Word of the day


Dehisce – to break, burst or gape open, as in a pod, seed or wound; to split along a natural line; to discharge contents by so splitting; rupture.

Sowell says


Rural round-up


B+LNZ remains unconvinced by low-slope map :

The Government’s new proposed low-slope map for stock exclusion is better than the original, however the map still won’t practically work on the ground, says Beef+Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ).

The Government is consulting on a revised map after the original mis-identified thousands of hectares of steep land across New Zealand as ‘low-slope’ and therefore requiring stock exclusion or fencing.

It is also consulting on a proposed certified freshwater farm planning approach. B+LNZ has released factsheets outlining key issues and guidance for farmers on both consultations and will be making submissions incorporating farmer feedback.

It will also be making a submission on the changes to the intensive winter grazing rules announced last week. . . 

NAIT  tackles lifestyles – Annette Scott:

Lifestylers have become a key focus for Ospri as it ups the efficiency of the national animal identification tracing (NAIT) programme.

Ospri head of traceability Kevin Forward says a lot of lifestyle properties now border farms and it’s important these property owners understand their responsibility when it comes to owning animals.

Real Estate New Zealand statistics show more than 7000 lifestyle properties change hands every year.

Whether you have a dozen animals or even just one, as person in charge of animals (PICA) there is a legal obligation to register with Nait and keep your account up-to-date if managing NAIT animals. . .

Careful paddock selection first step in winter forage crop programme :

Wintering practices have changed on Robert Young’s Southland farm over the past 10 years.

A continual process of fine-tuning the management of their winter forage crops to protect their soil and water resources is paying dividends, with less mud, reduced run-off and content livestock.

Robert and his family farm a 970ha rolling to steep sheep, beef and dairy support property near Gore.

Winter forage crops, namely fodder beet and swedes, are an important part of their farm system; both as part of their pasture renewal programme and to grow a bulk of quality feed for sheep and cattle over the depths of winter. . . 

AGL’s Nelson plant rolls out covid-19 vaccines :

Alliance Group Ltd’s Nelson plant is rolling out covid-19 vaccinations to staff and immediate family members within their “bubble”.

Sixty-nine workers and 10 of their family members received their first covid-19 vaccinations at the plant on Thursday in a joint initiative between Alliance and Te Piki Oranga Ltd, a local Māori healthcare provider. Approximately 40 employees at the plant have already been vaccinated.

Te Piki Oranga staff worked with the Nelson plant’s health and safety manager Sheryl Edwards to provide the immunisations at the plant. The second of the two vaccinations required will be provided at the plant in six weeks’ time.  . . 

FarmIQ appoints respected ago-leader as its new chairman:

FarmIQ is ‘bringing it all together’ with the announcement of Warren Parker as Chairman of its Board of Directors.

Warren brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in agricultural systems, farm management, and governance while also being experienced in working effectively with government.

His vision for FarmIQ in the next five years is founded on this experience and the increased market and compliance expectations placed on farmers, “It has all the ingredients and ambition necessary to become the national leading software choice for land managers in New Zealand and will have grown its presence internationally.”

FarmIQ can only achieve this by being a good partner, respectful collaborator and admired for its practicality but he says “there is a lot to do but I’m excited by the high caliber of their people and their enthusiasm to help farmers.” The power of a platform approach is other software providers can offer their tailored solutions while farmers need to enter data only once. This is well proven in the banking and other sectors, and there is no reason it cannot be just as successful in the rural sectors. . .

Beef giant Brazil halts China exports after confirming two mad cow disease cases – Nayara Figueiredo:

Brazil, the world’s largest beef exporter, has suspended beef exports to its No. 1 customer China after confirming two cases of “atypical” mad cow disease in two separate domestic meat plants, the agriculture ministry said on Saturday.

The suspension, which is part of an animal health pact agreed between China and Brazil and is designed to allow Beijing time to take stock of the problem, begins immediately, the ministry said in a statement. China will decide when to begin importing again, it added.

The suspension is a major blow for Brazilian farmers: China and Hong Kong buy more than half of Brazil’s beef exports.

The cases were identified in meat plants in the states of Mato Grosso and Minas Gerais, the ministry said. It said they were the fourth and fifth cases of “atypical” mad cow disease that have been detected in Brazil in 23 years. . . 

Yes Sir Humphrey


If it’s this hard for me . . .


This lockdown has harder even though our farms are still operating, our staff can still work, their, and our, incomes aren’t threatened, nor is our business, and we’re not having to home school children.

A lot of friends are saying they are finding it harder too and I’ve heard people on the radio echoing this, missing family and friends, finding they’re shorter of temper and that their sleep is disturbed.

If it’s hard for me, it must be so much harder for so many other people, especially those in Auckland enduring their fourth lockdown and who know they’re likely to face at least another week at level 4 while the rest of us move to level 2, albeit the Delta version, with masks and tighter restrictions on gatherings, at midnight tonight.

There’s general acceptance that lockdown was necessary and gratitude it seems to be working, but still it’s hard and one of the reasons it’s hard is the lack of knowledge that feeds uncertainty.

It wouldn’t be quite as bad if communication was better.

As soon as I heard the news that there had been a case of Covid in the community three weeks ago, I knew that Auckland would definitely be locked down and the likelihood of the rest of the country joining them was high.

The government ought to have been prepared and able to announce what was happening almost immediately. Instead, we had to wait several hours in limbo while Cabinet met for an announcement that appeared to be designed to allow the Prime Minister to get maximum exposure with no understanding that it gave everyone else less time to prepare for the lockdown.

A few more hours with the knowledge the government had would have made it at least a little less difficult for everyone to do what we had to do before we were confined to our homes.

The frustration and uncertainty so many are feeling has been exacerbated by the drip feeding of announcements.

The government must have known the criteria that determined who would be staying locked down and who might be permitted a little more freedom but they didn’t tell us. Instead we got the interminable sermons from the podium of truth before being told our freedom would be constrained for a while longer and given an announcement of the date of the announcement that would tell us when that might change.

Eventually we got the news and having permitted those of us outside Auckland to go to level 3, the government must also have know the criteria that would determine when we could move down to level 2. Why couldn’t we have been trusted with that information to enable us to plan and give us some hope of returning to something nearer normal life?

Knowledge is power. In in keeping the knowledge to itself, the government is wielding more power and keeping more control than it needs and in doing so is feeding frustration.

We keep being told to do our bit as members of one big team. That would be a lot less difficult to do if we weren’t playing in the dark.

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