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Farming Lifestyles March 2013 Edition

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A new shearing champion has emerged from the 53rd Golden Shears in Masterton with the winner, 26-year-old Rowland Smith, who hails from Ruawai, donating his $3,000 prize to help fight cancer.

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After his win he told the crowd “it’s not for the money,” and bolstered the shearers’ cancer research fundraising to over $11,000 from donations and other gifted prizes. Smith, whose mother died of cancer, justified his TAB favouritism after winning eight other finals in the six weeks leading into Shears week. In another first for Northland, a 15-year-old from Kaeo became the

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and Angelea Fleming. They entered the awards for a third time, embracing the opportunity for internal evaluation of their farm management and business. “We also enjoy the comradeship it brings meeting like-minded people, along with the competitiveness of the contest,” say the McKenzie’s. “One of our strengths is our low environmental impact by having sustainable systems. We also enjoy farming in a partnership, farming profitably and loving what we do.”

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He first went to Aupouri to muster the wild horses 25 years ago after answering an advertisement, and says for him nature and music are closely connected. “I got my first horse aged six and my first guitar four years later, but I didn’t start writing songs until I was in my late thirties, and it was the wild horses that triggered it. I wrote my first song, ‘Aupouri Angel’, on that first muster. It

For many years Neil toured with friend and fellow musician John Grenell, playing everything from woolsheds to major clubs, and although he is still kept busy with regular performances, either solo or with regular band mates Sid Limbert, ex-bass player for the Waratahs, and guitarist Dave Maybee, these days he prefers not to be away from home too long.

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NORTHERN FaRmiNg LiFEsTyLEs March 2013 “They’d break out of the ti tree and there’d be a Jersey herd grazing lovely dairy pasture.” Noel still farms at Mt Wesley, and until recently his herd retained some bloodlines of Charles Hilliam’s first breeding stock, shipped through the Kaipara Heads and unloaded at Aoroa in 1902.




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During the boom years, coal was shipped from Newcastle, Australia, to fire the boilers for the timber mills, back loading on the return voyage with a load of timber. “And then the farmers needed it, of course, for the dairy factories,” Noel says. Until electricity was widely distributed, the lighthouse gave safe passage to the boats delivering West Coast coal to fuel the chain of factories which had sprung up around the Kaipara from Helensville to Tangowahine. Facing page: 1884 lighthouse and buildings. An aerial view of lighthouse centenary celebrations 1984. Above: Noel Hilliam with grandfather’s gum left over from buying the farm.

bee: ‘We’ll never forget that weekend; it comes up again and again’. Dargaville farmer and local historian, Noel Hilliam, was a committee member of the Northland Historic Places Trust during the early years of lobbying for the lighthouse’s preservation, and says that Kaipara farming communities have good reason to honour the lighthouse and the crucial function it performed. “The lighthouse is remembered for its aid to shipping during the boom kauri timber years, but it also gave safe passage for ships carrying essential farming supplies. Without it there would have been no farming in those early days.” After the timber exports gave way to gum and the gum was exhausted in its turn, Kaipara, once the busiest harbour in New Zealand, became a backwater. “My grandfather used to say, they bled the district dry, took all the money and built Auckland,” says Noel. But some who remained saw the agricultural potential in the blackened stumps and dug over gum land — among them, Noel’s grandfather, Charles Edward Hilliam, who came out to the Northern Wairoa from Bloodsfold Hall in Lincolnshire

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He hopes to expand his farming business with his two brothers, Tim and Rodger. They lease land capable of holding 400 cows, they equity manage a 1000 cow farm for their parents and they have 50% shareholdings in a 700 cow farm in Brazil with his youngest brother Rodger as managing director. They aim to grow their business in Ian’s previous experience in restaurants Brazil to 3500 cows helped him in the head to head cooking challenge and winning the “We all have different ideas and competition would give the brothers collectively we pooled our skills and a boost. resources together. We have all grown Before farming, Ian studied tourism up on a dairy farm so we have a solid and hospitality in Australia and has background and knowledge in farming.” travelled to 50 countries picking up work His partner Rowena is also involved in along the way. the administration side of the business. “My favourite place was the San Blas islands in the Caribbean — home to the Kuna Indians with such a different way of life.”

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Gurcharan Sing and Manjit Kaur Sood their daughter Sonia and their grandchild Simranjit

Using hydroponics, they grow all year round although Gurcharan says production is greatest in the summertime. Water supply did not come easy however and the first eight bore holes that Gurcharn tried to sink were unsuccessful but fortunately the ninth worked out. He has gone on to dig a pond with a two million litre capacity and is in the process of digging a 16 million litre pond. He also has 16 tanks on site holding 25,000 litres each giving the family the ability to withstand a drought in the region. Gurcharan Singh and his family emigrated from the Punjab region in the north of India in 1988 after visiting New Zealand and deciding that life would be easier. While he worked in a government department in his home country he says he has always had a green thumb. “I used to help my father grow crops, mainly sweet corn, wheat and sugar cane.”

