastrite team turn the best

quality, hard-wearing leather into rugged work boots using a range of highly specialised machines. There are no corners cut as each boot is cut, shaped, stitched and glued for a lifetime of hard labour, in a rigorous process handed down from generations of leathersmiths. Now in the same family for three generations and spanning five decades, the Lastrite name is synonymous with 100 percent Kiwi made boots tough enough to handle our way of life and our harsh outdoor environment. It would come as no surprise to find Lastrite boots made by previous generations still as ready for a day’s work as ever — each boot is fully repairable, with replaceable soles and other components. From steel-capped and hobnailed forestry safety boots to stylish dress boots for the fashion conscious, Lastrite are proud to carry on a tradition of quality and innovation which has links back to New Zealand’s colonial roots. Visit them at Field Days to see the difference for yourself — and treat your feet to the very best.



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Preventing facial eczema Facial Eczema is a disease caused by fungal spores from the fungus Pithomyces chartarum that produce a toxin which when ingested by cattle can lead to the damage of liver and bile ducts. This fungus (FE) can cause lower milk production and occasionally death from liver damage. The damaged liver is unable to rid the body of wastes and the breakdown product of chlorophyll build up in the body causing sensitivity to sunlight, which can then lead to inflammation of the skin. The first signs of FE usually show up as a drop in milk production soon after the intake of toxic spores (sub clinical FE), other signs may include cows being restless at milking time, seeking shade and licking their udder. As facial eczema becomes more obvious, another drop in milk production may be seen and exposed un-pigmented skin may thicken and peel, especially prone are the white areas on cattle, teats and udder and inside the hind legs may also be affected. It is important to remember that not all animals may show physical signs of clinical facial eczema, but some may have had liver damage occur (sub clinical FE). Facial Eczema spores are produced when minimum grass temperature are above 12° for two or three nights and humidity is usually high, this can occur in the months (January to May). The fungus grows on soft matter in the base

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of the pasture, so hard grazing during this period of increased spore activity may also increase the risk of spore uptake by cattle. Prevention should start early with Zinc treatment, ideally two to three weeks before the spore growth danger period, for the most beneficial protection. One product that is suitable is Zinc 50 from Vetpak, it is a free flowing Zinc Oxide 50% liquid suspension to aid in the treatment and prevention of Facial Eczema in cattle and sheep, and is ideally suited for drenching or adding through an inline water medication system. Zinc 50 is suitable for long term daily dosing until the pasture to be grazed is safe from fungal spores. Zinc 50 has a nil milk withhold period and is suitable for dairy cows. Zinc 50 is available from your local veterinarian. Another product in the Vetpak stable is Green Apple Flavouring, which is a ready to use liquid flavour additive designed to mask unpleasant tastes such as Zinc Oxide. Green Apple can be added to drinking water, dry feed or mineral drenches such as Zinc Oxide or Magnesium Sulphate/Chlorides and this makes it an ideal partner when using Zinc products to treat Facial Eczema. Green Apple Flavouring and Zinc 50 are both available from your local veterinarian.

This year’s field days features a 21st birthday with a difference — it’s the 21st year of the mighty tractor pull competition. Tractor pull event organiser John Phillips has presided over the event for six of those 21 years, and he’s looking forward to an epic battle of men and machines this year. A past competitor himself, John is proud to welcome back some of the ‘all stars’ of previous competitions, who will share in a good old fashioned barbecue to celebrate the tractor pull milestone. A Kiwi tractor pull is far more a contest of drivers than the American equivalent, which tends to be more a slugfest of sheer power. “It’s all about timing — gear changes, tyre pressure, and focus, are the key to getting a good time,” says John. “There’s often only a split second in it at the end of the day!” Tractors up to 180 horsepower will compete to drag a weighted sledge

across 100 metres of dirt track. The weight is calculated to test the horsepower of each individual tractor, so a dynamometer is used before the race to make sure it’s an even playing field. After a practise run, drivers have to make the call on when to shift gears, what kind of tyres to use, and a myriad of other choices which have an impact on the timed run. And while bragging rights are on the line, it’s all about good fun on the day. Local banks have put up teams (many of whom are, as one would imagine, not exactly tractor aces) for a race up the track, and there’s a business competition too. All in all, it’s a great fun event to watch, as the raw power of these big agricultural machines is handled with finesse. Take some time to catch the action on Thursday for the banks and business races, with the main event getting into gear on Friday and Saturday.

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Homeopathy a farming alternative Tineke Verkade trained and qualified as a registered naturopath and a medical herbalist. She has been in private practice since 1991 where several of her patients were dairy farmers and as a result of their requests she also started to treat dairy cows. Homeopathic Farm Support began in 1997 in response to repeated requests from farmers for quality homeopathic products and professional information, education, guidelines and support in its safe and effective use.

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Tineke is now a well recognised business woman in the New Zealand livestock and dairy farming communities. In November 2009, her company won the Organics Aotearoa New Zealand Enterprise Award and Tineke was the Supreme Winner of the Enterprising Rural Women Award 2010.

“You’re probably expecting to read that we are heading for the field days. But because ‘every day is a field day at Rugged Valley’ the team will be heads down as usual over the Northland Field Days keeping it happening back in Masterton” says the marketing manager Abbie Smith. “So there’s one less site to visit, just give us a call and place the order to have them delivered to your doorstep.” What she says is the contributing

Many conventional farmers now use homeopathy for animal health in their farming operation.

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“What it does take to use homeopathy wisely is an ability to observe and note the onset and progress of symptoms, whether it be for influenza, or reaction to a drastic life happening, ear or eye problems, coughs, or pains,” Tineke says. “The book gives details of likely symptoms and developments for fiftyone acute ailments, and a whopping range of eighty-one potential remedies and what each is especially good for. If this sounds daunting, it does also have extremely good indexes, allowing for quick referencing.” HFS Ltd has always placed a high value on free information and training to empower farmers to better care for their animals in a cost effective, efficient natural way.

