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Labour inspectors visit region’s dairy farms by Denise Gunn

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The visits, which began in November, are part of a long-term operation to identify breaches of employment law, particularly focussing on a practice called seasonal averaging and the failure to keep accurate time and wage records. Labour inspectors for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment began visiting dairy farms in Southland in August. Dairy farm visits have now been extended across New Zealand in regions with a high number of dairy farms, and will continue into 2014. Labour inspectorate central region manager Kris Metcalf said inspectors will be gathering information on the business practices of dairy farms and also any impacts on migrant labour. “The dairy industry and migrant exploitation are two key areas of focus for the labour inspectorate. “Any practice of averaging out pay across a season, especially for those earning low salaries, is likely to breach the minimum wage rates set in legislation.” Mr Metcalf said farmers need to ensure an accurate record of all time actually worked by farm workers is kept. “Even workers on salaries can be vulnerable working long hours that do not equate to each hour, day or week paid meeting the minimum wage.”

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Farmers urged to monitor cattle for theileria infection by Denise Gunn

With a rise in the number of cattle infected by the new strain of the blood-borne parasite theileria orientalis, Taranaki farmers are urged to continue monitoring their stock. Carried by ticks and causing theileriosis in cattle, theileria has been on the increase since late last year. Hot, dry weather is considered a likely cause for the rise in tick populations. With a relatively mild winter experienced in most regions, the ticks probably survived and are becoming more active. Although the majority of confirmed theileriosis cases have occurred in Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and King Country, there have also been reports of infected cattle in Taranaki, Whanganui and Canterbury. Taranaki is included in the high tick risk area. DairyNZ animal husbandry team leader Nita Harding said the New Zealand cattle tick is currently in the adult part of its life cycle, and looking to attach and feed on cattle over the next three months. “It’s called ‘questing’ as the adult tick seeks a host to feed on before it lays eggs.” Dr Harding said the adult tick will only be on the host animal for about a week. “After feeding it drops back onto pasture where it lays up to 2,000 eggs over a three week period and then dies. “Larvae hatch from the eggs six months later,” she said.

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The adult cattle ticks, Haemaphysalis longicornis, feed for up to five days around the tail head, inside of the legs, udder and in the ears of cattle. They are small and difficult to spot with the naked eye. Fully-fed adults measure 2.5mm in length and the larvae are only 1mm long.

To avoid spread of theileriosis, cattle should be treated for ticks before being moved to other properties. Infected cattle should be rested, have access to high quality feed and water, and handling limited to avoid stress to the animal. A veterinarian should be contacted for advice.

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Raising bulls at Rata Rock BY DENISE GUNN

Since purchasing their 145 hectare farm in 2004, Bruce and Adele Clement have established a reputation for raising top-quality, well grown bulls.

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Originally the couple started out fattening Friesian bulls before progressing into the service industry. “People started approaching us for service bulls and it’s just grown from there,” said Adele. “At the time we were working three jobs to buy the farm.” The couple milked their neighbour’s cows, and Bruce worked as an artificial breeding (AB) technician with Adele as his AB assistant, while they were running their lease farm fattening bulls.

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Six years ago Bruce and Adele held the first bull sale on their property. “We decided that we would give it a go and it’s gone from strength to strength.” The annual Rata Rock Station bull sale is held on-farm in September each year. At their 2013 bull sale, 250 mixedbreed bulls, which included Jersey, Angus, Hereford, Friesian, and Murray Grey, were sold. “We get a lot of repeat customers,” said Adele.

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Since buying the farm, the couple have developed 90ha of the property. These developments have included draining and contouring, followed by cropping areas of land. Rocks are physically picked up by the couple on a continuous basis before a rock-picking machine is brought in to remove more. Regrassing is then able to take place. “It’s a two-year process,” said Adele. “We crop it, and then the next year it’s regrassed to make it into a hay paddock.” Bruce and Adele do all the work on the farm themselves with contractors coming in a couple of times a year to perform specific tasks. Rata Rock Station usually receives an annual rainfall of 1,800mm and the weather tends to be very changeable. Adele said winter months can be very long and spring is often wet. “We usually have very low grass growth in spring but we don’t dry out here.” Despite the farm’s close proximity to Mount Taranaki, snow usually falls just once every few years, lasting only a day. All of the bulls are break-fed from April to October, consuming a diet of grass and hay. “Break-feeding the bulls means they are handled daily, ensuring they have a good temperament,” said Adele. “We strive for quality, strength and service.”

