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Farming Lifestyles May 2014 Edition

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“It’s fantastic that the project has been able to secure a commitment from such a well-informed and competent group of experts,” said Waikato Regional Council chief executive Vaughan Payne. The experts will be known as the Technical Leaders Group and will make recommendations to the council and its iwi partners.

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Members of the TLG are: Dr Bryce Cooper, General Manager — Strategy, NIWA Dr Liz Wedderburn, Portfolio Leader Agriculture Policy and Maori Agribusiness Principal Scientist, AgResearch Mr Antoine Coffin, Principal, Boffa Miskell Limited Dr Graeme Doole, Associate Professor, University of Waikato Dr Mike Scarsbrook, Environment Policy Manager, DairyNZ Dr John Quinn, Principal Scientist Freshwater Ecology; Programme Leader Aquatic Rehabilitation, NIWA Dr Tony Petch, Group Manager, Resource Information, Waikato Regional Council The TLG will be chaired by Dr Cooper. Under the Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora project, the Technical Alliance, an impartial advisory group of specialists with a range of areas of expertise, will provide information to decision makers on a proposed plan change for the Waikato and Waipa river catchments. The Technical Alliance will deal with environmental, social, cultural and economic information about the catchments, and the consequences of different land management scenarios.

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The ‘competitive advantage’ Demand for exhibitor space at this year’s Fieldays, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest agribusiness event, has been incredibly strong with sites booked out since December and 28 new outdoor agribusiness sites developed this year.

“We’ve been working with the university over the past 18 months to look at new opportunities to create solutions and outputs that will help advance New Zealand agriculture. Our goal has been to find new ways to showcase each other’s strengths and create a year round relationship rather than just coming together for four days in June.” “The result is a series of projects we will work on over the next three years that will see Fieldays support the university’s research and work in areas such as agribusiness, earth and water science.”

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“Being a part of such an agriculturally rich region we are delighted to once again support an event which is at the forefront of agricultural innovation. The university has a shared interest with Fieldays in the agricultural sector, from our research which we will be showcasing, to our students who undertake internships with the many agricultural organisations

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Settler’s dreams founded D L O ON G BY ANDY BRYENTON



ndeed, this is the image of the region which foreigners often conjure up just from hearing the name ‘Waikato’ — if they have heard of the North Island’s heartland, it is likely in conjunction with either green pastures or cinematic Hobbits. But the roots of this region’s growth are in an entirely different endeavour. Settlers were already moving into the Waikato in the 1860s, but in small numbers — Hamilton was, at that time, two separate riverside towns connected by a punt ferry and home to less than 1000 people. Bitter warfare had ravaged the region as the British colonial army tried to wrest control from local Maori, defending their homeland.

Settlement of a disputed land did not look like a tantalising prospect for those half a world away in England and Scotland. But all this changed with the discovery of gold. The Thames goldfields were discovered in 1867, leading to a boom which brought hundreds of prospectors and their families to the region, some coming from the fields of Otago, others from Australia, and still more from Europe itself to try their luck. In 1875 more rich veins of gold were found in the rugged country south of modern day Paeroa — in the Karangahake Gorge. Anyone who has ever driven through this winding, picturesque — and sometimes treacherous — stretch

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What was once a thriving pioneer settlement, with steam-powered industry, is now a tranquil tourist spot, with walking tracks and cycleways following the path of the old railroad

region, settling down and adjusting to colonial farming life. The gold rush of the 1800s brought fresh and hopeful colonists to the

Waikato, ready to play their part in the ‘gold rush’ of the 20th century — the rise of this region to farming pre-eminence.

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was less of a concern at the time than sheer profit and throughput, and many perished underground. In the 1890s a process to improve the extraction of gold from quartz was developed — it used cyanide as a main ingredient. Despite the risks, the three great stamping mills (the Woodstock, the Talisman and the Crown) were well staffed, and by the turn of the century over half of New Zealand’s gold was coming from the KarangahakeWaihi claims. To move this tonnage, a railway was established between the main North Island line and the mining railway from Waihi to Paeroa. With its dramatic twists and turns, narrow tunnels and other features dictated by the harsh terrain, this section of track was fearsome to out-of-district engineers. But the growth it brought by linking the Waikato and Bay of Plenty was valuable indeed. While gold is still mined in Waihi, the Karangahake Gorge boom times soon faded. Now the area’s tramways have been converted to walking and cycling tracks, and the huge battery mills rust among wildflowers. Tourists walk where miners once worked. And the remaining six kilometres of railway, from Waikino to Waihi, have been restored as a historic

relic of times passed, with trains taking sightseers into the heart of the valley to appreciate the scale of that centuryold industry. Perhaps most importantly, many of those miners — and the associated grocers, barbers, bartenders, butchers, bakers and traders — stayed in the

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pon shifting to their Horsham Downs lifestyle block in 2002, the couple decided that instead of grazing cattle, they would graze a few extra bees and just over a decade on, a lifelong hobby for Martin has grown into a thriving business. The small-scale operation gave rise to Martin leaving his full-time corporate role to start his own energy management consulting business and gave Stephanie the opportunity to be a stay-at-home Mum for Daniel, 11 and Matthew, 9 while enjoying the challenge and satisfaction of running a small business. “Martin learnt about beekeeping from his Dad, who kept hives at their Ohinewai home, and he inherited the hives after his Dad passed away,” says Stephanie. “Martin continued to be a hobby beekeeper for years before we eventually moved to Horsham Downs. “We started with the three original hives and gradually increased the

number to 40, focussing at that stage on collecting bee pollen and selling it directly to Comvita. In 2007, together with our new neighbours James and Miriam Driscoll, we decided to step up the beekeeping operation and our small commercial business, Vitality Bee Products Ltd, and eventually Sweetree Honey, was born.” Over the next few years, while Martin and James handled the physical side of beekeeping and Stephanie and Miriam focused on business and product development, the number of hives and demand for Sweetree Honey grew and in 2009 Martin and Stephanie purchased James and Miriam’s share of the business. As artisan producers of bee products, they are involved in every aspect of the business from bee husbandry, to harvesting, processing, packaging and point of sale and they strive to maintain the natural properties of their product.








