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Taranaki

FARMING Lifestyles

February 2017 Edition

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The Dairy Community Leadership Award, run by the Dairy Women’s Network (DWN), recognises a dairying woman who is making a significant contribution in her local rural community through leadership and support. “Women eligible for this award are often the unsung heroes in our dairy communities,” says DWN CEO Zelda de Villiers. “They might be the women organising your local events, on various boards and committees, and are involved in all aspects of dairying life — from milking the cows through to offering advice and support to those around them.” The award, sponsored by ASB and Tompkins Wake, includes a scholarship prize to attend a leadership programme in New Zealand. The title will be awarded at the national DWN conference in Queenstown in May. The selection panel includes the CEO of DWN, ASB and Tompkins Wake representatives, and a DWN regional convenor. The judging panel will judge nominations based on who has demonstrated leadership in her community, played an active role in community organisations and events,

and is an active member of DWN and a good representative for the organisation. Last year’s winner, Lisa Hicks, was recognised for her commitment to sharing dairying knowledge and fostering a love of the industry among the younger generation. An advocate for ongoing education, Ms Hicks regularly hosts local and international students on her farm to show what dairy farming is like, and she also partners with other industry training organisations to host farming students. She helped establish the Ohakune DairyNZ on-farm discussion group and is a DWN regional convenor in the Manawatu region. Upon winning last year she said for her, the award meant access to further learning. “I do more managerial roles on the farm now, and my son is 2IC so he’s taken over a lot of my former roles,” she says. “The award means looking closely at yourself, your learning and leadership style, and putting yourself out there to do more and meet new people.” Visit www.dwn.co.nz to find out more about the awards or to nominate a deserving dairying woman.

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Dairy farmers with herringbone sheds can now tap into the latest smart device technology to help them determine in real time — while their animals are being milked — which cows are producing the best or the worst on any given day. For farmers with small to mediumsized herds, the technology is surprisingly inexpensive compared to other automation products. The ‘YieldSense Connected’ app, developed by LIC Automation, has been available to a portion of the dairy farmer market for some time but it now includes new functionality to allow wider farmer appeal. Farmers equipped with YieldSense in-line sensors can use the YieldSense Connected app to immediately identify the ‘passengers’ (low value/production cows) in their herds, along with identification of high-producing (high value) cows. YieldSense is an automated in-line milk sensor that provides farmers with live yield and milk solid results. Until now, the system’s marketability has been restricted to farmers with automated rotar y-operated dairy sheds. The YieldSense Connected app works by capturing information from the milk sensors, alerting the farmer of the results via their smart device. Results include a summary of the bottom, and top performing individual cows in the herd. Graham Cates, manager of a 300cow herd in Walton, uses YieldSense Connected to record the yield for each cow in his herd.

He taps into the technology for a 10day period each month. “We record the alerts when they appear. Whenever we’re alerted, we go to the bail, get the cow number, and punch it into the phone,” Graham says. The information backs up animal management decisions. “It makes our job easier, it is user friendly and fast, and now we don’t herd test. “We make our decisions about what we’re going to do — treat, dry off, or cull.” The app goes beyond individual cow results. Herd-level reporting is designed to provide a platform for farmers to focus on herd improvement solutions. A flashing light system in the milking shed is an optional extra. The lights provide milking staff with an additional visual alert — signalling the bottom — and top-performing cows before they return to the paddock. Paul Whiston, LIC Automation chief executive, says the app is easily accessible — but even better — it makes leading-edge technology affordable for most farmers, particularly those with small to mid-size herds. “Up until now YieldSense has really only been available for farmers with rotary milking sheds that have an in-bail cow identification system.

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TO SHEEP DOGS BY DENISE GUNN

TARANAKI SHEEP AND BEEF FARMER GRAEME DICKSON TOOK UP SHEEP DOG TRIALS AROUND THE SAME TIME HE TOOK UP FULL-TIME SHEARING, SOON AFTER LEAVING HIGH SCHOOL.

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hearing initially took him around south Taranaki before leading to more work in the South Island. As well as shearing in the summer months, Graeme also took on pre-lamb shearing in July and August. Born and raised on a sheep and beef farm, Graeme’s desire to own a farm

was always in the background. So when the opportunity to manage a sheep and beef farm in Ararata came up, Graeme took on the position. He now owns a 700ha farm near Hawera, running 6,000 stock units. Graeme said his involvement with dog trialling was a community thing to do.

