Warnings as evidence of El Niño looms – Ingrid Hipkiss:
MetService has issued a warning to farmers as evidence grows that a major El Niño event is underway.
It is marked by weather extremes, including very dry conditions.
The ingredients of an El Niño event have been there for a few months, bringing to New Zealand a colder-than-usual June and July. . .
Scale next step for koura industry – Sally Rae:
The concept has been proven and what Otago Southland’s fledgling freshwater crayfish, or koura, farming industry needs now is scale.
Keewai is the brand of a business that stemmed from forestry company Ernslaw One’s decision to diversify into freshwater crayfish farming.
The company has been utilising fire ponds in its forests, spread throughout Otago and Southland, to provide an additional revenue stream. . .
Rural Family Support Trust busy all the time – Jill Galloway:
Chairwoman of the Manawatu/Rangitikei Rural Family Support Trust Dame Margaret Millard says the phone rang so much during a recent day she didn’t get time to eat. They were calls for help.
The trust has been busy asissting farmers and rural businesses.
Millard says there are more rural suicides than quad bike deaths in a year.
Farmers worry about finances, the family and work on the farm. That’s what they go to the trust about.
The rural support trust started in 1984. They were the days of Rogernomics and farming changed, putting pressure on rural people. . .
A key note speaker at the national horticulture conference in Rotorua today has given fruit and vegetable growers some serious food for thought.
Canberra-based science writer and author Julian Cribb told the conference modern food production was devouring a vast amount of the world’s resources and was unsustainble.
“Every meal that you or I or anybody on earth eats costs the planet 10 kilos of top soil, so that’s a bucket of top soil, 800 litres of water, so it’s like a ute load of water, 1.3 litres of diesel fuel, and a third of a gram of pesticide,” he said. . .
More than 40 people attended the seminar, where Seales Winslow nutritionist Wendy Morgan spoke on getting the important aspects of calf rearing correct, from housing, hygiene, colostrum intake window and the essentials of the feeding regime, through to weaning, incorporating growing to target dates and weights.
Vet and calf rearing ”guru” Nicola Neal outlined all the problems that could be faced in the calf shed and how to identify and deal with them quickly, while Susan McEwan shared tips from her large scale bull and heifer calf rearing system. . .
The objective of this AIMI survey of growers was to determine, as at July 1, 2015:
• the final size of the 2015 harvest of wheat, barley and oats
• sales channels and levels of on-farm storage, both sold and unsold, of the 2015 harvest
• autumn sowings of wheat, barley and oats, and sowing intentions for the spring of 2015 . .