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FARMING Lifestyles

June 2014 Edition

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Applied Science majoring in Agriculture, three years ago. “I went to Massey to get a solid theoretical background which I could build on practically.” Now in her third season in the dairy industry, Ruth is working as a dairy assistant on Ross and Michelle Davison’s 250-cow, 120ha farm near Taupo. During her first year, Ruth was second-in-charge on a 550-cow farm

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Ruth said it was an honour to have achieved a goal she set since joining the industry three years ago. “It’s great all the hard work, discipline and focus paid off. “I am very thankful to those who have helped and supported me. “It has been humbling all the support I have received since winning.” Ruth strongly encourages others to enter the Dairy Trainee of the Year competition. “It’s a fantastic learning and mentoring opportunity. “The feedback you receive on your knowledge base and your goal is invaluable, and will help with your future success.”

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SPEAKING UP FOR KIWI FARMERS BY COLIN PATTERSON

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“New Zealand’s got some of the world’s best farmers in terms of converting grass into protein. I want farmers to get the benefit of that and ensure more of the value they create is captured by them.” Mr Parsons is from a fifth-generation Northland farming family. After leaving Kaitaia College, he spent a year building

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“Public perception that our farmers are rolling in it because of high international commodity prices are wide off the mark,” says Mr Parsons.

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“It’s about giving older farmers ways of releasing their equity. Farmers tend to be conservative. When they sell they want to sell it all. We suggest they sell shares. Some younger people can borrow $500,000 to $1 million. That’s enough for a share but not full ownership.” On the battleground of international trade Mr Parsons is vocal in his support for lower tariffs. “For every cattle beast we slaughter, farmers pay $115 in tariffs. There’s a 40% tariff for beef to Korea, while for Japan it’s 38.5%.” Mr Parsons concedes middlemen and retailers might not pass on all the benefit of lower tariffs. But he says experience shows farmers receive twothirds of the benefits accrued from lower tariffs, while lower prices paid by consumers are likely to increase demand for our products, which benefits all New Zealanders. “If we had to pay tariffs on lamb exported to the European Union, New Zealand would be $1 billion poorer.” Farmers have made it through global financial crisis and international economic downturn in good shape. Their prospects therefore look good, with international markets likely to improve still further. But Mr Parsons says farmers still need to remain relevant and ensure they only produce what their customers want. “There’s no silver bullet. It’s about doing a lot of simple things well.”

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DROVING DAYS BY DENISE GUNN

Bill and Gill Pullen spent several years on the road droving cattle around the North Island.

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ith a background of high country mustering in the South Island, droving, and managing sheep and beef farms, Bill’s stockmanship skills were sought after by many farmers needing their cattle moved. Gill first met Bill when she was working on a dairy farm in Te Awamutu. “He was taking his dog to the vet in Cambridge, and called into use the phone,” said Gill. “I was covered in mud and must have looked like a drowned rat in the pouring rain, but can’t have looked too bad as he called back that afternoon and asked me out.” The couple’s droving life together began in 1974 after managing

sheep and beef stations in the King Country. “We bought a 21 foot caravan and a Dodge truck to tow it with, and moved back to Gisborne where we could get work,” said Gill. Gill was born and raised in Gisborne. Her father owned an orchard before he became a publican. “I grew up in the country at Hexton, then at Tatapouri on the East Coast. “When I was 13, we shifted to Waikanae Hotel, just north of Wellington.” After leaving school, Gill worked in hotels for a couple of years before returning to Gisborne to train as a veterinary nurse. Bill, Gill and their two young sons, Roy and Ian, made the caravan their

home with a temporary base at the Gisborne Showgrounds. “Bill would go out to the saleyards each day where he could pick up mobs easily enough, through the stock agents or the buyers themselves. “To start with, we did short trips around the Gisborne area until we finally got a big mob to take through to Cambridge. “After that mob we took them right through to Te Kauwhata.” Some of the droving jobs lasted for just a few weeks, but the larger mobs would take up to half a year. “We would take about 430 on our own but the bigger mobs of 700 cattle, we would have another man to help.”