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Lime shortage a Northland concern Northland’s fetrtiliser and lime groundspreading industries are facing difficult times because a shortage of lime, according to the president of the Northland branch of the New Zealand Groundspread Association, Bill Hilliam. “With dairy and beef and sheep farmers receiving lower returns for their produce this season, there is little money budgeted to purchase what is the most important farming commodity input of the year,” he said. “To maintain soil fertility around Northland, at this time of year lime should in fact be pouring out the lime works gates to be spread on our

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pastures. But this is just not happening. “Last year Northland lime works, for some areas, have had their lowest output in over 50 years of production and so far to date, this season is running behind the output for the equivalent period last year. “In the developing years over the 50s, 60s and 70s Northland was annually applying over 650,000 tonnes. Now there is less than 200,000 tonnes going into the soils of the region. This is most alarming as farmers need to maintain ph soil levels both for good animal health as well as for a good balance of pasture growth.” Mr Hilliam added that in autumn, the time comes for farmers to set about applying fertiliser to prepare for and boost next season’s production. “But with very little forward ordering at this stage, there is great concern in the whole fertiliser industry.

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It is now very much a matter of deja vu, although not because of subsidies. In fact manufactured super phosphate and potash has simply got too expensive because of world demand. Prices have become too high and there is an obvious resistance to this fact of life from the farmers, while they are running a deficit on their properties.”

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Mr Hilliam said that judging feedback from the fertiliser servicing industry and farmer support groups, the collective opinion was that ‘a tonne of superphosphate is overpriced to the tune of $100’. He added that if prices could come down, it should result in manufacturers moving some product.“There are a lot of operators and contractors with costly equipment just waiting to move and spread tonnage onto the paddocks.”

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eels by Sheri O’Neill

Any perception by Northland farmers that their regional council is mostly about pest control may be dispelled by the appearance of smoked (and sustainably harvested) short-fin eel pâté in the Northland Regional Council marquee at the Northland Field Days in Dargaville this month.


eplacing the free gourmet treats prepared from noxious critters offered at previous Field Days, the pate indicates a new focus at the interface between the council and the farming community. The Northland Regional Council has been held to account in recent years by environmentalists and others frustrated by a perceived lack of commitment to the health of Northland’s waterways. Although

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a large part of NRC responsibility entails the constant monitoring of the region’s rivers, lakes, harbours and groundwater, and effective response to significant discharges of contaminants, concerns have been raised that the council does not do enough to enforce compliance and prosecute polluters. Council’s 2010–2011 annual environmental monitoring report (the report

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for 2011–2012 was not available) shows that while there was some improvement in some places in water quality, Northland’s harbours are in trouble and many lakes in the region close to eutrophication. Northland’s three major harbours, Kaipara, Whangarei and Bay of Islands, all show consistently low percentages of nutrient samples falling within national guidelines, and of the 28 lakes monitored by the council, only three have low levels of  nutrients.The report also records that only 69% of significant non-compliance events related to water contamination were followed up by the council, noting that ‘resources were prioritised for prosecutions’, of which in 2011 there were four (three for dairy effluent). Nastasha Stubbing, NRC’s Events and Partnerships co-ordinator, says this year’s ‘Waiora Northland Water’ theme uses a ‘tuna (eel) trail’ around the marquee to link water

NORTHERN FaRmiNg LiFEsTyLEs February 2013 related issues, and has been developed to reflect a more integrated approach by the council to water quality improvement in Northland. “It brings all our activities into line with the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management.” This Policy Statement underpinned the Fresh Start for Fresh Water reform package rolled out by central government in 2011, and sets out national expectations for the governance of water allocation and the management of water quality. The Fresh Start programme is informed by recommendations made by the Land and Water Forum set up by the government in 2009, and a full package of policy options is to be progressed in 2013 following on from two inaugural initiatives: the Ir rigation Acceleration Fund and the Fresh Water Clean-up Fund, which has provided $15 million over the past two years for major projects restoring waterways affected by pollution.

quality, and the Land Management team is starting to see a positive shift in attitudes and practice. “It’s been hard work, but we’ve increased staff to allow us more one on one time with landowners and we’re starting to tick along in the right areas. Industry is also putting more things in place to encourage best practice on the land.” In its third report, released in November 2012, the Land and Water Forum recommended that regions be made accountable by tailoring all water quality solutions to individual catchments, and Dean says that work in this area is underway. “We have targeted three harbour catchments across Northland as starting points: the Whangarei Harbour catchment; Mangere, which flows into the Kaipara; and Waitangi, for the Bay of Islands, and all farmers in these catchments are invited to participate.”

“But we’re available to advise, provide options for, and potentially to fund, Northland Regional Council Deputy Chair Dean Evans, Land agreed projects within John Bain and smoked eel pate Programme Manager farm catchments that for the NRC, says the Land and Rivers will improve water quality. We’re not talking department currently has no projects funded about things like effluent management by the Clean-up Fund, but with the help of systems — our role is outside the dairy shed additional funds from the NRC’s Long Term operation — soil conservation, fencing and Plan, is going about its business. He agrees planting waterways.” there may be a new emphasis, but says that business has always included water For information:

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New depot a true local effort Spreading Northland’s new depot is open for business in Dargaville, bringing together on one site both this well-known local company and their partner in pasture management, the industry giant Ravensdown. Construction of the new depot has been a truly local affair, undertaken by builder Les Sweeney and utilising plans developed and materials provided by Josh Monk and his team at Carters Dargaville. C&C Contract Electrical, Dreadon and Kelliher plumbers and Mike O’Halloran concreting all pitched in to complete the build. With the new premises now up and running, customers of both Ravensdown and Spreading Northland can