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The unblended honeys reflect the five main apiary sites from which they are harvested and are based on the local area and season, rather than a single flower source. Stephanie says that people who try Sweetree honey often comment how it tastes like the honey they used to have when they were young. Sweetree honey is a raw, unpasteurised honey with a HMF level typically less than 4mg/kg. This means that it is not damaged by heating during processing and retains the same goodness and natural enzymes present in freshly harvested honey. Samples of Sweetree honey are regularly tested by Hill Laboratories. “People have become a lot more aware of where their food is coming from and how it’s processed and they are not afraid to ask questions,” adds Stephanie, who has a strong interest


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in food and nutrition. “These days, people are much more likely to seek out speciality products and shop in specialty stores.” Looking ahead, Martin and Stephanie intend to to gradually build their hives up to about 250 but say that any more would be hard to manage as secondary income, alongside Martin’s consultancy business. “Healthy hives and tight quality control are important to us and the big thing that spurs us on is our customers’ feedback — that’s the motivating factor. When people tell us how yummy our honey is or how much better they feel since taking bee pollen, then we know we’re doing the right thing.” Sweetree honey and bee pollen and other specialty goods are available from their website, selected retail stores and Collecting Ohui Manuka at the Ohui apiary site on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula the Hamilton Farmers Market.


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The Jewels, a Harness Racing Success Story by Matt Markham

With speed, high stakes and the best of the best — the Harness Jewels race meeting has a little bit of everything. The annual event, which is split between Ashburton and Cambridge, has become a solid part of the harness racing industry’s landscape and continues to grow in stature despite already being in its seventh year. This year all roads lead to Cambridge on Saturday, May 31 for the 2014 edition. Nine races, all at racing’s ultimate level — Group One, with $1.5 million in stakes up for grabs, in short, the racing enthusiast’s dream. But the Jewels isn’t just a day for the ardent racing fan. The

hype surrounding the Jewels draws thousands of people in and Cambridge will be literally abuzz with excitement in the final days leading up to the meeting. With trainers, owners, drivers, breeders and supporters all flooding into the area for the weekend economically the Jewels is also a huge success for the host district. To ensure the best horses are in action each year, the qualifying process is relatively simple. Stake money earned throughout the season is added up until


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the middle of May where the top 12 in each division are invited to take part in their respective age group categories. Hype around the day within the industry, and outside it, has been building for months. The leading stake earner in each of the nine divisions has been decked out in a special set of Harness Jewels colours which are a bright yellow — resembling the same idea as the Tour De France leader’s jersey. It has allowed those keeping a close eye on proceedings to know who is currently the pick of the crop and the colours have a grand record of success on Jewels day itself.

This year though, in a Jewels first, there is a twist to the script. Harness Racing New Zealand, the controlling body of the industry, elected to take the Jewels further afield and have this year introduced a new initiative which sees one Australian horse invited to compete in each category. So now it’s not only New Zealand’s best, but some of Australia’s finest as well. And that coupled with what is already one of the most exciting brands in racing in Australasia is going to make this year’s edition in Cambridge one you don’t want to miss.

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Buying the best – is best! In 1995 Ken Breckon attended the Australian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka, and ended the day purchasing, from the Yarndley Farms draft, the outstandingly bred and presented filly Megaera. The filly carried her looks and pedigree onto the racetrack to become a champion earning in excess of $250,000. Over many years, Sandy and Jan Yarndley established Yarndley Farms as the industry yardstick in breeding, sale presentation and professionalism. So in 2007, continuing the formula that ‘buying the best invariably gets you the best’, Ken and Karen Breckon purchased Yarndley Farms. As in the case of Megaera some 12 years earlier, success has followed buying quality. At the end of the 2011/2012 season, the Breckons were named New Zealand Harness Racing Owners of the Year after their horses dominated the New Zealand harness racing scene in no uncertain terms. In that dream season the eight horses they raced as a family and 11 they raced in syndicates won 34 races and more than a million dollars. Their champion trotter I Can Doosit added another trophy to their cabinet when he was named North Island Trotter of the Year for the 2012/13 season.

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Breckon Farms formula for success has continued with their first foray into racing syndication through their The Good Sports Syndicate which comprised eight fillies, one of which is Linda Lovegrace who recently won the Group 1, $120,000 Woodlands Stud Caduceus Club 2YO Fillies Classic, to take her record to five starts for two wins and three placings, making her one of the leading hopes for Harness Jewels’ success this year. Breckon Farms, a proven model of dealing with the best greatly increases the chances of success, and they encourage anyone wishing to become involved in harness racing to contact them for help and advice.