Gill said droving with young children had its ups and downs, especially having a baby in cloth nappies. Her daily routine would include driving the truck with the caravan ahead of the mob, and waiting for the drovers to catch up for their smoko. Then it was time to move ahead, park up and get lunch ready. Gill would also try and get the clothes and nappies washed, using a river if there was one handy, otherwise the baby bath. “I would hang everything on the fences to dry but would have to get it all in before the cattle arrived.” Washing would then be hung out again at the next stop. If it was raining,

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the washing was hung up in the caravan and in the back of the truck. Gill said wet weather was the most difficult part of droving with children. “It was winter when the mobs were on the road so as to arrive at the farms in time for the spring growth. “The best part was being in a different place every night, new views, new people to meet and talk to everyday. “The kids had plenty of space to play and we were with them every moment every day.” When Gill was pregnant with their third son, Guy, she stayed on the farm that they had been working on for the summer. Bill went out on his last droving job then secured a permanent position on a sheep and cattle station when he returned. “We spent four years at Kaikohe managing the family farm, then in 1983 we went to manage Otiwhiti Station.” The couple spent 16 years on Otiwhiti Station near Hunterville. Bill worked as manager and Gill took on the book-keeping, accounts and GST responsibilities, as well as organising the running of the cook house, gardens and a small dairy unit. “We finally bought our own place, 600 acres at Rangiwahia in 1998, but unfortunately we were not there long before Bill had a stroke,” said Gill. “After months of rehab, he returned to the farm but found it too hard to manage

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WHEN IT COMES TO PRODUCING QUALITY STEAK COLIN BROWN IS OFFICIALLY THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY.

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What makes Mr Brown’s success all the more amazing is that he’s a latecomer to beef production. Up to 10 years ago he worked fulltime in information technology. He was just a hobby farmer. “I always had a few acres of land. My wife Keryn was into horses. I always loved beef animals and cattle.” After deciding to leave the bright lights of IT, Mr Brown headed into the (largely) unknown world of beef production for a

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living. “I started with Simmentals and have now gone full circle to Beef Angus. Having just 75 acres of land on his property called Lake Farm Mr Brown has always run a tight operation. “I don’t have more than 100 cows at any one time. Our wieners get raised in the Mamaku Ranges from eight months until they are ready for slaughter (between 15 and 24 months).” He admits there’s been a steep learning curve, coming to grips with the do’s and don’ts in an industry of which he previously only had a passing acquaintance. “There have been a huge number of mistakes. Sometimes for every two steps forward, there has been one step back. But if you don’t

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Even before he entered Steak of Origin, Mr Brown had hit upon the Internet as a vehicle for marketing his beef products. Mr Brown says customers who buy online can also be assured that their purchase will arrive fresh. Lake Farm beef is shipped chilled in aluminiumlined cooler bags, and includes ice packs to keep the meat cool. The bags are recyclable and reusable. Lake Farm ships all orders by courier once a month. “We can get orders to anyone in the country within one or two days.” He says selling on the Internet is the ultimate test of quality. The fact that customers keep coming back shows they are happy with what the team at Lake Farm produces. Mr Brown has been entering the Steak of Origin for the last six years and has already enjoyed considerable success. “I’ve made the semi-finals five times and the finals four times”. Mr Brown had no hesitation in entering the 2014 competition. “This competition is unique in the world. It’s a way to validate the quality of our beef.” Winning the top prize came as a shock to Mr Brown. “I always love to make it to the semi-finals. If I hadn’t

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New Zealand National Fencing Championships (NZFC) Judge Colin Brown shows the finer points of fencing using hand tools to a young man considering entering the New Zealand National Fencing Championships next year, pointing out the 45 degree angle on the staples, the use of quarter rounds, and advising sharpening and oiling the spade blade precompetition for ease of use. Brown has been judging the competitions for about 11 years and competed for 18 years before that, so it would be hard to find a better advisor. There were three forms of fencing on show at Fieldays this year. Two competitions profile traditional skills in a sporting-like approach, while the

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Nestled in expansive park like grounds KERIKERI PARK MOTEL is a Qualmark 4 star plus property offering spacious self-contained studio and 1bdrm units. A quiet tranquil setting, off the beaten track but also close to Kerikeri town center. All units have full kitchens, their own en suites with fully tiled bathrooms, and all our luxury units have Super King size beds and spa baths. Collect Flybuy points.