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expect greater ease of access to the full range of fertiliser and pasture management services this winning partnership provides. Modern farmers are well aware that science is the basis of good returns, and the health of their pasturelands is in good hands with Ravensdown and Spreading Northland. From an initial soil test, the analysts at Ravensdown can work out exactly which fertiliser components — and how much of each — are needed for the best result. This targeted approach saves money, as does the extreme accuracy of Spreading Northland’s application. Jason Williamson is proud of his fleet of trucks, fitted out with the most advanced computerised GPS tracking systems available and regularly certified by Spreadmark, the national standards body for fertiliser spreading. Accurate to within only 20 centimetres, the precision Ravtrack software supplied by Ravensdown ensures that each paddock receives exactly

Les Sweeney, builder, and Josh Monk, Carters Dargaville Manager, are proud of their work for Spreading Northland


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what it needs — no more and no less. Soil test info is right there in the cab with the applicator! With five drivers out and about every day, Spreading Northland’s new depot offers more space for maintenance, and room to grow as the company goes from strength to strength. Farmers can now visit their fertiliser provider and applicator in one location, and there’s less wait time to fill trucks and head out to the fields. Jason and his team would like to thank all those who have helped make their new depot a reality, and wish their customers a happy, productive new year in 2013.



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FDE Holding Ponds Pondco Ltd specialise in custom design and built FDE Ponds to suit your farm, your location, your needs and requirements.

Pondco Centroid FDE Ponds combine the best products and design to make your pond last!

Pondco FDE Ponds are for the “Do it Once, Do it Right“ Farms. * Project Management * Council Consents *Comprehensive Q A Packages * Design and Construction accredited

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Arthur Holmes Ltd. Buy from our online catalogue,

or for a free colourful catalogue contact: or Freephone 0508 894 103

Modern Preserving

Farmers markets are springing up across the country, and with them has come a revival in bottling of fruits and vegetables. Arthur Holmes Ltd is a family firm which this year celebrates 102 years in business, wholesalers of New Zealand’s largest range of glass and plastic jars and bottles for food, oil, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, scientific, herbal and homeopathic businesses, and all types of cottage industries. “We specialise in supplying small quantities of quality jars and bottles and their respective closures, says managing director, Rick Holmes. “Additional closures can be ordered

individually, and there’s no minimum purchase requirement. “Preserving jars and bottles are our mainstay and these have had a marked increase in sales in recent years. Many of our customers now sell in the frequent weekend farmers’ markets. “Today preserving is so much easier. Gone are the days of seals and bands. The modern cap now has a built-in rubber compound which when hot filled creates a vacuum once it has cooled, the twist finish allows the cap to be opened by braking the vacuum.” Arthur Holmes Ltd supplies over 20,000 customers.


February 2013


Ask The Professionals Ean, Chantal and members of our experienced team will attend our stand each day in Rural Pavilion One at the

Northland Field Days — 21, 22 and 23 February 2013 Call in for a chat and enter our daily draw for a $500 credit on professional services for two lucky winners each day Ean Brown

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Cellmate Batteries Northland REPACKERS of portable equipment batteries POWER TOOL BATTERIES (most brands) BIG SAVINGS compared to new retail prices TOP QUALITY new cells used with in most cases more capacity “longer running times” HARD TO PROCURE battery packs “good chance we can make them up for you” WE COVER NORTHLAND with top quality courier service at economical rates WORRY FREE 12 months warranty on repacking DON’T THROW AWAY those favourite tools repack their batteries

Warkworth Rentals & Property Management

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Covering Puhoi to Mangawhai • Property Management • Casual Letting • Comprehensive Tenant Screening • Quarterly Inspection • Competitive Management Rates

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Covering all Northland Areas • Property Management • Casual Letting • Comprehensive Tenant Screening • Quarterly Inspection • Competitive Management Rates

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Go GAS… you won’t regret it! Phone 438 0192 for a free quote.

Gas Water Heaters

Gas water heating is always a winner. No more cold showers and no waiting for the cylinder to heat up. With a gas water heater you can rely on a continuous flow of hot water, whenever you want it.

Solar Water Heating

Gas Works & Plumbing Ltd is a locally owned and operated family business situated on the corner of Poto Street & Porowini Avenue, Whangarei, employing a team of experienced gasfitters, plumbers, solar installers and sheetmetal fabricators. Our mission is to provide professional, quality service to ensure lasting customer satisfaction — to this end our plumbers and fitters are certified craftsmen and can issue compliance certificates. The compliance certificates are required by law and confirm the appliances and pipes have been tested, are proven safe, and meet the required codes and standards. Another user friendly side of the

Capturing your slice of the sun’s FREE ENERGY. Approved agent and installers for solar water heating systems.

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Mon - Fri 7.30am-5pm

Experience Tells company is its comprehensive website at where customers can get a detailed list of services, including installation and servicing of all gas appliances — a list that covers fires, water heaters, flued heaters, wall furnaces, central heating systems, stoves and hobs. In the Whangarei showroom, there is a great selection of gas fires on ‘live display’, enabling clients to view the fires operating and choose the perfect model. Gas Works & Plumbing Ltd are also approved suppliers and installers of solar water heating systems. Visit the showroom or contact us on 09 438 0192.



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Having a FLOATRON in their own pool for over 16 years has made a world of difference to family life for company owners, Craig and Melissa. They have a passion for this product because they have a 7-year-old daughter with eczema and allergies. She is unable to swim in chemical-laden pools, but they are thrilled that she can swim in their pool all day long, with no skin or health issues at all. The FLOATRON is a revolutionary solar powered water purifier for swimming pools, which replaces the need for chemicals by up to 90%. It uses the process of ionisation to combat algae and bacteria in the water.


