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Taranaki

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This award, announced at the 108th AGM of the New Zealand Ayrshire Association held in Christchurch recently, was among several won by Taranaki Ayrshire Club members. As the top performing Ayrshire herd in the nation, the Glentworth’s Sanrosa stud won the Mayfield Trophy with an average production figure of 579kg/MS per cow. The Smith Family Trophy, for the top producing Ayrshire cow, was also awarded to the Glentworth’s Sanrosa Royal 0714, with 884kg/MS. The Kaponga farmers successful run continued winning the Agri Feeds Don Hutchings Memorial Trophy for five daughters by Ojaniityn Rumba, and the Dalemere Farms Trophy for 10 daughters by Asmo Tosikko. They were also runnerup with their homebred Sanrosa Royal Phillip. Albie and Hilary Jane won the CEC Webb Memorial Trophy for breeder of the highest breeding Robyn Gordon is one of Taranaki Ayrshire Club’s youngest members and has had considerable success in the worth (BW) bull (New Zealand show ring bred) with Southwind Inkkari. The couple’s 59ha farm, which sits at 1,500 Eighteen-year-old Robyn Gordon feet altitude on the slopes of Mount of Kenmure Ayrshires won the Taranaki, is run on an all-grass system. Frederickson Trophy for North Island They have found the Ayrshire is the ideal Senior Young Handlers Award. Robyn, dairy cow for their farming situation. one of the club’s youngest members, Peter and Lisa Megaw of Fernview also placed second in the Ayrshire Youth Ayrshires won the Dairycare Somatic Achiever Competition. Cell Count Competition in Ward Five. Hilary Jane received the Graeme The winners of the top BW herd award Knight Memorial Trophy which is awarded for Ward Five went to Dennis and Audrey for a published article promoting Jacobsen of Skyline Ayrshires. the breed.

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Awards nominations open Nominations have opened for the Taranaki Regional Council’s annual Environmental Awards, which recognise those who protect and enhance the region’s environment. Council chair David MacLeod said award winners are always great examples of the Taranaki ‘get on and do it’ attitude. “The awards celebrate the fact that the region’s generally goodquality environment is the result of hard work across all sectors of the Taranaki community. They highlight the importance of sound stewardship and give Taranaki the opportunity to celebrate its environmental achievers.” The council has presented 249 awards in five categories since the programme began in 1993 — environmental leadership in business, dairy farming, land management, the community and in education Among last year’s winners in the land management category were Ken and Sandra Sandford. Sustainably farming their 386ha sheep and beef unit at Hurleyville, the Sandford’s have planted trees, retired grazed land, native bush and manuka forestry to help control erosion on steep hills whilst maintaining their stocking rate. The other winners in this category were the McLean and Tuffery families who jointly own a property bordering the Mimi estuary. The families have voluntarily worked alongside the council and other agencies for more than 30 years, helping to protect and

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A LATE DECISION TO STUDY TOWARDS A BACHELOR OF COMMERCE (AGRICULTURE) LED SHAUN NEAL TO MAKE A CAREER DECISION AND RETURN TO HIS DAIRY FARMING BACKGROUND.

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ll through Shaun’s secondary school years, he had his sights set on a plumbing apprenticeship. “In my final year of school, I couldn’t find a job, and so I made the late call to study at Massey University in Palmerston North,” he said. “During my second year, I had decided that I was going dairy farming at the end of my studies as I could see great opportunities within the industry.” Shaun grew up on the family farm in Opunake where his parents, Mark and Paula, milk 320 cows. The majority of his extended family are also involved in the dairy industry. After graduating from university in 2015, Shaun began work as

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so pastures are sprayed and zinc is dispensed to cows.” He said production is targeted at 1,200kgMS per hectare from a system two farm while maintaining a low cost structure and focusing on profitability. Between eight to ten percent of feed is brought in. Shaun takes satisfaction from getting the basics right, hitting production targets and maintaining pasture quality. “I also enjoy feeding cows well and seeing the benefits from this, along with working outdoors and the challenges this can create.” His short term plans are to successfully run the farm and maintain the high standards that have been set. Saving up for his own herd is also on the list. Shaun’s next goal is a 50:50 sharemilking position with 250–300 cows by the 2020 season. He would then like to move to a 500 cow plus sharemilking job when finances allow. Farm ownership is his longterm ambition. “My overall farming goal is to run a simple, profitable system that allows for a balance between work/life and is sustainable for the future.”

