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A meeting was called in midSeptember to advise the 86 employees of a proposal to sell the factory to Hawke’s Bay-based Lowe Corporation. Lowe Corporation have a processing facility in Hastings (Tomoana Pelt Processors) and part of the proposed purchase agreement is that Silver Fern Farms would toll process its North Island pelt business through the Lowe Corporation’s facilities. Silver Fern Farms CEO Keith Cooper said the business has been undertaking a strategic review of its North Island pelt processing business with a view of optimising returns, reducing cost, improving local environmental outcomes and focussing on its core business. “This proposal will see us collaborating with an industry partner, creating scale and therefore efficiency and improved productivity which is even more important on the back of the forecast lower lamb numbers. “All our people at Shannon were presented with the proposal so they have the opportunity to provide ideas

so we can assess all available options before any final decision is made.” The Shannon fellmongery was originally built in 1963 and used as a nylon factory. Owned by the von Kohorn family, the factory continued as a nylon manufacturing business until it was sold to a United States company in 1972. Manufacturing continued under a new business name, Enzlon Chemical Fibres Ltd, until it closed in 1979. Wooltan Industries (NZ) Ltd and Dawn Meats became joint owners of the factory buildings in 1971. Wooltan Industries established a tannery and fellmongery. In 1984, Richmond New Zealand Incorporated purchased the plant to use as a fellmongery. PPCS took over Richmond in 2004 and underwent a name and brand change to Silver Fern Farms in 2008. Staff at the Shannon plant were given two weeks from the initial meeting to provide ideas on alternatives before a final decision was made. A second meeting, when an announcement confirming the sale was expected, has since been postponed.

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Horizons Regional Council has welcomed the High Court’s recent decision regarding the One Plan appeal made by Horticulture New Zealand and Federated Farmers. to move on and build a better regional plan for growers in the region. Horizons Regional Council chairman Mr Gordon said as the appeal covered points of law only Horizons have been working closely with key sectors of the industry to develop the implementation of the One Plan rules and will continue to do so. “In this way we will create an implementation programme that will work for farmers, our community and the environment.”

Positive response to Horizons One Plan court appeal

The One Plan, a combination of a regional policy statement and a regional plan under the Resource Management Act, aims to ensure farming in the Horizons region is carried out in an environmentally sustainable manner. The most controversial issues have been the water sections of the plan and nitrogen leaching. Nitrogen loss from intensive agricultural and horticultural activities defined by Horizons as dairy, irrigated sheep and beef, cropping and commercial vegetable production, within pre-determined priority water management zones (WMZ) were to be controlled at levels dictated by Horizons. Federated Farmers appeal was based around concerns that the rules were too strict and would be unworkable for some farmers. Hor ticulture NZ believed the Environment Court’s decision on how aspects of the One Plan should be implemented were completely untenable for growers. However Federated Farmers is congratulating the Hon Justice Stephen Kos for his determination on the Horizons One Plan appeal. “From the standpoint of pastoral farmers we’ve got a good outcome from Justice Kos,” said Federated Farmers Manawatu-Rangitikei provincial president Andrew Hoggard. “Justice Kos’ interpretation, expressed in his ruling, is that the One Plan allows

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n injury experienced through playing netball and basketball, followed by advice to look for a sport with less rebounding involved, led Sheree towards woodchopping. Her husband, Alastair, was already a serious competitor in the sport when Sheree decided to try it out. Together Sheree and Alastair teamed up as a Jack and Jill double-sawing pair, competing for many years. At the North Island and New Zealand Championships, as well as the New Zealand World Championships which is open to all other competitors around the globe, the couple won titles and broke several records, some of which still stand today. Sheree said she become totally obsessed with the sport and the couple trained constantly. “Initially it was a little difficult to enter what was predominantly a male domain. “Being the only woman competitor at the time, I competed against the men many times and held my own on occasions.” The couple’s two children, Shamice and Dahne, also competed in the sport

