Milk tankers will be able to start using Kaikōura’s only access road from today.
Essential freight is also being given priority on the inland road, which is considered fragile and hazardous.
Transport Agency regional performance manager Pete Connors said about 240 vehicles would be driving north on the road this morning. . .
Scholarship awarded – Sally Rae:
Olivia Ross lives by the mantra: “make the most of every day”.
Miss Ross (28), of Longridge North, near Balfour, is one of five young primary industry leaders to receive the inaugural ANZ Future Leaders scholarship.
Open to New Zealand Young Farmer members, the scholarship, worth up to $10,000, was designed to give future leaders in the primary sector a “step up” by providing them with financial support for their planned path of study or professional development. . .
Tertiary training demand falls – Neal Wallace:
Primary sector productivity rates will remain stalled unless more people are trained and issues with training providers are addressed, DairyNZ strategy leader Mark Paine says.
Industry studies and the Productivity Commission had found primary sector productivity had plateaued and part of the answer to improve that was a strong, flexible training structure, Paine, who is responsible for strategy and investment for people and business, said.
Last week the Farmers Weekly revealed providers responsible for training about 1000 sub-degree trainees were closing or considering doing so. . .
The sale of all sales – Annette Scott:
A national shortage of store cattle and grass-derived demand pushed weaner calf prices to record levels at the last ever cattle sale at Tinwald.
As the hammer went down on the annual consignment of calves, the Ashburton IHC calf and rural scheme fundraiser hit the record books in more ways than one.
The organisation’s calf prices not only hit record highs but the cattle sale was also the last for Tinwald sale yards, destined for closure this month.
The wet weather failed to dampen bidders’ spirits. . .
Conservation Minister Maggie Barry today announced that New Zealand will take on a leadership role internationally, working with others to control and eradicate invasive alien species and protect native habitats.
The Minister has made the announcement at the International Convention on Biological Diversity which is currently meeting in Cancun, Mexico to consider the best way to meets targets to reduce the impact of invasive species on global biodiversity.
“New Zealand’s commitment to Predator Free 2050 is the largest and most ambitious invasive species eradication project ever attempted. We are already seen as world leaders in pest control,” says Ms Barry. . .
PGG Wrightson senior auctioneer John McKone sells a ram at the Merrydowns Romney and Southdown ram fair at Waikoikoi last week.
Blair and Sally Robertson sold 194 rams as far afield as Warkworth for an average price of $1130.
Romney rams ranged from $600 to $3800, the top priced ram purchased by Peter and Diane Lowe from Ashburton, and Southdown rams sold from $450 to $3000. . .
Take a drive along the Midland Highway through Tasmania and you will see hillsides covered in thousands of gorse plants.
The spikey evergreen has become a major problem for farmers and the state’s environment since it was introduced with the arrival of Europeans.
“It tends to like the conditions down here,” John Boland from Gorse Power told Leon Compton on 936 ABC Hobart. . . .
IR8 – the miracle rice which saved millions of lives – Justin Rowlatt:
Last week I received a very unusual invitation indeed. It was to a 50th birthday party in a swanky Delhi hotel, but the party was for a plant: a strain of rice known only by its initials, IR8.
A celebration for an angry rice variety; who could refuse?
The Indian Agriculture Minister, Shri Sudarshan Bhagat, opened the event, describing the introduction of IR8 as “a great moment in India’s history”. . .