Regulations repeatedly failing ‘practicality test’ – Andrew Hoggard:
Federated Farmers has given repeated warnings to government that aspects of the 2020 ‘Essential Freshwater’ regulations are unworkable. Frustratingly, officials have treated us as lobbyists and viewed our concerns as simply coming from a point of self-interest rather than recognising we seek workable and lasting solutions.
But it is becoming increasingly apparent that all the problems we identified are coming to fruition.
First cab off the rank was the N fertiliser reporting deadline of 31 July 2022. This is where all the dairy farmers are supposed to report back to their regional council that they haven’t exceeded the 190kg per hectare nitrogen cap. The vast majority of dairy farmers never use more than this anyway, and we are already reporting all this stuff back through their dairy companies but hey let’s do the job a second time because what else do we have going on at this time of year….Actually, make that the third time because Stats NZ would also like to know how much fertiliser I applied.
Federated Farmers opposed this regulation because it wasn’t scientific and it targeted dairy farmers over other users of fertiliser. But at the end of the day, it is a pretty simple regulation. We would have thought it would be pretty easy to implement. . . .
Sector praised after challenging times – Tim Cronshaw:
A farming leader says the way the red meat sector has got through unprecedented times in sheep and beef farming is an “unsung hero” story.
Agricultural exports made $52 billion and contributed 82% of export revenues despite a line-up of challenges since Covid-19 arrived.
About 300 delegates attending the Red Meat Sector Conference in Christchurch heard that they’d faced an increase in government policies, regulations and consumer attitudes around Climate Change.
“I’m really proud of how we’ve navigated these Covid challenges and I’m really proud we’ve collectively navigated these policy challenges,” Beef+Lamb NZ chairman Andrew Morrison said.
“We’ve come together as a red meat sector and an agricultural sector.” . .
Glimmer of hope in draft Tasman stock control bylaw – Hamish Barwick:
Federated Farmers has a glimmer of hope that the Tasman District Council is listening to its concerns about the council’s Draft Stock Control and Droving Bylaw.
Farmers in the Nelson and Golden Bay area’s feel the Bylaw is unworkable as it would require mobs of livestock to be held 50m back from the roads, before going onto the road, in an attempt to stop stock defecating on roads. . .
The Bylaw would also require permits which would capture virtually all road droving within consent application processes, so the Council can gather information on stock droving.
In addition, there are wrongly placed rules citing the need for compliance with Resource Management Act (RMA) freshwater management policy and regulations when the Tasman Regional Resource Management Plan doesn’t allow the Council to use bylaws in its implementation methods on Freshwater Management. . .
The best young talent from Central Otago is going to one of best wine-producing areas in the world.
After a two-year pause on travel, the Central Otago Winegrowers’ Association (Cowa) is once again sending young winegrowers to France’s Burgundy area.
The six young winegrowers are part of the Central Otago Burgundy exchange stagiaires (interns), which is back on its feet.
This will be the largest group that has headed to Burgundy since the exchange was first established in 2006. . .
Listed New Zealand produce company Seeka, reports its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2022.
– $49.4m EBITDA – up 5.3% on six months to June 2021, (previous corresponding period (pcp))
– $21.5m NPAT – up 4.3% on pcp
Seeka has announced its results with a backdrop of Covid-19, adverse weather events, extreme labour shortages, machine commissioning delays, shipping disruption, lower fruit yields and poor quality. It has been a tough six months and the company has hunkered down, toughed it out and focussed on the immediate job of optimising its operations and results in a volatile environment with significant inflationary pressure and geopolitical events affecting key markets.
The company has focussed on core business having completed the acquisition and integration of OPAC, Orangewood and NZ Fruits in the last twelve months. . .
It’s half-baked, over-simplifications of nature’s complexity and our increasing disconnection from the rest of the living world.
I was recently made aware of this article by author, George Monbiot, damning organic, pasture-fed beef and lamb as the world’s most damaging farm products.
This statement alone reveals a misunderstanding of global ecology and an ignorance of how essential livestock is to 1.3 billion people.
First, let’s address the sweeping assumption that all animal impact causes a negative impact around the world. . .