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Tui and Riroriro call from trees at the Waima River, Hokianga, where Jan and Kevin O’Boyle are developing a wildlife habitat while living self sufficiently.


hey’re gaining satisfaction from returning land to forest and reestablishing a generative wetland. Looking through poplars to young kauri, Jan admits, “Some days we ask ourselves, did we do all this?� The O’Boyles would visit Hokianga on holidays. “We kept coming back here. We were looking for 10 acres and ended up with 30 — but it had everything we wanted,� Jan explains. They bought their land in 1990. Their home — a moved on

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Ben Smith is the fourth generation of a family who has fought flood and drought at their farm on the Hikurangi swamp, Tanekaha, north of Whangarei.


he last decade has seen a change in strategies driven by Ben, who has joined in with the Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group in working to turn around the declining health of the Kaipara moana. IKHMG was established by Ngati Whatua in 2005 and is led by them and the Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust. The Smiths’ JV Farms is an IKHMG flagship farm, demonstrating biodiversity protection and restoration in hand with productivity. The farm has 15 hectares of nationally significant swamp at its doorstep. Farm drainage is connected to rivers and the harbour with its sea grass meadows, fish, Maui dolphins, oyster beds, wading birds, and migrating eels, a long standing Iwi food source. Ben’s mother’s family — the Imms — farmed on the swamp for many years and were one of the first to bring Angus



cattle to New Zealand in the 1870’s. Ben’s grandfather brought his family to the area in the 1940s. Benjamin Smith was involved in the earlier Northern Co-operatives dairy industry and was also instrumental in developing the Hikurangi Drainage Scheme when the government was keen for conversion of marsh into farmland. The Scheme’s network of canals, flood banks and pumping stations are essential to the area’s present high productivity. Ben, Sharon, their three children and Ben’s parents Edwin and Beverley live on the Smith property and Ben’s brother works on it. The 198ha dairy farm winters 320 cows. Younger stock run on the hills with bush and pine on steeper slopes. The milking platform (effective) comprises 100ha with 27 ha in maize. 160,000 kg of milk solids are produced.


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Finalists competing for Northland Dairy Awards

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The countdown is on for the finalists in the 2014 Northland Dairy Industry Awards. Regional co-convenor Donna Griggs says the winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the Copthorne Hotel in Waitangi on March 26. Mrs Griggs says the region received 41 entries, including eight competing in the Northland Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year, 12 entered in the Northland Farm Manager of the Year and 21 entered in the Northland Dairy Trainee of the Year competitions. “We are really pleased with the level of interest we received in the awards this year and the calibre of our entrants. It’s going to be interesting to see who comes out on top.” The Dairy Industry Awards are supported by national sponsors Westpac, DairyNZ, Ecolab, Federated Farmers, Fonterra, Honda Motorcycles

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In his book ‘The Closing Circle’ Doctor Barry Commoner, USA, characterised the artificial nitrogen fertiliser industry in its dash for profits, as one of the ‘cleverest business operations of all time’ because evidence exists that in the presence of artificial nitrogen, the natural fixation of nitrogen from the air by soil microorganisms STOPS and as a result it is increasingly difficult for farmers to give up the use of the artificial product. Doctor Arden Anderson, USA, calls it the ‘cocaine’ of the dairy industry.

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primarily all about the condition of the pipes which bear the brunt of immense pressure. Any cracking or perishing should be dealt with right away. Rust attacks all steel and iron surfaces, but chemical and physical means exist to combat it very effectively. The ultimate solution for rusted machinery is to have it sand or bead blasted back to bare metal, and re-coated in tough new paint. Sometimes this seasonal ‘taking stock’ reveals that it's time to put some time-worn piece of equipment out to pasture forever. Certainly, the recent Field Days has left farmers spoiled for choice with the range of replacements at their disposal. If you're contemplating mending the same wheezing quad bike or unreliable tractor for the hundredth time, it's worth

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Dairying’s giant marketplace by Paul Campbell

Despite scares and alarms around milk products in China, the fact remains that demand for New Zealand protein imports has been rising fast and a recent visit by a Chinese government official has given some indications as to why. China’s Deputy Head of the Central Rural Work Leading Group, Chen Xiwen, met with Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy to discuss the background in which New Zealand dairy exports to China rose 79% to NZ$4.7 billion in 2013 and milk powder exports doubled to NZ$4 billion. Mr Chen attributed the huge growth to a wealthier Chinese marketplace that has outstripped the production of food in the country — despite the fact that has doubled in the last 35 years. With the county’s population increasing by seven million births a years, imports are expected to be a basic necessity for at least the next decade.

