Merino at heart of firm’s special textiles – Sally Rae:
Global Merino truly lives up to its name.
In August, the company’s founder and chief executive Jose Fernandez and his family moved from the United States to Spain.
The company itself remains based in California, there is an office in Bangkok, its technical director is in Melbourne and much of its merino wool is sourced from New Zealand.
Global Merino is a technical textile manufacturer, founded by Mr Fernandez in 2007, which uses merino wool as a primary ingredient and in a variety of ways. . .
Livestock learning experience – Sally Rae:
A long day in the sheep yards weaning lambs might not be everyone’s idea of fun but Scottish teen Jessica England reckons she is living the dream.
Miss England (18), who left school this year, is having a gap experience in New Zealand working on farms.
Her family has a strong connection with New Zealand. She is the great-granddaughter of James Galloway who, with his father Robert, founded the J. W. Galloway business. . .
Central Otago win tourism growing – Yvonne O’Hhara:
Central Otago is seeing an increase in wine tourism as more tourists wend their way around the region’s cellar doors.
Tourism Central Otago and Central Otago Winegrowers manager Glenys Coughlan said as a result many of the area’s wineries were investing in additional facilities to take advantage of the growth.
”We have certainly seen an increase in interest and investment in wine tourism and I would estimate several million dollars [going] into new and improved facilities in recent times,” Ms Coughlan said. . .
A new campaign is under way to combat the heavy wasp population in Nelson-Tasman.
Victoria University insect ecologist Phil Lester said the region, home to honeydew beech forests, has one of the greatest wasp densities in the world, with up to 40 nests per hectare.
A community-led project, which started this week, has been encouraging locals to sign up to put down bait stations containing a wasp poison, Vespex. . .
The New Zealand Farm Environment Trust’s new General Manager James Ryan is looking forward to the challenges the new job will bring.
Christchurch-based James Ryan, a former policy manager with DairyNZ, was appointed in October this year.
He says the Trust will play a crucial role in guiding farmers through an era of increasingly complex sustainability issues. . .
Pay the farmer now or pay the doctor later.