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how social media can be used for gathering and sharing knowledge. “The farming industry is constantly being challenged by a number of issues, which sometimes can be misrepresented in mainstream media or by activists,” said Sophie. “I had followed some success stories from the UK and States around farmer action created by Twitter connectivity, including the #sosdairy campaign, and #buybritish (produce) campaign, and thought New Zealand had great potential to create a voice on this medium as well. “Given farming can also be a lonely occupation sometimes, connectivity via Twitter and other mediums enables

farmers to share ideas, problems and issues while out on the tractor.” Sophie said social media use in the New Zealand agricultural industry is still in its infancy compared to other nations around the world. “With agriculture being New Zealand’s largest export earner, we need to ensure that we continue to attract talented, innovative young people to the industry, and with the rural/urban gap continuously being challenged, it is important to connect with our consumers so that we can create a positive food story. After all, with

the world set to increase population to nine billion people, we need food. “Rural infrastructure with broadband and cellphone coverage may limit some potential use but overall there are many opportunities,” she said. During her international travels, Sophie has endeavoured to learn more about agriculture from a global perspective as well as opportunities in the social media space. So far she has found that social media has significant value in translating the farmer’s voice, particularly in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. “Communication is important in the agricultural industry because people have always been concerned about where and how their food is produced.” Sophie’s travels also included attending the Contemporary Scholars Conference in Canada with 60 other Nuffield Scholars from around the world. The two-week conference allowed scholars to network with each and listen to a variety of speakers from different  industries. On her return to New Zealand, Sophie plans to become involved in more leadership roles within the industry.

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As well as selling to florists across the country, 1% of their lilies are exported. In addition they have a flourishing website, with customer orders flooding in 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The couple employs six full time staff and two part-timers. The duo have well defined roles in the business. “David is the managing director and is responsible for strategic planning and finance,” says Anne. “I perform some administrative tasks and am responsible for assessing new varieties for suitability. We both are also responsible for marketing and developing positive relationships with our many customers throughout New Zealand.”

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Their two daughters have worked in the nursery during summer holidays. But neither has shown any inclination to get involved permanently. One works as a civil engineer, while the other is doing a double degree in Law and Arts at Victoria University.

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“We pasteurise the very fresh milk in small lots and this enables sterilisation while keeping all the original elements of it, and this all adds to the final product. Even the spent whey is used by a local organic free-range pig farmer and of course during the actual cheese making and maturing, no preservatives or stabilisers are added.”

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Jenny says while much of the new cheese can be consumed straight away, other types need to mature under quite specific conditions around humidity and temperature in order to bring out their unique flavours and texture that have made the brands so popular. Keeping it all in the family, Mônica’s brother — a graphic design artist — has designed the logo and packaging along with their comprehensive website and Jenny says Fridays are spent with the vacuum packing machine packing and labelling for the weekend’s sales.

was born when the two were looking at redundancy about three years ago. “I had a cheese making kit someone had given me and I joked that we should start making cheese. As it turns out, AgResearch had some vacant space, so we decided to give it a go.” Cilantro Cheeses are at the Cambridge Market fortnightly and at Hamilton’s Markets She says Cilantro specialises in artisan, hand every week, at a few selected retailers and crafted cheese utilising locally sourced GE-free restaurants around the area and at Farro in goat’s and sheep’s milk whilst having the smallest Auckland. And of course you can buy direct carbon footprint possible. from the shop at the Ruakura Centre, in the “What we are trying to do at Cilantro is to MIRINZ building on East Street, Hamilton. create wonderful artisan cheese, but also keep They are a must buy and quite addictive! experimenting on variations, utilising traditional methods. Right now, our Chèvre is the Cuisine Champion Goat Cheese of 2012 — and we are very proud of that.” Having a strong background in related science Jenny says really helped them. However, not everything they design works the way they want or expect and they sometimes have a selection of cheeses they call their ‘Ay Caramba!’ line. “Just about all the cheese that doesn’t work out the way we expect is still very edible and as long as The Cilantro cheese making process is not much people know that when they bigger than a home kitchen, which adds to its unique flavour and style

