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In a digital age, print media still stands tall for the decision makers of rural New Zealand. That’s the finding of a major survey undertaken recently by four of the major publishers who serve the farming community — and it’s one, which proves that good old-fashioned ink on paper is more than just ‘still relevant’ — it’s a force for change in the Kiwi heartland.
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In fact, the survey shows that a whopping 88% of Kiwi farmers read a specialist rural paper weekly. 82% put what they read into practice, ranking rural print media as one of the top three factors in their decision-making. Fully one-third admit that rural publications alone has convinced them to make a purchase for the farm. It seems that these purchases aren’t small, either — the breadth of coverage and the ability to lay out a complete detailed review mean that tractors, vehicles, vet products and agrichemicals top the list of items bought — thanks to the influence of the press. The Rural Media Habits Survey 2018 focuses in on those who manage either large areas of land or substantial numbers of livestock. It drills down to the media access preferences of those at the forefront of agriculture. While the answers unsurprisingly acknowledge the influence of the internet as a communications tool, the importance of print media is thrown into stark focus. Like the ebook, which has resolutely failed to supplant the old-fashioned paperback, the internet is revealed as a preferred tool for quick communication — 80% of respondents picked ‘email’
as their number one digital task, followed by online banking. Third place, went to doing further research into things they’d seen in rural newspapers and magazines. Another key factor in the survey is good news for businesses wishing to reach out to the rural sector. There’s a very clear answer given, here, to the vexing question of quantifying the impact of marketing to our nation’s farmers. When asked how likely they were to pay attention to advertising each week across different media streams, the greatest number agreed that they were likely to read advertising material in rural magazines and newspapers. The area where ads were unlikely to be payed attention to were on the internet and television. It has been tempting in recent years to give credence to rumours that the world of media is going entirely digital. This survey proves otherwise in clear and simple terms. Because out there in rural New Zealand, it seems that the real news is still delivered on paper, and still carries a hefty amount of decisioninfluencing information, appreciated by an audience with their minds on business.
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After little movement in wages in recent years, people working in primary industries have made gains in what they earn according to the latest Federated Farmers Rabobank Remuneration Survey. Responses were collected from 940 employers on 13 separate farm positions across the dairy, sheep, beef and arable sectors. The report also provides data including weekly hours worked by employees, employee age, length of employment and recruitment ease. The most notable jumps were in the dairy sector for the mid to highly skilled positions of assistant herd manager — 6.6 per cent, herd manager — 5.5 per cent and farm manager 5.5 per cent. There was a modest increase for the entry-level farm assistant position of 2.8 per cent. Federated Farmers Employment spokesperson, Chris Lewis, says it was great to see salaries heading in the right direction. “After a couple of years of very little growth in reported salaries, it’s good to see some meaningful movement in the face of a tight labour market, especially when you consider the current rate of inflation is sitting at just 1.1 per cent. The outlook for the next 12 months is also favourable.” The survey revealed dairy employees were working longer hours. “The weekly hours worked by permanent dairy staff in the previous year’s survey was an average of 45 hours per week, and this has now risen to 49 hours,” says Chris. The report found strong growth for most positions while a drop in the mean
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iron, and molasses for her horses. She came to me for health advice, and it was clear from her deficiencies that she required exactly what she was giving her animals. She hadn’t realised that she also needed nutritional care.” Environmental situations including drought, too much rain, and diseases coming through the farm can cause problems not only to the animals but to their carers. “We offer natural and effective support to look after our humans as well as their animals,” says Amanda. New clients can make an appointment and fill out a health questionnaire on the orangehealth.co.nz website.
“Once the completed questionnaire/ health profile is received we start with a phone or video call. “The questions help us gather information and see the whole picture of issues that can cause illness and request blood tests if required.” Treatment often begins with a specifically designed herbal formula to assist the immune and digestive systems and support the side effects of stress both in and on the body. “An old name for natural medicine was folk medicine, based on various plants and their healing qualities. One doctor wrote that his use of natural medicine came from watching animals.
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children’s sports days, and be around for them as much as possible. When Kurt began expanding into direct lamb marketing, I was able to join him and work on brochures and labels, which I really enjoyed,” she says. “After becoming shareholders in the most recent land purchase on-farm, Jim and Marilyn discussed with us that the new ventures would need someone to manage and coordinate that business. The hope was that I could be that person and that the role would grow as my children did, hopefully leaving me with a pretty busy week once both boys were at school. “Many rural women know the choices that you have to make regarding heading back to work in town, or finding something that will work with your family as it grows and changes.” Over the years, Kurt and Lisa have worked to expand the farm’s productivity with wool, tourism and soon honey, which Lisa says were predetermined a number of years ago. “We are fortunate enough to sell our lamb through Gavin Green, an awardwinning butcher. “This was really the first way that we were able to attend events and market Palliser Ridge, which was a new concept to us. Kurt was extremely instrumental in this, and was driven not to stop at lamb, but wanted to see our lambs’ wool spun too, which 18 months later, sees us sending almost 1,000 kilograms into production, with our first wool entering the manufacturing realm this coming season.
