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Silver Fern Farms has awarded six young people from around New Zealand with Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships.
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This year’s applicants were asked to explore the issues of sustainability in the red meat sector, and then present their solutions for farms, processing and in-market. Silver Fern Farms chief executive Simon Limmer said it is clear that there is a real belief from these young people in the future for our natural grass-fed red meat. “We want to thank all of the applicants who put forward their ideas. It has been great to hear the innovative ideas and passion from young people who have their sights set firmly on creating a sustainable future for the red meat sector. “Through our scholarship programme, we are creating pathways for young people to have a rewarding career in our industry.” During three years, Silver Fern Farms has invested $90,000 into the programme, supporting 18 young people. Mr Limmer believes this is working as one of the inaugural scholarship recipients is now on the Silver Fern Farms graduate programme. “During the course of the three years, we have supported their ambitions to help the red meat industry with ideas ranging from industry biosecurity challenges, the development of food technology processes to extend the shelf life and flavor of red meat, regenerative
cropping, selling the story of New Zealand’s natural artisan agriculture to the world, as well as challenging the industry to think big and be bold.” This year’s scholarship recipients William Robertson (upper North Island), Lucy Rowe (western North Island), Phoebe Topp (eastern North Island), Teagan Graham (upper South Island), Matthew Day (lower South Island) and Kate Denzel (Judge’s choice) each received $5,000 to go toward their careers in the red meat sector. Applicants require a Silver Fern Farms Co-operative shareholder to support their bid for a scholarship. That gives farmer shareholders the opportunity to encourage young people who want to progress their careers in the red meat sector. Silver Fern Farms co-chair Rob Hewett was pleased to present the scholarships in front of 300 farmer suppliers and shareholders at Silver Fern Farms Plate to Pasture conference in Christchurch. “The Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships are always a highlight for us,” said Mr Hewett. “Discovering the passion and talent emerging in our communities gives us great confidence that the future of farming and the communities where we live and work, is safe in the hands of our young leaders.”
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Horticulture added to Ahuwhenua Trophy competition by Denise Gunn
The Ahuwhenua Trophy competition will receive an extra boost with the introduction of horticulture to the event. The Minister for Maori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta and the Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor said bringing horticulture into the prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy competition is a significant milestone for Maori. “Up until now, the competition has only involved sheep and beef and dairy, but with the rapid growth and investment by Maori in horticulture — it is now part of the competition,” said Minister Mahuta. Government financial support for the event will also increase. Minister O’Connor said he was pleased to announce Te Puni Kokiri and Ministry for Primary Industries as platinum sponsors of the Excellence in Maori Horticulture Award in 2020. “Part of this sponsorship will include 12,000 tree seedlings supplied by the Minginui Nursery, and made possible through our One Billion Trees Programme.” The competition is designed to promote excellence in Maori farming and horticulture. A special cup, an exact replica of trophies designed by New Zealand artist Goldie, has been crafted especially for next year’s event. The creation of the trophy has been an international collaborative effort between The Village Goldsmith in Wellington, Te Puia — the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua and Englandbased firm Ottewill. Minister Mahuta said Maori are now major players in the
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continues to work in this field on a casual basis. Attending local bee club meetings, reading and researching keep the couple’s knowledge up-to-date. They have both completed disease conformity courses, and Trish has also completed a Telford Certificate in Apiculture. Taranaki Bees run both the Italian and the darker Carniolan honeybee. Lyall and Trish have found the Carniolan more suited to the higher altitude sites, with attributes that suit Taranaki’s challenging climate. “Our main honey varieties are Manuka, Rewarewa, Clover, Bush Blend and Kamahi,” said Lyall. Currently, Taranaki Bees sell approximately three-quarters of their honey in bulk drums to overseas honey buyers. The remainder is sold to retail stores in New Zealand. Beeswax is also sold in various sizes, ranging from one to eight kilograms. “We have also started a fundraising initiative for local organisations,” said Trish. Lyall and Trish are fascinated with the complexity of the honeybee. “They have amazing capabilities as a collective and the ways they communicate is fascinating.” “We believe there is still so much more to learn about them. Recent studies show that bees can count and can recognise beekeepers faces — this doesn’t surprise us at all. “The fact that they produce many useful products such as propolis, wax, venom and royal jelly prove how valuable and clever they are.”