Landing among the stars Why is it that well over half of the harness racing classic winners come from the yearling sales every year? Why is it that the yearling sales has produced an incredible 32 winners in the brief history of the Jewels? Why are horses purchased through the sales ring so successful, when the harness yearling sales at Karaka and Christchurch only offer between 15 and 20 percent of the foals bred each year? The auctioneers at PGG Wrightson believe it’s all just about ‘setting goals’. Owners and trainers who buy at our sales set their purchases on a career path towards a set pattern of racing that leads them towards the two, three and four-year-old classic races. That journey heads then towards the Young Guns Series, the $1,000,000 Sires Stakes Series, the $1,000,000 Yearling Sales Race Series, the Nevele R Fillies Series. It includes Derbies and Oaks staged in both the North and South Islands and all culminates each Queens Birthday in the $1.3 million Harness Jewels at either Ashburton or Cambridge. Many then cross the Tasman to contest the Australian $1.5 million Australasian Breeders Crown Series in Melbourne. The Kiwis have an incredible record at the Breeders Crown. Peter Lagan, PGG Wrightson’s standardbred specialist says its actually a case of too many opportunities and it

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Natural Capital is all those natural assets which we take for granted, to the extent that our abuse of this natural capital is either dying or eroding away. What is natural capital? It is our soil, our plants, our trees, our animals, our birds, our fish, our atmosphere, our mineral deposits, our sun, our oxygen, our nitrogen, our carbon, our rain, our clouds, our rivers, our micro-organisms, our bees our eco-system and our sea. How lucky are we to be blessed with all these free assets. These are all available to us and contribute to a large part of our farming and our food production. Without all this natural capital farming and food production would struggle to exist. We are dependent upon this natural capital so we need to look after it. The last 30 years of agro-chemical production has seen the erosion of our soils, pollution of our foreshore and waterways, food contamination (e.g. cadmium issue) and the devastation of our bee population and other pollinators who are an essential key to food production. In 2000 the United Nations called for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. The key messages from that report were: • Everyone in the world depends on nature and ecosystem services to provide the conditions for a decent healthy and secure life • Humans have made unprecedented changes to ecosystems in recent decades

to meet growing demands for food, fresh water, fibre and energy • Human activities have taken the planet to the edge of a massive wave of species extinctions, further threatening our wellbeing • The loss of services derived from ecosystems is a significant barrier to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals to reduce poverty, hunger and disease • The pressure on ecosystems will increase globally in coming decades unless human attitudes and actions change • Measures to conserve natural resources are more likely to succeed if local communities are given ownership of them, share the benefits and are involved in decisions • Better protection of natural assets will require coordinated efforts across all sectors of government, business and international institutions Just take plants for example: without plants there would be no food, no fibre, no forests etc. Plants are dependent upon, land without our topsoil all life would struggle and farming wouldn’t exist. Under our present agro-chemical system we are losing 200 to 300 million tonnes of topsoil per year through erosion (Parliamentary Commissioner

for the Environment. 2004. Growing for good: Intensive farming, sustainability and New Zealand’s environment. Wellington. Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.) Topsoil is the gut or stomach of the plant and it needs soil and the micro-organisms within to grow and proliferate. Most of the plants’ mineral requirements come directly out of the atmosphere for free. 45% carbon as CO2, 45% oxygen, 6% hydrogen and 1.5% nitrogen, that’s 97.5% of the plants mineral requirement for free — it has always been this way. Evidence exists that in the presence of artificial nitrogen (urea) the natural fixation of nitrogen from the atmosphere by soil micro-organisms stops and as a result it is increasingly difficult for the farmers to give up the use of the artificial product. Farmers on an Agrissentials program fix all their nitrogen requirements straight out of the atmosphere via the plant and the micro-organisms for free. In their live, living soils nitrogen is stored in the organic matter ready for release to the plant when required. The farmer is not governed by the weather or reliant on transport — the free nitrogen is stored, ready to go and coupled with this natural nitrogen is the return of clover to the pasture — the best feed rumen animals can get for growth and production.

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It’s an old adage that fact often surpasses fantasy and it has been proven in a new account of the Radio Hauraki adventure that saw a bunch of young kiwis take on the establishment and win. In 1970 I was on the news staff of the fledgling Radio Hauraki, when the newly licensed land-based station opened in Auckland’s Caltex House. The Hauraki signal could be heard the length of the country at night, when atmospherics let the signal boom into rural areas from North Cape to the Bluff. From Kaitaia to Taranaki, to the West Coast of the South Island, and points further afield, we heard from woolshed parties, wedding knees-ups in the local hall, or just family groups settled in by the homestead fire. Radio Hauraki’s rural audience equalled its urban listeners. So when the movie 3-Mile Limit arrived recently, I was eager to see our story on film. Unfortunately, the cinematic offering was a mish-mash “based on a true story” but to me, more the product of a script-writer’s hallucinations.

So I decided to wait for the television docu-drama on Radio Hauraki that I knew was scheduled for TVNZ’s Sunday Theatre this winter, on the grounds that

it was blessed by journalist and author, Adrian Blackburn. But Blackburn was one step ahead of me. He was an integral part of the Hauraki story — the then New Zealand Herald reporter with ‘the inside story’. Now his just released The Radio Pirates, How Hauraki Rocked The Boat, has arrived to truly document the story. It is a testament to what can be achieved by belief, faith, hard work, and great courage. Some might add, just a little craziness. The government had always dictated the airwaves, with classical dirges the standard listening fare on state radio. But then came Radio Hauraki, a Heath Robinson studio and transmission conglomeration involving extensive Number 8 wire thinking, aboard the dilapidated coastal trader MV Tiri, broadcasting from a tiny segment of international water off Great Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

