Rural round-up

November 16, 2016

Stranded cows surfed to survival – Charlotte Shipman:

 

A geologist says the cows stranded on a quake island likely “surfed” the land as it crumbled around them.

Their image went around the world; two Hereford cows and a calf stranded on a tiny piece of pasture thrust two-and-a-half metres above the ground.

GNS engineering geologist Sally Dellow flew over the cows yesterday with Newshub, and she says they likely surfed the land as it crumbled. . . 

Quake cows won’t be slaughtered – farmer – Simon Wong:

Kaikoura’s three world-famous cows were never destined for the slaughterhouse, says the farmer who owns them.

The two Hereford beef cows and a four-month-old calf made headlines when they were stranded on a small, elevated patch of pasture following Monday’s 7.5 magnitude earthquake, and Newshub’s footage of them was broadcast around the world.

The animals were rescued from their precarious location on Tuesday morning after owner Derrick Millton and a group of five others dug out a track to get them down.

“Once they got off, they drank the water which was in the pond at the end of the block, they’ve got plenty of feed there, and they just needed to rest because like anyone in the earthquake they had a pretty horrific time.” . . 

Farmer flies in to help quake-trapped family in Kaikoura – Glen Scanlon:

Andrew Bowmar sums it up pretty simply: “It’s just what you do when you need to help.”

When the magnitude 7.5 quake struck yesterday he was at home near Gore with partner Lucy Millton. The problem was Lucy’s mum and family were on their farm in Waipapa, on the southern bank of the Clarence River outside Kaikoura.

View RNZ’s full coverage of the earthquakes

Mr Bowmar, a farmer, said he needed no convincing – the choice was easy. He and Ms Millton got his Cessna 185 out and were in the air by 8am on their way to find out what was happening. . . 

 

This is becoming sabotage – Peter Jackson:

It’s all very well for the likes of SAFE and Farmwatch to lobby for animal rights and the prevention of cruelty, but SAFE went too far with its ‘Drop Dairy’ billboard in Auckland’s Hobson St.

The billboard, showing a bobby calf carcass draped over a map of the North Island, was part of an on-going campaign aimed at raising awareness of the fact that approximately two million unwanted dairy calves are killed at a few days’ old every year. . .

Cycle trail ruling frustrates local council

An Environment Court ruling against the planned Oreti River section of the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail is a blow for communities in the area, Southland District Council says.

Mayor Gary Tong says he’s deeply disappointed by the court’s decision to uphold an appeal by Fish and Game Southland.

He says areas like Lumsden, Mossburn, Five Rivers, Garston and Athol are reporting significant benefits attributed to increased visitor numbers as a result of the cycle trail development. . . 

Syrian food production at all-time low:

Food production has dropped to an all-time low in Syria where millions of hungry civilians are struggling through their sixth winter in a war zone, UN agencies are warning.

Many farmers have had to abandon their land, unable to afford the soaring cost of seeds, fertilisers and tractor fuel, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme said on Tuesday.

Wheat output – vital for making flat loaves of bread which are a staple of the Syrian diet – dropped from an average 3.4 million metric tonnes harvested before the war began in 2011 to 1.5 million this year, they said in a joint report. . . 


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