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MAINTAINING FOCUS BY DENISE GUNN MIKE AND CHEREE HITCHCOCK BOTH GREW UP ON DAIRY FARMS BUT INITIALLY BEGAN URBAN-BASED CAREERS.

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A position on a 160-cow, 56ha farm at Midhurst followed and Cheree gave up her part-time position to focus on family and farming. She took on a part-time sales representative position with LIC which worked in with farm commitments. “The last of our children was born here,” said Cheree. The family moved to a 65ha farm near Waitara, starting with 220 cows. Over three years, they increased their herd size to 250 cows with a top production figure of 80,000kgMS. The farm’s location, surrounded by lifestyle blocks and market gardens, enabled Mike and Cheree to lease small pockets of land to graze extra young stock. They left that position with 300 cows. They then took up a 50/50 sharemilking position on a 220ha farm in Opunake. Milking 580 cows, they increased the farm’s production from 160,000kgMS to 180,000kgMS. During their six season stay on this farm, the couple bought a 40ha, 120cow dairy farm in Inglewood as a going concern and employed a manager. Two years later they sold this property to buy a 56ha farm in Kaponga, employing a couple to manage it. The 200-cow herd produced a total of 72,000kgMS. In their sixth season on the 580-cow sharemilking position, the Opunake farm was sold. Cheree said they kept their focus during this time, went looking for the next opportunity and maintained contact with banks, accountants and farm advisors. They took advantage of the elevated cow prices and sold their herd to the incoming farm owner. They then secured a lower order 1,000 cow crossbred herd position nearby. Six months into their first season on the 317ha property, they also took on the adjacent 200ha drystock block. This block grazed all the young stock, 100 holdovers, 60 bulls for the 1000 cow dairy plus the young stock for the owner’s other 250-cow dairy farm down the road. “We achieved 370,000kgMS on this farm,” said Cheree. Four seasons later the couple sold their Kaponga farm and purchased a 150ha dairy farm adjacent to Mike’s family farm.

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MAINTAINING THEIR FOCUS HAS HELPED THE COUPLE ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS Mike and Cheree lease the 100ha family farm and run the two units as one with 550 Jersey cows. The high altitude farm, nestled beneath Mount Taranaki, has high rainfall of up to three metres per year which can make managing winter pasture and minimising pugging difficult. Grass silage, pit silage and hay are grown on the farm. A lease block grazes half the young stock and also grows additional supplementary feed. Three fulltime and one part-time staff members are employed. “We have opted to run this farm as a system one grass only unit which has to date averaged 170,000kgMS,” said Cheree. Due to the dairying downturn, the owner of their lower order farm position opted for a structure change which disestablished Mike and Cheree’s position. The couple secured another lower order position for the 2016 season in Kakaramea. With 650 crossbred cows, the Hitchcock’s are targeting 260,000kgMS with calves on. “We have a very supportive farm owner who is prepared to feed the cows well to help achieve top production and good cow condition.” Throughout their dairying career, the couple found raising

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“We get ladies together and then we step away and let them get on with their lives. When an adverse event or disease happens, you need to be mindful that people need each other. “RWNZ isn’t joining an old girls club that are in their 60s like me, it is about helping get people started and us being mentors and encouraging others. “I have nine grandchildren and during my time with Federated Farmers, I was flying backwards and forwards to Wellington for 18 years. As each grandchild was expected I started a project for them and now I am finishing those projects. The eldest is 20 years old and the youngest is seven months. “I am giving myself a little break this year and will finish my projects so they can have them for their children. I am still the treasurer for Region 5, Gisborne to Colville, and trustee for New Zealand Institute of Rural Health. “I would like to thank RWNZ for nominating me for this honour, to the office staff and the National president Fiona Gower, Margaret Pittaway, Marie Appleton QSM and Sue Vowell, and anyone else involved for the wonderful words they must have put together for me to become an Officer of the Order of Merit. “I could not have achieved this without the love and support of my husband Rusty, and my family. Without their support I would not have been able to do so much.”

