Water rules ‘unworkable’ – Neal Wallace:
Environment Southland may ask the Government to relax new strict rules controlling the winter grazing of livestock which is widely considered as unworkable in the cooler southern region.
Southland Federated Farmers president Geoffrey Young has upped the pressure on the Government, advising members not to seek resource consent if they are unable to meet the new grazing regulations.
Southern farmers are angered at the requirement to resow winter crop paddocks by November 1, a month later than the rest of NZ, the extent of pugging permitted on paddocks and limits on winter grazing paddocks with a mean slope exceeding 10 degrees.
These provisions are included in the suite of essential freshwater measures regulations released in May.
Labour needs to stand up for the essential primary sector workers who are wrongly being turned away at Auckland region checkpoints, MP for Hunua Andrew Bayly and National’s Agriculture spokesperson David Bennett say.
“Auckland is almost 10 days into their regional lockdown and there has still been no specific exemptions granted by the Ministry of Health to allow primary sector workers to carry out essential services across the Auckland regional border.” Mr Bayly says.
“These travel exemptions should have been ready to go at the first sign of regional restrictions. Instead, it has taken a week for the Minister to secure exemptions for the dairy, horticulture, and poultry sectors.”. . .
Meat companies forced to divert product – Neal Wallace:
Meat companies are changing portion sizes and targeting mid-week meals as they switch products from food service to chilled retail markets.
Farmers Weekly last week reported the demise of food service markets around the world due to the global covid-19 pandemic forcing meat companies to divert product away from traditional frozen and food service markets.
AgriHQ senior analyst Mel Croad says any increase in chilled meat volumes is welcome. . .
Investors this week took the phenomenal result for a2 Milk in their stride, but it may have produced a few blinks round the nation’s dairy farms, particularly with the farmer-suppliers of Fonterra.
Take – for example – a2 Milk’s earnings per share of 52.39c and contrast them with Fonterra’s 17c per share in 2019, or its net profit of $385.8m versus Fonterra’s loss of $605m.
There are other mind-blowing figures from a2 Milk: total revenue of $1.73bn, up 32.8%; ebitda of $549.7m, a rise of 32.9%; and operating cash flow of $427.4m. Not to mention a cash mountain it has built up of $854.2m. . .
Nineteen-year-old Ashlee Ennis is thrilled she has got a job on a dairy farm after recently completing three-weeks of GoDairy Farm Ready Training with DairyNZ.
Hailing from Tauranga, Ashlee has moved to Taupo for a role as a farm assistant and is excited by her new career.
She says she is relishing getting stuck in helping out with calving.
“It’s been great to get into the work and learn more on the job. I definitely see a future for myself in dairy farming,” she said. “I didn’t grow up on a farm but my mum did and she always loved it. I love working with animals.” . .
One scientist’s ambitious plan to achieve global cooling with cattle – Farmer Georgie:
Farts are funny. Burger King thinks yodeling about cow farts is even funnier. In mid-July, the fast food chain released on Twitter an ad campaign starring boot-stomping kids, led by Mason Ramsey of Walmart Yodeling Kid fame, singing about cow farts contributing to global warming and claiming that lemongrass can reduce methane in those farts by a third.
The ad, part of the company’s #CowsMenu campaign, generated a backlash of social media criticism. Pissed-off ranchers and a concerned science community pointed out that the ad perpetuated a long-standing misconception about cow farts and the hotly debated narrative that cows are a major climate change problem. Plus, it promoted an unproven solution as its big greenhouse gas win. In doing so, Burger King missed the chance to highlight the real potential for change: turning cows and their methane-producing digestive systems into a climate cooling solution. . .