Through observing others working their dogs, Graeme initially picked up knowledge and skills. “I basically learnt how to work dogs from the guys I worked with when I left school. I was told to go and watch the guys that do well at trials week after week, and work out why they were doing well,” he said. “That was good advice.” Graeme has since gone on to win four Huntaway titles and three island titles. His knowledge and experience has also been put to good use in the judging box, including at North Island and New

Zealand championships. “I generally try to compete in all the Taranaki trials, and go to a couple outside of the centre, and go to the island and New Zealand championships,” he said. Graeme tends to breeds his own pups. “I have four bitches at present that I breed to dogs of a quality that I look for.” This quality includes good type, good noise, style and flare, good stock handling and concentration on stock. “Basically looking for something with the X factor,” he said. “I am not afraid to try something bred differently. A good dog is a good dog

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Born and raised on a sheep and beef farm, Graeme’s desire to own a farm was always in the background. He now owns a 700ha farm near Hawera

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The woolshed, built in the early 1900s, was fully renovated in 2008 has been completed, including 13km of the QEII blocks. Spring-fed dams have been created and reticulated through water supplies developed on the flats, more than 2,000 poplar poles have been planted and the development of a wetland area has begun. The woolshed, built in the early 1900s was fully renovated in 2008 and covered yards added. When a wet day hindered Scott and Julayne’s garden wedding plans, the venue switched to the newly restored woolshed. Julayne said Rimunui is a wonderful place to bring up their two children, Charlotte, 7, and Lachie, 5. “There’s so much adventure and learning. “When friends and family come over our bridge to Rimunui, they seldom want to go home.” Currently there are 5,000 stock units running on the steep, hill country property, including 3,200 ewes, 850 hoggets, 50 rams and the balance in cattle. Scott said 50 per cent of the stock leaves Rimunui at about 17½kg carcass weight. Other stock are sold store. At present there are between 400 and 600 contracted hives on Rimunui and the Thompsons would like to treble this number in the coming years. The couple are considering purchasing an Angus cow herd too. With an average, annual rainfall of close to 1,500mm, the Waitotara Valley is predominately summer-safe.

It is however, prone to flooding. “On average we suffer a major flood every five years, June 2015 was one of the worst in recorded history. “Historically the rainfall patterns have changed and we have been getting more extreme drier periods and extreme wet periods in between.”said Scott. After the 2015 flood, the couple needed to focus on something different. They decided to open the farm gates to guests and offer a range of activities. “Sharing the beauty and ruggedness of Rimunui has been a project that Tom, Scott and myself have always wanted

Planting as part of the wetland development to do,” said Julayne. Accommodation options include the 100-year-old fullyrenovated woolshed, farm cottage and bush huts. “We just want people to enjoy the peace, serenity, beauty and history Rimunui has to offer,” said Julayne. “Once people have taken the first step to travel to Rimunui, they feel like they have arrived in heaven.” In 2014 Scott and Julayne entered the Taranaki Ballance Farm Environment Awards and picked up two of the nine awards — Farm Sustainability and Farm Stewardship. “It was an awesome experience,” said Julayne.

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Waterways continue health improvements Taranaki Regional Council’s latest monitoring results show continued improvements in the ecological health of Taranaki’s waterways, most noticeably in the region’s ring plain in the midst of its farming areas. The improvements build further on strong gains in recent years.

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Ecological health is the council’s prime measure of freshwater quality and is assessed by examining the populations and types of tiny creatures living in the waterways using the Macroinvertebrate Community Index (MCI). This scoring system is recognised nationally. The most recent report for 2015– 2016 is based on analyses of samples taken in the 2015–2016 year at 53 sites on 26 rivers and streams across the region, and on trends derived from the results of all sampling since 1995. Ecological health improvements were discovered at 46 of these sites. This equates to 87 per cent, which is the highest percentage to date with the majority of the improvements recorded in middle to lower catchments of the Taranaki ring plain. “Yet again, we’re seeing the best results ever in two decades of monitoring,” said the council’s director environment quality Gary Bedford. “Improvements are being seen more broadly every year. “Clearly, the regional community is gaining dividends from the