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NORTHERN FaRmiNg LiFEsTyLEs March 2013 The family originally settled in Auckland where Gurcharan tried to gain a mechanically orientated job, however after a stint fruit picking and working in a factory he landed a job in a greenhouse which sent him down the path of becoming a horticulturalist.


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He began growing tomatoes for his business in 1997 and after struggling with land prices in Auckland, they moved to Aratapu.


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While they may grow on a large scale it’s a family business with all members, including the grandchildren, helping out. “Gardening is my hobby and my passion — I’m in here seven days a week and sometimes nights, I love it.” For a free brochure call Gurcharan Sing and Manjit Kaur Sood with their daughter, Sonia, grandchild, Simranjit and their staff

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The Soods are extending their farm adding on two more houses.

He employs 14 local workers in the summer when production is at its peak picking a couple of tonnes of tomatoes every week. Not only do locals buy their produce from the supermarket but many make the effort to stop at the Soods and buy a big bag. “They say our tomatoes are the sweetest,” says Gurcharan’s daughter,

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Sonia, who was, very appropriately, wearing a ‘no paparazzi’ t-shirt when visited. “Whenever my parents go on holidays I look after the business. I enjoy it and I learn so much from my dad, he is the best dad in the world. I hope I will be successful like him.”

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HydroTech Moves North HydroTech Drainage, with its head office in West Auckland, started some 17 years ago with the basics and has since developed into New Zealand’s largest drainage maintenance company. Based on the number of contracts, staff numbers, growing vehicle fleet and the availability of world leading technology, HydroTech has undergone development that causes people to offer commendations for their excelling in business. While HydroTech have for some years worked within the North, they have again expanded by winning a substantial Whangarei District Council contract, causing HydroTech to set up a new office in Whangarei. Lead by Company Directors Alan and Phil Hopkins and ably assisted by Branch Manager Lincoln Amosa, HydroTech in support of the local community has surrounded itself with local suppliers and employed local staff. To date, HydroTech have received many accolades from the Council and the community for their high calibre of work. Building up a fleet of specialist vehicles and employing excellent staff HydroTech are committed to delivering the best service to the Council and the community. Sticking to their main abilities of drainage, HydroTech have imported superior technology in support of locally developed plant. Being innovative, the HydroTech brand is highly visible and respected. HydroTech has imported plant such as the RECycler, remarkable hydroblasting/vacuum equipment that can recycle water all day if required, which causes less pristine water to be used from the reservoirs, less vehicles on the road, less waste taken to landfill, smaller carbon footprint and reduced costs to the customers. HydroTech is the only drainage company in New Zealand with RECyclers in their fleet. In support of the RECycler, HydroTech have Combination Units which are hydroblasting and vacuum units in one, reducing the requirement for multiple vehicles on the road, reducing costs and minimising the amount of waste taken to landfills. Added to that superior technology, HydroTech offers hydroblasting and vacuum trucks supported by their drain CCTV mobile command vehicles and highly skilled and trained staff. Again, using the best of equipment and trained technicians HydroTech offer a wide range of drain CCTV services. Being innovators, HydroTech have developed a wide range of equipment and services to meet or exceed the needs of their customers, such as building equipment to clean the Puhoi tunnel, and building a trimaran, which carries CCTV equipment to camera drainage systems, and much more. Working within the commercial and domestic markets, HydroTech can unblock drains, find out what is causing the problems, clean out culverts, and vacuum out all forms of liquid waste including animal waste. Using their aquablasting equipment HydroTech can clean concrete to a high standard.

HydroTech has perfected the techniques associated with hydro excavation, a safe and reliable technique of using water to locate underground services. Potholing and slot trench cutting are among the tasks that hydro excavation is excellent for. This method of locating underground assets is widely used on the broadband development throughout New Zealand, and HydroTech has used it to good effect across the entire country. Recently, HydroTech has added pipe lining and refurbishments to their arsenal of services. Using superior overseas designed and built technology, the first of its type in New Zealand, HydroTech can reline a variety of pipes using the Alphaliner technique involving glass fibre reinforced material and the EX liner that is PVC pipe. Both of these techniques save costs relative to the mechanical digging up of pipes and offer up to a 50 year life span. This is outstanding technology. Many times people buy a house only to find that the underground drainage system is in need of repair. There is one instance where repair costs of $13,000 were imposed on a new homeowner. Obtaining HydroTech’s pre purchase house drainage check can prevent all this. HydroTech is delighted to be based in the North, and like elsewhere in New Zealand it will expand its services to meet or exceed the needs of the Northern market. This advertorial is an introduction to HydroTech. You are encouraged to contact us and we are willing to discuss the complete range of services we offer. Take a look at the HydroTech website and please do not hesitate to give us a telephone call to discuss how HydroTech can help –

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A dog’s tail…

Any Shape, Any Size, Anywhere!