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Situated right in the heart of Whale Bay this stunning beach house sits north-facing to optimise the panoramic views of the sea and coast, and all-day sunshine. Just 30 seconds walk to the surf, watch the surfers go by from the top deck or lounge in the private spa pool below. Beachaus is situated on a full tree lined site, private and peaceful, but only 5 minutes drive to the cafe culture, restaurants and designer wares and artworks of Raglan town. High-quality towels, linen and bedding, basic pantry stocks, and a complimentary bottle of New Zealand wine supplied.

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Twin Rivers Motel was appropriately named, as Taumarunui lies at the confluence of the Ongarue and Whanganui Rivers, and is perfectly positioned at the gateway to our awe inspiring region. Conveniently located within a short walk to the CBD, restaurants, cafes and directly opposite the RSA Club. Twin Rivers Motel consists if 12 ground level units and offers guests the choice of 9 studios, two 1 bedroom units, or one 2 bedroom villa, all fully selfcontained and serviced daily. 23 Marae Street, Taumarunui Phone 07 895 8063 Email: twinriversmotel@xtra.co.nz www.twinrivers.co.nz


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Recent cholesterol series Last month we concluded a series on cholesterol and heart disease. We looked at some of the dietary and supplement options for people to reduce cholesterol and generally to improve heart health. As a result I received many contacts from people and I offered a lot of practical advice. For some it was just short telephone or email contact for others we created complete cardiovascular wellness programmes. The most common questions were around statin cholesterol medication, statin side effects and alternatives to statins. I always state that I cannot give advice on medications as this is between a doctor and patient and would never suggest people stop prescribed medications. My advice to people on statins was restricted to dealing with side effects and generally reducing heart disease risk through diet and various supplements. I have noted increasing numbers of GP’s and specialists now understand the relationship between statins, co enzyme Q10 and the most commonly experienced side effects. Next month I will prove without doubt that the manufacturers of statins also know the full story. We will look at a United States drug patent held by the makers of one of the top selling statins that proposes a new drug combining statins and CoQ10. My view is that if quality Co enzyme Q10 was routinely prescribed at the right dosages alongside statins, most of side effects would disappear. There are a group of people who, on discussion with their GP had discontinued statin therapy because of side effects. There are some who for various reasons have decided not to use medications. With these people I recommended a three month trial of the natural cholesterol manager Sytrinol® with dietary changes, especially increasing soluble fibre and reducing sugars and refined carbohydrates. If you have further questions on this subject please contact me by phone or email. John Arts (B.Soc.Sci, Dip Tch, Adv.Dip.Nut.Med) is a nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health Ltd. Contact John on 0800 423 559 or email john@abundant.co.nz. Join his full weekly newsletter at www.abundant.co.nz.

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DWN launches new business strategy The Dairy Women’s Network board and chief executive met with nearly 30 regional convenor volunteers in Wellington last month to launch its new business strategy. The strategy includes a streamlined core business focus, priorities for the next three years, and more support for developing and growing its regional volunteers and groups. DWN chief executive Zelda de Villiers said working through the new strategy with the board has been the focus for the past four months. “Our new business strategy sets a clear direction for the DWN over the next three years. It reflects what our members have told us they want and is more aligned with the dairy industry strategy, which was launched last year,” said Ms de Villiers. Developing and recognising talent and valuing people in the work environment are priority areas for the Network.