China’s population was not only growing, but getting richer and more urban, which meant demand for animal protein was growing quickly. “We don’t have the ability to match that demand,” Mr Chen said through an interpreter, adding that China imported two million tonnes of dairy products last year “and a significant proportion of that is milk powder, and the majority of that is from New Zealand.” In 2013, 46 per cent, of New Zealand’s milk powder exports went to China. New Zealand ran a trade surplus of $523 million in December, according to Statistics NZ figures.


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Hoof Print with Fred Hoekstra


Following on from my earlier articles on tools, this month I would like to talk about angle grinders and discs. The angle grinder is becoming increasingly popular for hoof trimming and I am often asked for my opinion about it. If it wasn’t for the angle grinder we would walk around with RSI. It does make the job easier and quicker, but there are a few things to be aware of. There are still people who use normal grinding discs meant for steel on hooves instead of the correct specialised discs. I am sure you wouldn’t use a hoof disc

on steel — therefore you shouldn’t use a steel cutting disc on a hoof. The cutting disc will clog up very quickly and overheat the hoof (this is where the burning smell comes from), which causes damage to the live tissue of the hoof, and that is not our aim. There is a range of discs available on the market made especially for hooves, yet I can appreciate that it may still seem like a daunting task to decide on the right one for you. Let’s have a look at some of those discs and what their pro’s and con’s are. The cheapest disc that we stock is the Wopa grain disc. Obviously, the price is their biggest pro. It is an effective disc and will last for a good number of cows. Most people who use them tell me that they last for at least a year. The disc looks like a really coarse sand paper and many people think that it must be very aggressive. In this case looks are deceiving. It is not too aggressive but because of the way they are made it can lose some bits of grit as you work with it. This may unbalance the disc which will make it vibrate slightly. Another disc we stock is

the one made by Demotec in Germany. This is an aluminium disc with seven little carbon blades in it. I was very impressed with this disc when I tried it out. It would be too slow for us as professionals dealing daily with large numbers of cows, to work with, but for a farmer it is ideal. It is a very well-balanced disc which leaves a nice clean smooth surface on the hoof. This makes it easier for the trimmer to see what he or she is dealing with. This disc is about $80 dearer than the grain disc, but the great thing about them is that you can turn the blades around as they have two sharp sides to them. When both sides of all seven blades have been used you can replace the blades rather than the whole disc. This makes the disc more costeffective in the long run. The last disc I want to mention is the disc that we as full-time trimmers use. It is a professional disc that is available in aluminium and titanium. We would be very reluctant to recommend this disc to a farmer. It is very aggressive when the blades are sharp and I could almost guarantee that you would lose a cow

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Important role for farmers in protecting beaches by Laura Shaft, Northland Regional Council CoastCare Co-ordinator

For most Northlanders, the region’s beaches rank among the highlights of living here. Farmers are in a unique position to appreciate that beaches are not only a treasured playground for activities such as swimming, sunbathing, fishing and surfing — but also serve an important purpose. Sand dunes protect land and property from the effects of the sea and the potential for increased erosion and movement of sand inland. Native sand-binding plants spinifex and pingao are vital to maintaining dune structure. They don’t completely stop direct wave erosion but can reduce wind erosion and most importantly, they help dunes recover more quickly in the wake of storms. These plants are easily damaged and killed by vehicles, horses, stock and even feet. Farmers can contribute by fencing off coastal margins to ensure that stock don’t find their way on to beaches and dunes. Pest animals, such as rabbits, possums, stoats, cats and hedgehogs, all have an impact on the beach environment, so it makes a noticeable

difference if adjoining landowners are able to keep an ongoing pest control programme on their own properties. Controlling weeds also helps prevent their spread on to beaches and dune areas. Here are a few other steps we can all take to help protect our beaches and keep other beach users safe: • Think about whether you need to drive on the beach, if possible park and walk down • Use marked access down to the beach instead of driving on the dunes • Follow all normal road rules, when driving on the beach, including posted speed limits • Try to follow other vehicle tracks and avoid known shellfish beds. A number of studies in recent years have concluded that vehicles can