Sum things never change “Well, there ya go Dog. Whaddaya rekin?” Yep, it’s me Billy BC back again an’ I gess I’m a bit gobsmakt. See, Boss an’ his gerlfrend Sharlene have come back froma Feel Daze. They reckin they hada reel good time, an’ sez tha wether was so good, they had swim ina Dargyvill swimmin’ pool.

froma Feel Daze wiv sumthin a bit moor konstructiv this year. Mos’ times he has a hole lotta stuff wot just rusts away unner tha woolhsed. Sumtimes he hasa clearout and give’s it all to his mate Alby, who runs tha St John’s auction over in Mungy.

Boss musta red my mine, becos he sed: ”She’s a trade off Dog. Tha swimmin’ pool is fer Sharlene, ta make this place a bit more like a famly home. Tha tracta’s ta make mor munny. Wen wear not usin’ it, gunna hire it out on koomra kontract.”

But I guess ifa swimmin’ pools comin, it havta be hear ta stay eh?

“Gawd,” I thort, wot happind fer tha Boss to make sensible invistments ata Feel Daze?

Thena Boss put downa brosha, ‘an he giva bitofa snigger. Uh oh, I thort. Wot’s Boss onto now.

The Gazza swung down froma truck.

“She was pritty choyce too Dog. It was blimmin just about emtee. No one else wus swimmin’. So Sharlene wusn’t embarrissed ‘cos she’s prignint eh? Juss like we hada private pool.” That brings me ta tha Boss agin. Win he askt me wot I reckin, he’s sittin’ ona woolshed steps wiv a big glossy brosha. It’s got big pichers of swimmin’ pools, an’ Boss is lookin’ ova tha front paddick. “Ya see, Dog, Sharlene reckins we kin move tha fence fifty feet. Ta extind her gardin, and stick one of these pools ina ground.” I give Boss a bitofa Eye (‘cos that’s wot I do ona farm) an’ felt like askin’ wot’s rong wiva dam where I goes fer me swims. But I spose Sharlene’s not gunna wanna swim wiva eels eh? They get ina dam frum the creek wot fills it. Anyway, seems Boss come back

That’s win I herd a big veehikle commin’ ova tha cattilstop. Boss stood up, and we went roun’ ta the top ofa driveway. Well, I stopt in me traks. There was Gazza, froma truckin’ kompiny, sittin ina cab, an’ behind ‘im ona tray, was tha biggist, reddist, ginorrmiss tracta ya eva seen! Tell ya readas, I was rilly gobsmakt this time.

“Ya fergot this ata show.” He give tha Boss a big packit, an I hada sy of releaf. It hada label with ‘super autamatik remote controlled gate opena’ writ on it.

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Better management for precious rural resources The rural industry, like every industry in the modern New Zealand economy, relies on the efficient use of resources to succeed. While other trades use concrete, electricity and steel, one of the most important resources for farmers is water — but to use it effectively, those in agri-business have to have accurate data at their fingertips. That’s where Number 8 Systems come in — a local company with a name based in the ‘do anything’ attitude of the Kiwi farmer, and a level of technology that’s light years ahead of tape, twine and baling wire. Company owners Andrew Llewelyn and Ade Kloeten started the business in 2007 to develop an effective water pump monitor system, and from day one all of their products have been tested on Kiwi farms.

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From this initial device — the Pump Guru, an electronic monitor which protects pumps, detects leaks and faults and sends detailed information wirelessly to the farmer — the Number 8 repertoire has grown to encompass some of the smartest hardware found on farms. From tank levels to the logging of bore water usage, and from monitoring of silo feed levels to wirelessly controlling systems across the farm, Number 8 do

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it all. They can even help you track the input of rainwater to tanks! Data from a vast array of devices is displayed via the internet for Number 8 Systems’ customers, with support for tablets and Smartphone’s. And for those out of 3g coverage, ‘bulletproof’ SMS text message support is also available. In the modern farming environment it’s more important than ever to know just how much water (and other resources) you are using. By adding tried and tested monitoring devices it’s possible to isolate faults and increase efficiency. For example, the Pump Guru is able to detect a leak the size of a pinprick, potentially saving thousands of litres of water. With the necessity of recording bore water flow for resource consent, many farmers are considering digital monitoring and control for their operations. There’s no better time to talk to Number 8 Systems about a bigpicture approach across the whole farm — they can even visit you to formulate the perfect plan and revolutionise your efficiency for the future.

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Experience tells for water systems With drought now with us, efficient water reticulation is paramount. With over 50 years experience and a massive range of fittings and valves, the Hansen range of products has become synonymous with quality and reliability for Kiwi lifestylers and farmers. “We are continually geared towards listening to the needs of end users,” says Director of Sales and Marketing, Steve Sharpe. “This has allowed for an evolution of new, exciting and dynamic products that provide solutions for both small scale lifestyle setups right the way through to large scale heavily planned systems — and always embedded with a strong sense of what will benefit the end user. Hansen’s range of solutions is comprehensive and can be trusted.” Hansen’s newest innovation is the Leveler valve. Designed to reduce wear and tear on pumps and systems as a whole, the ‘dual level’ valve is installed inside the tank and operates in such a way that the pump only switches on when the tank level is low, then switches off as soon as it’s refilled again thus reducing pump ‘cycling’.