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A shift from national to international recognition is also reflected in the new strategic vision. The Network’s DairyNZ funded training would be directed into a series of five new modules that will be short, sharp and practical, replacing the existing Dairy Days workshops, and the Network’s regional convenors will be involved in all aspects of developing and delivering the training. “Our regional convenors are the axis on which the Network operates. In developing our new strategy, we looked

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Nutrition and lameness In my last article I asked you to show me some solid evidence to demonstrate that stones and pushing cows in the yard would bruise the hooves, cause sole penetration and cause white line separation. A number of readers did respond and I very much appreciate your emails and feedback. I didn’t get any evidence, but I did get some questions regarding the causes of lameness. I will endeavour to cover those questions in my articles but it will take more than just this one. Lameness is a multifactorial problem. Most of us already know that. What are the factors that are involved in this problem? To make it as simple as I can, I believe that the main issues are nutrition and stress. There are other factors, but if we control the nutrition and stress then we can eliminate a great deal of our problems to the point where we have minimised the issue. These two factors are both broad aspects that need more explanation. Before we start addressing the nutritional aspects of the problem I have to advise that I am not a nutritionist. I do have some knowledge in this area but I am by no means an expert. A lot of what I say about nutrition comes from nutritionists that I work with and have a lot of respect for. Many pasture-fed cows do not get enough effective fibre in their diet, and I am aware that this contradicts what some nutritionists believe. Fibre has a big impact on the health of the corium. Whilst there is nothing in the fibre that is directly involved in the healing process of the corium, the fibre does help with the processes in the rumen, creating a better, more stable, rumen pH.

The microbes in the rumen function better and there will be less acidosis — acidosis being an important factor in laminitis. This can be particularly important when cows are out of the paddock for long times due to milking. If the cows are fed meal in the cow shed then it may be even more important. Cows gorge themselves when they are in the paddock and starve when they have been out of the paddock for too long so there is a big pH fluctuation in the rumen. This is made worse if the cows are getting meal in the cowshed. I am not saying that we shouldn’t feed meal in the cowshed but it is important to know what can potentially happen when we do. I know that it is believed that the fibre content in the grass on our pasture-based systems is enough. My question would be: “How do we know how much fibre a cow needs?” How do we know what the lowest acceptable pH in the rumen is? If we only look at some elements in the rumen and just draw our conclusions on that then we may be missing the boat. One scenario I would like to put before you is how come beef animals on nice lush pastures in Canterbury have haemorrhaging and even sole ulcers?

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Dairying drives success A key message I always tell farmers, growers, fishers and foresters around the country is that we need to celebrate our success loudly and proudly. If we don’t, no-one else will do it for us. That’s why I was proud to attend the Dairy Industry Awards in Auckland recently — a black-tie event attended by nearly 1,000 people. Congratulations to all the winners on the night. There were some inspiring winners like Ruth Hone who became the first ever woman to win Dairy Trainee of the Year. Out of the 11 dairy trainee finalists, five were women. 27-year-old Nick Bertram was named 2014 Farm Manager of the Year, which is a great achievement given he joined the industry with no family background or experience in farming. Congratulations also to Charlie and Jody McCaig, 2014 New Zealand Sharemilker/Equity Farmers of the Year. In my speech I pointed out to the audience that every hour of every

day, the dairy sector earns another $2 million in exports. It’s the hard work of farmers that pays for our schools, roads and hospitals and I don’t believe you get thanked enough for that. There is a lot to be proud of. According to Dairy NZ, the productivity of dairy farmers has doubled in the last 50 years. I’m very proud of the efforts farmers have made to improve their environmental performance, with around 90% of waterways now fenced off from stock. We’ve also seen big strides forward in animal welfare. Farmers realise they need to be proactive and take the lead on these issues, because there are plenty of critics out there who will take any chance to bash you. I see part of my job to be an advocate in Parliament and I’ll keep fighting

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in your corner. All of us need to keep talking to our urban cousins, reminding them of what we’ve achieved. We’ve got some very exciting opportunities and challenges ahead of us. The world population is going to reach 9 billion by 2050 and as they get wealthier, they will want more and more of the protein we produce. To meet this challenge we need to encourage young people into this industry. By 2025 it’s estimated we’ll need another 50,000 new positions

