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Page 4-5 Back country stories raises thousands for charity

Page 6-7 Founding member steps down from women’s network

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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Equine course meets industry needs A new equine training programme aimed at meeting the industry’s needs for qualified employees will begin next June Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre and Panorama Equestrian Centre have partnered to offer a National Certificate in Equine (Stable Procedures) Level 3 programme for students in 2012. Students on the 32-week programme (currently subject to New Zealand Qualifications Authority approval) will complete practical and theory study at both Taratahi’s Masterton campus and the Panorama Equestrian Centre at Gladstone. “There is a huge demand for well qualified, passionate people in the equine industry and Taratahi equine graduates will be well sought after,” says Clarissa Notley, Programme Head of Equine at Taratahi. “We expect to accept around eight to ten students in the first year.” “For many years Taratahi has offered students working towards agricultural qualifications the opportunity to develop safe horse-handling skills and good “Work ready” employees are much sought after in the various equine industries animal husbandry. These skills have been particularly useful for students who “The Panorama Equestrian Centre is passionate about take up positions on sheep stations using horses to muster. horses and also ensuring that the young people working “We have strengthened our partnership with Panorama in the industry begin their careers learning quality skills Equestrian Centre and are thrilled to be able to offer the and have access to the best professional guidance National Certificate in Equine Level 3 ,” Ms Notley said. available, says Martin Stallard, of Panorama Equestrian The programme is designed to prepare students to be Centre. “work ready” for a variety of equine careers such as grooming The course is subject to NZQA approval. for the racing, show-jumping or eventing industries. The programme not only covers equine specific skills, but also includes some relevant general farm skills such as what it’s like to fencing, pasture management and agrichemical application. have affordable, reliable broadband and voice services! Panorama Equestrian Centre is upgrading infrastructure with new stables, tack room and a small classroom currently under construction. Students will also use the existing all-weather arena, jumps, stables with tack room, round pen wash-down bay and cross-country course and work with a variety of Panorama’s horses.

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Back country stories raises thousands for charity By Annette Lambly-Robinson

A Cambridge author has already raised $25,000 for charities from the sale of one of a series of three books on classic New Zealand ‘back country’ stories.

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Opening up a nation’s farms by Paul Campbell

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of the line. Made a fire and lost control over it and it burned about 60 or 70 chains of the line on its own account. ‘Had to carry water in the billies from the gully to quench the burning posts: got very black and returned home very tired at sunset after most of the fire had gone out. March 3: ‘Chopped about 23 chains of the line through the black sticks. Forgot the stone, therefore had to use blunt slashers all day. Went fishing at night.

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March 6: ‘Lay in in the morning. Caught another rat in the trap. Had breakfast at 11 am and dinner at 3.30 pm. Occupied our time lounging about the balcony enjoying the scenery and sunshine, reading, attempting to sketch etc’. These entries are a far cry indeed from farm life today — with farm bikes, chainsaws, post hole diggers and innumerable other devices, not to mention time for a beer at the local pub after work and sky TV in the evening. As the work progressed though, and farms were broken in, there began to be light at the end of the tunnel for those on the land. Images from Albertland also relates the story of another pioneering farmer, Walter Stables, whose family took over a partly established property. His story continues: ‘Walter had a look around the farm and studied the house. He reckoned it needed a good coat of paint and some alterations. He was pleased to find several patches of grass amongst the bush and some suitable cropping areas. There were several apple trees with one carrying a good crop and nearly ripe. ‘A considerable quantity of further stores such as flour and sugar, rolled oats and potatoes had been ordered from the co-op store and were to be sent by boat. ‘Walter remarked to (his wife) Lillian that as they didn’t have any money, self-sufficiency with a good garden would

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have to be a first consideration. A plot down near the boundary was picked out as being most suitable and within a week, two acres of potatoes, cabbages, swedes, beans, wheat and corn had been planted. Half the area was in wheat as a trial to provide feed for the fowls. If it did well he planned to have a larger area the following year, grinding some for flour and porridge. ‘But the immediate task for the whole family was house cleaning, inside and out. There were cobwebs, signs of rats and dust and dirt upstairs and downstairs. They also went for a look around the whole farm and found cleared patches, mostly by burning, but now overgrown with ferns and tough native grasses. They thought the cattle could chew this off. ‘Most of the land that had been cropped and not re-grassed was now a mass of penny-royal which attracted the bees. Two neglected hives were found under a Totara and after being cleared they hoped to have honey, if someone could be found to collect it. Walter was not keen on the prospect himself. ‘Three months after their arrival the garden was doing well, there were two horses using a borrowed plough, three cows, two in milk and plenty of butter, cheese and milk. Four acres had been worked over and sown in rye and cocksfoot. ‘Walter presented his five year plan for discussion. Apart from erecting