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“So the Hansen Ball Valve and Check Valve is hand tested using both air and water before leaving the factory. The full flow Ball Valve’s smooth open and close action reduces system ‘water hammer’ and allows for easy, reliable start/stop flow control within your system. Add to that the easy access Check Valve (commonly called a non-return valve) and you have a system that ensures your water flows only in the direction you intend it to.

“Hansen has built a solid reputation for quality and none more so than the 30 years proven success of the Easy Fit Pipe fittings range.” adds Mr Sharpe.

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Pure water — better living Dave Airey and his fiancée Vicky Rowlands are at the forefront of the push for better, healthier water in Northland, and their company Aqua Filter Products Northland, has established a reputation for reliable technology and great service. While Aqua Filter Products provide a variety of products for homes and industry, one of the Northland branch’s key strengths is in working with rural people to tailor-build cost effective systems. “Many farmers are pleasantly surprised by how inexpensively we can treat raw water from tanks, bores, rivers


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and streams,” says Dave. “Because of demand, we are now manufacturing our own three to four stage UV and filtration units in New Zealand, made for the Kiwi environment and “Screen filter now fitted with stainless steel mesh” Kiwi water regulations, with a couple of real benefits new to Winning invention - 1997 Northland Field Days + Ribbon the market.” • Floats in your water supply (Dam/Creek) The first step often involves testing the water at source, and • Protects filter from weeds & floating debris identifying how best to make it safe and pure. A check for • Prevents blockages & algae build up with bacteria, sediment and minerals leads to a custom-built plan a chlorine tablet dispenser with modules to sterilise bacteria, filter out varying grades of sediment, and multimedia systems to deal with common problems such as hard water, iron and manganese. “Any issues with your water can be resolved and what’s left is simply great tasting, healthy water.” Dave points out that it’s not just people who benefit. Dairy Screen Filter Floating DAM WEED GUARD farmers know healthy cows produce more milk and that good SPEEdY CORPORATION • 56 Springs Road Rd 9, Whangarei health begins with good water. Neutralising threats like e-coli P 09 434 6884 M 021 264 8055 E means less bacteria in the tank and a bigger payout. Aqua Filter Products Northland have more than 400 happy clients, with basic domestic systems through to the more conventional rural systems (such as Don and Kathy Hutchinson’s three-stage UV systems, fitted to two homes on their farm 0800 244 377 and later upgraded with a water softener and neutraliser) all the way through to 28b Silverdale Street more complex installations. Top fourstar+ luxury eco-Bed and Breakfast, Kokohuia Lodge, are delighted with their • Water pump sales & service high tech, off the grid filtration systems • Water filtration & treatment Special deals on Low maintenance, low ongoing Grundfos Pumps • Mobile & workshop services costs, and a lifetime’s annual servicing, • Pool valet normally at no more than the cost of consumables, spells success for this innovative local business.

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Feed pads Breeding any animal at a high level has its challenges as well as its rewards. With the popular Progressive Red Devon breed of cattle enjoying a resurgence among Kiwi farmers, existing breeders have taken the opportunity to strengthen their bloodlines for a better future. At a meeting of Progressive Red Devon Breeders in March 2007, members decided to upgrade their herds with ‘fresh new blood’ from as many places as possible. The first call went out to South Island breeder John Squire, who manages one of New Zealand’s largest Progressive Red Devon herds. “We asked if he could send us six bulls and six heifers, two years in a row,” says Maungakaramea Progressive Red Devon breeder Lee Fulton. “He did this, and the most amazing new genes came through our herds in quick succession. We wanted height and length and weight for age, and last but not least milk. Since that infusion from the South Island many of these things have changed for the better!” Fellow breeders Gavin Cooper and Andrew Wearmouth’s herds were put on an artificial insemination (AI) program, under Mr Cooper’s supervision. Semen stock preserved scientifically 20 years ago from a prized bull named G10 was brought out of storage and utilised, providing excellent results. “Gavin also did some searching in Australia and came to us with Barnstaple cattle, there are some interesting results from these too,” says Lee. “The weights for age are clearly improving — the


most recent ones being a 2½ year old Progressive Red Devon achieving 720 kilos, and an 18 month old weighing 590 kilos.” The shorter ‘dumpy’ cattle have gone, and are being replaced with good size and hybrid vigour. With that comes very smooth calving, and easily managed calves landing well on their feet. It’s a great season when breeders can proudly claim “100% live calves born”. The dairy crossbreds are interesting and in demand, especially from small block owners, and at this stage Progressive Red Devon breeders’ biggest challenge is how many bulls they can supply. With demand heating up for the fine, marbled meat of this breed, expect to see more red cattle in the fields of Northland soon!

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March 2013


‘Life without eco-N’

Dr Bert Quin, fertiliser and soil fertility consultant

According to Ravensdown, only about 500 dairy farmers — only 5% of the total in New Zealand, and the great majority of them in Canterbury and Southland — were using their eco-N spray. Probably 50 at most were using Ballance’s granular version of DCD (dcN). The total number of users was not increasing significantly. Even if all these 550 were using eco-N or dcN frequently enough to achieve say a 50% reduction in N losses from pasture (mainly from urine patches), that means



that the withdrawal of DCD for total-paddock application will result in at most an increase of 2.5% in total N losses from dairying. Given this, it is reasonable to ask what other techniques could we adopt to bring about the same, or preferably far bigger reductions in N losses to the environment?