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Part one: Osteoarthritis can cause anything from mild discomfort to seriously restricting quality of life. While medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs provide predictable results, nutritional therapy is more unpredictable. Experimentation is important. Some people find their arthritis is greatly influenced by diet while others less so. I generally recommend that people keep clear of common citrus fruits and acidic fruits in general. I am helping one person who by trial and error has found she is very sensitive to strawberries. I am not sure why but small joint arthritis, especially hand joints, seem to be more sensitive to acidic foods. I start most people on an anti-inflammatory diet. The key components are to reduce inflammatory fats, reduce sugars and refined carbohydrates. We target antiinflammatory oils, appropriate protein sources and increase antioxidant dense plant foods. Over the next few columns we will explore the specific components of this type of eating. Not

only will it help joints but is excellent for general health. With supplements, my general approach is to start people on a programme that is most likely to get a positive response in six to eight weeks. I like to keep things simple and usually start with high doses of Omega-3 fish oil for its anti-inflammatory function. To this we to add 1,500mg of high grade chondroitin sulphate, 1,500mg of glucosamine sulphate and 200mg of a 95% bioavailable curcumin (turmeric) extract. In some cases, especially spinal arthritis, I add antioxidant complexes and extra magnesium to relax tissue surrounding the joint. We will maintain these high initial doses usually for one to three months before reducing. Most people start to notice the difference after six weeks. Feel free to contact me for more information. John Arts (B.Soc.Sci, Dip Tch, Adv. Dip.Nut.Med) is a nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health Ltd. For personalised advice, contact John on 0800 423559 or email john@abundant.co.nz. Join his full weekly newsletter at www. abundant.co.nz.

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Central Districts

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A nationally significant showcase by Paul Campbell

With more than 600 displays and expected to attract more than 30,000 visitors from around New Zealand and overseas, Central Districts Field Days returns to showcase the latest in agriculture from March 16 to 18 at Manfeild Park, Feilding. As an added attraction there is a $20,000 prize pack on offer to ticket holders, while the spectacular Royal New Zealand Air Force Black Falcons will show off their T-6C Texan planes. The $154m package purchased by the Royal New Zealand Air Force included the turboprop aircraft, ground simulators, and classroom and computer-based training packages. The Black Falcons are putting the Texans through their paces at two air shows in February as well as the field days outing. The Central Districts event has grown throughout the last 23 years

from a small collection of marquees in a field to a nationally significant showcase of the latest trends and developments in rural innovation, agribusiness and agri-tech. “This year will be the largest event ever, and recognising many visit as an opportunity to keep abreast of the industry, this year the event is introducing an all new area called the ASB Innovation Zone,” said events manager, Brett McMeekin. “The ASB Innovation Zone grew out of our desire to inspire visitors with all the new products, technologies and

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visitors to relax in, and it sits alongside the well-loved food and drink exhibitors in this area. In addition there will be two new bar areas open until 6pm each night. Crowd favourite events the CLAAS Tractor Pull, the National Excavator Championships and the Central Districts fencing competition return, as well as the Nutro Ultimate Canines dog show and more. “There’s something for everyone to enjoy, whether it’s visiting and yarning to exhibitors, checking out the latest in agri-tech or sitting back with a drink and watching the impressive National Excavator Champs,” said McMeekin. “We call it the best day off the farm all year. Many of the old favourites are returning along with some new

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site. Central Districts Field Days now coincides with the AgriFood Investment Week, a programme of activities and events designed to connect, challenge and grow the agri-food industry. AgriFood Investment Week, now in its second year, ties together innovation in farming, food production, marketing, investment, research and technology, and includes the NZ Agribusiness Investment Showcase, Sheep Milk NZ Conference, Future Farms Conference and Women in Agribusiness Thought Leadership Forum. Central Districts Field Days tickets are available to purchase online for $13 from late February at www.cdfielddays. co.nz, or at the gate on the day. For more information visit www. cdfielddays.co.nz.