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Last year the grandstand in the Kiwi’s Best Kitchen Theatre at Fieldays was packed with Josh Emett fans. Returning this year, the celebrity Michelin star chef will be sharing tips on producing speedy gourmet style meals using New Zealand ingredients including many from the popular Kiwi’s Best Kitchen marquee. Raised on a Waikato farm, this is a big step up from the Lions Caravan grill where he used to help his father sell burgers at Fieldays, when Emett was a child. Helen Jackson knows the importance of easy but appealing food. Aside from being a busy mum, the celebrity cook runs the website, hosts the Radio Live Kitchen and Garden show, writes for magazines and cooks on the TV One Good Morning show. She will be demonstrating a Ploughman’s banana and white chocolate bread and butter pudding, the ultimate golden bagel burger, Ploughman’s Welsh rarebit and a gorgeous dip with toasted Burgen. Niki Bezzant is the editor of New Zealand’s

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The theme for Fieldays 2014 is ‘Managing Resources for a Competitive Advantage’ and once again exhibitors will vie for accolades in three categories. These are: Grassroots — Concepts ideas and prototypes; Launch NZ — innovative products being launched to the New Zealand market; and International — innovative products being launched globally. In addition there are four innovation awards: • Fieldays Young Inventor of the Year Award (25 years and under) • Vodafone ICT Award of the Year • Locus Research Innovation Award • James and Wells Intellectual Property Service Award The innovation theme continues at the Fieldays Innovation Den powered by SODA Inc, which is a Dragon’s Den style platform which connects inventors and

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than to accept things as they are. At high School he developed a passion for working with wood and his love of fine furniture began. Once Simon developed his own brew and methods the word got out and he started to get a demand for his amazing stripper. Today, over 30 years later, Simon's 'brew' has become the 'Cooper's Strip Club', a complete DIY restoration system, family owned, available throughout New Zealand and Australia. "Cooper's is different to conventional strippers in so many ways," Simon says, "the main one being that it will strip any finish from any surface, whether the finish

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His company will be at Fieldays at Hamilton’s Mystery Creek next month for the fifth time to promote its tours to potential customers. He says Fieldays is a chance to talk to past customers and to grab a few new ones. “We talk to them about what we have and they talk to us about where they would like to go. It’s really a meeting point” He says Fieldays is a useful flag-flying exercise, although it does not produce much extra business. “People come and look and take away itineraries and study them later. Not many book on the spot.” But Mr McPhail won’t be there in person. He’ll be leading a tour group in China, leaving his experienced staff in charge.

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Owner Selwyn Garton and sons are passionate about every aspect of their business. They manufacture maize based livestock feed mixes that deliver SUPA results across the board for livestock — poultry, equine, dairy, beef, pig and more under the SUPA feeds brand. The company’s products are derived from a range of New Zealand grown crops. Nutritionists helped develop the feed mixes which contain no palm kernel and are not genetically modified. The mixes are also free of artificial yolk colouring or animal by-product. “With our great team and professional knowledge, we have developed a SUPA range of products that shape and lead the market in which they choose to compete,” says Jacob Garton, distribution manager. “Our new catalogue about to be distributed gives clients ease of use and displays the range of products that are recipes for livestock health and vitality,” North Country Grains also has a useful website with livestock feeding recommendations. Selwyn is looking forward to making contact with customers and receiving feedback at the North Country Grains

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A background growing up on a 280ha hilly, high country sheep and beef farm near Apiti provided Brooke McIntyre with an ideal stepping stone to global wildlife and conservation work.


rooke’s fourth year at Otago University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Zoology and a Post-graduate Diploma in Wildlife Management, was spent mainly out in the field. She took part in studies involving tagging fur seal cubs, black stilt monitoring, investigating deer and possum control methods, tracking Kiwi in Franz Joseph, and spent six weeks on Stewart Island. Following university she completed a six-month Conservation Corps course with the intention of working for the Department of Conservation (DOC). “However my dreams were big and working in New Zealand wasn’t going to be enough,” said Brooke.

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After eight months teaching English in Japan as a key money earner, Brooke travelled to Costa Rica to work for Global Vision International. Her work there involved leading groups of volunteers and conducting daily field surveys. Brooke said their efforts concentrated on monitoring the nesting activity of the critically endangered leatherback and green turtle population. Volunteers went on nightly beach patrols to prevent poachers from digging up the eggs and eating them, or selling on the black market. “Other work involved setting up camera traps in the forest to try and capture the elusive jaguar on film and surveys documenting the increasing trend of jaguar predation on nesting green turtles.” Brooke also worked as an expedition leader for a project based in San Marcos on the shores of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. She led trekking excursions into the forest, camped in tree huts, fetched water, chopped firewood and cooked over an open fire. “Basically showing others how to live a more simple life and understand more about themselves through the practice of yoga and meditation.” A one-month introductory yoga course

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in Mexico followed before returning to New Zealand for a stint in the shearing sheds as a roustabout. Brooke then travelled to India, Indonesia, various parts of Asia. After solo backpacking in southern India, Brooke met up with her sister Kimberley and they trekked to Everest Base camp together. With a long-standing goal to travel to Africa, Brooke applied for a two-month ranger course that qualified her as a field guide in South Africa. Based at the 10,000ha Mabula Private Game Reserve, north of Johannesburg, Brooke and nine others ventured out each day on two, two-hour game drives to learn everything possible about the African bush. Broke said the course covered wildlife, animal behaviour, identifying tracks and signs, African trees, geology, astronomy, and conservation. Following up the option to complete an internship at Mabula Game Lodge, guiding international and South African

guests on two-hour game viewing safaris proved to be a demanding, challenging and exhausting job. “A lot of people come to Africa with the notion of seeing ‘the big five — elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard and lion’ right away and to get the best shots with their cameras. “Whilst Mabula was a ‘big five’ game reserve, with only 10 elephants, elusive leopards and lions that were difficult to spot amongst the tall grass, satisfying clients demands was not always possible. “I found the South African guests were happy to be shown the smaller aspects of the bush and simply observe the animals, whereas with our Indian clientele especially, we would have ‘Ferrari safaris’, racing around the reserve from one big animal to another in order to see as much as possible.” Brooke didn’t enjoy this aspect and the pressure to find the animals. “Although there were strict rules in