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Wheels February 2013

World’s biggest tractor by Andy Bryenton

A monstrous machine that cultivates one acre per minute Modern tractors can run to some pretty impressive sizes, with the large 200 horsepower-plus category often sporting wheels as tall as a small building and more hightech electronics than the space shuttle. But spare a thought for the tractor drivers who were tasked with operating this agricultural behemoth — the eight-wheeled, V-16 monster they called ‘Big Bud’. ‘Bud’ is a custom-built cultivator tractor constructed by the Northern Manufacturing Company’s Ron Harmon, and it holds the title of the biggest agricultural tractor ever. Here are the figures — an earth shattering 3200 Newton Metres of torque is churned out by Bud’s 24 litre 16 cylinder engine, a unit which alone weighs as much as a small hatchback. Two superchargers and two turbochargers crank the horsepower up to a staggering total of 1000 — equal to the output of the Bugatti Veyron hypercar. The giant ‘Bud’ is an impressive

Two superchargers and two turbochargers crank the horsepower up to a staggering total of 1000 — equal to the output of the Bugatti Veyron hypercar. eight metres long, four and a half metres tall and six metres wide — truly an epic feat of cultivation technology. At a cost of $300,000 us dollars (back in 1977) this titanic machine had to earn its keep, and over the years it has proven that size does matter. Big Bud can cultivate an acre per minute towing a vast specialist cultivation harrow, or perform deep tine ripping to aerate soil on a huge scale.

After over 30 years of hard labour Bud was put out to pasture at the Heartland Acres agricultural museum in Iowa, but the big tractor has never lost its title. Kiwi farmers enviously admiring the sheer grunt of Big Bud should remember that in modern terms such a machine would cost millions — and is only really of any use on the wide open plains of the central USA where fences, houses and livestock are less likely to be accidentally run over!


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February 2013  NORTHERN Farming Lifestyles

Fa r m W h e e l s

Cruiser offers a smoother ride

From a proud past to a bright future Norwood farm machinery are well known today as the nation’s largest distributor of agricultural technologies, allied with the internationally successful Zuellig group of agmachinery professionals. But the history of this company goes back far beyond the high-powered and computerised machinery which modern farms rely on, and parallels the development of modern farming practices in New Zealand. That’s because the Norwood name has always been associated with technological advancement in this country — from coachbuilder and company founder Sir Charles Norwood who first brought Ford vehicles to these shores, through to his son Sir Walter Norwood, who brought us the Ferguson TE20 tractor. As well as being socially minded philanthropists (helping establish, among other things, the Wellington Free Ambulance, Wellington Botanic Gardens and the NZ Crippled children’s Society) Sir Charles and Sir Walter were both notable technological innovators, especially in the field of the combustion engine

and the mechanisation of rural NZ. A look through Norwood’s current catalogue reveals names such as Case IH, New Holland, Kuhn, Kubota and many more, with a wide range of specialist machinery imported from around the world. Norwood’s staff are more than just machinery dealers — they know the needs of Kiwi farmers, and select the perfect machines for the job. This also means an in-depth knowledge of parts and service requirements, so customers can be certain that their new investment will stand the test of time. As 2013’s field days approaches, it’s interesting to muse on just what the late Sir Charles Norwood would make of the extreme level of technology used in modern farming. From his vantage of over a century (for he was born in 1871), it’s likely that this self-made Kiwi success story would find that our methods may have changed, but the average Kiwi farmer is just as down to earth as ever. And we’re certain he’d be proud of the company which carries his name into the future.

The Honda Gold Wing has always been a little different from other motorcycles in its class — the heavyweight cruiser category which dominates long-distance runs. Offering up lashings of power and torque from a big 1800cc engine (almost twice the size of the hefty 1000cc original 1975 edition), the Gold Wing has been embraced by those riders who value comfort in the saddle over chrome and flames. To put it delicately, the Gold Wing came to be the favourite of ‘veteran’ riders, accruing more and more accessories over the years until many in the chopper-and-bobber set scornfully called the big Honda ‘a two wheeled car’. While it’s all fine and good to own a market niche — and you can believe that the Gold Wing absolutely did — the powers that be at Honda are all about smashing stereotypes. Rather than arguing that the consummate cruising power of the Gold Wing and its suite of luxuries are perfect for all comers,

Honda have brought us a stripped-down, pared-back and sportier version of their big cruiser for 2013, in the form of the F6B. This touring bike follows the trend set by US manufacturers such as Victory for a more streamlined machine, sacrificing hard-case stowage for cleaner lines. But don’t be fooled into thinking that comfort has been thrown out with the ostentatious extras of previous Gold Wing models. The F6B still boasts a stereo system, ample storage for weekends away and a smooth ride thanks to anti-dive front forks and Prolink single swingarm rear suspension. Lighter than the GL1800 (the ‘big daddy’ Gold Wing), the F6B enters the market as direct competition to the Victory Vision and Triumph Rocket III, though its unique six cylinder horizontally opposed engine provides a very different riding experience (and look) to either of these contenders. Honda’s big tourer is set to appeal to a whole new demographic with its more aggressive looks, but the good news for fans of the marque is that the comfort and silkysmooth torque delivery of the Gold Wing remain as a benchmark for bikes of this size in 2013. If you want to arrive feeling fresh rather than frazzled, perhaps the F6B is just the machine for you.