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Molybdenum is a vital trace element for enzymes in nitrogen fixation in micro-organisms (including the rhizobia bacteria in legume nodules), and nitrogen metabolism and a range of other functions in many micro-organisms and all plants and animals. Certain crops are more commonly limited by low molybdenum levels — these include cauliflower, brassicas generally, lettuce, onion, beets, carrots, parsnips and citrus. Deficiency symptoms can include low nitrogen levels and nitrogen deficiency yellowing as well as cupping of leaves. To t a l molybdenum contents in soil can vary widely between soil types Yellowed clover leaves can be with a range of 0.2 to around an indicator of molybdenum deficiency 2.5 ppm being typically seen in New Zealand soils. Availability of most pastures therefore, it is probably the molybdenum is greatly affected by safer to try to address molybdenum with soil pH with acid soils having greater bulk liming to bring the pH up to a good ‘lock-up’ of the element by adsorption level say around 6.0 to 6.2. Fortunately onto soil minerals. With a higher soil the lime also contains some steadily pH eg through liming, availability of released molybdenum too. In some cases, liming is not sufficient molybdenum can improve. Plants need hardly any molybdenum and can and there can be marvellous responses generally tolerate very high molybdenum in clover growth to 10 grams per hectare before showing toxicity. The problem (one off annually for five years) of with molybdenum toxicity in livestock sodium molybdate being sprayed on. however, is well known (and humans Note the small amount — that’s all the need to take care in handling the nitrogen fixing rhizobium bacteria need element — the dust is hazardous too). to get a boost in their activities. (Note High molybdenum uptake can easily if applying in solid fertiliser form, the antagonise copper uptake inducing recommended rate would be around 50 acute copper deficiency in livestock. In grams per hectare).

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Nitrogen fixing for free by John K Morris, Agrissentials

If you want the best producing soil on your farm, then read on and discover how easy it is to achieve. All it takes is a change in how you think about the soil and then the change in your soil can begin to happen. The first and foremost thing to realise is that the soil on your farm is the stomach of the plant. All life on the planet has some type of stomach. However, the most abundant form of life on our planet is plants and although they don’t appear to have a stomach, their roots are well entrenched in the stomach which we know as the soil. The gut of the fish contains the same micro-organisms as the gut of humans, animals and the soil. All life is intrinsically connected through these microbes — how magical is that?

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction and this is evident in the move to agro-chemical production, particularly over the past 30 years with the inherent toxicity of phosphate rock used in the production of superphosphate and its petrochemical partner, urea. The action of these two products is not only having a negative effect on our environment, but also on our food production, especially with issues over the heavy metal cadmium coming from super phosphate and the excess loading of nitrate in food, resulting from heavy applications of urea. Super phosphate and urea are decimating the microbial mass of the

soil. These microbes are essential in achieving top quality food production. They are the farmer’s soil management team; converting mineral to a plant available form, building humus (carbon) in the soil, increasing soil water retention quality, water drainage capacity, mineral quality, topsoil depth and fixing all the natural nitrogen your pasture requires, via the atmosphere, for free! That will beat any chemical fertiliser shareholder rebate to smithereens and you’ll be looking after the environment too.

million years plants have been fixing nitrogen directly from the atmosphere with the help from mycorrhizal fungi and rhizobium bacteria. The addictive use of synthetic nitrogen (urea) suppresses this natural system of free nitrogen supply, in particular clovers (which can fix nitrogen naturally) which instead start resonating at a frequency that attracts the clover flea and root weevil. If however you refrain from using urea, the clover seeds in the soil will germinate and are further enhanced by the applications of Agrissentials best on earth fertilisers. Clover for cows is the ultimate food.