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the operation to track the rhino.” Brooke said the killing is ruthless with the rhino tranquilised with a dart gun, a chainsaw used to cut the horn off at its base, and the rhino left to wake up. “The silly thing is the horn is composed of keratin which is the same material as our fingernails. “It grows back but of course not if it is brutally cut off at the base to get as much product as possible. “The rhino obviously cannot recover from such brutality.” Although Brooke loves New Zealand and the rural life, she has more plans to travel in the near future. “Seek, explore, discover’ is the motto I live by. “I love New Zealand, yet am fuelled by wanderlust. “I truly believe life is about new experiences.”


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New North Island convenor for DWN by Joanne Speechly

Atiamuri dairy farmer Karen Forlong has been appointed North Island convener co-ordinator for the Dairy Women’s Network (DWN), which will see her supporting the 18 volunteers who run the Network’s regional groups. “Karen brings a wealth of farming and leadership experience to the Network,” said DWN chief executive Zelda de Villiers. “Alongside her farming responsibilities she is on the board of Rotorua District Vets and is about to complete the Agri-Women Development Trust’s Escalator Programme. “She has also contributed a significant amount of her own time to the DWN over the past 12 years, playing a key role in organising three of our annual conferences.” Ms Forlong first joined the Network in 2002 as a member of the Rotorua regional group. She has farmed in Matamata, Ngarua, Tatuanui, Kiwitahi, Arohena and Tokoroa and understands what it is like to be new in a farming community. “This is why DWN is such a brilliant network. It’s a great way to meet women in your community who are on your level — women you can really connect with, who have similar drives and are often facing the same challenges. “The network is very inclusive and that support can’t be underestimated during

stressful and difficult times.”Ms Forlong will to continue to be hands-on at home, where she farms alongside husband Maurice, milking 360 cows, but said her new role will be the priority. “Dairying women who put their hands up to run the DWN’s regional groups are farmers themselves, with busy workloads that include juggling farming and family responsibilities. “Collectively our regional coordinators have an incredibly broad range of valuable skills and my role will be to support and help them develop, share and deliver resources, information and training that is tailored to what the members in their area want. “Each group has a different agenda but I would like to build on our inclusive ethos, aid the planning process and encourage the sharing of ideas between groups about training and events that have worked really well.” The Dairy Women’s Network has more than 5000 members across its 30 regional groups — 18 in the North Island and 12 in the South. Membership to the Dairy Women’s Network is free.

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Pay it forward concept teaches young people to cook by Denise Gunn

Concerns about the lack of cooking skills amongst young dairy farm workers, and knowing they eat too much takeaway food, has led Northland dairy farmer Louise Giltrap to find a solution. Louise would like to see women open their kitchens, or hire the local community hall, to teach simple cooking skills to young people in their district. “I would like to see a little Mexican wave of cooking classes going the length of the country,” she said. Louise sees the cooking class concept as a bit of fun and would like to motivate Ingredients required for stir-fry beef, chips and salad women to get amongst the young people in their district, to pay it how to think ahead while they are forward with a random act of kindness. grocery shopping. “There are lots of young guys out “It’s all about food assembly.” there living on pre-cooked sausages and To enquire about setting up cooking bread,” said Louise. classes in your district, contact Louise “Everyone is so busy buying the farm at next door, they’ve forgotten how it all fits together.” As a working mum on a dairy farm, Louise knows how tiring it can be at the end of the day to put a meal on the table. “I want to get these guys feeling confident about cooking and preparing a filling meal when they come in.” Louise has also set up a Facebook page ‘Young Farmers Pay it forward Cooking Classes’ to post ingredients, simple recipes and photos. She has at least eight dishes that can be assembled in less than 40 minutes. “I use them all the time as well as the more adventurous stuff I’m capable Azzurra has a fantastic of,” she said. selection of coats and made “However it seems I actually need to in New Zealand knitwear. show someone how jolly simple it needs Sizes 10–26 to be for these young people to start 581 Victoria Street, Hamilton feeling confident.” Phone 07 839 1611 Louise would like the cooking classes to include teaching young people

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Fieldays fashion extravaganza Satirist and television presenter Te Radar is to MC the finale of this year’s Fieldays Ag Art Wear competition. Celebrating 20 years of creativity the competition this year welcomes fashion designer, successful entrepreneur, and philanthropist Annah Stretton as the Ambassador and Head Judge for the Ag Art Wear Awards. “The Ag Art Wear Awards offer creative New Zealanders the opportunity to mix design and art with an agricultural

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Results from the Either Way It’s 20K trial in Ashburton have revealed that illuminated 20K signs on school buses have a dramatic effect on driver

to a hazard ahead and the need to slow down. Since 1987, 23 children have been killed when crossing the road to and from school buses. Another 47 have been seriously injured and 92 received minor injuries. New Zealand appears to be lagging behind other countries in keeping our children safe around school buses. In the United States for instance, purposebuilt yellow school buses incorporate stop signs and drivers must never overtake a school bus that is stopped to let children on or off. In New Zealand however, buses are multi-purpose and the only requirement is to display a SCHOOL or KURA sign when they are used for school runs. Drivers questioned as part of the Ashburton trial revealed that many simply weren’t aware of the 20K rule.


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All change in the cowshed by Paul Campbell

Under the shadow of drought conditions, with many herds dried off early, the seasonal change in the dairy industry may be a little less busy this year.

