More than 600 bales have been donated to drought-stricken farmers in the Hawke’s Bay as they struggle through one of the worst droughts the region has seen in decades. A convoy of trucks made the journey to Hawke’s Bay to drop off some much-needed relief.
“It’s so good to be here with this fantastic contribution of feed that’s come all the way to the Hawke’s Bay from farmers right throughout the Wairarapa,” says David Todd of the Rural Support Trust in Hawke’s Bay.
“There were tears we’ll say, and from big truckies. There was tears, so it’s quite a big deal,” says Poppy Renton of the Hawke’s Bay Drought Facebook page.
From here, the feed will be distributed out to needy farmers through the rural support trust. . .
The Jowsey family are among many Hawke’s Bay farmers struggling with drought. The daily grind of feeding and watering stock on the parched paddocks is being documented on camera by the youngest in the family, 12-year-old Selby.
A rust-coloured paddock, a trail of sheep mid-trot, rolling grey hills and and a steely grey sky.
It catches your eye, this slightly tilted image of feeding out time on a drought-stricken farm in Hawke’s Bay.
Selby Jowsey, 12, says he’s tried to capture the moment. . .
Creativity in dealing with drought – Peter Burke:
Beef + Lamb New Zealand is taking some creative initiatives to help farmers deal with the drought gripping large parts of the country.
Promoting alternative stock feeds, staging webinars and arranging feed coordinators are just some of the initiatives.
BLNZ North Island regional manager Matt Ward told Rural News that farmers are not only concerned with the immediate problem of the drought, but how they will be in spring.
He says supplies of baleage are very limited and his team of extension officers have been working to get what feed is available to the farmers that need it most.
Budget misses the boat on water – Annette Scott:
The Budget is missed opportunity for water, Irrigation New Zealand chief executive Elizabeth Soal says.
While the covid-19 recovery fund has $3 billion set aside for infrastructure Soal is not confident water storage and reticulation will fit the Government’s bill.
“We were really excited about the opportunity unfolding for water as we face huge economic challenges.”
But the Budget failed to deliver.
“This is missed opportunity,” Soal said. . .
Benefit uncertain in tense times – Hugh Stringleman:
Kiwi beef producers might not benefit from a significantly reduced Australian cattle kill this year, AgriHQ analyst Mel Croad says.
“Too many other factors are working in world protein markets to be sure that Australia’s expected shortfall will flow on to greater demand for our beef exports,” she said.
A predicted 17% reduction in Australian beef exports in 2020 might help stabilise world prices rather than increase them for other supplying countries.
Australia is going to do what it would in a normal year, without covid-19, and that is rebuild its herd after widespread rain. . .
FAR’s ProductionWise® farm recording package is now able to interface directly with OverseerFM, a development which will make nutrient management reporting a lot faster and cheaper for most ProductionWise users.
FAR ProductionWise Manager, Melanie Bates, says that enabling the two systems to ‘talk to each other’ was always a goal, and although it’s taken a while, testing shows that the benefits will be huge.
“Formal discussions with Overseer about the project began in January 2019, and late last year, the ProductionWise technical team, headed by Chris Day from Flurosat, and the OverseerFM technical team started working together to plan out the integration process via computer ‘json’ files. Chris has developed a very simple and visual way to build up the json file from recorded data in PW into OverseerFM. In simple terms, you can extract your ProductionWise data to a file that can be imported into the OverseerFM platform, allowing you to create your year-end analysis easily.” . .