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ill and doctors discovered she had contracted Legionnaires Disease, presumably from the aircraft’s air-conditioning. “I was in isolation and bedbound for some time, losing 12 pounds in 10 days.” Yet Sheree was still determined to compete at the World Championships. She said Alastair agreed to take the four-day drive to the contest venue in Hayward, Wisconsin. “I lay in the back of the car the whole journey — it was a nightmare. “In saying that it also gave me the time I needed for mental preparation and focus.” On their arrival in Hayward, Sheree spent most of her time in the first aid unit in an air-conditioned room. The competition just happened to coincide with a heat wave hitting the area. With Alastair’s help, Sheree appeared in the line-up, draped in cold, wet towels. Sheree said when the event started, her mind overtook her body and she won the race. “My first world title on half a banana and drink supplement which I had consumed in the past ten days.” Sheree has since won two more world titles in the Jack and Jill double-sawing, six in the women’s single-sawing, two in the women’s underhand chopping and been awarded all-round women’s champion in 2001, 2005 and 2006. Alastair and Sheree later travelled through Canada and the United States on an annual basis, competing on the lumberjack circuits for up to ten weeks at a time. The couple took part in exhibitions at the Ohio State Fair with Hank Peters Lumberjack Shows as well. Sheree also competed in the ESPN Great Outdoor Games which included woodchopping and sawing events. As only eight women and men from around the globe are invited to participate, Sheree was delighted to be selected and won four gold medals.

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“It’s something I would've never imagined in my lifetime.” With frequent, international competitions, the New Zealand Axemen’s Association decided Sheree should have her own official representative uniform. Sheree planned the uniform, incorporating a fern design which also currently features on the New Zealand men’s and women’s uniforms. Alastair and Sheree both originate from Taranaki, moving to Te Aroha 14 years ago. They belonged to the Taranaki Axemens Club for many years prior to their move to the Waikato. The pair are currently members of the Rotorua Axemens Club. “We both have farming backgrounds so the sport of woodchopping was quite fitting for us both,” said Sheree. The Taylor’s poultry Photo courtesy of Al Subera farm, which sits directly Sheree has won several world titles under the Kaimai Range and adjoins Department of In both 2003 and 2005, Sheree Conservation land, has provided an ideal was nominated for the American training base for the couple. Sports Awards. “Alastair has been my coach and “What an incredible experience — only sponsor, as well as support crew, first class flights, my own limousine as long as I’ve been involved with the and driver, first class hotel — the sport,” said Sheree. complete works.” “We’ve had some amazing journeys Sheree said she was astounded to be and experiences together. nominated for such a prestigious event. “To share the same interest is “My category was best outdoor something I will always consider very sportsperson along with Venice and Serena Williams, and David Beckham, special in a partnership.” to name a few. “Although I didn't feature in the awards, I was honoured to be part of this wonderful event.

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“I, and our feathered ladies, are grateful to the countless customers we have for their recognition and appreciation of this, and putting small scale farming and the resulting egg quality before some short-term cost savings. “I hope New Zealand consumers remain critical when it comes to buying free range eggs and don’t fall for slick short term marketing ploys, but continue to trust brand names which have been around for a long time.”

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The New Zealand Labour Party has already signalled that they want to increase the national minimum wage to $18.00 per hour, claiming that the average wage earner cannot survive on the current minimum wage structure. I think everyone would agree that everybody has the right to receive a wage that provides a living and fair reward for their efforts. There will be employers who will claim that this increase will affect the economic viability of their businesses. The golden rules of banking at one time were, you borrowed no more than four times your gross income. Debt servicing was not to exceed 25% of your gross income. The issue facing our rural communities, is that they should not simply rely on the dairy industry having a lot of discretionary income to spend. Much of the increased payout is going to be used to reduce farm debt. The cost of the recent drought is going to have ongoing major ramifications for the economy.

Sheep numbers are down. Cattle numbers are causing a major concern, due to the fact that farmers had to reduce stock numbers as a result of the drought. The importation of meat products to supplement domestic demand is a reality. Many farmers now, when budgeting, average their incomes over a three to five year period. Fonterra’s 10,500 dairy farmers will share an additional $4 billion ($380,000 per average farm production), should the milk price hold for the year. This will be tempered by dealing with the huge costs incurred from the recent droughts and escalating farm production costs and planning for future financial troughs. Many dairy farmers are still struggling to make ends meet. Many have faced doubling of their local government rates. We dairy farmers are proud of our dairy industry. History has taught us that farming is full of income fluctuations. The peaks can be high and the troughs deep.