To the forefront at this time are local councils, as stock take to the road in trucks, or in local cases, to the road on the hoof. Stock transports are being reminded to keep the highways and byways clear of effluent discharge or spillage. As well as animals, hundreds of households may be on the move as well, as being a sharemilker taking up a new contract means having all of your household possessions in a truck with your stock not far behind. Federated Farmers has issued tips to smooth the way over Gypsy Week — these can be found online at

Nevertheless, change will take place as the annual migration of the New Zealand dairy industry comes round once again, heralding a busy few weeks at the start of the new dairy season, with farms changing hands and share milkers moving on to new contracts. Dairy herds will also be moving on to new pastures, but in all likelihood, movement will be somewhat restricted after the prolonged drought, which has yet to see any real recovery of feed stocks as winter closes in. But drought or not, the sheer weight of the dairy industry, with more cows than people in New Zealand makes Gypsy Week a significant event.



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supplies’ by forty percent, and says that without intervention water insecurity will generate widespread social and political insecurity and could contribute to state failure in regions important to US national security. In China with 1.26 billion, the water table is dropping one metre per year due to over-pumping and the Chinese admit that 300 cities are running short of water. They are diverting water from agriculture and farmers causing them to go out of business. Some rivers are so polluted with heavy metals they can’t be used for agriculture. It is predicted that as farmers go out of business China will have to import more food. In India, with 1 billion people, key aquifers are being over-pumped, and while Israel has invented many technologies such as desalination plants to convert sea water to fresh water, overpumping of its aquifers is allowing sea water to pollute drinking water. In New Zealand we believe we are water-rich. The last thing we can imagine is that our fresh water supply could be in the future under threat through manmade pollution of our waterways, and that over-pumping will cause our water tables to drop significantly. We New Zealanders should take a strong interest in the government’s policy decision to promote water storage throughout New Zealand and monitoring the use of our valuable fresh water resource.

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Cut and carry or grazing It would seem that we are fast approaching the crossroads with respect to dairying in sheds, barns or whatever you want to call them, and whether it is still viable for our dairy farmers to continue grazing as the main method of feeding stock. There are more and more feed pads being put into place and now there’s a sizeable increase in covered sheds with all the cows being snuggly indoors with their constant supply of feed, fresh water, padded beds and back scratchers. Those who have already taken the plunge and are using such facilities are reporting a very sizeable increase in production, contented cows and happy workers. The diet is able to include such things as potatoes and other ‘goodies’ that the cows really enjoy and respond very well too. So the question now is just how far will the swing go and who will be able to afford to climb onto the wave. There are a lot of opportunities for other farmers to become growers of dairying feed, literally becoming a total support system

growing a variety of food ranging from lucerne through to beet and everything in between. A case of intensive farming without the animals, early morning starts and if it is raining, staying warm inside the tractor cab. With the advent of very sophisticated irrigation units and some very clever cultivars the support industry is there ready and waiting. I am assured that the costs of importing feed onto a dairy unit are well covered by the increase in production. So will it become a case of the majority of new conversations being small holdings with very large sheds, or will the industry stay with the all grass system that many are now suggesting is outdated. Perhaps the hardest point to consider is how much it would cost to convert the

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A dog’s tail …

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Ya gotta hand it to the Boss. He rilly knows about pollyticks an’ wots goin’ on. Eye no this ‘cos we was up ata killin’ shed, wear Boss does tha muttons for the house, an tha odd wild pig wot we get ova the back ofa farm, ona bush line. Well, we wen’ up tha back at ferst lite ina mornin’ ana Boss bowled a pig wiv’ his old riffle an’ we got it back ta the proppitty ona back ofva big red quod bike he got atta Feel Daze. It was a bittofa bother rilly, cos I had ta run home steda ridin’. Well anyway readas, Boss was dressin tha porka, an he was

deelin’ to tha guts wen’ he sed: ”Juss like old Shane Jonses Dog. He gone an’ gutted tha Laber Pary wen he took a noo job with that Machavelly McCully.” Must admit readas, I didint rilly unnerstand’ tha Boss, but Sharlene, his gerlfrend, was ina shed too, an’ she sed Boss was a ‘sick puppy.’ That further konfused me, an’ I decided it didint matter enyway ‘cos I not voitin’ in any lections eh? Well, afta Boss an’ Sharlene bagged upa wild porka ina freeza, they hadacupatee an’ Boss carried on about

pollyticks. “Ya gotta hand it ta Mr Ki an’ his maytes,” he sed. “There goes that David Cunningliff makin’ more lection promises. He was gunna say the Laber Party gonna stop that legal marijahooley stuff, but ole John Ki got ta heer about it, an tole that Peter Dumm ta ban the stuff first.” That was about wen Sharlene wint an’ fired up her komputa. Sed she was chekin eemails. An then she yelled atta Boss: “That Mr Morris Willimsin has chucked in his ministas job.” Eye thort she mint that new bloke ina dog colla like mine wot’s atta cherch ina village. But then Sharlene tole tha Boss it was a guvmint minista wot sent sum eemails ta the coppers about a mate wot was ina cactus (Boss has tole me that’s wot ya say win ya get in trubble). “Yip,” sed Sharlene. “This lection is gunner be a bit like skittils eh? Bowl one ova on one side, an then bowl one over ona other.

