Cheese-maker happy with the blues – Shannon Gillies:
Pursuing her goal of becoming a businesswoman in the highly competitive world of cheese-making has led Frenchwoman Pauline Treillard to Oamaru.
Originally trained as a sommelier, Ms Treillard (25) left that job to pursue her interest in cheese and became a cheese-maker in her home province of Bordeaux.
After years of trying to get further in the male-dominated industry, she decided to take a chance on the southern hemisphere and left France in 2013.
She arrived in Oamaru in March 2016, after her visa application to stay in Australia with her partner was declined. . .
China Links paying dividends – Hugh Stringleman:
A week-long trip to China with Prime Minister John Key’s recent government and business delegation enabled Fonterra chairman John Wilson to view first-hand his co-operative’s engagement with its biggest and most-important market. Hugh Stringleman got a debriefing.
Vertical integration of Fonterra’s activities in China position it well for dynamic markets, regulatory changes and government approval, Fonterra chairman John Wilson says.
President Xi Jinping commented on Fonterra’s $1 billion-plus investment in China and the creation of 1600 jobs, Prime Minister John Key had reported. . .
Hard times swell Gypsy Day moves – Hugh Stringleman:
Sharemilkers and other dairy farm staff will be moving in greater numbers this Gypsy Day because of tough times in the industry.
Federated Farmers sharemilkers’ section leaders said more of the annual end-of-season moves would be from necessity and were not improvements in jobs.
“Higher-order sharemilkers will be moving for financial and structural reasons while the lower-orders and contract milkers may be taking a step backwards, unfortunately,” section chairman Neil Filer of Dannevirke said. . .
Genetics could help combat FE – Sudesh Kissun:
An outbreak of facial eczema (FE) on the West Coast is driving home the need for FE-tolerant genetics, according to a farmer.
Andrew Bruning and Tracey Herrick are first year dairy farming in Karamea, where the whole district has been hit hard with FE — unusual for the area, Bruning says.
They milk 180 cows, mainly Friesian with some crossbred; a quarter of the herd have clinical symptoms of FE. Bruning believes the rest of the herd is suffering with sub-clinical symptoms. . .
‘Gutless’ thieves butcher cow in field – Liz Wylie:
Kaitoke farmer Tony Skews said thieves who shot and butchered his prize cow on Monday night are “gutless pieces of junk”.
Mr Skews, who keeps just 15 cows on his property near Lake Wiritoa, said the animal had been shot with a .22 rifle and badly butchered by “amateurs”.
“They have taken the back steak and four legs and just left the rest,” he said.
“She was the fattest cattle beast on the property and this loss has cost me about $1500.” . .
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