‘Much of the plan is not common sense’ – Yvonne O’Hara:
Matakanui Station owner Andrew Paterson estimates it will cost him about $1.6 million to comply with the new freshwater rules for fencing off waterways on his Central Otago hill country property.
He will also have to take about 47ha out of use to follow the 5m buffer rule.
The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 sets out new objectives and policies for farming including waterways, nutrient losses and winter grazing and the rules come into effect tomorrow.
He agrees with Federated Farmers Southland president Geoffrey Young that some of the rules are unworkable and supports Mr Young’s recent call for a boycott of the new rules. . .
Revelations in the cow shed – Peter Burke:
Mental health and connectivity are two of the main issues affecting dairy farmers in this country according to a survey by DairyNZ.
The so called ‘cow shed’ survey shows that 62% of farmers say that they or someone on their farm had experienced mental health issues over the last year.
DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle says he was “quite surprised” at how high this number was.
“I think the stresses that came out in the survey were drought, with two thirds of those surveyed saying they had been affected by drought in the last little while,” he told Dairy News.
Winding up a long career championing New Zealand – Sally Rae:
When Lyn Jaffray walks out the door of Silver Fern Farms’ headquarters in Dunedin tomorrow, it will be the end of an era, as business and rural editor Sally Rae reports.
Lyn Jaffray is preparing to close his last deal with Silver Fern Farms.
When he retires tomorrow, it will mark a 48-year association with the company which has included more than 20 years managing its China market.
The former All Black’s departure follows a discussion about succession and a year-long transition period, and he was happy with the timing of it.
“I’m comfortable where we are, the company’s going great, I’m comfortable with closing the deal,” he said. . .
The New Zealand Deerstalkers Association believes the Department of Conservation’s revised tahr control operational plan released yesterday shows that culling the Himalayan tahr herd as now planned is based on ideology, political interference, a lack of quality data and science, and made to appease the extreme views of Forest & Bird who continue to maintain their threat of bad faith court action.
Deerstalkers Association Chief Executive Gwyn Thurlow says the decision defies good sense and logic and is another example of a string of poor decisions made by this Government.
Gwyn Thurlow says “After reviewing the latest iteration of the plan, we can see no substantive change to the Department’s approach from before the High Court win by the Tahr Foundation because the bottom line is the number of operational hours has not reduced. This means our tahr herd will be decimated, as feared. . .
A project to boost vegetable growers’ efforts to care for the health of the environment while supplying fresh, healthy food, has received $4.7 million in government backing from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
The funding adds to the $2.8 million already invested by industry into Sustainable Vegetable Systems, a four-year project, focused on improving crop nutrient management for the growing of potatoes, onions, brassicas, butternut squash, carrots, and leafy greens.
MPI is investing in the project from the Productive and Sustainable Land Usepackage, which promotes farming and growing practices that deliver more value and improved environmental outcomes. . .
An innovative working group has been created across England and Wales to reignite the venison market following a drop in demand due to Covid-19.
The group will focus on strengthening existing markets and opening new channels to counter competition provided by imports and slashed demand.
The Wild Venison Working Group is chaired by the Forestry Commission and has representation from stakeholders in woodland management, shooting, gamekeeping, and venison supply sectors.
In the absence of natural predators, the deer population in the United Kingdom is at its highest level for the last 1,000 years. . .