Experience big advantage in lamb rearing – Ella Stokes:
Having a pet lamb in the backyard tends to be common at this time of the year; but Kelly Liggett has more than a few at her Clifton farm; in fact this year she has over 90. Reporter Ella Stokes caught up with her and all her pets.
Kelly and Alex Liggett farm in Clifton where they have 2100 ewes, 60 beef calves and 50 yearling bulls. The pair have been farming there for more than 15 years and Mrs Liggett said every year she got more involved.
Over the years she had always reared both calves and lambs but over the past three years has had more of a focus on the lambs. . .
A two-time world archery champion has joined the race to be the next FMG Young Farmer of the Year.
Ben Orchard, 19, has qualified for the Taranaki/Manawatu Regional Final after finishing second in a district contest in Palmerston North.
“I’m stoked. I only entered because I thought it would be a bit of fun and I like a challenge. I’m really excited,” said Ben. . .
Resource consents for the large-scale Hurunui Water Project might now be sold after the scheme failed to attract the support needed to move forward.
The 25-year-old plan to increase water availability around Hawarden suffered a big setback in April when the government blocked assistance from the state agency, Crown Irrigation Limited.
In another blow, the $200 million scheme which aims to irrigate 21ha of land failed to get enough local farmers to back it. . .
Farming has provided a great life style and an adequate living for hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders for many generations. Over time the products on farms have transitioned from subsistence in the very early years to commodity production to in recent years aiming to produce to meet certain market specifics to gain premiums from consumers.
The move to meet what consumers want is still only in its infancy and by and large most farmers focus on producing the most product at least cost and rely upon processors to find markets for these products. . .
A new research centre at Nelson’s Cawthron Institute aims to improve the resilience and productivity of farmed fish.
The $8 million addition to the Cawthron’s aquaculture park was launched yesterday.
The Finfish Research Centre will focus on selective breeding and how fish might adapt to changing environmental conditions. . .
Pāmu has made a ten thousand dollar donation to IHC to support its Calf and Rural Scheme.
Pāmu has been a regular donator to the IHC, which picks up weaned calves from Pāmu farms, and sells them at sales yards, with all proceeds going to support IHC programmes.
For the first time in 33 years, IHC have suspended aspects of the Calf and Rural Scheme due to the risk posed by Mycoplasma Bovis (M. Bovis). . .
Calculating gaps between potential and actual water productivity at local to regional scales can help agricultural producers improve crop production. In June, the international Journal of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology published a multi-country study that establishes a first-of-its-kind protocol for estimating water productivity gaps across these spatial scales. In addition, the study confirmed water productivity variations among regions with different soils and climates, and it revealed that non-water-related factors, such as nutrient deficiencies, pests and diseases often limit crop yield more than water supply. . .