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Here at Agrissentials, the game plan is increasing as more producers look seriously at moving towards Organx™ production and BioGro certification. Farming is a natural system which over the last 30 years has changed dramatically as corporate science dominates the scene with synthetic soluble products which lead onto health problems and more synthetic solutions via vets and medical centres – the money

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is in the problems created by synthetics. After 33 years down the natural track I see a move back to “traditional farming” with Mother Nature and all the “free-capital” she brings to the table, which will release the farms production into a certified system of safe, certified, nutritiously dense food, all eco-friendly and fully sustainable enhancing both farm and environment. Each farm will have its own independent auditor to help them through to full certification, within a 3 year period, with an estimated annual audit cost of around $1,800.00 (eighteen hundred dollars). Making the move away from “agrochemical” production and back to “traditional farming” will encourage you and your family to feel strong about operating a “certified” farming system. It’s not complicated, it’s all about getting your soil right and Agrissentials can take you there. Agrissentials have the key to regenerate new top soil through our

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multi-mineral, microbial rich fertilisers, bringing health and vitality back to soils. Over the past 33 years I have committed my working life to improving the health and vitality of soils. I need to take this opportunity forward. I need to build a soil driven culture surrounded by integrity, determination, innovation, persistence and responsibility. The challenge is to bring the soil back to life. To manage the soil by attaching the farmers personal meaning of soil to a higher purpose, for the farmer to become a steward of this ”soil-culture”, to lift the game, to make him the best farmer in the world! Top soil is sacred, the more we care and look after it, the more wealth it will return to us. For the past 60 odd years we have been bombarding our soils with synthetic nitrates, phosphates and a plethora of synthetic toxic chemicals. The chemical age has been detrimental to all life upon the planet and also in the sea, rivers, lakes and streams. The situation is reversible, but we need to work on it now! In late 2015, the Australian Grain Board, a government department made a statement that they were leaving the “chemical age” in an endeavour to increase falling production and to increase the quality of the grain. From my perspective, having worked on both sides of the fence I learnt

early that chemicals don’t work and in reality create their own market – A major chemical producer has admitted that they have run out of chemicals to fight pest and disease. This shows just how strong Mother Nature is, with pest and disease becoming immune to toxic chemical sprays. Agrissentials are producing a BioGro certified natural sea based product ET250, to repel pests, disease and other bugs. There is no point in trying to eradicate pest and disease, as they are part of Mother Nature’s system. ET250 is designed to chase those problems out of the orchard and it’s working. Better than that, if you are using a multi-mineral fertiliser like RokSolid or Oceans 100, packed with minerals, the plant will fix its own immunity to pests, disease and bugs. The “chemical-cowboys” have made a fortune from their toxic chemicals, without any thought about the ramifications of their products on plants, animals, birds, bees, rivers, soils, food and ultimately humans. This is the real problem! Call us today on 0800 THE KEY for a FREE INFO PACK, that’s 0800 843 539 to find out how we can partner with you to find a better way of farming. Alternatively you can contact your best on earth fertiliser representative Ben Tippins on 021 738 601 to grab your special deal today.

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Care, compassion, and the search for a cure by Andy Bryenton

Every day, on average 60 New Zealanders are faced with a diagnosis of cancer. No matter whether it’s a case of simple surgery or a protracted fight with this most dangerous of diseases, such news always comes as a shock, for both the patient and their family. However there is help — a tireless organization advocating for better care, for research into a cure, and for hope for cancer sufferers since 1929. In Taranaki, the Cancer Society was incorporated in 1937, campaigning for a radiotherapy centre in the province. From day one the society was very active in the central districts, raising awareness, educating the people and working with other charitable groups to establish better facilities — such as Ozanam House in Palmerston North, built with the help of the St. Vincent De Paul society to give the families of cancer patients a place to stay near the Palmerston North Hospital. Throughout the decades the Cancer Society has carried forward a joint mission — to offer practical support for those being treated for or living with cancer, and also tackling the emotional impact of this disease on families and individuals. Practical support encompasses services such as providing transport and accommodation, through to massage therapy and reiki, and sourcing prosthetic hair for chemotherapy patients — a big morale boost at a time when it’s greatly needed. The other aspect of support bridges the gap between the emotional, intellectual and even philosophical facets of a cancer diagnosis. Support groups have become a key component of helping people cope with cancer, and being able to talk to other patients and survivors of cancer can provide valuable moral support. The Cancer Society operates a helpline as a first point of contact for those seeking answers and for those who simply need to talk about the diagnosis which has in many cases turned their life upside down. As the scientific and medical community