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Gidday readas. Well, Boss always reckind all good thangs come to a end sumtime, an afta a bluuddy good week, I gotta admit Im back wiv me feet ona ground. Well, feet ona ground jus temporary like. Wot I meen is that Boss an’ Sharlene has come back fruma Feel Daze, an Mum has gorn back ta Orkland, and things is backta normil ona proppitty — alomost. Ya remembers that I was lift in charge ofa farm, wiv Mum lookin’ after yung Sophy wiv Sharlene’s yunga sister, wile Boss an’ Sharlene was ata Feel Daze. Well, I warned yo that Boss wood get imna farmer’s beer tent wiv that Mista Gest, wot also rites a kolumn like me, an afta a few ales, Boss wood get his check book out an’ go shoppin. Well, he did, but gess wot. This time he gottit rite! Yep, Boss has come home wva bluddy big shiny quod bike!. Ina past, there’sd bin a hole lota stuff that jus’ ended up unner tha wool shed. “Lectric gate openers, and cattle beest weighers that he coodin’t work out how they workt. Stuff like that. But hoo-boy, he musta torked to that wise Mista Gest an’ got sum good advice, cos ona back ofa ute wen they

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Kaipara’s township of Ruawai will be celebrating 100 years of existence this month. A jewel in the dairy and horticultural sectors, it has also produced some very innovative personalities, but none quite like the famous Jeffs brothers who in 1959 registered their company JBL Developments Limited. They owned farms and established a number of commercial businesses including manufacturing concrete products, a panel beating business and owning a supermarket. The three Jeffs brothers, Jim the eldest, Kevin and the youngest Vaughan, were of Irish descent. Their mother Cassie and their father Ned Jeffs raised a very close-knit Catholic family. All three inherited a family characteristic, an engaging lopsided smile, a twinkle in the eye and a smile to win friends with. Recently Vaughan Jeffs passed away. Brothers Jim and Kevin passed away some years ago. By the early 1960s, construction had become the major part of the Jeffs’ business, they were dotting the surrounding district with their milking sheds, barns and commercial buildings and the profits grew. The Jeffs in the early 1960s were major suppliers to the Ruawai Dairy Company. Jim Jeffs and fellow supporters became involved in the Ruawai Dairy Company issue whereby they

actively sought amalgamation with the neighbouring Northern Wairoa Dairy Company. Their campaign sought relief through the Courts right up to the Privy Council and at the time the Ruawai area was split into two camps. The suppliers on the Pouto Peninsula were re-zoned to the Northern Wairoa Dairy Company in 1963. Jim Jeffs was the ideas man, but he described Kevin his brother as the pioneer of the family. Whenever a new project was launched, Kevin was sent in first to establish it. The Jeffs in 1965 started establishing businesses in Auckland. Vaughan stayed in Northland looking after the home front, until he moved to Auckland in 1967. In Auckland they established a large fishing venture in downtown Auckland and built a number of modern fishing trawlers. They established a large building company called JBLSargent Construction Ltd, building and constructing office blocks and introduced the leaseback principal of attracting a tenant and then selling the whole package off to a willing buyer. In those days New Zealand was not a free market economy. On 2 May 1972



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Sharks and stingrays are on the catch list in a newly launched fishing contest set for the Kaipara Harbour on April 12. The venerable Pahi Regatta Club, founded by pioneer farmers and Kaipara sailors more than a century ago, has resurrected the contest and prizes are on offer for the two aforementioned species as well as the usual snapper, kahawai and gurnard. The entire harbour is the fishing ground. “We have a real innovation for the contest too,” says club secretary Leah Greenall. “We are going to release ten duck decoys down the harbour, and you can enter the hunt for these. Bring one back to the Pahi Clubrooms where the weighin is at 4pm and be in for a great prize, in addition to perhaps winning another for a good fish catch.” The Pahi Regatta Club dates back to the days when the first Europeans set foot ashore there. Pahi was a bustling camp settlement as those who arrived with the Albertlanders waited here for news of farmland blocks being surveyed for them in Paparoa. An account from the time paints a vivid picture of those early days. “The lovely spring of 1862 was a taste of favours to come in New Zealand’s

