Small actions add up in reducing emissions – Ken Muir:
Farmers can undertake immediate practical steps to begin reducing emissions from their farms, DairyNZ climate change ambassador Dean Alexander says.
”It’s important to realise that there’s no great silver bullet and there are some basic things farmers can do now,”
Mr Alexander, who farms a herd of 1100 cows near Winton, said. He said it was important for farmers to develop an understanding of their systems.
”Once you have some idea of your emission status, you can begin to evaluate your options.” . .
Benefactors’hopesaredashed – Neal Wallace:
For 99 years graduates of Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre and, for 54 years, from Telford in south Otago have worked on and progressed to owning farms. But all of that potentially came to an end before Christmas when a liquidator was appointed to resolve financial problems with the business. Neal Wallace profiles Taratahi.
The Taratahi and Telford farm training campuses have similar genesis. The formation of the not-for-profit private vocational farm training educators was made possible through generous bequests of land and industry and community support.
In 1918 Sir William Perry gave his Wairarapa farm to the Government to provide a training ground for servicemen returning from World War I. . .
It’s green but maybe not for long – Neal Wallace:
It might be the middle of summer but most of the country is still under an open fire season though Fire and Emergency is warning abundant vegetation growth could very quickly become potential fire fuel.
Usually, by mid-January dry conditions mean most of the country has fire controls, Fire and Emergency rural operations manager John Rasmussen said.
This year half the country can still light fires in the open without a permit because regular rain has kept vegetation green.
But Rasmussen said those conditions can change very quickly as summer gets drier.
Export lamb prices come off peak but Outlook strong despite Brexit – Heather Chalmers:
Export lamb prices remain at historically high levels, despite uncertainty over Brexit which coincides with the key Easter lamb trade.
Alliance Group livestock and shareholder services general manager Heather Stacy said Brexit could impact on the amount stock held in Britain and exchange rates, depending on what was agreed.
“It could be disruptive. It will affect customers in the UK, rather than New Zealand.” . .
Cleaning up with goat milk – Yvonne O’Hara:
Malcolm Gawn and wife Tracy Tooley decided they did not like Auckland traffic or the long commutes, so they moved to Balclutha and now they make soap from goat milk.
Mr Gawn said when they met about 10 years ago he was a corporate sales manager in Auckland and Ms Tooley was an anaesthetic technician there.
‘‘It got to the point we did not want to tolerate traffic, traffic lights and road works,” Mr Gawn said.
”We moved to an 8ha block near Balclutha with about 30 Saanen dairy goats and with no traffic lights, no roundabouts and no queues.”
Rural jobs fund runs out – Basant Kumar Mohanty:
The rural job guarantee scheme has run out of funds for this financial year, with activists fearing the implementing agencies will now hesitate to take up new projects, thereby denying paid work to the people.
According to the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act website, the net balance is now Rs 1,719 crore in deficit. This means the rural development ministry has exhausted the entire funds of Rs 59,567 crore released towards the programme for the 2018-19 financial year.
The scheme guarantees paid, unskilled work for up to 100 days a year to every rural household.
Social activist Nikhil Dey said the scheme would be crippled for the two-and-a-half months left in this financial year, adding to the rural distress, unless more funds are released. . .