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Farming Lifestyles

March 2012 Edition

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Northern Farming Lifestyles March 2012

Look North to solve port problems


by Paul Campbell

Farmers of New Zealand President Ian Walker has summed up what seems to be a no-brainer; instead of further cluttering up Auckland harbour with expansion plans, the government should look further north

at better prices with a lot less capital investment, something that Auckland must find impossible. “We have a massive amount of land and could streamline a lot of movement of cargo. There is also plenty of room for associated services. We could make that land attractive to companies and investors to locate there. We are already an export port for logs and dairy products and certainly have

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two hours from Auckland. It’s also the closest port in New Zealand to most international markets.

A majority of Northland leaders point out that Whangarei is an obvious maritime gateway for New Zealand, and Northport checks all the right boxes.

The terminal’s multipurpose facility caters for a wide range of cargoes and their associated vessel types, including timber and a wide variety of Northland’s farm produce — agricultural and horticultural products — and cement.

The deep water facility is the northern most multi-purpose port in New Zealand, and the closest port to the majority of New Zealand’s international markets. It’s served by a good road connection to the country’s network, less than

Mr Walker points out the facility has not been considered from a national perspective. Port rationalisation would deliver more efficient port services

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The purchase of five acres of land near Wellsford eight years ago was a dream come true for former ‘suburbanite’ Valerie Bushell.


aving emigrated from the United Kingdom to Auckland 25 years ago the busy business analyst had moved around a number of times before taking the plunge of becoming a lifestyler. Each move had taken her further and further from ‘suburbia’ and in spite of still commuting an hour each way to Takapuna each day to work, she knows she never wants to live in suburbia again. Before she had even built her house she had

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N Driving passion for the desert’s ‘drinkers of the wind’ by Annette Lambly Robinson

Horses have been part of Northland’s Angela Rogers life since as long as she can remember Photo – Bonni Paul

owadays she is co-owner of one of New Zealand’s best-known Arabian studs with much sought after horses making names for themselves both nationally and internationally. As a child her parents Heather and Laurie Frazerhurst who owned a sheep and beef farm at Pakaraka used to drive her and her ponies all round the country to compete in shows and ribbon days. Back then Angela favoured part-bred Arabians on which she competed with much success. Over time her passion for this desert breed — thought to be the oldest ridden breed in the world, and one Bedouin mythology calls ‘Drinkers of the Wind’, grew. The Arabian has been prized for thousands of years for its beauty, strength, and athleticism — they have large, wide-set eyes on a broad forehead, small curved ears, and large, efficient nostrils on a small muzzle. These characteristics along with the Arab’s high crested arching neck and high tail carriage make the Arabian horse easy to distinguish from other breeds. They have been used for centuries to refine other breeds and are the forefathers of the Thoroughbred. All registered thoroughbreds in the world can trace their lineage to four Arabian stallions.

Almost 26 years ago Angela and her husband Wi established Jameel Arabians on what used to be 50 acres of family property on Ludbrook Road, Pakaraka in the Bay of Islands. The original property was slowly developed into life style blocks and Wi and Angela have retained 16 acres on which they run the horses. Their intention is to breed purebred Arabians and their ambition is to produce horses capable of holding their own on the international market.