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With a mixture of chaos and excitement, shepherds and their barking Huntaway dogs race to cross the finish line as the main highlight of the Hunterville Huntaway Festival, the Shepherds Shemozzle, takes place.

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All dogs participate in a bark off at the end of this competition. Introduced during the 2009 festival, the Miss Huntaway competition gives these hard-working dogs a chance to strut their stuff on the catwalk. Judges ask questions and the dog owners encourage their canines to bark on demand to answer. Dogs and owners in fancy dress and having fun are also considered in the judging process. “It’s a great day out for the family, competitors and spectators,” said Claire. This year’s Hunterville Huntaway Festival is scheduled for Saturday, November 2 starting at noon.

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This year, competitors from as far as Gisborne have been making enquiries about participating in the Shepherds Shemozzle. A Children’s and Inter-school Shemozzle, open to primary school students aged nine years and over, is held earlier in the afternoon utilising some of the Shepherds Shemozzle obstacles. New to the festival this year is a Teen Shemozzle, catering for secondary school pupils and Teen Ag club  members. “We have a school from Wellington coming this year,” said Claire.

A variety of activities, a shearing contractors’ challenge and plenty of stalls will also feature during the festival to keep spectators entertained. “We want to push for more quality stalls,” said  Claire. “The festival is held right before Christmas.” Known for its deep, loud bark, the Huntaway’s abilities in this area are also catered for in a dog barking competition. Judges score points on the ability of the dogs and owners to follow instructions during a tactical challenge.

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Four-wheel-driving for the family

by Denise Gunn

Four-wheel-driving has given Ron Neil, his wife Ricki and their family the opportunity to travel off the beaten track and see a lot of New Zealand. Four-wheel-driving has given Ron Neil, his wife Ricki and their family the opportunity to travel off the beaten track and see a lot of New Zealand. Ron has always had an interest in engines, purchasing his first 4x4 vehicle around 25 years ago. Since then Ron has had a long list of vehicles that he has driven over all types of terrain. “What hasn’t he had,” laughs Ricki. The couple are experienced and multi-skilled drivers with Ron performing well in both 4x4 and ATV competitions. “But relaxing and playing in the mud with like-minded drivers is better,” said Ricki. Ron’s work as a stock driver and the pair’s long involvement in farming has also helped develop their driving skills. “With a history of farming, we had the environment to learn.” Including their children in four-wheeldriving and showing them that driving can be fun but safe too is also a big priority for Ron and Ricki. “They learn how to be mechanical as well as saving money at the garage,” said Ricki. “They love it when mum or dad are stuck and needing a tow.”

other people don’t often get to see or experience. “Photography sites are endless,” said Ricki. “We have a driver that knows history so we learn as we go. It’s great to have knowledge seeing the ways things were done/built in the old days.”

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The Neil’s joined the Taranaki Family 4x4 Club in 2006, just one year after the club was formed. The club’s goal is to promote four-wheel driving as a wholesome family activity and focus on social four-wheel driving. All grades of runs and different events are organised by the club, catering for both ‘shiny’ four-wheel drive road runs to tough tracks. “This is a local club with some driving, mechanical people from all jobs,

all different places, that share advice and driving skills,” said Ricki. Members learn from each other’s experiences and enjoy the outdoors with their  families. A funkhana held by the club is a popular event for families with several games involving multi-skilled driving and fun challenges for both drivers and passengers. Driving off the beaten track over the years has presented Ron and Ricki with many photo opportunities and places

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Good hoof trimming needs practice

away all loose horn so that live tissue is exposed. Try not to make the claw bleed because it makes it a whole lot harder to see what you are doing and the healing process only takes longer. It all seems very easy when you read this. The principal is straightforward but putting it into effect requires a lot of practice and instruction.

