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Farming in the wettest year on record

[15 October/ Stuff] New Zealand farming has been exposed to the wettest year on record. MetService said Hamilton, Taupo, Te Puke and Rotorua experienced more rain this year to date than is typically received in an entire year. Farmers have said it has been a struggle to protect paddocks from stock trampling and ensuring the...

Synthetic foods to have ‘major impact’ within 10 to 15 years – Sir Peter Gluckman

[12 October/ Stuff] The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Adviser, Sir Peter Gluckman, said genetically modified crops presented by synthetic milk and meat is a big threat to New Zealand because of due to the country’s reliance on exports of the real thing. Sir Gluckman said most milk sold globally in 20 to 25 years might...

Rimu planting a first for Kapiti district

[11 October/ New Zealand Herald] Kapiti native bush restoration projects have received a lift from the planting of 150 rimu trees that were grown from local seed. Council Biodiversity Programme Manager Rob Cross said the ability to plant this native rimu was a first for the region. The plants came from seed collected in the...

Cows slaughtered after Mycoplasma bovis outbreak will be processed for food

[13 October/New Zealand Herald] A Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) spokeswoman has confirmed that the 4000 cows affected by the bacterial disease Mycoplasma bovis will go to the works for food processing as the sickness is not a food safety risk. A Spokeswomen said that no animals which are sick, severely injured or who have...

All go at the Royal A&P Show

[17 October/ New Zealand Herald] The Royal A&P Show of New Zealand begun this Monday (16 October) with the Export Lamb Hoof Competition. Ten entered in the new season class and 10 in the old season class. The final results will be announced on Thursday 19 October. The most of the show’s hospitality marquees were...

Scott expanding to meet demand

[17 October/ Farmers Weekly] Meat processing automated equipment was the most substantial revenue earner for Scott Technology, as the automation was increasing the value of sheep and beef processors’ meat yields including $4 to $5 for every lamb carcase. Scott Technology experienced a 256 percent increase in meat processing sales in the 2016 year, revenues...

Farmer fined for failing to treat sheep

 [12 October/ New Zealand Herald] A Waihi farmer who was unable to treat 30 ill sheep on her farm has been banned from owning, exercising control over, or being in charge more than 100 sheep. Ms Coxhead was convicted of an animal welfare offence after Ministry for Primary Industries found dead sheep on her property...

$6000 fine for transporting 55 sick, severely lame goats

[12 October/Stuff] David Renouf Hutchings, 55, a stock trader who transported chronically ill goats was sentenced in the Rotorua District Court on Tuesday after earlier pleading guilty to three charges. The charges related to the transporting of 55 severely lame goats to a processing plant over three separate occasions. Mr Hutchings transported goats with injuries...

Farm foresters get together during a field day on chemical-free durable timbers

[16 October/ Stuff] Farm foresters be able to closely look at naturally durable timbers that provide a chemical-free alternative to treated wood during a field day near Bulls on October 28. Bulls Farm Forester Denis Hocking said disposing chromated copper arsenate treated wood or tantalised treated timbers was an issue as burning left toxic ash,...

Forestry first test in protectionist agenda

[11 October/ New Zealand Herald] Leader of the New Zealand First party Winston Peters’ protectionist agenda has caused some New Zealand forest owners to suspend replanting trees and re-thinking investments. Mr Peters said he would prioritise a restructure of the forest industry in coalition talks with the National and Labour parties after last month’s inconclusive...

Entries open for farm environment awards

[16 October/ Stuff] Entries for the 2018 Ballance Farm Environment Awards are open and all farmers and horticulturists, including orchardists, vegetable growers and viticulturists, are eligible to enter. The awards, organised by the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust, are to encourage land stewardship by showcasing sustainable farming and also to prove sound farming practices and business management...

‘Just a matter of time’ before foot and mouth disease reaches New Zealand

[16 October/ Stuff] DairyNZ Biosecurity Readiness and Response Manager Chris Morley said Foot and Mouth disease’s arrival in New Zealand is guaranteed and just a matter of time. Mr Morley said an MPI study conducted two years ago showed Food and Mouth disease, at a small to medium-sized outbreak, would cost New Zealand $16 billion....