Northern Farming Lifestyles March 2012 The beautiful grey mare was awarded NZ National Champion Mare at the National Championships held in Christchurch in 2010 and in February of this year she was North Island Champion Mare. A new chapter begins for Jameel Arabians with the recent sale of Photo – Mendip Farm Photography a 50 percent share in The Big Moment; Angela and handler Ben Carter-Mouet and Taralea Evita Evita being bought by *Ger when she was sashed NZ National Champion mare European interests. She will return to Europe in Angela’s parents, along with pet the new year to be bred and shown. schnoodle Albert remain her number “Evita will have the chance to be bred one helpers on the farm. It’s been a long to some of the finest Arabian stallions journey and much hard work. available today,” said Angela. “It’s hard “Breeding horses is a long slow to send the horses you have grown process and there is no quick overnight attached to overseas — but it’s all part fix. It involves early morning starts and of our wider plan. long evenings, but we firmly believe if you don’t do the hard yards you won’t get The Arabian has been prized for the rewards,” said Angela. The rewards have been countless New Zealand thousands of years for its beauty, championship titles. strength, and athleticism Nowadays they no longer prepare, show or train clients’ horses. They prefer Over the years they imported several to keep the operation small in order stallions from Australia or the United to concentrate on their own breeding States to use with their own mares or and accept only a small number of to stand at public stud. Five years ago outside clients. the American purebred stallion Aria They run a very small group of Elation was imported as a yearling after purebred mares believing it’s quality not winning the Signature colt class at the prestigious USA Scottsdale Show — quantity that matters. One of those mares, Taralea Evita one of the biggest Arabian shows in was bred in Germany, exported to the world. He is owned by the JEK Alliance Australia and imported into New Zealand by Euralea and Jameel Arabians three — consisting of Jameel, Euralea and Karamea studs who combined their years ago.

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he couple own Riverlands Hereford Stud, farming a 340-acre farm on Oparakau Rd. Janet has always had passion for the breed. Her father a dairy farmer had used them to breed dairy beef as did her husband Ray before they were married. “It’s been great having a common interest and we have worked as a team improving the quality of our ‘regular’ Hereford herd.” Ray’s “that’s not such a silly idea response,” to Janet’s ‘miniature’ quip prompted her to start investigating what is relatively a new variety of the Hereford breed in New Zealand. The more she learned the more determined she was to have miniatures and now she runs around 24 registered animals as well as some dairy beef crosses.

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Farming today faces new pressures. On the one hand, good production levels are necessary for farm profitability. On the other hand, the levels of fertiliser input this requires can lead to nutrient enrichment of streams, rivers and lakes. What to do? We have to focus more on just what happens to fertiliser nutrients after application, and find out what loss mechanisms can be reduced. Ironically, with phosphate (P) we have problems at both ends of the spectrum. On many soils, and particularly the allophanic ash soils, P is ‘fixed’ onto aluminium (Al) on the surface of soil clay particles. These soils used to be called highly ‘P-retentive’. It is fashionable in some quarters today to say they have a ‘high P storage capacity’, but this is a misnomer. As your dictionary says, a store is somewhere you put something until you need it, and can then take it out of. However the P fixed on clay particles, especially allophone, just gets stuck, retained, or fixed (any of these words are accurate), more and more tightly, more and more deeply under Al, over time. Even when you stop putting maintenance P on, the rate at which P is ‘desorbed’ into plantavailable form is far, far too slow to maintain good production. ‘Stored’ indeed! The great Joe Karlovsky from MAF’s Ruakura Research Station calculated over 40 years ago that to maintain a high level of production on a dairy farm on allophanic ash soil required 15 kg P per year more than it took to maintain exactly the same level of production on a low P-retention soil. Today, Overseer gives about the same difference in requirements. There is anecdotal evidence that the rate of P fixation is slowly declining, but if it is, it is very, very slow! Unfortunately, while applying higher rates of fertiliser P to these soils helps offsets fixation losses, it also means a lot more fertiliser granules sitting on the surface after application. As these slowly dissolve into the soil over a few weeks,

they are susceptible to some of the P — either dissolved or as particles — being washed into waterways by rainfall-induced run-off. The more P that has been applied in one hit, the bigger the risk. Small, frequent applications of P would greatly reduce the risk of run-off, but at prohibitive cost. A far better solution is to find ways to reduce the amount of P that gets fixed in the soil, so we don’t have to put as much on in the first place. Very exciting research in this area is being done in several countries, with very promising results. In Vietnam for example, where I have been involved in research into improving fertiliser efficiency for eight years, the treatment of DAP with ‘anti-fixing’ additives has literally halved P requirements for rice grown on acid soils. Another option is to use

far better solution is to find “Aways to reduce the amount of P that gets fixed in the soil, so we don’t have to put as much on in the first place

part of the P in slow-release form such as RPR. The P from RPR is not soluble in water, so is far less prone to loss in run-off. This fact is recognized in Overseer. Another part of the solution is to apply fertiliser in fluidised form, so it quickly gets below the surface. As in most fields of endeavour, necessity is the mother of invention. I think our environment, our water, is telling us that it is high time we took some of these ‘inventions’ a lot more seriously.