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The couple have three primary school-aged children, Savannah, Alexia and Levi, and are actively involved in their local school’s Board of Trustees and Parent Teachers Association. Bruce also coaches sports teams at the school. Bruce and Adele plan to continue developing Rata Rock Station and to increase the service bull sale. They place a strong emphasis on raising sturdy, strong, quality cattle with a good temperament. “We are very fussy,” said Bruce. “We don’t put any bulls into the sale that aren’t paramount.”

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History preserved at Taranaki Pioneer Village by Denise Gunn

From its early beginnings initiated through the Stratford Antique and Collectors Society, the Taranaki Pioneer Village has progressed to incorporate a multitude of historic buildings and activities providing an insight to Taranaki’s history, all set on a ten acre property.

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Street were moved to the village in 1986, including a memorial headstone for Colonel William Malone. Colonel Malone commanded the Wellington Infantry Battalion during the Gallipoli Campaign. He was killed during the Battle of Chunuk Bair. Okato Cottage, built in 1853 at Tataraimaka by the Julian family, is the oldest building on site. The Julian family arrived in New Plymouth in 1842 following a four-month voyage on the Blenheim. Tom and Nancy Hammond later owned the house which was donated to the pioneer village in 1977. Two other older buildings, the Colonial Cottage which was originally part of Goodwin House in Stratford, and the Brookes Road Cottage, date from the late 1800s. The remainder of the buildings, each with their own recorded historical information date from the early 1900s. A handyman works on-site four days a week to maintain the structures. School trips to the village provide children with an insight to education during the late 1800s to early 1900s with a full immersion class experience.

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Without a trace Boron ‘The Steering Wheel’ Boron (B) is necessary for uptake and efficient use of calcium in the plant. It is a calcium synergist and a temperature regulator. Boron is essential for cell division and development, particularly in the growing points of shoots and roots, also promoting flowering. It affects pollination, pollen viability, fruit and seed set. It is required for the movement of sugars (e.g. energy) within the plant and hence plays a significant role in photosynthesis. Typical Boron deficiency symptoms include: hollow stems in cabbages and cauliflowers; woody taste in strawberries; poor seed set generally; crosswise cracking of celery stalks; external and internal cork in apples; lop-sided fruit and heavy fruit shedding of citrus; ‘shot’ berries and poor fruit set in grapes; flower shedding with deformed and bumpy fruit. It also affects growing tips (i.e. dieback) and leaves. Small clover leaves may indicate B deficiency. In the soil B is an anion and therefore is found mainly the soil solution or complexed with humus. Marine soils may have high B reserves. Deficiencies can be worse in long dry spells and in high pH soils. Kiwi Fertiliser recommends Organibor, a natural magnesium-calcium borate from Argentina.

Without boron, the plant cannot transfer sugar from leaves to the roots.

In animals, boron helps regulate both Ca release into the blood and Ca absorption. Boron helps convert Vitamin D into an active form which facilitates Ca absorption. Silicon and calcium together are cell strengtheners but they both require boron to deliver their benefits. Boron encourages silica to form silicic acid which then moves into the plant to form nutrient highways which then help to move the poorly translocated calcium into the plant. Required at 2ppm in the soil. Cobalt The B-Group vitamins are arguably the most important nutrient deficiency in the soil and in humans. Krasilinokoff measured soil fertility based on the relative presence of B vitamins. Microbes cannot manufacture vitamin B12. B12 comes from cobalt and Co is ignored in many soil programs. Vitamin B12 is a major human deficiency (over 74%) Cobalt supports nitrogen fixing organisms. Vitamin B12 is important for fertility, cellular longevity, nutrient absorption and metabolism of fats and carbohydrates. Ketosis and Johne’s disease may be related to cobalt deficiency. The ideal human intake is 1 mcg daily. Ruminants require from 0.10-1.0 ppm in their rations. Cobalt is important for the growth and vitality of rumen microorganisms. Symptoms of a deficiency include poor appetite, decreased milk production and rough coat; also lack of nodules, or small white nodules on clover. Sources of cobalt include Cobalt sulphate added to the soil, trace mineralised salt and vitamin B12 supplements. It is required at 1-2ppm in the soil, but rarely is at this level. We add 1kg of cobalt sulphate per ha if the budget allows.

