New water use plan for Canterbury – Annette Lunn:
A new water plan will allow more land to be irrigated in Canterbury – but has set strict limits on the amount of phosphorus in the waterways.
Environment Canterbury has accepted recommendations in the Hurunui and Waiau River Regional Plan after months of public consultation.
The plan allows 70,000 more hectares of land to be irrigated. . .
Take good care of your farming mates – Pasture to Profit:
This week on Twitter there was a Multi-Nation discussion and concern about “farmers being in dark places” as a result of stress.
Extreme weather events in many countries including Ireland, UK, West Australia and New Zealand are putting farmers under immense stress. Stress about money, feed availability and the costs of buying in expensive feed when pasture is not growing.
Hell it’s tough! . . .
Inspirational Young Farmers Win Supreme Title in 2013 Greater Wellington Ballance Farm Environment Awards:
An innovative and hard-working young couple has collected the Supreme Award in the 2013 Greater Wellington Ballance Farm Environment Awards.
Central Wairarapa farmers Michael and Karen Williams received the award at a special Ballance Farm Environment Awards (BFEA) ceremony on April 18, 2013.
Their 224ha arable, lamb finishing and beef unit, Ahiaruhe Farm, was described by BFEA judges as a very well organised business “run by an inspirational young couple”.
The Williams have immense passion for their farming operation, applying considerable business acumen to everyday decisions, judges said. . .
Gloves off in CAP reform:– Douglas MacSkimming:
THE GLOVES are off and the fight is on to secure the best possible deal for Scotland’s farmers in the CAP reform package.
This was the message from Rural Affairs CabSec Richard Lochhead, who this week outlined the wishlist he would pursue in the last push to agree a reform deal by the end of June.
Addressing a CAP modelling conference in Edinburgh, on Wednesday, Mr Lochhead stressed: “The negotiations aren’t over – we still have the opportunity to fight for Scotland’s remaining demands.
“Like a level playing field on coupled payments – we want to see 15% for all member states, not just for some. Like ensuring that the national reserve rules will help new entrants of all ages, not just those under 40. . .
The Mysterious Mr Black: A farm story (bit of a true story bit of a yarn) – Mad Bush Farm:
When you’re just a kid of five or six years old, things are always larger than life. It took bravery to venture into the old chicken houses on the farm next door. They made for a ramshackle collection of buildings, slightly on a lean, with rusted corrugated iron, the timbers full of dry rot. Inside the groaning slowly collapsing sheds, were the old nesting boxes, some with eggs still in place, the hens that had laid them long since vanished. I vaguely recall the flocks of White Leghorn hens out in the paddocks foraging away for their feed of grubs and insects between the blades of long rich dairy grass, where once cows had grazed. They had long since gone as well and the walk through milking shed had been abandoned to the elements.
All kids like to venture into places they’re not supposed to go into. That’s the fun of it, doing something you’re not supposed to do, and go looking where you shouldn’t. . .
Pregnant sheep survives 11 days under snow at Scottish farm:
A pregnant sheep who survived 11 days buried under snow at a farm in south west Scotland is on the road to recovery.
The animal is already walking around and eating after its ordeal and was one of only four sheep that managed to survive.
It has even gained some notoriety for managing to stay alive, with thousands of Facebook users ‘liking’ a post that brought news of its amazing feat.
Young farmer Stuart Mactier spoke of his excitement at finding the ewe alive. . .
From The Farmacy: