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Articles carrying the right balance between giving industry insights and ‘telling a truly interesting yarn about life on the land’ have won Taranaki and Manawatu Farming Lifestyles feature writer, Denise Gunn, national recognition for her journalism.

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Mrs Gunn was awarded Best Junior Feature/Lifestyle Journalist Class one in the Community Newspaper Awards held in Rotorua. Her colleague, Ann van Engelen of Integrity’s sister masthead Northern Farming Lifestyles, also was a winner for her array of subject matter including stories on ‘bananas, llamas, wearable art and more’. “My general manager, Deb Wright, contacted me and told me I had won,” said Mrs Gunn. “It was a complete surprise, and I was in total disbelief. I had forgotten I had entered and I would like to congratulate all the other placegetters and entrants too.” Mrs Gunn says taking out an award is encouraging and “helps me realise that as a writer I am actually contributing stories that readers enjoy. “I have always enjoyed writing and started out as a journalist for the Manawatu Standard. “When the Taranaki/Manawatu Farming Lifestyles started arriving in our letterbox, I thought the paper had

potential and phoned the managing director, Allan Mortensen, to see if they needed a reporter on the ground down here. “He offered me a job, and the team at Integrity Community Media has been very supportive and encouraging along the way. “I enjoy finding out about different farming operations and rural lifestyles, as well as writing about a variety of topics. I am always on the lookout for new and interesting subjects around the Taranaki and Manawatu rural communities. Living rurally in the region keeps me connected to local happenings and able to interact on many levels.” Integrity Community Media managing director, Allan Mortensen, says he is extremely proud of his staff members’ accomplishments. “In spite of all the naysayers, print media is extremely strong in this day and age. The reason for the success of our publications is because we have highly-trained and passionate journalists like Denise who create content that people want to read.”

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Indoor sheepdog trials raise funds for charity


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The Taranaki Dog Trial Showring Club celebrated its 10th anniversary this month with 220 dogs entered in its annual indoor competition, raising $3,000 for charity. This year close to 100 competitors, including five novices and 20 women, travelled from all over the North Island to put their dogs through their paces. The event was judged by Bernard Arends, with assistance from his wife Maree, of Dannevirke. The 2017 reigning champion, Anna Hardwick-Smith from Mangamingi near Eltham, almost pulled off back-to-back wins. She eventually had to settle for second place when veteran triallist, Rod Mead from Gisborne, with his dog Lad, scored 99 points in the run-off. Rod scored the top prize of $1,000. The trials were first held in 2008 after a group of enthusiasts, led by Graeme Northcott, got together to organise an indoor sheepdog trial showring event. “Graeme had the vision, and we all shared his passion,” said club entry secretary, Brenda O’Leary. The group formed the Taranaki Dog Trial Showring Club and have since held indoor sheepdog trials on an annual basis. Graeme said the trials cater to every level of competitor who have ranged in age from 12 to 84 years. One of the club’s core aims has been to encourage young and new competitors into the sport. “We have achieved that and will continue to do so,” said Brenda.

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The first trial, held in 2008, drew 160 dogs. “We now regularly have upwards of 220 dogs entering. Each year, we have novices, and new people enter.” For the first few years of the trial, Brenda and her husband Keady supplied the sheep. Sandford Transport donated the cartage from Patea to Hawera. “Sandford’s have continued with their generous support, Brewer Brothers now supply the sheep, and it works well because they are handy to the venue.” she said.

Funds raised through entry fees are presented to St John New Zealand’s ambulance service or the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust each alternate year. This year $3,000 was raised and presented to Hawera St John. The indoor sheepdog trials are held at the TSB Stadium on the Egmont A&P Showgrounds in Hawera. “It’s one way of bringing country to town,” said Graeme.


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by Denise Gunn Taranaki Federated Farmers dairy chairperson Janet Schultz was raised on a small dairy farm in Auroa. She now owns a dairy block near Inglewood milking up to 285 cows, balancing farm work with hairdressing at retirement homes, as well as a part-time data technician position at the Stratford sale yards.


anet’s father, Cyril Muggeridge, milked a Jersey herd on the family’s Auroa farm. When a car accident in 1974 claimed his life, Janet’s mother, Ena, sold the farm and moved the family to Hawera. Four years later, when Janet left school, she worked as a dental assistant for several years. However, with a long-standing yearning to train as a hairdresser, Janet took up an adult apprenticeship in the mid-1980s and changed careers. It was a successful career move as Janet represented Taranaki nationally in hairdressing competitions, placing second in the men’s sculptured hairdressing category. “However, the stress and workload of hairdressing was too much, and my husband and I chose to go dairy farming,” said Janet.