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Views on farming and the Budget The Minister of Finance the Hon Bill English stated when commenting on the budget, that he did not view the budget as steady as you go with a few freebies, but a reflection on New Zealand being able to move forward confidently. Over the years the government budgets have demonstrated a significant shift in the relationship between government and the farmer, which began in the late 1800s when New Zealand was an emerging nation reliant on agriculture for export income. In May 1881 under the heading of Bonuses on Colonial Industries, the government offered £500 for the first 25 tons of butter or 50 tons of cheese to be exported. There was a stipulation that the produce had to have originated in a factory operating on the ‘American principle’ of a producer co-operative and was quite different from those of the butter and cheese dairies in the United Kingdom.

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1984 election resulted in David Lange’s home, Lady Thea had just returned from Labour government being elected and Sir a run. We unloaded the meat and filled Robert Muldoon was removed as National the freezer. The freezer was brand new Party leader. The Lange government and empty. She introduced me to Sir removed all farming subsidy incentives. Robert who I had not met before. Sir The sudden transition from subsidies to Robert asked, why had I given them the a free-market economy meat? It is a wonderful under ‘Rogernomics’ gesture. I replied, it is caused a number of in appreciation of all 17,000 farmers farmers to lose their the support you have marched on farms through the given to farmers over resultant high interest many years. I asked Wellington protesting rates — some in him how come his against the new excess of 20 per cent, freezer was empty. Labour government’s that were charged at He said no farmer the time. As a young has ever given me a policies as being farmer I and other beast before. unfair and not farmers struggled I learnt a valuable even-handed. financially. Federated lesson here and that Farmers’ leadership of was, in spite of his the time embraced the generosity to farmers, new free-market economy and with others it didn’t necessarily mean that he received were highly critical of Muldoon’s former any reciprocal acknowledgement. I monetary policies. 17,000 farmers received a letter from Sir Robert and his marched on Wellington protesting against wife thanking me for the meat, which the new Labour government’s policies as they said they thoroughly enjoyed and he certainly never forgot, because on a being unfair and not even-handed. During this time it seemed ironic to me number of occasions after, when I invited that those farming leaders who embraced him to farmer meetings in Northland, he the free-market economy had been always obliged. responsible for asking for farming subsidy Today’s National government which incentives in the first place. While sitting was once described as the farmers’ party at home one day, I decided to telephone in gumboots, has clearly come to the Sir Robert Muldoon at his home. His wife realisation that it can no longer simply Lady Thea answered and said Bob is in rely on the rural sector to get re-elected. the United States and will be home next Bill English’s budget is clearly targeting week. I told her I was getting a beast the young urban voter, the majority of processed at the local butcher for them which live in Auckland. Every political and I wanted to meet Sir Robert. She party knows that whoever gets the invited me to come down the following majority of the Auckland vote becomes Saturday. When I arrived at their Auckland the government.

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Changing soil pH and calcium by Tim Jenkins

If a soil test shows that the pH is above or below a desired range then liming can be used to lift the pH or in some cases sulphur used to drop the pH. The amount of lime required depends on the amount of change required, the buffering capacity of the soil (related to pH, organic matter and minerals in the soil) and the type of lime. The speed with which the pH change takes place can also be affected by the fineness of the lime, soil moisture, starting pH and whether the lime was incorporated into the soil or just placed on the surface.

How much lime? A light soil and a heavy soil at the same pH have different cation exchange capacity (reported in most soil tests) and so different levels of hydrogen that need to be converted to water by liming. A heavy soil (or one with higher organic matter content) will generally require more lime than a light soil (or a low organic matter soil) to shift the pH by one unit. Some acid soils may also have aluminium in solution on cation exchange sites and this can use up some of the liming action. In a typical silt loam soil, it might take 2.5 to 3 tonne/ha lime to lift the pH by one unit (e.g. 5.5 to 6.0). Sandy soils might require 1 to 2 tonne to achieve

the same change in pH, while a heavy clay soil may need more than 6 tonne/ ha.