There are no unimportant nutrients. Some are just required in smaller amounts than others.

A dull brown coat indicates a lack of copper. Boron deficient Lucerne on the right.

Copper Copper is the element linked to protection from fungal disease. It is the “protein nutrient”, increasing the uptake of ammonium form of nitrogen; it is essential for chlorophyll production, sugar synthesis and root metabolism, and it increases stalk strength and elasticity. Although necessary for some microbes, Cu can also have a fungicidal effect in the soil. Copper is widely used and abused as a fungicide resulting in a toxic build-up in the soil, but Humic acid can help to buffer the microbekilling effect. High copper also antagonises phosphorous, iron and zinc. Get copper into the leaf by way of building soil levels, rather than onto the leaf as a more sustainable disease control option. Cu sprays on the leaf cause a physiological change which may make the leaf more susceptible to disease agents. Cu is critical for iron transportation in the blood and formation of hemoglobin, and is an anti-oxidant It is also critical in the formation of the myelin sheath and is associated with elastin. It is a component of catalase and tyrosinase. Ruminants require 25-100 ppm in their feed; human optimum daily intake is 2-4 mg/day Organ meats, shellfish, legumes and mushroom are rich in copper. Cu is an important coenzyme linked to immunity and detoxification. Symptoms of deficiency include severe diarrhoea, abnormal appetite, poor growth, and a course bleached coat. Split bark, lodging and brittle branches result from Cu deficiency. High OM, Mo, Fe or sulphur can induce Cu deficiency, as can excess phosphate. Sources of copper include copper sulphate, licks, powder, blocks etc. Copper Sulphate can be added to troughs at 1gm/1000lt to control algae or 4gms/1000lt as a supplement. It can also be applied as a paste (2%) to control ring worm. The minimum soil level is 2ppm; but get to 5-10ppm for better plant and animal stock health.

Zinc Zinc is the “energy micro-nutrient” required for correct functioning of many enzyme systems, being an important enzyme activator, second only to magnesium in terms of the number of enzymes to which it is linked. It is essential for phosphorous uptake, and is needed for ADP and ATP production. It regulates plant sugar and transforms carbohydrates. Zn is critical for uptake of moisture through roots. Zinc is required for synthesis of nucleic acids and is critical for soil organisms. Crops sensitive to Zn deficiency are; maize, linseed, green beans, fruit crops, pastures and cereals, (being involved in filling grain properly). Zinc governs the production of auxins which determine leaf size, starch formation and may give the largest response of any trace element. Zinc must be properly matched with phosphorus in the soil. If P is high, Zn needs to be high. If P is low, Zn needs to be low. If they are out of kilter, the high one can block the low one. Zinc antagonises iron, copper and sulphur so these should be “background nutrition” if they are marginal when applying zinc. Cu fungicides can induce a zinc deficiency. Zinc is essential to cell growth, replication, sexual maturity and reproduction. It works alongside Vitamin A. It is essential to the immune system, natural killer cells and the thymus gland. It improves disease resistance, reproduction and reduces skin and feet disorders. Zinc deficiency is directly linked to prostate cancer and breast cancer (our two largest cancers) Ideal human intake is 15-20 mg/day. Cattle rations need to have 50-100 ppm. Beef, shellfish, cheese and dark chocolate, leafy greens are rich in zinc; it is needed for the healing of wounds and for robust rumen organisms. Symptoms of zinc deficiency include decreased weight gains, lowered feed efficiency and poor wound healing. Required at 6-19.5ppm in the soil depending on phosphorus levels.

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Wool Perspective From Rob Cochrane GM, Procurement, PGG Wrightson Wool

Supply vs demand imbalance keeps prices up During the past few weeks and up until writing, the crossbred market in particular continued to surge ahead with new highs achieved at every wool auction. Exporters battled each other to gain supremacy in the auction room often with ‘buy at best’ instructions leaving a distinct sign of ‘blood on the floor’. Whilst growers pondered whether local wool merchants were offering good prices at the farm gate, real values in the auction room were rapidly surpassing the country prices, a reflection of the supply versus demand imbalance. Slow bidding in the auction room and clearances of 100% in some broker catalogues, certainly told the story of a strong market. Crossbred fleece prices bolted past the 600 cents per kilogram clean mark at Christchurch on October 24 and then on October 31 in Napier continued their onwards charge. Another lift was apparent for crossbred fleece types on November 7 in Christchurch, however a few of the finer crossbred hogget types struggled to keep pace — perhaps a sign that the market had been a little ‘over-cooked’. Early-shorn crossbreds were not far behind the full length fleece for price, and second-shear types were only slightly off that pace. Bulky oddments drew good attention from the buyers’ bench with many romping home at very good odds indeed compared to body wool prices, with some of the shorter types sprinting home with prices which were reserved for fleece not that long ago. Mid-micron types offered during the past month met with a mixed reception but true to type Halfbred and Corriedale wools definitely enjoyed the best of the market. Comment from the exporting