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Well there are plenty, but a lot of them will have even less cost-benefit advantage to the average dairy farmer than eco-N had. A lot is being said about the advantages of using stand-off pads to limit actual grazing time, and enable more excreta to be collected from the pads for even irrigation and/or mechanical spreading. However the true on-farm costs of running this system have not been adequately investigated, especially for small-medium farms. As well, initial trial work has indicated a 10% reduction in milk production is possible. In my view, if you want to go down this path, you might as well go all the way to a full cut-and-carry system. I prefer to look closely at how we can improve the full-time grazing system we have, which is what gives us most of our international competitiveness. To do this we have to look at where the individual N losses are coming from, and decide what we could do, if anything, to reduce them. There are two main sources.

The first is fertiliser N. By far the most widely used is granular urea, because of its cost per kg N, and the handling and spreading convenience resulting from its high 46% N content. DAP, with 18% N and 20% P, is the next biggest source. It is a scientific fact that, in any one application of urea, less than half the N applied actually gets taken up by the pasture. Some say this doesn’t matter because the rest gets incorporated into soil organic matter. Sure, some of it does, but only to replace N that is being lost from organic matter as a result of mineralisation. It is not a net accumulation of N in the soil, because soil organic matter, including the N in it, reaches a plateau within a decade or


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so after conversion to dairying. Directly or by replacement of older soil N, at least 50% of the applied N is being lost as a combination of ammonia volatilisation, nitrate leaching and nitrous oxide greenhouse gas emissions.

We can reduce this loss to under 20% simply by applying the urea as a fluid or slurry to which urease inhibitor such as nbpt has been added. The same increase in pasture yield can be achieved with literally half the application rate of N. In addition, the net cost to achieve the required increase in DM is reduced, so it’s a win-win for the environment and the farmer. There are alternative ways of improving the efficiency of urea, but in my view none of them match fluidisation with nbpt addition for costefficiency. Plus, nbpt is very quickly ( a week or less) broken down to plant-nutrient forms of N and P. Fluidised urea (mixed with other nutrients, and additives such as gibb acid, can be easily applied using helicopters with specialist buckets, fixed-wing aircraft fitted with tanks and specialised booms, tanker trucks or Quinspread-technology trucks fitted with ‘Fluidators’ to turn solid urea into a slurry and spread with semi-encapsulated spinners. All this technology exists right now — just look up for a list of operators. The other big source of N loss from dairy farms is the urine patch (and to a lesser extent dung patches). Reducing N losses from urine patches was of course the primary aim of eco-N. The fundamental problem with eco-N is that, at any one time, only about 2-5% of any paddock is affected by urine in which much of the urine is still present as urea or ammonium. Once it has been converted to nitrate — in the North Island, typically in one to two weeks — applying eco-N can’t help. It is only where soil temperatures are low enough in late autumn through to spring for DCD to survive, and hold the N in ammonium form much longer, that it is cost-effective to use. OK I’m biased, but I think the only solution to this one, short of totally changing the type of forage we use for grazing, is to fit cows with the ‘Taurine’ device. This small inexpensive device uses the raising of the cow’s tail (to urinate or defecate) to trigger the release of a small amount of inhibitor into the affected area of pasture. A combination of DCD and nbpt works best, but even nbpt by itself reduces N losses considerably. Also, if DCD was included, this would not be a problem for animal intake in most areas, because cows avoid eating excreta-affected areas for a week or more, by which time the DCD (and nbpt) would be largely degraded, except in cold conditions. Hopefully, there will now be sufficient funding made available for farm-scale scientific assessment of the ‘Taurine’ device.

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Peugeot’s new 4008 is a late entry into the small-SUV market, but as the saying goes ‘good things come to those who wait’. Part of a very successful ongoing partnership with Japanese auto giant Mitsubishi, the 4008 manages to achieve what few cars in this highly competitive part of the market can — it makes four wheel driving look fashionable. with eminently practical Japanese engineering, is available for less than $40,000 — and that’s for the achingly stylish Allure model, complete with all the leather, chrome, gadgets and sense of occasion you’d expect in a luxury European car.

Like the 207CC then, this is a Peugeot designed to be seen in. But it’s also highly competent for the school run, towing the boat, or even getting its wheels dirty off road, thanks to the tough ASX which it’s based on. And the prestige of a proper Euro badge has never been so affordable.

