Rural contractors in Southland cannot keep up with bumper grass growth, while those in parts of the North Island are having problems from the recent wet weather.
Southland has had a warm summer with consistent rain providing the perfect conditions for strong growth.
Southland Federated Farmers arable chair Sonya Dillon said farmers were happy to be out in the fields harvesting solid crops after a dry summer last year.
“We’ve been really lucky we’ve had a bumper season. It was a bit dull in November, which probably stole a bit of the yield, and now we are starting to get some dry patches, which has stolen some of the weight. . .
Farming leaders are watching closely whether Damien O’Connor keeps the key portfolios of Agriculture and Trade when Prime Minister Chris Hipkins restructures his Cabinet.
O’Connor has been one of the few ministers during Labour’s term in office who has won broad support for what he has done as minister, but he is now in his 65th year and the heavy load he has carried as minister would have exhausted any but the fittest.
Hipkins could be under pressure from climate change lobby groups to put a new minister into the Agriculture role to enforce tougher policies on reducing methane emissions from livestock which make up nearly 40% of NZ’s total greenhouse gas emissions.
Only this week lobby group Greenpeace said polling showed 61% of New Zealanders favoured regulating the dairy industry to reduce water contamination and greenhouse gas emissions. Greenpeace spokesman Steve Abel said this is a significant increase from 48% in a similar poll only a year ago, in December 2021. . .
Farming without a road – Joanna Grigg:
Farmers in parts of the Marlborough Sounds have been cut off from truck access for months and now rely on service by sea. Joanna Grigg reports.
Farms in the Marlborough sounds carry about 35,000 stock units, with six large farm businesses carrying a fair chunk.
Emma Hopkinson and her husband ‘Hoppy’ run 6000 stock units over three farms: the home farm at Kenepuru, a 20-year lease block at Titirangi and a smaller lease block at Waitaria Bay. She wants those making roading decisions to know these farms are productive and earn export dollars for New Zealand.
“Without truck access, our business is hugely affected,” Emma says. . .
Wallaby populations continue to grow in New Zealand, something which has prompted the launch of the first national awareness campaign.
The Tipu Mātoro: Wallaby-free Aotearoa is designed to shine a light on the extensive damage wallabies can wreak on the environment, asking Kiwis to report wallaby sightings.
John Walsh, Biosecurity New Zealand’s director of response says wallabies silently prey on the futures of forests and farms.
“We are working in partnership with regional councils, local iwi, farmers and landowners through Tipu Mātoro to manage and reduce populations, but we need everyone’s help.”
Leading US scientist to clear the air on methane and livestock – Sheep Central :
LIVESTOCK producers will have the air cleared on the measurement of methane in agriculture in a special lecture in Perth next month.
‘How well is methane calculated to determine livestock emissions?’ will be the topic for discussion at a public lecture in Perth and online next month by leading United States animal scientist and air quality specialist Professor Frank Mitloehner.
The professor from the University of California at Davis will speak on new methane accounting methods for agriculture and the and the climate neutral challenge.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and the Western Australia Livestock Research Council are hosting Professor Mitloehner, who is director of the Clarity and Leadership for Environmental Awareness and Research (CLEAR) Centre. . .
Over 400 jobs are up grabs as this year’s Kiwifruit season takes off in Taitokerau, and there’s something for everyone.
Horticulture employer Seeka has collaborated with Ministry of Social Development (MSD) to deliver a series of job expos for the upcoming 2023 kiwifruit season.
Expo attendees will have the opportunity to speed interview for any one of these roles next month and walk away with a job, and a kete of information to support their employment.
New Zealand’s premier produce company has positions for forklift operators, graders, packers, and supervisors for the 2023 season. . .