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“This winter we grazed 100 cows and are aiming to graze 300 next year.” Standard maintenance on the farm is ongoing with fertilising, fencing and thistle spraying. Alan said this has made a huge difference to the farm’s carrying capacity over spring and summer. A fencer and stockman are employed on a casual basis when required. The farm, which is situated on a combination of flat, medium and steep hill country, receives between 1,600– 1,800ml of rainfall each year. Supplementary feed grown on the farm this winter included 11ha of kale for the cows and yearling heifers, nine hectares of rape to fatten lambs, 300 bales of silage and also some hay for the horses. “We can get a lot of frosts so we lamb later to suit grass growth,” said Alan. Seven years ago, Alan and Tracey established Aratoro Appaloosa and Sporthorse Stud with the goal of breeding quality horses. Although Tracey had a long involvement with horses, Alan was
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than importing stallions from the United States, and has been closely associated with the success of New Zealand bred siring sensation Christian Cullen. Over the years Kennard became less involved in the actual stud work and began to increase his involvement in the marketing and promotional side of the breeding industry. That was when he hit on the idea of creating a syndicate with a large number of participants paying a one-off fee over a two-year period. This led to the birth of the In It For The Fun syndicate. Initially 500 hundred shares were put up and two weeks later when the offer closed 420 people had signed up for the syndicate and its horse Franco Harrison. Franco Harrison has won two races and placed in several others in the year the syndicate has been running. “Syndicate members have emailed me and said they have already got their
money’s worth. At race meetings they all wear In It For Fun/Franco Harrison tags and through that are meeting new friends who are also part of the syndicate. “I recently had an email from a Christchurch woman who says she was on a stopover in Dubai and got talking to another New Zealander and found that this person was also a member of the Franco Harrison syndicate. What are the chances? “That is what this type of syndication is all about, having fun and meeting people.” The new Double the Fun syndicate has already secured one horse, now with southland trainer Hamish Hunter, and the second horse, once it has been purchased, will be going to Weedons trainer Nigel McGrath. For further information visit the website www.goharness.co.nz.
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Why all growing systems are essentially ‘biological’ Over recent times there has been much debate around the topic of ‘biological farming’. As little if any nutrient enters a plant without first going through a biological process, all growing systems regardless of the label applied to them are essentially biological systems. The most important issue presently, and is the one at the heart of the debate around different growing systems, is the use of fertiliser nitrogen. Excess fertiliser nitrogen reduces the humus content of soil and when used regularly to promote growth, total pasture production steadily declines. Recent work from AgResearch shows an 18% decline in pasture growth in the
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based on Overseer to have been in excess of 19 tonne for each of the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons. Pasture cages showed growth for the same seasons to be 18.4 and 18.3 tonne respectively, with less than 20kgN/ha applied each year. Total milk solid production was in excess of 1,300kg/ha from an average of 200 cows, with around 20% of the total feed being bought in. Long strong stemmed clovers flourish throughout the major growing season providing exceptional growth of calves and contribute significantly to the 0.87:1 protein to fat ratio of the milk produced. Clover flea and weevil under close examination can still be found however given the health of the clover damage is minimal. Careful digging and sifting also turns up the occasional grass grub and beetle larvae but again too few to cause damage. Total nitrogen tests showed 9,400kgN/ha in the top 30cm of the soil with 200kg N/ha available for plant use at the time of testing. With increased carbon sequestered each year and more humus formed, a steady increase in pasture growth and total farm production can be expected, and with measuring continuing more data will be made available. For further information, please call Peter on 0800 843 809.
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PASTURE preparation Nutrition — the life enhancer by John K Morris
We eat food for its nutrient value to keep ourselves alive and energised, but what happens when the food we eat has no nutritional value? We get no value from that food, worse than that, the cells in our bodies that look after us do not recognise food that has no value, they don’t know what to do with it, so they just store it in the body. Today, especially in the USA due to the lack of minerals in food, people weighing 200 kilos and more are dying from malnutrition while
surrounded by food that has no nutritional value, but is engineered to be addictive. According to Dr Melchoir Dikkers, professor of Biochemistry at Loyola University (Los Angeles) malnutrition is the most important problem confronting mankind at the present time. The United States, despite its boasted food production, is grossly undernourished and although per capita the expenditure on healthcare in the USA is the highest in the world, so is the incidence of cancer, obesity, heart and circulatory diseases. Amazingly, Dr Joseph Weissman, associate professor of the UCLA College of Medicine, a specialist in preventative medicine and immunology, has discovered that nearly all the non-infectious
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The opportunity for the 29 Caci clinics in New Zealand to come together for an award night to recognise the top achievers in the industry came at the National Caci Franchise conference in Auckland. There were four awards given out and Cambridge was one of the achieving clinics, recognised for its huge business growth and top performing team within the last year. “This award means a lot to me and my team when competing against much
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WAIKATO FArmIng LIFesTyLes August 2013
A 150th In Maungaturoto
by Paul Campbell
Maungaturoto in the Kaipara has taken on a whole new look for the town and district 150th anniversary celebrations from Friday, November 1 to Sunday, November 3. “We are issuing a hearty invitation to all of those people in New Zealand with connections to the town and its surrounding farming community to make a date to join us in our anniversary events,” says organising committee president, Albie Paton.
Registrations for the 150th will begin at 3pm on the Friday followed by a ‘meet and greet’ at the Maungaturoto Centennial Hall and the opening of a time capsule from the town’s 1963 centenary. On the Saturday, at 10.30am, there will be a settlers landing re-
enactment and a powhiri at the landing site in Bickerstaffe Road followed by a parade ‘through the ages’ to the Maungaturoto Country Club. Old time sports and entertainment will occupy the afternoon, followed by a celebration dinner at the centennial hall.
On Sunday there will be an interdenominational church service and the dedication of a ‘memorial ashes wall’. Throughout the weekend, there will be performances of a play written for the event, produced by the Otamatea Repertory Theatre, and history trails, with visitors guided around the district. Enquiries: Contact Albie Paton at email@example.com
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