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Scoop for flagship car December was quite a month for automaker Suzuki, who are proud to announce a double win for their flagship small car, the Swift. Not only has the feisty little hot hatch clinched the title of best small car at the AMI Insurance New Zealand Autocar Car of the Year awards, it’s followed up this accolade with top honours in its class at the prestigious 2012 Automobile Association New Zealand Motoring Writers Car of the Year awards as well. It’s a decisive one-two punch from the new generation Swift, equaling the feats of its preceding model back in 2007. Motoring journalists around the world have embraced the nimble handling, frugal fuel economy and fun factor of Suzuki’s supermini, and it’s well on its way to an eighth year as New Zealand’s favourite small car. Even the famously argumentative trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond of BBC TV’s Top Gear are in agreement that the Swift is a great machine — a claim which can only be made for three cars out of the thousands on offer. Clarkson said of the Swift: “As a tool, it’s fairly close to faultless. But what sets it apart from other Japanese hatchbacks is that, like the old Swift, it has a personality.”

“It is the icing on a sweet Swift cake, a model that continues to do extraordinarily well,” said Tom Peck, Suzuki’s General Manager of Marketing. “The Swift is taking just under 24 per cent of New Zealand’s light car market, while its nearest rival has less than 16 per cent penetration.” Here in New Zealand there are six variants of the Swift to choose from, right up to the exciting Swift Sport which supplies the thrills of a much more powerful car in a neat, practical package. But the success of the little machine has proven to be global, with further plaudits coming in from the likes of What Car? Australia Wheels and Auto Express, among others. Once again, Suzuki have proven that they can dominate the very competitive small car market with the mix of style, substance and soul which made the original Swift so popular.

Double your battery life with smart chemistry The humble battery is an oftenoverlooked keystone of modern technology. Your car, truck or tractor won’t start without one, and there’s an endless list of toys, games, appliances and emergency items which rely on a lead-acid ‘heart’ to keep pumping. The battery may very well have been invented in ancient Mesopotamia, but its modern form goes back over 100 years. Electrical pioneers like Edison would easily recognise even the most modern car batteries of today — and they’d be able to tell you about their biggest problem, too. All lead acid batteries suffer from sulphation — the build up of the element sulphur inside from regular use. It’s unavoidable, and even batteries new off the shelf already have the beginnings of sulphation, and this is the process which will finally finish off many batteries. There is an answer, however, and it can extend your battery life up to eight or even ten years! Recharge battery technology is designed to dissolve the sulphur ions back into the electrolyte, stopping the corrosion of the battery’s lead plate and allowing it to hold a charge again. The results have to be seen to be believed — Recharge literally breathes new life back into lead-acid batteries. Even sealed batteries can be successfully

treated and restored with this easy-to — use method.Treat them new and see the difference! Recharge is available from Farmlands and Auto-One,and will be featured at the forthcoming Field Days for all to see. You can also check out www.recharge. for more info about the science involved — a breakthrough which is putting more spark under the hoods of Kiwi vehicles.

Battery additive Northlands Field Day Site 155a

Battery Revitalizer & Conditioner A lot of people in our Recharge Conditioning Program are getting 8 to 10 years out of their batteries. Just dose them when you buy them, treat them every two years and give them an overnight charge twice a year between treatments and eliminate the sulphation problem,

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FA R M W H E E L S Tractor and Machinery

Sales and Hire Importing direct from Japan since 1990

More power, more fuel economy Italian diesel tuning specialists Impulso have garnered quite a reputation with their ability to boost the power and fuel economy of modern diesel vehicles.

Used tractors from 18‑50hp, fully workshop checked and ready for work. New tractors from ride‑ons to 100hp Kioti ‑ Iseki ‑ TYM.

It’s little wonder, considering the money saved by Impulso customers around the world — from fleets of long-haul trucks to hard working farm tractors and family SUVs, the rise of modern diesel power has been matched by the popularity of Impluso’s clever technology. And now the revolution has reached New Zealand.

All implements, parts and service available. FREE DELIVERY Northland wide.


Impulso manufacture performance upgrade chips for common rail diesel vehicles — the modern, more efficient form of diesel power plant as used in most post-2000 trucks and tractors.

436 State Highway 10, Cable Bay 0420 Phone Peter Upton 09 4060435 or 0274964565 Email


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DAE have made imagination into reality by importing Impulso Comparison from a Dynamometer test between a Holden Colorado ute with (red) and without (blue) an Impulso tuning chip.

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COMMON RAIL DIESEL TUNING CHIPS Reduce trip times, running costs, Increase torque & horsepower, save fuel! Dont Believe? Enquire about our frEE trial.

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This year at the field days DAE will be demonstrating just what this clever innovation can do — a must-see if you have a diesel powered machine in your barn or garage!

Previously the only accepted way to gain such a boost was by ‘remapping’ the vehicle’s computer. However this process is a once-only, non reversible fix — with sometimes negligible results. In contrast, the Impulso unit has ten different settings which can be switched between for more power or greater economy, and when it’s disconnected it’s as if it was never there. Imagine gaining extra horsepower for your ute to tackle those big jobs, or giving your truck the get up and go to climb hills in a higher gear. In fact, imagine what such a system could do for any of your diesel vehicles — especially if you’re putting in a lot of miles for work.

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This is no science fiction story — huge gains in power and fuel efficiency really can come from the smart computer control of an Impulso unit.

Their patented technology means that by simply plugging in a small computer you can boost the fuel economy and the performance of your vehicle, saving money and offering more ready power to get the job done. Tried and tested results of up to 40% more power and 20% more fuel economy have been recorded with no other modifications but the Impulso unit.