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These short-legged, long-haired, long-horned animals are from a fold of more than 100 cattle bred on 90ha of steep-pasture in Kaukapakapa owned by Doug and Jenny Sheldon. A heritage breed originating from Western Scotland, the cattle has a long ancestry largely unchanged over four or five centuries, with the current Breed Standard dating back to 1885. They thrive equally well on lush pasture and rough country, steep hills and flatter areas. Well known for the high quality of their meat — pure Highland meat contains almost 7% more protein and almost 17% more iron, averaging over 4% less cholesterol than commercial beef. Intramuscular fat, low in saturated fat and seen as marbling through the meat, gives Highland beef its tenderness, succulence and distinctive taste. The NZ Highland Cattle Society is holding a national Open Fold day on Sunday 1 April. If you missed them at the Northern Field Days Doug and Jenny will be opening their farm. Call 09 420 4065, or visit for more information and directions.

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Is your home ready for winter? The end of summer hit with a bang during the Northland Field Days, but the strong squally weather with cold showers on Saturday didn’t deter the public enjoying a great show. The winners of the Airfoam Wall Insulation competition were John and Gael Patchett of Waimauku, who are now booked in for retrofitting Airfoam into the walls of their home and being much warmer this winter. Before you turn on your heating this winter, have you considered the basics of warming your home? Insulation in your ceiling and walls creates the fundamental basics for warming your home. Many homes built in NZ before 1991 have no insulation in the walls. While roof and under floor insulation is widely used, unless your ceilings and walls are properly insulated up to 70% of the heat in your home is being lost. There is a cost effective and very efficient way to reduce this problem. Airfoam Wall Insulation has been insulating walls of existing homes for more than thirty years and over 15,000 homeowners now enjoy the basic requirement of an insulated home. Insulating the walls will help prevent heat loss, reduce dampness and

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To build or renovate Long road to full implementation for building laws Despite the change in building laws heralded by the government on the first of March, it will be a long process getting many builders up to full trade qualified status. The current schedule set out by the government for full upskilling and qualification of all Licensed Building Practitioners aims for a completion date of 2015, leaving those building in the interim in limbo, unsure of the right path to take. Of course, any LBP can undertake the newly classified ‘restricted building work’, but a trade qualification is a stamp of approval not easily achieved and it rightly remains the benchmark of a builder’s experience in the view of most New Zealanders. After all, it’s one thing to have the paperwork, but another to have put in years of practical work constructing homes in New Zealand conditions — a track record which can be inspected for a degree of surety. For those who wish to avoid any pitfalls and have true peace of mind when building, it’s always best to ask to see the trade qualifications of your builder. By 2015 (if all goes according to schedule) this level of qualification should be universal, but in the meantime it pays to check. Another option — and one which appeals to many — is to deal with a group such as the Certified Builders, who can guarantee trade qualified workmanship through their own peer-driven

organisation. Unless a builder is trade qualified they cannot become a member of the Certified Builders Association. Groups like the Certified Builders are extremely dedicated to the best building practices, and boast a wealth of experience in the trade. It’s also noteworthy that Certified Builders offer a 10 year written guarantee on their workmanship — an option which provides iron-clad peace of mind for the home owner. Other organisations and individual building companies will likely follow suit as those investing in a new home demand this level of assurance.

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NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP GAMES Natural equestrian games on show A second round of Natural Horsemanship Games is taking place on April 8 at Barge Park in Whangarei.

