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Farming matters: Woodleigh’s Belgian Blues pg3 Horsin’ around: Horse care tips for winter pg8 Health feature: Are automatic insect sprays safe? pg12 Landscaping: Rural landscaping - part two pg14

Issue 44


The winter

editorial

blues Well, winter’s here. It seems early or is that just me? I can’t believe we’ve had our first fire already. I just love a wood burning fire and it was too hard to resist, even though the flue needs a clean. Our big feature this month is on Lockwood Smith’s Woodleigh Belgian Blues. Get outta here… they’d have to be the next big hit on the menu, at Tokyo’s top restaurants at least! Forget Wagyu at US$250+ per fillet. Joking aside, they are truly magnificent beasts and it looks as though they live a privileged life at Woodleigh. A fascinating story. It must be a pleasant respite for Lockwood breeding these beasts after a hard day at the ‘office’. Grant McKechnie’s story on landscaping has really got us thinking. He has some great ideas - a ha ha

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You’d be right in thinking, why doesn’t a fine publication like this have a column on all things equine? Well, at last we have a horse column, and writer Sandy Reid has years of experience to draw on. If you have any horsey questions let us know and we’ll put them to Sandy and post the answers on our website.

Neville Walker – Editor & Publisher

Lastly, our health feature is on a topic I’ve been curious about for a while – are those automatic insect dispensers safe? Some disturbing new evidence suggests they’re not, for young children at least. Don’t forget to remember Rodney’s Rural Lifestyle Magazine, as a great many of you do, when you’re talking with advertisers – it really helps. Thanks in advance. In the meantime, do keep feeding back to us what you like to read about and do remember to tell your

Letters or enquiries to Rodney’s Rural Lifestyle, RD Marketing Ltd, RD1, Kaukapakapa. Phone 09 947 3580. Email: neville@rurallifestyle.co.nz Advertising enquiries: Marlene Brown 021-854-946 Logan Tudehope 021 483401 Rodney’s Rural Lifestyle ©2011. All rights reserved. Reproduction in any form without permission of the publisher is prohibited. No responsibility accepted for any direct or indirect consequences arising from reliance on any content within Rodney’s Rural Lifestyle. Editor: Neville Walker. Sub Editor: Helen Martin. Writers this issue: Helen Martin, Sandy Reid, Grant McKechnie, Neville Walker. Designer: Dan Stenhouse, Bgraphix. Printing: International Print.


Farming Matters

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Woodleigh’s Belgian

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Ever since I laid eyes on Lockwood Smith’s beautiful Belgian Blues at the Helensville A and P show in 2006 I’ve been fascinated by these magnificent animals, my favourite being Woodleigh Omen. Looking for this 1374kg blue bull at the Kumeu Show this year I found his competing days are over, but in his place was a splendid line-up of younger Belgian Blues, all of which won ribbons on the day. At the end of the competition, of the four winners vying for the coveted Supreme Champion award, three were Belgian Blues from Woodleigh and it was Omen’s replacement, Woodleigh Louis, who took out the coveted top prize. The judge’s analysis of the qualities of the Belgian Blue bull calf who won his section gave onlookers an indication of

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I learn that the breed originated in Belgium. Initially called ‘Central and Upper Belgian’, the cattle produced were the result of mixing the genes of red pied and black pied cattle of central Belgium with those of Durham (Shorthorn) bulls. Along the way a genetic mutation occurred, and it is selection of this mutation that set the path for breeders in the years to come. It goes like this. Every mammal carries a gene that encodes myostatin, a protein that performs the function of inhibiting muscle growth and enables the mammal to maintain a balance between their muscles and their skeleton. Because the Belgian Blue mutation deactivates this gene the cattle’s muscle growth is uninhibited, while their fat growth is inhibited, resulting in production of the massive lean muscle that has become known as ‘double muscle’.

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In terms of the revenue generated by the Woodleigh breeding programme, I’m told that some local farmers purchase Woodleigh bulls as terminal sires with a view to getting meaty, well-muscled offspring to be sold for the table, and that a meat company supplies supermarkets with Belgian Blue meat for part of the year. In Lockwood’s view this is “the meat of the future”. Good structure in an animal means a long life and consequently, long productivity. The meat is a healthy choice because it is very lean and so tender it requires little cooking (90 seconds on each side for a steak, for example). The mild flavour may not be to everyone’s taste, but Lockwood assures me the addition of subtle herb or fruit induced flavours produces a delicious result. The business, then, has huge potential, but at present is deliberately kept small. “My dilemma is in not being here,” says Lockwood, “there’s no use building a brand if you can’t supply all year round, so growing the business is a project for the future.” Lockwood Smith with his champion bull Woodleigh Louis.