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While other attempts at this formula have met with limited success, the 4008 does what some of its Teutonic rivals don’t. It actually looks good — and not just in the high street. The competent underpinnings created by Mitsubishi’s technical wizards provide some serious off-the-beaten-track ability, outclassing poseurs in the small-SUV class which balk at slightly damp lawns. And just look at the styling. This is no rebadged ASX (the ‘donor’ car from which the 4008’s DNA is sequenced), but a stylistic exercise in its own right,

with a bold floating grille design trimmed in chrome, distinctive 18 inch alloys, and a side profile cleverly manipulated by the addition of rear window appliqués up to the d-pillar and slightly shortened front and rear overhangs. Peugeot’s designers have come into their own in recent years, with results like the immensely covetable RCZ, and with the 4008 they have created a smallSUV which may be the best looking in its class. Equally important is the price. All this Gallic flair and charm, coupled

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A commanding performance from this updated UTV by Andy Bryenton

Off road vehicle manufacturers have not been slow to capitalise on the niche in the market between the trusty farm quad and the redoubtable working ute. In recent years the rise of the UTV or ‘side by side’ off roader has been meteoric, with these rugged little machines finding a home in many barns and sheds across New Zealand. Nowadays the market is packed with




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Introducing the ‘Swiss army quad’ by Andy Bryenton

Honda have been crafting memorable motorcycles for decades now, and they’re a huge name in ATV quad bikes as well. With an engineering department larger than some rivals’ whole companies, you can be sure that the lessons of all those years are ported directly into each new Honda model. The TRX420FM is no exception — a true all rounder designed from the ground up for ease of use and practicality. It’s a

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In the United States the TRX420FM is sold as the ‘Rancher’, and enjoys the distinction of being ‘America’s top selling ATV’. When you consider the vast differences in terrain across the continental U.S. — mountains, swamps, grasslands, forests and even deserts — it’s a great testament to this machine’s versatility. New Zealand may be a little smaller, but we ask a lot of our quad bikes, on and off the farm. Selecting a tool which is set up specifically for the jobs you need to do makes sound sense — and with options to spare, you’re sure to be able to find a TRX420 load out that suits your lifestyle.


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Not your average range of stoves Far north based company Wagener Stoves have been warming up Kiwi homes for over 30 years with a range designed for New Zealand families and conditions. Company owners Barry and Ngaire have recently installed one of their own Butler Multi stoves into their new home as part of their power saving solar/wetback system and it’s working out wonderfully. Their remote ‘off the grid’ Kiwi bach also called for a stove which could not only provide warmth, but also all their hot water requirements. The Butler Multi does all this and more. Lovely long hot showers are a much appreciated luxury by all who stay and of course there’s also the satisfaction of oldfashioned home cooking right off the stove top. The Butler Multi is the only modern day ‘chip heater’ designed and made in New Zealand. Part of the NZ Home Heating Association for over 20 years, the Wagener range reflects a commitment to quality. From the brand new Wagener Sparky (created to fit a niche in the market, and now into its second high-demand

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Dairying in New Zealand as well. Cows don’t seem to get lame from it like they do overseas but it is very important that we treat cases here because it can turn into a major issue. When you see a case the best thing is to take a photo and email it to us, make it dry with a paper towel and spray it with tetravet. Repeat this treatment in about five days.

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It is also a good idea to walk the herd through a foot bath with formalin. In this case it needs to be a bath and not a mat because the liquid needs to get up onto the skin above the claw. A mat can’t do that.

How many of you use hoof mats or foot baths? What are you trying to achieve with it and how helpful do you find them? You may say that you are trying to harden the feet and find that it is very effective, and I would have to agree that footbaths can make cows feet very hard — especially when you use formalin. But does it minimise lameness? Scientific trials haven’t shown any evidence of that. There is no proof that hard hooves minimise lameness. If you believe that lameness is caused by physical forces then you should be very surprised. Consider this, our soldiers in the army wear proper army boots rather than sneakers. The army boots can handle the rough landscape much better than sneakers. If you harden up the hooves then they accordingly should be a lot more hard wearing, and therefore be able to cope with their physical environment better resulting in less ‘stone bruising’ and white line disease. But that doesn’t seem to be the case at all. How can you explain that? If you have been reading my articles then you probably know what I am going to say. Our experience is that we can go to a farm where the hooves are really soft and yet there is very little haemorrhage in the hooves. Then we go to farms where the hooves are very hard to the point where it almost feels like we are cutting concrete and yet the hooves display much more haemorrhaging. How can you explain that from a physical damage point of view? The reason is that it is not physical force that causes the problem. The problem comes from the inside out rather than from the

outside in. The live tissue (corium or quick) is unhealthy and this is where the haemorrhage and defects develop from. So no matter how hard you make the hooves if the corium is unhealthy you will still end up with lame cows. I would argue that if you have lame cows you are better off to have your cows on soft feet instead. Soft hooves don’t penetrate into the wound the same and therefore are more comfortable for the cow. So why do you want to harden the hooves? It only makes hoof trimming a harder job.