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“The last twelve months have seen the tourism venture come to fruition, with the Kaikoura Lookout, our off-grid retreat in the middle of the farm, as well as a range of farm tours so that people are able to view for themselves where each of our products come from and learn more about our industry.” Kurt and Lisa are aware that to be the best at what they do they must take time away from the farm and once a year they hire a campervan and explore. “There’s so much going on around our own back doorstep; we love tiki-touring around finding hot pools and cool little campgrounds.” Lisa says she feels extremely grateful
to have that balance between work and family. “It has been important for us to remember what it is we work hard for. Jim and Marilyn have always made our family time a priority, and in the early days encouraged us to head off-farm and take a break when needed.” Over the years the couple’s situation and responsibilities have changed and so have their motivations, but ultimately, Lisa says they are driven by the farm’s successes. “As Kurt was offered the role of manager at a young age a lot of his drive came from wanting to make the most of the opportunity, and to prove that Jim
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Helen and Derek Melser planted a small olive grove in the Wairarapa Valley with the understanding that warm summers and cold winters would provide ideal growing conditions for their 250 trees.
he property originally had cattle, and we cleared them off for the grove. A lot of people were planting olives for oil at the time, but we planted them for pickling,” says Helen. Olives quickly became a passion as the couple discovered the many health benefits of the olive fruit, oil and leaf. “While our grove was maturing, I decided to see the olive in its traditional surroundings in France, Crete, Croatia, Spain, Italy, Morocco, Greece, China and Syria and talked to growers, tasted countless olives and oils, was given family recipes and lots of wonderful advice. It was heaven for an olive lover.
“World expert on olive tree diseases, Dr Vera Sergeeva, has said some people in Australia over spray and such groves are now unable to cope on their own. We grow along organic lines, without pesticides, fungicides or artificial fertilisers — we use a seaweed spray and prune once a year.” Helen completed a herbal diploma and through this she discovered the health and well-being benefits of the olive leaf. “We began experimenting with olive products including marinades, tapenades, pestos, pasta sauces and salads — there are not many recipes we have not tried. Some ideas worked, and
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morning after because they can’t be left lying around as they get hot and the quality deteriorates.” Helen says if kept overnight, they are best on a mat on the floor in the garage in one layer to keep cool. “Many growers in Masterton win awards for quality and this is thanks to the pressing company’s expertise and cleanliness — it is all very relevant. “I can harvest anything from green to black and rosy to crimson; you get varying colours — depending on where the sun is. They can be strong, bitter, mellow, medium and sweet. The big green Spanish olives are picked green for table olives, and the Greek Kalamatas are picked black. Soil and climate affect the taste, like grapes in a vineyard, and professional oil tasters are similar to wine tasters. “I have my own brand called Elaia Gourmet Olives and a website called gourmetolives.co.nz for people to get information from. I love experimenting, and I have written a booklet called Tasting the Olive, which includes recipes for the olive flower, fruit, oil and leaf. “I am now focussing on promoting olive leaf tea, and my hope is that it will soon be accepted in the same way as green tea. Research is showing the olive leaf has the potential to be one of the main health and well-being medicines of the future. “Olive leaf extract has been proven by the Liggins Institute in Auckland, to lower blood pressure and cholesterol and it is said to have antifungal, bacterial, viral and parasitic properties.