“We initially leased a farm, milking 80 cows, while he continued shift work. “I only had my knowledge from my childhood, and he was the product of a sheep and beef farm.” In 2001 Janet and her family were involved in a head-on collision on the open road. “My husband died as a result, and I was left with significant injuries, including a broken femur,” she said. “Thankfully the kids’ injuries were minor.” With two young children and the dairy operation, which had increased to 180 cows, Janet chose to hire workers while rebuilding her life. “I didn’t want to sell up and have my kids lives up-ended like I did.” Janet moved to her 103ha Inglewood farm in 2006. A 36ha run-off is located

Taranaki Federated Farmers dairy chairperson, Janet Schultz, on her Inglewood dairy farm

two kilometres down the road. Janet’s children, Kelsey and Brody, have retained an interest in the farm, helping with relief milking and farm maintenance. Kelsey’s husband, Matt, is the farm manager and

does day-to-day work between milkings when Janet is working off the farm. Kelsey rears calves in the spring. “We peak milk 285 cows, breeding pedigree Friesian cows under my


Ridgetop stud prefix and Jersey cows,” said Janet. “We have been lucky enough to have had bulls purchased by LIC and CRV Ambreed in the past. Ridgetop Mint Celtic and Ridgetop Wynsor Playwrite are currently in CRV’s 2018 Dairy Sire Catalogue.” Three years ago, at the persuasion of Taranaki Federated Farmers regional manager, Craig Sole, Janet became involved with the rural advocacy organisation. “He was intrigued by the farming challenges and felt I had something to contribute to the committee.” She spent one year on the executive committee before becoming the chairperson of the dairy sector. Janet said she enjoys being able to network with like-minded people. “There is satisfaction in being able to help and provide the dairy farming community with much-needed information about rules and regulations coming into effect.” The challenge that comes with dairy farming appeals to Janet too. “I also have a keen eye for stock and love seeing how they will perform for me.” Janet believes this ability was passed on to her by her father. “My daughter Kelsey has inherited it as well, doing well with stock judging in the past. “It has been a huge buzz having bulls selected and graduate from sire proving programmes, as it validates that

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Back then, there were no fire alarms monitoring households, and no fire extinguishers. There were no large streams or rivers nearby to take water from if and when fire struck, and most of the town’s water was collected from the roofs of houses or shallow-dug wells. In 1888 came the first fire, followed by another in 1895, then again in 1912, each time the town burned, and finally their insurance companies threatened to raise their premium rates if something wasn’t done, and the building of a water tower was proposed. Construction of the 54-metre high water tower, with a water capacity of 681,913 litres, began in December 1912, with the laying of a foundation stone. As the tower grew, scaffolding wrapped around it and a staggering 1,340 tonnes of hand mixed concrete was poured into sturdy wooden formers.



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Road trip around the mountain by Jill Dickie

A shopping excursion, or just a day out, a trip to New Plymouth provides plenty of opportunity for shops, cafes and entertainment, but do we really consider the sights we miss along the way? At around an hour to travel up the inland road it’s the obvious choice to run some errands, but sometimes we need a day out away from the usual routine — so how about changing the lunch date to an early dinner, and head up the coast road instead? It’s a little longer, and in places twisty and turny, however, the scenery is stunning, and there are lots of stops you can make along the way. For hikers, there are ample places to stop and head towards the bushline into Egmont National Park, or even indulge in some beach walks. If surfing is your main interest, again there are an abundance of great spots with waves to suit most levels. Heading out of Hawera, you’ll come to the town of Manaia, where the country

music museum is worthy of viewing, and a popular spot for thrillseekers is a detour to the Normanby Dam on the Waingongoro River, where you can kayak down the face of the dam in a rush of whitewater. Further up the road you can learn more about the region with a visit to the Cape Egmont Replica Lighthouse and Museum, or walk the 7km Opunake Walkway ending at Te Namu Pa site, once a fortified Maori village. Oakura is a very popular stop for surfers, particularly for beginners or learners with the gentle waves at Komene Beach. Non-surfers can enjoy a swim, or a walk along the stunning beaches or a wander along the arts trail visiting artists’ studios, jewellers and craft workshops.

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A generous bounty by Jill Dickie

Living in Hawera allows residents one of the most versatile lifestyles in our country, with so many different things to do within close travelling distance of each other. Rich in cultural heritage, endowed with natural beauty, a plethora of outdoor activities, and a safe, caring community, Hawera offers a genuine lifestyle of all modern conveniences without the hustle and bustle of city living. For outdoor enthusiasts, the surf beaches are to die for with options available for all experience levels, and in

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What causes osteoarthritis? by John Arts

Part 2 Last edition we saw that osteoarthritis (OA) is mostly caused by the loss of cartilage secreting cells called chondrocytes. Their job is to maintain cartilage. If chondrocytes are damaged or die, they are unable to repair cartilage. The result is that cartilage starts to break down. Eventually, whole patches of cartilage are lost causing a bone-onbone scenario. While cartilage has no nerves, bone certainly does! While bone-onbone causes pain, much of the pain comes from misdirected inflammation. White blood cells that patrol the joint capsule respond to cartilage loss by bringing in extra fluid and a cocktail of inflammatory chemicals in a vain attempt to repair the cartilage. The result is pain, stiffness and in some cases visible swelling. My approach is firstly to adopt a nutrient-dense anti-inflammatory diet. This is high in antioxidants, omega-3 and other foods that reduce inflammation. We then add four compounds from supplements. The first is omega-3 fish oil usually between 4,000 and 6,000mg daily.