Last month we talked a bit about some of the things you as a farmer can do to minimise lameness on your farm. We looked at preventative hoof trimming. This month I would like to look a bit more at what you can do once the cow is lame. In reality this is often the only time a cow is being trimmed in New Zealand, so effectively most farmers are being the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff all the time when it comes to lame cows. Trimming lame cows is always reactive management and trimming cows only when lame doesn’t make good business sense, but you now have a lame cow and she needs to be treated. What do you do to help this animal? Obviously just looking at the hoof is not going to fix it so more is needed. Assuming that the cow is lame in her claw then by trimming her well we can usually help her tremendously. The principle of good hoof trimming is that

we need to reduce the weight bearing of the sore claw and let the air get to it. A cow is most commonly lame on her lateral claw because the lateral claw is often overloaded when the cow is walking or standing still on a hard surface (refer to last month’s article). So, in this case, we don’t just level the two claws to the same height, we actually trim the lateral claw thinner so more weight is transferred to the medial claw. The more weight we can get off the lateral claw the more rest this claw is going to get. Rest is one of the most common pieces of advice you hear from your doctor and it is also very effective for lame cows. Some people are worried about making the lateral claw thin. It feels like you make the cow even more

tender when she has a sole thickness not much more than the thickness of a piece of paper. The thing is that we are reducing the weight on the claw with a thin sole. If we make both claws thin we are possibly going to end up with a problem. However, cows are very resilient. Having thin soles is not necessarily a problem to them unless we make them walk long distances over rough tracks. If we have made the lateral claw thin and yet we don’t have a lot of height difference between the medial and lateral claw we can artificially raise the lateral claw by gluing a wooden block under the medial claw. The other thing we need to do is let the air get to the wound. We do this by opening up the wound. We trim

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finish milking in the first revolution of the platform are sprayed with the teat cups on. Although the cups would have a short period for the spray to dry there is still the possibility that the residue may brush onto the teats of the following cow as they are cupped. Secondly, cows that have kicked off their cups before being milked out and are retained on the platform are re-cupped after having been teat sprayed on the first revolution. Fonterra requires these sprayed cups to be washed in compliant water and sprayed teats washed and dried before being re-cupped. Freeriding cows can be accidentally recupped after being sprayed by machine or hand. This will especially pose a greater risk if the freeriders are freshly calved colostrum cows and the milk harvester is inexperienced. Everybody knows that these cows have swollen udders which look as if they have not been milked out. Staff at this time of the year are often exhausted from dealing with on-the-farm calving demands which can also contribute to the problem. Any farmer who is spraying cows on the platform whether by machine or hand is at risk. Machines spray every cow regardless and the capacity for

human error is high in a repetitive job like this. The only fool-proof solution is to spray cows after they have left  the milking platform. Mr Carey says “For farmers who already have their sheds set up for platform teat spraying and don’t want to make a change we have developed a device that interrupts the signal to the teat sprayer, causing it not to spray if the cow is being retained on the platform for any reason. This can be retro-fitted to most existing automatic systems that have a cow retention apparatus.” This device has been developed in response to Fonterra’s concerns regarding keeping farmers compliant with Animal Products Regulations 2005, while retaining a high standard of milk quality that is acceptable the world over. All systems need to fit within these regulations, with no compromise in reliability and performance. Mr Carey says, “Ultimately teat spraying in the exit race using a system such as the WETiT QD0 is the answer to compliance issues because it sprays cows that have left the milking environment and have no risk  of being re-cupped.”


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Garden Art Gallery pioneering heritage at the Taranaki Pioneer Village are also included on the trail. One hour train rides with the Waitara Railway Preservation Society will be offered at $12 per adult during the festival. Complimentary tea, coffee and baking will be included. Taranaki Fringe Garden Festival programmes are available from information centres and most garden centres. The programmes are colour-coded to provide readers with information at a glance. Green represents gardens,

yellow for vintage, and blue for places of interest. With full addresses and phone numbers included in the programme, visitors can self-drive to the destinations. There are also organised tours available. Rose said the festival’s garden owners enjoy meeting and talking to visitors. “We call it the friendly annual event.” The Taranaki Fringe Garden Festival will run from November 1–10. Entry is $2 per person per garden. For further information phone Rose on 06 761 8809.