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New generation classic The Jeep Wrangler is one of a select handful of vehicles which have an unmistakable silhouette — just the briefest glimpse of the hard lines and flared guards of one of these off-road dominating American machines evokes images of the little Jeeps which helped win the war for the allies. Successive generations of Wrangler have hewn closely to the design language of the 1940’s original, expanding it for practicality but losing none of its rugged charm. In 2013 the military bearing of the Wrangler hasn’t relaxed one bit — it’s still a machine which looks ready to tackle anything thrown against it. But the big surprise for those who test drive this latest all-American off roader is under the hood, where a tectonic shift in power has revitalised the brand, erasing all criticism of the Wrangler as ‘slow’ or ‘soft’. Such comments were indeed levelled at previous models packing a sub-200horsepower straight six, but now the Wrangler gains a new power plant, direct from the incredibly popular Chrysler 300C. The 3.6 litre mill is actually smaller than the big 4-litre engine of the ‘old school’ Jeep, but it churns out an ample 285 horses,

enough to conquer both the rough stuff and the highway. Fuel economy has also been brought up to a respectable 11.7 litres per 100kms on the highway — no mean feat for a four wheel drive. Jeep’s engineers have also been hard at work tweaking and honing the suspension of the 2013 Wrangler, producing a vehicle which irons out the bumps, even on gravel and dirt. Stability control, ABS brakes, traction control, hill start assist, and electronic roll mitigation round out a package of modern advancements which place this US icon firmly in the 21st century — combining technology and ecoconsciousness with timeless, rugged styling and the power to go the distance.

Let’s try drift’n Go Karts Direct is an exclusive importer and distributor of drift go karts, bringing this exciting new motorsport to Kiwi families. Owners Bryce Marshall and Jan Wyllie began importing Drift Go Karts into New Zealand seven years ago, and now supply them to buyers all over the country — both young and old. Children enjoy the safe, fun little four stroke machines of course, but adults up to 120kgs find them irresistible too! As their reputation grows and more people give drift karting a try this ‘little brother’ to the drift racing craze is gaining momentum. “Drift go karts are extremely safe to use — they have a low centre of gravity while still maintaining good ground clearance,” says Bryce. “They are designed to travel on flat, even terrain and because of their design, they drift rather than roll through the turns.” Each rugged, durable kart comes pre-assembled in three parts and is extremely easy to put together. It’s a

great father and son project — though don’t let dad get too carried away and forget to give the kids a turn! As well as family fun, there’s a lot of practical knowledge to be gained from drift karting. “It’s a great way for children to learn driving techniques and control out in the open spaces, and it’s something we can do safely with our kids,” says Bryce. “It is a great way for everyone to gain confidence and of course it’s lots of fun. We recommend everybody wears a helmet and uses the fitted seatbelt when they are driving a kart.” The machine develops plenty of low-down torque to fuel those power slides. Featuring a simple, strong design, the Drift Go Karts have a Honda designed cam, a four stroke engine and are capable of speeds up to 45 kph. For kids with an interest in engineering, motors and machines this is more than a toy — it’s an education.

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Local innovation puts safety first With quad bike safety in the public eye after a holiday season of high-profile accidents and fatalities, the rural industry is searching for an affordable solution to the danger posed by ATV roll-overs. Farmers fear a knee-jerk reaction by government may introduce costly and ineffective ‘red tape’ rather than an end to life threatening accidents, but an innovation by a local Dargaville company offers what may be a simple, direct answer. Traditional roll bars on quads have been known to cause injury themselves, as the full weight of the bike comes down on a rigid structure. Because of this, Ag-Tech Industries of Dargaville

have come up with an entirely new concept, developed and tested over the last 18 months. The Lifeguard quad bike safety device has piqued the interest of Government departments and health and safety organisations in both New Zealand and in Australia. The difference is that it is not a hard, ridged roll bar but is passive and flexible and will deflect around a person’s body, limbs or head on impact. Despite this flexibility it will not collapse

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offers to farm safety and improvement to industry. The Lifeguard has finally been signed off by the engineers developing it, and is now in production. It will be on show at the Northland Field Days at the end of February, and curious farmers will even have the chance to be ‘squashed’ under a demonstration unit — in total safety, of course! More details and a video can be seen on the website: Or contact Ag-Tech Industries on 0800 782 3763.

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The Prolan team are committed to understanding the needs of their customers and are willing to help solve corrosion, lubrication and antiseize 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 coldwater blasting, and maintains machinery, tools etc in excellent condition.” Julie said the field days provide an ideal opportunity for staff to have oneto-one contact with customers.

A special car requires special servicing and Sublab @ Whangarei provides just that, as Northland’s only authorised Subaru service centre. “A Subaru is like no other car. From it‘s boxer engine to its symmetrical all-wheel drive, it requires specialist servicing and maintenance,” says company principal Warren Hardy. “With our highly skilled technicians, well equipped workshop and a comprehensive parts department we can supply it all. “Your car may be missing a computer update or a new part that improves its driveability. We are constantly looking at getting the best out of our brand. With the latest bulletins and updates from Japan at our fingertips we can have you vehicle operating at its best.

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“Our work shop can do it all from general maintenance to engine rebuilds, gearbox repairs, brake, suspension and electrical work. “If it’s part of your car we can fix it,” adds Warren Hardy. “We are installing a wheel alignment machine and will be able to supply tyres at competitive prices so we now will be a one stop shop for all your car needs. “To top it off we have two demonstrator vehicles available to test drive, the latest Subaru XV and Outback, come in and see what makes Subaru special.”

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Supporting a local event “With the majority of our customers from the rural sector, it makes sense for us to be a sponsor of the Northland Fieldays.” Director of Sales and Marketing, Steve Sharpe, says that after 60 successful years in business, Hansen Products is extremely proud to be a Kiwi owned and operated business based in Whangarei, manufacturing and distributing pipe fittings and valves. “We feel strongly about supporting the Northland community so being at fieldays is an ideal way to do so in a positive way. We first became a sponsor in 2007 and found this fitted into our business plan superbly as the majority of our customers are involved in rural industries, agriculture and horticulture.” “This year we will once again

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New pastures on offer After 15 years in the making, New Zealand farmers are soon to receive shipments of what’s described as a ‘revolutionary new pasture seed’. Research teams at Cropmark and Ravensdown have put a decade-anda-half into research and development which has resulted in their new endophyte GrubOUT® U2 which provides superior above and below ground protection of host grasses against pasture insect pests, including New Zealand’s most serious ones — grass grub, black beetle, Argentine stem weevil and porina.

compounds (alkaloids) called lolines which act as feeding deterrents. GrubOUT® U2 is the only endophyte providing below ground protection against insect pests.

to help pastures tolerate aboveground insect pests, but not below-ground. And it is the belowground insects that tend to do the most damage to pastures.