We then add high-grade chondroitin sulphate at 800-1,600mg. Chondroitin sulphate (CS) is the most important joint supplement. CS is an actual component of cartilage and adding this helps chondrocytes to work properly. The problem is that most joint supplements only contain around 250mg of CS. In most cases, I start clients on 1,600mg. We then add the same amount of glucosamine and a potent 95% curcumin extract from turmeric. As an example, I have one client with OA in his knees. This was bad enough to significantly impact mobility. After three months on a personalised programme, he is now able to exercise again. His partner had OA in her thumbs and shoulders and is much better. Feel free to contact me for personalised advice. John Arts (B.Soc.Sci, Dip Tch, Adv.Dip.Nut.Med) is a nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health Ltd. For questions or advice contact John on 0800 423559 or email john@abundant. Join his full weekly newsletter at

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IHC has decided for the first time in 33 years to suspend crucial aspects of its Calf and Rural Scheme due to the very real risk of spreading the Mycoplasma bovis disease. “This includes picking up calves and organising IHC sales, simply because we cannot be part of something that puts farmers’ livelihoods at risk,” says IHC national manager fundraising, Greg Millar. “IHC has had a long and important partnership with farmers, which means together we have been able to make a real difference to the lives of people with intellectual disabilities — particularly those people living in rural communities. “We have spoken to many farmers, including at this year’s Fieldays, many of whom were concerned about the spread of Mycoplasma bovis.” Since the eradication programme was announced by the government, IHC has been in ongoing talks with the Ministry for Primary Industries — and based on information provided they have made some very tough decisions. Over many years, IHC has tightened its practices — only picking up animals with National Animal Identification and Tracing ear tags and Animal Status Declaration forms. “Despite significant improvements in these systems, the risk remains too high,” says Mr Millar. “We have determined there should neither be IHC organised transportation of weaned calves to sales, nor IHC calf sale days. We looked at every possible way to keep the scheme running as is, but after deliberating with MPI, we determined it was too much of a risk. “This is an important decision and one that we have not made lightly — the Calf and Rural Scheme is a longstanding fundraising programme that is now in its 33rd year, and generates more than $1 million annually for people with

intellectual disabilities. We have a real obligation to do what is right for New Zealand farmers, their livelihoods and long-term sustainability. We are keeping up to date with the latest findings, and working to gather the best data possible, to determine how the scheme will operate in the future. “We would also like to acknowledge what a tough time this has been for farmers, and we are making a commitment to those in rural communities around New Zealand who have supported those with intellectual disabilities over the past 33 years. IHC is very grateful for the ongoing support in this difficult year of the key sponsors, in particular, PGG Wrightson who has supported us from the beginning of the calf scheme.” People wanting to continue to support people with intellectual disabilities and take part in the virtual calf scheme can donate $300 in lieu of a calf, by visiting

John Arts comments: “My latest Bettaflex formula with more chondroitin and over double the Curcumin is based on the latest research into joint-support compounds. The normal dose is 2 daily but I recommend a double dose for 1-3 bottles to saturate joint tissue.” John Arts, Founder Abundant Health Ltd

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you’re not so handy on the tools, is to recycle other items into what you need. A waterproof ute canopy, for example, is just about high enough for the chooks to pop under to shelter from the rain. Gathering some of those plastic drums, securing together, and cutting chickensized doorways in the fronts; converting an unused dog kennel or garden shed; even an unusable plastic water tank with a door for you and a door for them cut into the side! All it takes is a little imagination, and you’ll have eggs-axctly what keeps everyone happy!


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“The response to last year’s inaugural scholarships indicate a bright future for the red meat sector,” says Silver Fern Farms chief executive, Simon Limmer. “Silver Fern Farms welcomes applications from the industry’s emerging talent who want to contribute to a sustainable future for our red meat sector — from plate to pasture. We are excited to continue to support young people who want a future in the red meat industry.” Mr Limmer says last year the winners delivered outstanding ideas on a vast range of industry issues, from biosecurity challenges, exploring ways to sustainably add value to farming businesses, as well as challenging the industry to think big and be bold, with consumers in mind. “We look forward to seeing the range of ideas and fresh perspectives in the applications again this year. The scholarships suppor t our vision: Inspirational Food created by Passionate People. “They are an important opportunity for us to support our emerging leaders to contribute to our industry.” Scholarship applications are open to

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In addition, MPI has conducted 19 proactive compliance operations across the country, including during the moving period and Operation Cook Strait in March. “As a result of these operations, we have issued a number infringement notices and written warnings. We are conducting further enquiries on stock movements and currently have eight active investigations underway. These may result in further infringement notices being issued.” Mr Orr says NAIT Ltd has begun an analysis of NAIT data to identify



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