The couple now has more than 500 hives spread around the region, with some migratory hive movements into the King Country during the Manuka season
Lyall said bees require intervention in order to keep them healthy and productive. “The varroa mite and natural food sources are our biggest challenges to good bee health. “We manage the varroa mite two to three times a year through both mainstream and organic treatments. The hive-carrying ability in the apiary area is closely monitored to ensure we don’t have too many hives in one place. In the bigger picture, it is far less stress for bees and beekeeper to spread hive numbers around to ensure they are getting enough natural sustenance.” Money and markets have also been challenging. To keep the costs of reliable equipment down the couple builds a lot
themselves and spread growth across a few years. Their first commercial production of honey aligned with an MPI change in the Manuka standard. It had a massive impact on all New Zealand honey. “This was both a positive in the sense of being a learning around debt burden and keeping it low. Also a negative in how the international price for honey is very low, which is not helped by faux honey derived from corn/rice syrups and the likes.” Working among the peaceful surroundings of the countryside is
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“While I stayed teaching full-time, I did take on the accounts, administration and human resources role in the background.” During the years Trish has selftaught or undergone training to cover calf-rearing, feed budgeting and human resources, cementing her on-farm skills. In 2015, with four children and trying to squeeze in her deputy principal position in Martinborough, as well as helping on the farm whenever possible, Trish and Glen decided to focus on becoming 50/50 sharemilkers. Their decision paid off as the following year the couple won the Northland Sharefarmer of the Year award. Between 2016 to 2018 Trish completed an agribusiness diploma, which helped further her farming knowledge. Trish said the biggest challenge she has faced during her dairy farming career has been learning how to be a business owner as well as a farmer. “To find a fair contract where the reward matches the risk as too often we undersell our skills, working hours and risk. As a sharemilker, you have a substantial amount of money in the farming business, but this is often overlooked by farm owners.” The Rankins have begun their third season sharemilking 450 cows for Maori Corporation Parininihi ki Waitotara in South Taranaki. They moved to South Taranaki with their four young sons at
the start of the 2017–18 season. Trish also teaches part-time at Opunake Primary School. As part of the Dairy Enviro Leaders programme, Trish chairs the Taranaki branch and finds it great for reality checking. “They are real farmers dealing with real issues and are passionate about being the best farmers they can be.” Trish is also a contractor to DairyNZ and assisted with putting together a Dairy Women’s Network module that was rolled out around the country. Other projects have included volunteering as the dairy farmer representative on NAIT’s Technical User Committee. She said this also helped to see how the system works from both sides. Last year Trish was elected on to the National Executive for the New Zealand Dairy Awards. “This is so special to me. Had it not been for entering those awards for the first time in 2013, we wouldn’t be where we are.” Trish maintains the major highlight of her involvement in the dairy industry and community is people. “When you are on-farm during the busy times, you feel like you’re a little bit alone. Getting along to discussion groups or attending meetings is a chance to put your head up and chat about things. “Mostly it’s great to hear your challenges are not yours alone.”
During the years Trish has self-taught or undergone training to cover calf-rearing and other farming skills Trish is using her Fonterra scholarship to further her studies. She is also working on a Kellogg Leaders research project, focussing on making waste more circular. “Buying a farm is a major priority, and we hope
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ENCOURAGING FARMSTRONG’S VISION by Ann van Engelen A group of ladies are learning the ropes of the shearing trade as they join together from different occupations to compete at the Hawke’s Bay A&P Show to raise funds for Farmstrong.
e want to support Farmstrong’s vision and get the word out there that there is help for farmers that are struggling,” says Maureen Chaffey. “We are from different industries and have never shorn before. It is very exciting, and we are extremely surprised by the amount of support we have. We are called Woman and Wool — Farmstrong Fundraiser, and we have a Facebook page for people to follow our progress. “We began training in March with shearing contractor Colin Watson-Paul of Shearing NZ, and Pura Smith — agriculture tutor from Turanga Araru. Our training is every Saturday from 7.30am until midday.
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“It is an awesome opportunity to get off-farm and have some fun and meet new people. Rural mental health and the wellbeing of farmers is important and under the big Farmstrong umbrella we can support each other.” The aim is to let farmers know that it is ‘OK’ to speak out if you are struggling. “Farmers have deadlines to get stock off to the works and weather situations that they have no control over, which can put undue pressure on them and their families. Through Farmstrong we are seeing good things happening, including awareness and discussions and we are really excited to be involved,” says Maureen. “People are amazed that we are learning to shear a sheep as it is a very physical job, but there is so much more to it as well. “ You are working with a live animal and making their life easier by reducing the wool they have to carry, and they can grow better without the weight. It prevents lice and ‘cast sheep’, which is when they can’t get up due to the weight they are carrying, especially when they are pregnant. “Pre-birthing shearing also means the mother will seek shelter to have her lamb, meaning a better survival rate of newborns. Less wool means easy movement, and shearing doesn’t hurt the sheep — it helps them. “We are all so excited to be doing this and appreciate the support Farmstrong offer people. As they say on their website when you look after yourself, you are looking after your farm too.”
