Controversial new rules to clean up streams and rivers have fired up election debates and brought an angry backlash from farmers, who say it will cost them tens of thousands of dollars – and won’t make the waterways cleaner.
Today The Detail visits Chris Lewis at his 500-hectare dairy and dry stock farm in Pukeatua, on the border of Waikato and King Country, to find out what the freshwater regulations mean to him and to look at the work he’s done to tackle environmental damage.
The National Environmental Standards for Freshwater largely came into force last month. Rules on intensive winter grazing have been put back to May next year, and regulations on stockholding areas other than feedlots and application of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser to pastoral land will be in force next July. . .
Zespri on alert over mystery disease killing Italian kiwifruit – Esther Taunton:
Zespri is on alert over a mystery disease sweeping through Italian kiwifruit crops and leaving scientists baffled.
The disease, which growers call “moria” or “die-off”, begins in the roots of kiwifruit vines, which blacken and rot.
The leaves then wither and drop, leaving fruit exposed to the sun, and the vines dry up and die within two years.
According to The Guardian, the disease broke out near the Italian city of Verona in 2012 and hasaffected up to 84 per cent of vines in some places. . .
New genetics company created by farmers – Gerald Piddock:
A group of farmers have created a new company to challenge the status quo of how genetics are delivered to the New Zealand dairy industry.
Called Matriarch Genetics Ltd, after the maternal bloodlines that bull breeders contribute to the national herd, its objective is to accelerate the genetic gain and genetic diversity of dairy animals.
Spokesperson Kevin Clark says it was born out of a combination of frustration and opportunity.
Dairy bull breeders were frustrated at the decline in the number of bull genetics companies were accepting into their programmes over recent years. . .
Dunedin firm to build $12.5m boning system – Jacob McSweeny:
Scott Technology has won a multimillion-dollar contract to build an X-ray lamb boning system for Alliance Group’s plant near Invercargill.
The deal was announced yesterday morning to the NZX and is being lauded as a boost for the local economy in a difficult time.
The technology — worth $12.5million — will be developed at Scott’s Dunedin offices over the next 10 months.
It uses X-ray and vision technology to get more accurate cuts while also removing workers at Alliance’s Lorneville plant from being at the forefront of “heavy primal cutting activities,” thus making it safer for them. . .
Southern scholarship recipients address red-meat opportunities – Yvonne O’Hara:
Silver Fern Farms has announced its Pasture to Plate youth scholarship recipients for 2020, adding two additional scholarships on top of the six usually offered. That move was to strengthen its support for the industry through the challenges presented by Covid-19, chief executive Simon Limmer said. Southern Rural Life reporter Yvonne O’Hara speaks to the three southern recipients — Imogen Brankin, Leora Werner and Dan Ryan. The other successful applicants were Jack Monckton, Harry Hawkins, Joe Ward, Jazmine Burgess and Sam Phipps.
Scholarship and lamb for the flat
Now that Dan Ryan has been named as a Silver Fern Farms’ Pasture to Plate scholarship recipient, he is going to have to make good on what he promised to spend the money on.
Mr Ryan is in his final year of a commerce degree at Lincoln University, majoring in supply chain management, global business and marketing. . .
International Wine & Spirits Competition judges call te Pa 2020 Rosé ‘A perfect benchmark for the style’
te Pa Family Vineyards, the independently owned, Maori winery in Marlborough, is celebrating after winning the country’s only gold medal for wine, across all New Zealand wine categories, at the International Wine & Spirits Competition, based in the UK.
The winery’s te Pa 2020 Pinot Noir Rosé was awarded the only gold medal and the highest score (95 points) for a New Zealand wine in the fiercely competitive category.
Founder and owner of te Pa, Haysley MacDonald, who’s family lineage and history goes back to some of the earliest Maori arrivals to New Zealand, around 800 years ago, says he is delighted with the result and is proud to represent the New Zealand wine community on the world stage. . .