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Agro-chemical production has reached the point whereby it is now damaging New Zealand’s clean green image. Our 100% pure declaration has been blown out the door, courtesy of the chemical consultants advising farmers to use toxic products on their farm, resulting in export market questioning the value of the food we are producing. For example, the current problems and scrutiny some New Zealand dairy exporters are facing with China. For the past 460

Farming is meant to be a natural process and the more natural you make it the better it operates — that is how nature designed it. Farmers are tricked into chemical production with the lure of more stock, more money, only to find themselves on the chemical treadmill and little profit to show for it. The chemical cowboys are taking it all! We need to get back to wholesome farming, producing

wholesome food for a wholesome profit and Agrissentials are at the coal-face bringing health and vitality back to your farm with our multi-mineral, microbial rich fertilisers. The mind is like a parachute — it has to be open to work, so close your wallet and look into Agrissentials’ atmospheric nitrogen fixing programme and save yourself some serious money and look after the environment at the same time — that’s got to be the best deal ever. Farmers already on our programme, just take it for granted. Call your Agrissentials’ rep now: Alec Robertson (Coromandel/Hauraki) on 027 522 2687, Mike Hare (Hauraki/North Waikato) on 021 0203 6926, Lewis Wallace (South/ West Waikato 027 502 3036 and Ian Garlick (Bay of Plenty) 021 738 521 or call Agrissentials on 0800 THE KEY (0800 843 539). There’s never been a better time to call us with our spring sale on now, that’s got massive nationwide FREIGHT FREE DEALS (some conditions apply) on bulk units of Rok Solid, Roketlime and Oceans 100 until the end of September.

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The Polaris Ranger 400 may have been engineered smaller than its sibling the XP, but it still gets the toughest jobs done on the farm. Designed to be easier to maneuver, store and park inside barns and sheds than its ‘big brother’, the 400’s impressive 10” ground clearance still keeps the ride smooth, clearing obstacles and reducing high-centering on rough terrain. A true all wheel drive (AWD) system automatically engages all four wheels when you need more forward traction, and reverts back to 2WD when you don’t. When in 2WD, the VersaTrac Turf Mode switch unlocks the rear differential for easier, tighter turns that won’t tear up your grass — great for muddy pasture or after harrowing and tilling. Polaris’ smooth Independent Rear Suspension system (IRS) has 9” of

travel and five-point adjustable preload so you can stiffen the suspension for heavy loads. The MacPherson Strut independent front suspension has a long 8” of travel — a strand of engineering DNA shared with rallywinning Polaris off roaders. The Ranger 400 also aims to deliver industry leading ergonomics for a more comfortable day’s work. Driver and passenger comfort have been prioritised, with extra legroom and easy cab slide-through design so two adults can get in and out quickly. The Ranger’s 500 lb capacity rear dump box has gas-assist dumping operation and features the exclusive ‘Lock & Ride’ cargo system,


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Mates’ rates? Just what you need!

When a truly one stop agricultural machinery supplier like AGCO says its offering ‘mates’ rates’ on Massey Ferguson — you know they’ll be the best around and right across the amazing range of Massey Ferguson products AGCO handles through its extensive dealership network. New Zealand Manager for AGCO Peter Scott says right now, if you’re in the market for tractors, disc mowers, rakes, balers, combine harvesters, tedders and air seeders, then your local AGCO Massey Ferguson dealer is well worth having a chat to. “They are doing ‘mates’ rates’ which can simply be a better cash price or a

really impressive deal on finance down as low as you’ll get anywhere or a combination of both.” Massey Ferguson has been a trusted agricultural brand for more than fifty years and they have over a century of technical development and expertise to draw on so you know what you’re buying is the best.


