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This month marks the 10th anniversary of the 2004 floods when a one-in-a-hundred-year storm system hit the central and lower North Island. Moist air from the tropics, drawn into a multi-centred low which was deepening over the North Island, caused the low to deepen further. A southerly storm that formed in Cook Strait added to the mix, causing meteorologists to issue a heavy rain warning for Mount Taranaki, the Whanganui Several flood protection hill county, Hawke’s Bay projects have been completed since 2004 and Taihape. Another small but intense low which formed near of the water flow and severity of the the Wairarapa coast intensified the wind flooding, the Taranaki Regional Council and rain. (TRC) began a long-term river channel Entire farms were submerged, homes clearance programme in the district. flooded and livestock swept away by Contractors have cleared willows from raging floodwaters. Communities were the banks and channels of the lower left isolated with road closures, loss of Waitotara River and its Weraweraonga power and telephone connections. and Moumahaki tributaries. This work, Several flood protection projects and funded by both the TRC and the South upgrades have since been completed by Taranaki District Council, has increased the Taranaki Regional Council, including the capacity of the river channel. work in the Waitotara catchment. The TRC has also worked with When the Waitotara River peaked landowners in the Waitotara catchment at 13.49 metres during the 2004 to encourage and support slip and floods, most of the farms in the valley erosion prevention measures to provide were affected by flooding, silt deposits long-term benefits. and slips. The Waitotara township Late last year the TRC completed a was devastated. Forty-one of the 47 major upgrade of the Lower Waihakaiho houses were extensively flooded and Flood Control Scheme in New Plymouth. 14 later condemned. A multi-stage three-year project to Due to the obstruction caused by upgrade the Lower Waitara River Flood willow trees adding to the turbulence Control Scheme is also underway.
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The United Nations has designated 2014 as the International Year of the Family Farming (IYFF), and Rural Women New Zealand plan to celebrate. There are more than 500 million family farms around the globe, ranging from smallholders to large scale farmers, traditional communities and indigenous people. The goal of the IYFF is to highlight the role farming families play in producing food, managing natural resources, protecting the environment and sustainability. There are also plans to promote discussions at various levels to raise awareness of the challenges farming families face. Rural Women NZ will be leading several events around the country with a series of roadshows, beginning in Oamaru on March 27. Similar events to follow include Carterton on April 6 and Stratford on April 9. Registrations for roadshows, which will be held at local A&P showgrounds, will start at 9.30am with the programme beginning at 10am. Roadshows will include seminars on succession planning, safety on the farm, investing in your farming future and sustainability. Market stalls, crafts and displays by local businesses will also be on-
site, along with Kiwi performers — The Bitches Box, and Mel Parsons from 4pm. Marlborough drylands farmer, Doug Avery, will co-host the events, giving an inspirational talk on the transformation of his drought-stricken farm into a sustainable venture through visionary changes to his farming system. Mr Avery was the 2013 Landcorp Communicator of the Year and predicts farming families will continue to excel in New Zealand. “There is one reason they will do that, which is because you can’t replace passion in anything, and people that are working for themselves with their own vision have that element that is called passion, which will lead and beat pretty much anything else that corporate structures will throw at us.” Rural Women NZ national president Wendy McGowan said every family needs a farmer, and every farmer needs a community. “Our organisation is focussed on growing dynamic communities, so celebrating the UN International Year of Family Farming is the perfect fit for us.”
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BREEDING ARABIAN HORSES FOR PERFORMANCE
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Jenny Klemra has always had a deep love of horses, but it’s the Arabian breed that captured her heart.