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Livestock

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

Wool shortage is real I’ve often heard in sale yards around the country a saying that goes something like ‘the one over is the place to be’, which is the auctioneer referring to the under bidder who is at that precise moment hesitating trying to make their mind up whether to bid one more time and be ‘the one over’.

Lincolns are the “Heaviest wool producing breed known” 8kgs+ per sheep stock unit wintered… 1. Cross breeding with Lincoln will increase wool production by up to 23% in one cross. 2. Bring wool production back to an economic level in one cross over any breed. Ten+ years quicker than any comparative wool breed. “Guaranteed” 3. Rams available in Central Hawke’s Bay, trucked to any part of NZ with one phone call. 4. Largest Flock in NZ 2000 Purebred Ewe base allows selection for: a. Commercial traits i.e. open face, high twinning (also will be exaggerated by hybrid vigour from crossing with your flock)

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b. Selection for worm tolerance for over 37 years. c. Easy care traits. Selected for commercial traits not show traits. d. High yielding wool clip, averaging 83%. When run in conjunction with Romney stud for ten years Lincolns wool yield was 1-4% greater than Romney’s: Commercial Fact. 5. Wool sold at Auction in Napier has many times topped the crossbred market, aided by low Y-Z factor = Whiteness 6. Heavy clipping Lincolns are high twinning ewes.

Bruce M. Worsnop Associated with Lincolns for over 61 years Tikokino Central Hawke’s Bay Phone 06 856 5857 or 021 856585

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Want to find the best way to market your wool? Expertise is only a phone call away PGG Wrightson Wool Ltd handles in excess of 350,000 bales annually through its wool store network strategically positioned around New Zealand and its export company Bloch and Behrens.

Andrew Anderson Feilding/Taihape

027 7029 496

Tony Cox

Wanganui

027 5965 144

Eric Constable

Wanganui/Taranaki 027 4409 784

Currently in the wool auction room, there is definitely a need for exporters to bid up to be ‘the one over’ because there is a real scramble for the relatively smallish volumes of wool being catalogued every couple of weeks. A realisation amongst wool exporters and processors that New Zealand wool is in short supply has created a lift in wool prices, with the latest auction, prior to writing, surging upward to the tune of between 7% and 12% compared to a week earlier. Add to that the price improvements experienced during August and the real market price has lifted during a six or eight week period by somewhere up to 23% which is, in anyone’s language, substantial. Even better is that the ‘base’ from where the market began to improve was well ahead of prices ruling at a similar time last year, in most cases, allowing prices to reach their highest point for around 18 months. Prices for all wool types improved significantly over the past month at auction with minimal wool passedin for failing to reach grower reserve prices. Strong support from exporters was shown to most crossbred types and, by the end of August when weekly Christchurch auctions ended in favour of fortnightly events reflecting the smaller volumes coming forward, prices for crossbred types had lifted to levels ‘well north’ of 500 cents clean for most good style fleece wools measuring finer than around 38 micron, and only just

under that level for coarser micron types. Longer second-shear and earlyshorn types reached levels about 20c clean below fleece and shorter genuine second-shear types were fetching a further 30c to 40c less again. However the first (for the month) North Island auction held in Napier on September 5 saw the market for all types leap ahead, particularly for second-shear wools with lifts of 30c to 40c narrowing the gap between these and full-length fleece which lifted by around 20c to 30c. Oddment types throughout August and into early September once again drew splendid support from the exporting trade with prices extreme in many cases. The fine wool season began in earnest in August with a number of well grown merino, halfbred and quarterbred types coming forward. These also drew great support from the trade and prices were in most cases directly comparable to Australian auction prices. Some lines received better prices in NZ than in Australia on a same day type-for-type basis, and NZ based exporters bid freely to secure a slice of the action. By the end of the month the fine wool market had enjoyed tremendous increases, both here and across the ditch, once again a reflection of the small quantities available, from both countries, to processors. With wool prices improving and the outlook for lamb meat seemingly also about to improve for this year’s crop, the sheep farming industry may well be able to recover some of the previous season’s losses. As mentioned in last month’s editorial, there does not appear to be any current reason that the wool market should suddenly collapse and, in my humble opinion, if any grower has wool to sell on the ‘spot market’ at present the only place to sell with the confidence that maximum exposure will be secured is in the auction arena, for two reasons — 1) the shortage of wool is real, and 2) who knows what the price should be? That’s my view.

