Rural round-up

Fonterra looks to expand its Africa footprint – Rebecca Howard:

(BusinessDesk) – Fonterra is exporting into 36 of 54 African countries and aims to expand its footprint as demand grows across the region.

With a population of over 1.2 billion, “Africa is one of the fastest growing markets of dairy imports and a significant opportunity, not just for Fonterra but for the New Zealand dairy industry,” Josh Hosking, sales director for Africa NZMP – the cooperative’s global dairy ingredients brand – told BusinessDesk in an interview. . . .

Farmers muddy the waters for Rotorua festival:

Without wishing to wallow in the absurdity of what some people are willing to pay for, farmers are bemused by plans by Rotorua to import mud from Korea.

In particular, farmers in the deep south who are up to the tops of their Red Bands in the stuff after recent flooding are offering to supply the North Island city with as much mud as they want.

According to news reports, organisers of Rotorua’s Mudtopia Festival intend using $90,000 of ratepayers’ and taxpayers’ money to bring in five tonnes of South Korean mud powder. The idea is that those who buy tickets to the December festival can indulge in the “muddy madness” of an “epic Mud Arena, the Mud Games zone, and chilling out in front of the Mud Stage”. . . 

NZ named world’s most competitive apple performer for third consecutive year:

Apple growers have good reason to be optimistic, with New Zealand named the world’s most competitive apple performer in the World Apple Report for the third consecutive year.

The good news comes as hundreds of apple growers and industry players descend on Napier for Pipfruit New Zealand’s annual two-day conference. . .

Primary industries resources for students :

The launch of a new package of secondary school resources will help boost students’ understanding of and engagement with the primary industries, says Associate Minister for Primary Industries Louise Upston.

“Our primary industries are a vital part of our economy which account for more than 70 per cent of exports,” says Ms Upston. . .

Get the best from your land:

Using farm management software is ideal for a farming business that aims to get the best out of its land, says Hawkes Bay dairy farmer Lewis Knauf.

Wairua Dairies, 40km from Hastings, milk 1600 cows and raise their own replacements as well as running a significant cropping programme. Lewis is the operations manager for the farm, owned by a family company, originally purchased by his parents Ivan and Sue in 2001, and employing 12 staff.

It’s a big and busy farming operation. “If you look at the farm calendar, there’s not many days where there’s nothing happening.” This includes managing irrigation of over one-half of the 645ha-effective area and about 160ha of cropping a year, mainly maize and fodder beet, along with lucerne, rape and winter oats. . .

Get your entry in for the 2018 Ballance Farm Environment Awards:

Farmers and growers are being encouraged to enter the 2018 Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

The awards are organised by the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust to promote land stewardship by showcasing sustainable farming. . .

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