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The NaturalFlow wastewater system is revolutionising domestic water waste and sewage treatment processes in New Zealand using a power-free aerating process as opposed to mechanical pumps. NaturalFlow harnesses Mother Nature’s recycling processes in an enclosed ecosystem that simulates the natural forest floor. Waterflow New Zealand Ltd marketing manager Dean Hoyle explains: “Nature is one huge recycling mechanism, and what our system does is harness those natural processes and forces that have been quietly working together for thousands of years to break down and decompose waste all around us, to treat and break down your wastewater until it is perfectly safe to be reintroduced into the environment.” Waterflow NZ spent almost a decade researching and developing the NaturalFlow system before integrating it into the New Zealand market. Homeowners from Cape Reinga to Bluff now have access to advanced water treatment solutions that are synonymous with clean, green 21st century ideals. The system uses vermiculture to reduce solids by up to

95 per cent, creating valuable watersoluble nutrients that can be recycled safely back into the environment. “No other system has the capacity to reduce solids by this amount. We are very much working with nature in our processes, keeping it simple, and using power-free natural aeration processes instead of mechanical pumps,” said Dean. There are no mechanical moving parts, reducing maintenance processes to practically zero.” “We have lived with a NaturalFlow wastewater system now for four years,” said Adam and Karen. “We chose NaturalFlow because we wanted an environmentally-friendly system that didn’t require expensive, ongoing maintenance. Our system has delivered exactly what we wanted. We have a system which requires no electricity, no pumps and makes no noise. I can’t recommend NaturalFlow enough.”

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YOUR FARM, YOUR FUTURE, OUR FOCUS. “

When we planned to change our effluent system, we chose Presco Environmental as we have trusted their quality concrete products in the past and liked the idea of the concrete Prosump over other liner options. Because our project was not straight forward we gained professional advice from Oliver who was able to design the Prosump effluent storage facility to meet our needs, right down to the last detail. We were impressed by how everything went to plan, on time and within budget. We now have a long term sustainable investment and are already benefiting from spreading the effluent, with increased pasture growth, especially in the summer, reducing our fertiliser costs.

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The mystery of pumps In most water reticulation or irrigation systems, you are going to need a pump, unless the water is from a pressurised scheme at farm gate or as some lucky farmers I visited recently in Middlemarch Otago have, gravity fed from surrounding hills — a whole 160psi of it! Could this be why some couplings had leaking O-rings? not mean you can get both at once. Even then some of the claims are at best, ‘optimistic’, as observed by our technicians. Buying a pump Using a reputable irrigation professional should avoid these pitfalls. 1. Ask for proof that the pump you are considering is the correct one! Pump curves are not so difficult to read and you can always ask regional council field staff or other professionals to help impartially. Irri-Max Ltd and others have an open policy about what the client is getting. Don’t allow ‘secret squirrel’ stuff. Look for the best efficiency point — is this the same as your intended flow? Does the pump have the ability to produce the required pressure at reasonable input speed? Ask about the pumps Nett Positive Suction Head (NPSH). You might not understand it but a simple calculation is this — start with value of nine then subtract your suction height (pump above water), then see if the balance is larger than the NPSH value at your intended flow. Say your pump is 4m above water (not the best installation), then the NPSH can not be more than five, in fact even this would be a call to get some proper hydraulic engineering done to avoid disappointment. Probably pump techs will laugh at my equation above as there are more Functional Fertiliser Ltd have created

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Trees need care too Trees are an important part of the country lifestyle, and planting new trees on your property, if necessary, is a great way to provide shelter for yourself and your animals as well as beautifying the landscape. Often when a property is purchased the trees have already been established but over time trees need maintaining, and knowing when to do this and ensuring this is done correctly can make a big difference to the life of the tree and the safety of yourself, your animals and your property. Trees add beauty, shade and value to your property but they don’t live forever. Several reasons are to do with age, storm damage, weather and environmental elements. It is important to maintain them correctly, and often, hiring the services of a qualified arborist can take all the stress and worry out of this important job rather than putting yourself or loved ones at risk by doing it yourself. A good arborist has an eye for detail in making the tree look its best, and you can’t tell they have been there as the tree looks natural when they have completed their job. You may ask when an arborist is needed? Trees that have dead or broken hanging branches, are dead near the top, have multiple trunks or are on a lean, have decayed wood, cracks in the branches or on the trunk, or any root problems should be looked at by a

professional rather than leaving it for a storm to do it for you. Other factors can also be that it was planted in the wrong place, such as being too close to buildings or power lines. While it may cost to have a professional look at it, you are protecting your investment that is not only the tree itself but your property too. Topping or removing trees and hedges on lifestyle blocks can be made easy by using professional services. These companies often work alongside local power companies when it comes to working around power lines. They often perform hedge topping of hedges that have grown too tall and are blocking out the sun to buildings and gardens as well. Patents PCT/NZ2011/000015 US 13/577,635

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February 2017

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