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Loyal companions and valued workmates

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Gear the way you’d design it.

by Andy Bryenton

Dog Training Products

The town of Hunterville, in the foothills of the North Island’s Central Plateau, is known for its rugged scenery, its isolation — and the monument which graces its main street. It’s not a bronze statue of one of the town’s founding fathers, or a local lad risen to greatness, however. It’s a statue of the Kiwi farmer’s best friend — the Huntaway farm dog. There are estimated to be over 200,000 working dogs in New Zealand, making it possible since pioneering times for farmers to run large herds across our uniquely challenging terrain. Dogs such as the Huntaway, the Blue Heeler (imported from Australia, but more than welcome here) and the iconic Border Collie (immortalised by comic artist Murray Ball) have helped shape rural New Zealand, in much the same way that dogs in general have helped shape the world. Archaeologists recently discovered the partial skeleton of a dog, buried in a cave in northern Iraq which dates back to 10,000 BC. This was no wolf — tests prove that this animal was bred to possess a bigger brain, a shorter, wider jaw and smaller fangs — all traits of a farmer’s dog. It’s no coincidence that at this time, human beings made the change from

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hunting and gathering to farming crops and raising livestock. Without the dog to help, we may have never put down our bows and spears in favour of the plough. Kiwi farmers take pride in the condition and training of their dogs, as evidenced by the continuing popularity of sheep trials at A & P shows across the nation. A good working team of dogs

is still unsurpassed at mustering in hilly country, and despite the advancement of technology, it looks like the winning team of a farmer and his ‘best mates’ is here to stay.

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Accessing free nitrogen by John K Morris — Agrissentials

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Agrissentials atmospheric nitrogen fixation programme is using this age old formula in conjunction with mycorrhizal fungi, rhizobium bacteria and the legume family to fix all the plant’s nitrogen requirements for free — no hassle, no application charges, no consultation fee and no detrimental impact on the environment — any environmental agent would be happy to hear that.

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Nitrogen is essential for plant growth and when the first plants appeared on our planet 460 million years ago, the nitrogen necessary for plant growth was supplied directly out of the atmosphere, for free. That source of supply is still available today and is still free. Agrissentials’ customers just take it for granted. Incidentally, there is approximately 33,000 tonnes of nitrogen above every hectare of our planet.

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for plant uptake’ — so requiring another application of causmag. Here is a great rannygazoo example of the chemical treadmill. The simple solution to the above scenario is to not use artificial nitrogen, instead get onto Agrissentials atmospheric nitrogen fixation programme — the way nature intended and fix and store all the nitrogen your plants need without putting your hands anywhere near your pockets. How good would that feel?

In his book ‘The Closing Circle’ Doctor Barry Commoner, United States of America, characterised the nitrogen fertiliser industry in its hurtling dash for profits as one of the ‘cleverest business operations of all time’. Evidence exists that in the presence of artificial nitrogen (urea) the natural fixation of nitrogen from the air by soil micro-organisms stops and as a result, it is increasingly difficult for farmers to give up the use of the artificial product. Like addictive drugs, artificial nitrogen creates its own demand.

For a Rok Solid answer to all your other mineral requirements, go for a Rok Solid full spectrum, multi mineral, microbial rich fertiliser. This solid fertiliser covers all the essentials elements required for plant health plus a full array of micro-organisms. These microbes are the management team for all soils — they convert all the minerals in our fertilisers to a plant available form and they won’t allow one mineral to lock up other minerals. They increase: the water retention quality of the soil, the drainage capacity of the soil, the mineral quality, the carbon content, the worm population and the top soil depth. They detoxify the soil (they become dormant in cold weather or dry periods) but apart from that they work 24 hours per day, seven days a week — never ask for a pay rise, sick leave or holiday pay — they are your soil management team and what a great team they are to have in your soil!

