Sellers withdraw from wool auction as prices plummet – Sally Rae:
Unprecedented levels of wool withdrawn or passed from the market resulted in the smallest offering South Island wool brokers have presented.
Of the original 13,900 bales put up for auction last week, 2100 were withdrawn on the day as sellers chose to hold, as prices were now well below long-term sustainable levels for wool growers, New Zealand Wool Services International chief executive John Dawson said.
The balance of the offering of 11,819 bales had 64% sold, and the remainder was passed in, Mr Dawson said.
Even the grower resistance could not halt further price slippage for crossbred wool, with lamb’s wool and poorer style fleece again being the most affected, PGG Wrightson Wool’s South Island sales team. . .
Farmers say plan to regulate privately owned bush is heavy handed – David Burroughs:
Farmers have accused the New Plymouth District Council of “confiscating their land rights” with a plan to regulate areas of privately owned native bush.
Nearly 200 farmers from North Taranaki and further afield filled the Urenui Community Hall on Thursday night to listen to the council’s proposal on Significant Natural Areas (SNAs), with many of them speaking out against the proposal.
Under the plan, around 361 areas would become legally protected, with farmers needing a resource consent to make changes to them, such as building a track or making a hut.
But many of the farmers said they already took care of the land without the need for regulation and bringing in the new rules was heavy handed of the council. . .
Marlborough shearer ‘sorted’ for international competition – Mike Watson:
Crutching 1000 lambs could prove the ideal warm up for Marlborough shearer Sarah Higgins as she heads to the All Nations shearing championships in Invercargill.
Higgins is the sole Marlborough shearer competing at the All Nations event which has drawn 400 entries.
“It’s part of my practise run towards the championships,” she said. . .
They’re as much a part of the traditional kiwi summer as burnt sausages and backyard cricket and despite their late arrival, water restrictions are now in place in most regions. While most of us can accept that our carefully-tended lawn will soon become a pocket square of brown dirt, we tend to get a little bit upset when just down the road we see irrigators operating.
“It’s natural for people to question it” said IrrigationNZ CEO, Andrew Curtis. “But what they often don’t understand is that irrigators operate under the same regulatory regime that town water supplies do, and that town water supplies actually have a priority – irrigators always get restricted from taking water from a river or aquifer long before towns do.”
However, in urban areas, household restrictions are driven by the infrastructure’s capacity to supply; no town water supply system is built to cope with peak demand, which is everyone watering their garden at the same time in the height of summer. . .
St Hilda’s Collegiate Schoolpupils have been getting their heads around lamb weights.
The Dunedin school was among 26 nationwide to trial a red meat profit partnership programme last year, aimed at engaging primary and secondary school pupils in farming.
The resources, including assessments within the programme, have received the New Zealand Qualification Authority quality-assured assessment materials trademark, and the programme could be used to gain NCEA credits. It will be rolled out to further schools this year.
St Hilda’s head of maths, John Bradfield, said the school had coincidentally been looking for dairy farming data at the time the RMPP programme “popped across the radar”. . .
It’s a dog’s life as trial season begins – Sally Rae:
Dog trial season is under way, with a big week ahead in May for the Otago centre.
The South Island championships will be held at Warepa, in South Otago, starting on May 1.
The centre’s first trial for the season was held recently at Lowburn and entries were well up on last year.
It was a particularly good couple of days for members of the Omakau-Earnscleugh Collie Club, who featured among the prizewinners.
Duncan Campbell, from Earnscleugh Station, won the long head with Zip, while his father, Alistair, was third in the straight hunt with Ra. . .