But while he is immensely proud of his competition successes in the mixed classes, selection of individual cattle for breeding is based not on show results but on performance (for example calf size), which is carefully tracked using the Beef Plan computer programme.

Meanwhile, there’s plenty to do managing the breeding programme and gathering the accolades – as we go to press the news is in that at April’s Royal Easter Show Woodleigh won places in every class they were entered, including the Royal Champion Special Progeny W F Smith trophy (Louis with a son and daughter) and the Senior Bull Camveray Cup, more evidence that these Belgian Blues are a great cattle breeding success story.

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Remember the golden rule, “feed according to the work being done.” If you are not going to ride for a week, lay off the hard feed and supplement with hay. Good quality hay is important too. Hay stored for a long time loses much of its nutritional value. You can recognize good quality hay by the way it parts easily in slices, is not dusty and stuck together and has smells sweet. It’s a bonus if you can see the pasture your hay comes from. Make sure it is free of ragwort (poisonous to horses), which can occasionally occur in hay. If the hay is not good, more than likely your horse will turn his nose up at it even if he is hungry - our equine friends are fussier eaters than cattle. In the next issue I will talk about care of horses’ feet in winter, good places to ride and activities to enjoy during the colder season. Happy horsin’!

Spring and Autumn growth flush can bring out the mycotoxins in grass and this can result in all kinds of strange behavior in horses, with nerve and muscle tension causing spooking, and making the most well-behaved horse a nervous wreck (as well as the rider)! Adding binding agents to the feed daily has made a huge difference with my horses, however they are all individuals and you may have different results.

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the concentrations and frequencies emitted by this type of device.” Late last month I was reading Investigate Magazine’s story April 2011 [2] about the latest findings on the potential neurotoxicity of these compounds, so I followed up the references for more detail. The first study of its kind, published February 11, 2011 by the American Academy of Pediatrics [3] examined the effects of these compounds on humans, particularly with respect to prenatal exposure and this study represents the first evaluation of their potential toxicity to children. The study explained that scientists of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health have determined a significant link between PBO and delayed mental development at 36 months [4]. Megan Horton of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the lead researcher reports, "This drop in IQ points is similar to that observed in response to lead exposure,” and added, “While perhaps not impacting an individual’s overall function, it is educationally meaningful and could shift the distribution of children in the society who would be in need of early intervention services". The study clearly suggests the effects of these chemical compounds could be neuro-toxic to the foetal brain and delay the mental development of young children.

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So are these compounds present in dispensers here… ? Most certainly they are. In the several brands I examined at time of print, all contained PBO. Even though our children are now older, and we know they weren’t exposed prenatally to these compounds, there is strong suspicion in my mind that repeated and long term exposure could pose significant risk. The obvious conclusion for me is that it is not worth the risk, and that dispensing with our dispensers and seeking alternative means like fly screens on the windows and doors is the safest thing to do.

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SAVE ON ANIMAL FEED Water tanks and drainage systems House sites – engineer-certified cut and fill specialist Subdivisions • Driveways • Lifestyle block and farm work Metal, sand and topsoil cartage • Diggers, roller, truck and trailer hire Landscaping and retaining walls • Footings and floor preparation

Serving Albany to Ruakaka

Call Ian 0274 955 262 office phone/fax 09 422 9358

Daniel’s deals Chainsaw sharpening

just $10!

High quality Stihl & Husqvarna 2-stroke oil 1 litre

Chainbar Oil 1 litre

Only $18 save $35%!

Only $6.99 Save 30%!

Prices valid for May 2011 only.

And we can now service your small tractor or quad.

Chainsaw & Mower Services

3 Morrison Drive, Warkworth Phone 09 945 0090 Mobile 021 297 0615

Want to save money without compromising on quality, service or choice? Best value • All major brands • Discounts on bulk-buys • Professional friendly service, always happy to advise • FREE DELIVERY

We won’t be beaten on price! Big or small, we feed ‘em all! Call John Colman

0508 FEED DIRECT (0508 333 334)

NICOLA WARD

440 Main Road Huapai (opposite the fire station). Ph 412 7334 Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-2pm

0508 FEED DIRECT

JOHN COLMAN 0508 FEED DIRECT

Topping/Mowing/Mulching Gorse Removal and Control Weed Spraying (boom or gun) Lime and Fertiliser Application Pasture and Lawn Renewal Paddock Smoothing Facial Eczema Control

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Help and advice is a phone call away

Need Sales? Talk to us now... Deadline for June issue is 16 May. Deadline for July issue is 20 June. For rates and availability, email neville@rurallifestyle.co.nz or phone 09 947 3580 / 021 377 580 or Marlene on 021 854 946. Don’t delay – space is limited.


