Rural round-up

Thousands needed to fill primary industry jobs – Alexa Cook:

The primary sector is turning to cities to promote jobs in the industry in an effort to create a more qualified workforce.

Research commissioned by the Ministry for Primary Industries, Dairy NZ and Beef and Lamb New Zealand has found the industry will need another 2300 people by 2025, on top of the 23,400 needed to replace natural attrition.

There is a growing divide between rural and urban New Zealand, with 36 percent of all secondary students based in Auckland, and just 30 percent spread through rural areas.

New Zealand Young Farmers president Terry Copeland said by 2025 a third of jobs in the dairy industry would not be tied to the land. . . 

Busy ‘making difference’ – Sally Rae:

Fiona Hancox just wants to “make a difference”.

The West Otago sheep and beef farmer recently joined the board of Co-operative Business New Zealand.The organisation represents more than 50 co-operative and mutual businesses operating across a  range of industries, including agriculture, manufacturing, insurance, banking and financial services, utilities, pharmaceuticals, education, health, wholesale and retail.

In February last year, Mrs Hancox became the first female farmer representative director on the board of Silver Fern Farms. . . 

Time to hand over the reins – Sally Rae:

For many years, Chris Bayne has been something of an institution at PGG Wrightson’s Mosgiel store.

So, come September 2,  it will be the end of an era as Mrs Bayne (65) works her last day as store manager.

However, she remained philosophical about leaving a role that has been a big part of her life, saying simply it was “time to go”.

“I just think sometimes you work too long and you retire and, all of a sudden, your health goes to the pack. It’s nice to hand the reins over to someone else …  you can’t work forever,” she said. . . 

Retiring rural postie parks his truck – Lynda Van Kempen:

After travelling more than a million kilometres, Kevin “Rock” McCrorie has finally parked  for good.

His 17-year career as a Maniototo rural postman ended on Friday and he shared some of the finer details with  the Otago Daily Times.

Number of vehicles used: Five Toyota Hiluxes

Kilometres driven: 250 a day, five days a week.

Total: 1,105,000km.

Rural boxholders: 125.

Mail, newspapers and parcels delivered: Hundreds of thousands.

Goldfish received: One

Axolotyls delivered: One. . . 

More business understanding gives Southland sheep farmer positive outlook – Brittany Pickett:

Jo Horrell is feeling positive about the future of the sheep industry.

The Southland farmer believes the tide is turning for sheep farming and she is determined to be part of it. Part of her enthusiasm can be attributed to her recently completing  an Agri-Women’s Development Trust Understanding Your Farm Business course

While she found the Red Meat Profit Partnership-funded course invaluable in gaining a greater understanding of the farm business she runs alongside her husband Bryce, it was having the opportunity to meet like-minded, positive people that for Horrell was a real bonus. . . 

Startup to tackle Predator Free New Zealand challenge:

New Zealand based App and Website Pestur will launch in 2017. Pestur is a social network allowing users to compete with each other in challenges as they work to eradicate different pest species through trapping and hunting.

Co- founder Greta Donoghue says the inspiration came in seeing the millions of people around the world willing to try and catch something that doesn’t exist (Pokemon), “the idea being that if even a fraction of these participants put some real world effort into the issue of invasive pest species we could see tangible improvements ranging from the protection of endangered species to the economics of better crop yields” . . 

2 Responses to Rural round-up

  1. Paul Scott says:

    Rural roundup your header // Thousands needed to fill primary industry jobs.
    I do not doubt the need for a good quality work force in the rural area.
    I would like employment but I do not like the countryside away from my friends and fun. Therefor I will keep on with the income I have being part time here in Christchurch and a WINZ benefit. You n may question whether you really want to pay me for this privilege.

    The Statistics people have supplied a good spreadsheet on immigration to NZ. You can sort various categories by factors such as / Area / skill / qualification as previous occupation.
    These will give us some insight.
    Duncan Garner in a recent article was amused by the number of restaurant workers we bring to Auckland.
    Tony Alexander [ Economist BNZ] says we need a massive immigration of Builders to provide house for massive Immigration to the cities.

    Yes we do need people in the regions. Guess who has a policy of preferential Immigration of regional workers.
    Hint. Not Nanny Nat.


  2. Will says:

    There do seem to be rather a lot of these desperately upbeat stories about sheep farming these days. I’m finding them a bit wearying. I am that awkward generation of sheep farmers who never saw any good times. We seem to have been in a crisis my whole career but I have never felt more pessimistic than I do now, and at last, I am seriously considering ‘pulling the pin’ on sheep. I’m tired of the excuses about the dollar, bullshit trade deals, ridiculous wool prices and all the rest of it. I know this industry will never recover, it’s just a slow march to oblivion, with farmers wondering how long they can keep treading water. Why don’t they just write the truth?

    Sorry about the gloom and the mixed metaphor, just getting a bit over it all. My friends are either retiring or easing up which doesn’t help much. I have created a complex, high performance system which requires constant attention. Would be nice to get paid for it now and again.


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