orses were an everyday feature during Jenny’s childhood. Her parents used them for work on the family farm and her father was involved in a racehorse partnership. Jenny’s first pony, a partbred Arabian, was gifted to her when she was six years old. As Jenny progressed through the New Zealand Pony Club system, she gained her B certificate and Instructors
Certificate. Shortly after her marriage to husband Ed, she visited a local horse sale and purchased a derivative mare, in foal to an Arabian. More foundation mares were soon purchased and in 1976 Jenny formed Golden Shelter Arabians, named after her father’s Jersey cow stud farm, Shelter Pine. Jenny said she aimed to improve on the type of horses and ponies around that time, using the Arabian to give
them presence, movement and a beautiful look. “From here, we have had the most rewarding and fabulous time,” said Jenny. “Sometimes sad too as having animals can give you not all good moments.” Situated on 40 acres in the Inglewood district, Golden Shelter Arabians has been immensely successful, particularly at national level. Both purebred and derivative Arabians bred by Jenny have gained extensive national titles at halter and under saddle. “Breeding the Arabian and derivative has been a huge part of my life,” said Jenny. “I have always bred for the performance horse, maintaining type with correct conformation being imperative.” Two stallions, Willowvale Resident purebred Arabian stallion, Willowvale Sa’arfari Sa’arfari and Chelleason Jullyani (imp Australia), currently stand Jenny’s daughter, Nikki, has followed in her mother’s footsteps, at Golden Shelters Arabians. Four of the stud’s five mares have competing with horses since the age been imported from Australia, offering of five. Her current show horse, Golder a selection of purebred Arabian and Warmblood lines. Two or three foals are Shelter Davaaron, is an Anglo-Arabian bred at the stud. Together the pair have born on the stud each year.
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Nuffield year draws to a close for rural entrepreneur BY DENISE GUNN PHOTOS COURTESY FRANK GASTEIGER
The decision to relocate her cheese-making business closer to town brought Lisa Harper all the way from the Marlborough Sounds to Taranaki in February last year.
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n the past 12 months Lisa has also travelled extensively as part of her Nuffield scholarship, and taken on a fixedterm position as Taranaki’s Federated Farmers’ regional policy advisor. Raised on a 480 acre sheep farm in the remote Mahau Sound, Lisa and her brothers were home-schooled through The Correspondence School. Lisa said her home-schooling began at the age of seven until she left for university. “When it came to exams, I’d drive to the nearest high school on the day, to sit them with the other kids.” Originally the family farmed a Romney/Perendale mix on the property, before moving onto Suffolks.
“But we diversified when the bottom fell out of sheep farming,” said Lisa. The roads in and out of the farm were fairly primitive in the early days, with seven fords and five gates between the house and letterbox. Slips during winter often closed the main road. “We used to row a boat to get the mail if that happened,” said Lisa. “It’s beautiful country and a great place to grow up — oysters on the beach, views down the sound.” On completing her secondary education, Lisa studied towards a science degree at Victoria University before completing a PhD in plant pathology at Lincoln University. Lisa then worked as a scientist on potato crop diseases in the United Kingdom. A family illness drew her back to Mahau Sound in 2003 when an extra pair of hands was needed.
Soon afterwards the family began to build up a cheese-making business under the brand Sherrington Grange, milking cows and goats on the property. “I thought I’d had my days at uni, but when the business grew and my usual professional advisors began to look blank when I asked them something, I ended up taking a paper in advanced strategic management from Massey,” she said. Lisa studied while continuing to work seven days a week on the farm. “That turned into a masters’ degree in business management, with research on rural innovation practices.” Lisa picked up her cheese-making skills, along with other rather old-fashioned techniques, from her mother and grandmother as she was growing up.