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There are about 100 different compounds in a leaf, and huge amounts of research are being done. The oil, fruit and the flower are used in bach natural remedies — it has potential to be a future antibiotic. We are lucky to have so many top-quality olive groves here in
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What causes osteoarthritis? by John Arts
Part 1 Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common cause of joint pain. All chronic disease starts with damage to certain cell types that then damages tissue which causes the symptoms we feel. The real driver behind cartilage loss is the health of specialised cells called chondrocytes. These amazing cells secrete and repair cartilage matrix. Anything that affects chondrocyte cells could cause cartilage damage. Mechanical force (injury) can trigger an increase in free radicals, which can cause the death of chondrocytes. In some cases, it is as much about a failure of cell antioxidants defences. The problem is that chondrocytes cannot replicate. Once a chondrocyte dies, the tiny patch of cartilage it maintained will eventually disintegrate. The body tries to fix the problem through the process of inflammation, which is ineffective — it ends up making the problem worse. In my experience, the inflammatory part of OA causes more pain and discomfort than the actual cartilage loss. Just a note that commonly prescribed cholesterol-lowering medication can
either cause joint pain or worsen the pain from existing arthritis. In these cases, I add a high-grade coenzyme Q10 (CoQSol) to replace that lost by the medication. Call me for details. I have many clients that are largely symptom-free despite having significant cartilage loss. I have been dealing with a couple where one has an arthritic knee while the other has OA in the spine and hip. I started them on a double dose of my joint supplement. This meant that they were initially taking 1,600mg of both chondroitin and glucosamine and 400mg of a potent 95% curcumin (turmeric) extract. I put both of them on a double dose of my high chondroitin/turmeric joint product, and both are much more comfortable. The sore back is much better, and the hip and knee pain have significantly reduced. John Arts (B.Soc.Sci, Dip Tch, Adv. Dip.Nut.Med) is a nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health Ltd. For questions or advice contact John on 0800 423559 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Join his full weekly newsletter at abundant.co.nz.
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In their second year, applications are now open for Silver Fern Farms Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships. The scholarships award six young people around New Zealand $5,000 to assist with developing their careers and capabilities in the red meat sector. “The response to last year’s inaugural scholarships indicate a bright future for the red meat sector,” says Silver Fern Farms chief executive, Simon Limmer. “Silver Fern Farms welcomes applications from the industry’s emerging talent who want to contribute to a sustainable future for our red meat sector — from plate to pasture. We are excited to continue to support young people who want a future in the red meat industry.” Mr Limmer says last year the winners delivered outstanding ideas on a vast range of industry issues, from biosecurity challenges, exploring ways to sustainably add value to farming businesses, as well as challenging the industry to think big and be bold, with consumers in mind. “We look forward to seeing the range of ideas and fresh perspectives in the applications again this year. The scholarships suppor t our vision: Inspirational Food created by Passionate People. They are an important opportunity for us to support our emerging
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Planning your escape by Jill Dickie
Living the dream lifestyle on a farm or lifestyle block sounds idyllic, and there should never be a need to leave, but the reality is everyone needs to get away from the routine now and then. That means considering the animals’ feed supply, the mail pickup and how safe and secure your property will be while you’re gone. The most reassuring option is to arrange to have someone live in your property for the duration. There are various minding and house-sitting services available to choose from, with responsible, knowledgeable people who will care for your home and stock. Another option for your animals is to rotate their grazing paddocks in such a way that they will be placed close to a road where a friendly neighbour can keep an eye on them for you, and take action if needed, and perhaps they have a teenager at home that might check on your cat and feed your chickens. Maintaining healthy relationships with neighbours is important for cooperative living and at holiday times the friendships built to enable you a relaxing trip away confident in the knowledge your property is well looked after. If you’re holidaying in summer months, it’s a good idea to do a quick maintenance check ensuring
fences are in good repair, and water troughs are functioning and set up an automatic sprinkler system on your vegetable garden. Indoor pot plants can be set in buckets to draw up the water when they need it. For the winter months similar things apply with regard to fencing and water, but also some thought should be given to animal shelters or sheds. You may choose to lock gates around and into your property, though this can be a signal that you’re not home, and if your home isn’t visible from the roadside potential unlawful visitors won’t be seen. If you have precious stock like cattle that are clever at opening gates, it may be an opportune
time to put a combination lock on. So far none have been known to work out the correct number! As is ‘Murphy’s law’ whatever doesn’t happen when you’re at home, will potentially happen when you’re not, so leaving a thorough list of instructions and contact phone numbers with a housesitter is a perfect way of counteracting troubles. An instruction list should include animal feeding schedules, where to turn off electric fencing, combination lock numbers (but don’t let the cows see!), emergency contact details such as doctor, vet and neighbours and your own itinerary and contact number. Happy travels.