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The games are held under the Parelli school of horsemanship system, founded in the US, in which humans are taught how to interact with horses.

“It all started in a market in Waipu in September 2010, I bumped into Pat Hunter, a fellow Parelli student whose idea was to organise a venue for natural horsemanship people to get together to showcase their skills, meet other like-minded people and to challenge their relationship with their horse in a safe and fun environment. Pat’s enthusiasm and passion was catchy and before I knew it, I was on the committee and given jobs to do.

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and on farming expertise and not on assumed capital growth in land values which is where they ran into problems in the past.” In the dairy sector, the Waikato and Taranaki continue to set the benchmark for farm prices and Bayleys Waikato and King Country sales manager Mark Dawe says there has been clear evidence over the spring and summer sales period that prices are nudging up again on the back of a good level of activity. “We’ve actually seen a bit of a lift in the Waikato dairy market since Christmas — in the order of 5 to 10 per cent. That’s a combination of a wet summer which has been great for pasture growth and confidence and a shortage of quality properties for sale after an active spring and early summer market cleaned out a lot of the supply.” On the local front, we are continuing to experience repeat viewings of our dairy farms and at the time of writing am waiting for the results of two very good offers on dairy farms that are being currently marketed. As outlined in last month’s report, the sales statistics from our recent sales is available to purchasers who are looking to assess values of rural property or conversely to vendors who may be looking to get a market indication of value before deciding to put their farm on the market. In any event feel free to call for a chat about the market.

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Dairying Inoculant reduces maize silage heating Most farmers have observed heating in their maize silage. Recently published New Zealand research shows that applying the right bacterial inoculant can keep silage cool for longer improving silage quality and reducing feed losses. It also allows farmers to feed out their maize silage up to one day in advance. The study, published in the Proceedings of the New Zealand Grasslands Association1, measured how long it took maize silage to heat when it was exposed to air after ensiling. It compared the performance of three commercially available silage inoculants with an untreated control when applied to eight different maize crops. The untreated control heated within an average of 39.3 hours after the maize silage was exposed to air. Pioneer® brand 11C33 inoculated maize silage stayed cool for more than two days longer than the control. Two other commercially available inoculants (Products A and B) did not differ significantly from the untreated silage (Figure 1). “Maize silage contains high levels of sugars and starch which makes it prone to heating at feed-out time” says Dr Jakob Kleinmans, Forage Products Manager for Pioneer® brand seeds and a co-author of the paper. “Our study mirrored overseas research which shows silage inoculants can reduce maize silage heating at feedout time but some products perform better than others.” Inoculants will only deliver a benefit if they contain enough live, beneficial bacteria to outcompete naturally-occurring species and strains. Independent researchers recommend inoculants should apply at least 100,000 colony-forming-units of bacteria per gram of crop. “Guaranteed bacterial counts on the product label is a first indication of

product quality” says Kleinmans. “Good inoculant purchase decisions should also be based on the results of published trials which have been conducted according to scientific protocols.” As well as reducing quality and drymatter losses, Pioneer® brand 11C33 has practical farm management advantages. “11C33 treated silage that has fermented at least 30 days prior to feed-out can be fed out up to a day in advance of the cows eating it” says Kleinmans. “Many farmers enjoy the benefits of being able to fill the feed-out waggon or feed bins the night before rather than having to do it first thing in the morning.” For more information on maize silage harvest management or a copy of the Grasslands paper call 0800 PIONEER (0800 746 633) 1Kleinmans et al, 2011. Using silage inoculants to improve the quality of pasture and maize silage in NZ. Proceedings of the NZ Grassland Association 73: 75-80. For maximum aerobic stability benefits, silage must ferment at least 30 days before feeding.