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“These were useful, especially when trips into town for supplies were few and far between. “We’d been taking in tourists for a couple of years as well and I’d feed them cheese as if they were family.” After building a licensed cheese-making room, Lisa began making cow’s milk cheeses, from milk brought in from a local dairy farm. She said her scientific training helped a great deal. “The last job before I came home to the farm involved quarantine work which gave me a voice in the back of my head, keeping a tally of what I’d touched. This was invaluable later.” The family specialised in making cheese for restaurants then chefs began requesting goat’s milk cheese. Lisa said she wasn’t that keen on the idea to start with as there weren’t any goat dairies in the area. However, as Lisa’s youngest brother worked in the construction industry and was able to provide the expertise, the family went ahead building and licencing a milking shed. “We built a tiny shed which still had the same food safety protocols as a normal dairy shed,” said Lisa. “But it was designed so I could milk goats and then switch over and milk cows, changing the clusters and suction valve. I enjoyed milking and eventually we had our own cows as well.” Lisa described the herd as a typical mixed ‘cheese-makers’ herd’, with all manner of goats, bred for good feet and worm resistance, rather than any particular breed. The cows were also a mix but mostly Jersey. When the family began to make cheese commercially, Lisa researched traditional recipes and techniques, putting together antique recipes. “I wanted to both preserve the old techniques, and to produce cheeses that wouldn’t be like what was already on the market here.” Lisa was soon asked to design entire cheese boards for restaurants, using some of the 10 or 12 different cheeses she was making at that stage. She also taught cheese-making and ended up helping local wineries with publicity exercises too. “Mostly hosting visitors for them, matching whatever they were pouring to a suitable cheese or talking about the parallels between wine-making and cheese-making,” she said. As well as selling cheese to restaurants, the family sold their products to the Marlborough Farmers’ Market. In 2009, Lisa was a finalist in the Cuisine Artisan Food Awards. Two years later her cheese-making business was recognised when she won the Rural Women Enterprising Woman Award. Last year, Lisa was awarded a Nuffield New Zealand Scholarship with her travels taking her to several countries.
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“We are visiting everything from soy or wheat plantations and dairy farms, to embassies where we talk about global trade issues.” The main component of a Nuffield scholarship involves researching a topic of interest to industry in New Zealand. Lisa’s interest involved rural entrepreneurship and innovation. Lisa has also written a book, ‘The Wharf at Waterfall Bay’, about her experiences building up the family cheese-making business. As a Federated Farmers’ regional policy advisor, Lisa represents the rural community in discussions about regional and district plans. “The people are lovely and you certainly feel like you’re doing some good in this job.”
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Keeping farming in the family The family farm has been the cornerstone of farm ownership for well over a century. The issue of succession can be very emotional for many families. There is an old saying, where there is a Will there is a relation. Over Christmas, reading Keeping Farming in the Family, A guide to farm succession, by author lawyer Allan Ross Blackman, was a very valuable read and I recommend it. The majority of us have difficulty in dealing with the issues of testamentary promises, Life Interest Wills, The Inter Vivos Trust, Memorandum of Wishes, Companies, The Succession Plan, Choosing your Advisors, Protecting the Family Farm. The majority of farming families are asset rich and cash poor and if the family farm is to remain an important part of farm ownership, it is important to receive the very best of advice in the setting up of trusts and formulating a good succession plan. Mr Blackman says in his book, that educating the farming client is a vital aspect of succession planning, one that the traditional professional is not inclined to do. The old-fashioned conventional approach by professional advisers has been to tell the client what to do, without explaining why and how. In the context of succession planning, the professional who says do it this way because I say so, is not providing an adequate service. The ability to identify what the farmer needs and provide innovative and flexible solutions is key. Simply forming a trust and divesting all your property into it, requires great thought, particularly when choosing trustees. Under the Trustees Act, there are special responsibilities the trustees must follow in ensuring the interests of the beneficiaries are protected. Many farms have been owned by families through successive generations, but there
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The list of exhibitors and events is growing daily with the countdown on to the Central Districts Field Days. Recognised as one of the largest regional agricultural field days in New Zealand, the event’s central location at Manfeild Park makes it an ideal location to cater for the lower North Island. This year marks the field days’ 21st anniversary and there are plenty of special events planned to entertain the crowd. “We have a fantastic line-up of regulars returning along with some new attractions which are certain to provide plenty of entertainment to ensure this is the best day off the farm all year,” said Central Districts Field Days event manager Cheryl Riddell. Aviation enthusiasts will be in for a treat as the Royal New Zealand Air Force performs an aerial display over the field days’ venue on Saturday afternoon. Also onsite will be Griffin Ag-Air Ltd with what is thought to be New Zealand’s original aerial topdressing loader.
