24-hour shearing marathon for suicide prevention raises thousands – Leighton Keith:
The buzz of clippers went silent and was replaced by cheers and applause in a Taranaki woolshed as a 24-hour shearing marathon came to an end.
The event, held just out of Whangamomona on Sunday, had been organised by John Herlihy to raise awareness for suicide prevention following the death of his son Michael in January 2016.
Michael’s death, a suspected suicide, shocked New Zealand’s close knit shearing community and came just 10 days before he and his five brothers, Paul, Mark, Craig, Tim and Dean were planning to set a new world record by shearing 3000 lambs in just eight hours. . .
The Green Issue: Linkwater dairy farmers see benefits in more sustainable farming practices – Mike Watson:
Linkwater dairy farmers Jason and Amber Templeman entered the region’s leading environment awards to show the positive aspects of the dairy industry, they say.
“The dairy industry has been getting a lot of bad publicity over environment standards,” Jason says.
“Entering the awards was an opportunity for us to show what the dairy industry was doing positively.” . .
In the field – Guy Williams:
For the past two summers, teams of academics and students from the University of Otago have made field trips into a stretch of spectacular high country between Arrowtown and Lake Wanaka. Queenstown reporter Guy Williams finds out what they are up to.
It is a glorious morning after a night of wind, rain and broken sleep at the Skippers camping ground.
On the final day of a three-day field trip to Coronet Peak Station, two University of Otago summer bursary students are helping Dr Christoph Matthaei, a freshwater ecologist from the university’s zoology department, take water samples from a tributary of the Shotover River.
The hustle and bustle of Queenstown is only 20km to the south, but in this gully on the flanks of the Harris Mountains, it feels like the middle of nowhere.
The trio are on the western edge of Mahu Whenua (Healing the Land), the name given to a vast tract of country encompassing four high country stations stretching from Arrowtown most of the way to Wanaka’s Glendhu Bay. . .
Commodity prices hide ‘solid’ Fonterra performance – Dene Mackenzie:
Volatile commodity prices hid a solid performance from dairy company Fonterra when it reported its first-half profit last week, Forsyth Barr broker Lyn Howe said.
In a detailed analysis of the result, Ms Howe said Fonterra had continued to shift volume from commodity areas towards its higher value consumer and foodservice business.
Fonterra posted normalised earnings of $607million for the six months ended January, down 9% on the previous corresponding period. The result was ahead of Forsyth Barr expectations. . .
Yili expects more jobs as plant grows – Shannon Gillies:
A promise of more jobs came from dairy giant Yili as it celebrated the opening of its stage two development at its Glenavy production plant on Saturday.
Official celebrations were in Auckland, but Glenavy and surrounding areas should be gearing up for employment opportunities at the Oceania Dairy production plant, a company spokeswoman said.
She said while stage two was not operational, it was due to be ready for production in August. . .
Ashburton wool growers top sale:
The feature of the South Island wool sale on Thursday was the sale of a small amount of merino wool offered by Rata Peaks Station, Ashburton, CP Wool spokesman Roger Fuller said.
The wool created heated demand from exporters. A line of merino hogget 17.7 micron reached 3104c clean and 1900c greasy.
”This was on the back of the Australian market reaching highs not seen for many years.” . .
2018 Dairy Industry Awards to be held in South Island:
The 2018 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards are heading south!
At the Southland-Otago Dairy Industry Awards dinner on Saturday in Invercargill, it was announced that the 2018 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards will hold their national awards dinner at ILT Stadium in Invercargill on 12 May 2018.
The last time the Nationals were held in the South Island was 2011, when they were held in Queenstown.
The awards oversee the Share Farmer of the Year, Dairy Manager of the Year and Dairy Trainee of the Year competitions. . .