Release of pest-eating wasp a relief to Canterbury and Hawke’s Bay potato and tomato growers

[11 October/ Stuff] Tomato potato psyllid (TPP), a plant-eating insect has cost the New Zealand potato industry over $120 million since its discovery in 2006 and may be eradicated due to the tamarixia trioaze wasp. The wasp, originating from the United States and Mexico, destroys the tomato-potato psyllid pest by laying an egg on the...

Sprout innovations company searches for best agricultural startups

[16 October/ Stuff] Agricultural innovations company Sprout is looking New Zealand-wide for up to eight Kiwi agritech start-ups to be accepted into a five-month Sprout Agritech Accelerator programme, giving them access to an over $500,000 pool in grants and investments, as well as mentoring from a team of experts said Sprout Business Strategy Advisor Stu...

Biodegradable miniature sensors a precision solution to agriculture’s variability problem

[17 October/ Stuff] Colorado State University Professor of Precision Agriculture, Raj Khosla says agriculture is embracing precision technology possibilities. Future sensor technology will be small, disposable and will allow farmers collect data to make their businesses more efficient and sustainable. The sensors emitted a small pulse that measured the parameter it was designed for and...

Genetics programme new tool to improve breed

[17 October/New Zealand Herald] Holstein Friesian New Zealand and CRV Ambreed announced their new tool, Holstein Friesian Genetic Leaders Superior Female Programme, to increase the standard of black and white genetics in New Zealand. The programme, launched this October, will find superior registered Holstein Friesian females can produce superior male progeny to be offered to...

Time for farm talk over as agricultural leaders ratchet up market connections

[13 October/ Stuff] New Zealand Primary Industry Executives plan to maximise story-telling opportunities, and heavily endorse New Zealand’s natural assets and charm during the Te Hono Summit at Stanford University in July. Primary Industry Chief Executives have represented the New Zealand companies behind 80 percent of the country’s exports at six summits. New Zealand Merino...

Farm moving into new technology

[12 October/ New Zealand Herald] Waikato Dairy Farmer Grant Coombes said it’s time for farmers to embrace new technology to achieve sustainability. Mr Coombes runs a large-scale operation with 2000 milking cows, plus dairy support and dry stock cattle, over 750 hectares. Mr Coombes, a Dairy New Zealand Board of Directors Candidate, is phasing out...

Farm deaths so far this year lower than in last three years

[11 October/ Stuff] Fewer farmers have been killed on the job in the first nine months of 2017 than for the same period in each of the last three years. Currently, 11 farmers have died in 2017 compared to an average of 15 for 2014, 2015 and 2016. There have been five quad bike deaths...

Time for health shakeup

[13 October/Otago Daily Times] Southern District Health Board (SDHB) proposed a new healthcare model that will significantly boost funding provided to primary healthcare services. SDHB’s Southern primary and community care strategy and action plan aims to redirect funding away from acute care and into primary and community care and prevention. This will increase funding for...

Kaikoura farmers face radical changes

[12 October/ Farmers Weekly] Project Manager and Environment Canterbury Land Adviser Jodie Hoggard said areas of the Kaikoura Plains were so wet that the council and industry groups such as DairyNZ and Fonterra were looking to Southland and Waikato for advice. Farmers reported some bores have dried while other areas were now suitable for wetlands....

Study finds small stream challenges

[12 October/ Farmers Weekly] Underwater quality standards streams not wider than a stride are not required to be fenced. Over three-quarters of the nutrient load in waterways comes from those exempted from fencing requirements. However, the wider than a stride, deeper than a Redband standard may be insufficient if the rural sector was to continue...

Alliance poised with strong balance sheet

[16 October/ New Zealand Herald] Alliance Group Chief Executive David Surveyor said operating profit would be substantially higher than last year. In 2016 Alliance posted a $10.1million pre-tax profit for the year ended September 30, based on a $1.36billion turnover. Mr Surveyor said 2016’s $41 million debt figure would be halved to an estimated $20...

Farmer fined $35k after dairy effluent ends up in north Taranaki stream

[16 October/ Stuff] Taranaki Farmer Warren Frederick Gill was fined $35,000 by an Environment Court judge after 150,000 litres of partly treated dairy effluent was illegally discharged into a highly prized stream. Mr Gill lives on and manages a 200-hectare Upper Lepper Rd farm in Inglewood, and has previously pleaded guilty to one charge of...