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04:30 Smart Gardening 05:00 Along For The Ride 05:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship

Tuesday 20 dec 06:00 Pro Bull 2010 07:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 07:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 08:00 Best Of Sector Report 2011 08:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 09:00 Cowboy Flavor 09:30 Barbecue University 10:00 NZ on a Plate 10:30 5 Ingredient Fix 11:00 Surfing the Menu 11:30 The Cowboys’ Kitchen 12:00 Country99 TV News & Weather 12:30 Best Of Sector Report 2011 13:00 Straight Talk 13:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 14:00 Best Of Sector Report 2011 14:30 The Stud Tour 15:00 America’s Heartland 15:30 Along For The Ride 16:00 Cowboy Flavor 16:30 Barbecue University 17:00 NZ on a Plate 17:30 The Cowboys’ Kitchen 18:00 Parelli: Natural Horsemanship 18:30 Gucci Masters 2011 19:30 Hell On Hooves 20:00 Country99 TV News & Weather 20:30 America’s Heartland 21:00 Straight Talk 21:30 Along For The Ride 22:00 Pro Bull 2010 23:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 23:30 NZ on a Plate 00:00 Barbecue University 00:30 The Cowboys’ Kitchen

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00:30 America’s Heartland 01:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 01:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 02:00 Pro Bull 2010 03:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 03:30 Your Beautiful Garden 04:00 Garden Rambles 05:00 Parelli: Natural Horsemanship 05:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship

Thursday 22 dec 06:00 Pro Bull 2010 07:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 07:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 08:00 North Otago Rural Outlook Series 08:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 09:00 Gardening Australia 09:30 Cowboy Flavor 10:00 Your Beautiful Garden 10:30 The Cowboys’ Kitchen 11:00 Garden Rambles 12:00 Country99 TV News & Weather 12:30 North Otago Rural Outlook Series 13:00 The Stud Tour 13:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 14:00 Landline 15:00 Barbecue University 15:30 Parelli: Natural Horsemanship 16:00 Gardening Australia 16:30 NZ on a Plate 17:00 Your Beautiful Garden 17:30 The Fresh Life 18:00 At Home With Carl Hester 18:30 Pro Bull 2010 19:30 TUX North Island & NZ Dog Trial Championship 20:00 Country99 TV News & Weather 20:30 Landline 21:30 Classic Tractor Fever 22:00 Pro Bull 2010 23:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship

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00:00 America’s Heartland 00:30 Ag PhD 01:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 01:30 Country99 TV News & Weather 02:00 Pro Bull 2010 03:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 03:30 Landline 04:30 Ag PhD 05:00 Farming Sunday 05:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship

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Pro Bull 2011 FEI European Championships Parelli: Natural Horsemanship Along For The Ride Farming Sunday Dog-A-Thon: TUX North Island & NZ Dog Trial Championship Pro Bull 2011 The Week In Agri-Business TruCountry The Marty Stuart Show Inside Music Row TruCountry Parelli: Natural Horsemanship Along For The Ride FEI European Championships Pro Bull 2010 Along For The Ride Gucci Masters 2011 Along For The Ride FEI European Championships America’s Heartland Best Of Straight Talk 2011 Best Of Sector Report 2011 Ag PhD

Monday 26 dec 06:00 Pro Bull 2010 07:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 07:30 Best Of Sector Report 2011 08:00 Farming Sunday 08:30 Best Of Straight Talk 2011 09:00 Your Beautiful Garden 09:30 Gardening Australia

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PROGRAMME SCHEDULE 10:00 Smart Gardening 10:30 Garden Rambles 11:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship 12:00 Badminton 2011 Course Walk Preview 12:30 Badminton Horse Trials 2011 Dressage 13:30 Badminton Horse Trials 2011 Cross Country 17:30 Badminton Horse Trials 2011 Showjumping 18:00 Horse Of The Year 2011 19:30 America’s Heartland 20:00 Best Of Sector Report 2011 20:30 Best Of Sector Report 2011 21:00 Parelli: Natural Horsemanship 21:30 Hell On Hooves 22:00 Pro Bull 2010 23:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 23:30 Your Beautiful Garden 00:00 Gardening Australia 00:30 Smart Gardening 01:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 01:30 Best Of Sector Report 2011 02:00 Pro Bull 2010 03:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 03:30 Your Beautiful Garden 04:00 Gardening Australia 04:30 Smart Gardening 05:00 Along For The Ride 05:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship

