Southland boosted by UK free trade, sets up NZ for EU talks – Blair Jackson:
An in-principle free trade agreement with the UK is good news for Southland and positions New Zealand for negotiations with the EU, a sheep and beef farmer says.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced an in-principle agreement with the UK on Thursday, which will entirely remove tariffs on most goods produced in New Zealand.
It is expected to boost exports by 40 per cent, and lift New Zealand’s gross domestic product by $970 million.
Sheep and beef export quota volumes will increase over time, with all tariffs eliminated after 15 years. . .
Canterbury will be home to the first large-scale producer of truffles south of the equator with 37,500 trees expected to produce double the current yield of the entire southern hemisphere.
In a secret four-year operation, the NZ Truffle Company has set up nurseries and greenhouses at a small farm near Rangiora run by the company’s two shareholders, Catherine and Matthew Dwan, before planting a 75-hectare truffle plantation near Darfield.
The entire crop, worth between $2500 and $3000 per kilogram, will be exported to lucrative Asian and European luxury food markets.
In a statement, the company said financial returns per kilogram were expected to be between seven and 86 times that of any other New Zealand crop. . .
Couple touting picking strawberries as fun family outing – Jared Morgan:
From bulls to berries — they are polar opposites but Ben and Rebecca Trotter are hoping they attract.
For the past three years, the couple have farmed 135ha at the junction of State Highways 6 and 8A at Luggate 11km from Wanaka.
Their focus, until now, has been farming Friesian bulls, while working their day jobs — Mr Trotter specialising in grass seed as South Island manager for Agricom, Mrs Trotter as a lower South Island territory agribusiness manager for Genesis Energy.
Added to the mix are the couple’s two children, Florence (2) and Edward (8 months). . .
Farming changes through generations on Lindisvale family property – Marjorie Cook:
The Trevathan family has been farming at Lindisvale, near Tarras, since 1914. Marjorie Cook meets fifth-generation Trevathan, Maggie (6 months) and chats with her dad, Jonny, and grandparents Beau and Ann about farming changes over five generations.
Eight years after Jonny Trevathan was sent home from a Masterchef competition for burning a pork chop, the irrepressible Tarras farmer is still confidently farming and cooking for his family.
He was relieved to quit Auckland and return to life on Lindisvale farm in the Ardgour Valley.
‘‘I just did that for s…s and giggles,’’ he confessed. . .
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CWA supports quad bike changes – Stephanie Stanhope:
Change isn’t always easy, but sometimes it is necessary; especially when lives, livelihoods and communities are involved.
Most readers would be aware of the new requirements relating to quad bike measures that have kicked in as of the October 11.
There are new rules in place that will improve quad bike safety through the provision of more consumer information outlining warnings for operators.
The design of new quad bikes will also need to be improved from a handling perspective. . .