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World’s top tractor now in Waikato The world’s biggest selling tractor is now available right here in the Waikato. Otorohanga Agri Machinery is proud to stock Mahindra tractors which in 2010 attained the title of number-one tractor in the world; a status it’s kept ever since. Across continents, fields and farmland, Mahindra helps people get the job done right and connects them to their passion — Recently the Davis family at Waitomo purchased a 6030-4WD Mahindra F.E.L third service 60H\P. Miria said the Mahindra the land they work and love! More than 150,000 was well suited for their farm, good size, back to basic, good hydraulic and horsepower. “I’m very happy with our tractor” Mahindra tractors are sold five-year warranty plan that surpasses around the world every year. Now, New Zealand farmers can all competitors. Together a range of financing programmes, find out what makes Mahindra tractors Mahindra customers benefit from greater support, so good. Mahindra’s history started in post- confidence and peace-of-mind. Mahindra Australia began operation war India in 1945 as manufacturer of Jeeps. In 1963 the company formed a in 2005 with an assembly plant in joint venture with International Harvester. Brisbane. It is now among the top four Fourteen years later Mahindra began tractor companies in Australia with building tractors in its own name and a distribution network of more than by 1983 had become the largest tractor 50 dealers. Mahindra also exports producer in India. In 1994 Mahindra tractors to New Zealand, Fiji and other broke into the highly competitive Pacific countries. American market. Mahindra is an excellent product. Mahindra stands behind its products You can find out why at Otorohanga with the industry's best warranty. Offered Agri Machinery. If you buy Mahindra, across our entire portfolio of tractors, the team will ensure you get the best Mahindra USA provides a "Best-in-class" back up and service support available.

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Hoof Print with Fred Hoekstra

Proactive practices prevent problems The season is well on the way now and the weather has been great so far, and because of that we certainly have not had the lameness issues we experienced at this time last year. However, improving the hoof health of a cow is a constant goal. Even with weather like this we know that lame cows will come. A lot of the severity of the lameness depends on management style, herd size, milk production level and diet. There are a number of things you can do to minimise lameness and the cost of lameness. Foot baths can be used but are only helpful for infectious diseases. Fortunately we don’t have many of these diseases in New Zealand, even though it appears that Digital Dermatitis may be on the increase and we need to be on the lookout for this disease. However, apart from this and Foot Rot, we are close to being infectious diseasefree here.

Foot baths should not be used for hardening the hooves as that will not minimise lameness. Another option is preventative hoof trimming. Hooves that are not functioning well are more likely to induce lameness. But what does that mean? The principle of a well functioning hoof is that the weight is spread as evenly as possible over the medial and lateral claws. That means that the pressure on every cm² of both claws on the sole is basically the same. This can be achieved by making the dorsal wall as short as possible (7.5cm) so that the weight goes more towards the toes. Then the claws need to be at an equal height, at least as close as possible.

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This way the excess weight of the bigger claw (usually the lateral claw) is transferred to the smaller claw (usually the medial claw). By doing this the effect of laminitis will be less severe and therefore the cow will be more mobile. Obviously preventative trimming is best done before the cows go lame. Overseas, farmers usually trim their cows’ feet twice a year. They need to because their cows spend many hours on concrete in their barns. Because New Zealand farming is usually pasture based, our cows spend a lot more time on soft ground which means that the claw height difference has a less diverse effect because the softer ground will shape more around the hooves.






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Nevertheless our cows are spending a substantial amount of time on hard surfaces when they walk to and from the cow shed and stand in the holding yard, and this is when the overloading of the lateral claw is most likely to occur. Because of this, preventative trimming also has an effective role to play (as was shown to be the case in a trial we conducted a couple of years ago) and should be included as part of our best farming practices in NZ as well. Instead of trimming all the cows twice a year like our overseas counterpart’s do, we can get away with trimming a smaller portion of the herd. It is not necessary to trim the whole herd, just the ones with long toes and uneven claws. But in saying that, we do have a number of clients who do trim all their cows every year with very good  results. A healthy herd starts with preventative action. It adds to pride and enjoyment in your herd and your achievements.

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Regulatory compliance and milk quality To meet Fonterra’s Risk Management Plan (RMP) to protect the future of New Zealand dairy food production, suppliers with teat-spray rotary platform sheds that spray while the cow is on the platform, must have an automated system to eliminate or minimise the risk of cows being sprayed while still being milked.