Chemistry of the liming effect Starting with the basic chemistry of liming, it can be seen that the pH lift comes from the carbonate part of calcium carbonate. Lime is calcium carbonate and dolomite lime also has some magnesium carbonate. Lime weathers in the soil through the action of natural acids and slow dissolution. The positively charged calcium ions (and magnesium ions if relevant) are released into the soil solution and then swap with other cations (positively charged ions) present on the cation exchange sites. In an acid soil, many of the cations are hydrogen ions (it is the hydrogen ions that are the basis of the acidity) and they are preferentially lost during liming. The hydrogen ions don’t disappear — they react with the carbonate (CO³²-) from the lime to form hydrogen carbonate which in turn forms carbon dioxide and water (the two hydrogens are in the water’s H²O structure). But the calcium is also an important part of the overall liming effect. Calcium

is termed a base cation because it is less acidic than other types of cations. As lime supplies the calcium, the pH change is maintained as calcium replaces hydrogen ions on the cation exchange sites. Part of the liming effect is a stimulation of soil biology and calcium is an important aspect of that action. Available calcium is important for good activity of earthworms and many beneficial soil bacteria.

The liming effect The benefits of liming include improved availability of many nutrients (compared to acid soil availability). Reduced issues with aluminium toxicity and lock-up of phosphorus. Improved nitrogen fixation partly through improved molybdenum availability. Stimulated biological activity from the pH effect and the calcium. Reduced risk of some diseases including brassica club root. Improved soil structure from the higher calcium levels. Calcium without the pH lift In some cases a calcium boost may be desired to improve soil structure but the pH is already at a good level. Gypsum (calcium sulphate) can provide

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RURAL WHEELS

Ace lays cards on the table

Speculation as to the properties and abilities of the new Polaris Ace has been rife since the first images of this nimble little machine emerged from the United States. Was it going to handle like a tiny version of the sporty RZR 900? Would its full roll-over protection system make it a winner on the farm? Would quad riders be able to easily adapt to a seating arrangement and control layout more familiar in a family sedan? All these questions have now been answered, with the Ace landing four wheels on the ground at the recent Mystery Creek Fieldays. In addition to this timely exposure, we’ve had the chance to take a spin in the little double-overheadcam firecracker, and the results have been surprising to say the least. There’s no question that the safety issue — a huge ‘elephant in the room’ when discussing off-road machines has been addressed here in spades. The full cage, side intrusion bars and mesh combine to make this little vehicle safer than most others which share it’s diminutive footprint. Power too, is hardly lacking, with 32 horses on tap — more than you get from some full-size UTVs. The Ace revs high, but delivers smooth acceleration on the flat and ample torque for the rough stuff, boasting over 600kgs of towing grunt as well. No, the big surprise here is the market who should seriously — as in right now, today — go and take a spin in an Ace. There’s no doubt that farmers are a tough breed, but many have been working the land for decades now and the rigours of throwing a leg over the quad saddle, then leaning into the turns all day is no picnic. Anyone with a bad back, or prone to aches and pains must take a seat in the Ace, because it’s comfy, the suspension is forgiving, there’s no need to throw your weight around, and there’s a roll cage to grab onto to help get in and out.

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LIVESTOCK

Wool Perspective

From Rob Cochrane GM, Procurement, PGG Wrightson Wool

Options aplenty The past month or so has been rather interesting and revitalising for wool prices with the first auction in May strengthening on the back of the obvious supply shortage, but more importantly a resurgence of interest from processors around the globe creating a much welcome and more positive signal to the market place. The solid market tone has enabled a number of wool growers to sell most (if not all) of their recently shorn wool and allowed a large percentage of wool which was passed-in at earlier sales for failing to reach grower reserve prices, to also be cleared to the trade. At PGG Wrightson (PGW) we cover all bases with a comprehensive and strategically placed national network of wool representatives, transport hubs, and warehouses, auction centres in Napier and Christchurch, plus a wholly owned wool marketing and export division — Bloch & Behrens NZ Ltd (B&B) — supplying quality wool to a vast range of processors and manufacturers for the production of such items as: luxury blankets and throws, insulation,