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Foot baths should only be used as a disinfectant for things like footrot and Digital Dermatitis. Many of you may not know what Digital Dermatitis is — that is why I have included this photo with this article. Digital Dermatitis is an infectious disease in the skin above the heel bulb of the claw. This is a big problem in Europe and America. Cows over there are very lame when they have it. Digital Dermatitis has arrived

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Tori Murray-Elley and her horse Redinka will be doing two inspirational spotlights at the Northland Natural Horsemanship Games, showcasing the skills and talents which have taken her from the Kaipara to the competitive world stage. Two years ago Tori graduated as a junior instructor in Parelli Natural Horsemanship from the Parelli Centre in the USA. The Parelli method of equine training differs from other techniques, in that it emphasises a connection between horse and trainer based on communication and ‘natural equine behaviours’. Pat and Linda Parelli developed the method, beginning in 1981, and have achieved success with horse lovers in many nations.

Tori returned home to Dargaville to teach in Northland and further afield after completing her course, and has had the chance to participate in competitions at the highest level. From November 2011 until the London Paralympics she was an assistant to Canadian Paralympian equestrian Lauren Barwick. This experience gave her a greater understanding of the importance of putting the relationship first, and building a foundation before moving on to specialisation in competition.

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Tori’s aim with her spotlights at the Games is to inspire people to keep improving their relationship with their horses, and to show where that can lead. As Pat Parelli himself says — “People realise this is what they’ve been looking for in all their relationships. It’s balanced with love, language and leadership in equal doses. The programme and the horse give them a living model so they can practise and become fluent in their abilities in all relationships, not just horse relationships.” Tori will be spotlighting two riding styles. She and Redinka will demonstrate a more relaxed style, such as can be seen in Western riding or pleasure riding. She will also spotlight a more formal style of riding that would be used in an English competition arena.

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Chinese New Year is past and this was followed by an immediate correction in log prices, upwards, and this despite a massive increase in China log inventory during February (from 1.8 M M3 to 3.1 M M3 in five weeks). This latest US$3.00 JAS increase across all grades, coupled with a steady exchange rate, shipping costs on an even keel and the widespread summer dry, is making this season one to remember for woodlot owners and for all the right reasons. Export prices are uncharacteristically high with A-grade nudging $120 at most North Island ports. It really is a case of making hay while the sun shines. With the fantastic ground

conditions extending the harvest window, logging crews are being established onto sites that in a normal March would be too risky due to environmental risk or the prospect of excessive roading costs. If you are still contemplating harvesting your woodlot this autumn, there are contractors available. So what is underpinning steady increases in log export prices this summer? China needs wood for their growing

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I’m concerned that’s good news for forest owners who have had limited success converting NZU’s to AAU’s and trading these internationally at prices that exceed the local market for NZU’s. On the other hand, NZ emitters have been ploughing international markets to purchase Kyoto sanctioned carbon credits and meet their emission obligations for less than 20 cents each. The removal of seemingly limitless numbers of internationally derived Kyoto generated carbon credits from the NZ emissions trading scheme should force NZ emitters to offset with NZU’s so forest owners be patient and wait. If you have any comments or questions then email Gary Leslie is a forest owner and proprietor of Northern Forest Products Ltd, specialising in harvest management and log marketing since 1999.

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harvesting and lock the forest gate. Finally along come the transporters to collect the harvesting contractor’s machinery being repossessed by finance companies because the contractors have no work. No one can argue that an unregulated manyseller model is a good model for forest owners or the supporting infrastructure. So for me the single seller model for the forest industry is a ‘no-brainer’. Log supply and price could both be more effectively controlled but can this ever be achieved in NZ Inc? I don’t think so. The best opportunity NZ ever had to establish a single-seller model for the forest industry was when the NZ Government was the largest forest owner through the New Zealand Forest Service (NZFS), and the big two private forest owners, New Zealand Forest Products (NZFP) and Fletcher Challenge, were indebted to the Government for its generosity (by this I mean they were benefitting from significant subsidies and would be good listeners to new ideas put forth).

and export log prices were exceptional relative to today. The potential existed at this time, in the 1970s and the 1980s to easily legislate a single-seller structure for log exports with all forest owners coming on board. That’s because there weren’t many forest owners and the NZFS held all the aces. However in 1987 the NZFS was disestablished, and the progressive sale of New Zealand’s forest assets in following years to an array of mostly foreign investment entities, many of these log export competitors or log export customers themselves, spelt the death knell to any realistic prospect of a meaningful singleseller export or marketing model in the forest industry. Why would a forest owner come into a single-seller structure if their primary goal in investing in NZ forests is to secure cheaper wood? The only way I can see the forest industry in this country form a meaningful single-seller co-operative model is if forest ownership is nationalised and that’s not going to happen, or not in my lifetime, but stranger things have happened.

The NZFS did control log exports in the beginning of our relatively young radiata pine export log trade — they had the surplus logs. Logs went to Japan initially and then Korea emerged as a key customer

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Bad news stories tend to dominate the media, so it’s a rare occasion that we hear about farmers who are doing all the right things to protect water quality. The reality is there are lots of good news stories happening around our region’s farms, and that was reinforced for me again when judging this year’s finals of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards for Northland. I won’t spoil the surprise — the

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With more than 25,000 through the gates, the Northland Field Days is on track to setting new records, especially once the receipts are fully counted by exhibitors.

The tractor pull celebrated its 21st birthday with Shane Phillips wining the main competition on Thursday and Mark Phillips won the hotly-contended 21st birthday Champion’s race on Saturday.