Tuesday 27 dec 06:00 Pro Bull 2010 07:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 07:30 Best Of Sector Report 2011 08:00 Best Of Sector Report 2011 08:30 Best Of Straight Talk 2011 09:00 Cowboy Flavor 09:30 Barbecue University

10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:00 15:30 16:00 16:30 17:00 17:30 18:00 18:30 19:30 20:00 20:30 21:00 21:30 22:00 23:00 23:30 00:00 00:30 01:00 01:30 02:00 03:00 03:30 04:00 04:30 05:30

NZ on a Plate 5 Ingredient Fix Surfing the Menu The Cowboys’ Kitchen Best Of Straight Talk 2011 Best Of Sector Report 2011 Best Of Straight Talk 2011 Ag PhD Best Of Sector Report 2011 The Stud Tour America’s Heartland Along For The Ride Cowboy Flavor Barbecue University NZ on a Plate The Cowboys’ Kitchen Parelli: Natural Horsemanship Pro Bull 2010 Golden Shears Best Of Sector Report 2011 America’s Heartland Best Of Straight Talk 2011 Along For The Ride Pro Bull 2010 National Tractor Pulling Championship NZ on a Plate Barbecue University The Cowboys’ Kitchen National Tractor Pulling Championship Best Of Sector Report 2011 Pro Bull 2010 National Tractor Pulling Championship NZ on a Plate Barbecue University FEI European Championships National Tractor Pulling Championship

Wednesday 28 dec 06:00 Pro Bull 2010 07:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 07:30 Best Of Sector Report 2011 08:00 Best Of Straight Talk 2011

08:30 09:00 09:30 10:00 10:30 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:00 15:30 16:30 17:00 18:00 18:30 19:30 20:00 20:30 21:00 22:00 23:00 23:30 00:30 01:00 01:30 02:00 03:00 03:30 04:00 05:00 05:30

Best Of Straight Talk 2011 Along For The Ride Parelli: Natural Horsemanship Race Country HSBC FEI Classics 2011 National Tractor Pulling Championship Best Of Straight Talk 2011 Best Of Straight Talk 2011 Best Of Sector Report 2011 Ag PhD Ag PhD Farming Sunday The Cowboys’ Kitchen Horse Of The Year 2011 Animal S.O.S. Garden Rambles Kihikihi International Horse Trials 2 Star Pro Bull 2010 National Tractor Pulling Championship Best Of Sector Report 2011 North Otago Rural Outlook Series World Sheep Dog Trials Pro Bull 2010 National Tractor Pulling Championship Garden Rambles America’s Heartland National Tractor Pulling Championship Best Of Sector Report 2011 Pro Bull 2010 National Tractor Pulling Championship Your Beautiful Garden Garden Rambles Parelli: Natural Horsemanship National Tractor Pulling Championship

Thursday 29 dec 06:00 Pro Bull 2010

07:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 07:30 Best Of Sector Report 2011 08:00 North Otago Rural Outlook Series 08:30 Best Of Straight Talk 2011 09:00 Gardening Australia 09:30 Cowboy Flavor 10:00 Your Beautiful Garden 10:30 The Cowboys’ Kitchen 11:00 Garden Rambles 12:00 Best Of Straight Talk 2011 12:30 North Otago Rural Outlook Series 13:00 The Stud Tour 13:30 Ag PhD 14:00 Tux Yard and Handy Dog 2011 15:00 Barbecue University 15:30 Parelli: Natural Horsemanship 16:00 Gardening Australia 16:30 NZ on a Plate 17:00 Your Beautiful Garden 17:30 The Fresh Life 18:00 At Home With Carl Hester 18:30 Pro Bull 2010 19:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship 20:00 Best Of Sector Report 2011 20:30 Best Of Sector Report 2011 21:00 Best Of Straight Talk 2011 21:30 Classic Tractor Fever 22:00 Pro Bull 2010 23:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 23:30 Gardening Australia 00:00 NZ on a Plate 00:30 Your Beautiful Garden 01:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 01:30 Best Of Sector Report 2011 02:00 Pro Bull 2010 03:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 03:30 Gardening Australia