fraternity was harshly negative towards some mid-micron wools of doubtful breeding which definitely do not perform as well as the straight bred types during processing — thus discounts were obvious for those. Merino wool types generally met with good enthusiasm from the specialist buyers in attendance at the Christchurch auction centre however a domination of hogget wools of average to poor tensile strength did limit buyer demand. An observation of a few merino clips throughout broker catalogues was the number of lines classed in comparison to the results achieved. Whilst it is important to ensure lines are as even as possible, the cost of testing and handling relative to the dollar value of the product must be taken into consideration and splitting lines of wool for a mere point of a micron, when in every other way the wools are similar,

is at present simply not cost effective for the grower. A number of extra-fine and ultrafine wools struggled to reach grower expectation as a glut of these types was apparent on both sides of the Tasman, and buyers had the luxury of being extremely selective when filling their often limited orders. At this time of year we begin to see wool style and tensile strength deteriorate due to the effects of lambing, competition for feed and changing feed conditions, plus warmer weather conditions. In-shed wool handling and preparation becomes even more important during the late spring and summer months and, even in such a strong market environment, buyers will become critical of mixed length, tender, and discoloured wools

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$ 30.00 $ 65.00 $159.00 $275.00 $349.00 $499.00 $749.00

– _ $ 95.00 $165.00 $209.00 $299.00 $449.00

ALL PRICES INCLUDE GST

NEW SIZE

499.00

$

Incorporating the strength of corrugated outer shell with the smooth inner wall to optimise hydraulics.

Contractors Ring for a Quote

Smaller coils also available

450mm x 6m

MAXI drain

Punched & Unpunched Drain Coil

299.00 $299.00

110mm OD x 100m 160mm OD x 45m

$

MEGA ROLLS AVAILABLE

110mm x 425m & 160mm x 190m Drainage Contractors call for a quote Manufactured from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

MDPE pressure pipe 9 Bar Rural Pressure Pipe

Outside diameter

25mm 32mm 40mm 50mm 63mm

$ per 100m

$ per 200m

$127.00 $159.00 $216.00 $325.00 $495.00

$248.00 $310.00 $421.00 $634.00 $965.00

Other pressure ratings also available Suits compression and electrofusion fittings

DRAG hose

LDPE water pipe ID nominal bore

Pressure rating (PSI)

$ per 100m

15mm

130

$ 76.00

20mm

116

$141.00

25mm

94

$182.00

32mm

72

$223.00

40mm

65

$264.00

50mm

50

$346.00

$141.00

Anka & Hansen fittings available

LDPE IRRIGATOR DRAG HOSE

EFFLUENT pipe 8 BAR RATED - SUITS CAMLOCKS

Hard-wearing LDPE suits AG camlocks

75mm

63mm x 50m

90mm

199

$

20mm x 100m 116PSI

.00

63mm x 100m

389.00

$

110mm

$6.87 per metre $8.55 per metre $11.68 per metre

Suitable for above ground use.

90mm

$8.55 per metre

Xmas Depot Hours: Closed 25th Dec 2013 • Reopens 6th Jan 2014

TARANAKI BRANCH 83 Wallcourt Place, Normanby Phone (06) 272 8187 Fax (06) 272 8188 Trevor 027 323 2976 taranaki@ruraldirect.net.nz Depot Hours: 8am - 12noon Monday to Friday

MANAWATU BRANCH 77728 State Highway 2, Dannevirke Phone 06 374 8971 Sam 021 500 107 manawatu@ruraldirect.net.nz Depot Hours: 8am - 12noon Monday to Friday

All items in this advertisement are while stocks last. Phone Rural Direct for conditions of delivery. ALL PRICES INCLUDE GST.

Taranaki Farming Lifestyles, December 2013  

10,000 copies DELIVERED FREE to every rural delivery address in Taranaki

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