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Therapy for osteoarthritis Part 2 Nutritional therapy can be effective in helping osteoarthritis. For example I have been helping someone with osteoarthritis (OA) in one knee which affected her mobility. She also had hypertension and swollen ankles from poor lower leg circulation. We used a combination of therapies to target all the problems. We added my joint supplement at a double dose delivering 1500mg of high grade chondroitin sulphate with the same of glucosamine sulphate and 200mg of a proprietary 95% curcumin extract (from turmeric). To this we added 6000mg of Omega 3 fish oil and a bullet blender recipe I have developed to assist circulation to help her swollen ankles. This included raw beetroot to dilate blood vessels. The result is that after three months the pain has reduced by about 50% and her ankles are less swollen. I expect these improvements to continue. High levels of chondroitin sulphate (CS) are important as it is a major constituent of cartilage. At therapeutic levels this can help with cartilage function and has antiinflammatory activity.

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Professor Philip Hulme of the Bio-Protection Research Centre, Lincoln University

The latest research shows that as temperatures have risen, plants have spread up mountainsides, with weeds being the fastest movers, spreading to higher altitudes twice as fast as native plants. “We know native plants are moving up mountains as climate warms, but until now no-one had looked at how non-native weeds might respond,” says Professor Philip Hulme of the Bio-Protection Research Centre, Lincoln University. The international team of researchers discovered that weeds quickly outpaced other plants. It seems that roads are amongst the culprits, with traffic helping to transport seeds further. “These findings should raise concerns for New Zealand’s unique alpine environments. “I suspect the situation is possibly more dire in New Zealand given that our lowland regions are far more invaded by non-native weeds than similar regions in Europe. Our montane (mountain ecosystems) regions are coming under

increasing pressure from tourism, skiing developments and other infrastructure such as roads.” The research, published in Nature Climate Change, used more than 130,000 records of 1334 plant species collected over 20 years in a single region of the European Alps. “The challenge for New Zealand is that we are no longer collecting the systematic, long-term data on how our flora are changing in these environments,” he says “Such data are essential if we want to keep our glorious mountain landscapes free of weeds such as gorse, broom and wilding pines. The authors of the study point out that such rapid spread into vulnerable habitats is a further threat to species already stressed by higher temperatures. “We must take action soon otherwise our native alpine plant communities are likely to suffer dramatic changes with ongoing warming and increasing human activity in mountain regions.”

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Dunnys — and what we do during our ‘daily visit’ are a bit like that other subject our mother never talked about — we were given our potty training, the nappies were removed and from then on we did our own learning! And since having our nappys taken off us we have all learned that ‘go and flush’ is what we do. Every day — or at least most days for most of us. That’s a lot of flushing. Imagine for a moment the immense infrastructure that our local councils have provided for this simple convenience — pun intended — where water is either captured in purposemade dams or taken from existing rivers, piped for miles, chemically treated to drinking standard, and piped for more miles to our place so we can simply push the appropriate flush button — 1 or 2 — to send it for more miles to another treatment plant where it is again reconstituted chemically and piped yet again out to sea — or to a river — or somewhere on the planet! It is estimated that every one of us has flushed away 6,500 litres of treated water a year since our nappies were taken off us. Imagine the proportion of the council rates that we pay that goes to pay for our flush button convenience. But like so many other aspects of daily living the economic and ecological cost of the ‘daily visit’ has been re-visited. In 2001 a composting toilet was produced in the USA specifically for

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service to our community in the Taranaki region and beyond. This award is also a tribute to the excellence and quality of staff we have here. On behalf of my team both in Strandon and Waitara, I want to take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful clients that continue to choose Travelsmart New Plymouth and Waitara. Our aim is to keep delivering great travel service and to help people fulfil their travel dreams.”