“The big advantage of the endophyte on-farm is improved pasture persistence,” said Cropmark managing director, Garry Begley.

“For farmers who have become exasperated at having grass grub and black beetle wipe out their pastures after as little as 12-18 months, the endophyte will be great news.”

“ Insects such as these cost the farming economy hundreds of millions Ravensdown specialists say that of dollars each year in lost production, GrubOUT® U2 will be available in a unlike other available endophytes control and pasture renewal. Until now, unique ready-to-sow perennial pasture GrubOUT® U2 contains a group of ryegrass endophytes have managed mix called Barrier Combo which contains festulolium grasses and white clovers. Festuloliums are interspecies crosses of perennial ryegrass and meadow fescue parentage — similar to their high performing sister lines Matrix, Revolution and Ultra which Cropmark have been marketing over Section clearing, driveways, post-hole boring, recent years.

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Does diet affect hoof health As we now are in the holiday season it may be a good time to think about food. Food for cows, I mean! There is still a lot of discussion on whether or not diet has an effect on hoof health. If we think about the many different ways our human bodies can react to various foods and the outward symptoms we observe, then it is not illogical to also think that our cows can present with physical symptoms that are indicative of dietary imbalances or intolerances.

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This is a combination of preventative and curative trimming. Out of those 15,000 cows there may be a handful of cows that show no haemorrhage at all; so, therefore, most cows in New Zealand have haemorrhaging or bruising in their hooves. Admittedly, in some of those cows you have to look carefully for the haemorrhage but, nevertheless it is there. The interesting thing is that most cows have the same pattern of haemorrhage where the main bruise is in the spot where the sole ulcer is shown on the cow in picture 1. The I am a strong advocate sole ulcer in the picture for the inclusion of a is just an advanced greater amount of straw stage of a normal bruise. in our cow’s diet. One If the bruising happens of the main arguments because of external I encounter with this force then why do they suggestion is that straw look so similar? If they would substitute grass were caused by standing and therefore minimise on stones then I would energy intake and expect a much more subsequently reduce even pattern over the milk production. I am not Example 1 whole claw. Sometimes I a nutritionist, but I would clean the wall of the claw with my grinder like to explain what has influenced my just to see what symptoms can be found thinking based upon my regular observations there. In the second picture you can see of the cows’ feet I deal with. With this some haemorrhage in the wall of the claw. evidence you can make up your own mind How does it get there? If you look at this whether or not diet has an impact on evidence, it is hard to argue that those hoof health. bruises are caused by the physical causes We trim around 15,000 cows in a year. that so many people believe.

I appreciate that disproving one theory doesn’t prove another. So, I can’t say that this evidence is conclusive, that it is diet that causes the problems for those cows, but I can say that there has to be a problem with the corium (live tissue) on the inside of the claw. Especially if you see sole ulcers in claws, as shown in the photo, when the cow in question is a beef cow! This animal doesn’t even know what a stone looks like. It doesn’t get pushed over tracks, doesn’t have to stand on yards and isn’t under stress. So, if it is not physical force that caused this problem, and the young lush grass had nothing to do with it, then what caused this sole ulcer?

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is produced at night, taking advantage of cheaper power costs, but due to the physics of ice it remains chilled right up to milking time and beyond. Compare this frigid liquid to the dam or creek water older water-cycle heat exchangers use, and you’ll note the clear advantage. In the hot summer months water from an outdoor source can reach a tepid 20 degrees or more — hardly ideal. As an added bonus, KwikKold systems can be fitted with heat exchangers ‘in reverse’, taking heat from the milk to warm water for sluicing down the shed. This adds more savings, especially when one considers the size of herd which a KwikKold system can service — anywhere from 100 to 1000 cows! As herd sizes grow and the requirements of milk buyers become ever more strict, the KwikKold advantage is catching on. This tried and tested technology is distributed in the North by North West electrical, operating out of Dargaville. Owner and KwikKold specialist Phil invites farmers to call him for more information about how the power of ice can help boost their bottom line!

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DCD — The real story None of the press releases to date regarding the withdrawal of the nitrification inhibitor DCD from the market have clearly identified the real reason.

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even at concentrations massively higher than could end up in milk from applying it to pasture. DCD is after all, just a ‘double-urea’ molecule. It is a slow-release N fertiliser in its own right, and was promoted in this way in Europe decades ago. It breaks down to normal urea molecule within one to three weeks in the soil. But putting international trade infighting to one side, how does the DCD get into the milk? Most likely, by direct uptake through the leaves by pasture after application. We know that urea can get directly into plants through the leaves, so why not DCD? This mode of uptake is much more likely with Ravensdown’s DCD spray eco-N that it would be with Ballance’s DCn, a granulated mix of DCD and urea, but even granules can adhere to foliage long enough to dissolve. Small amounts may also be taken up through the roots, but roots take up most of their N requirements as nitrate, not urea ( and therefore, DCD). Given that the Government has decided not to buy into a fight, what does


There are two massive problems with treating the whole pasture with these products, which I raised nine years ago. The first is that they are only effective on ‘fresh’ urine patches (ie, no more than a week or so old at the time of DCD application. Except in some atypical situations in the South Island, you really need to apply it at least four times a year to greatly reduce the losses. The second problem is that, even though at


