Farm workers have spoken of their horrendous accidents at the launch of an initiative to reduce the “unacceptable” number of workplace injuries on New Zealand farms.
Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson released the Agriculture Sector Action Plan at Parliament today.
The plan targets four areas that account for half of all injuries and deaths in the agriculture sector – use of agriculture machinery, mental health and wellbeing of workers, slips and falls, and animal handling. . .
Lawrence farmer top farm-forester – Sally Rae:
When Dennis Larsen bought his Lawrence farm in 1980, there were no trees – just “a bit of scrub”.
More than 30 years later, the 611ha sheep and beef property boasts 92ha of forestry . . .
Farm-foresters called heroes – Sally Rae:
“You’re my heroes.” That is what Prof Henrik Moller, from the Centre for Sustainability: Agriculture, Food, Energy, Environment (CSAFE) at the University of Otago told those attending the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association’s recent conference.
The 56th annual conference, which was hosted by the South and Mid Otago branches, was based at Telford, Balclutha.
With the theme Taking Care of Our Water, it included field trips to Mid Otago, Lawrence and South Otago.
A once a day milking system needs a different mind-set? – Pasture to Profit:
I wonder if OAD (Once a Day) Milking farmers should be farming like TAD farmers (Twice a Day Milking)? After all they are completely different farming systems. Or are they really different?
The Dairy Industry Restructure Package is now a thing of the past and Australia has almost completely dismantled government regulation and support for the dairy industry. Since this happened: milk production has contracted by 20%; private processors have gained control of the industry; factories are closing; family farms are disappearing; regulations are more complex; cost and quality improvement is essential.
Was deregulation a good thing for Australia? To provide a point of comparison I thought it might be interesting to look at Canada where, despite raging debate, pressure to deregulate has been vehemently and successfully resisted by the dairy industry. . .
Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson has launched a new action plan to bring down the “unacceptable” number of workplace injuries in the agriculture sector.
The Agriculture Sector Action Plan targets four priority areas that account for at least half of all injuries and deaths in the sector, including:
• use of agricultural vehicles and machinery • the physical and mental health/wellbeing of agricultural workers • slips, trips and falls, and • animal handling.
Agriculture has one of the highest rates of workplace injury, disease and fatalities each year – double the average rate across all sectors. Provisional figures show that 15 agricultural workers were killed last year alone. . .
Greg Costello of Ravensdown looks at practical steps to reduce nitrate leaching
It’s a familiar picture of winter grazing. Groups of cows feeding on narrow ‘breaks’ of winter forage crops. What’s not so obvious is the potential for nitrogen (N) losses from these activities. Wet, cold soils, pugging and winter rain increases the risk of nitrate leaching and emissions of nitrate oxide from the multitude of urine patches deposited. . .