Visitor numbers were up by 1,000 over last year’s event, and according to major exhibitors, the punters were in a mood to spend. “When all our paper transactions are translated into completed contracts, then we are looking at the Field Days event generating somewhere in the region of three to four million dollars in business in the foreseeable future,” said one agricultural service exhibitor, who asked not to be named for commercial reasons. “For that reason you can be assured we will be back here next year.” Visitor numbers were boosted on Saturday, when 11,000 came to the show, enjoying 25 degrees, cloudless skies and plenty of free entertainment including tractor pull, lawnmower races, dog trials, logger sports and quad bike contests. It was in sharp contrast to the boisterous winds and weather which closed the event early last year. The huge crowds also spilled over into an economic boom for Dargaville and regional accommodation and other service providers. “We were packed out with visitors all over the place, including many exhibitors and some were even in tents,” said Parkview Motel and Dargaville Campervan Park and Cabins operator, James Brackenbury. “In fact you couldn’t get accommodation at any price, unless you had managed to stay privately somewhere.” Farmers of New Zealand operations director, Bill Guest, said the overall quality of exhibits seemed a major success factor.

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“The quality of exhibits and the marquees have improved dramatically over the years and with reports of returns to these people in good revenues generated, well then their efforts deserve to be rewarded.” Field Days President Lew Duggan says plans will begin immediately for next year’s event, which will be held from Thursday February 30 to Saturday March 1, to work in with regional field days in Gore and Fielding. “The 2014 field days will be bigger and better than this year’s event,” he said. “The committee is working on some really exciting changes. I can’t wait for next year to roll round.” The ANZ Bank and More FM took out the bank and business house competitions when the gates opened last Thursday. Prizes and giveaways at the event included a motorbike and a wide variety of farm-related produce.

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Be my Guest Another discovery of bovine TB in a dairy herd at Awanui near Kaitaia has far reaching ramifications for the Northland region and New Zealand stock control systems as a whole. At a recent meeting between the Northland region Animal Health Board committee and senior officials a resolution was passed unanimously that concrete action had to be taken to re-establish Northlands hard earned TB free reputation, which has been shattered by these outbreaks. This includes destruction of the infected herd and strict quarantine measures. The TB outbreak was identified earlier this month, and at the time of writing, Animal Health Board officers are at the affected farm area discussing action.

while TB testing over a 10 kilometre radius was moved from a three year cycle to annually.

Northland regional health board committee, during deliberations on the matter were unanimous with the use of the phrase; ‘elimination, elimination, elimination’ and it is my view this is the only remedy to restore Northland’s much valued and prized TB-free status, something achieved by dedicated farmers over more than a quarter of a century.

He says further laboratory analysis is being undertaken. If TB is not found, it indicates the disease is unlikely to be present in local wild animal populations.

At the time the outbreak was discovered, infected cows were withdrawn from milking and animal movement in the area was curtailed,

The situation is being overseen by TBfree New Zealand and Frank Pavitt, the Northern Central North Island regional co-ordinator for the Animal Health Board reports that around 350 possums and other wild animals in the surrounding area have been examined since the infection was detected and that none have shown signs of TB on initial inspection.

However, several more animals in the Awanui-based infected dairy herd have tested positive to TB and will be removed from the herd as soon as possible. I am of the view, as are my fellow committee members, that these animals must be destroyed and buried on the property. We do not support these animals going into the AFFCO freezing works or any other meat processing complex.


Bill Guest, Farmers of New Zealand

Mr Pavitt was at Awanui this week and reported that with the very large percentage of positive reactions in the herd that the whole situation was under ‘active robust and effective management.’ He also said all past movements to and from the infected herd are being investigated and traced. Livestock now located on these properties are being tested and he said TBfree New Zealand

We appreciate the “ co-operation of farmers and landowners in allowing our TB testing and wild animal control contractor access to their properties

cattle and deer testing contractors have been out in force to identify any signs of the disease in other herds. Several herds in Northland require further investigation, with some possibly infected. Further testing in the next week will confirm if the disease has spread from the original herd to others within Northland.

‘We appreciate the co-operation of farmers and landowners in allowing our TB testing and wild animal control contractors access to their properties,’ said Mr Pavitt. TBfree New Zealand staff were also at the Northland Field Days to speak with farmers about the infection and its response to the situation. From the point of view of Farmers of New Zealand, there needs to be much stricter controls involved in TB protection. At present, it is possible for infected stock to be used in ‘combined’ herds, where there is a leeway factor of some 20 percent, where stock from a C1 classified herd, the low TB rating, can be included in a herd of C10 cattle. We are calling for a much stricter regime, which in the past has been rebuffed by the AWB — we suspect because of vested interests among the farmers involved. Where there is an incentive to make money from the sales of stock, there is maybe less incentive towards the paperwork involved. These TB infected cattle almost certainly came into Northland by truck. We can only hope that the introduction of electronic tagging — the NAIT programme — will finally tighten this loophole up, for the safety of the entire industry.


March 2013


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