Local farmers in competition final – Sally Brooker:
North Otago has produced two of the eight finalists in an Australasian sustainable agriculture competition.
Farmers Nick and Kate Webster and Brock and Gemma Hamilton have been shortlisted from a slew of entrants on both sides of the Tasman for the Zimmatic Sustainable Irrigation Awards.
The contest aims to celebrate irrigation excellence and encourage farmers to share water management ideas.
The Websters run Totara Fields and Hillbrook Dairies – mixed beef finishing/cropping and dairy operations on a total of 700ha, 550 of them irrigated. . .
A large Hawke’s Bay fruit grower fears for the well being of Pacific Island workers still unable to return home and says Tongan authorities must help out.
Some 487 workers from Tonga and 763 from Vanuatu are registered as requiring urgent repatriation.
There are hundreds of others urgently wanting to get back to other countries including Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Kiribati.
A flight to Tonga yesterday was suspended until further notice because of Auckland’s Covid alert level 3 status. . .
Water the word on farmers’ minds – Sally Brooker:
North Otago farmers are feeling the effects of a dry winter, Federated Farmers provincial president Jared Ross says.
“We’re 100mm behind in rainfall,” he said of his Duntroon dairy-support farm.
Local contractors had sold out of their feed supplement supplies in the lead-in to winter, and one had been bringing in feed from Central Otago and Southland.
“It was priced accordingly.” . .
Sell venison or risk loss say experts – Annette Scott:
Deer farmers are being advised to take the going price for chilled venison now, or risk significantly lower returns.
With a short chilled season expected venison marketers are recommending to farmers to take the money being offered during the chilled season.
Currently, the market for frozen venison is subdued and the prospects post-Christmas are uncertain.
Deer that miss the chilled season cut-off at the end of October will be unable to reach Europe in time for the last game season sales.
While a portion will go to alternative markets, some venison will be frozen. . .
White Rock Station’s revival – Peter Burke:
One of New Zealand’s most historic sheep stations – White Rock – has a new lease of life thanks to family members who wanted to preserve the property for future generations. Peter Burke reports.
White Rock Station, way out on the isolated south Wairarapa Coast, is the epitome of rugged beauty that typifies much of NZ’s East Coast.
It’s named after a stunning white rock formation, which dominates the shoreline where the hills rise steeply from the relentlessly pounding surf. The property is about an hour’s drive from Martinborough, along a winding – mainly gravel – road.
Tim Ritchie, who earlier this year retired as the chief executive of the Meat Industry Association, is the great, great grandson of the original owner, Richard Barton who acquired the land in 1843. . .
New digital campaign by OverseerFM thanks Kiwi farmers and lets them know they have choices when it comes to managing sustainable impact
From propping up our economy, to feeding the world, and overcoming numerous challenges along the way, Kiwi farmers play a vital role in keeping our nation, and its people happy and healthy.
Now, more than ever, it’s time to say thanks. It’s time to reassure those in the agricultural sector that we are there for them – every step of the way.
That sentiment is echoed in a new digital campaign for agricultural management tool OverseerFM fronted by rugby legend Buck Shelford, Dame Lynda Topp (Ken the farmer), TV presenter Toni Street, fishing legend Geoff Thomas and cricketing icon Sir Richard Hadlee. . .