Rural round-up

Bee keepers pay respects to visionary Claude Stratford:

Federated Farmers’ Bee Industry Group is paying its own respects to bee industry legend, Claude Stratford, who passed away yesterday aged 102.

“The Executive Committee of Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group, extends our sympathies to the family of Comvita co-founder, Claude Stratford,” says Barry Hantz, Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group Executive member.

“In an industry priding itself on its resourcefulness and innovation, Mr Stratford showed incredible foresight to market honey and other bee products as natural health products across a number of applications. . .

AgResearch says it has a role in new water accord:

AgResearch says it’s got a role to play in helping the dairy industry meet the targets it’s set itself in its new water accord.

The accord was launched this week and aims to lessen the sector’s impact on the environment – while allowing it to grow further and remain highly profitable.

Dairy NZ says in the last 10 years New Zealand’s milk supply has increased by 47% – to 1.7 billion kilo of milk solids in 2012. . .

Experiment to limit dairy pollution shows promise:

Agresearch says results of its trial of low cost techniques to limit dairy contaminants leaching into waterways are encouraging.

The state-owned research and development company is part way through a trial of different grazing methods on Telford Farm, near Dunedin.

It says those techniques can significantly reduce the flow of nutrients, faecal microbes and sediment into waterways. . . .

Nominations open for prestigious agribusiness leadership awards:

Nominations are now open for the prestigious annual Rabobank Leadership Award – a key recognition of achievement in, and contribution to, New Zealand and Australia’s food, beverage and agribusiness sectors.

The annual award – now in its eighth year in its current format – acknowledges excellence among the senior leaders of New Zealand and Australia’s agribusiness and agri-related industries. . .

Synlait Milk Limited Welcomes Future Shareholder FrieslandCampina:

Synlait Milk Limited (“Synlait Milk”) is pleased to announce that FrieslandCampina Investments Holding B.V., a subsidiary of Royal FrieslandCampina, will hold approximately 7.5% shareholding in Synlait Milk upon completion of the Initial Public Offering (“IPO”). FrieslandCampina is one of the largest dairy cooperatives in the world and an existing customer of Synlait Milk.

Synlait Milk Chairman Graeme Milne said this investment from FrieslandCampina, as part of the bookbuild to institutional investors and NZX Firms, is an endorsement of Synlait Milk’s operations and growth ambitions. . .

100% New Zealand Bacon & Ham Competition seeks the best of the best:

When it comes to bacon and ham, it simply doesn’t get any better than 100% New Zealand home, crafted by the country’s top butchers and cured meat artisans. 

This year the 100% NZ Bacon & Ham Competition has attracted 200 tasty entries from throughout the country. On 19 July, a 33 strong panel which includes leading chefs, food connoisseurs, and master butchers convenes in Wellington to determine which top bacon and ham maker is the best of the best, using only 100% New Zealand farmed pork. . .

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