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Sarah Wilson has lived in Hawera for 12 years and operated her day spa business Serenity Wellness Spa for the last seven as a retreat that offers one-on-one time for each client. Sarah prides herself on offering a personal service where she is the only staff member and you the only client during your booking. “The reason why I set up the spa is because we all need down time. A lot of us lead such hectic lifestyles and unfortunately we can’t eliminate this but we can help to reduce it,” says Sarah. She believes that the spa gives her clients an opportunity to have a relaxing break away from their busy life meaning the nerves can be recharged and the time can also be spent re-focussing. It’s not just about beauty it’s about wellness and health — a lot of studies show massage can reduce stress and can increase circulation. In this day in age we live in a toxic environment and

most people don’t get enough time for a zone out.” Sarah says upon having a treatment her customers are able to enjoy a herbal tea in the relaxing lounge afterwards. Her two most popular treatments are a hot stone massage for the ladies and ‘the best of four’ massage which is combination of hot stone, bamboo, harmonic and Swedish massage for the men. Another favourite amongst her female clients is the detox wrap. “All treatments I do at the spa are purely to encourage well being and alleviate stress. It’s about getting rid of toxins to help your body rejuvenate and replenish — an hour of rest can do a lot for the body — it’s not just

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ongoing courses generally offering oneon-one training to those interested in taking them. Because she is so busy Sarah recommends using her 24/7 booking system on her website serenitywellnessspa.webs.com Her monthly specials from July to September include a hot tiger shell massage, one hour pamper package, body scrub and a 30 minute head, scalp, neck and shoulder massage.

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Winter ‘must do’s’ in Hawera Don’t let the cold temperatures be an excuse for staying inside, enjoy the best activities on offer in Hawera this winter. 1. Visit the Tawhiti Museum: The masterpiece of Nigel Ogle is a unique part of South Taranaki history and boasting life size exhibits and scale models it is often acclaimed as the best private museum in New Zealand. During the winter season of June, July and August the museum is open on Sundays only from 10-4pm along with Mr Badger’s Cafe — perfect for a sit — down coffee or meal after winding your way through the collections. 2. Ohawe Beach: It may not be optimal conditions for swimming just yet but when the sun decides to show, a trip to this rugged west coast beach is worth it. It’s a great spot to watch the sun set with fish and chips in hand. If you’re planning on going for a walk make sure to check the tides in advance and if you’re a keen fisherman it’s a favourite spot among the locals. 3. Hawera Water Tower: Take in the views from the 55 metre Hawera water tower that stretch as far as

Mt Taranaki and out to the coast on a clear day. The foundation stone for the tower was laid on December 11, 1912 and when the neon lights were fitted to the Tower in 1932, it was billed as the tallest lighthouse in New Zealand. It’s no leaning tower of Pisa but today it has a lean of three inches. The tower is open every day apart from Christmas and admission to the tower can be paid at the nearby i-Site Visitor Centre. 55 High Street, Hawera 4. The Gelato Caffee: This local Hawera gem offers great coffee, food and dessert located right in the heart of Hawera centre, on the corner of High and Regent Street. The eatery has a varied menu including German specialities such as the bratwurst. However, brunch remains a popular choice for diners including Belgium waffles and sweet pancakes. Owners Holger and Annett Zabel have even developed their own gelato brand Zabel and have over 40 different flavours to choose from.

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New farm research underway To ensure Taranaki continues to have access to targeted and regionally relevant research, DairyNZ has changed the way it plans, funds and implements research at its demonstration farms, including the Westpac Taranaki Agricultural Research Station in Hawera. DairyNZ will continue their involvement and funding with research in the region, but instead of managing this directly, it will work with Dairy Trust Taranaki to manage the research process from planning through to implementation. “We welcome the formation of Dairy Trust Taranaki and the commitment to lead, consolidate and coordinate activity in Taranaki. We look forward to talking directly with more Taranaki dairy farmers in the research process,” said DairyNZ general manager of research and development David McCall. “DairyNZ will fund Dairy Trust Taranaki research priorities and assign its best scientists to work with the trust to execute and publish research results. In that connection, Dr John Roche will fulfil the role of Taranaki regional scientist.”

Established in late 2016, Dairy Trust Taranaki is made up of local dairy farmers, rural professionals and representatives from DairyNZ, Fonterra and local and regional councils. The trust brings together the three entities that had operated the Stratford Demonstration Farm, the Waimate West Demonstration Farm, and the Westpac Taranaki Agricultural Research Station, in Hawera. It will also lease a 213ha farm adjacent to the Westpac Taranaki Agricultural Research Station. In total, the four farms will operate across 408 hectares and milk 1,240 cows. Two major issues relevant to Taranaki farmers have been identified will be supported by DairyNZ are the role of winter milk production (especially in the coastal zone) and a potential future

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“Butter prices are still more than double what they were this time last year and anhydrous milk fat prices are 80 per cent higher. “The large stocks of skim milk powder available from Europe continue to overhang the market,” she said. Bucking the trend, butter milk powder jumped 10.8 per cent to $US 2,264. There were 127 winning bidders out of 165 participating at the 19-round auction. The number of qualified bidders rose to 523, up from 522 at the previous auction.