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

Good demand holds firm Wool prices held on well during the past month or so despite a sky-rocketing Kiwi dollar driven mainly by a steadily weakening greenback, as well as limited demand from Chinese buying interests. Auction sale catalogues were certainly not fully subscribed as some growers opted to accept farm gate prices amid the uncertainty of exchange rate influences. However the majority of all auction catalogues were cleared at better than anticipated prices. Reasonably solid offerings of lamb’s wool were displayed throughout March with a fair number of the crossbreds testing a little coarser than the previous year. This was mainly due to being shorn later than normal plus having had a very good start to life as the ewes were generally in very good condition and milked particularly well with good grass growth throughout the weaning period. Staple length was also comparatively longer than normal as a result of the good feeding conditions experienced in general. Prices for crossbred lambs’ wool ranged from around 535 cents

per kilogram clean to around 495 cents per kilogram clean, but much depended upon micron and length. A few crossbred early-shorn hoggets (long lambs) measuring around the 32 to 33 micron range sold at levels around the 535 cent mark on a clean price basis. Mid-micron lambs’ wool types were mostly well sought and, once again depending on micron and length, fetched around 825 cents per kilogram clean for the finer edge down to around 560 for the much coarser types. Crossbred fleece prices remained fairly steady. However some of the more inferior types were erratic for price towards the end of March but gained significant ground during early April and, in some instances, sold at levels not too far shy of the better style wools. Second-shear wool types probably enjoyed the best of the market provided they displayed good colour and character,

and staple length was around the 75mm or better mark. Oddment types again sold well with the better washing colour bulky oddments receiving good support from the exporting trade. From the beginning of April the South Island returned to a fortnightly auction schedule, after a rather hectic weekly roster between January and March, through until late June. This reflected the diminished quantities of wool available during the autumn and winter months. When the pre-lamb shearers do begin in June it will be interesting to note just how much impact the continual change in land use has had since a similar time last year, when there was certainly less wool available compared to the previous season. It’s anticipated there will be less wool available again this season. The demand versus supply equation still remains relevant however, with seemingly more wool being sold outside of the auction system, on a percentage basis, direct to export and/ or first stage processors, it can become more difficult to gauge exactly what the demand is and from whom, and what level ‘market’ prices should be at, on a type-for-type basis.

Most ‘serious wool growers’ should have the ability to compare their wool type to a current market level in order to establish where their wools fit in the broader picture, and how fluctuations could affect their income stream. If growers lose that ability, due to increased direct sales and a perhaps less transparent (than auction) selling mechanism, maximum return could be compromised. This might see an even lesser (than present) emphasis placed on wool importance within the over-all sheep industry into the future. We at PGG Wrightson place significant emphasis on wool quality and preparation standards due to the demand from our manufacturing customers around the world, many of whom buy their wool via our year round forward contracts available to grower suppliers. That’s my view.


May 2014



Kiwi legend pushes the boundaries by Andy Bryenton

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Putting winter auto worries on ice by Andy Bryenton

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Winter is here, with thick fog, slippery tarmac and driving rain delivering a triple-threat to motorists in the Waikato. But there’s an easy way to make sure your journeys are safe as you hit the road over the next few months — a little bit of pre-planning goes a long way towards ensuring you arrive alive when the weather turns foul. First port of call should be where the rubber meets the road — your tyres are all that stands between you and a nasty accident in slippery, wet conditions. The tread of your tyres is designed to eject water and prevent hydroplaning, so tyres with worn tread are a literal killer. Your local tyres pros can also check wear patterns, tyre pressure and alignment to make sure your car stays on a nimble footing. The electrical systems of your car take a hammering in the cold, with window demisters, aircon, heaters, and those all-important lights and fog lamps playing a vital role. The health

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The rebel from the south

The world of side by side UTVs is a tough one to break into — even the big names in off road machinery have found that they need a unique selling point to entice buyers away from market-leading brands.

We’ve seen machines with six and eight wheels, amphibious crawlers, tip up trays, variable seating, all kinds of engines — it’s an arms race to create the ultimate in versatility for the hunters and farmers who buy these hardworking vehicles. Now the team from Bad Boy Mowers have thrown their hat in the ring, and they’ve done so in a fashion which well suits their roots in rural Arkansas, USA. The company, born out of a working man’s toolshed to create tougher, more reliable, more powerful ride-on mowers, has created the Intimidator, a UTV built so tough it looks ready to withstand a major warzone. The Bad Boy/Intimidator folks aren’t messing around. Any company which goes from two men in a garage to a market leading position in John Deere’s back yard this fast, deserves a look. The Intimidator, with its focus on strong, welded-steel components, seems a good fit for the way Kiwi farmers treat their UTVs as well. From front to back, 1.25 inch tubular steel a-arms support gas-charged coilover shocks. The chassis is built like that of a tank. The engine (available in petrol, electric,

or a thumping, torque-heavy 1,000cc diesel) is mid-mounted low for a good centre of gravity, and up top options include seating for up to six burly men, or a full six foot truck deck and seats for two. Twin-pot automotive style brakes round out a safety package that includes three point belts and full rollover protection. The Intimidator lives up to its name with power, though, more than anything else. The diesel unit has a rated towing capacity of 2,100 pounds — that’s 950 kilos — and a further 540 kilos on the back deck. That’s a ton of grunt, in almost literal terms. If a buyer is considering a new UTV for work rather than play, this is a figure that’s hard to look past. The old adage is that they do things bigger in Texas, but in this case the state of Arkansas has done America proud, producing a UTV which is truly bigger, bolder and brawnier than the rest. If some other models on the market today are equated with SUVs, then think of this as the full military Humvee — ready to go to war against the hardest terrain it can find.