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Entries for the inaugural NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards 2018 are now open. The awards were launched by Rural Women New Zealand and Premier Partner NZI at Fieldays this year and is set to offer extensive opportunities for rural business and communities. “Fieldays brings together the best in the business, providing the perfect opportunity to be launching and showcasing the awards,” says national president, Fiona Gower. Previously known as the Enterprising Rural Women Awards, a review and refresh of the awards have been undertaken. It now includes a two-stage application process and includes the categories: Emerging Business, Love of the Land, Creative Arts, Innovation, Rural Champion and the Supreme Award. “The award ceremony will be held on the evening of Tuesday, November 20 2018, following the Rural Women New Zealand AGM at parliament in Wellington. “We are delighted to be the Premier Partner for the 2018 NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards,” says NZI
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The cost of ownership by Jill Dickie
This is a question most smaller-scale farmers are faced with at some point in their year. “Do it myself or get someone in?” A decision can be made with some simple calculations and consideration in weighing up the pros and cons. Farmers should consider whether investing in machinery is affordable for their business, especially the more expensive items such as hay balers, seeders and sprayers, and whether the upgrade will generate further revenue or become a drain on resources. Upgrading or purchasing new equipment has benefits, such as maintaining control of jobs and getting them completed when required, and the individual farmer may also have the skill level required, but at times when there are several jobs demanding attention — it can be easier to call a contractor for assistance. This frees up the farmer’s time for other tasks, and contractors generally have the right tools for the job — and
can get the job done faster. Hiring a contractor is also a tax deduction for businesses. There are services available for a range of farm tasks ranging from paddock preparations, crop planting and harvesting to animal management and husbandry practices such as lamb and calf marking, crutching and shearing. The costs of repair and maintenance, as well as registration and overall care of plant and machinery, falls on the contractor. On the other hand, at times of peak demand, such as haymaking, for example, a contractor can be held up or run behind schedule, or bad weather may affect the job’s completion, resulting in penalties for the farmer.
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DO YOU HAVE A MESSAGE FOR RURAL NEW ZEALAND? THEN THE STATISTICS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES The Rural Media Habits Survey of 2018 is here and it provides interesting reading. After talking to farmers from all over New Zealand the survey revealed that... • 88% read a print publication weekly • 82% rate print media in their top 3 factors when making business decisions on the farm • 35% make purchases based on what they read in print • 63% go online for further research after seeing a product or service in a rural publication
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New faces at Norwood Norwood Farm Machinery Centre Masterton is pleased to have two excellent young men join its workshop and parts departments.
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It just so happened that Norwood was also looking for a new workshop apprentice and Craig, who has experience in service and parts departments, could see Harry was the ideal person for the position. Finding Topaz and Harry together has been a real bonus, Craig says. “We’ve been really lucky. They are both just what we were looking for.” Topaz previously worked as a paint maker for Resene Paints in Upper Hutt and had moved to Wairarapa where his partner lives. Harry finished school in Masterton Apprentice Diesel Technician Harry Hefferen (left) last year and had been getting and Parts Salesperson Topaz Robinson work experience with a local automotive repair workshop. year is celebrating its 70th anniversary. After sales service is an important part C B Norwood Distributors Ltd was of Norwood’s business, Craig points out. established in Palmerston North in 1948 “We were really lucky to find a young, — importing, assembling and selling keen guy with great customer skills.” Massey Fergusson tractors. Soon after, Harry will assist the technicians in it opened a branch in Stratford and the workshop as he trains to become then Carterton. a qualified diesel mechanic over the “We see employing Topaz and Harry next four years. Topaz and Harry are as an investment in the future of the youthful additions to a business that this business,” Craig says.
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Sailing into the new season by Andy Bryenton
Here’s a fun fact about the Vikings, those far-sailing explorers and reavers who terrorised the British Isles centuries ago. Before setting out on a voyage, each one of those huge hairy warriors had to sit down and knit part of the sail for their longship out of wool. If the thought of a big axe-swinging warlord gripping a pair of knitting needles seems funny, bear in mind that it was a necessary task to even get the voyage started. Sometimes, it takes a whole lot of people to pitch in to get things sorted. Furthermore, that takes us neatly to a different kind of Viking — Yamaha’s new model of their big farmcapable side-by-side. Or in this case, side-by-side-by-side. Just like the old sea warriors who gave it its name, the Yamaha Viking packs in ranks of burly troops — it has seating for no less than six. That’s not to say that space for cargo is limited, either. The rear tray of this big machine is the size of a pallet, and it’s beefy enough to ferry the whole team and their kit to pretty much anywhere, on or off the beaten track. This is achieved with a classic combination of wide, knobbly tyres, a generous ride height, independent suspension and 686cc of overhead cam, four-stroke grunt. The long wheelbase — a necessity when it comes to fitting in six comfy seats, each with its own headrest — means that there’s a danger of getting ‘beached’ on lumpy terrain.
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However, the rails of the Viking’s tough frame slide off, and there’s something uncanny about how much grip those wheels can find, even when the Viking is fully crewed. Another fun fact about the old Norsemen is that their longships were modular — easy to take apart to stow for the winter, and easy to upend to create a rough and ready shelter on foreign shores. Similarly, the Yamaha Viking boasts supreme ease of access to its
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