Figure 1: Time before heating when maize silage is exposed to the air

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Nutrition through Autumn Autumn is a good time to try new feed blends without the added production or calving pressures that come with spring, says Ravensdown Nutrition Business Manager Stephen Fink. “It’s a good time to try something different without having to worry about factors affecting peak production, so we’re reducing the price of our high energy blends to encourage farmers to try a blend and confirm the response — to try it and find they’ll like it. “It also means farmers know their cows are comfortable with the change well before spring.” Anecdotally, farmers are confirming the pricing of blends are hundreds of dollars a tonne cheaper than pelletised feeds and the response is just as good, particularly on farms with shed-based feed systems. Mr Fink says there are two crucial steps farmers should take at this time of year. “One is to do body condition scores and the other is to make sure they’re looking at the lowest 30% of the cows when they score them, not just the top. It’s always the bottom third of the herd that gives farmers problems. Cows should be at body condition score five at dry-off as well as calving.” Grass, in most areas is plentiful at the moment and the main topic of discussion is how to best utilise the feed grown and keep quality through the autumn, he says. “Adding high energy blends such as Dairy Hi Carb 27, Dairy Energy Boost or Dairy Hi Carb Plus will help maintain energy levels in the diet and offer the best chance to maximise production opportunities and put condition on cows. “Where feed is looking short, PKE will provide an economic supplement and will help maintain energy and protein levels over summer. Importantly with spore counts on the rise, Zinc oxide (for facial eczema control) and macro-minerals can also be added to our blends through our Pick and Mix capability. Often adding minerals and trace elements via feed is the most cost-effective method of delivery as well as avoiding potential wastage.” Stephen Fink says contracting Ravensdown’s blends or PKE provides certainty of price and availability so “talk to your account manager or our Customer Centre on 0800 100 123 about the best option for your farm.”


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Continuing debt increases, unsustainable by Bill Guest, Operations Director, Farmers of New Zealand The compulsory payment of District Council rates is now becoming the major mortgage on freehold properties and the second significant mortgage behind ratepayers’ bank mortgages.

Index. Farmers of New Zealand supports this, but there must be an alignment of councils’ financial monthly and annual reporting, so it is easier to compare the costs of one council’s activities against another.

Farmers, being taxpayers and major ratepayers, are finding the burden of rate payments on top of their payments to service $46 billion of farm debt, unsustainable.

This must also include a Fiscal Responsibility Bill for local government that gives ratepayers more say. Poll provisions should apply to all affected ratepayers for the raising of loans by special order procedures, whether under the jurisdiction of regional or territorial authorities.

The Local Government Minister the Hon. Nick Smith declared in the press that council debts are getting out of control and the average rate increases nationally are 7%. Council debt has moved from $1.8 billion to $7 billion. He is going to amend the Local Government Act to control costs and keep rate rises in line with the Consumer Price

Local government should not fund social services from rates. Any such services should be funded by Central Government or another external source. District councils over the next few weeks will be signalling their

rate increases in the Annual district plans. The Kaipara District council is signalling rate increases of 40% plus, six times greater than the national average. It is time for the silent majority to stand up and take an interest in the activities of their district councils and we need to send a clear signal to Local Government Minister Nick Smith that we have had enough of councillors acting irresponsibly and using ratepayers’ hard earned money on expenses that have nothing to do with core business. Local government exists to provide public good services that would not otherwise be provided by the public sector. Raising revenue to provide predominantly public good services should be based on a broad interpretation of benefits to the different classes

of ratepayers ie. differential rating or annual service charges on the basis of benefits received. User charges and fees such as building permits, library charges etc are appropriate where the benefits are predominantly private and the transaction costs are low. Annual service charges should be levied for specific services (eg. water, storm water, refuse and sewerage services) where the level of consumption of those services can be easily determined, and where usercharge fees are not practical. Only properties that receive such services should pay for them. Territorial authorities should use uniform annual charges (UAC’s) to their maximum to finance people-orientated

Bill Guest, Farmers of New Zealand

services, such as the costs of democracy and other nonattributable costs. Propertybased rates should not be used for these purposes. The statutory limit of UAC’s should be increased, so that the use of valuation rating as a revenue-raising mechanism becomes less significant.

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