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Big fun, small footprint

Remember the small SUV? The fun little Suzuki Escudo, the diminutive RAV 4 — heck, even the venerable Mac Gyver had his Jeep Wrangler.

getting the most out of the 92 kilowatts on offer. Once again, Ford have managed to squeeze a lot of power out of a small unit, and the good news keeps coming, because the EcoSport will indeed also be available with the stunning 1 litre turbo mill from that spicy hot Fiesta. When it does, expect a petrol-sipping 5.7 litres per 100 kilometres. The verdict is a simple one in this case. Competition in this segment of the market is set to heat up, with Holden bringing out the new Trax and Nissan’s quirky Juke already selling well. But with the EcoSport Ford have set the bar dauntingly high. It’s spacious enough

for the family, handles well, possesses enough power to surprise (if not to thrill V8 hungry petrolheads), and ticks the biggest box of all, coming in at less than $30,000. That’s a competent and cool package, especially when you consider the unique look of the little Ford — it will stand out in the crowd for all the right reasons. While most sports utilities have become school run barges or armoured cars, the EcoSport goes back to the roots, with that ineffable ‘smile on your face’ factor to the fore. Think of it as the Fiesta’s big brother — with a lifetime gym membership and muscles to match.

IMPRESS THE GIRLS. Light, sure-footed and with tons of pep, these small firecrackers were a big hit in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Then most successive models started piling on the bulk, until many were as large as the family sports utilities they replaced. Now Ford have reinvented this segment of small, go-anywhere fun machine with the new EcoSport, carrying on the winning formula of their worldbeating Fiesta hatchback. The recipe — more power from less displacement, and more enjoyment from less size. The EcoSport tips the scales as a lightweight, with the Trend model we tested packing only 1.5 litres under the hood. But, like the surprising little 1 litre Ecoboost Fiesta, this new machine is a revelation. First — the looks. Imposing and unique from the front, with a snub-

nosed, pugnacious grille and a hood swept up into the windscreen pillars, the EcoSport has the image of a pareddown Ford Kuga from the side, and boasts a nice surprise at the back — a rear mounted spare wheel mounted Land-Rover fashion. This isn’t just to display the little sport utility’s off-road intentions — it’s also a way to cleverly add room inside, where the comfort and cutting-edge layout of the Fiesta have been nicely tweaked to fit the new mould. Microsoft’s smart Sync system rounds out a very comprehensive infotainment suite. On the road, the EcoSport is stable, and corners with minimal roll, tracking smooth and precise — a neat trick for any SUV. The 1.5 we tested came mated to a double-clutch six speed auto, which shifts seamlessly through the gears,












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Hoof Print with Fred Hoekstra


I am up on the North Island at the moment teaching hoof care. During the workshops we talk about what causes lameness. When I ask the different groups what they think the main cause of lameness is ‘stone bruises, sole penetration and white line separation from twisting on concrete’ are the most common reasons given. The trainees are usually quite adamant about these causes, but when I ask them to give me some solid evidence to back up their claims, they usually goes quiet. There are some attempts with answers like ‘we find the stones in the hoof’ and — ‘if I walk over stones on bare feet, I get sore feet’. This however is not conclusive evidence. I get stones stuck in the bottom of my gumboot but that doesn’t mean that those stones created the nice patterns in the sole of my gumboot, rather it is the case that the patterns

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already existing in the sole of the gumboot allow the stone to get stuck, and because you get sore feet when you walk with bare feet on stones doesn’t mean that the cow is experiencing stones in the same way. Remember, cows don’t walk on bare feet — they have hooves (like if you were wearing gumboots). Also, you may be sore if you try walking over stones for just one day, but if you walk on stones every day for the next few weeks you will soon be able to run on them. Why then is it that so many people are convinced about stones being the main cause of lameness? I have not yet seen any convincing evidence to support these claims. I know that a number of you who are reading this article will think that I have no idea what I am talking about. I know this because the trainees tell me at the hoof trimming workshops.


We are being told by advisors, veterinarians, colleges and ourselves that stones and twisting or pushing cows on concrete causes stone bruises, sole penetration and white line separation. I guess that if we say it often enough we really believe it, even to the point that we are not questioning our beliefs anymore. I challenge anyone to show me some real evidence. Give me something indisputable with which to back up these claims and I will write in my next article that I am wrong. If you are not sure about the whole thing but somebody else is making those claims, I would like you to challenge that person to write to me. This is not about wanting to be right or wanting to be different. This is about working out the truth. The reason why it is so important to know the truth about the causes of lameness is because it will influence the way we combat it and the effectiveness of our efforts. I do strongly believe that the physical forces of stones and twisting on concrete have very little or no effect on bruises or white line separation. If it




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Massive population growth has a downside A talkback host said that Christchurch should grow to over a million population ‘stretching from the coast to the Southern Alps’. Overwhelmingly, callers’ responses to this were supportive of the idea. No consideration of the loss of export earnings resulting from loss of farmland sacrificed for housing! How would all these extra people be employed? Low wage manufacturing attempting to match Asian competitors? What about quality of life? A similar proposal for Auckland envisaged the city expanding to Helensville. It has been reported that the Ministry of Immigration’s plan is to boost our population to 10 million. The distinguished Chilean ecological economist Manfred Max-Neef developed the ‘threshold hypothesis’ that when an economic system grows beyond a certain size, the attendant costs exceed the benefits. Already Auckland firms, recognising the principle, have started relocating to Hamilton. Some farmers understand the principle as it applies to their land. I doubt that Fonterra recognises it. ‘Biocapacity’ equals the area of land and water available per human/city/

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Present human activity is unsustainable. What are New Zealand’s choices for our future economy? We could continue to supply ecological debtor countries with ‘virtual land’ in the form of food and timber, preferably adding value to these products by processing them here. We could also develop and sell our skills in science, engineering, information

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