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“This poses a greater risk if the free-riders are freshly calved colostrum cows and the milk harvester is inexperienced. Everybody knows that these cows have swollen udders which look as if they have not been milked out.”

we have developed a device that interrupts the signal to the teat sprayer, causing it not to spray if the cow is on the platform. This can be retrofitted to most existing automatic systems that have a cow retention apparatus.”

He says risks from work exhaustion around calving time and the repetitious nature of the job, plus machines all contribute to the problem. “The solution is to spray cows after they have left the platform but for farmers who have their sheds setup for platform teat spraying,

Mr Carey says exit-race teat spraying using a system like WETiT QD0 is best as it sprays cows that have left, and have no risk of being re-cupped, which all helps New Zealand maintain its world class dairy food production reputation.

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Lending an ear to rural hearing care

by Alan Wheatley

A programme is being rolled out for rural women to carry a hearing care message to young rural New Zealanders. Programme Manager of Injury Prevention at ACC, Dr John Wallaart says while heating loss is a national concern, it is increasingly so in rural New Zealand, especially among young people.

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and increased knowledge, it can be managed.” The programme ‘Dangerous Decibels’ was delivered to 30,000 young people last year and Dr Wallaart wants to now see it targeting rural New Zealand. “Hearing loss and damage is costing the industry something around $10 million a year in terms of compensation claims. It’s probably one of the top claims from the rural sector and covers all types of farming.” A two-day course on the USdesigned programme was run in Auckland last month and was well attended by rural women. Dr ACC Programme Manager of Injury Prevention, Dr Wallaart says the aim is now to roll John Wallaart hopes to get the message on rural hearing care out to the community it out across the country. “It’s a farming issue and so we prevention out to their communities at want rural women to come and get all levels.” Dr Wallaart can be contacted the facts and then take the message on 027 220 7387 or email john. about hearing care and damage

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The Home Show Innovation, renovation, inspiration — The Waikato Home & Garden Show The 2013 Waikato Home & Garden Show opens on Thursday, October 3 for four days at Hamilton’s Claudelands Event Centre.

Over 400 exhibitors from throughout New Zealand are preparing to showcase thousands of the latest products for building, renovating, furnishing, decorating and landscaping. Whether you’re building a new home or simply looking for great ideas to add value to your existing home, take your plans and sketches and prepare to make the most of the special Home Show prices, specials, and more than $60,000 worth of prizes up for grabs. This is a great chance to meet industry experts, attend free design, renovation and cooking seminars, be entertained by world-class chefs, taste free samples and purchase the best of New Zealand produce in the huge Gourmet Food Pavilion. Of course there will be a selection of great cafes, wine bars and live music to enjoy as you take in the five indoor pavilions, lively outdoor living design court and the new GullyXpo which includes practical demonstrations of erosion control systems, restorative plantings, arboriculture skills and pest  eradication. You can also place

a ‘public’ vote’ in the fabulous NZ Landscape Design Awards and NZ Interior Design Awards which will be judged and announced on the final day. Check the website for competitions, prizes and updates: WHERE: Claudelands Events Centre, Brooklyn Road, Hamilton, Waikato. WHEN: Thursday October 3 10am– 6pm, Friday October 4 10am– 10pm, Saturday 5th October 10am– 6pm, Sunday 6th October 10am–6pm. ADMISSION: Adults $16, Children under 16 free (if accompanied by an adult), Supercitizens half price on Thursday.

