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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
Mr Walker is also a Northland Port Corporation director and Northland regional councillor.
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 â€˜suburbaniteâ€™ 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 â€˜suburbiaâ€™ 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
bought two alpaca wethers after having first seen them in a lifestyle magazine. â€œUp until then I hadnâ€™t really known what I wanted to do with my block, but when I saw and read about the alpaca I knew thatâ€™s what I wanted to have on my farm. â€œI soon became â€˜hookedâ€™ on these wonderful animals and bought my first breeding female (hembra) which was already pregnant shortly thereafter.â€?
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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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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
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I have recently attended meetings with other rural managers from around the North Island — effectively we are all in a similar market — the challenges that face Tony Grindle our vendors and purchasers in Northland are typically the same the country over. Some of the extracts from our recent meeting are listed below. While there are regional variations around the country, some common themes are emerging. “Some of the well established, larger farming operations of around 3,000 hectares are building up big cash surpluses given the better returns,” says James MacPherson, Bayleys Gisborne principal. “They are keen to buy more property but they are constrained at the moment by a limited supply of farms for sale, particularly larger holdings. However, there is no doubt they will be investing back in rural property when the right opportunity comes along which will be very positive for the market.” ‘Shortage of stock’ is a common catch cry amongst property agents around the country, with demand outstripping supply. “It’s good to see banks out there competing quite vigorously with each for new business again,” says Bayleys Canterbury director, Bill Whalan. “But they — like purchasers — are relatively cautious. Banks are lending on cashflow
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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fix the things that are causing some grief around the Dairy. Before you upgrade to new Milfos cup removers or a Milfos Variable Drive Vacuum System it would be sensible to evaluate things that could impact on your proposed upgrade. Sparkies generally do a great job, however, we regularly come across wiring of all sorts that has been installed incorrectly. For instance we see the right cable used on say, a milk pump controller, but still bundled with everything else so it creates interference with the controller and bingo, a slightly crazy controller. Unless you know what to look for it can be a painful process to find as it looks like a faulty controller. hopefully and it’s great have a goodfrom ThisWhile is important for alltosorts of systems pulsationavoiding controllersaggravating to cup removers and the more sophisticated the more you have to be. We costlycareful breakdowns. season, it’s important to the looksystem at the recommend data cables far away from power possible. coming drykeeping off when most as people To go oneasbetter, talk with your local We have all heard about stray out. voltage, yes itMilfos does exist and can cause all sorts have machine tests carried Service Partner and get them of issues, we have found a major source is the cable and terminations between to tell you about the iCARE Scheduled What tends to happen is that Variable drives and Motors. everyone wants their machine tests Maintenance Programme. There around is a lot ofthe documentation drives with regard to the done same time.supplied While with variable This programme will allow you to cable to be used and metal glands for terminations etc, these are minimums and a service partners try to accommodate tailor make a programme to suit your good Sparky will follow manufacturer’s recommendations or better. If in doubt everyone, along with other major requirements and budget. get it checked. project work and upgrades, sometimes The Milfos iCARE Don’t forget the effluent or water pump, same deal, and move theprogramme electric fencetakes delays can happen with the high the stress out of shed maintenance, unit to the implement shed, they can be an interference nasty in the dairy. workload. rightMilfos down to ormaking you For sensible advice on Upgrades, find your local dealer Area Salessure Manager have filter socks on hand when you There’s really no reason why the at www.milfos.com.
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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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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
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