Rural round up

Gorse – Progressive Turmoil wants to put the pest in the shade:

A few hours of hard physical work sometimes provokes new ideas & different perspectives. So it was for me this morning, on the subject of gorse, NZ’s most serious weed. We are trying to clear gorse from some fairly steep hillsides and I was cutting it with a hand-held petrol-powered machine.

We normally think of gorse as a problem to be controlled, cleared from the land. Its a regulatory view of the plant: we want it gone. . .

Sheep breeder passionate about industry – Neal Wallace writes:

Four generations of Robertsons have sold Romney rams under the Merrydowns prefix, and the latest is as enthusiastic about the future of sheep as the first.

Blair Robertson and his wife Sally are now the masters of the Waikoikoi-based stud, which was started in 1937 by Blair’s great grandfather David Robertson and was subsequently run by the legendary D. H. Robertson and then Blair’s father, Graham. . .

Milk co-op delivers says Fonterra chairman – Hugh Stringleman writes in NZ Farmers Weekly:

In 10 years Fonterra has delivered more for New Zealand than first anticipated, according to chairman Sir Henry van der Heyden.

“Our NZIER study released before Christmas shows dairying provides 26% of NZ’s total goods exports,” van der Heyden, one of two remaining foundation directors, said.

“The opportunities looking forward are for a much greater contribution from the growth in dairy consumption in places like China, Indonesia and India.

“These opportunities are much bigger than anyone anticipated 10 or 12 years ago,” he said. . .

Rural recycling gains interest – TV3 reports:

 An agricultural recycling programme has had a sudden surge of interest from farmers across the country.

Interest in the programme is being welcomed by the Government, which aims to reduce New Zealand’s agricultural waste by a third. . .

Govt tightens foreign investment rules – Marie McNicholas in NZ Farmers Weekly:

Finance Minister Bill English says the new test of more than 10 times the average farm size set last month for foreigners wanting to buy land is not a cap and there is still ministerial discretion to approve bigger sales if other tests are met under the overseas investment rules, or conversely, to refuse smaller-scale applications.

3 Responses to Rural round up

  1. gravedodger says:

    The only certain way to get rid of gorse is to sell it, You might even get a small bonus for the land.
    One of the certainties of our chaotic land subdivision laws and rules is that gorse problems will multiply.


  2. homepaddock says:

    Progeressive Turmoil’s suggestion of shading it out does work, but it takes a long time.


  3. JC says:

    “but it takes a long time.”


    Back in the late 60s the Forest Service set up the Wainuiomata Bushfire Force whose brief was (in part) to keep fire out of the Rimutaka Hill which was then a bright blaze of gorse from top to bottom. The difference now is truly amazing.. the area is now recognisable as emerging native forest as the native plants crept out of the moist gullies and recolonised the gorse slopes and suppressed the gorse.

    And don’t knock gorse too hard.. its a great pioneer species of even infertile sites and if you keep the fire out of it , it will indeed be an excellent nurse crop for native species. In fact, in Wellington city where the Land and Survey had many reserves we encouraged gorse growth as it kept people out and allowed the natives to come through.



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