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Hermin the Jermin. Sharlene’s bluddy big ginja cat, Dunno why its corled that, but probly cos it’s a nasty bugga. It wanded in frum a neighbors place which was a sharemilka that moved on in Jipsy Week an’ left it behind. No bluddy wonda too. That Hermin swiped me across me nose wen I hada sniff, an’ I’ve kept me distanse ever sinse. We gotta sort of stand-off tho. He duzzint bother me if I duzzint bother him eh? Well, it was a blimmin serprise to have Hermin out here ina paqddicks, so I give him a careful eye, and kept shearin’ Boss’s sanniches. Hermin juss sat ona top of a strainer post and started lickin’ his pores. Then Boss notissed. “Wot ya doin’ out here Cat,” he sed. Hermin jus’ looked at  him. Boss sort looked thortful for a minnit, then he got his sell fone off tha bag ona quad, and pressed the mumba for tha homested. It rang and rang, “C’mon Dog,” seda Boss. Sharlene’s sposed to be home bakin a cake and

watchin’ afta Sophie. That’s Boss’’s new dorter. We jumped ona quad, and Boss raced down that cattil race Well, we got ta tha house, an’ Boss rusht ina kitchen, An’ their wuz Sharlene an’ Mum, wot’s bin stayin’ lookin’ afta the house. Mum wuz lookin a bit seady, an’ Boss kneeled ona floor an’ grabb’d her hands. “Mum’ hada bitava fall ina kitchen. Doc ame and sez she’s OK, nothing ta wurry about,” sed Sharlene. Well, readas, Boss made a cuppatee for everone, and then Sharlene sed “how didja no something wuz wrong.’? Boss looked at me, an’ then we both lookt at Hermin, He wuz sittin’ ona windersill, lickin’ his pores agin. “Blowed if I no,” seda Boss.”Wen I saw that Cat ina paddock, I figgered sumpin’ was rong eh? It’s like tha Cat come ta get me an’ Billy.”

Well, nex’ thing Sharlene gotta creem froma frij, an ole’ Hermin was havin’ a good feed. Then later, wen I wuz finishin’ offa a muttin bone, he came over ta me kennil, and blow me, he rubbed up agin me side lika ole mate and shared me tucker. Boss was there an' he rekined maybe it was a sighn of new samd secks marriages the guvmint's lettin' happened. “Blowed if I no,” seda Boss. Well, I reckin I rekin Boss an’ Sharlene havin’ Sophy has changed thing’s here ona  farm. Evin Hermin’s becomin’ part ofa famly. She’s a wunda eh? See ya — Billy


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September 2013

Concerns for forestry’s future

by Colin Patterson

High log prices and record tree harvests might indicate that New Zealand’s forestry industry is in good shape. will go  begging. Silviculture is tough, demanding work.

But Waikato logging contractor Karl Schwitzer begs to differ. He says that unless the industry does something to address low pay rates for silviculturalists — those who tend and prune growing trees — and starts to think more strategically, the country will run out of trees to harvest and opportunities

Mr Schwitzer says low pay and long hours provide little incentive for young people to think of it as a career. The last two decades have seen a rush of investors getting into forestry.


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Mr Schwitzer says many of them see forestry as a matter of planting trees, waiting until they mature, then harvesting them and collecting the returns. However, trees have to be managed and pruned. Instead of engaging professionals, many investors either don’t get the work done or try it themselves, often with dismal results. “If you don’t go to the effort of looking after your forests, you’ll end up with rubbish trees.” Mr Schwitzer says high world log prices are encouraging forest owners to harvest early. But felled forests are not being replaced by new planting. “Twenty-five years ago we were planting 150,000 hectares a year. Last year we did less than 10,000. By 2025 there will be no trees to chop down. The writing’s on the wall.” Many investors are harvesting, even if their trees have not fully matured

and the quality of their product may not be high. “With lower-grade timber the extraction costs can be greater than what it fetches. We need an organisation that tells people it’s got to be done properly, or not at all.” While forestry is important to our trading economy, we are still a small player. “In forestry around the world we are still a pinhead. We’re a bucket in a swimming pool.” Even so, there are still opportunities for our foresters. But there is also a lack of strategic direction. An example is significant use of Pinus Radiata. “It’s a stinking pine tree, not a world class product. We’re growing it because it grows quickly, not because it’s a quality timber.” Mr Schwitzer says forestry investors need to think long-term and seek professional advice before making significant decisions.

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