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The smart money on any upgrade to your home is on crunching the numbers, and in the case of photovoltaic solar, those numbers have been hotly debated. Here in New Zealand, the final verdict is that solar power is cost-effective, so long as 100 per cent of PV power is used on-site, and none is pumped back into the grid. That’s good news for those who want to sever ties with the wires and embrace rural views — like many of those building or renovating here in the Kaipara. Solar panels are proliferating across the country despite our government lagging behind other developed democracies in offering incentives and tax breaks for their implementation. At last count, the nation sported approximately 91 megawatts of solar power attached to homes and businesses, with 19Mw of that installed within the preceding year. The uptick has begun, and it’s being spurred on by large-scale projects such as the solar augmentation of Kaitaia College this year, where 368 panels now adorn the roofline. Kaitaia maybe a little further north, but Kaipara with its wealth of sunshine hours to match Nelson and Marlborough is also a prime spot to ditch the grid and adopt solar energy solutions. Between PV outfits for the roof, solarpowered pumps to channel water to
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Six generations of service Watching the tractor lights flash in the early hours of the morning, Jeff Rawson tries to imagine what farming would have been like in Taranaki six generations ago. “My ancestors have farmed across Taranaki from Whangamomona to Mokoia. Starting my own family has made me appreciate the history of Taranaki and fencing has allowed me to see some of the most beautiful parts,” Jeff says. After stints overseas and finding an American bride in Antarctica during a winter over as a mechanic in 2012 at Scott Base, Jeff has re-established his fencing business from his family’s home farm in Hawera. Heritage Preservation and Field Support (HPFS) Solutions was created as a partnership in 2016. Previous fencing projects include stockyards, waratah fences, conventional fences, electric fences and rail fences on bull, dairy and sheep farms and run-offs in the South and North Islands. “We have invested in getting good equipment, so we are prepared for a variety of client needs. We are fortunate to have great relationships with established clients, but we are also looking to expand
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The Big X range spans medium to super-sized harvesting machines, but the stand-out top of the range is the Big X 1180. It refers to the staggering amount of horsepower generated by its 12-cylinder Liebherr-derived common rail engine, making it the most powerful in the world right now. With this big size comes some definite economies of scale; for example, the service intervals for components such as the oil filter and valves have been extended. It’s not so much the sheer brute force of Krone’s massive maize and forage machine, which makes it pack such a punch. It’s the clever additions driven by that V12 powerplant. Acknowledging the emerging use of
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The grain of civilisation Maize is a huge part of the agricultural world a vital source of feed-out protein across our dairy and beef herds. It’s also a staple for the production of modern biofuels, with large areas of land in some nations now devoted to growing the crop just for the provision of liquid energy. Maize had been shaping human society for centuries before the advent of biodiesel and the modern farm. The plant itself, as traded for by European settlers in the New World, was not even a ‘natural’ cultivar, but a carefully bred version of the ancient wild plant teosinte. This plant may have been domesticated up to 6,000 years ago, according to evidence found in the Guila Naquitz Cave in Oaxaca, Mexico. Maize was the cornerstone of empires, as it was able to be harvested, stored and transported. Hun Hunahpu was the Mayan god of maize, and not surprisingly this deity was high up the celestial pecking order. Maize benefits from further selective breeding today. A worldwide programme seeks to produce drought-resistant strains to help feed African nations, for example. Other initiatives include creating stains which resist insect pests and deliver superior yield. Key players in this process are the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, modern-day ‘disciples of Hun Hunahpu’ who invest heavily into studying the genetics, propagation and improvement of maize worldwide.
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With global maize production in 2018 topping 1,100 million tonnes, across applications from directly feeding human populations through to biofuel production, this is perhaps one of the most vital crops in soil, cultivated from the plains of the American midwest to the steppes of Ukraine and beyond. While New Zealand’s maize crop primarily goes to providing effective fodder for livestock, there are applications being developed which include maize-based replacements for plastics, maize-based ‘pellets’ to replace wood in heating furnaces, and even the use of the watery byproducts of maize milling to cultivate germs in the laboratory for medical science. In these many ways, the plant, which
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Salute to the big tracks Our local contractors would be stuck without tracked machines, able to carry heavy hydraulic gear over all sorts of terrain to tackle the biggest demolition, earthmoving and building tasks. Moreover, where did the ubiquitous ‘caterpillar track’ come from? November 24, 1904. A muddy islet in the middle of the San Joaquin River Delta in California. Other American families were getting ready for Thanksgiving dinner. However, out amid the reeds, Benjamin Holt was unwilling to take a break from his new project. Traction engines of the day sunk into the soggy soil of this part of the country. His plan: replace the plank roads, which were used to support the iron monsters. He chose to chain together a series of
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Fonterra directors’ election Nominations for the Fonterra Board of Directors’ Election opened on Friday, August 2, with an election to be held for two farmer-elected directors. This year Donna Smit and Andy Macfarlane retire by rotation. Both have confirmed that they are standing for reelection this year. The independent assessment process will run first with a nomination period of August 2–16. The independently assessed candidates will be rigorously assessed by an independent selection panel of three highly respected governance experts. This year, the panel comprises Tony Carter, chairman of Air New Zealand and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, Joan Withers, chair of Mercury NZ and The Warehouse Group and Rob Campbell, chair of Skycity Entertainment Group, Summerset, Tourism Holdings and WEL Networks. Their role is to shortlist and recommend the best candidates to Fonterra’s shareholders. The Returning Officer will announce the Independent Nomination Process candidates on September 17. The Non-Assessment Process, where farmers can put themselves forward as a candidate for the board outside the Independent Assessment Process, will follow with the nomination period running from September 17–27. The Returning Officer will confirm all Farmer Directors’ Election candidates on September 30. The Directors’ Election will be held using the ‘first past the post’ system via postal and online voting by Fonterra shareholders.
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