furnishing fabrics, upholstery, tennis ball felt, duvet inners, hand knotted rugs, machine tufted carpets, machine woven carpets and rugs, livestock covers, ski jackets and babies’ blankets. A large number of manufacturers who source their wool through the PGW/B&B channel are European based, focussed on high quality retail sales and are mindful of how important ongoing deliveries of quality wool are to their reputation. Some of these customers are now interested in longer term three year supply contracts which in turn means that PGW can offer some certainty to growers who supply the required wool types. Over and above the three year contracts are the PGW/B&B fixed price forward contracts, covering a wide range of types. These contracts have been operating extremely successfully since 2008 offering PGW’s growers a fixed price ‘today’ for wool as it is growing and to be shorn and delivered at a predetermined date in the future, often

between three and nine months from the date of signing the contract. For spot market sellers, the PGW auction system offers many benefits, particularly in the current climate of dwindling supply, because expor t industr y representatives are able to appraise a wide range of wool types from the grab sample removed from each bale within a line, which is accompanied by comprehensive test data measured from core plugs of wool, also removed from each bale, and reported by an independent laboratory who has no financial or other interest in the wool itself. All exporters attend the auction armed with their pre-sale assessments of each line allowing them to make keen judgement of what lines of wool they can or cannot combine to suit their processor orders. This provides vendors with the absolute widest possible exposure to the market place, due to the expert ability of wool exporters who push boundaries to ensure their wool deliveries are maximised for wool type, and subsequent price is driven by full benches of buyers competing fiercely at every auction.

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LIVESTOCK

Country Matters

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Rural shows have commercial advantage While A&P shows have been the haven for stud stock breeders to show off their wares for 150 or more years, now the commercial breeders have found their arena. Mint lamb, or pasture to plate contests have suddenly taken the real aspects of stock out to the buying public and those selling sires. While any one animal can only win the title once, for obvious reasons, the total

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My point of view Allen Cookson

Monetary reform

For about a decade, most countries have had interest rates much lower than ours. The influx of foreign money to take advantage of our high rates can increase inflation though that is followed by deflationary and/or recessionary pressures as debt and interest are repaid. If money that is borrowed from overseas is wisely invested in equipment and materials (e.g. irrigators, fertiliser), the cost of borrowing is exceeded by the increase in earnings. Such borrowing is non-inflationary in the medium to long run. Reckless borrowing which bids up the price of a farm is obviously inflationary. Even National leaders have repeatedly (until Labour’s reform proposals) said that our currency is harmfully

overvalued, handicapping exporters and local industries. Yet National have offered no remedies. The present system temporarily controls inflation by increasing debt. It restricts our earning capacity and increases the burden of unemployment (including crime, health and taxation). Farmers, business leaders and economists have complained about our flawed monetary system. Since 1973 New Zealand has every year spent more than it has earned. The debt is paid by selling our assets — land, infrastructure and profitable enterprises. The ignorance and incompetence of our politicians is mind boggling. Now, at last, a major party acknowledges

some of the problems, and has credible remedies with flexibility to cope with unexpected developments. This is new for Labour politicians, who previously denied reality. Under Dr Michael Cullen, as National does now, they crowed about their strong management of government debt, while facilitating soaring private debt. Most politicians think private debt doesn’t matter. If we carry on as at present, we will end up like Iceland. At present our ratio of foreign debt to GDP is about 120%, among the highest of developed economies, and that ratio continues to increase.

Much of our difficulty stems from lax control of capital flows in and out of the country. Many respected economists think restriction of capital flows would be effective in reducing exchange rate fluctuations and global financial instability. Inflation has been blamed on too much money being created. The rate at which money is spent is an inflationary factor unknown to most people. Today there is strong evidence that trading bank lending (money creation) precedes central banks’ attempts to keep things steady. Clearly further monetary reforms are needed.

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