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by Andy Bryenton

The venerable Yamaha AG 125 has been a common sight on Kiwi farms for so long now that it’s almost part of the scenery. Simple, easy to maintain and able to take a lot of good-natured punishment, the little blue machine is easy to compare to other hard-wearing rural classics like the swanndri and the gumboot. As an upshot, there’s a whole generation out there who know how to ride an AG 125. Many kids from farming families would have mastered the diminutive single-cylinder bike with its distinctive knobbly tyres well before it was time to learn to drive the family car. And that means there’s a huge crossover market for Yamaha’s street-ready version of the Ag 125 — the YTZ125. Really, it’s just common sense. Adding the necessary bits and pieces to allow a number plate and road legal status was a snap for Yamaha, who after all have a stable of road bikes ranging from the commuter practical to the blisteringly fast. And there are numerous times when zipping down from the homestead to the local shops, around to the neighbours, or indeed down the highway to another block of grazing land is on the cards. The YTZ125 allows, if nothing else, the ability to do this without changing vehicles. But there’s more to this machine than just convenience. With the same 125cc of power from an air cooled

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Cross purposes — the Yamaha YTZ125 can handle the farm, the highway or the trail with equal ease

four stroke single cylinder motor, the same terrain-busting ride height and suspension, and a similar feel to the AG 125, the YTZ125 inspires on road confidence and still allows dirt-trail and paddock work. Perhaps like nothing else, this machine bridges the gap between two worlds of motorcycling — that of the serious workhorse and that of riding for the sheer pleasure of it. Coming out of a heritage of real farm endurance — the YTZ has been extensively put through its

paces in the South Island back blocks — there’s nimble balance and lightweight handling here which fosters confidence. Those who have experienced the open road as well as the trail may very well be tempted to look at Yamaha’s other offerings — a selection which will have true petrol heads salivating. In the meantime, the learner approved, farm tested YTZ125 offers practicality as well as a taste of the ‘other side’ of motorcycling — and all for a very neat price.

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The whole nine yards by Andy Bryenton

For decades, Deutz Fahr have been perfecting their range of tractors to meet stringent European emissions controls while still delivering maximum power and performance. With numerous awards in their trophy case and a team of engineers to rival that of fellow German manufacturers like Mercedes Benz and Porsche, their claim to the title of top agricultural machinery fabricators has only been strengthened by the arrival of their latest offering — the ultra powerful Nine Series. Built on the premise that there’s no substitute for raw power — except raw power under precision control — the heat of the new Nine Series is an uncompromising 336 horsepower intercooled twin turbo six cylinder diesel. High injection pressure and computerised engine management deliver 90 percent of max torque well down the rev range, allowing this tractor to tackle even the most heavy-duty tasks when mated up with serious machinery. The on board computer system optimises injection for efficiency no matter if the Nine Series is moving from

field to field or engaged in serious power harrowing, undersowing or cultivation. Front and rear PTO with multiple selectable speeds comes as standard, because efficient large-scale farming demands big implements. And it’s all commanded from a cab which has been designed as both comfortable and intuitive, with controls easily at hand. In fact, innovations such as Deutz Fahr’s continuously variable TTv transmission mean there are less things for the operator to worry about — the Nine Series is also built with modern satellite navigation and mapping in mind. With the ability to conquer long days in the field comes the necessity to ensure operator safety and comfort — so extra care and attention has been lavished on making the cab of the Nine Series roomy and well ventilated, with acres of glass and a clear view down the sloping bonnet to make precise turning as

Deutz Fahr combine massive power with computerised precision in their Nine Series

simple as possible. In fact, it’s amazing how easy it is to place and handle such a large and powerful machine, even on uneven terrain in the field. This combination of power, precision and the ability to adapt to multiple roles

on the farm saw the Nine Series win the ‘Golden Tractor’ award for design on its initial release — further tuning and fettling have only made it a better machine. In the order of high-horsepower tractors, this is the benchmark to beat.

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