It Feels Like Fieldays Time! Grub’s boots deals Grub’s Boots are made from chloroprene

rubber making them warm, light weight, 100% waterproof and comfortable to wear. Grub’s ATV boots feature the Grub’s Tough Trax suspension system which has a stiffened sole and rigged bar style lugged sole. The Stalker and Ptarmigan boots feature a Vibram brand sole for durability and a sure-footed feel even on the steepest ground making them ideal for the farm or lifestyle block.

Grass Seed from 1 kg to 1 Tonne

Electric fence reel and tape

• Pasture: Rye & Clover Mix or Bushburn

Pre-wound with 200m hot tape.

• Lawns: Wear-well and Boston green • Lawn mixes growth coated with bird repellant and wetting agent

Ask for your FREE Burnet’s Lawn Guide in store.

ATV – super price only $89.95

Stalker – only $99.95 normally up to $200

G-lime Granulated lime with more grunt • 130% liming equivalent of Ag-lime • Only 150kg per hectare • Easy to spread, minimal dust • Faster lift of pH

Ptarmigan – only $99.95 normally up to $200

Rye Clover 25kg $99.95 Bush Burn 25kg $49.95

Orion G360 Glyphosate weed spray • A non-selective

herbicide for the control of annual and perennial weeds in a wide range of situations. • Spray those weeds and grasses now! • Available in 1 ltr, 5 ltr, 20 ltr

25kg bag $19.95 each or 3 or more $16.95 each

20 ltr only $119.95 save $20

Clothing clearance

Bianco water supply pumps

Drill pants, Denim Jeans half price from $22! Kids rain jackets normally $26. Only $13!

Domestic water supply pump • Self priming • Stainless steel • Automatic electronic pump control fitted and wired, provides run dry protection and gives constant pressure at low flows. • 2 year warranty

Only $79.95 save over $10

Cydectin oral drench for sheep • Persistent activity prevents re-infection of Haemonchus contortus (Barbers Pole) worm for 35 days and Ostertagia circumcincta for at least 21 days following a single oral dose. • Dose rate of 1ml per 5kg bodyweight. • Registered to the ACVM Act 1997 No A6204

WIN

Free

this SONY camera with

pair of Skellerup socks (valued at $20)

40KG TUX!

2 ltr only $117.95 Purchase a 40kg TUX Energy or TUX Country from the promotional pallet for one entry.

1 IN 14 CHANCE TO

WIN WHILE STOCKS LAST.

CAMERA!

WIN

this SONY camera with

Submersible clean water pump • Light and compact • Fully automatic operation • Supplied complete with 10 metres of electric cable • 12 month warranty

Come in and grab a bargain now!

CYBER-SHOT

OFFER VALID ON TUX 40KG PURCHASES DURING 1ST MAY - 30TH JUNE 2011. SEE STAFF MEMBER AT COUNTER OF A PARTICIPATING RURAL MERCHANDISE STORE OR WHERE THIS POSTER IS DISPLAYED FOR FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS. ENTRIES FOR EACH DRAW CLOSE WHEN 14 ENTRIES ARE RECEIVED OR ON 30TH JUNE 2011, WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST. WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY A PURINA REPRESENTATIVE.

Introductory special $365 save $60

HALF PRICE!

A SONY 10.1 MEGA PIXEL

40KG TUX!

Valued at $300!

Introductory special $135 save $26

Purchase a 40kg TUX Energy or TUX Country from the promotional pallet for one entry.

Topflight bird seed Quality bird seed and mixes made in New Zealand. Also available 10kg, 20kg and 30kg bags.

15% OFF!

Tanktastic Promax Fielday specials.

1 IN 14 CHANCE TO

WIN

A SONY 10.1 MEGA PIXEL

2-4 Morrison Drive, PO Box 378, Warkworth. Ph 09 425 7754 Fax 09 425 7560 thefarmcentre CYBER-SHOT 2-4 Morrison Drive, Warkworth. CAMERA! Call us to arrange delivery (09) 425 7754 email: thefarmcentre@xtra.co.nz C. www.farmandlifestyle.co.nz

OFFER VALID ON TUX 40KG PURCHASES DURING 1ST MAY - 30TH JUNE 2011. SEE STAFF MEMBER AT COUNTER OF A PARTICIPATING RURAL MERCHANDISE STORE OR WHERE THIS POSTER IS DISPLAYED FOR FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS. ENTRIES FOR EACH DRAW CLOSE WHEN 14 ENTRIES ARE RECEIVED OR ON 30TH JUNE 2011, WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST. WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY A PURINA REPRESENTATIVE.

WHILE STOCKS LAST.

15% off 1kg, 2kg and 5kg bags of topflight bird seed mixes.

Call now for the deals on tanks!

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Phone Orders Welcome! (09) 425 7754 Prices valid until Saturday 28 May 2011 or while stocks last. All prices include GST unless otherwise stated. $215.00


Rural Lifestyle Magazine May Issue