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The real reason is international ‘free’ trade. Just like Australian apple producers fighting for decades to keep our apples out, dairy farming interests in the United States are terrified what a free trade agreement between the USA and New Zealand could lead to. Just like happened with apples, they look for a problem — in this case chemical not disease — that there ‘might be’ with our milk. With modern analytical chemistry technology, you can find traces of chemicals that were simply not able to be detected as recently as 15 or 20 years ago, even though they were there. So if you find something that doesn’t normally exist in milk, so matter how trivial the concentration, or how totally harmless to health it might be, you can classify it as a ‘contaminant’, and potentially use it as a trade barrier. Unlike melanine ( the chemical that, unbeknown to Fonterra, was being added directly to its milk in China to artificially give it a higher ‘estimated protein’ content, and is actually seriously dangerous to health), DCD is harmless,

New Zealand lose by not having eco-N or DCn available? Precious little, in my view. Both products (less directly in Ballance’s case due to Ravensdown’s expensive but now worthless patent) are designed to reduce nitrate leaching losses, and gaseous losses of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide, from cow urine patches, in which the rate of N application — mostly as urea — can reach 1000kgN/ha.


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any one time, ‘fresh’ urine patches cover only 2-5% of the pasture, by the time you can identify a urine patch by extra grass growth, the damage has been done, because all the urea has converted to nitrate-N, which DCD can’t do anything about. So you have to spray the whole pasture every time, which is ridiculously expensive, and wasteful of DCD. To offset this, claims of substantial increases in pasture production were being made. These have now been scientifically proven to be inaccurate. So is there a solution to the urine patch problem that doesn’t involve massive investment in herd homes, stand-off pads and the like? Well yes there is, but you are going to have to read about this next month, as I have run out of space.

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fire danger hours of 2pm–4pm are also precautions. The second tranche of pre–1990 NZU’s are being allocated as you read this column so be patient, yours won’t be far away, unless of course you have opted to offset plant in which case your second tranche has been forfeited. With an unfathomable oversupply of Kyoto compliant carbon credits in the market it’s no wonder the NZU prices are hovering just above $2.00. For forest owners, participating in the ETS is like hand picking olives, not overly inspiring, which is why I’m picking the government is so quick off the mark with the second tranche — there must be a lot of staff at the Ministry twiddling their thumbs.




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World cups up for grabs Anglers across New Zealand are packing their tackle boxes and preparing themselves mentally and physically for the biggest fishing contest in the nation. The eighth annual Century Batteries Beach and Boat hits the water on February 22 and 23, and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever. The prize pool has expanded to include over $300,000 worth of top of the line fishing and boating gear, including a jet ski, a boat and outboard, and even $100,000 cash for any angler lucky enough to hook the Century Batteries tagged snapper. Competition will be fierce, but one thing’s for sure — fishing the crystal blue waters of Bream Bay will be a treat for all comers, and even those who don’t go home with a big prize will be able to enjoy a hearty fish dinner! Alongside the prizes, there are two coveted awards up for grabs which

carry big bragging rights. The Furuno Snapper World Cup is the ultimate prize for snapper enthusiasts, and it’s sure to be hotly contested. Bream Bay was of course named for these tasty fish — mis-identified by Captain Cook’s crew when they stopped off to drop a line over the side on their voyage of discovery. The Ocean Kayak 2013 Kayak Fishing World Cup also draws the best in this exciting new sport to the North for a toplevel shootout. It’s a more physical test than fishing from a launch or surfcasting from the beach, but ask any kayak angler and they’ll tell you that without a motor to make noise, they can stealthily sneak up on the big fish with ease. There’s fishing fun for the kids too,

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Soil health and productivity

by Bob Cathcart, Land Management Specialist, Northland Regional Council

Take a look at the health of Northland’s soils, plus the productivity of our, sheep, beef and dairy farms, and some worrying trends emerge. Sheep numbers in Northland dropped 25% between 2007 and 2011, from 534,000 to 400,000. This continues a rapid downward trend that has been with us for over 20 years. The beef industry in Northland is static, with little change in total beef cattle numbers from 2006 to 2010. We know from rural professionals and from Beef and Lamb New Zealand field days that we have some very intensively stocked and highly productive beef units There is, however, a large number of beef farms that are barely breaking even. On the dairy front productivity is improving but we have a long way to go. The number of cows in milk grew by 3.5% between 2006 and 2011, and

the effective grazing area increased by 4.3%. However, our dairy production per cow and per hectare is lower than almost all other regions in New Zealand. Our top farmers are up there with the best in the country but we have a lot of tail-enders dragging down the regional average. At the same time as our farm productivity is showing worrying signs, our soils are too. The total volume of fertiliser, excluding lime, applied in Northland has halved since 2002 and this reduction is mainly in phosphate fertilisers. Northland Regional Council’s own limited monitoring of ‘soil health’ shows that soil phosphate levels on some

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beef farms have dropped well below optimum levels for pasture production. Topdressing has either stopped or been drastically reduced.

As well as affecting farm production, poor soil health means deteriorating pasture, which leads to bare ground, exposed soil and sheet erosion. As well as affecting farm production, poor soil health means deteriorating pasture, which leads to bare ground, exposed soil and sheet erosion. Sediment from sheet erosion, including from badly pugged land, and from slipping is the main source of phosphate

contamination of our lakes, rivers and estuaries. Poor soil health also helps land to revert to weeds and to scrub, which in its early stages of reversion is the least effective groundcover to prevent slipping during high rainfall events. The other major concern with reversion is that some landholders may return to burning to control reversion. Strict rural fire authority control over burning over the last thirty years has greatly reduced the incidence of erosion on our hill country. Good soil health is a fundamental part of any farm’s productivity — at the end of the day, you get out what you put in.

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