Pahi fishing enthusiast Gary ‘Gravey’ Greaves will be hoping for a similar catch in the big contest on April 12

genial climate,’ wrote Albertland contemporary, Sir Henry Brett. ‘Hence the stay at Pahi was in many ways pleasant. The account goes on to say living at Pahi was at least cheap, ‘with the river abounding in, fish’. It also goes on to list settler’s names — names which still pepper the local telephone book in 2014.

‘On the Pahi River were six pioneers — Messrs Barton, Copley, Cockayne, Sheaf, Haynes and Henry Little … Messrs G Tibbets, R Fenwick, Busby and Bullen took up neighbouring holdings’. One thing is almost certain — there will be many pioneer family descendants out on the harbour angling for a prize as the fishing contest kicks off at 7am on April 12.

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Growing dynamic leadership skills with rural by Joanne Speechly

Eleven rural women have recently spent a whirlwind three days in the capital, attending a Rural Women New Zealand leadership course especially designed for women living in rural communities. “The course opened up many opportunities for enhancing our leadership skills and gave us the information we need to make our voices heard,” said attendee Debbie Evans, who has been an independent member of Rural Women for two years. The CEO of Kaipara Community Health Trust, Northland District Health Board member and parttime dairy farmer added, “Yes, we are inspired by the Margaret Thatchers of this world but we are also inspired by our grandfathers, our neighbours and those who lead by example. “We are surrounded Eleven Rural Women New Zealand members attended the Growing Dynamic Leadership course in Wellington, which included a visit to the Beehive by people everyday in our rural communities, who just roll their sleeves up raised the question to the Labour Party around and get the job done. They don’t necessarily put adopting the Habitat for Humanity Housing Model their hands up and say ‘Hey — I’m a leader’ but to increase housing stock. when they turn around, they are being followed Ministry of Social Development representatives and supported by a whole community — that is a also spoke about its collaboration with RWNZ to definition of being a leader.” raise awareness about family violence and how to Next Business Woman of the Year 2013 and get help through their letterbox sticker campaign. founder of the Agri-Women’s Development Trust, “We have to acknowledge that there is violence Lindy Nelson, launched the first day of the in every community in all its forms, from bullying to programme, exploring what makes an effective physical abuse. The It’s OK to Ask For Help sticker leader, how to influence others and the importance programme is a silent way to let people know we of networks both within the organisation and in the care and where they can go to for help. broader rural sector. “The helpline number is 0800 456 450 or visit Attendees had the opportunity to meet members” of both the Labour and National Parties’ Women's For more information about Rural Women Caucus and to observe Parliament in action. Debbie New Zealand, their campaigns and how to get took the opportunity to highlight the significance involved go to or phone rural hospitals play in our communities and also 04 473 5524.


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A proving ground for tyre toughness When two representatives of international tyre giant Nokian visited New Zealand recently, it was to add our own local experience to the recipe for the perfect forestry tyres. Product Manager Teemu Vainionpaa and Sales Manager Tuomas Farlin needed no help with tread pattern design, cross-section architecture or compound composition however — all of this technical wizardry is taken care of in the research and development labs of the respected Finnish company. What the pair was looking for was the harshest forestry environment on Earth — part of a globe-spanning effort to perfect their latest range of Forest King tyres. The blistering cold of Russia, the backwoods of Alabama in the USA, and a host of other locations were chosen as test-beds for these game-changing, ultra-tough tyres. But it was here that Teemu and Tuomas discovered the most rugged terrain and the most demanding conditions on offer. And it’s here, with the help of local Nokian suppliers Gas and Tyre Services, that the hard work they have put into development has really paid off. After a year of gruelling tests, on some of the most powerful machines

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