04:00 04:30 05:00 05:30

Mon 26 Dec - Mon 2 Jan 03:30 04:30 05:00 05:30

NZ on a Plate Your Beautiful Garden FEI Equestrian World 2011 National Tractor Pulling Championship

Friday 30 dec

saTurday 31 dec

06:00 Pro Bull 2010 07:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 07:30 Best Of Sector Report 2011 08:00 Ag PhD 08:30 Best Of Straight Talk 2011 09:00 FEI European Championships 10:00 Pro Bull 2010 11:00 Tux Yard and Handy Dog 2011 12:00 Best Of Straight Talk 2011 12:30 North Otago Rural Outlook Series 13:00 Ag PhD 13:30 Ag PhD 14:00 America’s Heartland 14:30 Golden Shears 15:00 FEI European Championships 16:00 Garden Rambles 17:00 Tux Yard and Handy Dog 2011 18:00 Classic Tractor Fever 18:30 Pro Bull 2010 19:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship 20:00 Best Of Sector Report 2011 20:30 Best Of Straight Talk 2011 21:00 FEI World Cup Dressage 2011/2012 22:00 Pro Bull 2010 23:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 23:30 Classic Tractor Fever 00:00 America’s Heartland 00:30 Ag PhD 01:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 01:30 Best Of Sector Report 2011 02:00 Pro Bull 2010 03:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship

06:00 07:00 07:30 08:00 09:00 09:30 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00 15:00 16:00 16:30 17:00 17:30 18:00 18:30 19:00 20:00 20:30

06:00 Pro Bull 2011 07:00 FEI World Cup Dressage 2011/2012 08:00 Parelli: Natural Horsemanship 08:30 Along For The Ride 09:00 Farming Sunday 09:30 Best of Straight Talk 2011 10:00 Best of Sector Report 2011

Tuesday 3 Jan 06:00 Pro Bull 2011 07:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 07:30 Best of Sector Report 2011

23:30 00:00 00:30 01:00 01:30 02:00 03:00 03:30 04:00 04:30 05:30

Best of Sector Report 2011 Best of Straight Talk 2011 Cowboy Flavor Barbecue University NZ on a Plate 5 Ingredient Fix Surfing the Menu The Cowboys’ Kitchen Best of Straight Talk 2011 Best of Sector Report 2011 Best of Straight Talk 2011 Ag PhD Best of Sector Report 2011 The Stud Tour America’s Heartland Along For The Ride Cowboy Flavor Barbecue University NZ on a Plate The Cowboys’ Kitchen Parelli: Natural Horsemanship Pro Bull 2011 Golden Shears ASB Rural Innovation Week America’s Heartland Best of Straight Talk 2011 Along For The Ride Pro Bull 2011 National Tractor Pulling Championship NZ on a Plate Barbecue University The Cowboys’ Kitchen National Tractor Pulling Championship Best of Sector Report 2011 Pro Bull 2011 National Tractor Pulling Championship NZ on a Plate Barbecue University FEI World Cup Dressage 2011/2012 National Tractor Pulling Championship

Wednesday 4 Jan 06:00 Pro Bull 2011

07:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 07:30 Best of Sector Report 2011 08:00 Best of Straight Talk 2011 08:30 Best of Straight Talk 2011 09:00 Along For The Ride 09:30 Parelli: Natural Horsemanship 10:00 Race Country 10:30 FEI World Cup Dressage 2011/2012 11:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship 12:00 Best of Straight Talk 2011 12:30 Best of Straight Talk 2011 13:00 Best of Sector Report 2011 13:30 2011 Agribusiness Year In Review 14:30 Weather 2011 - The Year In Review 15:00 The Cowboys’ Kitchen 15:30 FEI World Cup Dressage 2011/2012 16:30 Animal S.O.S. 17:00 Garden Rambles 18:00 Race Country 18:30 Pro Bull 2011 19:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship 20:00 ASB Rural Innovation Week 20:30 North Otago Rural Outlook 21:00 Ag PhD 21:30 America’s Heartland 22:00 Pro Bull 2011 23:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 23:30 Garden Rambles 00:30 America’s Heartland 01:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 01:30 Best of Sector Report 2011 02:00 Pro Bull 2011 03:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 03:30 Your Beautiful Garden 04:00 Garden Rambles 05:00 Parelli: Natural Horsemanship

05:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship

Thursday 5 Jan 06:00 Pro Bull 2011 07:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 07:30 Best of Sector Report 2011 08:00 North Otago Rural Outlook Series 08:30 Best of Straight Talk 2011 09:00 Gardening Australia 09:30 Cowboy Flavor 10:00 Your Beautiful Garden 10:30 The Cowboys’ Kitchen 11:00 Garden Rambles 12:00 Best of Straight Talk 2011 12:30 North Otago Rural Outlook Series 13:00 The Stud Tour 13:30 Ag PhD 14:00 Tux Yard and Handy Dog 2011 15:00 Barbecue University 15:30 Parelli: Natural Horsemanship 16:00 Gardening Australia 16:30 NZ on a Plate 17:00 Your Beautiful Garden 17:30 The Fresh Life 18:00 At Home With Carl Hester 18:30 Pro Bull 2011 19:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship 20:00 ASB Rural Innovation Week 20:30 Best of Sector Report 2011 21:00 Best of Straight Talk 2011 21:30 Classic Tractor Fever 22:00 Pro Bull 2011 23:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 23:30 Gardening Australia 00:00 NZ on a Plate 00:30 Your Beautiful Garden 01:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 01:30 Best of Sector Report 2011 02:00 Pro Bull 2011 03:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship

COUNTRY99TV IS YOUR RURAL NETWORK

10:30 2011 Agribusiness Year In Review 11:30 Weather 2011 - The Year In Review 12:00 The Horse 13:00 Horse Of The Year 2011 14:00 Parelli: Natural Horsemanship 14:30 Along For The Ride 15:00 FEI World Cup Dressage 2011/2012 16:00 2011 Agribusiness Year In Review 17:00 Weather 2011 - The Year In Review 17:30 America’s Heartland 18:00 Pro Bull 2011 19:00 Best of Sector Report 2011 19:30 Farming Sunday 20:00 Classic Tractor Fever 20:30 The Marty Stuart Show 21:00 Inside Music Row 21:30 TruCountry 22:00 Parelli: Natural Horsemanship 22:30 Along For The Ride 23:00 FEI World Cup Dressage 2011/2012 00:00 Pro Bull 2010 01:00 Along For The Ride 01:30 FEI World Cup Dressage 2011/2012 02:30 Along For The Ride 03:00 Horse Of The Year 2011 04:00 2011 Agribusiness Year In Review 05:00 Weather 2011 - The Year In Review 05:30 Best of Sector Report 2011

Monday 2 Jan 06:00 Pro Bull 2011 07:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 07:30 2011 Agribusiness Year In Review 08:30 Weather 2011 - The Year In Review 09:00 Your Beautiful Garden 09:30 Gardening Australia 10:00 Smart Gardening

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PROGRAMME SCHEDULE 08:00 08:30 09:00 09:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:00 15:30 16:00 16:30 17:00 17:30 18:00 18:30 19:30 20:00 20:30 21:00 21:30 22:00 23:00

Pro Bull 2010 FEI Equestrian World 2011 Along For The Ride FEI World Cup Dressage 2011/2012 Parelli: Natural Horsemanship Tux Yard and Handy Dog 2011 Best Of Sector Report 2011 Ag PhD Best Of Straight Talk 2011 America’s Heartland Outdoors With Geoff Thomas Parelli: Natural Horsemanship Along For The Ride FEI World Cup Dressage 2011/2012 Horse Of The Year 2011 Best Of Sector Report 2011 America’s Heartland Ag PhD Best Of Straight Talk 2011 Outdoors With Geoff Thomas Outdoors With Geoff Thomas 2011 Agribusiness Year In Review Weather 2011 - The Year In Review The Marty Stuart Show

sunday 1 Jan

COUNTRY99TV IS YOUR RURAL NETWORK

10:30 Garden Rambles 11:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship 12:00 2011 Agribusiness Year In Review 13:00 Weather 2011 - The Year In Review 13:30 Ag PhD 14:00 Farming Sunday 14:30 2011 Agribusiness Year In Review 15:30 The Horse 16:30 Gardening Australia 17:00 Smart Gardening 17:30 FEI World Cup Dressage 2011/2012 18:30 Pro Bull 2011 19:30 America’s Heartland 20:00 2011 Agribusiness Year In Review 21:00 Parelli: Natural Horsemanship 21:30 Weather 2011 - The Year In Review 22:00 Pro Bull 2011 23:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 23:30 Your Beautiful Garden 00:00 Gardening Australia 00:30 Smart Gardening 01:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 01:30 Weather 2011 - The Year In Review 02:00 Pro Bull 2011 03:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 03:30 Your Beautiful Garden 04:00 Gardening Australia 04:30 Smart Gardening 05:00 Along For The Ride 05:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship

Tux Yard and Handy Dog 2011 Ag PhD Farming Sunday National Tractor Pulling Championship

03:30 04:00 04:30 05:00 05:30

Mon 2 Jan - Sun 8 Jan

Gardening Australia NZ on a Plate Your Beautiful Garden FEI Equestrian World 2011 National Tractor Pulling Championship

Friday 6 Jan 06:00 Pro Bull 2011 07:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 07:30 Best of Sector Report 2011 08:00 Ag PhD 08:30 Best of Straight Talk 2011 09:00 The Horse 10:00 Pro Bull 2011 11:00 Tux Yard and Handy Dog 2011 12:00 Best of Straight Talk 2011 12:30 Ag PhD 13:00 North Otago Rural Outlook Series 13:30 Ag PhD 14:00 America’s Heartland 14:30 Golden Shears 15:00 The Horse 16:00 Garden Rambles 17:00 Tux Yard and Handy Dog 2011 18:00 Classic Tractor Fever 18:30 Pro Bull 2011 19:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship 20:00 ASB Rural Innovation Week 20:30 Best of Straight Talk 2011 21:00 FEI World Cup Dressage 2011/2012 22:00 Pro Bull 2011 23:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 23:30 Classic Tractor Fever 00:00 America’s Heartland 00:30 Ag PhD 01:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 01:30 Best of Sector Report 2011 02:00 Pro Bull 2011 03:00 National Tractor Pulling Championship 03:30 Tux Yard and Handy Dog 2011 04:30 Ag PhD

05:00 Farming Sunday 05:30 National Tractor Pulling Championship

saTurday 7 Jan 06:00 06:30 07:00 07:30 08:00 09:00 09:30 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00 15:00 16:00 16:30 17:00 17:30 18:00 18:30 19:00 20:00 20:30 21:00 21:30 22:00 22:30 23:30 00:00 01:00 02:00 02:30 03:30 04:00 04:30 05:00

Best of Sector Report 2011 Ag PhD FEI Equestrian World 2011 Along For The Ride FEI World Cup Dressage 2011/2012 Parelli: Natural Horsemanship Tux Yard and Handy Dog 2011 Best of Sector Report 2011 Ag PhD Best of Straight Talk 2011 America’s Heartland Outdoors With Geoff Thomas Parelli: Natural Horsemanship Along For The Ride FEI World Cup Dressage 2011/2012 The Horse Best of Sector Report 2011 America’s Heartland Ag PhD Best of Straight Talk 2011 Outdoors With Geoff Thomas Outdoors With Geoff Thomas Landline Inside Music Row TruCountry The Marty Stuart Show Cumberland Highlanders America’s Heartland FEI World Cup Dressage 2011/2012 Along For The Ride Pro Bull 2011 FEI World Cup Dressage 2011/2012 Along For The Ride HSBC FEI Classics 2011 FEI Equestrian World 2011 Best of Sector Report 2011 America’s Heartland Ag PhD

05:30 Best of Straight Talk 2011

sunday 8 Jan 06:00 Pro Bull 2011 07:00 FEI World Cup Dressage 2011/2012 08:00 Parelli: Natural Horsemanship 08:30 Along For The Ride 09:00 Farming Sunday 09:30 Best of Straight Talk 2011 10:00 North Otago Rural Outlook Series 10:30 Best of Sector Report 2011 11:00 2011 Agribusiness Year In Review 12:00 The Horse 13:00 Gucci Masters 2011 14:00 Parelli: Natural Horsemanship 14:30 Along For The Ride 15:00 FEI World Cup Dressage 2011/2012 16:00 North Otago Rural Outlook Series 16:30 2011 Agribusiness Year In Review 17:30 Weather 2011 - The Year In Review 18:00 Pro Bull 2011 19:00 North Otago Rural Outlook Series 19:30 Farming Sunday 20:00 Classic Tractor Fever 20:30 The Marty Stuart Show 21:00 Inside Music Row 21:30 TruCountry 22:00 Parelli: Natural Horsemanship 22:30 Along For The Ride 23:00 FEI World Cup Dressage 2011/2012 00:00 Pro Bull 2011 01:00 Along For The Ride 01:30 FEI World Cup Dressage 2011/2012 02:30 FEI Equestrian World 2011 03:00 HSBC FEI Classics 2011 04:00 America’s Heartland 04:30 Best of Straight Talk 2011 05:00 Best of Sector Report 2011 05:30 Ag PhD

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