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Christchurch auction, held on January 16, also contained a variety of types from throughout the South Island with a good quantity of crossbred fleece wool shorn in December on offer. The majority of the fleece wool was of good washing colour and although many were showing a weakness in tensile strength, most were reasonably sound and free grown. Buyers bid eagerly for the better wools however poorer washing colour fleece lines displaying considerable yellowness were discounted severely with around a 100 cents per clean kilogram
difference from the best to the worst fleece types. A good quantity of crossbred hogget wool types were offered with again a queue of buyers bidding vigorously for those. The crossbred market was quoted as being between 2% and 4% dearer than the previous auction held on December 19 last. The relatively small quantities of lamb’s wool offered also drew good support with the most competition aimed towards softer crossbred types measuring finer than around 30 microns. A few coarser lines of lamb’s wool however also sold extremely well. A handful of Corriedale and Halfbred wools were on offer and most sold well with good competition evident. Prices in the main were on a par to those ruling in December. A small quantity of Corriedale lamb’s wool was keenly sought. Australian auctions resumed on January 7 and after a cautious market opening gradually strengthened (to date of writing) although much depended on style and micron. All centres reported extra-fine and tender merino wool types as being more difficult to place than sound, well prepared, fine to medium types. The over-supply of extra-fine wools appears to be an on-going problem for the time being. From this early point of the year it is difficult to predict what turns the
wool market will make before the end of the season on June 30 but it is certain that quantities will continue to be limited. Weather will always play a part in controlling shearing to an extent but the number of sheep to be shorn is perhaps nowadays more easily managed than it was in the past, however the beginning to 2014 in southern areas of the South Island has to date been rather frustrating with a very much stop, start approach to shearing due to warm wet conditions. Expected wool quality from hereon will definitely be poorer than desired with yellowness and cotts more than likely dominating over the next few weeks. With 2014 being the Chinese ‘Year of the Horse’ let’s hope the wool market can ‘gallop’ ahead and ‘hurdle’ any obstacles, whilst growers enjoy the ‘ride’ as wool exporters take the ‘bit’ between their teeth and processors continue their ‘hunt’ for the best wools in the world. That’s my view.
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Programmes offered are carefully researched and developed to ensure that graduates have the skills necessary to meet the changing needs of the agricultural industry. The centre was initially established in 1919 in the central Wairarapa as a training farm for men returning from World War One. Following the Second World War, the centre was again made available to returned servicemen. Eighty men passed through the farm under the Rehabilitation Department’s scheme between 1944 and 1950, prior to settling onto their own farms. In 1951, trustees carried out extensive improvements and enlarged the activities of the farm, then known as the Wairarapa Cadet Training Farm, to provide training for young people between the ages of 16–20 years. It was renamed Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre in the early 1980s. Today Taratahi has campuses in Manawatu, Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Rodney and Northland. More than 2,500 students are trained through Taratahi in a range of programmes each year. Taratahi’s vision is to be New Zealand’s first choice for vocational
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Tapping into rural knowledge Within the farming community there is an untapped knowledge bank that could serve as a valuable resource. New website runoff.co.nz recognises this and is seeking your help to collect and collate this information. Founder of runoff.co.nz, Steve Karl, has had a long association with rural New Zealand and says there is a wealth of information in the community that can be shared.
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“The website is designed to be a starting point to gather and share information on all aspects of rural and farming life and eventually build runoff.co.nz into an encyclopaedia for our farming and rural lifestyle sector,” says Steve. “There are many challenges to keeping rural business and lifestyles prosperous — climatic, environmental, physical, financial and political — but there is also a vast knowledge bank.” As a resource for posting
and seeking information on subjects relating to the rural sector, runoff.co.nz can be used freely. It also provides a venue to buy, sell, and advertise services and vacancies for a fee or commission. “In the past, when I want farming information, I’ve found very little I can hook into and when it comes to trading farm items, the current websites are not specific and they certainly don’t give people a lot of options. With runoff.co.nz, people can talk to each other via email and shake hands over a deal. “Right now, I’m looking for farmers who can contribute ideas, information and handy hints and also for specialists who can share their knowledge in specialist areas. There seems to be a reasonable amount of information for dairy farmers but there is very little available for dry stock farmers, so I am hoping that this website acts as a vehicle to get that information out there.”
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