In a recent farm journal article, ‘vets are perplexed by cows becoming sick and dying because of phosphorus deficiency despite high levels in the soil. Apparently the answer lies in the levels of available calcium in the soil. Cows can only utilise phosphorus at half the rate of calcium ie 2 to 1 in favour of calcium. If calcium is low, the available phosphate for the animal is even lower, by half, even if phosphorus levels are higher the cows cannot utilise it without the calcium to go with it. In cold weather calcium uptake is naturally less. However, the real culprit is excessive applications of urea, especially autumn and winter and early spring. The excess nitrogen is converted to nitrate and leaches out of the soil as calcium nitrate leaving less calcium

To find out more about Agrissentials best on earth fertilisers phone 0800 THE KEY that’s 0800 843 539 today for a FREE INFO PACK or you can contact your friendly representative Adrian Rowe (North Taranaki) on 021 873 304, John Winter (South Taranaki) on 021 738 513, Ben Tippins (North Manawatu) 021 738 601 or Lyn Woodcock (South Manawatu/Wairarapa) 021 0204 3028 to find out how we can make your farm more successful. There’s never been a better time to call us with our spring sale on now, that’s got massive nationwide FREIGHT FREE DEALS (some conditions apply) on bulk units of Rok Solid, Roketlime and Oceans 100. HURRY! — Offer is available for a limited time only.


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SEPTIC TANK OWNERS Septic tanks and multi-stage septic systems are delicately balanced environments. It does not take much to upset them. Common practice is to ignore the septic system until problems occur. Good and best economical practice is to always keep your septic system well maintained. A malfunctioning septic system can become a health hazard. When a system is not maintained or operated as a delicately balanced environment, problems occur. These problems include nasty odours, leach line blockages, untreated liquid rising to the surface, toilets gurgling and taking time to empty. At this stage your septic system is a serious health hazard to you and your children. Human waste produces faecal coliform bacteria, a source of viral and bacterial gastroenteritis as well as Hepatitis A and other diseases. Hepatitis can be a debilitating condition and cause long-term harm to children. There are only three remedies. One: stop using the septic system until it recovers. This can take over a month and is not normally practical. Two: excavate your septic system and relocate it. This is very costly and time consuming, sometimes requiring new resource consents and different systems. Three: treat your septic system with Septi-Cure™ every six months.

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How you can save money by keeping your septic system effective and healthy Septi-Cure is Cost effective. By far the most cost effective solution is to pour one litre of Septi-Cure™ down each toilet bowl every six months. This simple action will help keep your system working at top efficiency by reducing solids and scum. Instead of emptying your tank frequently, the reduction in solids and scum saves you expensive pump out costs. Your irrigation field and leach lines will become clear of slimes and blockages so nature can handle the gradual seepage and evaporation for you. When this is happening your system will be operating effectively and not endangering you or your family’s health. What is Septi-Cure™ Septi-Cure™ is a concentrated mixture of selected naturally occurring microorganisms. These harmless tiny organisms live and multiply by feeding on waste material. When introduced to your septic tank system, they go to work straight away digesting waste material, reducing solids and scum, allowing your septic system to start operating to its maximum efficiency. As they progress through to your irrigation field they feed on the slimes

that prevent seepage and evaporation. When seepage and evaporation return to normal, you have reduced the risk of contaminating groundwater and the environment as well as reducing the chances of infection for you and your family. Eventually, they get washed out of the system and have to be replaced to continue their work. This is why you introduce Septi-Cure™ to your septic system every six months for maximum efficiency. A satisfied customer in Hamilton has been using Septi-Cure™ for three years. He says this allows them to have an odour-free septic tank with low maintenance costs. He also says that his service person is amazed at how well Septi-Cure™ works, keeping their tank in very good condition. Also available at:

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APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, garlic & manuka honey. 200L - $450 or 1,000L - $2,000 + gst, with FREE DELIVERY. Black Type Minerals Ltd. Phone 021 185 1501. www.blacktypeminerals. co.nz.

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walkeR family Reunion

(Descendants of John and Sarah Walker)

1st and 2nd of february 2014 at Te kuiti

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